Alltech’s Commitment to Sustainable Aquaculture

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According to the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, the aquaculture industry experienced a 12% increase in feed production in 2016. Asia maintained its volume and accounts for approximately three-quarters of global production per Alltech’s 2016 Aquaculture Survey. These results are no surprise, but present a new set of challenges. Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives and engagement for Alltech, will speak at Aquaculture America, Feb. 19–22, 2017, discussing “Forging New Frontiers” in aquaculture.

“‘The Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture’ report produced by the World Bank states that the projected growth in fed aquaculture over the 2000–2030 period, equivalent to an annual average growth rate of 3.9 percent per year, is much faster than the projected growth in fish oil use in aquaculture, which has an average annual growth rate of 1.7 percent,” said Dr. Keith Filer, project manager for aquaculture research at Alltech. “This is why Alltech is committed to providing a sustainable alternative to fish oil with our algae.”

Alltech has been improving aquaculture performance through nutrition for 13 years, but recent developments have significantly strengthened the company’s efforts.

Filer noted that the research alliances’ findings to date “have observed that All-G Rich could replace fish oil in the diets of marine, freshwater and salmonid species while maintaining performance as well as DHA levels in the fillet.”

“What if we had a sustainable DHA source that was traceable and provided health benefits to fish?” said Dr. Jorge Arias, Alltech’s global director for aquaculture. “We believe we have a real solution in our algae that will reduce reliance on fish oil while increasing the amount of DHA available to farmed fish and, ultimately, to consumers.”

Agribusiness, Alltech, Aquaculture, Fish, Food, Nutrition

NutriQuest Poultry Division Moving Rapidly

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NutriQuest has only had a poultry division for about four years, Director of Sales Shannon Burasco told Chuck Zimmerman at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE), but they are committed to serving across the poultry industry, from performance to food safety. They’re working to provide solutions that will assist producers in being good stewards of their animals and offer a final product that is good for the consumer.

“This time next year we feel like we’ll really have some strong solutions and opportunities to provide to the producer, and that’s our main goal, providing solutions for the opportunities they have in the field,” Burasco told Chuck. “At the end of the day [we want] to provide them with a good product that’s going to provide a sound ROI.”

It’s an exciting time to be involved in the new division, Burasco says. In the next three to five years customers can look not only for product development, but the creation of a team and a growing company.

Learn more about NutriQuest’s newest division in Chuck’s full interview here: Interview with Shannon Burasco, NutriQuest

View and download photos from the event here: 2017 International Production & Processing Expo Photo Album

Audio, IPPE, Poultry

New FARM Program Environmental Stewardship Module

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The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has opened participation in its third component, FARM Environmental Stewardship (ES). The voluntary FARM Environmental Stewardship program helps dairy producers augment their environmental management efforts by identifying ways to improve their on-farm sustainability.

“America’s dairy farmers have long been active stewards of the environment,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF. “Farmers should be proud that, today, producing a gallon of milk uses 65 percent less water, requires 90 percent less land and has a 63 percent smaller carbon footprint than it did 70 years ago. The FARM Environmental Stewardship program captures more detailed data on these great advances, while at the same time presenting farmers with useful information that can help them improve their farms efficiency and use fewer natural resources, all while saving money.”

FARM ES provides a comprehensive estimate of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use per pound of milk produced on dairy farms by asking producers a limited set of questions. The tool is based on a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of fluid milk conducted by the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas, incorporating existing data from more than 500 dairy farms across the United States.

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Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Cattle, Conservation, Dairy, environment, National Milk

New Holland Rolabar Rakes Celebrates 50 Years

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Throughout 2017 New Holland Agriculture is celebrating 50 years of continuous production of their Rolabar Rakes. I have spent many summers pulling one of these around making windrow after windrow and was eager to learn more about it’s success.

George Rigdon, New Holland hay tool marketing manager, said, “We were the first in grassland farming as a brand. At one point in time, this rake had 20,000 produced in a year. It really set the standard for raking a clean, nice windrow.”

To commemorate this milestone, New Holland is giving away two Rolabar Rakes. One is designed with a vintage decal and the other in camo. Those who attended the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show and will attend the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show can stop by their booth to enter for a chance to win one of the classic rakes. Don’t worry…if you can’t register in person, you can do so online. The contest will end May 15 and the drawing will take place soon after.

To learn more about New Holland and it’s legacy rake listen to my complete interview with George here: Interview with George Rigdon, New Holland

View and download photos from the event here: 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Photo Album

Agribusiness, Audio, Beef, Cattle, Equipment, Forage, Hay, NCBA, New Holland

Another Record Setting Year for #IPPE17

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A record setting 31,649 poultry, meat and feed industry leaders from all over the world attended this year’s International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association and North American Meat Institute sponsored event also brought in 1,273 exhibitors showcasing products in 533,000 square feet of exhibit space.

“We are very excited about this year’s record-breaking exhibit space floor and attendance numbers. The turnout for the 2017 IPPE was exceptional, and the feedback from attendees has been extremely positive regarding time spent on the trade show floor and in education sessions. We expect next year will be even more valuable for attendees and exhibitors alike,” the three organizations said.

We always look forward to covering this trade show each year and have already marked our calendars for 2018, we suggest you do the same. Next year’s IPPE will be held Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

View and download photos from the event here: 2017 International Production & Processing Expo Photo Album

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Ag Group, Feed, IPE, IPPE, Meat, Meat Science, Novus International, Poultry

Dairy Groups Unhappy with Canadian Milk Pricing Policy

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National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) urged President Trump to discuss Canada’s protectionist milk pricing policy during yesterday’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The groups are calling it “one of the most sensitive and urgent topics complicating the relationship between the two countries.”

The pricing scheme, already implemented in Ontario last year and slated to be used by Canada’s other provinces this year, is expressly intended to slash milk imports from the United States. The policy will also enable Canada to sell dairy ingredients below cost in international markets, in effect dumping the product at below cost in competition with U.S. dairy exports. The Ontario program has already cost U.S. companies $150 million in exports, thereby harming the American dairy farmers, dairy plant employees and rural communities that depend on the benefits of those foreign sales.

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Ag Group, Dairy, Export, Government, idfa, National Milk, Policy

The Cargill Buying Experience

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The many customer experiences were showcased in the Cargill booth during the recent Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. Mollie Dreibrodt serves as the marketing communications lead in beef for Cargill’s animal nutrition and walked me through how they serve cattle producers both big and small.

“No matter the type of beef cattle operation you have, we’ve got you covered. Our booth is designed to help people gravitate towards the buying experience they deal with daily when buying beef feed products. We also have our tech service and consultants on hand to answer questions people have about their beef nutrition.”

Listen to my complete interview with Mollie to hear more about the nutritional content of Cargill products and how they share that message with their consumers here: Interview with Mollie Dreibrodt, Cargill

View and download photos from the event here: 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Photo Album

Agribusiness, Audio, Beef, Cargill, Cattle, NCBA, Nutrition

Soy Growers, Soyfoods Oppose Dairy Pride Act

Jamie Johansen

In a letter to Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee members, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) objected to draft legislation that would restrict the marketing of soymilk.

S. 130, referred to as the Dairy Pride Act, would prohibit the term “milk” from being used with soymilk and soymilk-based products, under the premise that the term “milk” is misleading to consumers.

“This legislation is unnecessary as no confusion in the market exists,” argued ASA President Ron Moore and SANA President Wendy Behr in the letter, noting that the term “soymilk” has been in commercial use since 1947. “Consumers of soymilk clearly understand that the product is derived from soybeans rather than bovine milk, and a large percentage consume it for just that reason due to dietary choices or restrictions.”
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Ag Group, Dairy, Food, Milk, soybeans

The Alltech Idea Man Highlights #ONE17

Jamie Johansen

I never turn down an opportunity to talk with Alltech founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons. The 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show provided my most recent conversation with the idea man and naturally, we talked ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE17) which is set for May 21-24 in Lexington, Kentucky. The event will “inspire farmers, ranchers, producers, suppliers and influencers in every species and segment across production agriculture to create disruption and be prepared to harness its potential — or risk being rendered irrelevant.”

“Our goal is to help our partners in agriculture put their ideas into action,” said Dr. Lyons. “If you want to activate your vision, gain a more global perspective and connect with the most innovative minds in agriculture, ONE17 is the only place to be.”

“ONE is meant to encourage, empower and, most importantly, challenge us,” said Dr. Lyons. “We want individuals to leave feeling like they were part of a life-changing development for the industry and feel empowered to implement solutions back home.”

He said the key to ONE is ONE. ONE place to go to get new ideas. ONE opportunity to show your ideas.

I believe this will be my fifth Alltech annual symposium to attend and each time I am wowed, inspired and excited to bring you the latest topics, ideas and innovations discussed. The AgWired team will once be on-site throughout the festivities and serve as a Virtual Ag Newsroom creating content you can use. Listen to my complete converstation with Dr. Lyons here:
Interview with Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech

2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Photo Album


Agribusiness, Alltech, Audio, Education, Events, NCBA, Video

Fly Farms to Provide Alternative Protein for Animal Feeds

Jamie Johansen

What…A fly farm? Yep that’s right, AgriProtein has partnered with Christof Industries to build up to 25 fly farms a year up-cycling organic waste into insect protein for animal feeds. This is quite an interesting concept. Do you think we will see fly protein in local feed stores anytime soon?

Using a high-tech blueprint developed with Christof Industries, AgriProtein plans to roll out 100 factories by 2024 and a further 100 by 2027. The partnership will help bring insect protein into the mainstream of feeds used in aquaculture, poultry farming and petfood.

AgriProtein rears fly larvae at an industrial scale on organic waste that would otherwise go to landfill and harvests the larvae to make natural, high-protein feed products as a sustainable alternative to fishmeal and soybean meal. The fly farms will be operated by local licensees of AgriProtein technology in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

AgriProtein CEO Jason Drew said, “Waste-to-nutrient technology is starting to get traction and price per tonne is key in the fight to replace fishmeal. Christof’s expertise has enabled us to boost output and reduce costs, making us even more competitive and giving us a sound model for rapid global expansion.”

Christof Industries CEO Johann Christof said, “We now have an EPC model to deliver cost-efficient, high-volume fly farms anywhere in the world. The demand for sustainable insect protein is growing rapidly and as AgriProtein’s partner we will help meet that demand.”

Agribusiness, Feed, Nutrition