Alltech Accelerator 7 – Colabriq

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A tech company based in the United Kingdom is moving into the food and agriculture sector to help improve profit and efficiency in supply chains.

“What Colabriq is doing is helping businesses in food and agriculture make better decisions by having the right information at the right time,” said Jason Cresswell, CEO. “So the key problem every business faces is all that data is spread across lots of different computer systems and a ton of spreadsheets. What we do is we connect all of that data together and connect that data across the end to end supply chain, allowing businesses in the supply chain to coordinate the supply chain from end to end.”

Colabriq has partnered with retailers and processors to form the Poultry Data Alliance, and soon hopes to build out the same sort of collaboration in other areas like dairy and beef. Cresswell said this type of information can help retailers to have a clearer view of what product will be available, and it can also help to eliminate waste that currently exists within the supply chain.

Colabriq is a current participant in the Alltech Pearse Lyons Accelerator.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with Jason here: Interview with Jason Cresswell, Colabriq

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Alltech Accelerator 6 – SwineTech

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An Iowa-based company participating in the Alltech Pearse Lyons Accelerator is working to improve the swine industry, beginning with the farrowing process.

“SwineTech is trying to transform the way we look at farrowing management and how we assist sows in the farrowing house, giving the information that’s needed to provide the very best welfare and support and then the technology and autonomy for us to prevent deaths in real time and not having to rely on a person being there every second of every day,” said Matthew Rooda, CEO of SwineTech.

Rooda explained the company’s ability to monitor wavelengths and frequencies of the sounds made in the farrowing house, mapping those and identifying whether or not a sow might be laying on a piglet. When that happens, a wearable attached to the mother pig can alert her to stand up using a vibration and a safe chiropractic impulse. Rooda said SwineTech products are already protecting more than a million piglets in the industry.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with Matthew here: Interview with Matthew Rooda, SwineTech

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Alltech Accelerator 5 – SomaDetect

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The Alltech Pearse Lyons Accelerator is helping Canadian company SomaDetect to grow and expose its mission to more members of the agriculture industry. SomaDetect CEO Bethany Deshpande said the company is developing a sensor solution for dairy farmers that will measure several components in raw milk.

“Our goal is to help dairy producers have the information they need to make the best possible milk,” said Deshpande. “So it’s all about really empowering them with data and information about what is in the milk produced by their cows so that they can make early decisions on all kinds of factors – things like herd health, reproduction, as well as quality of milk.”

SomaDetect currently has sensors on about 5,000 cows in the pilot stage and hopes to expand that to 25,000 cows by the end of the year.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with Bethany here: Interview with Bethany Deshpande, SomaDetect

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Animal Ag Bites 6/3

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  • The Center for Dairy Excellence has named Emily Barge as communications and marketing manager to support the work of both the Center and the Center for Dairy Excellence of Pennsylvania. Isaac Clements, a senior at Penn State University, also joined the Center as an education and communications intern.
  • The National Pork Board released its latest findings from the comprehensive Insight to Action research, this time examining trends in consumer behavior related to dining out. The Pork Board’s All About Dining Out: What’s on Trend report uncovers why consumers decide to eat the proteins they do and explores tactics so that foodservice operators can meet those needs, such as exploring new flavors, dishes and menu formats.
  • Instead of using dietary antibiotics to help the piglets cope and avoid illness, scientists with the Agricultural Research Service are now investigating a naturally occurring amino acid known as L-glutamine. The effort, which was supported by the National Pork Board, arose from a need to provide livestock producers with alternatives to using dietary antibiotics as a growth-promoting agent in swine.
  • Hundreds of dedicated members of the U.S. dairy community will gather again Jan. 22-23, 2020, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, in Madison, Wis., for the sixth annual Dairy Strong conference. Updates and announcements about Dairy Strong can be found at dairystrong.org. Registration will open September 1.
  • Livestock producers now have access to a new yellow-flowered alfalfa variety. Developed by South Dakota State University to thrive in less than optimal conditions, Sholty exhibits high drought tolerance, is winter hardy and, because of its indeterminate growth habit, this new alfalfa is ideal for interseeding into pasture and rangeland.
  • In response to President Trump’s plan to impose five percent tariffs on all Mexican imports as of June 10, 2019, David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council and a pork producer from Lillington, North Carolina, issued a statement promoting ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, preservation of zero-tariff pork trade in North America for the long term; completion of a trade agreement with Japan; and resolution of the trade dispute with China, where U.S. pork has a historic opportunity to dramatically expand exports given the countries struggle with African swine fever.”
  • The U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday, May 28, remanded the Environmental Protection Agency/Army Corps of Engineers 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” rule that greatly expanded the regulatory reach of the agencies’ authority to thousands of isolated or small (e.g., depressions, ditches, etc.) waters and drainage features. While several courts have issued injunctions on implementing the rule pending the outcome of several lawsuits, this was the first decision to rule on the legitimacy of the process to finalize the 2015 rule. The Southern District of Texas decision, to which U.S. Poultry & Egg Association was a party, concluded that the agencies erred in following legal guidelines when the agencies issued the 2015 regulation without giving an opportunity to comment on a key report cited for much of the more controversial provisions of the new rule.
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Alltech Accelerator 4 – TERRA NutriTECH

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Ireland-based TERRA NutriTECH wants to bring mineral dispensing into the 21st century, and the company’s participation in the Alltech Pearse Lyons Accelerator is helping them to do just that.

“It’s a precision liquid nutrition system,” explained Padraig Hennessy, CEO of TERRA NutriTECH. “It can automatically put liquid supplements into the water line, accurately. So, we input in the exact number of animals and the exact dosage rate, and there’s an advanced algorithm inside and that overcomes variations in water intake to ensure exact, precise dosing each and every day. The benefits of that then is consistency for the animal, and it reduces labor for the farmer, so it’s easy and it works.”

Hennessy said the company wants to bring data insights into an industry where there has been none, improving product efficacy with precise application inside the farm gate.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with Padraig here: Interview with Padraig Hennessy, TERRA NutriTECH

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Alltech Accelerator 3 – Folium Science

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A company based in the United Kingdom is working to reduce the use of antibiotics when it comes to raising livestock.

“Folium’s reason for being is around removing the need for antibiotics in animal rearing,” said Edward Fuchs, co-founder of Folium Science, part of Alltech’s Pearse Lyons Accelerator. “And it’s because our industry is under pressure from the overuse of antibiotics over the last few decades. And this is driving bacterial resistance and could well be as big a problem as cancer in around 30 years time.”

Fuchs said current alternatives in the marketplace are actually driving up costs for our farmers, not allowing the feed efficiencies that they might want, and also increasing mortality. The new technology would not only look at removing the need for antibiotics, but also assist with resetting antimicrobial resistance. He said the technology is applicable across all species and also on plants. Currently the company is focusing its efforts in the poultry industry, and hopes to bring the technology to market sometime in 2020.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with Ed here: Interview with Edward Fuchs, Folium Science

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GROWMARK Launches New Website Design

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A new website design is enhancing the user experience for GROWMARK customers.

“It is designed to help GROWMARK customers and prospects find the information they need quickly,” said Heather Thompson, manager of digital communications. “Useful tools on the new site include a directory of GROWMARK sales representatives and a locator for GROWMARK crop nutrients terminals.”

The new GROWMARK.com is designed to help users find key sales contacts and locations easily on the home page. In addition, the Careers and News sections are located prominently near the top for ease-of-use.

“GROWMARK is committed to delivering solutions everyday,” said Krista Wolf, manager of brand strategy and marketing communication. “This new platform will help connect our customers to the products and brands they are looking for in an efficient manner.”

GROWMARK’s Digital Communications team designed and tested the site for several months before the launch. It follows the successful relaunch of FSSystem.com.

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Alltech Accelerator 2 – Breedr

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A livestock company based in the United Kingdom will soon expand to include the American market, thanks in part to participation in the Pearse Lyons Accelerator, run by Alltech and Dogpatch Labs. Breedr Co-Founder Claire Lewis was at ONE19 – The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

“Breedr is a livestock trading platform, but it’s slightly different to lots of other livestock trading platforms in that we trade based on data,” said Lewis. “So we bring together data on farm to predict optimum sale dates, weights and peak profit so farmers have better understanding of when to sell, and then they can, on our platform, look into contracts with processors.”

Lewis said Breedr is a farmer-centric organization that keeps the farmer at the heart of everything they do. She said the company wants to be known for handling necessary data responsibly and maintaining farmer trust.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with Claire here: Interview with Claire Lewis, Breedr

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Animal Ag Bites 5/28

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  • USPOULTRY’s 2019 Hatchery-Breeder Clinic will offer a look at industry updates, best practices, biosecurity challenges and other topics related to chick quality. The annual Clinic, sponsored by USPOULTRY, will be held July 9 – 10, at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • The National Pork Producers Council is among agriculture groups applauding the Trump administration’s trade relief package in response to the U.S. trade dispute with China. USDA’s trade retaliation relief program includes direct payments to qualifying pork producers, pork surplus purchases for the benefit of low-income families and others in need, and additional funding to develop new export opportunities.
  • Testifying on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Kansas cattle producer Debbie Lyons-Blythe delivered a clear message at a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on climate change. Lyons-Blythe, who helps run Blythe Family Farms in the Flint Hills of Kansas, also pushed back against claims that beef cattle production in the United States is responsible for a disproportionate or even significant percentage of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • In the first half of 2019, Alltech has welcomed several new senior leaders. The four executives come from varied backgrounds but have extensive experience working within the international agriculture industry. Brian McCawley is the senior vice president of sales at Alltech, with a focus on the company’s North America additive business. Mike Osborne, the founder and former president of Nutra Blend, has joined Alltech as key account advisor for North America. Christopher Speight is Alltech’s chief financial officer of the Americas. Jonathan Forrest Wilson is Alltech’s president of Greater China, a role most recently held by Dr. Mark Lyons, now president and CEO of Alltech.
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