Grain to sail steady course AFTER a decade of big rises and falls world wheat values appear set for a run of relatively flat trends below $US300 a tonne for the rest of the decade. Coarse grain and oilseed prices are also likely to follow a similar pattern although rising slightly for about two seasons after this year, according to the Australian Bureau of Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). ABARES is reporting a fairly even balance between world production and consumption trends with most of the big harvest volume growth occurring in low-cost production areas.
GRAPAS Awards entries open You may think we have, over the past 150 years achieved all the progress we can towards creating an efficient milling industry the provides safe food at affordable prices and delivered to consumers on a timely basis. Not so. There is still significant progress being made towards those objectives on an annual basis and the GRAPAS Awards are designed to recognise the advances being made by industry in an area that has largely disappeared from view. That recognition is made in the form of an award called GRAPAS, and is made at the milling industry's most dedicated event - a three sector co-located exhibition held in Asia every two years and in Europe every fourth year. GRAPAS represents the cereals and oilseeds milling sector with a foes on rice, pasta and flour milling. However, to apply for the award a company must be exhibiting at the GRAPAS Exhibition.
14/03/14: Nottingham Trent University - Poultry feed study highlights economic potential ‘Superdosing’ poultry diets with the enzyme phytase could result in huge savings to the poultry industry, new research has revealed. A study led by Nottingham Trent University found adding high levels of phytase to rapeseed meal – a cheap home-grown protein source – was just as nutritious for broiler chicks as the widely-used soyabean, which is more expensive and imported from the United States. Rapeseed meal is about £100 a tonne cheaper than soyabean, but contains higher levels of anti-nutritional factors which can reduce bird health and performance. But scientists have found that increasing levels of phytase in rapeseed significantly increased the bioavailability of phosphorus in broiler chicks, which is vital for the development and maintenance of their skeletal system. This anti-nutritional effect of phytate is estimated to cost animal producers up to £1.3 billion a year, and phytate-bound phosphorus that is excreted can also have negative implications on the environment.
Adifo - Feed sector software seminar Software solution provider Adifo will host its seminar on feed sector related software tools titled "How to utilize feed industry- specific IT solutions?" tomorrow. Taking place at the Crowne Plaza NEC hotel in Birmingham, UK the seminar offers the opportunity to explore the best IT solutions available to companies in the feed business. For more than 30 years now, Adifo has translated its expertise in the international nutrition industry into sector-specific software tools. Tools that directly contribute to business goals by implementing best practices. 17/03/14: Fuelling the future It has been reported that the University College London and Lloyd’s Register have collaborated on a project researching the drivers for the future energy mix in shipping by 2030 and have now issued a document. ‘Global Marine Fuel Trends 2030’ gives views into future fuel demand for the containership, bulk carrier/general cargo and tanker sectors – which represents approximately 70 per cent of the global shipping industry’s fuel demands. It is interesting that NGO’s have put much emphasis on farming and harvesting practices when it comes to sustainability and low carbon footprint issues seemingly forgetting about the essential transport that is required to move product. Whilst shipping can control its own destiny to some extent, ship-owners will always focus on compliance and profitability. Lloyd’s Register commented “Shipping is the enabler of world trade – if world trade grows then so will seaborne tonne miles of cargo. Read more here ...
08/10/2013: Monsanto to acquire Climate Corporation; world food prices lowest in three years; professor of animal production Chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, Monsanto has announced its agreement to acquire weather data company The Climate Corporation for approximately US$930 million. The acquisition will combine The Climate Corporation’s expertise in agriculture analytics and risk-management with Monsanto’s R&D capabilities, providing farmers with access to more information about the many factors that affect the success of their crops. World food prices fell for a fifth month this September, the lowest level in three years. According to the FAO, the decline in food prices was due to a 6.1 percent grain drop, while all other components of the index rose. The International Grains Council has forecast a 943.2 million metric ton production in the 2013/14 period, a jump from 862.9 million tons in the previous period.
17/03/14: Grain uncertainty at Crimea ports Ukraine is one of the world's largest suppliers of cereals, especially maize and wheat, and the Crimean ports are the main transit points for sending grain by sea. Crimea ports are somewhat paralysed due to the political issues between Ukraine and Russia and this is unsettling according to say Ukrainian authorities. These problems are considered very serious as shipping may negatively affect the global grain market and lead to price rises and uncertainty. Whilst some of the problems are relating to military maneuvering (Ukranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Russian military had stationed large anti-submarine ships near the port of Novoozernoe, completely blocking the channel) the implications to trade activities are immense. Secretary of the port of Sevastopol, Andrey Telni, said, “The shipping is partly paralysed mainly because of psychological reasons. There is a possibility of conflict escalation, and some people are afraid of this.
Sonac introduces Mucopro 80P Digestible Natural Protein Source Sonac, leading supplier of high quality animal-based proteins, fats and minerals, introduced an improved, highly digestible natural protein source for all species at this year’s SPACE exhibition. MucoPro 80P is a pure porcine mucosal protein hydrolysate developed to stimulate the feed intake of young animals. Suitable for use in all types of animal feed, MucoPro 80P can be purchased in both small and bulk bags offering greater flexibility for feed manufacturers. MucoPro 80P is formulated through Sonac’s unique production techniques at state-of-the-art facilities in Europe. This method delivers an exceptionally palatable feed ingredient which is concentrated in free amino acids plus di-and tri- peptides – fractions that are rapidly digested by young animals and fish. As a result, they and their intestinal cells are nourished quickly and efficiently to reinforce the gut defence system.
13/03/2014: Robust management of feed safety and quality is of high importance A team of Campden BRI staff reviewed the feedback collected during the 'Hot Topics Session' on 'Barriers to quality and safety management of livestock feed' seminar held in Chipping Campden on March 6, 2014. With an increasingly complex feed supply chain, robust management of safety and quality of feed is of high importance. Campden BRI offer essential expertise across the feed supply chain. However, it was clear that Campden BRI could provide specific support in the areas of raw ingredient performance and supply chain management, say Mervin Poole & Nick Saunders of the Research Institute. "Campden BRI provides technical expertise in three areas of raw ingredient assessment that are utilised to support the livestock feed industry.
20/09/2013: Swaminathan talks storage facilities; research scientist wins international award; Spanish trade delegation visit Central Asia The government should create modern food grain storage facilities - each with a million tonne capacity - at 50 locations across the country, agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan has suggested. Swaminathan said the government will require 64 million tonnes of food grain every year to fulfil the commitment under the Food Security Law that was recently passed by Indian Parliament, that provides for 5 kg of food grain per month per person to 67 per cent of the country's population. Dr Charity Mutegi, research scientist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is the recipient of the 2013 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. Their target is to expand and settle down their presence in this area.
18/03/14: BASF increase footprint in Australia German corporate giant, BASF, one of the world's largest makers of agricultural chemicals has recently bolstered its presence in Australia, with 40 new jobs and increased investment in research and development. The head of BASF's crop division, Markus Heldt, recently visited Australia and said “We've looked at consumers' behaviour, farmers' attitudes the last couple of years around the globe and we felt there's clearly a need to recognise achievement of modern farming, the contribution of farmers around the globe to our wellbeing. That's how we came up with our slogan. We've done a global branding campaign in 2013 in 20 different countries around the globe and we just feel strongly that somebody has to speak up in favour and in support of farmers.”