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process will take time to achieve but should deliver a better net result for farmers and indeed for every part of the grain chain. “Harvest 2012, and its quality issues, will


SILAGES Frank Wright Trouw Nutrition International analysis results suggest that while far from a vintage grass silage season, there are some positives. The results of over 4000 first cut samples and just under 400 second cuts suggest farmers will be facing a variety of challenges this winter. “We have seen the evidence on the

variable weather in the silage samples we have analysed so far this year which means there will be a number of specific challenges,” comments Ruminant Manager, Adam Clay. “On average first cuts are better than

second cut crops in all the key areas such as dry matter, ME, protein and intake potential,” Mr Clay continues. “The average ME is lower than last year’s average, reflecting the delayed cutting date of many crops which shows as higher NDF levels. Overall crops have been well preserved. “While on average this year’s crops are

worse than the 2011 average, they are better than the averages seen in both 2009 and 2010,” he observes. Mr Clay stresses that the big problem

this year is the enormous variation and the real challenge will lie at the extremes of the analysis, particularly with regards to dry matter. “The weather wreaked havoc with harvesting in many places this year leading to wet silages but at the same time we have seen some very dry crops.”


GRAIN MARKETS, SAYS AIC Dealing with the aftermath of one of the most difficult harvests for many years will require the whole chain from farm to feed mill and retail outlet to work together, is the consensus emerging from the latest meetings of the Agricultural Industries Confederation’s national Arable Marketing Committee. Merchant and cooperative representatives

alike pointed to end users striving to be as flexible as possible with intake requirements, within the boundaries of maintaining consistency of product to their customers, including livestock farmers. In addition, merchants and cooperatives alike have to fulfil a large amount of contracts, many transacted well before harvest at minimum specifications that are now not readily available. At the same time merchants and coops

are working hard with farmer suppliers to determine available quality and secure the best possible destination. In practice this collaborative approach means that almost all grain must be analysed before collection. The

add costs to every part of the grain chain,” comments Paul Rooke, AIC’s head of arable marketing. “This will include apportionment of claims on contracts where goods do not meet the contracted quality specification. That is a simple unavoidable fact. “For farmers and the trade this means

working together, as closely as possible, to both understand what quality exists and then to find the most appropriate destinations at home or abroad. Extending contract periods may be just one example of the flexibility needed to secure destinations for crops which might otherwise struggle to find a buyer based on their specification.” Trade companies continue to work

overtime to both develop a better overall picture of the quality available and its location. This knowledge will develop an understanding of where end users are able to extend the range of crop they can take. “Only through whole chain collaboration

will the best outcome, and best return, be achieved from the 2012 crop,” concludes Mr Rooke.


SCHOLARSHIP Following the most unfortunate death of R. Edgar Pye in July 1989, whilst he held the office of President of the Society of Feed Technologists, the Society decided to set up the Edgar Pye Research Scholarship Trust to perpetuate Edgar’s memory by the presentation of a Research Scholarship on a regular basis. The aim is to sponsor a research-based

project chosen competitively and it may be in any area of farm animal feeding including animal nutrition and management, feed production and management. The project can be undertaken in the UK, abroad or based on travel to study the appropriate subject. The Research Scholarship is open to

anyone who is either studying agriculture or a related subject, or who is already employed in the Animal Feed Industry and is resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. The Society of Feed Technologists

undertakes all the administration for the Trust. At the last Trustees meeting, it was felt that the Trust would benefit with further injection of funds and it was therefore agreed to seek donations towards this ongoing worthwhile project. Names of individuals or companies who donate over £500 will be acknowledged on the leaflet to be produced. Please make donations payable to The Edgar Pye Research Scholarship to be sent to SFT, 2 Highmoor Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, UK, RG4 7BN


FOR SAFER USE Formalin 40 from Strathclyde Nutrition is now available in a new, improved container allowing for safer use of the product. The new 25kg container has a moulded

ventilation channel which ensures smooth emptying without ‘glugging’. The design of the container avoids dangerous splashing during discharge and total discharge is guaranteed even when the container is held tilted. Features include a closed handle making it easy to rinse. Strathclyde Nutrition’s Formalin 40 is the

strongest formaldehyde solution in regular use in the agriculture sector and it is almost 5% more concentrated than most products. Formalin 40 can be used in various

situations as a cost-effective disinfectant or sterilant. The principal use is for footbaths as a disinfectant and lameness preventative. It is widely used as a disinfectant in poultry houses and hatcheries. It is also used in fisheries as a parasiticide and it can be used as a general disinfectant. Strathclyde Nutrition has been marketing

formaldehyde solutions for more than 60 years. Formalin 40 is produced to the very highest standards, ISO 9001:2008/ISO 14001:2004. It is packaged in UN approved containers which comply with all current transport and safety regulations. All batches are strictly quality controlled to ensure the same high standards time after time.


FEED Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Bionov are pleased to announce that their collaborative project MELOFEED has been selected for governmental funding by the French Inter- ministry Unique Fund (FUI). The objective of this project is the development and marketing of innovative animal feed ingredients extracted from melons. The MELOFEED project aims at

developing a range of nutritional ingredients for animal nutrition. This product range will be based on the unique properties of an antioxidant molecule, Superoxyde Dismutase (SOD), which is naturally present in a specific variety of melons. Its preventive use in animal nutrition should help reinforcing the sanitary status and natural defences of farmed animals, and contribute to enhancing farms overall performances. Primary target species are swine, poultry and aquatic species. Future developments will also concern ruminants and horses. Innovations issued from the project will

be patented and their early development will take into account future market needs and expectations at scientific, technological, regulatory and economic level.


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