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LIVESTOCK 2012: BUSINESS TO


THE FORE AT THE NEC Business was to the fore at Livestock 2012, staged at The NEC, Birmingham on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September. “The rebranded event which attracted a record 530 exhibitors lived up to its reputation as being the business to business event within the sector, a fact which differentiates it from other shows,” commented Nick Everington, chief executive of its organiser, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers. “Exhibitors, both indoors and outdoors,


reported quality enquiries and record levels of business regardless of the fact that many farmers had taken the opportunity to make the most of the good weather and catch up on harvesting operations after the wettest summer on record for 100 years. Furthermore, Livestock 2012’s international visitor lounge attracted representatives from 19 different countries ranging from Algeria to Zambia. “In addition, visitors were keen to take


home new information and advice from the 55 seminars and debates which were carefully designed to be thought provoking and practical so they could be readily applied on return to the farm the following day. “We were particularly pleased by the


industry’s response to our developments which over the last three years since relocating to The NEC have increased the event’s appeal to all farmers with livestock. Trade stand numbers have increased during that period by 10%, and the space they occupy by 28%. We look forward to building on that success in 2013 as we reschedule the event to the first week in July in the interests of all livestock farmers and creating the opportunity for them to get away from their farms to gain more knowledge and do business.”


ANPARIO RESULTS Anpario plc the international supplier of natural high performance feed additives to enhance health, growth and sustainability in agriculture and aquaculture is pleased to announce its interim results for the 6 months to 30 June 2012. In the six months to 30 June 2012


adjusted EBITDA increased by 25% to £1.35m (2011: £1.08m), with sales increasing by 16% to £10.82m (2011: £9.36m), benefiting from a maiden three months contribution from Meriden. Underlying earnings per share increased by 20% to 5.24 pence per share from 4.36 pence per share. The Meriden acquisition was financed


entirely from Anpario’s own resources and has been immediately cash generative. The balance sheet remains strong with good cash generation and the Group ended the period with a cash balance of £2.83m. Richard Edwards, Executive Vice-


Chairman, commented: “The Group’s performance is very encouraging, despite


the disruption in European and Middle Eastern regions, and demonstrates the resilience of our geographic spread. The recent acquisition of Meriden Animal Health Limited has further bolstered our product range and the business is performing to plan. I am particularly pleased with the successful repositioning of the UK Agriculture Division, which is now focused on value-added feed additives, and Vitrition, our organic feed business, which is performing very well.” “The second half is maintaining the


progress of the first and the Group’s overall performance is in line with its budget. We are very pleased with the acquisition of Meriden, which broadens our product range and increases our global market share in key feed additive markets. Meriden is integrating well and will contribute fully to the Group’s second half performance. We remain focused on delivering organic growth through strong territory management, innovative product development and by supplementing these initiatives, from time to time, with suitable acquisition opportunities. There are geopolitical and financial concerns around the globe, but the Company’s broad product base and strong balance sheet offer encouraging opportunities.”


DE L ACON AND FORUM P ROD U C T S L T D. S I G N DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT FOR


UK AND IRELAND DELACON has appointed Forum Products Ltd. its distribution partner for the UK and Ireland, as of September 13th


, 2012. As part


of DELACON’s strategic expansion into Northern Europe, Forum will support sales and growth of DELACON products, including BIOSTRONG®


for poultry, and FRESTA® F,


the world’s first and only phytogenic (plant derived, natural, botanical) product approved by the European Union as a zootechnical additive for piglets. From its UK headquarters Forum


Products Ltd. has supported the supply of ingredients and finished products to the animal nutrition and animal health market segments for over 25 years. Forum’s Animal Nutrition division is a premier supplier of specialty additives to the animal feed industry in the UK and Ireland. Forum Products Limited is a member of the Barentz group of companies. DELACON is a pioneer and claims to


be the largest researcher, producer and distributor of phytogenic feed additives in the world. DELACON delivers phytogenic solutions that improve animal health, performance and nutritional efficiency, and reduce synthetic additives in the human food chain. DELACON is committed to sustainable growth and is investing heavily in R&D, production capacity and new talent, in order to support its world-wide expansion and maintain its innovative capital.


AB VISTA HAS FRENCH LIFT-OFF


AT SPACE Global feed micro-ingredients company AB Vista made its presence felt in the French market at this year’s SPACE trade fair – with a bigger, busier stand than ever. Held from 11 to 14 September in Rennes and now in its 26th


year, the livestock farming event attracted


more than 109,000 industry players and decision-makers from 110 countries around the world. Since first exhibiting at SPACE three


years ago, when it had just entered the French market, AB Vista has quadrupled the size of its stand. A constant stream of visitors throughout the event demonstrated increased recognition of the company on both a French and international level. SPACE 2012 proved a particular draw


for livestock breeders interested in technology and high performance – making the fair a perfect fit with AB Vista’s innovative and performance-enhancing product range, says the company. Notably, the event was also the setting for the first speech on agriculture by new French President Francois Hollande. Ari Kiviniemi, Global Sales Director, AB


Vista, said: “I am delighted with the interest shown in AB Vista at SPACE 2012. During my first day on the stand I spoke to visitors for nine hours without a break, making it one of my busiest days at an expo ever. It shows what a long way we’ve come in the French market in just a few years”


PANCOSMA AT ALTERNATIVE TO


ANTIBIOTICS SYMPOSIUM Pancosma was platinum sponsor of this first edition of the Alternative To Antibiotics (ATA) symposium held in Paris, Sept. 25th to 28th. Dr D.Bravo, Head of R&D department


at Pancosma, gave a presentation entitled: “Looking outside the box: present and future perspectives to antimicrobial growth promoters in livestock & poultry”. Its objective was to present, to the 250 participants, the results of the field through the study of a meta-analysis of 19 selected trials. This meta-analysis demonstrated the consistent efficiency of phytonutrients such as Cinnamaldehyde, Carvacrol and Capsicum (all combined in XTRACT® 6930 product from Pancosma) on livestock and poultry. Throughout his presentation, Dr D. Bravo


emphasized the fact that mode of actions of phytonutrients are highly dependent on environmental conditions but also that we have to reconsider the gut as a complex organ, considering the interrelationship between the gut mucosal immune system and the gut microbiota.


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