Inno+ Pieter Hanssen has been appointed to become manager for Benelux for both direct sales and dealers, after the de- parture of his predecessor Mischa Hermkens. He joined the company in 2019.

Perstorp Animal Nutrition Aart Mateboer has be- come executive vice presi- dent of Perstorp’s animal nutrition business, from 1 August. He will be based at Perstorp’s production unit in Waspik, the Netherlands.

Delacon In June 2021, Michael Fischer took over the position of COO at Delacon. He is located at the company’s hub in Engerwitzdorf, Austria. Fischer will oversee operations, fi- nance, organisational development and administration.

Topigs Norsvin Topigs Norsvin has appointed Francisco Sepúlveda (pic- tured) as general manager for Portugal. He will also be key account coordinator for Spain. He will assume his new po- sition in September, taking over from Gonçalo Pim- pao. The company also ap- pointed Ilias Beneas as general manager for Greece. He started in August, taking over from George Nicolaou.

Nutreco After three years of being CEO of Nutreco, Rob Koremans has retired from his role. From mid-August 2021, Fulco van Lede has joined the company as CEO. Koremans will stay on in an advisory role until the end of the year to en- sure a smooth transition. In addition, David Bravo has joined Nutreco as chief science officer.

Hamlet Protein Danish animal nutrition com- pany Hamlet Protein re- cently appointed Jessika van Leeuwen, PhD, MSc as cate- gory manager swine.

Nuqo Zamira François has been appointed as new sales man- ager of French feed additives company Nuqo. She will lead the company’s sales in France and southern Europe.

40 ▶ PIG PROGRESS | Volume 37, No. 7, 2021 Webinar on insect oil in pig nutrition

Insect oil in swine nutrition is not half as futuristic as it may sound. Global agribusiness company Cargill and In- novaFeed have been working on this concept and talked about it in detail in a Pig Progress webinar in mid-June, which is available for viewing on de- mand. Dr Graziano Mantovani (pic- tured right) is strategic marketing and technology lead at Cargill’s Provimi swine business in Western Europe, and Chloé Phan Van Phi (left) is the head of marketing and sales at InnovaFeed. Together they gave the audience a complete insight into the world of in- sect oil. Sustainability, commercial scalability and performance were three key concepts emphasised in the

webinar. The speakers explained that by using the Black Soldier Fly and ex- tracting insect oil from the larvae, the environmental footprint drops with zero impact on deforestation. In terms of performance, the speakers shared the results of a research pro- gramme carried out in recent years, when piglets were given feed contain- ing insect oil. The research team ob- served increased piglet body weight and better stool quality on day 14 post-weaning, and they concluded that insect oil could be used to replace plant oils in piglet diets. Pork of pigs fed insect oil has been in stores with French retailer Auchan.

Contraception for fewer wild boar

A new solution is available in Texas, USA, where the feral hog population has exceeded 2.6 million. On 1 June 2021, a male contraceptive product called HogStop was launched. The product, which is a contraception delivered through feed, can limit the growth of the wild pig numbers. It was developed by Dr Dan C. Loper and his team, which includes his son Daniel. Three years ago, they began tests on commercial wild boar that had ingested the product. “We found a 60%

reduction in sperm motility and also morphology changes that, combined, significantly reduce fertility,” said Dan- iel Loper. “We observed these results even in boar that had ingested the product for only five days.” The active ingredients of HogStop are proprietary, and the product is de- scribed as a “mixture of natural feedstuffs”. It does not contain hormones or endo- crine disruptors, nor does it actively work to affect hormones.





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