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energy. Underestimation will result in higher feed costs as more energy is provided than is required.” She explains that analysis results


CEREALS Results from Trouw Nutrition GB show variation in cereal analysis that will have implications for diet formulation and potential margins, and once again confirm that bushel weight is an unreliable predictor of feed potential. “The quality of wheat and barley varies

significantly between years, and within years,” comments Alice Hibbert, Monogastric Technical Support Manager at Trouw Nutrition GB. “A failure to take account of this and to instead base diets on ‘standard figures’ can have cost and performance implications. “Cereal quality will also vary during

the trading year based on where crops are sourced. There will be a shift during the harvest year from local and regionally sourced crops to a wider realignment of the market including milling wheat moving into the feed market once milling requirements are formalised and import/export requirements are fixed. All will influence feeding quality.” Miss Hibbert says the company’s

CerealWatch service has been monitoring cereal quality for several years, focussing on starch and protein content and providing accurate measures of feed value. The scheme is available to feed companies and farmers who want to develop more accurate diets.

The results for the 2016 season

show considerable variation in starch but largely static protein levels compared to 2015 average figures. Trouw Nutrition GB CerealWatch data also confirm that bushel weight, the traditional indicator of quality, is actually an unreliable predictor of energy content when used alone, showing little correlation with other nutritional factors. “In 2016, wheat protein content varied

from 7.9% to 14.0% while the range in starch was 42-61%. For barley, protein content was from 7.4-12.9% and starch 32-60%. This variability was seen largely between regions. Protein values have implications for amino acid content which are particularly crucial in monogastric diets while starch levels will influence energy. “The range in 2016 wheat starch

contents would result in a 3.0MJ/kg difference in poultry AMEn, a 2.0MJ/kg difference in pig NE and a 1.6MJ/kg freshweight reduction in ruminant ME levels. In addition, ruminant diets would have different proportions of glucogenic energy and by-pass starch which will affect milk production. “The implications for diet formulation

are clear. On farm, if you overestimate energy content then animals will be short of

have varied during the year. She says that barley has shown a decline in the monthly average for both protein and starch. For wheat, while enzymatic starch declined from August to October, protein increased. She says the clear message is that regular analysis is needed so that fluctuations can be accommodated in diet formulation Miss Hibbert advises checking cereal

quality regularly, whether bought-in or home-grown, to allow diets to be fine-tuned to consistently meet nutrient requirements resulting in improved performance and optimised costs, whatever species they are fed to. “A full analysis is the only way to

ensure that diets are optimised. Relying on standard figures and unrelated criteria such as bushel weight will have consequences for performance and margins,” she emphasises.


LIVESTOCK EMISSIONS The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) has announced the launch of its latest training module for the Feed Adviser Register (FAR). Module 3, Section 2 will highlight practical ways that feed advisers can help to reduce emissions on farms. It builds on information gained in FAR Module 3, Section 1. Inge Verwoerd, Technical Manager for

Feed and FAR at AIC, said: “One of the main drivers behind the launch of the Feed Adviser Register in 2013 was the need to develop a channel to deliver information on greenhouse gas reduction to livestock producers. At that time there was no single recognised form of training and accreditation for feed advisers. “We now have more than 1,100 feed

advisers, who work for businesses ranging from major companies to independents, registered with the scheme, and the Register continues to grow. By developing online training resources, we have been able to deliver consistent training across the UK for all sectors including cattle, pigs, poultry and sheep. This latest part of Module 3 will enable advisers to really make a difference to greenhouse gas emissions from livestock units, and in time achieve significant reductions across the industry.” FAR Module 3, Section 1 provided an

overview of environmental policy. Module 3, Section 2 includes awareness of soil nutrient content, manure application and storage, livestock housing, and nutrient balances on farm. Further helpful tools and guidance are available to feed advisers via a ‘useful link sheet’ which is in addition to the online training.

Members of FAR are required to study

the training modules and demonstrate their competency through online validation on an annual basis. More information about the Feed Adviser Register can be found at www. - along with the FAR Status Checker, which enables livestock producers and other interested parties to check that their advisers are members of the Register.


HOLDING COMPANY Marubeni Corporation has reached a definitive agreement to acquire a 60% stake of Olympus Holding B.V., the holding company of Orffa International B.V., from management and ING Corporate Investments Participaties B.V. for an undisclosed amount. After the acquisition, management will continue in their current roles and will remain actively involved in day-to-day operations. Through its participation in Orffa,

Marubeni will further expand its animal feed trading and development presence in Europe. In addition, Marubeni will introduce Orffa’s capabilities to its network in Asia. The combination will continue to invest in products and opportunities, significantly benefitting Orffa’s current customers, suppliers and employees. “Orffa has been growing consistently

over the last years on basis of a strategy with partnerships and innovation as cornerstones,” said Eddy Ketels, Chief Executive Officer of Orffa. “Marubeni is an excellent partner for us, creating synergies which will allow us to accelerate our future growth and deliver value to both our employees, our partners and our clients.” Orffa develops, customizes, sources

and offers feed additives and feed additive concepts for the animal nutrition market. As a feed additive specialist, Orffa have dedicated teams engineering feed solutions with value added products and concepts for all stakeholders in the animal production chain. Its feed solutions range from simple individual products to complex solutions that aim to overcome and solve the challenges faced by the animal production industry. Their portfolio combines both in-house developed and branded concepts and products as well as distribution products. Orffa guarantees that all its products and concepts are certified according to the high European regulatory standards and the internal QC systems, which are more stringent than the official European requirements. Marubeni conducts diversified business

activities such as importing and exporting (including offshore trading) and domestic business transactions, while providing various services and making domestic and overseas business investment and resource development in a variety of operating segments.


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