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POWER OF DISRUPTION One idea, from one person, can disrupt the status quo to create opportunity — or challenges — for many. Will agriculture be a positive disrupter, creating opportunity? Or will the industry be caught playing defense to disruption? ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

(ONE17) will inspire farmers, ranchers, producers, suppliers and influencers in every species and segment across production agriculture to create disruption and be prepared to harness its potential — or risk being rendered irrelevant. ONE17 wi l l be held May 21–24

in Lexington, Kentucky, and promises to be an experience jam-packed with ideas, innovations and solutions for the agriculture industry. The annual international conference, now in its 34th year, draws more than 3,000 attendees from over 70 countries. “Our goal is to help our partners in

agriculture put their ideas into action,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech’s founder and president. “If you want to activate your vision, gain a more global perspective and connect with the most innovative minds in agriculture, ONE17 is the only place to be.”

With topics covering the growing global

economy, disruptive consumer trends and the constant stream of new technologies, ONE17 will set the stage for forward- thinking discussions about the future of food production. General sessions wi th headl ine

keynote speakers will inspire business solutions and innovation, while subject- and species-specific focus sessions will give producers a chance to learn and participate in discussions relevant to their respective fields. Breakouts on crop science, beef, dairy, swine, poultry and aquaculture — as well as topical sessions on finance, food issues and emerging markets — provide an opportunity for every corner of production agriculture to engage disruption at the ONE17 conference. “ONE is meant to encourage, empower

and, most importantly, challenge us,” said Dr. Lyons. “We want individuals to leave feeling like they were part of a life-changing development for the industry and feel empowered to implement solutions back home.”

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WELFARE POST-BREXIT During a debate in the House of Commons about farm animal welfare, the Government made explicit and detailed comments about how they saw post-Brexit farming evolve. The Government confirmed that Brexit provided an opportunity to improve the slaughter of pigs, deliver higher welfare incentives to farmers in the new support system and protect UK farmers from the import of lower welfare, lower cost meat. RSPCA assistant director of external

affairs David Bowles said: “There’s no doubt that Brexit is going to be a complex issue and a lot of legislation covering farm animals in particular will need to be reviewed, but we are delighted the Government are considering the opportunities Brexit gives to improve farm welfare and also consider rewarding farmers who rear to higher welfare standards. We were very encouraged to hear the debate. A healthy discussion on these complex and extremely important issues is just the beginning, but it is encouraging to see the forward thinking from the Government.” Many speakers voiced concerns for

the current lack of mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and spoke about the potential to introduce set guidelines for quality control on the placement of cameras and quality and review process of the footage. Others spoke about the risk to UK

farmers who rear higher welfare products from the UK being undercut by the import of low-welfare, cheaper products - and that the UK should lead the way and set an example for other countries when it comes to robust, high welfare farming. Another popular topic was that of a

clear, concise food labelling system, where consumers could easily identify products that have been raised in high welfare conditions by UK farmers, along with a clear mark to identify if the animal had been slaughtered with or without stunning - something the RSPCA is extremely keen to back. David Bowles added: “For many years

the RSPCA has campaigned for a clear food labelling system which would leave no room for consumers to be confused as to where and how the meat they are purchasing was reared and slaughtered. Non-stunned animal meat can enter the conventional food market without labelling, and we have always felt consumers should be able to easily make that choice. “This is a vital opportunity for the

Government to improve animal welfare as it stands now in this country, but also to create new legislation that until Brexit, it was unable to consider, for example, the introduction of standards and legislation for the welfare of ducks, dairy and beef cattle - all of which currently do not have specific standards in place to protect them.” The risks posed to animal welfare laws when leaving the EU were also discussed,

including if the Government decides to deviate from existing standards, or if free trade agreement negotiations left non-compliance guidelines unworkable. British products could be undercut and the importation of meat produced without higher welfare could be available and preferable to consumers because of lower price.


PROGRAM IN 2017 Cooperation continues between Australia and Norway to provide extrusion training – this year offering a Petfood Extrusion program in addition to the established Aquafeed Extrusion course, which has been held in Norway for the last two years. 2017 sees the third annual “Aquafeed

Extrusion Technology” short course being offered at the Centre for Feed Technology (FôrTek) in Norway, from 24 to 26 April. Program organiser from Australia – Gordon Young – said the feedback from participants about the quality of the past courses has been excellent “So much that we were also invited to deliver on-site training for extruder operators at a major Norwegian aquafeed plant last year” he said “and we are in discussion on repeating – and perhaps expanding – that this year”. FoodStream has been presenting extrusion and related training programs in Australia and the surrounding region, including Thailand, for almost 20 years. The 3-day program covers the principles of extrusion, the design of extrusion processes, and the formulation requirements for extrusion. The 2016 program included a “Food &

Feed Drying Technology” program. Which will also be repeated this year on 27 & 28 April, with a specialised “Petfood Extrusion” course also being offered for the first time in 2017, from 2 to 4 May. The courses are independent – so

participants can choose to attend extrusion or drying courses individually, or in combination. The venue, and the cooperation provided,

is key to the success of the program. “FôrTek has excellent pilot plant facilities to provide a practical side to our training.” An extrusion exercise is carried out during the course to demonstrate the principles presented during the training. The course presenters have also now

published two text books which support the training. “Food & Feed Extrusion Technology: An Applied Approach to Extrusion Theory” contains similar – but expanded – information as the extrusion courses. A specialised text “The Design of Food Extrusion Dies” is unique in describing, with worked examples, this complex and important – but often poorly understood – topic. These books are available separately from, or from major booksellers.

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