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FOR 2017 2016 was a busy year for Coppens International, an Alltech company and leading international aquatic feed solutions provider. Since joining Alltech, collaboration between the companies’ research teams has resulted in a wide range of projects. These projects include the introduction of several new algae products containing innovative Alltech technologies, such as the revolutionary sustainable fish oil replacer ForPlusTM

, to

the Coppens International aquatic product range. Together, the two companies have

added the following Alltech aquaculture technologies to the Coppens International aquatic feed range in order to provide customers with a sustainable alternative to fish oil and inorganic trace minerals as well as provide functional additives to support fish health:

ForPlusTM Bio-Mos® : an algae-derived fish oil replacer

containing very high levels of DHA omega-3 fatty acids

: increases growth and weight gain

as well as improves gut health and immune function

ActigenTM : based on yeast cell walls, supports

the immune system and the overall health of the fish, and it also functions as a growth promoter

Bioplex® : optimises overall health, growth

and performance of fish using organically bound trace elements such as zinc, copper, manganese and iron

“Our full range of commercial feeds now

contains a range of new additives, which are specially designed for the benefit of our customers,” said Gijs Rutjes, technical sales support manager at Coppens International. “We have added Alltech’s ForPlus, which is not only derived from algae, but is a fully traceable and sustainable source of DHA omega-3 and a fish oil replacement. “Test results show that by completely

replacing fish oil with ForPlus, we have been able to transfer a high amount of DHA omega-3 into the fish,” continued Rutjes. “Due to the unsustainable global supply of fish oil, this is a huge leap forward for our aquaculture nutrition programmes.” Amongst the latest innovations being

unveiled, Coppens International will introduce a new product to market, Neogreen, a high- quality, sustainable trout feed and the first on the market to contain ForPlus. The new Coppens International range

of products provides hope for the industry as the availability and quality of fish oil and fish meal continue to decline, impacting DHA omega-3 levels in farmed fish. Research recently carried out by University of Stirling in Scotland, for example, showed that levels

of DHA omega-3 oils in farmed salmon have fallen significantly in the past five years. DHA omega-3 produced through algae offers a viable alternative in the creation of such functional foods. “We are constantly innovating,” said

Rutjes. “At Coppens International, we are passionate about exploring new ways to ensure our customers receive the very best quality aquatic feeds. Our latest range will make strides in arresting the decline in levels of DHA omega-3 in farmed fish.” For nearly 24 years, Coppens International

has earned a strong reputation for being an innovative, high-quality aquatic feed producer. The company gained compliance with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in 2016, which provides customers with a guarantee of Coppens’ cutting-edge sustainable technologies and is vital to success in today’s demanding aquaculture industry. “The Coppens International brand has

always been associated with quality and continuous improvement of aquatic feeds,” said Patrick Charlton, CEO of Coppens International. “We developed the new range of feeds to reflect not only these attributes, but to ultimately benefit our customers.” Coppens International exports quality

aquatic feed to more than 60 countries worldwide. The business is spread across three locations, with its headquarters in Helmond, the Netherlands, production in Nettetal, Germany, and research and development in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands.


TRACEABILITY Kiwa-PAI and AIC Services have a launched the ‘Vehicle Inventory Database’ (VID), an on-line portal to maintain vehicle records and provide traceability in one place for participants in the AIC trade assurance schemes – FEMAS, FIAS, TASCC and UFAS. The new portal is free to use by certified

scheme participants who wish to make use of it. “The VID was developed to meet the needs of participants and auditors who wanted a system where vehicles within a fleet could be recorded,” explains AIC Technical Manager Garry Rudd. “We believe this new portal will help with both vehicle identification and traceability.” This new system will save both time and

resource for participants and also allow audits to be more targeted at high risk areas. As the service is linked directly to the Certification Body, Kiwa-PAI, participants will be able to change details quickly and with the minimum of effort. VID is completely secure and participants

will need to log in with their existing AIC portal access details, or contact for a new log in if you have not used the portal before.


RESISTANCE RUMA has welcomed the summary conclusions from a European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) joint opinion on EU measures to reduce antimicrobial use in animals, and especially the recognition that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. The two European agencies laid out

their joint opinion in a statement saying that a combination of interventions tailored to each local situation was needed. These include recording both use and the development of resistance, establishing a national target for antimicrobial use reduction and reducing inherent disease risk on each farm. The opinion recommends that options

should be reviewed to phase out most preventive use of antimicrobials but accepts there could be exceptional circumstances that require such use. Furthermore, it says access to critically important antimicrobials should be restricted and only used in animals as a last resort. RUMA chair Gwyn Jones said the

detail in the opinion was yet to be fully digested but it was positive that the two agencies acknowledged different situations required different approaches; the main recommendations also suggested UK farming was on the right track.


PRINTED At the end of 2016, KSE started using 3D printed parts for its ALFRA dosing and weighing systems. At first this was chosen because it was the quickest solution. “The designs and drawings were ready and the delivery time of the parts was simply the shortest when printed in 3D”, says Michiel Willemse – Manager Mechatronics Development. “In addition to that, the costs for the 3D parts are competitive compared to the conventional ways of producing”. This is not the only benefit for KSE. “We

supply various machines, each with its unique features. This means essentially the same part can differ between machine. By using 3D printing, we can produce very flexibly. This allows us to deploy developments much more quickly”, Willemse adds. KSE sees a lot of future opportunities for

3D printing. With a brand new assembly hall and many product innovations it continues to invest in the future to meet customer requirements.


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