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 » Global ViewUSA:Cargill partners with Wildlife Conservation Society
Cargill  and the
Wildlife Conservation Society  have formed apartnership to support global efforts to examine health links among humans,livestock, and wildlife, and to monitor for avian influenza and other diseasesshared between people and animals. Cargill is committing $1.5 million for twoinitiatives spearheaded by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) expanding aglobal surveillance network for avian influenza in Indonesiaand Vietnam, and introducinga grants program for animal health projects in Brazil. In Brazil, Cargillwill fund a new WCS initiative to support innovative projects that examine thehealth linkages among humans, domestic animals, and wildlife. In Vietnam and Indonesia where many
 seriousoutbreaks of avian influenza have occurred, the Cargill-WCS partnership willhelp expand the
Global Avian Influenza Networkfor Surveillance (GAINS)  program. In partnership with local governmentbodies, Cargill and WCS will train local teams to survey and monitor animals inmarket trade centers, allowing for the comparison of virulence in pathogensbetween market and wild bird populations. GAINS is a multi-disciplinary,multi-stakeholder program for the collection and sharing of data on avianinfluenza.

USA:Research finds high prevalence of E. coli 0157 in cattle fed distillers grainsRecent research at
Kansas State University  found that cattle feddistillers grain have twice the prevalence ofE. coli O157 in theirhindgut.  Researchers there say thefinding is likely to have a profound implication in food safety and thatcontinued research is necessary to determine why 0157 is more prevalent in cattlefed diets containing DDGS.  Among the possibilitiesare that changes in the animals’ hindgut as a result of feeding distillersgrains or the possibility the byproduct provides a nutrient for the bacteria.

Global:FAO predicts record coarse grain output, significant wheat cropThe United Nations
Food and Agriculture Organisation  predicts thatworld coarse grain output will come in at a record-setting 1.069 billion tonnesthis year, slightly less than previously expected due to lower totals in the United States.Even so, bumper crops in the Americaswill ensure record levels, even if estimates have been lowered since the FAO’s1.078 billion tonnes prediction in November. The FAO’s crop prospects and foodsituation report also predicted that global wheat output will rise 1.3 percentfrom last year to 602.2 million tonnes, little changed from an earlier forecastof 602.1 million tonnes.  "With thewinter wheat sowing in the northern hemisphere virtually complete, the
 latestindications point to a significant increase in the world wheat area for2008," FAO said, adding it had a favourable outlook for 2008 world wheatcrops.


USA:USDA proposes naturally raised marketing claim standardOn November 27, the
USDA  announced a proposed voluntary standardregarding a naturally raised marketing claim for livestock and meat.  Comments are due January 28, 2008.  Increasingly, livestock and meat producersare using production or processing claims to distinguish their products in themarketplace.  USDA-AMS, through itsvoluntary certification and audit programs, verifies the accuracy of theseclaims.  The proposed standard willestablish the minimum requirements for those producers who choose to operate aUSDA verified program involving a naturally raised claim.  The naturally raised marketing claim alsowill be a voluntary program.  Moreinformation is available through the USDA AMS
Naturally RaisedMarketing Claims Program  website.

Macedonia:Macedonia faces animal feed shortagesMacedonia could be facing renewed animalfeed shortages in 2008, warns that nation’s agriculture minister, AcoSpasenoski, during a joint press conference with representatives of theFederation of Farmers of the Republic of Macedonia (FFRM). The agricultureminister appealed to farmers to sow cereals on "the largest possiblearea" in order to avoid shortages next year. The Minister said thegovernment in Skopjewould only offer financial support to cereal production in general and notspecific crops as has been the case. The FFRM is reported to have been pleasedwith the way the talks had gone.

USA:American Feed Industry Association holds workshop on ingredient import safetyThe
American Feed Industry Association (AFIA)  conductedan industry-wide workshop in Chicago, Illinois, USA,November 28-29, 2007.   Open to allcompanies in the feed and pet food industries, the National Dialog onIngredient Import Safety was held in response to increasing concerns overinternational imports.  Purpose of themeeting was to discuss an AFIA-prepared draftGuidance for the Industry that will be presented to the Food andDrug Administration (FDA). AFIA Vice President of Feed Regulation and NutritionRichard Sellers organized and led the meeting. Sellers said that the event gave the industry an opportunity to discussimported ingredients, develop a consensus on maximizing the safety of
 thoseproducts and formulate recommendations to FDA on imports.


EU: Call for focus on non-GMO production techniquesWhile the EuropeanUnion (EU) is under increasing pressure to import animal feed from countriessuch as Argentina and the USA where the use of genetically modified organisms(GMOs) is widespread, Dr. Riccardo Russu, director of the Regional Agency forAgriculture and Food in Tuscany, Italy, has called for the EU to face up toanimal feed shortages by adopting more efficient, GMO-free farming techniques.According to the
European GMO-freeRegions Network , he stated that the European Commission should spend more researchmoney on developing and improving agriculture production techniques that do notinvolve the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Dr. Russu said thatthe EU could become more self-sufficient in farming if it funded and developedother types of non-GMO farming, such as organic and quality focusedagriculture.

Global:U.S. Grains Council sees continued export markets in EU
U.S. Grains Council  reports theEuropean Union is currently experiencing a substantial grain deficit and willbe forced to import 10 million metric tons (394 million bushels) of corn and 3to 4 million tons (118 to 157 million bushels) of sorghum this year. The USGCPresident’s Mission, which included the NationalSorghum Producers (NSP), traveled to Europe and northern Africato assess the status of European and Moroccan feed grain markets and the impactof Council programming in the region. The delegation visited France, Germany,Morocco and Spain, wherethey met with producers, feed millers and processors.

USA:Tyson announces plans for growth
Tyson Foods Inc.  has told marketanalysts in the USAthat it intends to enter the new product area of nutraceuticals. The companyalready channels by-products from its meat processing activities intoingredients for animal feeds. Outside the USA,the Tyson management aims to grow poultry businesses in Brazil, Chinaand Mexicoas part of a strategy to increase international sales from a current mark ofUS$3 billion to US$5 billion annually by 2010. By that date, Tyson also intends to have completedconstruction of a US$150 million site in Louisiana,USA,for converting animal fat and other meat by-products as well as vegetable oil into biodiesel for renewable energy.


UK:Tests carried out on latest outbreak of H5 avian influenzaA new outbreak of H5 avian influenza was confirmed in theeast of England, only monthsafter the UK’sfirst case of the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus. Further tests are being carriedout to determine whether or not the new incident involves H5N1 and whether thestrain is high or low on pathogenicity. A three-kilometre protection zone and a10-kilometre surveillance zone have been established around the infectedpremises. The disease was identified in turkeys being reared outside asfree-range. The earlier episode had occurred nearby and also involved turkeys.The source of the infection in that case was suspected to be turkey
 meatimported from Hungaryfor further processing, although contact with wild birds is a known risk factorfor outdoor-reared poultry.

Bulgaria and Romania: Drought raises prospect of increasing grain importsThe two newest EUmember states face the likelihood of importing greater amounts of grain as aresult of poor harvests this year. Drought has forced Bulgaria and Romania to look on theinternational markets for raw materials for basic foodstuffs. The two countriestogether produced an average of only 23 million tonnes of grain, or 8 percentof EU production, reports the German market and price analysis centre ZMP.Although these two nations possess a third of total EU grain acreage, andproduce more grain than their domestic markets can absorb in good years, thelast three years have seen sharp falls in their grain harvests.
 Formerly netwheat exporters, several million tonnes will have to be imported this year, ZMPreports. Up to October 30, 2007, import licenses for 122,600 tonnes of wheatand 161,900 tonnes of maize had been granted. Romania's maize harvest is reportedto be as bad as one 18 years ago. By mid-October, only 2.4 metric tonnes hadbeen harvested, even with three-fourths of the acreage already cleared. Thetotal is estimated to be 3.5 metric tons, more than two-thirds less than thealready-below-average harvest of the year prior. The estimate for the wheatharvest is only 3.0 metric tonnes, compared to the 5.5 metric tonnes of theprevious year. It is estimated that 1 metric tonne to 1.5 metric tonnes
 willhave to be imported to cover domestic demand. As a result of drought, thisyear's Bulgarian maize harvest is expected to be a mere 0.25 metric tonnes, 85percent less than the previous year. This will not even cover a third ofdomestic demand for 2007-8, ZMP reports. The wheat harvest is expected to total2.3 metric tonne, nearly a third less than that of the previous year. Only thesevere drought year 2003 produced less. With food requiring 1.2 metric tonneand feed another 0.6 to 0.7 metric tonne, the situation is serious. It isexpected that Bulgariawill need to import 150,000 to 200,000 tonnes of wheat, merely to bolsterdepleted state reserves.

New Zealand: Cost ofproduction rises, dairy ingredient market could tightenLowcost dairy producer or not? NewZealand's status as such could be underthreat, says the
USDA , as doubts developover the long-term cost-effectiveness of the industry there. New Zealandmilk output will rise marginally next year by around 1.5 percent, the USDAsaid, due to the heightened demand for dairy products. More significantincreases will not be realized until the following season, with annual rises ofbetween 4 and 6 percent expected. Production growth is then expected to stabilize at around 1.5 – 3percent over the next few years. However, as the number of farmers convertingto dairy slows down from its current rate, cost effectiveness is likely todecrease, the USDA said.  Each increasein the payments to farmers often leadsthem to increase expenditure on their input
 costs to increase output. Thatscenario, combined with significant land price appreciation, has negativelyimpacted returns to capital and brings into questionthe ability of New Zealandto continue its status as a low cost dairy producer, according to statements bythe USDA. It was then predicted that this could lead to further cost hikeswithin the global supply chain for dairy ingredients like milk powder.


China: Feed industry on the riseSources in China havereported toFeed International thatnational feed production seems to have increased by about 3 percent this year,despite the reduction in animal inventory caused by poultry and pig diseases.The sources say the losses of livestock occurred mainly on backyard sites thatwere not using feeds from an organized supply network. For 2006, figures fromthe China Feed Industry Association had shown 111 million tons of all feedsproduced, of which 73 percent were compounds from industrial mills.Approximately 82 million tons of animal feeds are estimated to have been usedin Chinabetween January and September 2007. Industrially made compound feeds mills
 arethought to have represented 63 million tons of the total volume.  Remarks by a director of the governmentalDepartment of Rural Economy have indicated that the Chinese authorities intendto back the development of large-scale enterprises to boost national productionof meat and grain. There will also be financial aid for grain growers and pigproducers. The plan is for Chinato remain at least 95 percent self-sufficient for grains in the foreseeablefuture, even though demand will increase and the land available for croppingwill be reduced by urbanization. There had been concern within Chinese agenciesthat more grain must be imported in the coming years, with one estimate sayingimports would
 have to supply 9 percent of national needs by 2010. China’s leadershave responded by supporting a transfer of wheat and maize production fromsmall farms to bigger units over the next five years, believing the more specializedgrowers will achieve better yields.

UK:Farming organizations protest proposal for cost sharingA coalition offarming organizations from across the UK has protested against a proposal fromthe British government to make livestock farmers pay towards the cost ofmeasures on animal health and welfare, including those dealing with outbreaksof notifiable animal diseases. In a joint statement, the organizations said thetiming was wrong because farms were already struggling to cope with the feedprice crisis, Also, the disease handling costs must be significantly reducedbefore there could be any question of sharing them.

Canada:Consumers prefer 'rich in CLA' beefSupportamong Canadian consumers is reported for the idea of buying beef that has beenenhanced with extra amounts of conjugated linoleic acid by the inclusion of theCLA in cattle feeds. Canada-based
CLANetwork  says it is currently exploring the health benefits of CLA andlaying the groundwork for potential beef and dairy products that featureincreased levels of the fatty acid. An in-store survey led by an agriculturaleconomist at the University of Alberta interviewed 800 people in the cities of Calgary, Toronto, Quebec City and Vancouver.They were invited to take part in a computer-simulated shopping experience inwhich they could choose ground beef according to its color, fat and CLAcontent. Participants apparently showed they were willing to pay more for beefwith extra CLA. Survey results also indicated that the label on the productmade a difference, with the description ‘Rich
 in CLA’ being preferred to ‘CLAenhanced’.

Korea:Legislation will reduce antimicrobial feed additive useA forthcoming changein Korea’sfeed additive legislation has been noted by a foreign service report at the
US Department of Agriculture . This explainsthat the change due to be enforced by the Korean Ministry of Agriculture from1st April 2008 will reduce the number of permitted antimicrobial feed additivesfrom 25 to 18. It applies specifically to inclusion of additives in compoundfeeds, whether of domestic or imported origin. The report says the reductionhas been decided as a move towards decreasing the over-use of antibiotics inanimal feeds and is part of a larger government plan in Korea to cutantibiotic residues in meat and poultry. Among the antibiotics removed from the permitted list for feed use afterApril are colistin, bacitracin, lincomycin, chlortetracycline and penicillin.


Indonesia: Feed use on the riseIndonesian FeedmillsAssociation chairman Budiarto Soebijanto has estimated that the uptake of feedsfor poultry and livestock in Indonesiawill have reached 7.6 million tons in 2007, up by more than 5 percent from theamount produced industrially in 2006. His forecast for next year is anotherincrease, to more than 8.1 million tons. The further growth will be linkedparticularly to the continued recovery of the national poultry industry afterits troubles with avian influenza. Poultry feeds are reckoned to account for 80percent of the total demand for commercial feed products in Indonesia.

Global:Aquaculture will fill gap in demandAquaculture willbecome increasingly important as a contributor to the world’s fish supplies, atop-level meeting of fishery authorities has been told in Rome. In a report prepared for the meeting,specialists from the
Food & AgricultureOrganisation of the United Nations  (FAO) speculated that the quantitiescoming from capture fishing in open waters were unable to rise further.Therefore aquaculture must fill the gap in a market where another 37 millionmetric tons of fish will be needed by 2030, simply to maintain the currentlevel of consumption as the global human population expands. Figures from FAO’sFishStat+ database have shown that aquaculture in 2005 produced over 48 millionmetric tons of the 107 million tons of fish consumed worldwide. The latestprojections say the fish farms operating in 2015 will be providing half of allsupplies.

Netherlands:Provimi reports positive first nine months
Provimi  in the Netherlands has reported a 13.5percent increase in its international sales in animal nutrition for the first ninemonths of 2007, to €1502.2 million. Group sales for the full year in 2006 hadbeen €1.8 billion. Volumes this year increased in almost all regions, with arise of 30.4 percent in North America boosted by Vita in Canada(acquired in June 2006) and the acquisitions of Californian businesses Nutriusand Virtus Nutrition. Other major growth areas for sales were France and Poland. More than 87.4 percent ofthe shares of the Provimi Group are now held by KoroFrance.

China:Phasing out pig productionFeed demand in the Guangdong province of southern Chinacould be hit by an official plan to phase out pig production in the Pearl Deltaarea around the city of Dongguanby 2009. Already home to over 6.5 million people, Dongguan continues to spreadout along the banks of the Pearl River as itattracts investment from foreign and Chinese companies. Pig farms in the areahave been blamed for adding to the environmental pollution. Previously, pigfeeds have represented almost one-quarter of the total feed tonnage of about 15million tons per year produced in Guangdong.


 » Industry NewsUSA and Japan:Aova Technologies, Inc. signs distribution agreements
Aova Technologies, Inc.  (AovaTech) and
IMGEN, Inc.  announced today that theorganizations have entered into an exclusive distribution contract for theJapanese market of AovaTech’s micro feed ingredients—BIG PIG, BIG FISH, BIGBEEF and BIG BIRD for enhanced nutritional performance.  Aova Technologies, Inc. headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, is abiotechnology company organized in 2001 to offer the producer and feednutritionist a new strategy in animal nutrition. AovaTech also announces that ithas signed a distribution agreement with DLM_Mkting for AovaTech’s micro feedingredients.  DLM_Mkting was establishedin 1997 by Dan L. McDermott, a specialist in the animal production andnutrition industries since 1979
 assisting companies with product developmentand marketing of new technologies. DLM_Mkting provides contract product development and marketing servicesfor animal nutrition technology companies.

USA:Alltech hosts ribbon cutting at Georgia facilityMore than 50 area residents joined global animalhealth company
Alltech  as itofficially opened its new state-of-the-art office and quality assurancelaboratory in Thomasville, Georgia, USA, on Monday, November 19.Alltech, along with members of the Georgia Department of Labor, the Chamber ofCommerce, Wentworth Building Corporation, and FloridaA&M University,hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony at its 7-acre office site located on theSouthwest edge of Thomasville.  "Alltech is proud to be a partner in thecommunity of Thomasville,"said Alltech President Dr. Pearse Lyons. "We're looking forward to furtherestablishing our roots here and becoming a part of the local economy."Attendees received a tour of the facility including the Quality AssuranceLaboratory,
 state-of-the-art offices and distribution warehousing facilities.As one of 19 offices in North America, Alltech Georgiasupports the agriculture industry in Alabama, Florida, Georgiaand Mississippi,with the capacity to support 3 billion broilers; 283,000 dairy cows; 851,000hogs; 2.9 million beef cattle; and 242,000 horses.

Russia:Russagroprom purchases dairy enterpriseRussagroprom hasemerged as the purchaser of a milk production enterprise and six dairyprocessing plants in the Vologda region of Russia fromRussian group
Nutritek , which isdivesting its agribusiness ventures in order to concentrate on human infantnutrition products. Russagroprom's president has said it intends to developmore in vertical integration, from feed supplies through to the processing ofthe milk.

Vietnam:Cargill grow its presenceAprovince in the Mekong Delta has become the sixth location for a
Cargill  feedmill in Vietnam. Themill openedrecently by Cargill Vietnamhas cost about US$12 million and can produce up to 150,000 metric tons of feedsper year. It takes Cargill’s feed production capacity in Vietnam to atotal of over 700,000 tons/year. The director of Cargill Vietnam isquoted locally as suggesting that the company intends to build another 2-3mills nationally in the next three years. Its investments in Vietnam alreadyexceed US$70 million.


Vietnam:CP Foods on the move in VietnamFurther indicationsof its own investment plans for Vietnamhave been unveiled by Thai agribusiness conglomerate Charoen Pokphand (CP).Through
CP Foods , it aims to open anotherfive Vietnamese feedmills in the next two years. The US$100 million portfolioalso includes expansion in aquaculture and in food processing. CP Vietnampresident Sooksunt Jiamjaiswanglerg has described the proposed design of one ofthe new mills as world-beating for automation and traceability. This plantalone will be capable of producing up to 600,000 tons of feeds annually.

Germany:BASF reorganises performance products
BASF  in Germany hasannounced a reorganization of its businesses in which products for the feedindustry go into a new Care Chemicals operating division that combines formerFine Chemicals activities and the detergents and cleaners business previouslyhandled by a Performance Chemicals unit. Care Chemicals will be headed byGabriel Tanbourgi and has annual sales of approximately €3 billion. It isplaced under the category of Performance Products, which is one of six segmentsforming the new BASF structure.  Dr JohnFeldmann takes responsibility for Care Chemicals on the corporation’s board ofexecutive directors.

Philippines:Facing need for additional corn importsOrganizations,including the Philippine Association of Feed Millers, have been in talks withthe Philippinesauthorities over a proposal to import 270,000 metric tons of yellow-corn maizefor auction before the end of 2007. Although potential purchasers of the cornasked for the auction, the National Food Authority said it would take too longto arrange and the government in Manilaannounced that the tender to import the maize tariff-free had expired withoutanyone from the private sector coming forward to take it up. Originally theidea was for an agreement to receive the grain in January or February of 2008.Department of Agriculture assistant
 secretary Dennis Araullo remarked that theunused tender would not be carried over intonext year. He blamed high world corn prices for the lack of interest amonglocal traders, pointing out that landed corn would cost P15,000 per ton evenwithout tariff.

USA:MSC changes operational organizationSpecialty nutritionproducts manufacturer
MSC  (formerly Milk Specialties Company) in the USA is changing its operationalorganization to create the business units of MSC Specialty Nutrition and MSCNutritional Ingredients. Eddie Wells joins the company as president of MSCSpecialty Nutrition with responsibility for the nutrition business includingAdvance milk replacers and energy supplements for pigs. Steve Hollins becomesexecutive vice president of MSC Nutritional Ingredients that processes andsells whey/protein products and protein-encapsulated fats. Tom Benson ispromoted to vice president supply chain for MSC Nutritional Ingredients.


Global:Former European food safety official joins AlltechDavid Byrne, former European Commissioner for Healthand Consumer Protection, has joined
Alltech’s  board as a non-executive director. Byrne was instrumental in the establishmentof the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Centerfor Disease Control (ECDC).  Alltechspokespersons note that one of the key concerns of global consumers is thesafety of the complete food chain, from safe animal feed to safe food supplies,and that Alltech aims to assist the feed industry and its clients indramatically shaping the evolution of the industry in the next decade andbeyond.  Prior to establishing its ownsystem, Alltech Quality System, Alltech benchmarked all of the global,legislative, quality and safety requirements being implemented.  Alltech's manufacturing and
 warehousefacilities meet the globally accepted standards of HACCP, as well as regionallyand locally accepted standards. Alltech's regional certifications include SafeFood/Safe Feed in North America and EuropeanFeed Additives and Premixtures Quality System (FAMI-QS). Alltech also has ISOCertification in Mexico and China.

Netherlands:Trouw Nutrition Hifeed bv appoints Eits to technical, marketing manager
Trouw Nutrition  Hifeed bv hasappointed broiler nutrition specialist Dr Ruud Eits to the new position oftechnical and marketing manager, based at the company’s head office in the Netherlands. Hehas been with the Nutreco group since 1997, initially as a poultry nutritionresearcher and most recently as project manager in feed formulation services.

Vietnam:KiotechAgill announces agreement with JJ-DegussaFeed and aquacultureproducts company
KiotechAgil  in the UK has concluded a new distribution agreementfor Vietnam.It is with JJ-Degussa, itself a joint venture between Jebsen & Jebsen andDegussa which is headquartered in Singapore and has a number ofoffices in the region.

Norway:Yara International exploring options for animal nutrition business
Yara International  chief executive ThorleifEnger has told market analysts in Oslothat the Norwegian fertilizers group is exploring its options for the animalnutrition interests of Kemira GrowHow, which it bought recently. A strategicreview of the animal nutrition business has been initiated while the rest ofKemira GrowHow (including phosphate mining in Finland) is integrated with Yara’soperations.


USA:O'Neill named key account manager for Kemin AgriFoods North AmericaJeff Murphy,commercial director for
Kemin AgriFoods  North America, has announcedthe appointment of Mike O’Neill, PAS, as the Key Account Manager responsiblefor Kemin sales development in the area encompassing Pennsylvania,New York and New England, USA. Prior to joining Kemin, O’Neill worked for Monsanto Dairy Business primarily inPennsylvania and New York.  Before that, he won awards inagricultural product sales for several companies since 1988, including Agway,Cargill Molasses, Westway Trading and others.  He holds degrees in animalscience from the State University of New York in Cobleskill and from Middle TennesseeState University,Murfreesboro,where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988.  He is
 amember of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS),having completed requirements for Professional Animal Scientist (PAS)certification in 1998. Kemin Industries, Inc., is a global ingredientsorganization headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa (USA),with offices in Belgium, Brazil, India,China, Singapore and South Africa.

Denmark:Lallemand grows yeast production capacity
Lallemand  hasstrengthened its yeast production capacity for probiotics by acquiring theGrenaa yeast/molasses alcohol factory in Denmark from V&S Distillers.The companies have co-operated for many years and the plant already producesspecific live yeast and yeast extracts for Lallemand animal nutrition products Levucell SC,Levucell SB and Alkosel.

Global:JBS United announces staff changesDr. Doug Webel hasbeen promoted to chief operating officer and Dr. Ronny Moser becomes directorof worldwide company research and development as well as overseeing technicalservices at the nutrition and emerging technologies division of US-basedlivestock feed products company
JBS United ,which has activities in North America, Central and South America and Asia. Mike Engelhardt is named national swine accountssales manager and Dave Crosby is promoted to key accounts manager with thesales team servicing regional pig producers in the USA.


USA:Bluebonnet Feeds completes feed mill improvements
Bluebonnet Feeds LLC , a leader inproducing new and innovative products for all types of livestock includingcattle, equine, poultry, pets, show animals, caged birds and numerous otherspecies, has completed improvements at its multi-species feed mill in Ardmore, Oklahoma,USA, allowing the company to increase the mill’s capacity and efficiency. Keyimprovements to the plant include a new mixer and mixing system, three roboticpalletizing systems and new distributors and transfer piping on the mainelevator, as well as a new clipper cleaner, grinder and roller mill. A revampedelectrical system was also installed.

Australia:Feedlogic appoints distributor
Feedworks  has been appointed Australiandistributor for the pig feeding management systems of
Feedlogic Corporation, USA .

Netherlands:New website for Dinnissen Process Technology
Dinnissen —aspecialist in the handling of bulk solids for the feed, food, pharma andchemical sectors—launched its new website. Besides reflecting the company's newhouse style, the site also provides clients and other business relations muchmore information about product innovations, processes, standard products,market applications, and company activities. The new website is structured moretransparently, and visitors can view film fragments and photographs aboutvarious technologies and also download folders. A special search applicationmakes it easy to quickly find whatever information one is looking for. Thosewho are interested can register via the website for a special e-mail
 newsletterthat is sent out on a regular basis. The new site of Dinnissen ProcessTechnology can be found at:
www.dinnissen.nl .

New Delacon subsidiary, general manager for North America
Delacon  has appointed Dr. KenPurser vice president and general manager for its new subsidiary Delacon USA,Inc. Dr. Purser leads all activities for Delacon in North America and serves as regional manager for this territory. DelaconUSA, Inc. is headquartered in Quincy, Ill. Dr. Purser joins Delacon followingover 25 years of involvement in the feed industry.  Most recently he served as vice president ofmarketing and technical service for Prince Agri Products. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Ph.D.in animal nutrition. Dr. Purser is responsible for business development in theNorth American markets and supports Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC, Delacon’sexclusive partner in
 the UnitedStates. The foundation of Delacon USA providessignificantly enhanced support for its growing business with Land O’Lakes byfurnishing improved sales, marketing and technical support.  Dr. Purser will collaborate with Land O’Lakesto strengthen its presence in the U.S. swine market and gain entry tothe poultry and cattle segments to meet the growing demand for effectivenatural feed additives in animal nutrition. Delacon USAis also responsible for business development in Canadaand Mexico.


USA: Cobb-Vantress names new regional sales managerBob Ickes has been appointed southwest regionalsales manager for
Cobb-Vantress  covering Missouri, Arkansas,Louisiana, Texas and the West Coast regions. Thisposition has been held for the past seven years by Heath Wessels until hisappointment in August as U.S.sales manager. Ickes began his career with J&M Farms in 1974 aftergraduating from Louisiana State Universitywith a B.S. in agri-business and economics and an M.S. in poultry sciencemanagement.  His sales career began withArbor Acres in 1980, becoming vice president of sales for North America in 1996 and then national accounts manager for Aviagen in2000.  Since 2002, he has worked for theSouthwestern Sales Company heading up their U.S. sales and marketing efforts.

USA:Chr. Hansen appoints Vale as regional sales manager
Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition  announces the appointment of Steve Vale as regional sales manager for thePacific Northwest, Southwestern and Northeastern areas of the United States.  In his new position, Vale will provide focusand direction to grow the Chr. Hansen business as well as continue to managekey accounts in the Midwest.  He will oversee the activities of the accountmanagers in these three regions of the country. Prior to joining Chr. Hanseneight years ago, Vale worked at Ralston Purina, Central Soya and Growmark/Countrymark.  Operating from facilitiesin thirty countries worldwide, Chr. Hansen is a global biotechnology companythat provides ingredients to the food, dairy,
 human health and nutrition, andanimal health and nutrition industries.

Global:Novus International signs exclusive worldwide agreement with Martek
NovusInternational, Inc. , a leading innovator of animal health and nutritionprograms, announced a worldwide exclusive agreement with
Martek Biosciences Corporation . Theagreement, states that Novus will be the exclusive worldwide distributor forMartek’s DHA Gold(R) in all poultry and swine feed and enrichment applications.  “Our partnership with Martek provides anotheropportunity for Novus to offer unique and broad spectrum programs to ourclients.” explained Dan Meagher, Novus World Area Director, North America. “By utilizing customized, proprietary blends of Novusproducts with DHA Gold, customers will simultaneously enhance the health oftheir animals and differentiate their end products in the consumermarketplace.”

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