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Dairy Diary: May business update

What did the month of May unveil - what's NEW in the dairy world? From Lallemand announcing the first UK project to provide real time data on heat stress to Weltec Biopower RNG plant cutting carbon emissions…

Lallemand: First UK project - real time data on heat stress in cows

Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Dr Tom Chamberlain, founder of Chalcombe Ltd, are launching the first ever UK based, real time trial to support farmers this summer.“The biggest issue facing UK farmers when it comes to heat stress is that our cows aren’t adapted for higher temperatures. Because of this, and the fact that most of the data we have comes from hot countries, the threshold could be significantly lower than what we currently think,” explains Mark McFarland, feed additive product manager at Lallemand Animal Nutrition. In this trial, unique monitors will be fitted to a network of dairy farms in South England with the data being relayed to Lallemand’s website. This data will be streamed live so that farmers will be able to see the current level of heat stress risk, rather than basing management decisions on last year’s data.

Mark McFarland, feed additive product manager at Lallemand Animal Nutrition. Photo: Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Mark McFarland, feed additive product manager at Lallemand Animal Nutrition. Photo: Lallemand Animal Nutrition

Spain: Weltec Biopower RNG plant cuts carbon emissions

Currently, German biogas specialist Weltec Biopower is building a biomethane plant for the Spanish dairy cattle farm Torre Santamaría. Since the first 250-kW biogas plant went live back in 2011, the Catalan family business has been able to cover its entire energy demand from its own residues. The farm in Vallfogona de Balaguer was the first milk producer in Spain to use any residual materials for the production of energy. The investment in the new RNG/ biomethane plant amounts to more than €4 million, a quarter of this sum will be spent on modernising the existing infrastructure and biogas plant. One of the reasons why Catalonia’s second largest dairy producer is able to allocate a budget of this magnitude is that the biomethane sales had already been contractually secured at an early stage. The green gas is to be marketed as climate-friendly fuel via an energy service provider.

Photo: Weltec Biopower
Photo: Weltec Biopower

EuroTier China 2021: Together with AgriFuture

EuroTier China will open its doors from 18-20 October in Nanjing at the China Jiangsu Baima Agriculture International Expo Center. Besides the trade fair, visitors and exhibitors can expect a condensed conference programme and field trips. Together with the AgriFuture Conference China, which will focus on future trends in agriculture, EuroTier brings national and international experts from the animal farming industry on stage to exchange ideas on trend-setting topics.

Photo: DLG
Photo: DLG

DSM launches sustainability service

Royal DSM has launched a new intelligent sustainability service, Sustell, to drive improvements in the environmental footprint and profitability of animal protein production. The service is built around a platform connected to Blonk’s APS-footprint tool, together with an ‘Expert Center’. The Expert Center partners with animal protein producers, assessing the environmental footprint of their site using their actual farm and feed data, and develops case-specific intervention scenarios.

Singao launches new type of sodium butyrate

Singao in China has developed and synthesised sodium butyrate in its Ding Su G product (>98% sodium butyrate), which the company says features reduced butyric odour. It is applicable to all animals, is easily incorporated into feed, premixes, additives and animal health products, is released slowly in the stomach and intestines, and is made using crystalline matrix with interwoven structure. According to the company this is a novel technology.

Photo: Manuka Biotech
Photo: Manuka Biotech

Kemin acquires Bio-Cide International

Ingredient manufacturer, Kemin Industries, has acquired Oklahoma-based Bio-Cide International, a company involved in chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial technology. The acquisition adds several new technologies to Kemin’s portfolio of antimicrobial and food safety solutions, including antimicrobial solutions for food processing, equipment, water and animal health applications.

FrieslandCampina sells Nutrifeed to Denkavit

FrieslandCampina intends to sell its Nutrifeed animal nutrition business to Denkavit. The 2 companies will enter into an agreement for the supply of dairy by-streams to the animal nutrition industry. In December 2020, FrieslandCampina decided to fully focus its ingredients business for its customers on ingredient solutions for consumers in all life stages. Denkavit is an international player with a strong focus on young animal nutrition. The 70 employees will join Denkavit.

Photo: FrieslandCampina
Photo: FrieslandCampina

Livisto launches Tullavis

Livisto launches Tullavis, a long-acting Tulathromycin 100 mg/mL solution for injection for cattle, pigs and sheep. Macrolides have been widely used for the control of respiratory conditions and tulathromycin has demonstrated a very good performance, thanks to its rapid absorption, excellent distribution, and great bioavailability in lung tissue. Tulathromycin shows broad antimicrobial activity against respiratory pathogens, including Mannheimia haemolityca, Pasteurella multocida, Histophilus somni and Mycoplasma bovis. With this product, Livisto rounds-out its portfolio in the key segment of respiratory diseases in livestock animals – along with previous Livisto injectable antibiotics such as Cadorex and Qivitan.

Photo: Livisto
Photo: Livisto

Livisto launches Cryptisel oral solution for calves

Cryptisel oral solution for calves contains 0.5 mg/ml of Halofuginone, a potent anticoccidial used for the prevention and reduction of diarrhoea caused by Cryptosporidium parvum in calves. Cryptisel reduces the oocyst shedding in calves affected with cryptosporidiosis, thus breaking the cycle of transmission and on-farm multiplication Among newborn calves. The product is available in 290 ml, 490 ml and 980 ml bottles and all the sizes come with a metered dosing pump for convenient administration. The use of the product alongside the calf-rearing cornerstones of good colostrum, hygiene and biosecurity will provide a complete solution to control calf neonatal diarrhoea caused by Crytposporidum in the farms. More on Livisto.

Photo: Livisto
Photo: Livisto

Alltech ONE Ideas Conference (ONE) moves dates

The new dates for the Alltech ONE Ideas Conference are June 22-24, 2021. The event will include interactive workshops, unique opportunities to discuss today’s most relevant topics with featured experts and fellow attendees from around the world. The virtual event was originally planned for 25 to 27 May.

RABI to introduce 24/7 helpline for farming people

Responding to the increasing demand from farming people, RABI is extending its freephone helpline this autumn, to provide the farming community with a 24-hour service. The national farming charity believes that a ‘round the clock’ service will better meet the needs of a sector renowned for working long and often unpredictable hours.“Improving accessibility and ensuring farming people know there is someone to talk to who will understand them, no matter what time it is, is a priority for RABI,” says Alicia Chivers, Chief Executive of RABI.

Photo: RABI
Photo: RABI

Zinpro’s Founding Day, with 50 years in business

Zinpro Corporation on 18 May marked its Founding Day thanks to generous support from employees and customers over the past 50 years. Hundreds of Zinpro employees came together virtually in recognition of the company’s 50th anniversary during a global town hall event broadcast from headquarters, and each region of the company has planned its own unique anniversary celebrations.

Photo: Zinpro
Photo: Zinpro

Hamlet Protein USA receives Ohio state officials

Hamlet Protein welcomed Robert Sprague, Ohio Treasurer of State and Tim Derrickson, director of Food & Agribusiness at their Findlay facilities. The team set out to meet with local leaders in the agricultural industry. Agriculture is the main contributor to Ohio’s economy and ranks seventh nationally in pork production. The state is home to 3,000 hog farms; 2,200 dairy farms and produces 9 billion eggs each year. It is also the sixth largest soybean producing stated with approximately 4.2 million harvested acres. Robert Sprague, Treasurer of State, concluded: “Our visit to Hamlet Protein has been very insightful to learn more about the role the company plays in young animal nutrition and their innovative concepts.” Hamlet Protein produces soy-based ingredients for young piglet, poultry and cattle feed at two production plants in Denmark and the US.

Photo: Hamlet Protein
Photo: Hamlet Protein