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Dairy Diary: December business update

What did the month of December unveil in the dairy industry? From GEA installing the largest rotary parlour in China to Animine launching a new source of Manganese.

GEA installs largest milking rotary parlour in China

GEA installed its most powerful milking carousel from the DairyRotor series for Lvyuan Animal Husbandry, China's leading producer of raw milk. The 80-stall GEA DairyRotor T8900 milks the 10,000 cows from Lvyuan farm in Lianyungang in the Jiangsu Province in multiple shifts, three times a day. The largest milking carousel in China is also the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. It took one month to complete the installation and commissioning.

GEA has installed and commissioned the largest milking rotary parlor in China at Lvyuan Farm in Lianyungang which milks 10,000 cows. Photo: GEA
GEA has installed and commissioned the largest milking rotary parlor in China at Lvyuan Farm in Lianyungang which milks 10,000 cows. Photo: GEA

PathogenDx: New strategic advisor

PathogenDx, Inc., an Arizona based technology company, announced that Dr David Acheson will join the company as a strategic advisor. As part of the role, Dr Acheson will form a food safety committee that will inform the company's development of rapid detection testing technologies for the food industry. "Food companies operate under extraordinary risk. There's regulatory and compliance risk, health and food safety risk and ultimately reputational risk," said Dr Acheson. "There is no one more experienced to guide our company into this new area where testing advancements are desperately needed," said Milan Patel, co-founder and CEO of PathogenDx.

Zinpro: New standard for dairy trace mineral nutrition

Zinpro Corporation has launched Availa Dairy, a specific combination of highly metabolically available trace minerals which trials have shown can generate a return on investment of at least 10:1. Based on significant peer-reviewed research and on-farm trials, Availa-Dairy brings together the latest Zinpro research into new feeding recommendations for trace minerals. It contains a specific combination of amino acid complexed zinc, manganese and copper in a precise ratio to deliver superior performance.


  • Availa Dairy is a specific combination of highly metabolically available trace minerals. Photo: Zinpro

    Availa Dairy is a specific combination of highly metabolically available trace minerals. Photo: Zinpro

Zinpro announces The Farm Animal Series

In other news, Zinpro Corporation, announces an exclusive collection of artwork by eight Black artists, entitled The Farm Animal Series. The series depicts nine different farm animals, each one more creatively done than the next. The work is currently on display at its corporate headquarters in Eden Prairie. Commissioned exclusively by Zinpro as one of several planned investments in elevating Black families and communities, the collection focuses on the expressive work of eight talented and renowned Haitian artists. Following the unrest in Minneapolis earlier this year, in which a spotlight was shined upon the state of Minnesota, Zinpro felt compelled to create this collection, to connect its staff and its global agriculture community through art.

Cow, by Jerry, is part of The Farm Animal Series. Jerry is a graffiti artist living and working in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Zinpro
Cow, by Jerry, is part of The Farm Animal Series. Jerry is a graffiti artist living and working in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Zinpro

Animine: New source of purified Manganese

Animine launched its new isource of Manganese during a 100% digital event. Animine, a French and independent supplier of added value trace minerals is completing its portfolio of speciality trace elements by the integration of Mangrin. Mangrin is a highly purified manganese source, a new product which completes the Animine portfolio already comprised of two specialties: Hizox, the potentiated zinc oxide and CoRouge, the only monovalent copper source allowed for the feed market.

Mangrin is a highly purified manganese source. Photo: Animine
Mangrin is a highly purified manganese source. Photo: Animine

Amcor launches PVDC-free shrink bag for cheese packaging

Amcor, a packaging company, has launched Eco-Tite R in Europe, the first designed to be recycled, PVDC-free shrink bag for fresh and processed meat, poultry and some cheeses. Amcor Eco-Tite R is designed to maximise shelf-life, maintain food safety, reduce food waste and can be recycled in existing polyethylene (PE) plastic recycling streams. This means that more consumers will be able to recycle their meat, poultry and cheese packaging.

Evonik takes NIR technology for feed analyses mobile

Evonik has launched Aminonir Portable hand-held device, a mobile NIR service with a world’s first – amino acid calibrations, enabling the determination of energy, nutrients in feed raw materials and feed, as well as amino acids in feed raw materials, on-site and independent of a laboratory.

RABI’s online well-being service

RABI’s new online well-being and counselling platform has seen a 90% return rate since launching in October. This statistic highlights the demand for easily accessible online support for the farming sector. Establishing the online well-being platform has been the first step in the charity’s development of flexible, accessible programmes of support that reach a wider audience. The online service offers free, anonymous resources to adults and young people from the farming community throughout England and Wales.