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Russia may overcome a shortage of protein on its domestic feed market thanks to several independent projects working on bioprotein production.  In the Soviet Union, the first production of feed protein from hydrocarbons took place in the 1970s. In total, the country built 12 plants with a designed production performance of around 1 million tonnes per year. This was close to 70% of the world’s bioprotein production at that time. The importance of the bioprotein industry in the country was comparable with that of the nuclear industry, since it allowed the Soviet Union to be self-sufficient in feedstuffs.Studies on safety and efficiency were not adequately conducted All plants manufactured either Paprin – single-cell protein yeast grown on liquid paraffin medium – or Gaprin – inactivated biomass of methane, oxidised bacteria Methyllococcus capsulatus. Studies on safety and efficiency were not adequately conducted, which resulted in horrifying outcomes in the case of Paprin. Meat obtained...

Thailand anticipates a surge in corn production for MY2020/21 due to an increase in planted area and good weather. Meanwhile, there is still a high demand for alternative feed grains since domestic corn production and corn imports are insufficient to meet the demand for feed ingredients. The forecast for MY2020/21 corn production in Thailand is 5.6 million metric tonnes (MMT), up 24% from MY2019/20 due to an expansion in acreage and favourable weather conditions. The average farm-gate prices of corn between January and August 2020 were around 7.7 baht/kg (US$ 248/MT). Corn prices declined 3% from the same period last year due to the increased production and a surge in duty-free corn imports from neighbouring countries under the ASEAN free-trade agreement, particularly from Myanmar. Myanmar corn is approximately 30% cheaper than locally produced corn. A surge in corn production for MY2020/21 is expected in Thailand due to an increase in planted area and favourable...

A switch to insect-based animal feeds could help the UK reach its net zero carbon emissions target, researchers say.  Among other issues, tackling emissions from agriculture is vital if the UK is to reach its 2050 target, and insect-based feeds offer a promising method to feed animals in a sustainable, low-carbon way. Exploring the science behind insect-based feeds has never been more topical, and a project led by Entec Nutrition, which was set up by 2 University of Exeter scientists, has won a £250,000 grant from the Innovate UK's transforming food production scheme to do just that.Insect-based feeds offer a promising method to feed animals in a sustainable, low-carbon way. Photo: Henk Riswick“We are thrilled to have won this Innovate UK grant with our research partners,” says Dr Olivia Champion, who co-founded Entec Nutrition with University of Exeter colleague Professor Richard Titball. “It’s really exciting for Entec Nutrition to form part of the UK’s...

BRF has announced all eggs used in its processed products will come from cage-free systems as of this month. The measure is part of an initiative to increase animal welfare sooner rather than later. The current step was originally planned for 2025.BRF moves its timeline to use cage free eggs forward by 5 years and wants the job done by the end of this year. Photo: Hans BanusAccording to the company, more than 23 million eggs are used each year in the production of its processed products, such as lasagna, pizza, cheese breads and pies. Starting this month, those eggs come from a supplier that has the Cage Free certification attested by the NGO Certified Humane. Its standards include balanced nutrition free of antibiotics or hormones, resting areas for animals and adequate space for natural manifestation of each species.   Eliminated use of caged layer eggs “With this initiative in Brazil, we have eliminated...

This week’s feed additive update, takes a look at the latest price changes in Vitamin E50, Vitamin A1000, Vitamin D3 500, Canthaxanthin 10% & Vitamin B7 (H) Biotin 2%   Spot buyers are paying 25% less for Vitamin E50 than they were in Mid April, with the current global price around US$ 7.45 per Kg. Buyers in Spain are paying around US$ 7.75 per Kg.Spot buyers are paying 6% more for Vitamin A1000 than last week, with the current global price around US$ 94.6 per Kg. Buyers in France are paying as little as US$ 95.6 per Kg.Spot buyers are paying 63% less for Vitamin D3 500 than they were in End of April, with the current global price around 21.1 USD per KG. Buyers in Iran are paying as little as US$ 22.41 per Kg.  Spot buyers are paying 9% less for Canthaxanthin 10% than they were in Beginning of July, with the current global price around US$ 52.8 per Kg. Buyers in Lebanon...

The price for soybeans is improving despite the major production that is expected worldwide. The main reason that prices are picking up is good exports. The recovering demand in the Chinese feed sector and improved economic conditions are making the sale of soybeans easier. Monthly forecast revised upwards The International Grains Council (IGC) has revised the monthly forecast for the global soybean harvest for the 2020-21 season upwards by 8 million tonnes to a record 373 million tonnes. That is 10% more than was harvested last year (2019-20: 339 million tons of soybeans). The increase is mainly due to an improved outlook for the United States.The recovering demand in the Chinese feed sector and improved economic conditions are making the sale of soybeans easier. Photo: Hans PrinsenSoybean trade has increased from 161 million tons (July) to 164 million tons (August), mainly due to good exports from South America; Brazil ships a lot of...

Oxidation of fats and oils (rancidity) is a natural reaction that occurs when unsaturated fatty acids are exposed to free oxygen. Antioxidants could therefore be added to animal feeds to prevent oxidation. During the reaction between unsaturated fatty acids and free oxygen, a peroxy radical is formed when the triglyceride free radical reacts with an oxygen molecule. The peroxy radical then reacts with another triglyceride, forming hydroperoxides, which are very unstable and break down into a number of secondary products such as aldehydes and alcohols, which contribute to the unpleasant flavours associated with rancid fats. They may also form other polymers that are unavailable and therefore reduce the energy content of the fat and are capable of affecting the absorption of, or even destroying, fat-soluble vitamins. Currently, there are no reliable standards for measuring the level of rancidity of fats, but it is generally accepted that fats with a peroxide value...

New research has shown that even low levels of mycotoxins found in animal feed have a direct negative impact on the performance of broiler chickens.   The longitudinal three-year study, a first of its kind in this field, was conducted by Oluwatobi Kolawole at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with agri technology company Devenish. Published in the Toxins journal of July 2020, the study demonstrated the negative effects of low levels of naturally-occurring toxic substances, i.e. mycotoxins found in animal feed, on poultry performance and health.   In a long-term feeding trial to evaluate the effect of low doses of mycotoxin mixtures, 18 consecutive broiler flocks were monitored on performance and feed intake. Photo: Chris McCullough Oluwatobi Kolawole, lead researcher at the School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, said: “Mycotoxins are chemicals produced by fungi that can have serious effects on health, performance and the immune system of animals and humans...

The International Grains Council (IGC) soy price index, which stood at 187 points on 10 August 2020, made a steady climb to 194 points last Monday, which is the same level it was at in October 2018. The price increase is attributable mainly to good demands and to possible storm damage to soybean crops in the United States. Rising soy priceIGC price index soy, index 100 = price January 2000.Less US stocks of soy than expected Several incentives on the international market are causing the price of soybeans to rise. The National Oilseed Processors Association in the US (NOPA) published smaller soybean stocks than previously expected. Domestic soy consumption in the last period was higher than expected, which supports the continued rise of the soy price.Furthermore, the American sales figures of soy are good, in particular with regard to China. According to the latest USDA Wasde report, 165.6 million tons of soy will be exported...

Kolkata: Chicken is set to become cheaper in the domestic market as the price of soya meal, a key poultry feed, is expected to ease off on increased availability. Industry executives said soya meal exports plunged 75.7 per cent year-on-year in May as shipments to Iran fell sharply because of the US sanctions. This has increased supply of soya meal in the domestic market, which in turn is expected to push its prices down. Soya meal constitutes 45 per cent of the poultry feed. “Since, the soya meal availability has increased in the market, prices too will fall,” Madan Mohan Maity, secretary at West Bengal Poultry Federation, told ET. “This will bring down chicken prices by 10 per cent. We are hoping price of chicken to decline from end June.” Retail chicken prices soared nearly 30 per cent to Rs 220 per kg in May from Rs 170 in January. But Amit Saraogi, managing...

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