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Business Update – New CEO; DLG quality mark

Every week, Pig Progress looks back on the previous week’s business news, conveniently capturing and summarising the most important business updates in the pig industry. Here are this week’s highlights.

IMV Technologies negotiates with Herritech SAS

French-based animal reproduction company IMV Technologies has entered exclusive negotiations with Herritech SAS for the sales of the latter to IMV. Herritech invented and developed SAI21, the first tool for bovine artificial insemination.
IMV owns technology for the insemination of many types of animals, including pigs. Olivier Couture, IMV marketing director, said, ''This new insemination technology significantly improves the comfort and the precision of the insemination act. It perfectly completes the services and products offered by our group.''

DLG launches quality mark

The Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs of the German Agricultural Society (DLG) releases a new quality mark at the turn of the year. The new label links the tradition of the DLG approval of the past years and the advantages of the DLG Signum Test and DLG Fokus Test marks.
"In addition to the new name 'DLG approved' and the new design, we simplified our structure of quality marks and raised information density within the test label at one go. Thus, DLG confirmed quality will be easier to spot for the farmer," Hubertus Paetow, chair of DLG's Test Center summarised the reasons for the change.

German meatpackers invest in north and south

The website Schweine.net reports that the Tönnies Group, one of Germany's largest meatpackers, might increase its output in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. Earlier this year, Tönnies acquired the North German slaughterhouse Thomsen – and now there are serious ideas for investments. Thomsen has a capacity for 300,000 pigs/year and 28,000 cattle/year.
Dutch-German meatpacker Vion Food on the other hand concentrates on production in the southern state of Bavaria. The company intends to invest €15 million for the locations in Landshut and Vilshofen. In Landshut the capacity would be increased from 15,000 to 21,000 pigs per week. Together, the locations are good for 2 million pigs/year.

Levucell SB improves sow feed intake in lactation

Results of a meta-analysis show that probiotic yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii CNCM I-1079, also known as Levucell SB, helps increase sow feed intake during lactation. The study was presented by Lallemand Animal Nutrition at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Joint Annual Meeting, July 12-16, 2015, in Orlando, FL, United States.
Optimal feed intake in early lactation is key to ensuring sufficient milk production and limiting sow body weight loss, which impacts both piglet and sow performance. These results confirm the monogastric-specific probiotic represents a valuable tool for lactating sows management. Read more about this meta-analysis in the article that was recently published in Pig Progress.

Pancosma & Associates appoints new CEO

The Switzerland-based company in feed additives, Pancosma & Associates, has appointed Dr Goetz Gotterbarm as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The company was recently acquired within the Invivo group of companies.
The outgoing CEO, Daniel Kofel, will work together with the new CEO, Dr Gotterbarm, over the next months to facilitate a smooth and orderly transition in leadership, while focusing on Pancosma & Associates' continued transformation. Dr Gotterbarm will be chief in command as from December 1, 2015.

Read more business updates in last week's overview.

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