January 2021 was the month of novelties in the world of pig nutrition companies. Most notably, however, was the news of the announced take-over of French cleaning and disinfection company Theseo by chemicals giant Lanxess.
Specialty chemicals company, Lanxess has entered into negotiations to acquire the Theseo group, a manufacturer of disinfection and hygiene solutions in Europe and Latin America, headquaretered in Laval, France. The products are used in livestock farming to prevent and control diseases. Theseo has about 100 employees in 4 sites in 2 continents. It is expected that the envisaged € 70 million transaction will be completed by mid-2021.
Ceva Animal Health has launched a free interactive map which will help farmers and vets track swine influenza across much of Europe. The map shows the development of the strains of influenza detected on pig units by country and even by region. It is updated on a quarterly basis. The company’s support of the diagnosis of influenza in Europe has enabled it to introduce this service. To protect farmers’ privacy, the map does not show individual farms.
Hygiene specialist Hysolv has developed a ‘Disinfectant Ready Reckoner’ that converts animal housing floor area into a guide for disinfectant requirements for the whole house. 2 pocket-sized laminated cards provide separate calculations for housing with either rough surfaces or smooth surfaces. Each card has precalculated values for total internal surface disinfection on one side while the reverse side provides calculations for the amount of disinfectant needed.
And now it’s time for news from the world of pig nutrition. Royal DSM has launched its sustainability platform, ’Reducing emissions from livestock’, as part of its recent strategic initiative We Make It Possible. The platform is a commitment from the company to reduce emissions from livestock in direct support of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 13, Climate Action.
AB Vista has partnered with its sister company, Intellync, to offer a new emissions reporting service that allows customers to gain insight into their carbon emissions, helping them to reduce their impact. The service identifies areas within the feed production process with a high emissions rate and provides strategies to reduce this impact. Feed and protein producers can use the service as a management tool to monitor the impact of decisions at production sites.
Nuqo, in the field of phytogenics and phycogenics feed ingredients and with expertise in the space of micro encapsulation, and Aditech, a Polish producer of additives, supplementary feed and premixes for feed, have formed a strategic partnership to develop and distribute Nuqo’s technologies in Poland and Baltic countries.
A trial managed by Carthage Innovation Swine Solutions in the US found that the supplementation of sow diets with the 100% oregano essential oil feed additive, Orego-Stim from Anpario, improved numbers of piglets weaned per sow through reduced mortality and removals in lactation.
Specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor, Azelis, has partnered with Perstorp, which operates in the specialty chemicals and feed additives markets, to represent them in Great Britain for their animal nutrition range of gut health solutions, feed hygiene solutions, acidifiers, silage additives and TMR and grain preservatives.
Chinese feed additives company Delvigent, based in Chengzhou, Hebei province, is opening of a feed additives plant following an investment of US$ 15.5 million. Phase 1 has the capacity of 60,000 tonnes per year of feed additives with short and medium-chain fatty acids and essential oils as the main components, with the possibility to expand to 120,000 tonnes.
Novus International has announced a partnership with Agrivida, the technology of which allows for the delivery of feed additives directly inside the grain, meaning molecules are more efficiently absorbed. Novus is making Agrivida products available in the US immediately while registration is underway to expand to other countries.
De Heus Myanmar and Mandalay Yomav have inaugurated the largest solar rooftop in Myanmar at the De Heus Myanmar Myaung Dagar feed plant in Hmawbi. This 1.2 MW solar system project is made with around 3,000 panels and will save up to 1,211 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Inedia, an approach of mycotoxins management by French Biodevas Laboratoires, has been awarded an Innov‘SPACE award at the recent SPACE trade show in September 2020. The approach raises the tolerance thresholds of animals to mycotoxins by stimulating the degradation metabolism of xenobiotics. The approach is neither specific to a contaminant nor to a mycotoxin, so it answers to a reality on the farms: the poly-contamination of pig feed.
Speaking of SPACE, the organisers of this annual show in Rennes, France, have announced that this year the 4-day event will have 1 digital day only. The show will open its doors 14-16 September in Rennes, France, followed by an entirely digital day on Friday, September 17. The show had to be cancelled in 2020 because of Covid-19. The innovation awards event did go on as planned.
Breeders Hendrix Genetics (the Netherlands) and BHZP (Germany) will extend their contract to start production of db.77 boars in Spain in order to fulfill the growing demand of these boars in the Spanish and Portuguese markets. The deal is an extension of a 2019 agreement, in which Hendrix became distributor of the BHZP boar line to customers in the Iberian peninsula. Production of the boars will happen at a nucleus in Spain.
Hotraco Agri’s Thomas Remote+ app, which has now been approved, allows farmers remotely control the Thomas system with a smartphone or tablet. The pig farmer can view all sections and make changes, create groups per animal group and merge locations. Logging in has also been made easier, and alarm messages are visible.
Netherlands-based meatpacker Vion Food, in cooperation with e.g. animal welfare organisations, developed a camera surveillance system that uses artificial intelligence to monitor how animals are being handled. It detects movement of people, animals and objects and how they interact. Video fragments that potentially contain deviations from Vion’s animal handling protocol are selected by the system’s algorithm and presented through a dashboard to be reviewed.