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Trace minerals launched in USA The importance of networking and co-operation by Chris Jackson, Export Manager UK TAG During the last month I have been travelling again, taking UK companies with the support of our Government to exhibitions in China, Indonesia

and the Philippines. In these countries agriculture and food production is a major sector, employing by far the largest proportion of their population. Whereas their Governments are actively encouraging the industry, low rural incomes still remains a real problem with the small-scale farmers unable to access the funding that is available to them. Where real efforts are being made to improve infrastructure so that produce can reach markets timely and in good condition, the benefits are easily seen along with the establishment of effective co-operatives both for production and marketing. The latter two are in the farmers’ hands, and where education shows the benefits of these developments their incomes will undoubtedly rise. For livestock farming in China and the Philippines, pigs with their higher and quicker production are liked. Hence a quicker increase in incomes is easy to achieve. Indonesia with its reliance on cattle, sheep and goats the problems are not as quickly resolved, but with better feed and genetics real improvements are beginning to be seen. Good quality feeds for livestock rely on our colleagues in the milling industry to deliver products of high quality, with the correct balance of carbohydrates, protein, minerals along with amino acids that are readily available for the animals digestion. To improve farm production large-scale investment is needed, which means in turn that returns on capital have to be both achievable and sustainable. To achieve this the farm support schemes as practiced in the EU need to be phased out and the market needs to find its own level as in the Australian model. Here in the UK we are now approaching another harvest time for cereals, with second cut silage and hay making well in hand. It is also the time of year that 36 | July 2017 - Milling and Grain

our local agricultural shows are in full swing, giving farmers the opportunity to show their excellent breeding stock in the judging rings. This to modern geneticists may seem old fashioned and quaint but to my mind it has definite benefits for our livestock industries. In the pursuit of increasing animal performance and feed efficiency we must not lose sight of confirmation, for profitability. With these efficiencies we have in the pig world cut the amount of land required to produce meat by 70 percent in the last 50 years. For the UK livestock industries, the showing rings make sure that the modern animals confirmation creates an animal that is capable of reproducing with a strong skeleton that is capable of carrying the weight of muscle that our meat industry demands. The showing ring also requires the animals to be docile and therefore able to live in welfare friendly conditions that are so important to our modern consumers demands allowing them to be efficient producers without aggression. This aspect of our industry also demonstrates the connection between the stock handlers and their charges, as an enormous amount of time dedication, patience and care is given to each animal brought forward into the show ring. These shows are also an opportunity for farmers and producers from all sectors to see machinery along with technologies that they may not have been aware of that might help their business. At the local level there are also suppliers of products keen to encourage new customers to trade with them. As farming can now quite often be an isolated occupation these events are good for interaction and the swapping of ideas and excellent social occasions. Along with the shows and often sales especially important for the UK sheep and cattle industries here we have field days for cereals where new varieties and technologies are shown and are therefore very valuable training exercises for our industry. @AgrictecExports

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he American pork sector continues strong in 2017, driven by the export market and slightly lower hog weights. Companies across the sector are investing in new plants and supply is set to increase by three percent to four percent this year. With this positive outlook in mind, the World Pork Expo (WPE) in Des Moines, Iowa (USA) was set to be a success. At the WPE, multinational feed additives producer Nutriad shared information on its leading technologies and new product lines. During the show, Nutriad launched its NutriTrace® minerals, a new line of organic minerals, developed by using state-of-the-art technology, which finally offers the industry new ideas on mineral nutrition. According to Guilherme Bromfman, Business Director for Nutriad in the Americas, “The NutriTrace® product line is a great addition to the company’s portfolio as it represents an improvement on the industry standards, the same way our other technologies do, showing once again Nutriad’s strength in science and research.” The WPE also offered Nutriad the opportunity to present and discuss its recently concluded safety studies in support of the precision delivery coated sodium butyrate, Ultramix C®. Steve Moreland, VP Technical Services for Nutriad commented, “The safety studies, conducted in several renowned institutes in North America and Europe, required an investment close to a half million dollars. Nutriad considers such an investment and commitment a must, as we need to make sure our customer’s brand is protected.”

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