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FOOD SAFETY: Meeting the global challenge of carcinogenic aflatoxin

• Building a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant • Rice production in East Africa

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• Mycotoxin risk assessment in feed production • Storage: Pinpointing possible grain problems • GEAPS 2018

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56 - Food safety: Meeting the global challenge of carcinogenic aflatoxin ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS NEWS FEATURES

52 Food safety and integrity

56 Meeting the global challenge of carcinogenic aflatoxin

Design Manager James Taylor

60 Building a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant

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64 Road ahead of rice production in east africa 68 Does the use of phytogenics affect food choices amongst millennials?



74 On combine NIR analysers provide high ROI 80 Movers, shakers, & . . . driers

72 Mycotoxin risk assessment in feed production

124 People news from the global milling industry



88 Pinpointing possible grain problems

92 Reliability maintenance – how it saves money

96 “Trusted. Tested. True.” - Chief


104 Event listings, reviews and previews


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12 Mildred Cookson 18 Raghavan Sampathkumar 27 Tom Blacker 36 Chris Jackson

4 GUEST EDITOR Mehmet Uğur Gürkaynak

102 MARKETS Carlos Bonilla

122 INTERVIEW Nicola Lorenzo Finco

COVER IMAGE: LumoVision technology sorting maize - At Hannover Messe, Bühler has revealed a breakthrough in sorting technology that will minimise toxic contamination in maize and improve yield, by identifying and removing cancer-causing, aflatoxin-infected grains - see more on page 56


Food safety and integrity

Bühler is set to unveil ground breaking digital technologies that include minimising toxic contamination, reducing food waste and increasing end product quality across the whole food value chain as part of a new partnership with Microsoft.




Meeting the global challenge of carcinogenic aflatoxin

“Trusted. Tested. True.”

At Hannover Messe, Bühler has revealed a breakthrough in sorting technology that will minimise toxic contamination in maize and improve yield, by identifying and removing cancer-causing, aflatoxininfected grains.


When Milling and Grain walked into the business offices of Chief Agri, chased inside by a cold, Kearney Nebraska wind, we were greeted with that world-famous Mid-Western hospitality by a warmly smiling receptionist.


Eastern Africa is struggling to meet the region’s increasing demand for rice as policy constraints.

Understanding the quality and condition of grain is crucial, and the only way to assess that is through accurate sampling at each stage of the grain chain.

PAGE 92 GRAIN Pinpointing possible grain problems









On combine nir analysers provide high roi


Reliability maintenance – How it saves money

Understanding the quality and condition of grain is crucial, and the only way to assess that is through accurate sampling at each stage of the grain chain.

Road ahead of Rice production in East Africa

Farmers have often said that if they purchased everything that was going to save them money, they would go bust. The avalanche of new technology that is now promoted to farmers is extremely confusing. Where and how should farmers proceed with new technology often causes decision paralysis.


Does the use of phytogenics affect food choices amongst millennials?

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MYCOTOXIN Mycotoxin risk assessment in feed production

Traders and producers of raw materials, and others in the feed industry now have a wide array of options and solutions at their disposal to measure mycotoxin contamination and assess the accompanying risk. How do they determine the methods that best fit their needs?


According to a report commissioned by Delacon, the pioneer & leader in phytogenic feed additives, results have suggested that Thai Millenials are forming their food choices based on what the animal they’re purchasing has been fed with.


“22 intercity buses, multiple-vehicle collision” There was a movie I watched in my childhood, estimated between 1978 and 1980, and although I cannot remember the name, I will never forget the topic of the movie and as the years pass, I understand the theme of the movie better. The theme of the movie was going on in the future. Of course, according to that time. After a great war, the world has been ruined and the human population has increased so much that the problem of finding food and feeding has reached the stage. The billionaires were giving a fortune to find a piece of meat. Food products have fallen into the black market. In order to prevent the further increase of the population, people of certain ages were killed by the hunters who are assigned to this issue. I do not know if such a war will happen, if yes – when? But the famine on the food issue has been in effect for a long time. According to research, more than 800 million people in the world are not able to find the food which will give them the energy to survive. The majority of the population without food security is still in developing countries, particularly in Africa and Asia. As I wrote this article, when I entered the web page “”, the number of hungry people in the world was 826,347,987 and it shows an average increase of

three seconds. The number of people who do not have access to drinking water is 847,081,383 and today (18.04.2018) the number of people dying because of hunger is 29,700... 701... 702... According to the results obtained 10 million people die because of hunger annually and in spite of this 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. Two of the main elements shaping our future will be agriculture and water resources. Failure to feed the world has led to conflicts in many parts of the world and conflicts in other parts of the world further increase the risk to food safety, causing the problem to enter a vicious cycle. Famine automatically triggers food prices, food-price inflation. Live armed conflicts also lead to increased costs for food products or the transport of foods. The solution is that people should reach safe food. Because food is a basic necessity for mankind. By the way, when I was finishing this article, 30,635 people died that day because of hunger. So this means in the last 30 minutes 935 people lost their lives because of hunger. With a different narrative, imagine that you are sitting in the evening with your family at home, watching the news and hear that there was a multiple-vehicle collision involving 22 intercity buses and that all passengers are dead, and that 7,200 of the 30,635 people were children. Mehmet Uğur Gürkaynak, Turkish Editor, Milling and Grain


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Understanding the impact of meteorological events on wheat yield


rance, since 2016 knows low wheat yield. People from Inra, CNRS and CEA have shown that high temperature at the end of fall as well as a lot of rain during spring has a negative impact on wheat production. These meteorological conditions, that can occur again, represent a challenge for agriculture production and yield estimations. Main wheat producer of the EU, France has for several years now known extreme meteorological events. Heat or cold waves, excess or lack of rain, which have a terrible impact on yields. Therefore in 2016, wheat yields were horrendous, with a decrease of 20 to 50 percent in production. That is why people from INRA, CNRS and CEA explored the link between climatic conditions and wheat yield. A study was made in order to look at results and understand better the climatic conditions altering production. The climatic conditions for 2015-16 were high temperatures at the end of fall (11°C in December 2015), rain (4.4 mm/day in May 2016) as well as low sunlight in spring. This led to a slow development of wheat as well as diseases. Therefore, if during fall, the number of days between 0°C and 10°C go from 20 to 10 (half) and if during spring we have more rain, the probability to have a significant decrease in wheat yield is very high. Moreover, with global warming, we tend to experience these extreme climatic conditions more often. With this study, led jointly by INRA, CNRS and CEA, the vulnerability of our production systems has been raised. Therefore, we need to innovate, develop new production ways that can face these climatic changes. 6 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

A food chain of thoughts: When you work in publishing you are always working ahead of yourself. So time is a concept that never really seems to flow in a normal way. For instance, even though the date of writing is April 19, 2018, my head is already rounding off this edition of Milling and Grain. Which is of course, May. But it doesn’t feel like April – I’m almost ready for June because of course I’m so invested in the future editions of the magazines, already looking at and gaining content for months all the way up to September and even possibly beyond. Of course this can be a double edged sword, it is important to be organised and have content planned for many months in advance to ensure a neat, cohesive and systematic publication, but we pride ourselves at Milling and Grain in being more than a magazine – we like to have the most recent news from all around the industry and fresh content from visits. It’s a delicate balancing act and one that we’re always working on perfecting, that’s why it’s important for us to have regular feedback and thoughts from you, our readers out there in the industry. A lot of our features come from companies around the world, all focusing on different sectors, research and products, we also have at least one article which is written in house by a member of the editorial team. This is something that we’re planning on becoming more frequent with our Features Editor Vaughn, who is as I write this working on bringing a more technical face to the magazine. For an example, see our story on the “Milling wheat conference” on page 62 of the April edition of Milling and Grain. If you don’t already have a copy, you can find an online version for free on the website “Issuu”, or you could download the Milling and Grain app from either Google Play or the App store to find archive copies of the magazine. This edition will see a feature in the storage section from Vaughn regarding Port-A-Probe technology, a vacuum grain sampler that utilises a positive displacement vacuum pump, a moveable cyclone receiver and aluminum machine threaded probe sections. For the interview this month, CEO of Mulmix, Nicola Lorenzo Finco features. He has managed the company since 1998 and talks secrets of success for his company in the production of grain handling machines. The Guest Editor piece this month comes from our own Turkish Editor, Mehmet Uğur Gürkaynak. He speaks openly and honestly about his views on the devastating potential failing to prepare appropriately for food production will have on the planet in the not too distant future. Describing a post-apocalyptic war-based scenario, which could not be completely unreasonably fathomed should we fail to provide people with enough food to even survive, let alone thrive. Famines are no longer just a favoured topic for science fiction novelists, but a very real scenario which is having domino effects on economic structures as well as massive social impacts. He aims to bring home how important it is to examine every aspect of the food chain in which we all work, both figuratively and literally. Although a rather intense ‘food’ chain of thoughts – it is also an immensely important one.



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Applifarm: A services platform for the ruminants sector


eovia teamed up with Innoval Eilyps, Cogedis and Adisseo to launch Applifarm. This platform will use different sources of data (management, nutrition, advices, performance screening, etc.) to allow companies of the ruminants sector to create new services for farmers. This is an open and collaborative project. The number of farms equipped with connected equipments will go from 30 millions in 2015 to 75 millions in 2020 and therefore generate a lot of data. Nowadays, this information is not linked and crossed. The collection of this data will allow to create new services, more powerful and reliable. It is from this conclusion, that

Neovia, with its partners Eilyps, Cogedis et Adisseo decided to gather and create the first platform dedicated to collect and create news services from them. Thanks to Applifarm, the companies of the sector will be able to offer new services to farmers. It is also a open platform, meaning that everyone in the sector, not just the founders, will be able to access this data. The new services coming from the crossing of information will be: benchmark, performance screening, day-to-day advices, personalised counselling, etc. More generally, Applifarm is here to improve the economic performance and profitability of farms. However, Applifarm stay and will stay a start-up in terms of methodology, management and strategy. The ambition of Applifarm is to become the leading platform for ruminants in France, with the objective to connect 10 000 farmers before 2019. Applifarm would then be able to open internationally, but also to other species. In July 2016, Neovia announced the creation of a Farm of the Future. This project, which will be implemented in 2020 is an innovation project as well as a company project. The goal is to find solution to the challenge of feeding the world population with the stakeholders to create a modern and eco-friendly agriculture. The company wish to strengthen its collaborations in order to continue to offer solutions to the different challenges agriculture is facing. On May 15, 2018, the company will launch a call to solution to accelerate the development of its project of Farm of the Future with three themes: Easy farming, Sustainable farming and Precision farming.

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Exploring the potential of algae for boosting the immune system of animals


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that in an in vitro study on differentiated intestinal porcine epithelial cells (IPEC - 1), the results showed that MSP® Immunity prepared from Ulva armoricana green macroalgae, harvested from the northern coast of Brittany, stimulated the production of immune mediators in the intestine as CCL20, IL - 8 and TNFα. The role of those immune mediators in the activation, recruitment and migration of immune cells, upon intestinal infections is demonstrated: hence this work proves the possible modulation of intestinal immunity. Understanding the mechanism of the immunomodulatory action mediated by MSP® Immunity is necessary in order to optimise the use of bioactive polysaccharides in future prevention strategies boosting the animals' immune response and health. The studies went thus further to explore the mechanisms involved in the

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modulation of immune response of epithelial cells. We have demonstrated that signalling pathway involves the activation of toll - like receptor 4 (TLR4) via the P13K/AKT pathway and the NF - κB transcription factor (Berri et al ., 2017). These in vitro results are very promising, since it shows that the product could be used in animal feed to modulate the immune response of livestock and protect their mucous membranes from pathogenic bacteria, increase animals’ resistance to infection and reduce the use of antibiotics on farms, an actual major public concern.

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The plansifter floor

Daren Mills Dartford, Kent Milling journals of the past at The Mills Archive by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK According to The Miller (November 3, 1913) the Daren Mills in Dartford were purchased a number of years previously by Mr SK Keyes, and fitted up with the most modern milling machinery of the day. The mills were close to Dartford Railway Station and on the navigable River Darent some two miles above where it joins the River Thames. Described as “that great water highway to the metropolis and so occupying a most advantageous position, being able to obtain their supplies of foreign and Colonial wheat by barges direct from the London docks”. In 1909, the business had been registered as a private company when Mr Hubert Keyes, brother of the head of the firm, became a director. His eldest son, Captain Reginald Keyes who in his spare time, out of business hours, was a captain of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, assisted Mr SK Keyes, who was then a Governing Director, in active management. Mr SK Keyes had felt that his mills were not quite as up to date as they could be and considered the best way to improve and enlarge them, so a few years previously in about 1906, he had made an extended trip to Canada and the USA to visit a number of the newest mills there. He said he saw nothing on the other side of the Atlantic to approach European mills, either with regard to process or machinery, so he visited the Continent and inspected flour mills there, with the result that he placed the order when he got back to remodel his mill with Messrs Amme, Giesecke and Konegen of Brunswick and 59 Mark Lane London, to their widely advertised plansifter system. He placed the order 12 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

Advert using the roller floor Keyes’ Daren Mills

with their London manager Mr JE Speight. Mr Keyes took the advice of the engineers and added another storey to his mill, making it seven storeys. The top room was a fine handsome lofty apartment in contrast to the lower rooms which all had less height than usual. Nine of the latest pattern ‘Ageka’ self-balancing plansifters were installed on the top floor. This plant performed all the scalping, grading and dressing. As seen in the illustration, seven of the plansifters were in a line on the side of the room next to the elevators, and two were on the opposite side, where space was left to install more of these machines when it became necessary to increase the capacity of the mills. The Miller reported it was a pleasure to admire the smooth, even gyrations of these novel self-balancing plansifters, and be able to study the products coming from them. One of their leading features enabled coarse material to be removed before actual flour dressing was attempted. For example, the first break stock went on to the one section of a plansifter and the broken wheat was first tailed over to the second break. The next material to be removed was the small broken wheat, which went to the fine second break. After the semolina had been taken out, followed by the middlings, only the dunst and flour were left to be treated on the flour sieves. The same procedure was then followed in dealing with the second, third and fourth breaks, so that all the stocks delivered from the plansifter were quite prepared for the next process. The scalping process extended beyond the breaks, the principle applied to all reductions stocks, the top sieves of each sifter section tailing off coarse material first, leaving only flour and dunst to be treated over the flour silks. The plansifters themselves were made up of two chests of 12

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sieves in a main frame of angle irons to ensure rigidity, each suspended by canes from a small frame fixed to the timbers above which also carried the pedestal from which the driving spindle was suspended. The mill still used the old type plansifter but only for offal grading. The two systems were seen working side by side, the newer taking less power to run, and running much more smoothly. The setup of the mill was such that each alternate floor had the machinery installed on them, the ground or first floor containing the shafting from which the rolls were driven along with the elevator bottoms and the Ageka detachers. The third floor was the roller floor; the fifth held the purifiers and the seventh or top was the plansifter floor. The three intermediate floors were vacant except for the spouting and trunking passing through them. The purifier floor had seven double Ageka sieve purifiers, the silks on these could be changed in half a minute without stopping the machine or feed. Each machine was fitted with a separate suction sleeve filter dust collector, built into the top of the settling chambers revolving slowly, and at the same time cleaned by a reversed current of air. A worm discharged the dunst caught in a small hopper. The roller floor had all Ageka machines. The ceiling was quite low but by the arrangements of the rollers had an almost loft appearance. The only spouts to be seen were the cylindrical glass feed spouts mounted on the roll hoppers and reaching to the floor above, enabling the roller men to see at a glance that the stock to the rolls was flowing properly. The wheat preparing plant had been remodelled by the engineers and included new whizzer and wheat conditioners.

The Ageka Self-Balancing Plansifter

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Making a commitment to renewable energy

GP, a leading U.S. supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches, has embarked on a major renewable energy initiative, committing to sourcing 100 percent of their electricity needs from renewable wind power. Through a three-year agreement that took effect April 1, 2018, the company made a commitment to renewable energy through Westar Wind, a Green-e certified program offered by Westar Energy. As a result, total electric usage at MGP’s facilities in Atchison, Kan., and Lawrenceburg, Ind., will be offset by green energy provided by Westar’s wind resources in Kansas. “We are proud and excited to enter into this agreement which represents a significant step in our efforts to realise both the direct and overarching benefits of renewable energy technologies,” MGP President and CEO Gus Griffin said. “Among these is our ability to take on a more prominent and proactive role in further supporting environmental sustainability through greater use of clean energy.

This initiative is consistent with the long-term view we take for our business, and reflects our enduring commitment to our communities and social responsibility.” Under the agreement, which can be renewed at the end of three years, MGP will purchase renewable energy credits from Westar. Wind energy equal in value to the credits will then be sourced from wind farms in Kansas and added to the overall energy grid system. This arrangement makes MGP the largest Westar customer to commit to 100 percent renewable electric energy. “Westar applauds MGP for its commitment to the environment and social responsibility,” Jeff Beasley, vice president, customer care, said. “It’s great to provide Kansas’ wind energy to help our customers reach their sustainability goals, even reaching beyond Kansas.” As a Green-e certified program, Westar Wind is committed to delivering reliable, affordable, safe and clean energy to consumers. Green‑e Energy is the nation’s leading certification program for renewable energy. For nearly two decades, Green‑e Energy has provided oversight for voluntary renewable energy transactions in North America.






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The Raghavan Report Global food industry needs “da Vinci” type creativity by Raghavan (‘Ragha’) Sampathkumar Every year the UN celebrates World Creativity and Innovation day for six days from the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci (21 April), one of the most intellectually brilliant and creative humans who’s lived on planet earth. He was an embodiment of creativity, vision, and extra-ordinarily innovative ideas and concepts that were way ahead of his time. History remembers him as a profound and versatile personality whose works inspired the whole world and paved the way for numerous inventions and discoveries across multiple domains such as physics, biology, architecture, engineering, medicine, astronomy, and of course, fine arts. We must appreciate that our generation is facing some extreme and unique challenges that none of our previous generations would not even have imagined in their wildest dreams. Hence solutions to those problems must come from out-of-the-box thinking. Every industry needs fresh and innovative ideas from outside its ecosystem. Also, sectoral boundaries would vanish sooner than we imagine. For example, a decade ago, who would have thought the next big wave for IT (Information Technology) sector would come from agriculture? Today, agriculture is witnessing an unprecedented level of technological transformation and investments worth billions of dollars are pouring in. With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) concept, mobile phones, and cloud-based applications, global agribusiness industry is getting swept by a “tech tsunami”. Every day, newer and innovative applications are opening up and pushing the bar higher in terms of efficiency. For example, connected wearable devices on animals provide real-time data to monitor body temperature, vital signs, feed intake, stress or disease symptoms. All these not only to lead to enhanced productivity but also contribute to improved animal welfare as well. Similarly, soil-planted sensors help farmers measure moisture and nutrient levels in real-time to cut down unnecessary irrigation and fertiliser application. These applications not only lead to huge cost savings but also contribute to environmental sustainability. However, the most important question would be: “Who will continue to bring these kinds of ideas to the global food industry in future?” Global food and agribusiness sector must attract the best talent, sparkling brains and skilled hands from different fields and most importantly, retain them. Age-old business paradigms and entrenched perceptions make for newer and fresher perspectives that only today’s youth can bring in. Without them, innovations cannot sprout and flourish. They would become the researchers, regulators, policy makers, professionals and administrators of tomorrow who will feed the world. It is imperative that those who are currently working in the industry must make today’s youngsters be aware of the ocean of opportunities available in this industry now and in future. It would be everyone’s responsibility to become ambassadors of the food and agribusiness sector to carry the message to the budding future leaders or I would call them, the “da Vinci” type intellectuals.

Raghavan Sampathkumar is a food and agribusiness leader with a 360 degree understanding of the complex Geo Political, Environmental, Socio Economic, Techno - Commercial and Cultural perspectives of Agri Food value chain. He worked in various subsectors including agro inputs, international trade, biotech, and animal nutrition across Asia-Pacific and currently he is with Compound Livestock Feed Manufactures Association (CLFMA) of India as its Executive Director. He regularly writes for international publications on agri-food trends, food security and sustainability themes. Also, he pens his poems and thoughts in his personal blog - 18 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

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t Ildex Vietnam 2018, feed additive specialist Nutriad unveiled a new product from its’ world leading palatability range. Delistart is a piglet feeding concept that links quick feed to starter feed, training the piglets to the new feed in weaning period, resulting in six to seven percent extra feed intake in piglets. It is a combination of flavouring, appetising substances and sweeteners that provides specific taste cues that stimulate dry feed intake in the young piglet pre- and post-weaning. The product is to be used in conjunction with Krave - that stimulates sow feed intake during lactation - has been proven in trials to ease transition with significant improvements in feed intake and growth in the initial post weaning period. “Our new feeding concept allows more cost effective, ingredient flexible while meeting the nutritional requirement of the pigs. It also helps the farmers prepare the piglets against environmental challenges without using antibiotics,” explained Ab Greven, Business Manager Palatability APAC. “Nutriad has completed various trials in Asia and the rest of the world, to test the feed intake and additional weight gain of the piglets that are fed with our Delistart. Trial data from tropical areas like Vietnam show one piglet/sow/year increased in total weight gain, which is significant for producers.” Mr Greven added.

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Investing in Swedish technology

New appointments reinforce leadership


he growth of Symaga Group extends to its organisation chart. It was in 2016 when the company was divided into three brands, Symaga, Growket and Agravid, and it is today, in 2018, when its organisation chart is modified with new appointments. Alfonso Garrido, holds the position of CEO leaving the Commercial Management of Symaga Silos after six years to Alberto Baena, who has previously held the positions of ASM Southeast Asia and ASM Latam, a market where company has increased its sales and opened new markets such as Japan and Korea. Jose Maria Antona hold Deputy Management of Symaga and David Recio who is employed as Technical Director. Human resources policy is committed to promotion, demonstrating confidence in the current team, lead of the company’s growth.

ultus is a Southern Sweden-based agriculture technology company centered around spectral and image analysis from remotely sensed data. nHack is proud to hereby announce an investment in the leading Swedish technology company Vultus. The company has developed new technology providing unique insights into plant spectrometry that allows quantifying plant health and fertiliser needs. Vultus technology provides proprietary insight to farmers for precision farming, depending on crop types and climatic zones. nHack is a venture investor focused on helping Nordic businesses expand in China and other Asian countries. The company is closely partnered with Danske Bank and WeWork. nHack has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and is about to open new operations in Hangzhou and Singapore. Vultus Co-Founder William Håkansson commented, “Vultus is very excited to join forces with nHack, as it will open great opportunities in Asian countries. For us, as an Agtech startup, Asia is a key market to enter, and we are happy to bring on nHack to help us secure the future growth.’’ “Vultus is one of our first startup investments in Sweden, where we aim to expand our investment operations in 2018. We expect to find many internationally scalable companies in Sweden with its vibrant startup scene,” nHack founder Chris Rynning. The terms of the investment have not been disclosed.

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Code of Conduct on agricultural data sharing sets the scene for digital farming

follow, combined with a check list. Granting access to the necessary data will facilitate and accelerate data driven business models.

Controlling the access to and use of data


coalition of associations from the EU agri-food chain launched a joint EU Code of Conduct on agricultural data sharing in Brussels. The Code promotes the benefits of sharing data and enables agri-business models, including agricooperatives and other agri-businesses, to swiftly move into an era of digitally enhanced farming. The Code sheds greater light on contractual relations and provides guidance on the use of agricultural data, particularly the rights to access and use the data. The signatories of the Code believe that access to accurate agricultural data is vital to develop digital farming enabling farmers and cooperatives to produce more using less resources. In order to fully reap the benefits of digital farming, sharing Data between different partners in the agro-food chain must be conducted in a fair and transparent way. This EU Code of Conduct on Agricultural Data Sharing by Contractual Arrangement agreed by Copa and Cogeca, CEMA, Fertilisers Europe, CEETTAR, CEJA, ECPA, EFFAB, FEFAC, ESA, aims to set transparent principles, clarifying responsibilities and creating trust among partners. It sets out key guidelines for operators to

The Code recognises the need to grant the data originator (the one who has created/collected the data either by technical means or by himself or who has commissioned data providers for this purpose) a leading role in controlling the access to and use of data from their business and to benefit from sharing the data with any partner that wishes to use their data. The guidelines underline that the right to determine who can access and use the data is attributed to the data originator. In practice this means that for instance, the rights on data produced on the farm or during farming operations is attributed to the farmer and may be used exclusively by him. “I welcome the EU Code of conduct on agricultural data sharing initiated by the stakeholders of the agro-food sector. As Europe is moving towards a more modern and more sustainable CAP, technological solutions will be more important than ever, giving precision agriculture and data-driven solutions a crucial role to play,” EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said. “As we move towards completing the European data economy by making more data available and flow freely, I am happy to see the agri-food sector joining forces to tackle an important bottleneck on the journey towards digital agriculture,” Commissioner Gabriel said.


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Presenting research data at World Mycotoxin Forum

N Marching on to a bumper harvest Tom Blacker, International Milling and Grain Directory Hello and welcome to the second quarter of 2018. Yes, already the march towards the predicted bumper harvests of many of our industry’s sector moves onwards. Measuring our progress of this year so far, the directory and the team have had our busiest yet for travel. It is great to know that the directory is so global - visiting both suppliers and users on site, at trade fairs or at their projects. There are some advanced solutions and innovations that are available and becoming a real part of Industry 4.0 in the grain industry, which I believe has a bright future. Since the highly important IAOM Conference and Expo in Atlanta, USA last month, the directory again received good distribution and popularity. The association, much like the directory, provides the feed and grain industry with a greatly resourced network and meeting point. It is one of many, but this is one we enjoy greatly once per year. Darren Parris, Group President here at Milling and Grain attended this year’s event in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. As always there are some interesting events to reflect upon and to anticipate to come and Milling and Grain will be present and exhibiting at I-Pack Ima, Milan, Italy at the end of May. The coverage and feedback we receive from members at meetings and events super and it is a pleasure to be bringing the industry together as we go into our 27th year. As promoted in the weekly E-newsletters, two Indian, two Chinese and one Canadian company have joined the directory in April: • • • • •

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utriad sponsored the 10th World Mycotoxin Forum that took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The central theme of this year’s forum was “Taking mycotoxin control to the next level.” The World Mycotoxin Forum is the leading international meeting series on mycotoxins that brings food and feed industry professionals, researchers and government representatives from all over the world together in one renowned event. Nutriad CEO Erik Visser commented, “We are a proud sponsor of the World Mycotoxin Forum as it focuses on designing strategies that ensure the safety and security of the food and feed supply and as such are aimed at protecting both human and animal health.” Nutriad presented various scientific posters at the forum, to share key finding in recent studies. Effect of two mycotoxin deactivators on the reduction of aflatoxin M1 levels in milk of lactating dairy cows fed aflatoxin B1 (Conducted at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA); Kinetic behavior of deoxynivalenol in pigs (Conducted at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Ghent University, Dept. of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Biochemistry, Belgium) and The effect of fusarium mycotoxins and a mycotoxin deactivator on performance and metabolism of early lactation autumn calving dairy cows (Conducted at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, Lyons Research Farm, Lyons Estate, Celbridge, Naas, Co Kildare, Ireland). As one of the key sponsors of the event, Nutriad was asked to honour the best poster at the closing ceremony. Olga Averkieva, Business Development Manager Mycotoxin Management, presented the Best Poster award to Anne-Grete Roer Hjelkrem of the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research for her display on Weather conditions associated with mycotoxin accumulation in Norwegian oat. Milling and Grain - May 2018 | 27

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Left: Alberto Antolini and Giovanni battista Girolomoni (left to right) Above: Rendering of the mill that Ocrim is going to built for Girolomoni


Girolomoni has chosen Ocrim for its first mill momentous contract has been signed for Ocrim to supply Girolomoni organic farm with a 100 T/24h mill for grinding organic durum wheat and spelt, which will be installed next to the

company. Giovanni Battista and Samuele Girolomoni, respectively president of Girolomoni, and Managing Partner/farmer, and Gianluca Bettarelli, General Manager, went to Ocrim’s headquarters to sign the contract in March 2018. In order to provide a top-quality mill, the plant will be fully automated and equipped with cutting-edge technology manufactured and implemented in recent years. Girolomoni is an Italian organic agricultural company with a history spanning more than 40 years, founded in Isola del Piano (in the province of Pesaro-Urbino, Italy), thanks to the skills, determination and extensive knowledge of Gino Girolomoni. It is considered the leading organic farm in Italy. The company differs from other organic agricultural companies due to the fact that it has an all-round organic culture and philosophy, prioritising its founding values and honesty over any market strategy in order to grow. The plant that will be built will also be equipped with systems for air purification and environmental air treatment, which will maintain air quality consistent by means of special filtration and distribution systems inside the building. This system allows for a controlled and balanced atmosphere, therefore facilitating and simplifying the grinding process. The semolina produced will then be


selected for transport directly to the pasta processing plant, which is already present at the and is located right next to the mill. Therefore, the cultivation of the raw material, the harvest, cleaning, grinding and, finally, the production of pasta takes place within a radius of just a few metres, thus obtaining a real organic product, locally conceived and produced. Together with Gianluca Bettarelli, Giovanni Battista and Samuele Girolomoni spent a whole day at Ocrim to define what can be considered a turning point in the company’s development, an evolution that complements the company’s core values. In fact, the mill was the last link completing the supply chain of the cooperative, thus allowing for full control of wheat processing at every stage: from growing to harvesting, but also cleaning and grinding, to ensure an excellent and safe end product. The mill represents the beginning of a bond between two companies that share the same passion for work, people and the local area. Both companies, carry out all their production and logistic processes in Italy at their own facilities. A key value for both companies is honesty, understood as consistency and intellectual honesty: for both companies, it is essential to be consistent and respectful towards customers/consumers, guaranteeing what is established in contracts or written on product labels, as a proper deal to be honoured.

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Industry representatives welcome commission guidelines on feed use of former foodstuffs


ommission clarifications and guidance help to facilitate public and private understanding of the EU legal framework for the conversion of former foodstuffs into feed. The European Commission published its Guidelines for the feed use of food no longer intended for human consumption on April 17, 2018, as the next key deliverable of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan on food waste. The organisations have said that they highly appreciate the efforts that have been made by the European Commission in cooperation with the national competent authorities to develop a practical guidance document that increases the legal certainty for the former foodstuff processing sector while preserving the integrity and safety of the EU food and feed chain. EFFPA, representing former foodstuff processors, considers the publication as additional support for the sector as a legitimate and professional solution to reduce food waste. President Paul Featherstone explained, “This publication is a key milestone for the business practice of former foodstuff processing. It now makes it clear that when foodstuffs are unsuitable for human consumption, because of expiry dates or when they have fallen off

the manufacturing line for example, this does not automatically mean they are unsuitable for animal feed use.” FEFAC, representing European compound feed manufacturers and the main customer of former foodstuff processors, sees value in the publication of the Guidelines in the light of feed safety management and traceability. President Nick Major commented, “We welcome the Guidelines which highlights the responsibilities of the different operators in this particular part of the feed value chain. It confirms that the feed quality and safety of former foodstuffs need to be verified before entering the feed chain.” They believe the Guidelines will increase the understanding and recognition of former foodstuff processing under controlled conditions as a valuable part of the circular economy in Europe and encourage the use of food no longer suitable for human consumption in feed to reduce food waste.

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Creating chemistry for a sustainable future

ustainability is an integral part of BASF’s corporate strategy. A tangible example of how BASF carries out its company purpose “We create chemistry for a sustainable future” is the Sustainable Solution Steering method. This method has been developed by BASF to assess and steer its product portfolio based on defined sustainability criteria. It considers the entire value chain and markets including industry- and region-specific views. The approach reflects economic, ecological and social aspects of the products and solutions in their respective application. The company is now publishing

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the detailed method to enable customers and other interested parties to apply it to their businesses and to steer their portfolio according to their sustainability targets. Since BASF cooperates with its customers and partners in creating and driving more sustainable solutions, first customers are already using the Sustainable Solution Steering method to analyse and steer their portfolios. BioMar, a leading supplier of high-performance aquaculture feed for farms around the world, applies BASF’s Sustainable Solution Steering methodology to its raw material and ingredient supply side. “BioMar strives to be the sustainability leader in the industry and this method supports us with a comprehensive and systematic tool that grants transparency and documentation from raw material to end-product application,” explained Vidar Gundersen, Global Sustainability Director BioMar. Sustainable Solution Steering have expressed support for the sustainability targets: they say that it helps to foster the use of more sustainable raw materials in feed recipes, thereby promoting more sustainably produced aquaculture and seafood. Originally developed by BASF for its own use as a chemical company, the methodology was adapted for the aquaculture feed industry by thinkstep, a consulting company. “Thinkstep has been supporting companies in all industries to customise and implement this approach – using a combination of consultancy, sustainability data and software tools,” said Martijn Gipmans, Principal Consultant and chemical sector lead at thinkstep. “Clients value BASF’s Sustainable Solution Steering method because it systematically reveals risks and opportunities along the entire value chain and enables the strategic steering of a product portfolio towards greater sustainability and revenue growth.” BASF has applied the method to analyse, assess and steer its portfolio since 2012. “Our experience with Sustainable Solution Steering shows that it is a very effective tool to actively improve our portfolio towards solutions which make a larger contribution to sustainability,” said Dirk Voeste, Head of Sustainability Strategy. “The method helps us achieve ambitious sustainability targets which we have set ourselves and supports our customers with unique sustainability solutions.”

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Australian company leads the world in On Combine Analysis technology


ext Instruments is an Australian manufacturer of instrumentation for the grains and food industries. Over the last five years Next Instruments has been at the forefront of Precision Agriculture technology with the development of the CropScan 3000H On Combine Analyser. With more than 250 systems sold around the world, Next Instruments has become the world leader in this technology. The CropScan 3000H provides grain farmers with real-time field maps for protein, moisture, oil and starch as the grains are harvested in the field. Farmers can now blend grain based on quality parameters including protein, oil and starch to increase crop payments by 10-20 percent. As well, the systems superior moisture measurements allow operators to harvest for more hours in the day and thereby increase harvest efficiency by 20 percent. Since proteins in grains and oil seeds contain approximately 17 percent Nitrogen and three percent Sulphur, then measuring the protein

and collecting the yield data off the combine provides farmers a means of generating Nitrogen and Sulphur Removal maps. Using Variable Rate Fertiliser Application technology, farmers can use the removal maps as a means of applying fertiliser to the zones in the field where they will get the most benefit. VRF applications offers farmers the potential to reduce fertiliser usage thereby reducing input costs but also to optimise the use of Protein/Yield balance across their fields. Since wheat and barley produce their full potential yield when the protein levels are around 11.5-12.5 percent, then farmers stand to increase their income by 10-20 percent through gains in yield and increased prices for higher protein grades. A farmer in Kaniva, Victoria, Jonathan Dyer, installed a CropScan analyser into one of his John Deere Model S680 combines. He used the system to isolate low and high protein zones in a wheat field. By loading the low and high protein wheat into separate field bins, they were able to blend the grain to ensure that all loads delivered to the local

silo were graded as H2 and H1 rather than some at APW. They calculated that in one field alone they generated an extra US$12500 in protein payments. Jonathan commented that he has never made an equipment purchase that had such an immediate return on investment. Chris Nelson, Strathmore, Alberta, Canada, installed a system onto his New Holland combine. He said that he was able to use the more accurate moisture measurements to strip his field earlier in the morning and later in the evening than his neighbours. He stated that he gained up to two to four hours a day which meant at least one day a week more operating time on the combine. He was able to get his crops in before a storm that came through and damaged several of his neighbour’s crops that were still in the field. Not only did the moisture measurements benefit but the protein measurements allowed him to strip out all the high protein grain early so that he could meet his forward contracts with Cargill. 2017 was a low protein year in Alberta and many of his neighbours failed to meet their forward contracts and had to pay large penalties or buy in high protein wheat from elsewhere.

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The need to feed by Chris Jackson, Export Manager UK TAG These notes come to you as I am travelling yet again. Never forgetting that I am very privileged to see our farming industry in practice in so many different countries and continents. All of which involves meeting different cropping technologies and scales of enterprise, most importantly, the people involved – from subsistence farmers to the owners of multi-national farming businesses. Something that they all have in common of course, the weather that dictates all cropping involved. It is the one input that is beyond our total control. Over the decades techniques have been developed to mitigate the effects of the climate in the northern hemisphere. For instance, the use of glass houses and poly tunnels to grow sensitive vegetable crops, and in dry countries the use of irrigation, for instance, to allow cotton and rice to be grown using irrigation techniques in Australia. In the meantime, our geneticists have developed varieties of crops to produce higher yields in shorter growing seasons. For cereal crops, drying techniques allow for harvesting crops with moisture content too high for storage. It is obvious that farmers worldwide must be the most innovative people in the industry, constantly striving to improve their incomes from the main fixed asset, the land itself, whilst having to work with the most variable of assets, the weather. With an ever-increasing world population, the challenges are forever increasing. Across the world we see the best farm land being taken over for housing, roads, railways, airports, factories and all over infrastructure with what seems to be no regard for the loss of food production capabilities - meaning that more has to be produced from dwindling assets. So far, this challenge is being met. It is, however, a source of annoyance when I hear some experts say that the world is producing an excess of food, when people are still at best hungry – and at worst starving. Of course, the people in these categories are the very 36 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

ones who cannot afford to buy food, and where they have land, face crop failures due to climate. They are the very ones who cannot afford the sophisticated technologies that could help them. Really it is only in the life of our earth that the last 300 years have seen the greatest change to farming, and the need seriously develop methods to get food into the cities and the urban populations. In earlier years the majority of people lived off the land, and if crops failed, whole communities starved. With the advent of the new industrial age, everything changed. Farms had to become bigger to become more efficient and productive. I am now referring to farming in the UK and Northern Europe, and what is referred to as “The New World”, the Americas, Australia and Southern Africa. In some parts of the world, the old order of very small landholdings with their built-in inefficiencies that accompany these sizes of enterprises, still continue often with a lack of will to try and change and use updated technologies. Changes have to come and always have a price. From the milling perspective, technologies invented in the UK form the base of a highly sophisticated modern industry. It can be argued that the water and windmills from old England passing into the history books, as the world needed more and more food processed and delivered into the expanding cities and urban conurbations. The demand for bread and cereal based food with all of their derivatives has driven a vast industry for direct human consumption; this is alongside the need to feed the livestock and aquaculture industries. This demand and innovation in this side of our industry presents a real challenge to make the best of the resources that are facing competition from industrial use, such as biogas and energy sources, which without a competent milling industry livestock production as we know today, would not exist. Therefore, producing food for the population is a partnership enterprise. On that note, as we will be present at many of our industries major shows, I hope that we will have the opportunity to talk you about these topics alongside developing opportunities. @AgrictecExports

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Food safety to antioxidant nutrition

Below: Pande Chandrashekhar, Vanessa Demey and Jonny Harrison (Lallemand Animal Nutrition) at the 11th Asia Pacific Poultry Conference


uring the 11th Asia Pacific Poultry Conference, which took place in Bangkok, March 25 – 27 2018, Lallemand Animal Nutrition affirmed its position as a research-based company to advance poultry nutrition. Not less than seven scientific poster presentations featuring the company’s latest research in poultry nutrition were presented during the conference. These communications highlighted the benefits of natural antioxidants and gut microflora management utilising probiotics and yeast derivatives. Along with the high-level content of the conference dedicated to the future of poultry farming, these communications provided further insight on how to help address hot market trends in Asia such as antibiotic reduction or food safety. Food safety Two communications at APPC showed the benefits of probiotic strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii CNCM I-1079 in broiler chickens. In particular, its benefits in food safety applications. Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii CNCM I-1079 is the first and only probiotic strain authorised in the European Union (EU) as a feed additive for the reduction of carcass contamination by Salmonella spp. in broiler chickens. This is backed by a multi-analysis that was presented at

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the conference, compiling five studies from the scientific literature. The analysis concluded to a significant reduction of the number of animals positive for Salmonella carriage with the live yeast supplement (P<0.05) and of the number of carcasses contaminated with the foodborne pathogen (P<0.05)1. The second communication confirmed the live yeast modes of action in broiler gut, which can be described as a three-ways action: enhancement of digestive microbiota, gut integrity and morphology, and immunity. In particular, this study, conducted with Cairo University showed a significant effect of the live yeast on the activity of the bird immune organs. Antioxidants potentials Oxidative stress is a significant issue of livestock farming, with impact on performance, health or reproduction. Lallemand Animal Nutrition R&D has been focusing on antioxidant nutrition in all animal species with many on-going research programs and three poultry studies were presented at APPC. In particular, a robust meta-analysis including 17 trials in laying hens with the organic selenium source ALKOSEL confirm its optimal bioavailability through egg Se enrichment. Florence Barbé, Ph. D, research scientist at Lallemand Animal Nutrition explains, “Maintaining high selenium status in eggs is of great importance for breeders, through the maintenance of the antioxidant system of the developing chick, but also for egg producers, since selenium enriched eggs could be an interesting added value for the food chain. The objective of our study was to review existing information of 17 studies, performed on laying hens, partridges, pheasants and quails, on selenium enrichment in the different egg compartments, comparing different selenium sources. The statistical meta-analysis revealed that, compared to mineral selenium sources, selenium yeast statistically increases selenium concentration in the different egg compartments (yolk, albumen, and eggshell). It does strengthen the robustness of selenium deposition in the egg compartments following selenium yeast supplementation when compared to mineral sources and further confirms its superior bioavailability.”

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IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders award winner announced


he International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) announced the recipients of the 2018 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award. This year’s program, sponsored by Alltech, honours 10 young agricultural journalists and communicators who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in reporting as well as excellent potential as leaders of the industry in the years to come. The honourees were chosen by an international jury among applicants from many of IFAJ’s 43 member countries. This year’s IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders are: - Hannes Baumgartner, Der Landwirt, Austria - Marike Brits, Plaas Media, South Africa - Lydia Burton, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Dagmar Deutsch, Agrarheute, Germany - Joseph Gakpo, Multimedia Group, Ltd., Ghana - Katie Knapp, The Ag Photographer, USA - Oonagh O’Mahony, IFP Media, Republic of Ireland - Ashley Robinson, Commodity News Service Canada - Tuulikki Viilo, Maaseudun Tulevaisuus, Finland - Rasmus Bue Willesen, Landbrugsmedierne, Denmark “My father, Dr Pearse Lyons, loved talking to journalists and admired their ability to tell stories, particularly the stories within agriculture. He also understood the great importance of mentorship and education in his own life, which is why he was always a strong supporter of the IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders. This program is a perfect example of how bringing

education and journalism together can cultivate passionate communicators within agriculture. As we remember Dr Lyons’ life and legacy, we look forward to supporting the work of these young journalists for years to come and wish them the best of luck at Boot Camp in The Netherlands this year,” said Mark Lyons, president of Alltech. The 10 honourees will attend the 2018 IFAJ Congress in Wageningen, The Netherlands, in July. The Young Leaders will also participate in a Boot Camp in the days prior to Congress, which includes professional development and networking workshops and farm visits in the Wageningen area. “Over the past 12 years, we have seen IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders excel in their careers and help strengthen our industry,” says Steve Werblow, IFAJ secretary general. “They go home and bring their energy and skills to help their guilds, and many alumni of this program have taken leadership roles within IFAJ. We are grateful to Alltech for its long commitment to the future of agricultural journalism, and grateful to these enthusiastic young colleagues for their contributions — now and in the years to come.” The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award was established in 2006 by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and Alltech to recognise emerging leaders in agricultural journalism and communications from around the world. In addition to global recognition, Young Leaders participate in professional development and networking programs held in conjunction with IFAJ’s annual Congress. The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders program is a key force in developing the next generation of volunteers for IFAJ and its member guilds.

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Functional carbohydrate gains Argentinian approval

eneo, one of the leading manufacturers of functional ingredients, has announced that its functional carbohydrate, Palatinose™ (isomaltulose), has been approved for use in all food and drink categories in Argentina. The only carbohydrate to provide balanced energy, it is naturally-sourced and delivers full carbohydrate energy (4kcal/g) in a more balanced way by a slower and more sustained uptake, resulting in higher fat oxidation and a low glycemic effect. In addition, it is the first noncariogenic sugar, making it kind to teeth. It already carries a range of FDA and EU health claims: ‘Palatinose™ is low glycemic yet fully digestible and thus provides glucose in a balanced and sustained way’, it is tooth-friendly “…contributes to the maintenance of tooth mineralisation” (EU health claim) and it “does not promote tooth decay” (FDA health claim). The company’s application to the Argentinian National Commission of Foods (CONAL) was approved and subsequently published on February 7, 2018 in the Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina N°33.808. This publication leads to the inclusion in the Argentinian Codex Alimentarius, Section XXII Miscellaneous, article 1417.

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The quality parameters laid down in Article 1417 cover those manufactured by BENEO and reflect those of the isomaltulose monograph in the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), as well as other international legislation. The protein will be labelled on-pack in Argentina as “isomaltulosa.” Anke Sentko, Vice president Regulatory Affairs & Nutrition Communication at BENEO comments: “We are very pleased that CONAL has approved the use of Palatinose™ in Argentina. As a partial, or full substitute for other carbohydrates in food and drink products, it is said to be better than the traditional, refined starches and sugars, which lead to high blood sugar responses, thus an improved physiological profile can be achieved. It can deliver many benefits to consumers, including a lower blood glucose response, which is useful in counteracting the development of diet-related problems like obesity and diabetes by healthier eating. We look forward to helping Argentinian food and drink manufacturers make the most of consumer trends for weight management, supporting a low glycemic diet and an active lifestyle where sustained energy delivery is helpful and dental health is enhanced.”


Training With the continual growth of the pet food industry, professionals strive to improve their knowledge of pet food production through various training experiences.

USDA Cochran Fellowship provides Serbian professionals with pet food experience This training was put into action for eight Serbian professionals during the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)–Cochran Fellowship Program: Introduction to US Pet Food course. This was held March 12–23, 2018 at the IGP Institute Conference Centre. “The Serbian Cochran team was a fantastic, highly skilled group of individuals,” says Brandi Miller, associate director and online education and professional development coordinator at the IGP Institute. “It truly embodied what the Cochran Fellowship Program is all about, bringing the right mix of individuals to learn and engage in agricultural practices in the US, so they can return to their home countries and put the skills to work.” The training covered topics including an overview and introduction of US pet food ingredients, extrusion and processing introduction, food safety in pet food, quality control in pet food production, and innovations in nutrition of aging. “The course combined both practical and theoretical topics,” says Dorde German, Komponenta in Serbia. “It gave me an opportunity to see what I really wanted to see. There are new things that I want to implement in my own production as I saw yesterday in the plant, how to change some things for my own production line.” In addition to the classroom lectures and discussions led by KSU faculty and staff, the participants also gained hands-on experience in BIVAP (Bioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Program) and Shellenberger Hall on the KSU campus. “I’ve honestly never been introduced to American products

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AIB International unveils food labelling online course with pre-sale The first 100 customers will receive a 30 percent introductory price and a pre-sale purchase will guarantee they receive instant access to Food Labelling Online when it launches April 23. “We are completely transforming how food labelling professionals can improve their skills by providing training flexibility online,” said Katie Mayes, Vice President, Marketing and Product Development at AIBI. 44 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

as they are not present in Serbia because of the different regulations,” says Sonja Isailovska at Sl Poljovet in Serbia. “I really wanted to learn more about the ways of US production and everything about it in how it’s connected, which is all very interesting to me.” This course was held at the IGP Institute for one week as part of the two-week program through the USDA. The participants also travelled to Orlando, Florida to attend the Global Pet Food Expo. Miller says, “They were truly engaged and appreciated the exposure they received to the US pet food market.” This is just one example of the specialised trainings offered by the IGP Institute. In addition to these trainings, IGP also offers courses in the areas of grain marketing and risk management, grain processing and flour milling, and feed manufacturing and grain quality management.

“The pre-sale announced today offers an introductory price for the best food labelling online course in the market. This truly interactive training can help those involved in nutritional labelling strengthen their basic food labelling skills.” The new online course covers food labelling basics and how best to comply with labelling requirements from the FDA. With Food Labelling Online, customers gain on-demand access to five modules with interactive, built-in quizzes. Following each module there is an exam that tests the knowledge gained. Additionally, the online course covers how to declare ingredients, how to calculate servings per container, what the FDA recognises as dietary fibre, how to identify sweeteners, and much more. Customers can also benefit from the module on food labelling claims. Learn more about the pre-sale, here - en/Start-Your-Training/Food-Labeling-Training/Food-LabelingOnline.

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Training For those who are on the cusp of something bigger in their careers, or those who want to hone their leadership skills, Women in Agribusiness is bringing executive coach and business management consultant Kay Kuenker here to share her interactive, ‘Transitioning to the Front Lines of Leadership’ workshop.

Transformative leadership workshop offered through Women in Agribusiness series Ms Kuenker, who is a 29-plus year veteran of Dow AgroSciences, will present this experiential-based workshop on Monday, September 24, 2018, from 0800-1200pm at the Hilton Denver City Centre. The workshop kicks off the start of the seventh annual Women in Agribusiness Summit (WIA), though admission to each event is independent of the other. In addition, the event may be added to a WIA registration that has already been purchased. “Although Women in Agribusiness strives to increase women’s knowledge of the food and ag industry, there’s been increased demand for training in skills that help women advance to leadership roles and navigate that path,” said Event Director Joy

O’Shaughnessy, who also is a managing director with HighQuest Group, the hosts of the Summit. “With this workshop, attendees will better understand their management style so they can adjust to the others they encounter along their career path.” Ms Kuenker, who has conducted the, ‘Transitioning to the Front Lines of Leadership,’ workshop at several Canadian venues, promises an interactive forum that includes minimal lecture, a multitude of participant discussions and several active learning exercises. Participants will discuss the skills required to shift from the role of individual contributor to that of a ‘people leader’ or ‘team leader,’ by addressing topics of self-awareness and self-management, motivating others and communication effectiveness. Workshop attendees are invited to stay and attend the 2.5 day Women in Agribusiness Summit to learn and engage in the lively agribusiness community where women learn about industry outlooks and trends, network with influential executives, and develop valuable professional skills in an interactive and innovative forum. More than 600 attendees are expected at this year’s Summit, which will be held September 24-26, 2018, at the Hilton Denver City Centre and feature keynote speakers Dr Temple Grandin, world-renowned animal behaviour consultant to the livestock industry, and Dr Jacqueline Applegate, head of environmental science for CropScience, a division of Bayer.

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The measurement is based on particles interacting with an isolated sensor connected to the channel or stack. When particles move in the gas stream and pass nearby the sensor, they will create an inductionbased AC signal that can be seen in certain frequency bands Since dust affects the signal only for certain frequencies, the frequencies unrelated to dust measurement can be then filtered out before signal processing.

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The new mobile feeder will receive bulk fertilisers and grain direct from 45 tonne tipping trucks and will discharge onto an ongoing Samson Shiploader at a peak output rate of 625 m3 per hour. It includes a three-metre-wide rubber apron design unit mounted onto a steel structure and supported by double apron bars located at every pitch of the conveyor train. As fertilisers and grain are free flowing materials, this material feeder is fitted with a cross-cleat belt for material adherence during transfer.

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Hermleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five-axis machining centres are now operating in an airconditioned hall, where they can supply the required degree of precision (e.g. 2/100ths mm deviation on a 500 mm milling stretch over long periods). The machining centres are equipped with the standard tool magazines. The company has developed its own tool/magazine management system that allows all the milling machines and machining centres (each of which has the same HSK-A63 tool holding fixture) to be tooled according to the order and the work to be done.

CSE Bliss Rotary Feeder is designed to provide a steady, consistent supply of material across the full inlet of the Hammermill. This helps to achieve the hammermillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full grinding capability. The rotary feeder requires a VFD to allow for adjustments of the feed rate to the hammermill, The CSE Feeder is designed to out last its competitor feeders and reduce down time. The CSE has sloped air inlets that allow air to flow directly into the hammermill. 48 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain



Dustcontrol suction brushes

Dustcontrol is boosting its offer with suction brushes approved for the food industry. The new suction brushes combine all the features demanded by the leading companies in the industry. “Our new suction brushes allow companies in the food industry to clean their equipment more effectively,” says Roger Berglund, project officer at Dustcontrol. There are four main challenges that food manufacturers face when it comes to cleaning equipment that comes into contact with food: It must be possible to distinguish between the different pieces of cleaning equipment, so that particles are not transferred between different parts of the production process; • The cleaning equipment must not contain elements that migrate into food; • It must be possible to trace any particles or materials that come loose and get transferred to the food; • The cleaning equipment must not build up static electricity, which can lead to dust explosions. • These challenges have traditionally been difficult to address. Therefore, many food manufacturers have had to focus on dealing with the legal requirements by means of measurements within the production process. The Swedish company Dustcontrol has now developed a unique solution – suction brushes that meet both European and US requirements (FDA) for dust management in food production and are labelled with the “Glass/Fork” symbol. The brushes come in five different colours, with black or white bristles. They are detectable, autoclavable, and moreover they are antistatic and ESD approved. A unique combination of properties. “There are stringent requirements for food producers. Our role as supplier to food producers is to make their job easier as much as possible. These brushes make it possible for food producers to improve both quality and efficiency in their production processes, which ultimately leads to greater profitability,” says Roger. The Dustcontrol product range consists of portable dust extractors for industrial and construction use, fixed extraction installations, discharge arrangements and accessories. The supply products for large and small companies in all types of industries. The question they base their work on is “How can you capture and extract different kinds of particles and pollutants in the best possible way for your business?” Milling and Grain - May 2018 | 49



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FOOD SAFETY AND INTEGRITY Bühler and Microsoft announce partnership to develop digital solutions for a sustainable food value chain


ühler is set to unveil ground breaking digital technologies that include minimising toxic contamination, reducing food waste and increasing end product quality across the whole food value chain as part of a new partnership with Microsoft. The new digital solutions and services will be presented at the Microsoft booth at Hannover Messe in Germany. Watch this space as Milling and Grain will be live at the event to bring you the very latest developments on this new technology. “Today’s food value chains are facing tremendous challenges,” says Ian Roberts, CTO at the Bühler Group. “Digital solutions will allow us to improve food safety and integrity and reduce food losses and waste. They enable us to be more efficient in production. In fact, with intelligent implementation of our digital capabilities we will make a major step towards meeting our goals of lowering waste and energy consumption in the food value chain by 30 percent,” Mr Roberts adds. For the agriculture industry to meet the global quality demands of the future, sustainability in all aspects of agricultural production is key,” said Caglayan Arkan,

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General Manager Manufacturing & Resources at Microsoft. “Microsoft’s mission is to help leaders like Bühler take advantage of its data using our Azure cloud and Azure IoT technologies to accurately forecast trends in agriculture, improve food safety and provide better services for customers.” The Bühler-Microsoft collaboration comes at a time when the global food industry faces increasing environmental and economic pressure. By 2050, the planet’s population is predicted to grow to nine billion. Providing sufficient nutritious food in a sustainable way is a major challenge we have only begun to address. More than 30 percent of global energy goes into food production. However, around 30 percent of all food is lost or wasted, while 800 million people are starving. From today’s perspective, we continue to challenge the limits of our agricultural systems, which will need to supply an additional 265 million tonnes of plant protein by 2050. It is Bühler’s declared aim, through smart partnerships, to create businesses that contribute


to solving these challenges. “With the digitalisation of the food industry we have a new, unrivalled capability we can bring to bear,” commented Mr Roberts.

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The showcases to be presented at the Hannover industry tradeshow cover the whole value chain from farm to fork:

Breakthrough sorting solution – Saving lives and increasing yields Maize, the world’s main cereal crop, can be affected by aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxin that is highly carcinogenic. 500 million people worldwide are at risk of exposure to it. It is estimated to cause up to 150,000 cases of liver cancer a year and contribute to stunting in millions of children. The economic impact on farmers, food processors and the economy is significant. Bühler will be launching a breakthrough sorting technology for maize, making a major contribution to addressing this urgent challenge. This revolutionary solution will be presented for the first time at Hannover Messe with a working demonstration.

Gamaya – Improving efficiency and sustainability of industrial farms Gamaya decision support and automation services help farmers optimise their use of water, chemicals, fuel and manual labour, while reducing environmental impact and improving the quantity and quality of produce. Examples of analytics include the mapping and classification of weeds, early diagnostics of plant disease, pests and nutrient deficiencies, as well as prediction of yields. Enabled by a unique combination of technologies including hyperspectral

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F PreMa – Intelligent storage and handling 85 million tonnes of cereal grains are lost in storage and handling every year. Reducing this loss helps our customers and contributes to safeguarding more of the food the world produces. PreMa is an intelligent silo monitoring solution to ensure grain is stored under the correct conditions. TotalSense – Providing quick and objective quality control for rice TotalSense is a mobile rice analyser that provides for quick and objective quality control. The customer submits a photo of a rice sample and receives a quality report, including an analysis of broken and discoloured rice grains. TotalSense reduces the time for rice quality checks by up to ten times. – Improving food safety through data-driven early warnings scans thousands of official databases, webpages, news and social media channels for events and rumours related to food safety. It

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identifies food and feed products affected and provides customised early warnings to food processors, enabling them to stay ahead of food safety risks. Microsoft Manufacturing & Resources General Manager Caglayan Arkan added, “Collaborations like the one between Bühler and Microsoft will be essential to feeding our world and fuelling a better future for our natural resources and food production. With artificial intelligence and the cloud, we have the technology to address some of the biggest challenges facing the industry.” Mr Roberts concluded by saying, “The digital revolution is a huge opportunity for the food manufacturing industry. It has the potential to bring beneficial changes along the entire value chain, improving safety, transparency and efficiency, and reducing energy consumption and waste. We are only scratching the surface of this potential. The partnership between Bühler and Microsoft will equip us with tools to address some of the key challenges the industry and the world faces.”

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t Hannover Messe, Bühler has revealed a breakthrough in sorting technology that will minimise toxic contamination in maize and improve yield, by identifying and removing cancercausing, aflatoxin-infected grains. It does this more accurately and at greater speed than any previous solution. Developed in partnership with Microsoft, the launch of LumoVision™ is a significant advance for the maize processing industry in its fight against fungal moulds called mycotoxins, the most poisonous of which is aflatoxin. The innovation can eliminate up to 90 percent of contaminated maize. “Advances in digital technology, together with our sorting and food safety expertise, make this an unrivalled system that contributes to solving a major global food safety and security challenge,” says Matt Kelly, Managing Director of Digital Technologies at Bühler.

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F Maize is a vital, staple food crop in many regions of the world and a major component in animal feed, but it is particularly prone to aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxin is classified as a primary human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Approximately 500 million people worldwide are at risk of exposure to it and it is estimated to cause up to 155,000 cases of liver cancer every year and contributes to stunting the growth of millions of children. “Aflatoxin is one of the biggest global pains today. Climate change means that the problem is growing, so eliminating contaminated grains from the food chain more effectively, with less loss of healthy grain, is an urgent challenge,” says Beatrice Conde-Petit, Food Safety Officer at Bühler. Until now sorting maize for aflatoxin reduction has proved difficult and imprecise, relying on identifying indirect indications of contamination. Testing for contamination based on sampling is inconclusive and time-consuming as contamination occurs in hotspots. Just two contaminated kernels in 10,000 are sufficient to make a lot unfit for purpose. Alongside health risks, the economic impact on farmers and food processors is significant.

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It is the first optical sorting technology able to identify aflatoxin based on direct indicators of contamination, while simultaneously using real-time, cloud-based data to monitor and analyse contamination risk. It works by analysing the colour each kernel fluoresces as it passes under powerful UV lighting in the sorter. It is known that contaminated kernels fluoresce a specific bright green colour. LumoVision’s proprietary, highly sensitive cameras detect precisely this colour of fluorescence. Within milliseconds of detection, air

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nozzles deploy to blow contaminated kernels out of the product stream. The machine processes up to 15 tonnes of product an hour, eliminating up to 90 percent of contamination – a significant improvement on current solutions. A cloud-based solution using infrastructure provided by Microsoft is a key enabler to reducing overall yield loss. Combining data from the cameras with data stored in the cloud allows a local, real-time analysis of the risk of contamination to be carried out. When the risk is minimal, sorting is halted while the machine continues to monitor. If the risk rises, sorting automatically restarts. Coupled with the cloud service, it reduces yield loss to below five percent compared with between five percent and up to 25 percent for other current solutions.

Transforming lives and livelihoods

“We are incredibly excited about this achievement. As an organisation we have strived to solve the problem of aflatoxin contamination for many years. Now, with today’s technological advances we’re able to bring this ground-breaking solution to market,” says Ben Deefholts, Senior Research Engineer for Digital Technologies at Bühler. “With data science techniques and tools we can develop sorting algorithms, while connectivity and IoT solutions allow us to combine our optical sorting with real-time risk models,” he adds. 58 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

Caglayan Arkan, General Manager Manufacturing & Resources at Microsoft adds, “Bühler has built a truly revolutionary and inspiring piece of technology – not only to the food industry but to the manufacturing industry on so many levels. Their revolutionary data-driven optical sorting system doesn’t just predict a toxin in a food particle, but it can eliminate it altogether, by tapping into the breadth and scale of Microsoft’s global Azure cloud, which is powerful and meaningful to keeping all of us safer and healthy.” With the technology, food, feed, and pet food manufacturers can protect their product from contamination, avoid the cost of expensive recalls and reputational consequences, while increasing yields and reducing waste. Grain handlers can upgrade the quality of their product to attract higher prices. However, it is in regions of the world where there is no food safety regulation or where low resource communities have little choice but to eat contaminated food or go hungry, that it can have an even bigger impact, saving lives and improving livelihoods. The product is currently undergoing testing onsite with customer Capa Cologna, in Italy, an agricultural cooperative whose maize was affected by aflatoxin after drought conditions during the growing season in 2012. Further testing will take place within the MycoKey network, a project funded by the European Commission to develop smart, sustainable solutions that reduce mycotoxins in food and feed.

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New Asian manufacturing and R&D center for animal nutrition and grain logistics in China

ith a three-day event and over 400 guests from over 30 countries, the company officially opened its latest addition to its global manufacturing and service network in Changzhou, China. The brand-new facility includes an R&D center and will mainly serve the fast-growing animal nutrition industry as well as the grain logistics business. On April 26, 2018, Bühler officially opened its new manufacturing and R&D center for the animal nutrition industry including solutions for livestock animals, aquaculture and pets as well as the grain logistics business, in Changzhou, China. The 200,000m2 green field construction is the latest addition to their

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global supply chain and service network. It is a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant that meets the highest Swiss quality standards for the global animal feeds and grain logistic markets. The facility includes a comprehensive animal nutrition R&D Application Center over 5,200m2 spreading over four floors. It is operated by around 15 employees operating two pilot plants. One of them is devoted to the development of feed production processing technologies and the other is focused on grain logistic applications. These pilot plants will facilitate basic technology research and development as well as collaboration with customers for customised solutions. In addition, the centre will serve as a major animal nutrition training centre for customers and employees. “The combined offerings make this new facility a globally recognised competence centre in animal nutrition and grain logistics,” commented Johannes Wick, CEO of the Grains & Food business.


On April 26, the grand opening took place with pouring gold dust over the plant, which stands for a bountiful harvest as well as the morning sun that sets a new milestone.

One-quarter of the turnover in Asia

China is a significant growth market for the company. Its presence goes back to 1983. Today, the company employs over 3000 employees with multiple production sites located in Wuxi, Changzhou, Hefei, Beijing, Shenzhen, Xian, and Guangzhou. The company has positioned itself as a well-established player with significant market share in the Chinese and Asia Pacific region, generating over one-quarter of its turnover in this region. “This region has seen tremendous growth in the past years and we are confident we will see further growth. Also, our strong

manufacturing base in China will further expand Bühler’s global supply chain, which is why we have established this brand-new manufacturing facility,” says Dieter Voegtli, President Sales & Services.

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key players in the industry. Top speakers from the animal nutrition business and top scientific institutions from China, Europe and the US presented the latest developments and their view of the future with regard to sustainability, animal nutrition, food and feed safety, as well as the impact of the Internet of Things on the animal feed industry.

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On April 26, 2018, the grand opening took place with pouring gold dust over the plant, which stands for a bountiful harvest as well as the morning sun that marks a new milestone. Major customers from China, Asia and other countries worldwide as well as key Bühler representatives attended the opening

Major customers from China, Asia and other countries worldwide as well as key Bühler representatives attended the opening ceremony. Subsequently, the attendees visited the new manufacturing facility and its animal nutrition centre as well as a large exhibition of products and services.

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ceremony. Subsequently, the attendees visited the new manufacturing facility and its animal nutrition centre as well as a large exhibition of products and services. General Manager Shao Liping explained that the factory is not only equipped with the most advanced machines, but is also operated with the most modern production management systems. Tian Li, Senior VP of the Haid Group commented, “Haid will continue to work with Bühler on new construction projects both at home and abroad. We put faith in Bühler’s manufacturing philosophy of always striving for perfection and its longstanding brand culture. With this R&D and manufacturing center, we expect to see continued growth and innovation from Bühler. I believe Bühler Changzhou will serve as leading player to push forward industry equipment upgrading.” “Great services and innovative ideas from Bühler Changzhou” The three-day event ended with visits to three livestock, aquaculture and a premix plant in the region. From its vast customer network and many feed lines in operation, Bühler selected three plants to provide its guests profound insights into the Chinese feed industry. “This was an impressive event with hands-on industrial insights into the feed industry in China and the capabilities they can deliver,” says KC Ong, Country Director of the Gold Coin China Group. “Bühler Changzhou is a great partner in supplying equipment and engineering services for us. The facility produces high-quality equipment according to the worldwide standards. Supported by competent local teams with great services and innovative ideas, Bühler Changzhou has created great value to Gold Coin and the feed industry as whole.”


Road ahead of RICE PRODUCTION in East Africa


by Shem Oirere, Journalist, East Africa astern Africa is struggling to meet the region’s increasing demand for rice as policy constraints, an unstructured market regime and changes in global rice trade magazines hamper fasttracking of production, processing and marketing programmes by countries in this sub Saharan market. Although the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) says production has been increasing albeit slowly, the rice sub sector in the region does not “meet market demand partly due to inadequate market linkages from surplus to deficit regions and unfavourable trade policy.” Eastern Africa has the potential to expand rice production and trade but because of the “prevailing rice market challenges including informal, insufficient and unstructured markets coupled with policy constraints and changes in global rice trade dynamics have negatively impacted the rice trade” according to Jacinta Mwau of EAGC. By the end of 2017 countries in Eastern Africa were importing rice worth US$500 million annually to meet the production and processing deficit according to the EAGC. Kenya’s former Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Dr Romano Kiome previously said the potential for expanding rice production and processing in the region “has not received adequate attention with regard to policy and institutional support.” Kiome said for the case of Kenya, the rice sub sector has potential “to enhance food security and livelihood for the majority of urban and rural poor” if only the constraints to increasing production, processing and marketing are effectively addressed by both the public and private sector. Demand for rice in Kenya is estimated at 300,000 metric tonnes yet the country’s production capacity is approximately 45,000 to 80,000 metric tonnes. This huge production deficit is currently being addressed through a 10-year National Rice Development Strategy that was launched in 2008 and ends this year. However, previous efforts to narrow the deficit/supply gap may not have achieved many set targets as envisaged in the plan according to Mr Zachary Mwangi, the Director General of Kenya Bureau of Statistics. He says in the 2017 Economic Survey, although the area under rice production increased by 4.2 percent to 14,586 hectares in

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2016 up from 13,998 hectares in 2015, production dropped by 12.9 percent. Mr Mwangi says Kenya produced 101,500 tonnes of rice in 2016, down from the 116,500 tonnes for 2015. “The decline was precipitated by the dry weather conditions resulting in insufficient water for irrigation in rice growing areas,” he said. Rice in Kenya is produced in Nyanza, Central, Western and Coastal regions where for major rice milling plants have been developed with capacity to process more than 33 tonnes of rice. An estimated 80 percent of the rice, which is the third most important cereal in Kenya after maize and wheat, is grown through irrigation and only 20 percent relies on rain-fed production. Despite the constrained production, rice consumption, especially the Basmati type, has been increasing at 12 percent annually compared to four percent and one percent for wheat and maize according to the Ministry of Agriculture. The per capita rice consumption is estimated to have increased by 57 percent from seven to 11 kilogrammes by 2016. This substantial surge in consumption has resulted in increased rice importation especially from Pakistan, Thailand, India, Vietnam and other countries within Eastern Africa to meet demand and close supply gaps. For Eastern Africa countries, the importation of rice to meet growing deficit is a double-edged sword for the sub-sector. Whereas the rice importation is helping address the shortages in the region, it is also creating opportunities for dumping of cheap poor-quality rice and strangling domestic production. “Incidents of importation of cheap poor-quality rice which is fraudulently repackaged presenting unfair competition to locally produced rice,” says the National Rice Development Strategy 200-2018 report by Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture. “There exists on fair trade demands by rice exporting countries who insist on dumping poor quality rice in Kenya in exchange for high quality locally produced crop commodities,” the report says. But to deal with the problem of dumping of poor quality rice in Eastern Africa, governments in the region through the East African Community (EAC), an intergovernmental organisation composed of six countries in the African Great Lakes region in eastern Africa, have introduced a 75 percent tax on rice from outside the region or US$345 per a tonne or whichever is higher, to protect the sub sector from collapsing under the pressure of imports.

F “NERICA variety offers Kenya a significant competitive advantage in rice production given its higher yield potential and lower production costs,” the Alliance says in its report ‘Agriculture Investment Opportunities in Kenya; Rice Processing Investment Case’. It says the rice variety, which was developed through crossbreeding of disease and drought resistant cultivars in Africa, has capacity to yield 156 percent more than the average Kenyan lowland rice.

“NERICA variety offers Kenya a significant competitive advantage in rice production given its higher yield potential and lower production costs” “The introduction of the NERICA rice variety, which is able to grow in semi-arid areas, presents a significant opportunity to create prosperity for farmers and their surrounding communities through wide-scale production and processing of rice,” said the Alliance. It is apparent from the long list of achievable targets set out in the National Rice Development Strategy 2008-2018 there are several components of the plan that may not be implemented by the end of the year and this calls for close partnership between government and private sector in ensuring successful commercialisation of production, processing and marketing of rice in both Kenya and Eastern Africa.

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However, Kenya has been allowed by the other EAC countries of Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan to impose a lesser tax of 35 percent or US$200 per tonne, to encourage slightly more rice imports to meet the acute shortage of quality rice. As Kenya ponders on how to re-engineer the unimplemented components of the National Rice Development Strategy that comes to lapse at the end of 2018, there are several challenges that the government is expected to address if rice traders in the country are to improve their operations. For example, land tenure system in some parts of the rice growing regions are a hindrance to growth of the sub sector. Farmers in these areas do not have titles for their farms making it difficult for them to access credit to improve their farm operations. Other serious challenges facing the rice sub sector in Kenya include scarcity of labour, high cost of farm inputs, lack of access to financing and increasing but uncoordinated cross-border rice trade across East Africa. Demand in the Kenyan rice market, just like in the rest of Eastern Africa is expected to continue growing driven mainly by increasing urbanisation, expanding middle class and retail market. In addition, the national government and county governments where rice is grown are currently pushing for increased production of New Rice for Africa (NERICA) variety that was developed by the Africa Rice Center to boost rice yields in the continent. The Kenya Agribusiness and Agroindustry Alliance says the country has far more investments opportunities in the rice sub sector than most Eastern Africa.

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ccording to a report commissioned by Delacon, the pioneer & leader in phytogenic feed additives, results have suggested that Thai Millenials are forming their food choices based on what the animal they’re purchasing has been fed with. The consensus given is that, “Thai consumers are ready to buy meat products raised with phytogenic feed additives.” They look closely at product labels, gravitate to products “raised without antibiotics ever,” and are interested to know that phytogenics are used. It appears that knowing phytogenics “leave no harmful residue” would be influential to the majority. The results show two-thirds (62%) of Thai millennial foodies look very closely at meat product labels and almost all Thai millennials are concerned enough to look closely at the label. “The survey shows that millennials in Thailand are interested in knowing how their food is produced. The story of phytogenics, Almost all Thai or millennials loo plant-derived ingredients fed to chickens and pigs, would be very when purchasing chicken, turkey attractive for them to consider in their purchasing decision for meat products,” says Preecha Sapkitjakarn, Delacon Country Sales of Thai millennials areinfoodies Among foodies, nearly look ve Manager Thailand. [those who care very much about the quality and source of their food]

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F “raised without antibiotics ever,” “raised in ways that reduce environmental impact,” and “certified organic” when choosing a specific brand of meat. The survey also looked at product labeling concepts to see which phytogenic claims would be most important to Thai millennials. Overwhelmingly, the strongest claim for a brand of chicken or pork meat was “fed a diet that includes phytogenic ingredients which leave no harmful residue.” “Delacon phytogenic feed additives are extensively tested to ensure safety in the feed-to-food chain. A product stamp showing meat raised with phytogenics could provide meaningful information that supports consumer purchasing confidence,” shares Gina Medina, Delacon Sales Group Leader Asia.

Nine out of 10 foodies in favour of phytogenics

Nine out of 10 Thai millennial foodies would: • Choose meat and poultry fed completely natural ingredients, such as phytogenics: 91 percent, 78 percent overall; • Feel great about food choices knowing phytogenics support animal’s digestive health and wellness, as well as reduce environmental impact: 92 percent foodies, 87 percent overall; • Want to know and choose meat and poultry raised with phytogenics: 93 percent foodies, 82 percent overall. It is important to them that food choices reflect their value for the environment, animal welfare and natural ingredients. Moreover, the survey found that phytogenics on the label would make a positive impact on 82 percent of Thai millennial foodies and 71 percent of Thai millennials overall. “We look forward to sharing these insights with our partners in Asia Pacific to reinforce the important role of phytogenics in their animal production operations and demonstrate an opportunity to tell a positive message to consumers,” says Gina Medina.

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Mycotoxin risk assessment in feed production

by Martina Bellasio, PhD, Product Manager, Romer Labs, Austria

raders and producers of raw materials, and others in the feed industry now have a wide array of options and solutions at their disposal to measure mycotoxin contamination and assess the accompanying risk. How do they determine the methods that best fit their needs? For an effective mycotoxin detection programme, feed producers should consider a combination of tools that best fit their needs. For decades, taking samples and sending them to an analytical service provider was the chief â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in some cases, only â&#x20AC;&#x201C; method for determining the presence of mycotoxins. The advent of on-site rapid tests has disrupted this model, becoming widely available at less cost and greater simplicity and ease-of-use. The frequency and volume of testing, the business needs determining the acceptable time-toresult, and the degree of need for accredited results are all criteria to consider. These and other factors that influence testing decisions are broken down below.

On-site testing vs analytical service

The first step in finding the right testing solution is to decide whether to conduct the test yourself on-site (E.g. In the field or at the storage or production facility), or to send the samples to an analytical service laboratory. This decision depends on three main considerations: 1: Required testing throughout - For frequent testing (high throughput), it might be worthwhile to conduct on-site tests, since costs are generally lower than those of analytical service labs. If you only perform occasional testing or have low throughput, sending your samples to a lab could be more convenient. 2: Acceptable time-to-result - On-site rapid tests will deliver results within a couple of minutes to an hour, depending on the technology being applied. This makes them a useful tool when decisions have to be made in a short amount of time, as in when deciding whether to accept a truck delivery. From start to finish, external analytical service results can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week. 3: Sensitivity - On-site testing can be categorised as a screening tool in that it quickly assesses the concentration of one analyte per test. Reference methods available at an analytical service laboratory are much more robust and allow testing at lower toxin levels for a larger number of analytes.

Rapid tests

The two most popular on-site methods are strip tests (LFDs, or lateral flow devices) and ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) tests. Strip tests are designed to show results as soon as possible, though they can process no more than two samples at a time. They are therefore often used at reception points in the supply chain of agricultural raw commodities. The kits can test up to 44 samples simultaneously. In general, it might be the better option when six or more samples are under analysis, lowering total testing time and cost per sample.

Analytical service testing

Analytical service labs have their own range of services and technologies from which customers can choose. In addition to classic ELISA, reference methods such as HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography) and LC-MS/MS (liquid chromatographytandem mass spectrometry) are on offer. There are several key differences between these three methods. In comparison HPLC and LC-MS/MS are highly sensitive and can target multiple analytes, with the latter able 72 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

F to analyse many more toxins simultaneously. The costs for HPLC and LS-MS/MS are correspondingly higher.

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Raw materials vs finished feed

Constant monitoring of the input of a finished feed production line is imperative for producers looking to manage mycotoxin risk. Applying rapid tests to screen incoming raw material used in feed production is a common practice nowadays. Protocols for rapid test methods are available for most commodities. Catching materials contaminated by mycotoxins before they enter the supply chain can help prevent more costly problems later on. Finished feed, which is comprised of various different materials, demonstrates greater complexity in terms of testing. Depending on the amount of feed that requires monitoring, producers can apply rapid tests or send samples to analytical service labs. For smaller feed producers and for producers who frequently have to change the composition of their feed, results can be more conveniently achieved using an analytical service. For larger producers of feed who do not often have to change their formulation, it is possible to create a customised protocol for rapid tests. To reliably test finished feed with rapid tests, it is recommended to carry out a validation (customised protocol) tailored to your specific feed formulation. It is important to keep in mind that feed composition often varies with market price, season and use.


The growing popularity of rapid tests for mycotoxins creates more choice for millers and farmers. On-site testing methods offer a number of advantages, namely speed, cost and ease-ofuse. The reference methods available from an analytical service


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laboratory will provide greater precision for a larger number of analytes, delivering a more comprehensive picture of the degree of contamination, albeit at higher cost. Rapid tests are a good option for less complex commodities. For finished feed, an analytical service or rapid methods (provided they are carefully validated) may be used. For an effective mycotoxin detection programme, feed producers should consider a combination of tools that best fit their requirements. At the same time, they should not let the increasing array of options and choices distract them from this simple principle: You can’t manage what you don’t measure.


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by Phil Clancy, Next Instruments, Australia

armers have often said that if they purchased everything that was going to save them money, they would go bust. The avalanche of new technology that is now promoted to farmers is extremely confusing. Where and how should farmers proceed with new technology often causes decision paralysis. This paper presents several case studies from Australian and Canadian farmers who have installed a CropScan 3000H On Combine NIR Analyser on their combines. As well, at a recent SPAA (Society for Precision Agriculture Australia) meeting in West Wyalong, NSW, Australia, a young farmer gave an excellent talk about his experience with the 3000H system that he installed in 2016. His insights are also presented below.


Near Infrared (NIR) analysers are used by the grains and oil seed industry to measure protein, moisture and oil in whole and ground seeds. The price for grains is commonly based on the quality or grade of the seeds which is determined by a range of parameters including protein and oil content. The higher the protein and oil content the more valuable is the grain in most world markets. Other parameters include test weight, screening, falling number, sedimentation, hardness and whether there are any defects, stains or foreign matter in the load. However, NIR only measures protein, oil, moisture and starch in cereals and oil seeds. On farm grain measurements have been common place in Australia for 20 years. Portable and benchtop NIR analysers are available for farmers so that they can take measurements in the field or as they aggregate their grain into their on-farm silos. Some farmers in the USA and Canada have also taken up NIR anlaysers for use on farm, especially in regions where protein premiums are available. In the last 10 years, On Combine NIR analysers have been developed and trialled. The CropScan 3000H was launched in 2013. The original benefits identified by customers were the ability to blend grain from the field in order to capture higher protein premiums for wheat and to ensure that barley fitted into the malt grade, i.e., 9.5 to 11.5 percent protein. Likewise oil seeds such as canola attract a premium with oil content above 42 percent in Australia. The second benefit of using an On Combine NIR analyser lies in the agronomic information that it can provide to farmers and 74 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

their agronomists. Unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a biochemist, you may not be aware that protein is made up of approximately 17 percent Nitrogen and approximately three percent Sulphur by weight. As such, when grains and oil seeds are harvested, they remove Nitrogen and Sulphur from the soil in direct proportion to the protein content. For example, a tonne of wheat with a protein content of 14 percent, has 23.8kg of Nitrogen and 4.2kg of Sulphur in the seeds. The proportions hold true for corn, soybean, barley, oats canola etc. By combining the protein and yield data from the combine, along with the GPS coordinates, a range of maps can be generated, i.e. protein, yield, nitrogen removal, gross margin and protein/yield correlation. These maps provide agronomists and farmers with insights into the availability and uptake of Nitrogen and Sulphur across the fields. Potassium and Phosphorous, two other important nutrients for plant, are also taken from the soil in the seeds and plant tissue. However, the amounts removed are proportional primarily to the yield rather than the protein content. Approximately 3kg of Phosphorous and 4.5kg of Potassium are removed for each tonne of grains harvested. Nonetheless, removal maps can be generated for all the nutrients, i.e. Nitrogen, Sulphur, Potassium and Phosphorous. Over the last two harvests, farmers who have installed an On Combine NIR analyser have elucidated several more advantages that complement the original benefits. These include: More accurate moisture measurements which allows farmers to strip for longer hours; Differential harvesting to meet forward contracts based on protein; Validation of Field Strip Trials; In field moisture blending to ensure loads do not get rejected at the elevator or silo; Using Protein Maps to develop simple Variable Rate Nitrogen Fertilisation prescriptions.


The following case studies are presented as examples of how farmers have benefitted immediately from using the CropScan 3000H On Combine Analyser.

CASE STUDY ONE: In field blending

Mark and Jordan Hoskinson farm 8000 hectares at Kikora, NSW. They installed a CropScan 3000H onto their John Deere combine in 2014. In one large wheat field Jordan quickly realized that there was a four to five percent variation in protein across the

F field. He started to strip grain from one section Figure 1 of the field where the protein content was up to 15 percent. As the bin filled he would monitor the Bin Average for protein as displayed on the PC. He would monitor the tonnage in the bin and when it reached five tonnes, he then stripped grain from another section where the protein was nine to 11 percent, thereby blending the grain based on protein. He would monitor the Bin Average for the protein as he filled the bin with the lower protein wheat. When the average reached 13.5 percent, he would go to the field bin and out load the grain. He stripped this field over several days and reported that they trucked every load to the GrainCorp silos at Kikora and had every load accepted as APH1 grade. At that time APH1 was paying US$30 per tonne more than APW grade. The Hoskinsons reflected that in previous years this field had produced a mixture of low and high protein grades. Overall, the ability to blend in the fields across their farm had generated an estimated US$40,000 in higher payments as compared to previous years. Figure 1 shows the Protein Map for the field mentioned above.

stored into each silo is received from the internet and stored in the farm’s PC. Fabian Devereaux, AgFarm, has access to Luke’s data by signing into the CropNet web site. He can see what is stored in each silo as shown in Figure 2 and 3. Fabian can then market the grain in each silo based on the running average with confidence that the protein will meet the buyer’s requirements. Luke advised that AgFarm were able to secure an additional US$5 per tonne for 1000 tonnes of wheat from the buyer in guarantee that the average was 12+ percent protein. He also commented that all truck deliveries passed inspection by the buyer. Since Euston is over 400km from Melbourne, rejected truck loads have in previous years cost him thousands of dollars in penalties and/or returned loads.

CASE STUDY TWO: On farm segregation and storage

Luke Follett, Pindara, Euston, NSW, grows approximately 6000 tonnes of wheat. He operates two CASE 8130 combines and he installed a CropScan 3000H onto one of his combines in 2014. Luke has six x 1000 tonne silos on farm where he segregates his grain into ASW, APW, AHI and AH2 grades. Luke uses the local AgFarm agent to market his wheat to domestic users. The CropScan 3000H software calculates the Bin Average for protein for each bin load and then posts the Bin Average to the internet in real-time. The combine operator uses the Bin Average data to segregate the loads into specific field bins based on grade. Trucks are filled from the field bins and taken back to the farm’s silo complex. The protein, moisture and weight of every truck load that is Milling and Grain - May 2018 | 75

F Case Study 3: Optimising protein and yield


Matt Hill, Coolinup, WA, operates four x New Holland CR9090 combines fitted with CropScan 3000H On Combine Analyzers installed by Staines Esperance WA. Mr Hill made the following comments regarding the use of the protein data from the CropScan 3000H and other PA inputs to increase productivity across his farms. “I have been able to combine the yield and EMI maps collected over many years, and now protein maps to develop zones across the farm. We have been able to look closely at the yield response curves to optimise VNR application across the fields. The increase in yield and protein in certain zones across the farm have resulted in a significant return on investment for the PA equipment and services. By going to Variable Nitrogen Rate applications, we have been able to increase the tonnage, to jump to higher protein grades and also to reduce our input costs.”

Case Study 4: Agronomic benefits

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Steve Larocque, Beyond Agronomy, Alberta, Canada, installed a CropScan 3000H to his JD9750 combine in 2016. He provided the following comment, “The ability to map protein and combine it with yield mapping is where the magic happens. The sensor gives you an average protein and moisture content for each hopper load. In cereals this may help you segregate high versus low protein wheat or malt barley. I’ve seen some producers do their own on farm blending using a grain cart. This technology would make it that much easier to blend grain when you know what you have. “I can see this technology on every combine in the future as it holds great potential to evaluate components of your agronomy program like fertility, fungicides, seeding rates and varieties. It can also be used to segregate grain based on moisture or protein content. It can help avoid heated canola by having accurate moisture readings and improve malt barley selection by blending yourself on farm or storing high protein away from barley that meets spec. I’m really looking forward to sharing my research findings this year using the CropScan 3000H. It’s one of the most useful pieces of technology I’ve purchased in some time” he explained.

Case Study 5: Accurate moisture measurements increase harvest efficiency

Chris Nelson, Strathmore, Alberta, Canada, installed a CropScan 3000H to his New Holland combine in 2017. He knew from his association with Steve Larocque that the CropScan was Figure 2: Plots of protein and moisture of wheat stored in silos

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F accurate and reliable but until he used it on his own farm, he did not realise how good it was. Chris farms around 1200 hectares as well as running a local Precision Ag business, Accufarm, in Strathmore. He made two comments about his experience during the 2017 harvest. Firstly, he found that the NIR moisture measurements were very accurate and this allowed him to strip his fields with more confidence than relying on the combineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in built capacitance moisture meter. As he encountered â&#x20AC;&#x153;tougher countryâ&#x20AC;? he would move off to a different area where the moisture was 13 percent or below. This allowed him to continue stripping while his neighbours were stopped. He estimates that he stripped for two to four hours a day longer than his neighbours. This resulted in him finishing harvest about a week earlier. Secondly, he used the Cr3000H moisture readings to blend the wetter grain with the dryer grain to make sure that the loads were all less than 13 percent moisture. Chris also found another benefit of using the Cr3000H in his operations. He had a forward contract with Cargill for wheat above 13 percent protein. However 2017 was a low protein year on average. So, he decided to strip his fields so that each bin load was above 13 percent protein. This meant he had to differentially harvest his fields, but the potential penalties he would incur by failing to deliver the correct grade to Cargill outweighed the logistics difficulties. Once he had stripped the 250 tonne of premium grade wheat and segregated it on farm, he then continued to strip his fields as normal. He continued to segregate any high protein wheat into separate field bins in order to capture some additional protein premiums. However, he commented that many of his

neighbours were caught with contracts that they could not fill and had to either buy grain at the higher protein levels or accept the penalties.

Case Study 6: Simple VRF prescriptions based on protein

Broden Holland, Grenfeld, NSW, installed a CropScan 3000H onto his new CaseIH 7240 Combine leading up to the 2016 harvest. The CropScan 3000H collected protein, oil and moisture data at approximately every 15-20 metres across their 4500ha farm where they grow wheat and canola. Combining historical yield data and protein data they have been able to develop three zones to apply Urea at three different rates as top dressing. Broden quickly linked low protein response to crop performance, he developed the following simple application strategy: Urea Application (kg/ha) Blue Zone: Yellow Zone: Red Zone:

Protein < 10.5 = 120 kg Protein 10.6 -11.5 = 100 kg Protein 11.5 - 13.0 = 80 kg

By simply converting protein data collected from the CropScan 3000H into a Nitrogen Replacement or TopDressing application, he was able to increase the protein levels across the fields. In 2016 the field shown in figure 4 had only .21 hectares that produced H1 grade wheat. Whereas in 2017, 87.9 hectares realised H1 grade. As well, there were 38.8 hectares that realized APW grade in 2016 and H2 grade in 2017. A rough estimate of the increase in crop payments from this field were US$2482, or US$13.60 /ha. Assessing the yield and protein response post-harvest is critical to assess whether the VRA had a positive or negative outcome. Figure 4 shows the protein and yield response and statistics from the variable rate application of Urea in 2017. The 2017 yield response shows to be 40 percent reduction in the variation in yield across the field as compared with the 2016 yield map.


Figure 4: In 2016 the field shown had only .21 hectares that produced H1 grade wheat. Whereas in 2017, 87.9 hectares realised H1 grade. As well, there were 38.8 hectares that realized APW grade in 2016 and H2 grade in 2017. A rough estimate of the increase in crop payments from this field were US$2482, or US$13.60 /ha

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The case studies presented above show that the CropScan 3000H On Combine Analyser provides an immediate return on investment for grain farmers across two continents. There is most likely no other Precision Ag tool that can provide a return in the first year. For example, a yield monitor cannot be used to blend grain on farm or in the field. Controlled Traffic may reduce fuel bills by a small percentage, but it cannot increase revenues. Satellite imagery, soil scans and other diagnostic tools can help develop better harvest strategies for the future, but they do not provide an immediate return on investment.




by Vaughn Entwistle, Features Editor, Milling and Grain or years the Perry name has been synonymous with grain driers and handling systems, but that is beginning to evolve. “Until around five years ago all our design capability was focused on grain,” Perry explained. “Now we’re producing driers for other products. Fundamentally, it’s all about hot air flowing through furnaces – all stuff we know a lot about. As well as driers, we support all forms of handling: conveying systems, bucket elevators, screw conveyers, belt driers. We add new systems every year, so our product line is continually growing.” But with so much competition, we asked: Why should a customer choose Perry’s? “Because everything is done here in-house,” Perry answered. “A drier is more than just a metal box. We write our own software and design our own control panels. I’ve seen huge complexes with thousands of silos and one drier that is handling everything that goes into those silos, so it’s one of the most important parts of the system. The interface for your customer is arguably the most critical component. If something goes wrong (especially for an export customer) he doesn’t want to have to phone his importer, who then phones his rep, who then phones the manufacturer to talk to someone who wrote the software or designed the drier. Because we design the driers and the software in-house they can call us directly; or if there is a language barrier, we can three-way 80 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

From its humble beginnings in 1947, Perry of Oakley Ltd has grown to become the UK’s most experienced manufacturer of materials handling and drying equipment. In 2017, the manufacturer, based in Honiton, Devon, was awarded “Exporter of year,” by SHAPA, the solids handling and processing association. Such an impressive pedigree makes this British manufacturer stand out in a field crowded with competitors. To find out more about this unique company, Milling & Grain visited them on a rainy day in March, where we sat down with managing director David Perry who ran through the impressive product line that Perry’s produces. “Driers for grain and biomass are a big part of our business,” Perry explained, “But we also do belt driers, and materials handling equipment. We are about 40 percent farming, 30 percent large scale farming, with a tiny percentage of ports grain handling and the remaining balance on the biomass side".

Skype with our rep who can then translate for the customer. We also encourage customers to connect their panel to the Internet. The PLC is data logging the whole time, so we can we can connect to the panel and download the data from here to see exactly what’s going on.”

An engineering approach

We noticed that many of the company’s products feature stickers proclaiming, “Perry Engineering”, which is a legitimate claim, because engineering is the lifeblood of the company. “Everything is manufactured in-house,” Perry said. “I’m very proud that we don’t sub anything out. We do all the machining, welding, fabrication and sheet metal. We punch all the blanks for our machinery using two computer-controlled punches that can handle sheets up to 6mm thick. We’ve thought about investing in a laser cutter, but for the type of work we do – with lots of secondary operations like dimpling, countersinking, thread forming – it all happens in the punch before the metal blank drops out.”

Who are your customers?

“We have equipment in around 20 countries,” Perry said, “With a mix of working with dealers and direct customers. Obviously, the UK market is important to us. We don’t export anything to the EU, but we export to countries such as Russia and Ukraine, where you have to do all the difficult paperwork. Exports are very important to us, and at the moment we are focused on sub-Saharan Africa because the DIT (Department of Industry and Trade) is doing a big

F push there. I give the DIT a lot of credit. They’re doing a great job for British manufacturers, especially if you are interested in the countries they’re targeting, like the Ukraine. We attended a big exposition there just a few weeks ago.”

The manufacturing difference

Perry’s engineering know-how gives them an advantage over companies that merely resell other manufacturer’s machinery or only make a part of the total system. Perry’s manufactures everything on their own premises, which especially helps with bespoke orders. “We can custom tailor solutions for our customers,” Perry added. “If they order a belt conveyer and need supports, we can make the supports for them, so we can provide a complete package. It’s all about making a customer’s life easier. When we sell a drier, nine times out of ten we will also sell a handling package to go around it. We cover the full spectrum of products: the agricultural at 20 to 30 tonnes an hour, and the industrial at 800 to 1,000 tonnes an hour. That said, the bulk of our sales is around 300 tonnes an hour.”

The importance of spare parts

All equipment, no matter how well made, will break down eventually—especially if a stray chunk of wood gets accidentally fed through it. But downtime due to failures can cost a customer dearly in terms of lost production. Perry’s approach to customer support is part of the reason for the company’s success. “We like to ensure that our machines are well supported, so that’s an increasing part of our business. This year we shipped our first machines to a number of customers in new territories. Shipped along with those machines was a package of spare parts that belongs to us, but which can be used by the customer should +44 (0)1404 890300

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the need arise. For peace of mind, the customer can keep the package of spares for a year.” He summarised, “Afterwards, the customer has the option of buying the spares or they can be returned to our dealer and shipped back to us. We always carry a lot of spares, as support and backup is part of our USP. After all, we’re an engineeringdriven company. If we were an accountancy-driven company, we wouldn’t carry the amount of spares we keep on hand.”

Factory tour

During our tour of the facility, we got to watch the two robot punches in operation. Fast, quiet, tireless and ruthlessly accurate, the immaculate blanks they produced had even been beautifully deburred to protect the hands of Perry’s technicians and customers down the line. From there we moved through Perry’s sprawling complex of buildings, lingering long enough to visit the sheet metal fabrication, machining area, chain assembly, and paint booth where parts like grain troughs are sand blasted and powder coated. Once the machinery is assembled and tested it is palletised and plastic wrapped ready for shipping to any point in the world. Finally, we visited the engineering offices, where engineers design each bespoke order using two and three-D CAD systems.


Before we left, we asked David Perry about Brexit and the uncertainty of a changing economy. While many manufacturers view the looming prospect of Brexit with gloom, Perry is more sanguine, “I can only see it as a good thing for us.” He reflected a moment and then added. “As long as we can get staff. The weaker pound is definitely a good thing—it helps us export. And the bulk of our competitors are from abroad, so it helps on both sides. Plus, it’s so cheap to ship stuff these days. If you can fill a container, it only costs around three thousand

pounds to ship it half way around the world.”

Challenges for the future

As we readied to leave, David Perry left us with a final thought, “It’s quite humbling when you realise how much competition we have out there but here at Perry’s we try to build a solid relationship with our customers. We are engineering oriented— Engineering first, marketing second. I think because we make everything in-house we can speak to our customers in a more informed way. I think that’s where we shine.”

About Perry of Oakley Ltd

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Industry Profile

Worsbrough Mill


National search for a 21st century miller in Britain

South Yorkshire mill is looking for a miller to continue an ancient tradition. The 17th century Worsbrough Mill in Barnsley, UK, which has been milling flour since 1865, is looking for a miller who will continue the ancient tradition of stone grinding flour using water power. Worsbrough Mill is one of around 40 working mills in the country and it is estimated that there are approximately 300 traditional millers still employed in the ancient profession. Restored as a working museum in 1976, the mill has been nurtured as a successful flour milling business, milling a range of premium quality grains sourced from organic farms in the UK. Worsbrough Mill & Country Park covers over 62 hectares of woodland and open water reservoir and attracted over 180,000 visitors in 2017. Over the next five years the miller will be instrumental in helping secure the mill’s long-term future as a first-class centre of learning, recreation and locally-produced artisan food. The miller will join an illustrious lineage of millers dating back to around 1625. They will draw energy from the River Dove which flows through the Low Valley in Barnsley to create a range of organic flours, including British organic wheat, spelt, rye flours, white flours, semolina and bran. The flours are available to buy at the mill shop and tea room on site at Worsborough Mill & Country Park and in farm shops and small bakeries across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Richard Moss is retiring from the position of miller after 20 years in the role. He said, “The new miller will have the power

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of the mill at their fingertips, from the water, gears and energy, to the millstones themselves, bringing them into harmony to create flour. This is a fantastic opportunity to live and work in Barnsley which is steeped in history and has some beautiful scenery and hidden treasures to explore.” Craig Hartley is the business development manager for Barnsley Museums, operated by Barnsley Council. He said, “The miller will join us at an exciting time as we develop plans to create a learning centre and artisan bakery on site, both for the benefit of residents in Barnsley, the local economy and income generation for the museums service. “They will be at the very heart of these development plans focused on local food and the natural heritage to ensure the mill becomes a destination of choice for the local community and for visitors to the region. “The ideal candidate will have a passion for baking and heritage with engineering experience, or already be responsible for a working mill. But we’re also interested in hearing from people who are interested in learning an ancient trade and taking on the responsibility of running the mill.” The job application for the role of

Industry Profile miller can be found on the Barnsley Council Jobs website at: For more information on Worsbrough Mill, please visit:

About Worsbrough Mill

Worsbrough Mill is part of Barnsley Museums - owned and operated by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. The other museums in the portfolio are Cannon Hall Museum & Country Park, Cooper Gallery, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Experience Barnsley. Together, the five free-entry heritage attractions welcome over one million visitors every year.

History of the mill

A mill was recorded at Worsbrough in the Domesday Book in 1086, and the oldest part of the current watermill dates from 1625. In the early 20th century Worsbrough Mill fell into disrepair. Nowadays, the mill is carrying on the tradition of stone grinding flour using water power. Worsbrough Mill white and wholemeal flours are traditionally stoneground on a pair of 19th century ‘French Burr’ stones powered by a cast iron water wheel, installed in 1865. Worsbrough Mill is also home to a rare Hornsby hot-bulb oil engine, formally from Sykehouse Windmill, which has been rebuilt in the engine room. Visitors can see demonstrations of the engine in action, using water and steam to turn the historic millstones. Tours of the Mill and demonstrations of the Hot Bulb Engine take place regularly throughout the year.

Restoring the mill as a working museum

In 1976 Worsbrough Mill was restored as a working museum by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Since then, it has been nurtured as a successful flour milling business, milling a range of premium quality grains sourced from organic farms in the UK to produce a wide range of premium quality organic flour. The on-site mill shop stocks a range of Worsbrough Mill

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organic flour, as well as a range of merchandise. The flour and other commercial products such as porridge oats and muesli are available to purchase at museum sites, farm shops and bakeries in Barnsley and Sheffield in South Yorkshire and in Derbyshire. At the mill, horizontal French Burr millstones driven by water, mill the range of organic flours. This ancient method produces exceptionally fine flour and retains all the natural goodness of the grain. Most well-known organic brands use metal rollers to grind the flours, rather than the traditional methods used here. The mill is passionate about producing a natural flour, full of nutrients, for bakers to use in their production of loaves, cakes and pastries. The flour is extremely versatile and can be used for a variety of baked products.

Worsbrough Mill site and wildlife

The 60-acre woodland and reservoir are a haven for wildlife and regularly attract birdwatchers and anglers; coarse fishing is available in the reservoir and canal basin. Resident Kingfishers show off their diving skills daily and sightings of Marsh Tits delight national groups of bird watchers. The Northern boundary

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of the park is partly defined by grazing paddocks and sections of the Trans Pennine National Cycle Trail. Wigfield Farm, a working farm and visitor attraction managed by Barnsley College adjoins the site to the north of the mill complex. The farm produces livestock and provides a base for Barnsley College’s Horticulture and Animal Management courses.

About Barnsley

Barnsley’s local culture remains rooted in its industrial heritage of coal, mining and glassmaking. Surrounded by ancient villages, historic parkland and bordering onto the Peak District, Barnsley has some excellent places to visit for those wanting to relax and get back to nature. Stately homes, museums, theatres, ruins and art galleries are just a few of the cultural attractions that visitors to the area will enjoy, such as Monk Bretton Priory, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Wentworth Castle. Originally mentioned in the Domesday Book, Barnsley’s historic roots are evident. Elsecar Heritage Centre, Cannon Hall Museum and Worsbrough Mill are fantastic days out for visitors wanting to discover the town’s history. Barnsley town centre is packed full of independent shops and high street stores and is home to one of the best markets in South Yorkshire. Venturing further into the outskirts of the town and its neighbouring villages, visitors will discover hidden hamlets with shopping opportunities and farm shops stocked with exceptional local produce. Famous for its markets, Barnsley has much to offer a foodie. With a good selection of farm shops and regular markets, visitors will be able to sample and purchase some of the area’s excellent local produce. Atmospheric country pubs with amazing views, tea rooms in historic locations and award-winning restaurants are only some of the reasons that visitors to Barnsley keep coming back.




Pinpointing possible grain problems by Vaughn Entwistle, Features Editor, Milling and Grain nderstanding the quality and condition of grain is crucial, and the only way to assess that is through accurate sampling at each stage of the grain chain. Accurate sampling can help to reduce waste and minimise charges, claims, and rejections. As commonly practiced, sampling involves the collection of physical grain, so it can be tested for moisture, temperature, and possible contamination by pests and moulds. For many years, sampling grain has been important in measuring key quality parameters in combinable crops (e.g. Hagberg Falling Number, nitrogen content and specific weight). In recent years, however, other challenges (including Mycotoxins) have emerged, requiring the industry to demonstrate due diligence. Providing grain samples is part of that evidence. Grain sampling is, therefore, even more important and must be undertaken using appropriate methods at the most relevant points along the grain chain. Under the current system typically employed in the United States, when a grain truck pulls up to an elevator, the tarp covering the grain is pulled aside and a six-to-10-feet long probe is thrust into the grain. A chamber inside the probe takes in a sample, which is then tested. Sometimes this sample is manually extracted. At other facilities an automated probe pneumatically takes a sample. But the sample is limited to the loading/offloading process and does not answer the problem of how to test the great depth and quantity of grain being held in a grain bin or silo.

the many companies exhibiting was Port-A-Probe, of Prairie Village, Kansas, USA. The company’s motto is “Sampling is better than gambling,” and the company has backed up that claim by investing years of development in a portable grain sampling system. We sat down with Janet Rickel, the company’s Marketing Manager, to learn more about the Port-A-Probe and discover what advantages it brings to grain producers and distributors. “The Port-A-Probe system is basically a positive displacement vacuum pump mounted on a two-wheel cart/frame,” Ms Rickel explained. “The pump intake air is cleaned by a Cartridge dust filter and a Wye Strainer [a device for mechanically removing unwanted solids from liquid, gas or steam lines by means of a perforated or wire mesh straining element, and is typically used in pipelines to protect pumps, meters, control valves, steam traps, regulators and other process equipment]. The frame-mounted Port-A-Probe can be trailered behind a vehicle or mounted on the bed of a pickup truck. Alternately, it can be disconnected from the frame and moved to a remote location such as a gallery work floor. “Our largest unit sits in the bed of a pickup truck,” Ms Rickel said. “The vacuum pump is connected to a metal probe via a hose that can be in excess of 400 feet long (122 metres). The hose is connected to a metal probe consisting of sections made up of four feet long (1.21 metres) high tensile aluminium pipe fitted with a replaceable four inch long (10 mm) machine threaded aluminium intake tip. The probe sections are also machine threaded and can be screwed together to create a custom-length probe to suit the depth and dimension of the grain silo being sampled.”

The Port-A-Probe system

With the probe assembled to the required length, the vacuum pump is first set to blow out rather than suck in. This helps move grain out of the way as the probe in pushed deeper into the grain

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F testing. “It gives you a better idea of what’s going on in the depths of the grain silo,” Ms Rickel said. “We have a lot of grain that’s in storage for three to five years. There could be moisture build up, bugs, or disease. Using our probe. you can go down as deep as 120 to 140 feet [36 to 42 metres] and sample from all around the edges of the bin and all the way from the bottom to the top of the bin.” held inside the silo. Depending upon the type of grain, the probe usually requires a single operator riding on a cherry picker (aerial work platform) or similar to access the silo from the top, at which point the probe can be manually pushed down into the grain. Once the probe is inserted to the desired depth and location, vacuum is applied which draws up a discrete sample of grain that is collected in a plastic pitcher. The sample can then be analysed and appropriate action taken if problems are found with the grain.

The advantages of pinpoint probing

The Port-A-Probe allows the extraction of grain samples with pinpoint accuracy. “Depending upon the type of grain,” Ms Rickel continued, “the Port-A-Probe can go deeper than almost any other type of probe—often as deep as 120 to 140 feet [36 to 42 metres]. Plus you can move the probe around the silo to take fresh samples from various depths and locations.” Importantly, this solution means that samples are taken when the grain is not moving and where its identity is preserved. Moreover, the use of pinpoint probing avoids turning the grain, a procedure that often damages the grain. “Turning the grain can be problematic,” Ms Rickel added, “since turning the grain does not allow users to pinpoint the location of the sample. You don’t know from where in the silo the sample came from, plus you invariably mix the bad grain with the good. And also, there’s the energy costs involved with turning the grain.” With the Port-A-Probe, a grain sample is drawn up by the probe and then passed through a filter and into a collection pitcher. The sample is then placed in a bag, marked, and sent on for further

Custom configurations

The Port-A-Probe system is available in a variety of models which use electric-start Honda petrol (gasoline) engines ranging from 5.5 HP to 9HP (4 to 6.6 kw). The 9HES model, for example, is designed for heavy-duty commercial use. It can sample grain silos that exceed 120 feet in height (36.5 metres), as well as large flat storage structures and grain piles.

Additional uses

The company’s D&D Vac (Dust and Debris Vacuum Cleaning system) is designed to be used with the Port-A-Probe. A Cyclone Receiver connects to a modified drum lid and discharges into a 30-gallon (113 litres) high strength drum. In another application, the system can be fitted with a larger probe tip and used to deliver fumigation pellets to precise locations within the silo. This means only the contaminated section of grain need be fumigated, rather than the entire silo. While most users of the Port-A-Probe tend to be small farms or feed companies, the portable nature of the equipment makes it ideal for use in ports to sample grain held in the holds of ships.

An expanding user-base

Port-A-Probe is a genuine family business. The units were designed by Ms Rickel’s late father. Her sister handles the paperwork and day-to-day running of the business, while Ms Rickel is the marketing manager. They are currently selling 10 to 15 machines a year to countries including the United States, Canada, China and Mexico.

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by Edward LaPreze, Pepper Maintenance, Minier, IL, USA aintenance programmes, are they a costly expense or as an income opportunity? Maintenance cost is almost always treated as an expense. Utilising reliability maintenance can turn this thinking around and our maintenance programs can begin to create opportunities to increase profits. Most current maintenance programs are typically reactive to failure and attempt to maintain equipment almost exclusively through lubrication. Few alternatives have been utilised to assist equipment in running reliably or efficiently; therefore, reducing the cost of doing business. With a few additions and alterations of maintenance practices, systems can begin to be seen as income instead of expense. Reliability maintenance is a required component of a world class maintenance program and is changing the way maintenance is viewed. Current methods of maintenance lose money through a number of system errors. Wasted energy and losses in efficiency increase the cost of production. Reactive maintenance, repairing after a failure, is very expensive and can be up to 10 times more expensive than repairs performed proactively. This is in part due to additional damage done when a part fails. Shafts and other components can be damaged if a failure is not noticed early. Reactive failures require more personnel and often demand overtime to return the equipment to service as fast as possible. Breakdowns do not occur during slow times when equipment is idle but most often during critical busy times. The

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added pressure to get equipment back in service adds personnel safety concerns as well. Unplanned downtime is one of the largest costs a facility can incur. Labor cost alone can produce staggering figures. Running two shifts, 340 days per year at US$19/£13.20 per hour with only five minutes of downtime per shift equals US$26,916/ £19,000 per year. Reducing this downtime by only 10 percent will save over US$9000/£6,300 each year. (Downtime) Inputs in calculating unplanned downtime include lost time, lost wages, and lost revenue. Considering demurrage will increase loss possibilities by thousands of dollars. Unplanned downtime can potentially reach US$100,000/£72,730 per day with some facilities much higher. Maintenance programs and man power tend to be the first to receive cuts in funding when trying to reduce costs. This reduces manpower and the man hours needed to perform routine maintenance tasks. According to Ron Moore, “Simple cost cutting will remove resources from your system without changing the underlying system design, and performance will deteriorate.” (Moore) Routine tasks get neglected and pressure is applied to a smaller group when emergency repairs are necessitated. There are a number of reliability tools available to increase the bottom line. The reliability tools discussed in this article are: Infrared, Vibration Analysis, Ultrasound and Precision Alignment and the savings that can be found using each tool. Infrared inspections not only save money but will increase the reliability of equipment. Starting with an electrical infrared survey provides utility savings very quickly as repairs are made. Any electrical resistance detected with infrared technology is costly wasted energy. Heat created from the waste of energy can damage nearby components as well as cause nuisance trips. Infrared industry standards return on investment is 4:1. Four-

dollar savings for every dollar (£2.80 for every £0.69) spent on inspection. Electrical repairs performed will reduce risk of unplanned downtime, electrical usage and dangerous heat sources, which can cause fires, explosions and other damage. Figure 1 demonstrates the savings obtained by repairing faulty connections. Some repairs can save a substantial amount of money alone although repairing a number of smaller faults will defiantly add up to incredible savings. Vibration analysis of equipment provides an indication of numerous issues adding savings to the bottom line. Misalignment of drive units will waste energy. Misalignment causes the unit to utilise horsepower. Horsepower used to overcome misalignment is therefore not transferred to the driven unit and is lost. This reduces the efficiency of the drive. Bearings that are progressing into a failure mode can be detected. Finding these bearings early provides ample time to plan repairs during slow times. Ancillary damage of bearing failure is eliminated. This allows personnel to be available for routine work during regular hours of operation. Overtime costs are reduced. This also results in a safer work environment. According to an Exxon-Mobile report, “It is five times more likely for injuries when performing reactive maintenance than proactive Maintenance.” And, in 66 percent of companies, 60 percent of injuries occur when doing reactive work.” (Idhammar) All the systems are interconnected and affect the performance of each other. “A reliable plant is a safe plant is a cost effective plant”. (Moore) Ultrasound is a tool available to provide immense savings. One use is for slow speed bearing fault detection. Slow speed bearings failures are difficult to detect. Ultrasound is one of the best methods used to solve this problem. Ultrasonic fault detection provides ample warning of failures, so work can be planned.

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F degree of accuracy in lubrication. This is especially helpful in motor lubrication where there are no visible indicators of lubrication issues. By far the most savings from ultrasound will come from performing leak detection. Ultrasound can detect leaks in compressed air systems and can save thousands of dollars per year when repairs are performed. This tool can be utilised in any system that includes pressure differential; blowers, air compressors and steam lines are a few examples. One leak in a compressed air system of 1/8” (3.175 mm) can cost US$1400/£978 per year. Very few systems have only one small leak. The savings increase dramatically in steam lines. Figure 2 from UE Systems Inc. indicates the savings available from finding and repairing. Precision laser alignment provides savings starting at installation. Precision alignment on drives reduces resistance and allows maximum power transfer to the driven. This ensures a more efficient system of power usage, product flow and reduced wear and tear on equipment. Any misalignment will increase wear on seals, bearings, couplers and other drive components. Increased load is also a result of misalignment. Load increases have a cubed effect on reducing the life of a bearing. Belts and sheaves must often be over tensioned to overcome alignment issues. Even correcting minor alignment issues can add up to savings. Precision alignment provides the equipment the most ROI and the best possible chance for long equipment life, efficiency and reliability. World-class maintenance programmes work together to ensure the lowest life cycle costs, most reliable and highest efficiency of their programs. Using the tools available will reduce costs. AAT18_Milling & Grain Ad-W210xH148mm_May.pdf 1 2018/4/13 下午 03:42:26









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Chief, the precise difference by Vaughn Entwistle, Features Editor, Milling and Grain

hen Milling and Grain walked into the business offices of Chief Agri, chased inside by a cold, Kearney Nebraska wind, we were greeted with that world-famous Mid-Western hospitality by a warmly smiling receptionist. Immediately behind her desk, we noticed Chief’s mission statement emblazoned on the wall: “Our Mission: Provide unparalleled personal attention to meeting the needs of our customers while treating all stakeholders with dignity and respect, thereby ensuring our strength and stability.” Quite a mouthful, you might think at first. However, as you read the words back two or three times, the power of the sentiment begins to sink in. Later, when Milling and Grain sat down with Sales System Manager, Travys Woodside, and Marketing Coordinator, Christa Britton, we learned more about Chief’s business ethos and just how meaningful these words are. “Everyone at the company can recite the mission statement,” Britton explained, “because it’s that important to us.”

have now consolidated down to seven divisions that we feel can take us forward. Chief Agri was formed in 1961.” Chief Agri currently manufactures a comprehensive variety of grain handling and storage systems including grain driers, bucket elevators, aeration systems, commercial hopper tanks, grain management systems, its range of stiffened and unstiffened farm bins, and the Chief Lamenco square bolted bin systems. “We have our head office in Kearney and an office in Grand Island. And then we own two other facilities in the USA, one in Hastings and one in Lexington.” Woodside said. “Chief construction has grown 400 percent in the last five years. And in addition, we own our own trucking company—Chief Carriers—to make sure we can get product where we need it to be.”

A long tradition of customer service

The market is full of companies manufacturing silos, but Chief silos sell because of their reputation for excellent engineering and premium quality. Simply put, the strength of the company is largely a reflection of the strength of its silos, and Chief is famous for the surpassing strength of its bin roofs, which are engineered to provide additional storage capacity and easier access for loading the grain.

Chief is a company that proudly wears its engineering heritage on its sleeve. If you had any doubt of that, you only had to look at the Indian head Chief logo: “Chief started in 1954,” Woodside said. “To commemorate that, all of the angles in our logo are at a 19.54 degree angle. We began as a construction company founded by Virgil I. Heusen. The company grew into 14 divisions and we 96 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

Leading logistics—Managing the customer’s order from factory to site

Owning their own trucking company is a huge advantage for Chief in ensuring that their products arrive on time and undamaged at a construction site—and with a complete assemblage of parts. For international shipping, Chief partners with Warner Enterprises, another highly reputable company with a solid reputation.

Engineered for strength and longevity


F The J-Rib and the W stiffener

Drawing from building industry engineering experience, Chief’s J-Rib roof panels are made of high quality galvanised steel with a 2.5” (6.35 cm) interlocking “J” rib design that assembles easily for reduced construction time. The structured 'J' rib design results in a finished roof that is strong enough to support roof stairs and most conveyers. “It’s an interlocking seam", Woodside explained, “versus the lap seam of a “V” rib. We also run a bead of sealant in the channel to provide some additional sealing. It allows us to use a lighter gauge roof panel, which lets us put more into the structure, which is what really counts.” The company’s stiffened bins feature Chief’s exclusive “W” stiffener, an industry-leading stiffener for carrying the load from the top to the bottom of the structure. “It’s a direct bearing plate connection,” Woodside said, “so when you talk about vertical support, its designed to bear twice the weight of any other design in the industry. Plate-to-plate connections allow positive load transfer down the stiffener column, eliminating complex shear-load splicing. It also allows us to do things like lamination of the stiffeners for catwalk support. On other designs, all of your connection points are limited to the shear strength of the bolt. But through our design, we have created a positive connection.” “Chief has gained a lot of engineering horsepower over the years,” Woodside noted. “We’ve just redesigned the roof on our CB45 grain bin to have a 50,000 pound peak at 40 psi snow load with a 12-foot peak ring and it’s a two-piece peak. Having a sister division in the building industry allow us to use a 14 inch C-channel that other companies don’t have access to. Plus our corrugated steel sidewalls have a wider corrugation versus other

companies’ narrow corrugation. In terms of strength, wider is better and we have the engineering figures to support it.”

The Kearney, Nebraska factory

All Chief products are manufactured beneath the huge single roof span of their Kearney factory. The facility includes a great deal of high tech machinery ranging from giant automated die presses to laser cutters. The company recently won back a lot


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of valuable real estate within the factory when they retired their huge paint booth and switched exclusively to the use of galvanised steel and powder-coatings.

The future road

Marketing Coordinator, Christa Britton, described Chief’s international reach, “We’re represented in 64 countries and at our peak about 50 percent of our business were international. We have Chief UK, which covers Africa and Western Europe, and then there’s Chief Phoenix that covers France and Germany. So where its operations reach, Chief is run like a large family and strives to maintain that personal touch. “The feeling that comes out of a family-owned business instead of an investment group is significant,” Britton said. Sales System Manager, Travys Woodside, echoed the sentiment, “One of the best things about being at Chief is the sense of family. I have the General Manager’s number on my phone, and he is never afraid to personally talk to a customer.”

After we returned from our tour of the Chief factory, we met with Chief’s General Manager, Mike Lewis. As the head of a large company, Mr Lewis obviously has many responsibilities, but described his most important responsibility as providing a vision for the future development of Chief. He said the company would remain true to its engineering roots, and its total commitment to serving its customers, while continuing to focus on product development. One immediate goal he discussed involved working more closely with Chief Agri’s European division. As a natural development from its commitment to customer service, Chief is a company that takes social responsibility seriously and gives back to the local community. As part of its efforts, Chief Industries funds its own foundation, provides scholarships, and invests in local community colleges. Manager Mike Lewis sees it as all part of remaining true to Chief’s customer-first mission statement.

Customer before and after service


Chief’s global footprint

Chief is famed for its excellent after-service care, but customer care begins long before that—from the moment the customer calls up to request a bid. “We have a fully-itemised database you can call for a quote and get it by the afternoon,” Woodbury explained. “You can call other companies for a quote and you might get it by the end of the week.” 98 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

“Our vision is to build upon the strong tradition we already have here at Chief,” Lewis said. He reiterated that Chief has always and will always operate as a customer-focused business, not a profit-focused business. “We will always listen to our customers and remain committed to serving their needs.”



Colour Grader Equipment Starting in the 1950s, Henry Simon has been actively involved in the measurement, onward development and maintenance of flour colour standards along with National laboratories in both the UK and overseas.


he introduction of the Simon range of Colour Graders to the Kent Jones scale began a series of instruments selling in their hundreds worldwide. Following the relaunch of the Henry Simon brand, Satake continues to play a major part in the use of the tristimulus colour standard in the wheat flour industry. Satake Europe introduced the unique multi-standard NCG colour analyser, which enables flour colour measurement for both dry and legacy wet paste in a single machine, along with their associated calibration values. Working in a long-term partnership with Konica Minolta, Satake developed and refined the NCG Colour Grader. The NCG range has been sold worldwide for the measurement of flour colour to both wet paste colour grade and tristimulus L*a*b* standard (CieLab) for well over a decade. The success of the NCG range has been due to the simplicity of its operation, the repeatability and accuracy of its optics, and firmware that is specific to the flour industry. Satake offers customers over 60 years of experience and knowledge of the flour and milling industry and access to a Global service network, guaranteeing 100 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

the accuracy and traceability of measurements and the long-term health of the asset. In operation analysis takes less than 30 seconds, including sample preparation. The sample is first loaded into an industry standard petri dish, which is tapped a couple of times to ensure it is presented correctly before analysis. This ensures minimum time requirement yet excellent inter-machine repeatability. Wet paste sample preparation is also possible, in which case the NCG5a is able to generate colour grade readings direct to the inbuilt screen. The latest iteration of the NCG, the NCG5a, features several improvements on the previous generation aimed at simplifying the process of colour measurement. The built-in display and operation wizard allows the operator to perform and report measurements


directly, saving time and preventing errors. The system is also compatible with the Spectramagix software if required. Satakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NCG range of colour graders are in use by many customers within the UK milling industry, where the NCG5a complies with the UK standard test for Tristimulus measurement of wheat flour. Outside of the UK, many traditional Kent Jones colour grader customers are choosing the NCG5a for wheat flour colour measurement. Current active markets include - Egypt, Israel, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, Middle East and South America.

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BRAZIL’S FEED INDUSTRY Brazil’s burgeoning pet food industry – an insider’s overview

Brazil is an extraordinary country because of its continental dimensions: 8,516,000km². Not without reason, Brazil has become one of the world’s largest producers of protein in the last 30 years. Here we replicate a summary of reports with official sources and interviews of leaders of the sector pet food and animal nutrition. From the sources and respectability the credit is indisputable.

by Carlos Bonilla, Principal and General Manager of Bonilla Stefanallo Ltda, Brazil

According to research conducted in 144 countries with 31,000 companies, world feed production was 1.07 billion tonnes in 2017, up 2.5 percent over 2016. Brazil contributes 69.9 million tonnes

Impressive cattle herds According to the agricultural census of the Ministry of Agriculture the number of cattle reached the record mark of 218.23 million heads. Pork farms in Brazil reached 40.33 million head in 2015, up 6.3 percent over 2014. Also for poultry, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), in 2015 the reduction of the population’s purchasing power and the increase in beef prices contributed to the country reaching the record of 1.3 billion chickens with a growth of 0.9 percent over 2014. As a consequence, the Brazilian market for animal nutrition has grown by an average of 2.49 percent in the last five years, in a movement directly linked to the increase of meat consumption by the populations of emerging nations that will have Brazil as a supplier. The third largest producer in the world and the largest in Latin America, Brazil is the only country with potential for growth in the coming year, even though confined cattle production is still incipient due to extensive production. Global feed production According to research conducted in 144 countries with 31,000 companies, world feed production was 1.07 billion tonnes in 2017, up 2.5 percent over 2016. Brazil contributes 69.9 million tonnes, behind only China (186.9 million tonnes) and the United States (173 million tonnes). The national volume still corresponds to four percent of the 160.7 million tonnes produced in Latin America. Beyond the market for protein conversion there is a market for emotional nutrition, as recent research shows that in all social classes pets are considered members of the family, something like children who do not talk but interact. The pet market represents over 50 million dogs and 22 million pet cats. These impressive numbers, released last year by IBGE help us understand the success of

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In a vision of the future, business and activity consolidation will be inevitable, because only gains in scale will allow the maintenance of margins and business development. To further strengthen this positive scenario, during a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Blairo Maggi, the president of Mars Pet Care Brazil, JosĂŠ Carlos Rapacci, announced the intention of the US multinational to invest more than R$1 billion (US$293,000) by 2020 in Brazil.

one of the fastest growing businesses in Brazil: the pet market. With projected revenues of 19.2 billion realised (US$6 billion) and expansion of almost seven percent over last year. Diversity in the market There are more than 3,100 manufacturers in Brazil dedicated to pet food, additives, concentrates, cores, supplements and premix. There is also huge diversity in the Brazilian market: organisations that serve both the pet and animal nutrition markets are rare, since multinationals operating in the Brazilian market are dedicated to one segment or another.

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Pet care In the pet care sector, Mars is the market leader with the brands Pedigree, Royal Canin and Whiskas, respectively, with a market share of 28.7 percent in dog care, 66.9 percent of super premium foods, and 44.1 percent in cat care. In a simple interpretation, the Brazilian market has been prodigal in organic growth, although the country is not yet recognised by the great world players as an opportunity for inorganic growth through consolidations. Conlclusion Thus, we have no doubt that the compilation of the news of the last years is the ideal moment to selectively search for the best opportunities for acquisitions or other strategic movements in Brazil. A good hunter will not need much ammo to reach his targets. There is plenty to hunt.

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Second edition of Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum The Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum, an exclusive trade show in Taiwan and initiated by UBM Taiwan and Malaysia, will be held at Taipei World Trade Centre from July 26-28 for its second edition. Featuring innovative, eco-friendly, and sustainable livestock manufacturing technologies, the show positions itself as a one-stop international B2B trading platform to highlight the specialty of the livestock niche market. The Biogas Technology Pavilion makes its debut at the show this year and the match-making revenues are expected to grow 60 percent compared with 2017, UBM Taiwan announced. Animal excrement has become one of the green power approaches to solve energy shortage in most of the Asia-pacific countries. Chang Sheng-Chin, the Secretary General of Swine Association Taiwan remarked, “The Council of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Administration collectively promote the policies for reuse of livestock waste, application of biogas residue and biogas slurry to agriculture land, anaerobic fermentation and biogas power equipment. These will benefit husbandry farmers to reduce water pollution control fees, increase renewable feed-in tariffs and create a better environment for our land. I believe the Biogas Technology Pavilion at Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum will bring buyers plentiful innovative products.”

Taiwan’s leading technology R&D institution, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Biogas Power Office, will host the topical conference “Circular Economy: Biogas Reuse and Production” and is calling for Taiwan vendors to exhibit at the show. The confirmed biogas exhibitors are Capital Machinery Limited for biogas generators, Universe Circular Technology Co. for whole plant design, Cheng-Feng Environmental Technology for biogas desulfurisation and purification equipment, Kigent Corp. for biogas FRP digesters, and Macro-e Technology Group for biogas system design & equipment. UBM Taiwan also promotes the recruitment to Europe, USA, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan to look for advanced facilities. The Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum 2018 is concurrently held with Aquaculture Taiwan and Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum. The triple show is supported by the local authority, Council of Agriculture (COA), as well as UBM Malaysia, 25 international associations and 18 professional media. At present, more than 2,000 sqm of event space has been taken. UBM Taiwan will recruit more suppliers to introduce biogas technologies, animal medicine and vaccines and cold storage facilities before June. The online registration and buyer accommodation subsidy programme are open now.

Anticipation builds for IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH The Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum, an exclusive trade show in Taiwan and initiated by UBM Taiwan and Malaysia, will be held at Taipei World Trade Centre from July 26-28, 2018. The two exhibitions, to be held in the Rho-Fiera Milano exhibition centre from May 29 - June 1, 2018, are attracting keen interest amongst international buyers. IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH, the leading exhibitions of technologies and materials for processing and packaging and of supplies for the meat industry organised as part of the Innovation Alliance, are seeing growing numbers of visitor pre-registrations. One month before the shows are due to begin, more than 30,000 professional visitors have already applied for entrance tickets. Pre-registered visitors come from more than 90 countries and represent all the

business communities present at the show: Pasta, Bakery & Milling; Food, Fresh & Convenience; Confectionary; Beverage, Health & Personal care; Industrial & Durable Goods, Chemicals, Industrials & Home; Fashion & Luxury. Besides Italy, the countries with largest numbers of pre-registered visitors to date are China, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Turkey, Greece, UK, Israel, Portugal, Romania, Kosovo, Poland, Croatia, USA, Slovenia, Egypt, Algeria, the Netherlands, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Mexico, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan. Visitors are highly qualified and generally hold important decision-making roles within their companies. Some 73 percent are CEOs, technical directors or R&D or production managers.

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Innovation at the heart of

Victam Asia 2018

he exhibition and series of accompanying conferences were held at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) from March 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 29, 2018. The visitors were pleased at the number of exhibitors, the wide range of products on display, especially the newly launched products and also the high quality of the exhibition stands and the professionalism of the show staff. There were 228 exhibitors and co-exhibitors from 33 countries present. Likewise, the exhibitors were very satisfied with the visitors. Exhibitors were able to have serious discussions and negotiations with their clients and new potential clients that they had met at the show. The exhibitors also commented on the very high quality of the visitors and the wide range of countries from which they came. In all there were, over three days, 6,987 visits from 67 countries. A high proportion of the visitors were from outside Thailand, in fact 45 percent. These figures clearly demonstrate that the event is Asiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international showcase for the feed and grain industries. The newly introduced business match-making program helped exhibitors and visitors get the most out of the exhibition. The program focused on high quality meetings and consisted of a combination of an online tool, which allowed exhibitors and visitors to plan their appointments very efficiently and a personal approach by our 106 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

Industry events matchmaking consultants. The conference delegates also confirmed the quality of the papers presented at the numerous conferences. The conferences had extensive programmes which were well received.

Conferences • • • •

Aquafeed Horizons Asia 2018 FIAAP Animal Nutrition Conference 2018 Petfood Forum Asia 2018 Global Milling Conference with GRAPAS Asia 2018 • GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance • World Feed Industry Perspectives Conference 2018

A large variety of happenings

The different conference organisers stated that the delegate attendance was good and that the delegates have appreciated the quality of both the speakers and their papers. Several exhibitors, like DSM, KSE, Buhler, Amandus Kahl and IDAH presented technical seminars during the three show days. Victam International, the event organisers, also arranged the World Feed Industry Perspectives Conference. Speakers from IFIF (Ms Alexandra de Athayde), Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition GmbH & Co. KG (Dr. Bernhard Eckel), the Thai Feed Mill Association (Mr Boontham Aramsiriwat), the Vietnam Feed Association (Mr La Van Kinh) and Feed Latina (Mr Marcio Ceccantini) and the Department of Livestock (Mr Kitti Koobkaew) addressed the audience of senior international executives from the international animal feed industries. During the Network Reception the winners of the coveted GRAPAS Innovation Awards were announced. There were three winners: the Geelen Counterflow Electrical Dryer, Henry Simon’ Rollermill of Satake and the Atta Process with PesaMill from Bühler. The VICTAM newsroom reported semilive from the show floor to allow those that couldn’t attend to still be part of the action. Speakers, visitors and exhibitors were interviewed about their expertise and the news crew made running reports about the event. Check out our YouTube channel, Victam International, for all the reports.

Upcoming events

The next event organised by Victam International BV is VICTAM International 2019 from June 12 - 14, 2019 in Cologne, Germany. Please find more information about the events at The next VICTAM Asia event will be from 24 - 26 March 2020. Milling and Grain - May 2018 | 109

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A relaxed professional environment at Livestock Asia 2018 by Roger Gilbert, Publisher, Milling and Grain

Minister of Agriculture, Ahmad Shabery Cheek (second from left) officiated the opening ceremony


alaysia must consume more dairy products! That’s the stark and clear message from the Malaysian Minister of Agriculture to a conference hall full of his country’s leading agriculture and aquaculture VIPs, when opening last month’s Livestock Asia 2018 event in Kuala Lumpur’s Convention Centre (KLCC) which ran from April 19 to 21, 2018. Livestock Asia 2018, is the region’s largest expo for livestock, aquaculture and meat industry professionals. This year is the ninth edition of the exhibition which serves as meeting point for stakeholders and players in the feed, livestock, aquaculture and meat industry throughout the ASEAN region and beyond and was held alongside Asia MEATEC 2018 and the inaugural Aquaculture Asia 2018 Conference, covering the entire livestock, meat and aquaculture value chains.   The Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Y.B. Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, officiated the opening ceremony and presented the ninth Malaysian Livestock Industry Awards to 23 individuals and organisations in the livestock industry. The Outstanding Feed Mill Award for 2018 went to PK Agro-Industrial Products Sdn. Bhd.

Relaxed atmosphere

This three-day event was constantly busy with keen discussions occurring on every stand throughout the first two days. Held in the shadow of the twin towers, the atmosphere was one of relaxed professionalism. Aquaculture was in clear evidence among stand holders as was the importance on feed milling technology. The UBM team provided support to individuals and delegations and even arranged a ‘round-table’ discussion for a delegation attending from Vietnam. Overall this was an opportunity for visitors to seek out exhibitors from a range of livestock functions while having sufficient from any one sector to provide a viable visit. It was also clear that the Chinese were attending in force as their country’s pavilion was the largest at the show. The exhibition, which is an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Services of Malaysia, the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and is supported by the Department of Fisheries Malaysia and industry associations (such as the Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Associations of Malaysia (FLFAM), World‘s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) Malaysian Chapter, The World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Malaysian Branch, Veterinary Association Malaysia (VAM) and Malaysian Animal Health and Nutrition Industries Association (MAHNIA), event organiser United Business Media (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd), was aiming to achieve transaction values of RM200 million (US$52 million) up 20 from the last edition. The event drew over 7000 of domestic and foreign trade 110 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

Industry events visitors, with 200 exhibitors from 31 participating countries, including China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK, USA, in addition to Malaysian firms. Exhibitors including technology suppliers and equipment manufacturers from farm to processing, to feed manufacturers, feed equipment suppliers and animal health companies. Livestock Asia 2018 also hosted international conferences ranging from the International Poultry Forum, the 3rd WPSA and WVPA (Malaysia Branch) Scientific Conference, the DVS Seminars on Edible Bird Nest, Meat Industry and Dairy Industry, VAM Seminar and the Aquaculture Asia 2018 Seminar among others. “Livestock Asia 2018 provide visitors with a strong international perspective on emerging trends and providing the latest solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s business challenges,” says General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Panglima Mohd Azumi Bin Mohamed (Rtd), Co-Chairman, United Business Media (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (UBM) in his welcoming remarks. “Consumers, retailers and regulators have increasing expectations for safer food, but they also increasingly demand animals to be raised without antibiotics, and even more added value from their animal products, such as more functionality, performance, convenience, health benefits and of course superior taste. “These demands provide not only challenges, but also opportunities. “In this context, I encourage expert speakers from around Asia and the world to share their experience and knowledge, to meet the challenges for feed, livestock, aquaculture and meat production,” he added.

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Malaysia – building a healthy nation on milk Hosted at Livestock Asia 2018 there were several interesting going-ons that made up the sensational event, including a panel discussion which Milling and Grain attended regarding the importance of dairy within the country. The following is a report of the dialogue. “In an effort to propel and empower potential agriculture commodities to generate new sources of wealth, the Government has identified the dairy commodity as one of the potential key commodities under the livestock sub-sector,” The Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Y.B. Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek. “This is aimed to meet the ever-growing demand for fresh milk from consumers. This development is in line with the national aspiration towards building a healthy nation. “Various initiatives has been planned to increase the selfsufficiency level of fresh milk in the country of which are packaged under the National Dairy Development Program. It includes the formation of a Dairy Development Board in addition to the National Dairy Pioneer Project, or Projek Rintis Industri Tenusu Negara, which will enable many small, medium and large scale dairy farmers to increase their production and dairy herd populations under the programme. “The government recently announced the establishment of the Muadzam Shah Dairy Valley which includes key areas in Pekan, Muadzam, Rompin and Segamat. This area will potentially witness increased activities in dairy farming and related business including manufacturing.

The poultry industry

“Meanwhile the Policy for the Development of the Poultry industry will also be formalised soon. “This document will address various aspects of future poultry industry development. It includes matters related to farming areas and zones, farms, environmental considerations, feeds and feeding, adoption of technologies and incentives related to it. “These efforts will further enhance the livestock industry to be profitable and sustainable. “Here in Malaysia, the poultry industry is one of the fastest growing segments of the agricultural sector and is undergoing a paradigm shift. “Efforts have been taken by the Malaysian government to ensure an adequate supply of poultry meat and eggs for the domestic market and to capitalise on export markets. The current self-sufficiency of poultry products is 125 percent and it contributes to the 75 percent of the RM10 billion (US$2.56 billion) livestock industry in the country. “Although Malaysia is self-sufficient in poultry meat and eggs since early 1980s, the industry is facing challenges, such as the soaring global price of imported feed ingredients. “Other challenges include consumers concerns over the safety of poultry products, the threat of emerging diseases as well as environmental and animal welfare issues associated with poultry production. “The poultry industry must re-orientate itself to meet the challenges of a market driven world. “These challenges need to be addressed to ensure that the poultry industry is sustainable and continue to contribute significantly to the national food security.”

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Industry events The Mile High City hosts one of the biggest annual grain and oilseeds 'Exchange' events ever

GEAPS 2018


by Vaughn Entwistle, Milling and Grain

he annual Grain Elevator and Processing Society Exchange (GEAPS. Pronounced “jeeps”) is one of the largest events of its kind in the USA. It is an international conference that draws thousands of attendees and offers hours of education. GEAPS showcases hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world exhibiting the latest handling and processing operations equipment, services and technology. In fact, it’s the largest event dedicated to grain and oilseeds supply-chain operations. The 2018 event was held in Denver, Colorado at the city’s expansive convention centre where it set a record for the most exhibitors (452) while notching the fourth highest attendance for the conference (2,918). Attendees came from 21 different countries. In addition to the trade show, the event featured nearly 40 hours of education in a variety of formats. This year, members were literally “drummed” into the event by a trio of percussionists drumming on a variety of drums, including a large plastic rubbish bin! When the drums fell silent, GEAPS International President Barb Kraft used the giant scissors to cut the red ribbon and declare GEAP 2018 officially open. President Kraft, of the Landus Cooperative, Greater Iowa Chapter, has seen the show grow tremendously over the last couple of years. Ms Kraft said it is great to see so many companies support GEAPS as the knowledge resource of the grain and processing industry. “The conference was a great success,” Ms Kraft said. “There was a lot of great equipment, and vendors loved the space at the convention centre. The feedback I have heard is the space was great, 114 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain


Industry events it wasn’t crowded, there was a lot to see and check out.”

Another record setting year in the expo hall

The Expo at Exchange 2018 set new records for the third consecutive year with 452 exhibitors in 290,000 square feet of exhibit space. GEAPS Associates Board President Cheryl Lansink, Comco, was one of the exhibitors, and noted the amount of equipment companies had on display in booths. “I think the sheer amount of equipment and quality hands-on displays helps set GEAPS Exchange apart from other shows,” Ms Lansink said. “As an exhibitor, this show was very good for us. The floor plan is huge and we had a lot of quality traffic.”

Top GEAPS recruiter recognised

GEAPS Recognised Steele Boyd, Riceland Foods Inc., Mid-South as the organisation’s top recruiter during the President’s Banquet on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Other outstanding members recognised

GEAPS recognised outstanding individuals and companies that won annual Safety Awards in their booth at Exchange 2018.

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Industry events Exchange 2019 in New Orleans

GEAPS Exchange 2019 will be held March 9-12, 2019 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Centre in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Expo Hall will showcase 290,000 square feet of grain handling and processing operations equipment, service and technology solutions. Registration and room blocks will open in the fall. Booth sales have already begun for Exchange 2019, and 88 percent of available space has already been reserved. View a map of the Expo Hall online, and contact GEAPS sales team by email or call (763) 999-4300 for more information about reserving booth space.

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As usual, Milling and Grain Magazine attended and proudly flew the Perendale Publishers flag at our booth. We had brought along a stack of the latest issue of Milling and Grain magazine, as well as boxes of our 2018 Milling & Grain Directory. These proved very popular with event-goers and we’re happy to report that both publications flew off our booth, so we had very little to haul away by the end of the show. During the event, Perendale President Darren Parris and I visited many exhibitors’ booths to see the latest and greatest equipment, refresh old friendships, and interview key exhibitors about the cutting-edge equipment they were exhibiting. Expect to read many articles about these in this and upcoming issues.


The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programs, and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers. GEAPS’ global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,800 individual members from about 1,150 companies. 116 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

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the interview

Nicola Lorenzo Finco, CEO, Mulmix

Mulmix was ‘born’ in 1962. Established by Knight Luigi Finco, it developed as a specialist division of one of Italy’s largest poultry-cage producers, Officine FACCO Spa, of Campo San Marino, Padova. Today, the business is overseen by his son Nicola Lorenzo Finco and has become a major supplier and leading manufacturer of grain handling, storage and cleaning equipment. Mulmix quickly became a national milestone in the area of milling equipment and in 1975 became independent. This was the breakthrough it was looking for, which allowed it to focus on complete milling projects both within Italy and more importantly abroad - from on-farm storage solutions to deep water ship unloaders and everything in between that related to grains and cereal processing. Since 2008 the company has been run by charismatic CEO Nicola Lorenzo Finco who brings ‘spirit to the steel’. Mulmix does not have the profile of a large, global supplier in the milling industry, yet it is operating throughout the world successfully. What is the key to that understated success?

56 years ago, we belonged to a group of companies in the FACCO group, one of the biggest producers of cages for poultry in Italy. While other companies increased and developed this business, Mulmix was a branch concerned with constructing silos and small feed milling units. Today, we have developed three distinct areas of operation - storage, which accounts for 80 percent of our company’s output, to feed to seeds. Our numbers might not compare to other silo producers, but we are completing between 20-30 complete turnkey projects each year. From Egypt to Peru we offer complete solutions for mills, storage and handling system right from the drop-forged chain conveyors and bucket elevators through to the complete machines for feed manufacturing and seed cleaning. Our factory is complete in its own right, and this is where we do all our pre-assembly with support from other partner companies in Italy. Our company is currently making big investments in equipment for its silo production facility, with laser cutting technology and sheet handling systems. It’s an investment of €5 million.

You’ve been the CEO for over 20 years now. How have you seen things change in that time? Good question. The company in the beginning was mainly working in the national market within Italy and some selected countries. Now what we have done is take a very strong international view. Today, the international market accounts for 70 percent of turnover.

In that time has the technology changed greatly for you?

Technology has changed things a lot. We are looking for quite big projects with big machines and big engineering requirements. And in this time, we have increased our competence in big projects, in our facilities so today we are doing some quite big projects. The biggest changes that Mulmix has gone through has been moving from the smaller-sized projects to medium and now large-sized projects. All the time the top projects for the turnkey - not just to produce machines but the experience in the projects and global expertise.

How is the company motivated in this direction and engagement? Is Mulmix ‘artistic’ in its vision?

We try to give a sort of spirit to the steel. It’s very easy to say it is cold. We want to give it a heart and have passion for

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it. That is important to me and I have been able to give this passion and an atmosphere to the group.

With that in mind, what does steel bring to the grain?

We have been specialising in grains in storage conditions. As I’ve said we need to have some sort of spirit in the project but it is very important to understand that this is not just knowledge of the steel but what you’re putting inside it. For two years now, we have had a technical agronomist to study grain stored in silos. This is a new service we provide to customers to give support to customers so that they understand the relationship. The two things are 100 percent related. We must have the competence and the knowledge in the right location to address climate and aspects of humidity and drying and to have global knowledge in order to provide the best engineering support we can. We are also talking about mycotoxins and we participate in lots of conferences on this issue. We connect with universities, governments and the World Food Programme.

Where do you see the future in grain storage?

Refrigeration is something out of our scope at present, but we need to explore its potential. I believe we are the final link of the production chain and the first link in the manufacturing chain. It is very important to have the knowledge to know all that’s happened from the seed right through to the storage. We need to have this knowledge of the chain if we are to provide quality storage. The future is in cryogenics and we are studying and working in co-operation with others to build our knowledge. We are partners with other producers in this area. We are the ones that have to address the problem and we expect to find the right solutions with the people who have that knowledge.

What do you consider the biggest issue the grain, seed and feed industries face globally?

The issue for the future is food security. Storage is of course the beginning of our processing of agriculture production and their transformation into food and fuel and I believe for any country there has to be a strategic storage policy. If you remember there have been revolutions over bread and the lack of it - because they couldn’t provide grain as they didn’t have so much stored. It’s a political question for many countries who have food security problems – grain storage, from that point of view, is one they need to consider. Storage is the first link in the chain of the food industry that follows - if we don’t have good grain storage then can there be good food to follow?

PEOPLE THE INDUSTRY FACES Bühler announce Vice President of Capital Sales


ndy Britt has been announced as Vice President of Capital Sales at Bühler Aeroglide.

He will direct new sales strategies and market development initiatives for Bühler Aeroglide’s full range of capital equipment and services. He’ll also oversee a worldwide sales network, closely aligning equipment sales with customer service, an area of the business he knows well.

Andy Britt

During his 18 year tenure, Britt set new records in customer service revenue and parts sales, working to align field service resources, parts and refurbishments within the worldwide Bühler Sales and Service structure. He also served as project director and market manager for the industrial market base in North America. His career at Bühler Aeroglide began as an application engineer.

Brandi Miller departs the IGP Institute


randi Miller leaves IGP to become President and CEO of the Kansas Cooperative Council.

The Kansas State University IGP Institute is experiencing a change in leadership with the announced departure of Brandi Miller, associate director and online education and professional development coordinator. Miller begins her new role as president and CEO of the Kansas Cooperative Council on April 9, 2018. During this transition period, Ms Miller will continue to lead the IGP Institute team in conjunction with Gordon Smith, IGP Institute director and grain science and industry department head.

Brandi Miller

“This job has prepared me well for my role at KCC because I understand the farm to fork concept and how the supply chain works,” Ms Miller says. She adds, “Leaving here is bittersweet, but I’m excited about where I’m going.”

NGFA Chairman elected


ric Wilkey, President, Arizona Grain Inc., Casa Grande, Ariz, is the 67th industry leader to serve at the helm of the NGFA.

He joined Arizona Grain in 1991 after beginning his career six years earlier with the Continental Grain Co. From 1996-2006, he served as the company’s vice president and director of merchandising and risk management prior to becoming the firm’s top officer in 2006. In addition, he has been a member of the Arizona Grain Research and Promotion Council since 2994 and is a past chair of that organisation.

Eric Wilkey

An Illinois native, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois.

North Yorkshire animal feeds company strengthens sales team


aren Winspear joins I’Anson Bros Limited after previously working as a sales representative for a mineral company. Her new role will involve promoting the company’s products, visiting and advising customers, attending agricultural shows and markets.

Born into several generations of farmers, Karen, who now lives in Hawes, grew up on a family farm in Wensleydale with Friesian cows and Swaledale sheep. Raising animals at 1,000ft above sea level demonstrated to Karen the value of good livestock nutrition.

Karen Winspear

“I am very passionate about agriculture and working for a company like I’Anson Bros will allow me to help farmers get the best out of their livestock,” Karen explained.

Lyndon Flower joins Vortex


yndon Flower has been appointed as the Business Development Manager at Vortex’s USA and Canada division.

Mr Flower previously served as Vice President and General Manager at A&J Mising International for 18 years until 2015. Since then he focused on sales and marketing for the A&J mixing line.

He commented, “Vortex is a company I’ve admired for a very long time. Through Vortex, I have found a new passion and excitement for the work I do. The future of this. Company is bright, and I’m excited to help guide its path. Lyndon Flower 124 | May 2018 - Milling and Grain

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