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The grapas Innovations Awards - THE SHORT LIST • The animal feed and nutrition awards • Bringing a new dimension to feed engineering

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• Traditional milling down through the ages - Molino Naldoni Flour Mills • Diagnostics to avoid equipment failures See our archive and language editions on your mobile!

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46 The GRAPAS Award 2019: The short list 52 Animal feed awards 2019

54 Feed engineering

58 Future-proofing a tradition


12-40 58 Molino Naldoni Flour Mills

64 Diagnostics to avoid equipment failures

68 Bühler CUBIC innovation campus 70 Real-time protein monitoring

128 People news from the global milling industry





76 Satake Europe announces new showroom and testing facility

82 Amino acid handling 82 Build My Feedmill

80 Responsible feed ingredients documents passed by the ICCF


100 Event listings, reviews and previews


86 Total automation 90 Heat treatment


42 IGP Institute host Grain Purchasing Training


16 Alex Waugh 18 Chris Jackson 22 Mildred Cookson 30 Gustavo Sosa 36 Rebecca Sherratt

4 GUEST EDITOR MA Kabir Chowdhury

94 MARKETS John Buckley

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124 INTERVIEW Amy Reynolds

Green revolution, climate change and global ‘nutritional’ security: Back to the future? In the last 50 years, global food production, be it from plant or animal sources, has increased significantly resulting in improved global food security. Green revolution and subsequently, the blue revolution, have contributed to the many-fold increase in global food production. Although it has helped to reduce hunger worldwide, the nutritional quality of the food produced can be questioned. As the global food production increases, often, there is a linear decrease in key micro-nutrients. For example, to satisfy the daily dietary need of polyunsaturated fatty-acids (PUFA) from farmed Atlantic salmon, one need to consume a portion more than double than that of couple of decades ago. Similar examples can be drawn from the shift in consumption of grains. In a recent study in India covering 800,000 households, intake of iron and other micro-nutrients from 84 food items were calculated over a span of 28 years (from 1983 to 2011). Authors reported substantially reduced iron intake without compensation of other food groups. They identified the loss of coarse cereals such as pearl millet, finger millet, sorghum, barley and rye from the Indian diet as the main reason for reduced iron intake, particularly in states where rice, rather than wheat, replaced the coarse grains. Another factor affecting global food and nutritional security is the continuing climate change. It is suggested that, without action, climate change will impact nutrition through decreased food quantity and access, decreased dietary diversity, and decreased food nutritional content. A better understanding of the pathways involving climate change and nutrition is critical to develop effective solutions to combat nutritional insecurity in future generations. Modern day agriculture production follows highly intensive mono-species farming system. Over more than major 100 cultivated crops by land area, top four comprises about 50 percent of the cultivated crop land. These four items – wheat, corn, rice and soybean – are therefore referred to as ‘global staple ingredients’. Any sudden catastrophic event or disease outbreak can therefore create massive havoc in

global food supply chain by destroying the supply one or more of these four crops. Diversification can reduce the dependency on few major crops would be a key step for future food security. The surface of the earth is 70 percent water and 30 percent land. Currently, we are using the 30 percent for almost everything we need and using the 70 percent as a ‘toilet bowl’. We do need to change our mind-set. We need to move our food production from land to ocean. We can use advanced technologies to produce algae (macro- and micro) as a sustainable food for animal and human. Technology is already here, what we need is the will to do it. In the future, using mobile phone, activities such as training and extension (scaling), research evaluation (evidence creation), stakeholder identification and mobilisation (a model webbased platform), and assessing farming systems, farmers’ needs (baseline assessment) could be easier than ever. Implementation of block-chain technology to trace food from farm to plate can improve food and nutritional security by reducing wastes and triggering immediate reaction to any catastrophic event. It can also help to standardise the nutrient composition of any product available for consumers. Now, there is no magic solutions to the challenges we are currently facing or we shall be facing in the upcoming years. Old solutions such as ‘sustainable polyculture’ that can be defined as mix farming of grass, small shrubs, large shrubs, small tree, medium tree, and tall tree with vines. We do need a combination of old and new solutions to maintain and improve global nutritional security and human health. Finally, death from hunger will be reduced to ‘zero’ in the next few years. While deaths from mal-nutrition, mal-nutrition related diseases, and from toxins and carcinogenic chemicals are more prevalent today than before. We need to change the term “Food security” to “Nutritional security”. MA Kabir Chowdhury, Sales Director - South Asia, Jefo Nutrition Inc



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myMAG Milling and Grain update! Over the past few months we have been updating the ‘Market Place Section’ and developing the ‘Company Pages’ on the Milling and Grain website with the information we have published about them. These pages will become an invaluable source of information for our readers, offering more details about the companies we feature in the magazine - both advertisers and others - and the products and services that keep our industry moving forward. In this edition we are pleased to announce this new service called - myMAG. If you have ever found it frustrating trying to find addition information about a product or service on a website then we offer a solution. Our unique urls (and QR codes for mobile phone users) will take you to our ‘Company Pages’ for additional products and information about that company, or alternatively to the specific page on the company’s website featuring the product we are reporting on. myMAG is a short link system published in our print versions (and carried in our digital editions) that take you directly to the most relevant additional information about a company, a product or service, a video, or any other relevant content you might be interested in. Whether that content is a web page, a downloadable pdf, or a video - simply type the short link into your browser (or use the QR code on your smart phone) to be taken directly to the information you want to find! Often the information you need - such as the person to contact, a messaging service to reach them, telephone and other contact details along with a host of related product information - is already on our website so please to be sure to go there first. To make it even easier for you to find more information on the products that interest you in the magazine, we have added a page to the Market Place Section that lists all of the links (see page 127). To see all the companies currently listed in the Market Place please visit:

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Every four years the feed milling industry comes together in Europe under the umbrella of Victam International to celebrate the positive impact on food production globally and to review new developments and technology. This year it is meeting in Koln, Germany from June 12-14, 2019. Milling and Grain is excited and honoured to be involved in organising and presenting both the ‘Animal Feed & Nutrition Awards 2019’ and the ‘GRAPAS Innovation Awards 2019’ on behalf of Victam. We feature the finalists for each award in this edition. Announcements of the award winners will be made at the Exhibitor’s Reception on the opening evening of the expo. We are also hosting the one-day ‘GRAPAS EMEA 2019’ conference on on the second day of the show, June 13, 2019 in the seminar theatre on the exhibition floor and will present reports on each of the innovations that made the final. Milling and Grain has organised this event over many years, both here in Europe and in Asia during Victam Asia events. We will feature the winners of both awards in next month’s edition of MAG. (Register to attend here: Speaking of events which Milling and Grain hosts in cooperation with event organisers, we report on our ‘Build myFeedmill.’ a quick-fire round of 10-minute presentations that focus on key aspects of feedmill construction. We host ‘Build myFeedmill’ at VIV events around the world with the most recent one being held during VIV Asia on March 13, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. This edition carries an article about the latest feed documentation that has been passed by the International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF). As the technology and innovations in feed production continues to evolve with each passing day, the demand for feed only continues to grow. In a recent report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in Great Britain, the latest statistics for UK feed usage were revealed, and demand continues to reflect an ever-expanding population. In 2017 alone, animal feed production increased by: 10 percent for sheep, 3.7 percent for pigs, 6.6 percent for cattle and calves, whilst the only decrease was a slight fall of 0.2 percent for poultry feed compared to 2016. Total production rose by 3.3 percent over a rolling 12-month period to 13.9 million tonnes. In 2017, 2.5 percent more wheat was used to produce animal feed when compared to the previous year and 17 percent more barley was used. This increase in production is reflected around the world, as governments, industry and people come to the realisation that we need to continue to expand our feed production industries in order to meet the food demands of growing populations. As these numbers will no doubt increase again this year, we can only hope that we are beginning to satisfy the nutritional demands of those who can least afford food.



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Brexit: Where are we now?

Alex Waugh

As we enter extra time in Brexit discussions, with an extension of full UK membership of the EU until October 31st to allow time for a conclusion, what are the future prospects and implications for the flour milling industry?

The deal reached between the UK and EU negotiators – which has been rejected three times in UK Parliamentary votes - would do three things if it is ratified: Unlock a transition period during which the UK will no longer be a member of the EU and will forfeit rights of representation in the Council and the European Parliament, but will, in almost all respects, be treated as if it were a member. This period will last until the end of 2020, although it can be extended by up to two years. Establish some aspirations for a future relationship between the UK and the EU. It foresees a comprehensive free trade agreement with no tariffs on goods in either direction but could also allow for much closer regulatory alignment and/or a formal customs union (see below). However, it also contains a backstop position, which would apply at the end of the transition period unless it were superseded by an agreement with which both sides are happy. The backstop is designed to prevent the re-emergence of a hard border in Ireland and would mean that all of the UK was within a customs union for goods (except fish), ie no tariffs; and regulations applied in Northern Ireland would mean that no checks were required in North-South trade on the island of Ireland. There would also be no checks required on trade from NI to mainland GB, although some would most likely be required on trade from GB to NI, and also between GB and the Republic of Ireland. The backstop provisions are politically controversial, as some people don’t like the idea of the UK being tied to a customs union with the EU, and others don’t like the special status accorded to Northern Ireland seeing it as either a division in the UK or an exception that favours one part of the UK over others. The idea that an end to the backstop has to be mutually agreed is also disliked. On the EU side, it is argued that backstop arrangements are essential to the interest of the Republic of Ireland and to prevent future problems on the land border. Nevertheless, some concern has been expressed that they effectively give the UK access to the EU market with nothing in return and no guarantee of regulatory convergence. How can progress be made?

The UK Parliament has consistently voted against a “no deal” (which is the default outcome in UK and EU law), but so far not found agreement on what it could support. In practice this means that “no deal” is still a possible outcome. At present, the government is in talks with the Labour opposition to explore compromises that might command a Parliamentary majority. The Labour party favours a softer Brexit, with the UK remaining in a Customs Union with the EU. This would mean that UK tariffs were no lower than those of the EU, and that there would be no need to prove the origin of goods traded between the UK and the EU. So far, the government has been unwilling explicitly to concede this, nor to agree to a second referendum on EU membership (or confirmatory vote) that a majority of Labour party members would like to see. These talks may reach a conclusion, but the more likely outcome is that there will be a further series of “indicative votes” in Parliament as a means of working towards a consensus. What are the implications for flour millers? The UK government announced in March that in the event of the UK departing the EU without a deal in place, it would temporarily reduce tariffs. In the grain sector, import duties would fall to zero for all grains and processed products with the exception of milled and broken rice. This would ensure that millers in the UK continue, as now, to have access to wheat without paying a duty, and that the rest of the world, including the EU, would continue to have access to the UK market. However, the EU has made no such commitment, meaning that UK based businesses would face tariffs in the range 15-50 percent on their exports to the EU. The tariff situation would be disruptive to all trade, but especially to exchanges between the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Exports of flour and mixes from the UK to the EU in 2018 reached over 360,000 tonnes, and a further 300,000 tonnes is exported as baked product, so there is a lot at stake. The total potential loss is equivalent to about 15 percent of annual flour production. It remains to be seen what will happen in the next few months, but “no deal” would certainly be bad news for flour millers and their customers, who would be much better served by a Customs Union-type agreement which would ensure that new tariff barriers are not created and that existing trade patterns can be largely maintained. In any event, nabim will continue to speak up for flour millers in our discussions with politicians, government and colleagues in the food sector.

Alex Waugh is the Director General of nabim (National Association of British and Irish Millers) in the United Kingdom 16 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

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African Swine Fever: The crisis continues

Chris Jackson

Once again, I am privileged to be travelling again, this time to Indonesia, Australia and China visiting farms and industries allied to farming, all of whom are having difficulties beyond their control. Let me start by taking a look at Australia where there is a state of drought. We saw in the world’s press the dramatic damage caused by storms in Queensland and the Northern Territory where livestock farmers have been hard pressed to keep their animals alive by buying in expensive fodder from more southerly regions, only to see many thousands of heads drowned by the flash flooding caused by the storms. Whilst in New South Wales where irrigation is needed to produce crops, the cost of water has risen to such a level that farmers are having to cut back on production, and we are seeing vast acres of what should be productive land, instead lying dormant. Rice production in these areas have long since been cut back in favour of the more profitable production of cotton. With areas reduced and crops lightened due to water shortage, there are significant knock-on effects being experienced. This feed is important for millers making balanced rations for our genetically enhanced species, as it significant supply of protein. The feed is important to the stock farmers and because of the shortage some ginners are only supplying existing customers. Prices have seen dramatic increases but regardless of cost, the product is not available. There is hope for the future as new cotton varieties are being developed with lower gossypol and cyclopropenoids present which will mean that higher levels of inclusion in diets will be achievable when the crop is available. With a better harvest in Western Australia there is some feed available but looking at the much-reduced stockpiles in NSW these will be hard pressed to compensate for the shortfall. However, going forward as water becomes more expensive the cost will prevent even the most efficient farmers from growing cotton. Their land will either have to remain uncropped, some growers will look towards more high earning crops such as vines but they take many years to come to fruition, possibly vegetable growing may be an option for some, with distant markets an expensive infra structure to get the products to consumers will be needed. Worldwide, the population demands inexpensive food. Farmers worldwide are taking up new technologies and innovations to drive up production and costs down, as indeed do our partners in the milling industry to help keep costs low. Moving on to my next country, China, we find another crisis this time for the pig industry where African Swine Fever has decimated the industry. This terrible disease has spread across the entire country and as far as we can see has been spread by the movement of man. Working with Milling and Grain magazine and the millers in China, we hope that a good system of traceability can be established to track animal movements which will give a clear indication of where to expect further outbreaks through animal contact. This should be achievable with the use of smartphones and apps, as almost every farmer has a smart phone. I am sure that, through help via the millers and the government, we can all try and bring this disease under control. These two very different farming scenarios have to serve as a reminder that we are all dependent on the weather and other factors beyond our daily control; our food supplies should not be taken for granted but prepared and planned, or with a contingency plan that cannot continually rely on taking food from other areas. 18 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

Evonik launches new fast and reliable test for raw material quality


vonik has launched a new fast and easy-to-use analytical service to test distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Up to now, the industry has lacked reliable tests to judge the quality of corn DDGS during the process of raw material reception. Evonik’s new Aminored 2.0 has been developed to close that gap and is unparalleled in the market. The new Aminored 2.0 test allows users to rapidly and reliably evaluate the nutritional value of corn DDGS used in feed production, detecting the impact of processing. Crucially, it distinguishes over-processed batches and reveals the degree of over-processing; a major concern in corn DDGS. Without the test, nutritionists usually apply high safety margins to corn DDGS and use low digestibility coefficients, to minimise risk as quality is variable both between different plants and even within plants. Up to 20 percentage points difference had been reported in digestibility levels. For example, digestibility of lysine (Lys) in pigs ranged from 44 percent to 63 percent. “With insufficient global supplies, and higher prices of standard raw materials for animal feed, there is a trend towards increased use of alternative ingredients. Deeper understanding of DDGS and a precise evaluation of its quality allows a more accurate feed formulation and thus a more consistent livestock performance over time,” says Ingolf Reimann, Head of Analytical Services, Animal Nutrition. “Over-processing has a negative impact on the nutritional value of DDGS as the amino acids are destroyed and amino acid digestibility is lowered. If this is not considered in feed formulation, then animal performance and producer profit levels will suffer,” he says. Aminored 2.0 allows separate calibrations for ground and unground material. This includes calibrations for unground material when immediate results are requested, for example for incoming material on a weigh-bridge. When producers require a more precise analysis, such as for feed formulation, calibrations for ground material can be chosen. The new calibrations are up-to-date regarding sample quality and variability on global basis. Their accuracy has been proved by validations with independent samples. DDGS are the nutrient rich co-product of drymilled ethanol production and are used as a feed ingredient to provide supplementary energy and protein.

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The flour mills of East Scotland: Part one Milling journals of the past at The Mills Archive by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK

In the days before civil aviation and high-speed railways, professional conventions held a particular place in the calendar. Bringing together the movers and shakers of the industry (the people as well as the machines) they provided opportunities and ideas for progress and re-affirmed their status as heads of industry, commerce and innovation. One such was the 1902 Convention to be held in Edinburgh. Conventions also provided an opportunity for national and global advertising and so Milling, the precursor of Milling and Grain, announced that its edition of May 31st, 1902 would be a Convention Number in accordance with their regular custom. Less than a decade old, the publication was determined to set itself apart in both content and production values. It promised a Number containing “specially written articles by the best literary talent in the trade on subjects of interest to all the many British and colonial readers … other pages will be replete with illustrations of several important Scotch mills, together with others in different parts of the Empire.” I will use the descriptions and illustrations from the convention number over the next few issues to describe the important mills of East Scotland as they appeared at the close of Queen Victoria’s reign. The first two are East Bridge Mills and Central Mills in Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire (more properly referred to as Fife).

East Bridge Mills: Messrs. Robert Hutchison & Co

Kirkcaldy is situated on the northern slope of the Firth of Forth where the estuary broadens out into a wide expanse of over 15 miles from bank to bank. In the early millstone days, East Mills had 10 pairs of stones. Rolls were first introduced in the 1870s and the mill worked by rolls and partly by stones until 1892 when the firm employed 22 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

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Henry Simon was to install a six-sack plant. In 1897, Simon was called in again to update the mill. A complete washing and drying plant were installed along with other improvements to increase capacity to ten sacks-per-hour. The head of the family firm at the time of the convention was the local Provost (Mayor), Mr Alex Hutchison, appointed as the new President of the Association of British and Irish Millers. He had introduced the next improvements that year, including a covered railway siding, with a bulk grain receiving house, a preliminary cleaning plant along with a 20-tonne elevator, 12 large silos and 10 smaller ones with a horizontal conveyor for transporting the full sacks of flour and offals from warehouse to railway trucks. The re-organised roller plant consisted of two lines of ‘Simon’

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site since the mid-1800s, were largely engaged in the grain trade, shipping fine Fife wheat to most of the north-east coast ports of England. By far, their largest business was malting, and they were one of the largest in Scotland. The site was given a new lease of life in recent years when a significant investment by Carr’s enabled the neglected harbour to be reopened. This enabled the construction of Carr’s new mill, the first to be built in Scotland for 30 years. It was commissioned in 2012 and completed in 2013, fitted out with the latest Buhler roller mill plant.

Central Mills; Mr James Hogarth

James Hogarth, the owner of Central Mills, was also known for his mills at East Bridge and his oat milling plants. The founder of the business back in 1854, and father of the present owner, the late John Hogarth started milling at West Mills Kirkcaldy, a water-driven millstone plant. West Mills had five pairs of French Burrs, one pair of peak stones and two pairs of oat shelling and mealing stones. John Hogarth died in 1887 and, by 1893, the business had grown so much beyond the capabilities of the West Mills that James Hogarth built the Central Mills. The building was all of stone, very neat and functional and without much ornamentation. Although the mill only had four floors it was roomy with plenty of light coming through the large windows on all sides, showing off the machinery to great advantage. It was designed as several detached buildings with

an eye to safety in the case of fire, and with ample space for the delivery and dispatch of wheat and flour. The roller floor held six Robinson double horizontal roller mills, and the second floor had two double Robinson “Koh-iNor” purifiers and one gravity machine with grader by Luther. All the dusting and dressing was done on three Luther plansifters supplied by Emil Fiechter of Liverpool. These, having a large surface of finely meshed silk cloth were able to do all the work without the aid of any centrifugal, making the five-sack plant capable of working with just 12 machines. The power source for the roller mill was a Lancashire boiler by Douglas and Grant, with two engines capable of 200hp. In the same room a single cylinder horizontal condensing engine fitted with ‘Proell’ valves and a 15-inch belt drove an oatmeal mill with five pairs of millstones and the necessary cutting machines and sifters, as well as two modern pearl barley mills for making pearl barley. Please email me at if you would like to know more, or if you have any information, material or images that you would like to share. Milling and Grain - June 2019 | 25

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Delacon and Cargill bring science-based phytogenics to China

Kevin Wang, Delacon Regional Sales Manager in China


he strategic partnership between Delacon and Cargill is paving the way for the Chinese feed market, with four phytogenic products available to start with. In 2017, Delacon and Cargill formed a strategic partnership including a minority equity investment from Cargill to deliver enhanced solutions for their customers. Delacon entered the Russian market last year together and felt now is time to bring Delacon phytogenic products to China. As China is proposing to ban all infeed antimicrobial growth promoters starting in 2020, phytogenics represent a key solution for antibioticfree animal nutrition. Through the partnership, Cargill’s premix and nutrition business in China and Delacon will deliver enhanced customer solutions for the China market in a sustainable and natural way. Delacon say this will bring more benefits for producers and consumers.

“2018 was still a year of transition and building trust between Delacon and CPN China,” says Kevin Wang, Delacon Regional Sales Manager in China. “But, for this year, we have put together very ambitious sales activities that will make a net difference with the past and will put Delacon as important supplier in phytogenic space in China.” The partnership connects Delacon’s experience in phytogenics with Cargill’s deep expertise in applied nutrition.

“At Cargill and at Delacon, we have a strong commitment to our customers, we are both sciencedriven innovators and, we deliver high product quality” says John Fering, Managing Director of Cargill’s premix and nutrition business in China. Products currently available in China include Fresta® F, Aromex® ME, Biostrong® 510 and Actifor® Boost. Five additional products in the poultry and swine categories will follow soon.




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DMAIC in the grain industry: The DEFINE phase.

Gustavo Sosa

DMAIC is an acronym that stands for Define, Measure, Analyse, Implement, and Control. This is the central concept in Six Sigma. It defines a virtuous cycle that generates gradual improvement.

If you want to change something, first you have to measure it. And if you want to measure something, first you have to define it. Do you want to get in shape? Good. How you do it? What is your problem? Aerobic endurance, core strength? No, not interested? Are you fat? Ok, then how you measure “fat”? Body mass index? Ok. Can you change your height? No? Then you have to control weight. So, for something as mundane as getting in shape we need to think it a little bit before finding out what to do. After a few questions we define the critical variable (weight) that has to be measured. It is not straight forward. Had we defined fat as “flabbiness” instead of “high body mass index”, then we should be using some skin grab method to measure it, and the method to solve it would be lifting weights instead of dieting. What do you want to do in your company? Make money? Ok, then you have two alternatives. Increase sales. Cut costs. Increasing sales in a grain elevator is difficult, if not impossible. You are limited, physically, by the space you have. In a mill it is much easier, but the thing is that we are dealing with commodities here. For the consumer, a kilogramme of your flour is just like a kilogramme of your competitor. He will choose based on price. In order to increase sales, you have to decrease price (if it isn’t regulated) and the only way to do that is through margins or costs reductions. If you operate in a market economy, your margin is already minimum. Then the only option is B. How do you cut costs? Cheaper raw material, Cheaper labour, Cheaper utilities, Less waste, Lower taxes, Better logistics. Let’s analyse them: Forget it. Grains are commodities and you will get the same price as everyone else. Same. If you pay less you either get a worse employee or don’t get it at all You may be able to negotiate something, maybe make your own

potable water or self-generate electricity. It all depends on where you operate. Some countries, like Spain, forbid self-generation. Some states in the US forbid you to collect rain water. If you have an opportunity, seize it. This is it. Talking about grain post-harvest, up to 30 percent of grains are lost through bad conservation practices. If we talk about rice, the yield should be around 70 percent, but instead it is around 50 percent. That means another 20 percent got wasted. In any case, only around 50 percent of the harvested grain reaches the final consumer. You have huge opportunities here. No, very unlikely. Unless you own a multi-billion-dollar corporation, you won’t get any tax exemptions. And even then, it depends on whether you are publicly labeled as a good corporation or a bad corporation. If you are labeled “bad”, you will have to spend a lot on Public Relations before even attempting to lobby for lower taxes Here you can do a lot too. I have seen a lot of money lost during grain loading/unloading operations. Stealing during transportation is very common too. It would be difficult to innovate in the physical side of the operations, but strict controls could pay a small fortune. Then, the best option to make money is avoiding waste. With grain it is very simple, as we can control everything with waste. How much grain comes in, and how much comes out. The tricky part is measuring it all against a standard. That is another reason to enforce commercial regulations. Even if you are not going to resell grain, it is for internal processing, account it using the commercial quality standards. In a mill, you should control the three variables of your black box. The grain that comes in, the final product going out, and the byproducts going out. The sum of the outputs should equal the input. And be sure to check the quality of the by-products. It is very common to steal from a factory disguising final product as waste. Conclusion: Define weight of the grain as the key indicator to keep track in your facility, but be careful to measure it using commercial standards that correct for the variabilities in moisture, foreign matter, and other parameters. In a mill, weight of grain is still the main indicator. All waste should be referred to this value. Some waste is unavoidable, but you may focus on obtaining some money from the by-products of your process, which would be just like processing more efficiently. Reconstituted and fortified rice is an example of this.

Gustavo Sosa is a Mechanical Engineer and MBA who specialises in Project Management. He is the CEO of Sosa Ingenieria, a consulting firm performing mechanical design and FEA/CFD, and the Chief of Engineering at RONTIL, a major distributor of grain handling equipment in Uruguay and Paraguay. Gustavo has two decades of experience in grain handling and milling, including engineering design and project management for projects up to 60 million USD. In the past, he worked for three years as a professor, teaching fluid power, mechatronics, conveyor design and industrial instrumentation at UDELAR, the largest university in Uruguay. He also helped build the Mechatronics Laboratory there. 30 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

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EIB to unlock €2 billion for agriculture across Europe with special support for young farmers


he European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU bank, have announced the launch of a loans package of nearly EUR one billion for agriculture and the bioeconomy. The sum will be matched by the implementing financial institutions, thereby mobilising close to EUR two billion of long-term financing for companies in the sector. The announcement was made at the fi-compass conference ‘Addressing price volatility and financing needs of young farmers and agriculture’, which took place in Brussels on April 29th, 2019. In this package, a EUR 700 million programme loan for agricultural small and medium enterprises will be managed by local banks and leasing companies active across the EU and will include a minimum 10 percent window for farmers under 41. The scheme will enable young farmers

to benefit from competitive financing terms such as longer tenors of up to 15 years and up to five-year grace periods in order to address their specific needs. It is one of the largest agriculture financing initiatives backed by the EIB and will be complemented by two pilot loans: a EUR 75 million loan solely for young farmers and a EUR 200 million loan for agriculture and climate action. Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan added, “Access to finance is crucial and too often an obstacle for young people wanting to join the profession. With 11 percent of European farmers under the age of 40 years old, supporting young farmers in the sector is a priority for the European Commission and the post2020 Common Agricultural Policy. I am pleased to see this new joint initiative up and running.”

MSD completes acquisition of Antelliq Corporation to become leader in emerging digital technology for livestock


SD (tradename of Merck & Co, Inc, Kenilworth, NJ, USA), recently announced the completion of its acquisition of Antelliq Corporation. The announcement positions the company as a global leader in animal health digital tracking, traceability and monitoring technology and complements the existing portfolio of vaccines and

pharmaceuticals. “The animal health industry is rapidly evolving to manage the health and well-being of livestock and companion animals with animal identification, animal monitoring and smart data management as critical components of this technology,” said Rick DeLuca, President, MSD Animal Health.

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he Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) is proud to celebrate a decade of service to the animal food industry, conducting many high-priority research and education projects that protect the animal food industry’s license to operate and provide scientific-based information to decisionmakers and consumers so they can make informed policy and purchasing decisions. “When the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) incorporated IFEEDER in 2009, the Board saw the need for a charitable organisation to be on the frontlines, helping the animal food industry navigate current challenges and develop opportunities to discuss the global feed industry’s sustainability initiatives,” said Lee Hall, IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees Chair and Vice President of Hallway Feeds. “It’s clear that over its 10 years, IFEEDER has filled voids in scientific research to help the animal food industry comply with changing federal regulations, guard against animal disease outbreaks, surpass sustainability targets and reach out to consumers who have questions about where their food comes from. IFEEDER has laid a great foundation over the past decade and I look forward to what’s to come.”

DS R A W A S ION INNOVAT Innovations Awards

Rebecca Sherratt

The GRAPAS Conference is finally upon us and will be taking place on the 13th of this month at VICTAM International in Cologne, Germany! The conference programme is now live online, and we have a full day scheduled of brilliant innovations and presentations, from 10:30-16:10 in the In-Hall Conference Theatre in Hall 6.

Our 15 GRAPAS Innovations Awards applicants from Petkus, Selis, Balaguer Rolls, Dinnissen, Bühler, Ocrim, Brabender and Eye-Grain will be delivering their presentations about why their unique innovations are worthy of winning the GRAPAS Innovations Awards. The final products that will be battling it out for the GRAPAS trophy include Brabender’s FarinoAdd-S300, Dinnissen’s Pegasus Wingdoor Mixer, Ocrim's Titanium Rolls, Selis’ DAPS System, Eye-Grain’s iGrain-HACCP-App, Petkus’ OptoSelector 901t, Balaguer Rolls’ Optical Fluting Test 2.0 and Bühler’s GrainiGo, LumoVision, MoisturePro,

NOVABLUE, OLCC Cracking Mill, PreMa, PSM and Diorit Roller Mill Series. We will also be announcing the winners of the Animal Feed and Nutrition Awards, which feature a variety of fantastic feed innovations from Geelen Counterflow, Van Aarsen, Famsun, Bühler and EFS Holland. There is still time to register for the GRAPAS Conference, which you can do by visiting the VICTAM International official website. To register, all you need to do is register for VICTAM international for free, then in the drop-down ‘Conference’ menu select your interest in attending the GRAPAS Conference on June 13th. Tickets cost 99€ and provide attendees with access to the full-day conference, a headset and one year’s free subscription to Milling and Grain magazine. Alternatively, you can contact me at rebeccas@perendale. with any enquiries you may have. We hope to see you there!




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Evonik to support Chinese anti-dumping investigations for methionine


he Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China recently announced anti-dumping investigations concerning the import of the essential amino acid and feed additive methionine from Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. The period under consideration for possible dumping is for the calendar year 2018. In addition, it will also be analysed whether domestic industry suffered losses in the calendar years 2016 to 2018 in this context. The investigation is said

to be completed by April 10th, 2020. Evonik fully supports the investigations by the Chinese authorities and will provide competent bodies with all the necessary information and data. The company will cooperate fully the ongoing investigation, while being confident with respect to its outcome. The specialty chemicals company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of the essential amino acid DL-methionine, which the company markets under the brand

Innovation of sustainably sourced global feed production, The FEED-X Challenge


WF-founded enterprise Project X Global has opened the search for the next outstanding innovation to radically transform the global feed industry. In partnership with Skretting, ClimateKIC, WWF and IKEA, FEED-X is now at a key stage of accelerating innovations across the feed sector and is welcoming applications for sustainable feed innovations from entrepreneurs eager to commercialise their ideas. The goal of the FEED-X programme is to ensure that the global feed industry can produce enough food to support the growing world population

by shifting 10 percent of global feed production to sustainable sourcing from novel alternative solutions. It aims to do so by 2025 – through sourcing, testing, financing and scaling alternative feed ingredients and technologies that affect feed. The programme will focus on salmon and shrimp; two aquaculture species with wholly different feed requirements and industry structures. Project X has already hosted a category de-risking event where experts from Harvard University, Wageningen University Research, and Utrecht University among others presented their key findings. Christoph Mathiesen, Sustainability

Functional grain ingredients from GoodMills Innovation


rain specialist GoodMills Innovation will present its new product RutinX - Tartary Buckwheat at this year’s SNACKEX on 2728th, June in Barcelona. This ingredient is ideal for snack concepts with additional metabolic power. The company will also showcase innovative whole grain flours: in contrast to conventional wholemeal flour, Snow Wheat® and Snow Spelt® offer an appealing light colour and mild taste. Solutions for gluten- and soyfree snacks complement the portfolio. RutinX is made from the prehistoric Tartary Buckwheat, and is available in the form of flour or crisps. With a dosage of only five percent, this ancient grain transforms bread and bread rolls, savoury snacks, as well as dips and spreads, into superfoods. The decisive factor for the functional 38 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

name MetAMINO®. Evonik manufactures MetAMINO® at four locations in Antwerp in Belgium, Mobile the US, Singapore and Wesseling in Germany. The largest plant is located in Antwerp. Relying on this production network, Evonik supplies customers in more than 120 countries, ensuring a structurally reliable supply of methionine on a global basis regardless of geographic location. The essential amino acid methionine needs to be ingested with the feed. As a feed additive, it contributes to efficient, healthy and more sustainable nutrition of farm animals, especially poultry and pigs. Developer, IKEA of Sweden AB, shared his commitment to the programme, “IKEA Food is committed to securing a more sustainable supply chain for our food business. We know that animal feed such as salmon feed can have negative impact on the climate, environment and biodiversity. We see the collaboration with Project X as a great opportunity to support sustainable food systems and accelerate the innovation in animal feed.” FEED-X has lead partner support from one of the largest animal and aquaculture feed suppliers in the world – Nutreco, and its aquaculture division Skretting - which represent a significant share of the global feed market and €5.9 billion of purchasing power.

properties of RutinX is its high content of the secondary plant substance rutin and the trace element zinc. Zinc has been proven to promote carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, whereas rutin has an antioxidant effect and is thought to reduce blood pressure and blood sugar levels, especially in Asian medicine. GoodMills Innovation has succeeded in reducing the bitter compounds of rutin in a patented process while preserving its valuable nutrients. For these innovative flours, the Hamburg-based company uses particularly light grain varieties whose whole kernel is ground and refined in a multistage process. This not only leads to improved bioavailability of polyphenols and minerals, but also reduces the bitter taste and rough texture typical of whole grains. Products based on Snow Wheat® and Snow Spelt® are characterised by a light colour, pleasant mouthfeel and mild taste.

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Kaushlendra Parihar, Project Manager for Networked Technologies at Bühler with Tubex Pro (at the Hannover Messe 2019)


Bühler launches next scale generation Tubex Pro ith Tubex Pro, Bühler is launching the next generation of scales. Tubex Pro builds on more than 100 years of Bühler intellectual property, and brings weighing to the next level, using advanced connectivity and digital applications. “Our Tubex scales are groundbreaking thanks to measuring and control algorithms, and connectivity features. With Tubex Pro, we have made the next step in advanced connectivity,” says Matt Kelly, Managing Director Digital Technologies at Bühler. In 2017, Bühler introduced the first Tubex. It processes three times more measurements than conventional scales. With its electromechanical drive system, rather than standard pneumatic cylinders, the Tubex has saved its customers up to 95 percent of energy for the last two years. In the two years that Tubex has been on the market, Bühler has carefully gathered customer feedback and made many upgrades – all of this learning is incorporated in the new Tubex Pro. “Tubex Pro is unique in terms of all of its functionalities and technologies. It contains over 100 years of our weighing experience and intellectual property, and with the next generation of measurement technology and selfmonitoring, it reaches accuracy and precision levels that were unthinkable until recently,” says Stefan Birrer, Tubex Pro

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Bühler’s Head of Milling Solutions. Building on these advantages, Tubex Pro is now taking digital connectivity and plant control to a new level. Now it is even easier to integrate the scale into plant control systems. It is also simpler to transfer its data into cloud applications in order to analyse and visualise data for better yield management, predictive maintenance, or to support customers remotely through Bühler’s global service network. While Tubex is fully available on the market, Tubex Pro will be on sale starting in the second half of 2019. Retrofits will also be available to upgrade Tubex to Tubex Pro.

Stefan Birrer, Head of Business Area Milling Solutions at Bühler Group Matthew Kelly, Managing Director of Digital Technologies at Bühler Group


TRAINING Kansas State University’s IGP Institute held the annual IGPKSU Grain Purchasing course from April 1–12th, 2019. Sixteen participants joined the IGP Institute for the course to gain a better understanding on grain purchasing and management practices. This training also included a field trip to an export facility located in Portland, Oregon.

IGP Institute host Grain Purchasing Training “The IGP–KSU Grain Purchasing course was a big success,” says Guy H Allen, Senior Agricultural Economist for the IGP Institute. “The participants were able to gain great knowledge on the importance of grain procurement contracts and the supply chain on an international level and focus on the importance of risk management strategy.” The first week of the course focused on fundamentals of grain purchasing, including topics on grain transportation; USDA grading standards and how they are implemented; how to read a USDA report; examination of world grain supply and demand; grain trading rules; and international trade contracts, among other things. The second week of the course dove into advanced principles of grain trading including topics surrounding commodity exchanges, futures trading, price risk management and hedging. Participants also engaged in discussion over other topics on futures, options, OTC contracts and applied management strategies. “This course gave me the opportunity to become more familiar with the grain industry,” says Rolando Solis, charter manager for MF Grains in Panama City, Panama. “The specifics in the grain industry are still new to me. This course definitely helped me learn a Devoted to training industry professionals on the best practices to create high-quality feed for livestock and other companion animals, the IGP Institute will host the IGP-KSU Feed Manufacturing course from June 18–21st, 2019.

Feed manufacturing course being held this month Providing an in-depth training on feed manufacturing technology and an interactive aspect on modern-feed processing, this course is targeted toward feed mill owners, managers, supervisors, operators, merchandisers, equipment manufacturers, maintenance personnel, and managers of livestock and poultry facilities. “The IGP Feed Manufacturing course is designed to provide participants with technical information and the latest trends in A one-week Practical Short Course on Aquaculture Feed Extrusion, Nutrition and Feed Management will be presented on August 25-30th, 2019 at Texas A&M University by staff, industry representative and consultants.

26th Annual Practical Short Course on Aquaculture Feed Extrusion, Nutrition and Feed Management This programme will cover information on designing new feed mills and selecting conveying, drying, grinding, conditioning and feed 42 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

lot about key concepts in grain purchasing and risk management.” During the course, participants took a field trip to the United Grain Corporation export facility in Portland, Oregon. “We had a great experience at the United Grain Corporation elevator,” Allen says. “Being able to visit the location helped our participants see the commodities unload from rail cars and lad out into ocean vessels in a hands-on fashion.” scientific research that can help them improve their day-by-day operations,” says Carlos Campabadal the Feed Manufacturing and Grain Quality Management Outreach Specialist. The course will focus on a variety of topics including grain storage and pest control; particle size reduction; batching and mixing; extrusion drying and cooling; effect of feed processing on animal nutrition; pelleting, cooling and crumbling; feed and ingredient handling; feed plant design; energy conservation in the feed mill; steam generation systems; mould and mycotoxins. “Our state-of-the-art feed mill helps participants work with the latest in technology in feed manufacturing,” Campabadal says. Along with K–State faculty presentations, this training also includes tours of the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Centre, the Bioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Products Innovation Centre (BIVAP), and the K–State dairy and swine facilities. mixing equipment. Current practices for preparing full-fat soy meal processing; recycling fisheries by-products, raw material, extrusion of floating, sinking, and high fat feeds; spraying and coating fats, digests and preservatives; use of encapsulated ingredients and preparation of premixes, nutritional requirements of warn water fish and shrimp, feed managements and least cost formulation are reviewed. Practical demonstration of sinking, floating, and high fat aqua feed, are demonstrated on four major types of extruders - (dry, interrupted flights, single and twin screw), using various shaping dies. Other demonstrations include: vacuum coating and lab analysis of the raw material for extrusion. Reservations are accepted on a first-come basis.

Sukup Fastir Stirring Machine

PRODUCT FOCUS This month Milling and Grain have taken a look at the solutions that were presented at the Build my Feedmill Conference we organised at VIV Asia in Bangkok. As companies took their turns to discuss various solutions for each step of the feed mill process, attendees got a look at some of the best innovations for the inside of feed mills, many of which are also suitable for a whole host of other uses.

As discussed in the Build my Feedmill Conference, Sukup offer a variety of grain drying solutions, including their stirring machines for use in silos. Patented mechanical reversing makes the Fastir hassle-free and easy to use, whilst the constant pitch augers move grain, to reduce static pressure and increase airflow. Various optional features can also be added to the Fastir, including a stabiliser kit, angled shield on carriages, a heavy-duty gearmotor for greater reliability and offset hangers for improved stirring. The angled drive bearing, and downward pull of the augers ensures that a positive changing pattern takes place with the materials.

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Post Stress Powder Application

Amandus Kahl discussed crushing and grinding during the Build my Feedmill Conference and mentioned the various solutions they offer for this process. Amandus Kahl’s crushing roller mills are suitable for a variety of cereals, legumes, oilseeds and feed mixtures, and are extremely efficient and easy to use. Roller mills, as Amandus Kahl discussed during the conference, are a much more energy-efficient replacement to the traditional hammer mill (resulting in up to 50% lower power consumption) and feature a variety of unique benefits. Roller mills are available in capacities of up to 60 tonnesper-hour and work quietly, with refined narrow particle size distribution.

One of the innovative solutions PLP Liquid Systems offer is Post Stress Powder Application (PSPA), an innovative solution for manufacturing feeds via the use of heat. Through exposure to higher temperatures than most usual methods, PSPA technology guarantees an efficient pellet coating with all desired additives. PSPA supplies homogenous coverage and a durable additive attachment to the pellet surface. This method also avoids the risk of cross contamination and bypasses thermal stress. Through using triboelectricity, PLP Liquid Systems are able to use electrostatic attraction to generate a negative pole on each particle of the material, to create a cloud that is strongly attracted to the pellet surface.

Lambton Flat Bottom Incline Conveyor Lambton’s Flat Bottom Incline Conveyor is the ideal, hassle-free and effective solution for the easy transportation of your materials. The angle of the conveyors curve can be adjusted in five degree increments, up to a 50-degree shift, so the conveyor can fit into any ideal position. The head, tail and trough all feature computer-aided modular bolt-together designs and are constructed from galvanised materials, which ensure the best results. Optional abrasionresistant steel liners are also available for the bottoms and the sides of the conveyor. The head and tail both include a removable inspection cover, as well as dust seals.

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Zheng Chang SZLH1208 Pellet Mill One of the topics Zheng Chang discussed in the Build my Feedmill Conference was pelletising and their wide range of pellet mills reflect Zheng Chang’s expertise with pelletising. Zheng Chang’s SZLH1208 is one of the largest output mills in the entirety of China and can produce up to 55-75 tonnes of product-per-hour, with its 630kW engine. The refined oil cooling system can circularly cool the oil temperature and lubricate key bearings of the machines. This oil lubrication system is also automatic, ensuring to minimise operator workloads and enhance reliability of the equipment. Accuracy of electric cutting has also been improved, with an enhanced electric cutting adjusting mechanism installed, reducing labour intensity.




Due to its diverse application possibilities, the Brabender ViscoQuick is suitable for the investigation of a wide variety of materials. With the help of this compact universal viscometer it is possible to analyse the gelatinisation properties of starches, to qualitatively determine alpha-amylase activity in flours and to measure the absolute viscosity of Newtonian fluids. The product-specific viscosity curve can be used to determine the best applications for a raw material and to optimise production processes. The consistency of a product is decisive for the determination of process parameters such as sample temperature and processing time. These parameters can also be precisely determined by a ViscoQuick analysis. When processing wheat and rye flour, the viscosity of the product can also be strongly influenced by the alphaamylase naturally present in the raw material. By carrying out appropriate preliminary tests on the materials used, disturbances in the production process can be avoided with new batches. On the one hand, the ViscoQuick makes it possible to determine the apparent viscosity of starch products by torque measurement. On the other hand, the absolute viscosity of Newtonian fluids can be measured with the aid of the universal application. In both cases, both a defined test duration and an individual temperature profile are defined for the investigation. Conclusions can be drawn from the product-specific viscosity curves: • Gelling properties of starch and starch-containing products • Enzyme activity of rye and wheat flour • Absolute viscosity of Newtonian fluids (eg water, alcohol, petrol and various oils) In incoming goods, quality control, product development, optimising recipes and during production, it can be determined quickly and reliably whether a raw material is suitable for the respective application. The uncomplicated and fast measurement with the ViscoQuick saves time and money. Depending on the sample material, the test can be performed within approximately 15-20 minutes. The low sample weight of only five to 15 grams and a powerful heating and cooling system allow fast and flexible heating and cooling rates for different applications. The instrument is equipped with particularly durable components. The stainless steel sample container can be reused and is resistant to acids and alkalis. The integrated measuring system is controlled by the MetaBridge software. The measured values can be evaluated directly and displayed graphically. Milling and Grain - June 2019 | 45


The GRAPAS Innovations Awards





by Rebecca Sherratt, Features Editor, Milling and Grain

illing and Grain’s GRAPAS Conference is soon approaching and on June 13th the winner(s) of the GRAPAS Innovations Awards will be announced at VICTAM International in Cologne, Germany. This year, we have a total of 15 applicants on the short list for the awards from a variety of companies such as Balaguer Rolls, Dinnissen, Bühler, Petkus, EyeGrain, Seli, Ocrim and Brabender. Last year’s GRAPAS Conference was a resounding success, with three winners crowned: Henry Simon’s Rollermill, which featured innovative sensor technology, Geelen Counterflow’s Electrical Dryer, an environmentally-friendly alternative to using fossil fuels, and Bühler’s Atta Process with PesaMill, the first industrial process technology for the production of whole wheat Atta flour. Previous winners have also included Eye-Grain Aps, Alapala, CPM Europe, 4B Braime Components and many more companies with brilliant innovations. Roger Gilbert, Publisher of Milling and Grain magazine says, “the Innovations Awards aim to celebrate all that is great about this wonderful industry we work in. There have been some incredible innovations across the industry during the past 12 months and we look forward to discovering more about them at the GRAPAS Conference”. During the GRAPAS Conference this year, the 15 applications will have 10 minutes each to present why their innovations are worthy of winning the coveted GRAPAS trophy. Also serving as keynote speakers will be George Marriage, President of the National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim), talking about both past and future milling innovations, as well as Christophe Beck of the Crop Trust, who will be discussing the importance of crop preservation to ensure the future of sustainable food production for generations to come. Our panel of industry expert judges from all stretches of the globe will be deciding their winners of the awards. The GRAPAS Innovations Awards applicants have been split into three categories, and will be fighting it out to decide what is the best food technology innovation of 2019: 46 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

FarinoAdd-S300 by Brabender

First released to the market in September 2018 at iba, the FarinoAdd-S300 expertly analyses flour for water absorption and the kneading characteristics of dough such as stability, optimal development time and degree of softening. Pseudocereals consisting of materials such as buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa or other gluten-free flours can also be analysed by using this solution.

MoisturePro by Bühler

This solution by Bühler offers real-time, continuous moisture management, through harnessing the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud connectivity. MoisturePro has led to significant improvements in yield for users, as well as proving to be environmentally friendly and energy efficient. MoisturePro has confirmed its abilities, having saved a pet food customer over US $1.2 million in its first year of release.


iGrain-HACPP-App by Eye-Grain

The iGrain-HACPP-App serves as a grain management system for use in silos, to detect CO2 emissions and ensure the safety of your stored materials. The app has been designed to integrate with host QC systems, such as HACCP systems, to provide conclusive and calculated data. The various risk factors affecting users’ stored grain are calculated and monitored efficiently.

GrainiGo by Bühler

Bühler’s GrainiGo is an innovative analysis tool that assesses raw material from a picture taken with a smartphone. Analysis takes less than five minutes and serves as a great way to minimise human error and reduce dependencies on experienced staff. The GrainiGo was introduced to the market in June 2018 at the Ipack-Ima fair in Milano, Italy.

If you want to secure your seat at the GRAPAS Conference on June 13th, then you can book seats via the VICTAM official website. When registering for the exhibition, or logging in as a pre-registered user, you can select from the list of available conferences to attend and choose to book seats for the GRAPAS Conference. Every year, the GRAPAS Conference proves to be an excellent example of the amazing feats of technological innovation that have taken place in the last 12 months in the food industry, and we strongly encourage everyone to attend who wishes to learn more about the best advancements in flour, pasta and rice milling. Want more information about the GRAPAS Innovations Awards, GRAPAS Conference or the Animal Feed & Nutrition Awards? Then simply contact me at

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NOVABLUE Sieve Cleaner by Bühler

This solution for plansifters is a bristleless sieve cleaner which also is optically detectable, to provide efficient cleaning of sieve fabrics with a variety of mesh sizes. The elastomeric plastic is blue coloured and can be optically detected in finished products. NOVABLUE is also fat-, enzyme- and temperature-resistant and its optimised weight reduces wear on sieve fabrics, to ensure products remain in peak condition with minimal wear.

Optical Fluting Test 2.0 by Balaguer Rolls

This second generation of Balaguer Rolls’ Optical Fluting Test is a refined version of their previous 2016 model, launched now in January 2019 with a host of new features and improvements. The Optical Fluting Test 2.0 has been designed specifically to help measure and check roll profiles. This new rendition of the device is 30 percent smaller and 70 percent lighter than the 2016 model.

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OLCC Cracking Mill by Bühler

Bühler’s OLCC Cracking Mill is designed for oilseeds, extraction meal grinding and multistage grinding applications for both food and feed. The OLCC Cracking Mill is easy to operate and has removable service doors, integrated sampling gates, electronic roller gap adjustment, strong magnets and much more. Rolls take only two hours to replace, reducing downtime considerably by simply disconnecting the roller shell from its shafts.

Pegasus Wingdoor Mixer by Dinnissen

The new Pegasus Wingdoor Mixer by Dinnissen has implemented their innovative wingdoor technology, to ensure better access to the inside of the mixer. This ensures that the hygienic demands of the mixer can be carried out, as access to the internals is both easy and hassle-free. The quick-action locks, combined with safety interlocks, also create a safe and ergonomic environment.

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Particle Size Measurement DYTA by Bühler

This online solution uses optical sensors to analyse samples of particles sized between 10-5,000μm. Other parameters are also evaluated by Bühler’s PSM, such as the specific characteristic (d10, d50, d90) with a standard deviation of d50 of ≤ 2.5 percent. The PSM ensures a better use of raw materials, a higher Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) and increased stability of pellets due to less wear.


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Diorit Roller Mill MDDY and MDDZ Series by Bühler

OptoSelector 901t by Petkus

The Petkus OptoSelector 901t is their latest innovation in sorting technology, consisting of a combination of RGB and unique light transmission technology to ensure the most efficient sorting available. Developed in January 2018, the OptoSelector 901t works through a special lighting system, exact focussing and perfect homogenisation of light.

The Diorit MDDY and MDDZ series are the first roller mills that can be operated via a smartphone and tablet, all parameters visible and easily accessible on an intuitive touchscreen device. As an option, the roller mill can also come with a touchscreen installed. The grinding door in this solution has also been enlarged, offering easier product sampling, whilst the design has emphasised complete ease of use.

Ocrim’s Titanium Rollers

LumoVision by Bühler

Bühler’s LumoVision technology reduces the risk of aflatoxin contamination, whilst also reducing food waste and business risk. The solution effectively targets contaminated grain and has proven reductions of up to 90 percent, with a yield loss of less than five percent. Contaminations are removed carefully and efficiently, ensuring your products are safe and responsibly monitored.

Ocrim’s new titanium-coated rolls (which Milling and Grain also featured an article on in our November 2018 issue) bring a whole host of innovative new features to the roller market. The titanium-coating ensures a much longer life-span of each roll, whilst the chilled-iron cast alloy, with varying hardness dependent on customer specifications, maintains its characteristics for much longer than the average roll. The titanium coating is applied via Plasma Assisted Chemical Vapour Decomposition (PACVD), which ensures the best possible results.

Dynamic Angular Positioning System (DAPS) by Selis

PreMa – Intelligent Plant Monitoring by Bühler

PreMa assists users in monitoring the health status of the four primary machine types in a silo plant: filters, elevators, cleaning machines and the chain conveyors. The PreMa also monitors the temperature and condition of the raw materials stored, so users can estimate if and where crop damage could possibly occur and analyse how to best prevent this.

Selis’ unique Dynamic Singular Positioning System is a solution that the company have integrated into many of their machines, to resolve issues and maintain smooth roll passages. Through using the DAPS system, cylinders in roller mills are grounded evenly. Straight grounded cylinders will also not press each other evenly after thermos expansion occurs. This benefits users as it minimises wear on rolls and ensures your product lasts significantly longer.

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The animal feed and nutrition awards THE SHORT LIST

As well as organising and hosting the GRAPAS Innovations Awards and Conference, this year the Milling and Grain team are also presenting the Animal Feed & Nutrition Awards, a yearly awards ceremony for the best new feed technologies created in 2018/9.

Split-Grinding by Van Aarsen

This innovative solution by Van Aarsen helps optimise the nutritional value of feed by splitting a batch of raw materials into two sub-batches, which are then dosed and grinded separately, before then being processed together. This can be implemented into mills with only a minimal investment required and instantly boasts brilliant results.

Particle Size Measurement DYTA by Bühler

Also a contender for the Feed & Nutrition Awards, as well as the GRAPAS Innovations Awards, is Bühler’s PSM. With its enhanced analysis skills and rapid results time, the PSM is perfect for any user’s requirements.

Hot Start Steam Mixer by Van Aarsen

This innovation by Van Aarsen helps to refine and improve the conditioning process by guaranteeing an accurate heat treatment process. By injecting dry steam, starch gelatinisation is induced within a short period of time.

Mobile Decontamination Plant by EFS Holland BV

EFS Holland’s latest innovation serves as a great solution for the bacteriological control of feed and raw materials. The Mobile Decontamination Unit enables users to purify their materials from anywhere, with its portable format ensuring ease of use. This innovation effectively breaks the cycle of decontamination and recontamination.

OLCC Cracking Mill by Bühler

The OLCC Cracking Mill has also been entered into the Animal Feed & Nutrition Awards, as well as the GRAPAS Innovations Awards, as it also faithfully serves the feed industry with its prime crushing and grinding abilities.

SWFL170 Vertical Pulveriser by Famsun

Electric Dryer by Geelen Counterflow

This dryer by Geelen Counterflow uses heat-exchangers to recover an impressive up to 65 percent of energy and water from the dryer’s exhaust. In this way, the dryer can run 100 percent in electricity, rather than natural gas, eliminating CO2 emissions. 52 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

This solution, manufactured and marketed by Famsun, is designed for refined particle size reduction in feed production. The SWFL170 utilises Famsun’s latest multi-strike toothed beater and wave-shape interlaced liner with alloy-enhanced blade for optimal results. The results with these innovations are that it only takes between one-third and one-fifth of the time to break a grain.

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by Roger Gilbert, Publisher, Milling and Grain ote to self: Stop working for myself but work for the market. Stop turning inwards and confront the market. Face the competition. Start from this point each day.

That’s the philosophy of Nicola Reffo who goes on to say that successful companies in the Western world will have a positive and disproportionate impact on the livelihoods of those in poorer, transitional countries if they can “stay connected to the market.” “The challenge for us in the West is to stay attached to the train so to speak, even although major crises occur we must keep our optimism that things will be better in the future.” This does not sound like the approach of a major engineering company serving the animal feed industry, and which is one of just a handful of companies feed manufacturers rely upon for their pellet press rolls and dies. However, Nicola Reffo, a third-generation senior manager at La Meccanica in Cittadella, Italy is bringing another dimension to the running of the family business. “Engineering has been traditional in our family, but I wanted to do something different so I went to university to study economics.” When asked if that is an advantage in an engineering company, he says “Yes, it is. Especially when you have to consider the products you produce from the customers point-of-view and doubly so when your company relies heavily on the international market,” he says. 54 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

“The international side of our business is extremely important to us. 75-to-80 percent of our turnover is from the international market. This has always been so. We felt the need to step outside Italy right from the beginning.” And that beginning was in 1961 when his grandfather, an engineer, formed the company in Cittadella, some 60km north-west of Venice. This company provided international services to the feed milling sector from the start. Its original factory is still providing those services to its international customers, while in the early 1970s a new factory was built which Milling and Grain visited in December last year. Today, the company’s production is divided between three operation centres in and around Cittadella. The original site which is its smallest and is its ‘international service centre’ and was home to the original factory in 1961. In the early 1970s, the company build a new production unit on the southern outskirts of Cittadella which today does all its die and roll production in addition to equipment manufacturer and assembly. Across the road from this main production faculty is the factory and service centre for the company’s Italian market. Rolls and dies “The building we are in is over 40 years old and has become a little restrictive for the flow of materials and efficient production,” says Mr Reffo, who is one of the company’s export managers. However, what is being produced inside this neatly kept exterior would amaze you! “It is largely two block building connected by a large corridor. It would be better to have a complete square

F building for our operation today.” There’s a number of automated drilling enclosures, grinding and cutting machines that work automatically along with 12 drilling stations of varying sizes and drilling heads. “Dies account for just over one-third of La Meccanica’s turnover,” says Mr Reffo who showed us around the factory. A further third of the business is generated through rolls, spare parts, service and after-sales contracts within Italy and abroad, while the final third is accounted for through machinery and equipment sales. The company produces a range of feed manufacturing equipment from pellet presses, vibration sifters, crumbles, ribbon and paddle mixers, counter-flow coolers and hammer mills to name just a few. It also provides equipment for heavy oil extraction processes, from vegetable sources, and wood chip and biomass compaction. While margins on die manufacturing for this Italian company and for all manufacturers, are modest the quality of its dies and rolls remain high, sourcing the best Italian steel and using precision engineering equipment to produce a comprehensive range of dies and rolls. La Meccanica is one of just and handful of international suppliers of dies and rolls to the feed industry and an attention to quality and detail sits it among the top two or three companies globally. “We are supplying some 2,500 dies per year and we have a capacity to produce just under 3,000. We don’t make rolls and dies just for our own pellet presses, which range from 200-1000mm in diameter, but also for almost every other pellet press in the market. Nor, when it comes to dies, do we work for the ‘warehouse’. We work on pure orders,” he adds. Based on this strategy of supply to meet actual demand, the company has to work very closely with it customers in order to be in a position to meet their refurbishing needs and any additional demands for dies in a timely manner. The companies of the group – its mother firm, Italian after-sale, foreign after sale - have just under 100 employees; 60 employees excluding apprenticeships in manufacturing and the rest in the Italian and International

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F sales department, technical office, accounting department and after-sales teams. It exports to close to 60 countries and has 35 agents and distributors. Pellet presses “In 1954, the year my father was born, a farmer cooperative in Cittadella installed the first pellet press here - a Spout Waldron. Some of Italy’s largest feed producers started about that time and La Meccanica has worked with them ever since and continues today.” To give an idea of how significant this company is its own right regarding equipment manufacturer, La Meccanica has sold over 300 pellet presses to Germany alone, and more than 1800 overall. Its markets stretch from the UK right across Europe and North Africa to the Balkans and to Russia and Ukraine. It is in North America and in Asia including Japan, South Korea and The Philippines. “For example in Central and Easter Europe we can supply spares, service and dies overnight.” However, pellet presses produce by the company can also meet the needs of the wood and biomass processing sectors. “When it comes to pelleting, it’s in many ways a similar technology only a simpler process,” says Mr Reffo. Where are the future markets likely to be we asked him? South East Asia including Malaysia and The Philippines, North Africa and Egypt in particular, where the company has already installed over 60 presses, and Eastern Africa and Nigeria, he says. “Its where the populations are growing strongest and where poultry is well established but pelleting technology is not fully understood in terms of the benefits it brings. But developing a market is not just about global trends, it’s about people and this also means having the right people in the right areas,” he adds. New developments La Meccanica is in the process of establishing a range of ‘LM’ machinery - that’s not LM for La Meccanica but to give it its full title ‘low maintenance’ machines, the first of which in the ‘CLM 630 Experience’ recently disclosed at EuroTier 2018. These are pellet presses that will exploit the Industry 4.0 automation and data exchange technologies to its fullest, assisting the operators in knowing the exact performances they are getting and what they need in order to do better, while at the same time making easier for them to send feedback to La Meccanica’s headquarters. “The closer our relationship is to the client; the better service we can provide the more success we have achieved. We still retro-fit and upgrade existing presses. Upgrading older presses can ultimately cost less than half the price of a new one for the same output,” he adds. The smallest pellet presses with a 200mm die are build and sold for test purposes in the USA, Germany and Italy, among others. However, it is the 520-630mm dies and their respective pellet presses that forms the basis of the business. On these machines, with a 220kW motor driving the press and processing properly conditioned poultry rations, outputs of up to 18 tonnes-per-hour can be achieved. Depending on cattle feed formulations, with larger die holes, the machine can achieve 12 tonnes per hour. The company works together with several branches 56 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

of Padua University and other higher education centres to further its technical training and to assist with design improvements. In fact, its EuroTier 2018 stand demonstrated a model of pellet press which was produced under this collaboration between a design school and company. The company offers training in die handling and pellet press operation in addition to other training options. It focuses on different topics that engineers are interested in including health and safety, fire safety, lubrication and bearing maintenance. The courses are open to all.

The production facility has 10,000 square meters of covered area in the main facility. The company has three high-temperature heat treatment units to harden dies. The dies remain inside the units for up to 14 hours



Future-proofing a tradition

New grain collection point together with Bühler, Moser Agrar and Baufachzentrum, Germany

griculture has a long, valued tradition in Bavaria. The region surrounding Ingolstadt especially is known for grain farming and trade thanks to its fertile soil. Moser Agrar & Baufachzentrum has been an integral part of this business for 60 years. Together with Bühler, the company set up a new collection point in Großmehring near Ingolstadt. When the harvest season is in full swing, tractors with trailers take turns with trucks every few minutes. Moser Agrar & Baufachzentrum can accept 350 tonnes of grains-per-hour at its collection point – by truck, but also by train thanks to the on-site rail connection. “This is twice the capacity compared with our old system in town”, says Thomas Goldbrunner, Plant Manager.

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We had to find a place for everything Mr Moser wanted from us. That meant maximum storage capacity,

procuring a new machine building with processing cells, the railway connection that Mr Moser really needs. All in all, not an easy task, but doable

-Hans-Peter Konrad, Area Sales Manager, Bühler

“For farmers, it’s convenient since they never have to wait long. Plus, the new location is situated much better for them – they no longer have to worm their way through city traffic to deliver their grains,” says Thomas Goldbrunner, Plant Manager of the new location at Interpark industrial park in Großmehring. Managing Director Georg Moser is visibly proud of his new system, “In terms of food safety and occupational safety, we’ve made major progress,” says the owner. In the old plant, dust 58 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

emissions gave employees and neighbours alike trouble. The decision to put up a new building was in the pipeline for several years. For Georg Moser, it was particularly important for the new system to be located near the old one, since he felt obligated to his suppliers as a longstanding partner to the regional farming industry. “Local farmers have been bringing their grain to us for decades. 90 percent of our suppliers come from here, and we maintain very close contact with them. Trust forms the foundation of our business,” states Georg Moser.

60 years of tradition

Established by his father in 1950 as a means for barter, the company was taken over by Georg Moser when he was 18 and has been gradually expanded ever since. Today, Moser Agrar & Baufachzentrum consists of three locations for grain intake as well as two locations for construction goods with a total of 70 employees. The main focus is on grains, which are separated and cleaned at the collection points, dried when necessary, and then sold to international customers. The company also deals in plant protection, fertiliser and fodder, as well as seeds. Georg Moser purchased a property at Interpark in Großmehring that is easily accessible to farmers, located near a highway and even featuring a rail connection. Plus, the location in Riedenburg is also connected to the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal, enabling navigation both to the north and south. Georg Moser says, “We don’t know how logistics will change in the years to come. This is why it was important for us to offer access for both trucks and trains.” After realising several successful projects together, Moser chose Bühler as its supplier and partner for constructing the new system. The handshake was followed by the go-ahead – and lots of pressure. After all, the system was supposed to go online in just 13 months. Developing the premises also turned out to be another challenge. Today, the seven steel silos with a total storage capacity of 16,200 tonnes can be seen from miles away. The machine

F “We have known some of the employees for over 30 years. We know what they are capable of. One more plus was that as a full-range provider, Bühler offers us end-to-end services from planning, to machine delivery, silo delivery, hall filling down to assembly” - George Moser, Owner

the right choice investing in a new building here at Interpark, “We have good machines with equally good performance and quality,” says the Managing Director. “Besides, Bühler service can supply us with spare parts fast from its Beilngries location, which is another huge advantage for us.”


building shoots up right in the middle, offering space for 15 separate processing cells, a dedusting system, sieve cleaning system, a grader and a flow scale. After pre-cleaning, the batches that are too wet go through the dryer, keeping pace with the fast throughput thanks to its capacity of 10 tonnes per hour. All Moser processing equipment, thanks to Bühler, is now also state-of-the-art. And they can offer their customers first-class quality goods. “The more you pre-clean the grain, the easier it is to process it later on. In the end, everyone wants the most clean food possible,” states Thomas Goldbrunner. The manager is convinced that working in the new plant is a major step forward for everyone. He is especially proud of the new drying system. Georg Moser is also confident that he made

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Roger Gilbert - publisher of Milling and Grain

heads to Italy to visit one of the oldest, familyowned flour mills on record - anywhere.

Traditional milling

down through the ages Molino Naldoni Flour Mills

he writing was on the wall! It clearly stated the company was formed in 1800. The full-wall image proclaimed the formation of this long-established Italian miller on Via Pana at Faenza, just south of Imola, in Northern Italy – was 1800, making it over 200 years in the hands of one family, the Naldoni family. That’s what brother’s Alberto and Walter Naldoni and their cousin Piero Naldoni believed when they did a brand re-launch and the opening of the milling site for the new Molino Naldoni Flour Mills. However, the truth is much different. At the launch, local historians informed the company that it has found documentation that dated the company cooperation in milling from 1705, making this family company over 300-years-old and yet still in the hands of one family. This must be one of the oldest, family-owned flour mills on record anywhere. Local historians had researched the family’s milling operations back to water mills in the area to 1705. “A lot of people have asked about this difference since then,” says the company’s General Manager Alberto Naldoni, with a smile. It was Alberto and Pier’s fathers who took over the milling operation of the main mill in 1954 and introduced roller mills to the family business the first time. It is their picture on the wall of the company’s board room on the new Faenza site. That mill is situated some 13km from the new mill at Faenza. The original 1954 mill, with its eight-stages of rolls, was built by a local company and produced 15 tonnes of flour per day. It replaced the original stone mill of 1800 which had itself been modernised in 1935. Some 13 years later, in 1977, the company expanded again and installed a 16-stage roller mill to produce 45 tonnes per day. This time the milling equipment and build was carried out by Golfetto Sangati of Quinto de Treviso. It was not long before this mill had reached capacity and was being run “24-seven.” By 1999 it had to be expanded, this time adding a cleaning section and taking the mill up to 150 tonnes per day. The modernised mill of 1999 is still operating and it too reached capacity some five years ago and today is working 24 hours-per-day and seven-days-per-week. Alberto is quick to point out that the mill is only stopped once per year in May for two or three days for cleaning purposes. The 1999 mill is operating according to organic standards and over the past four years has been using heat-treatment as a cleaning measure for various mill sections, rather than using chemicals or fumigants. “We are heat-treating processing equipment at 55°C for 48 hours, which protects but does not damage product quality while maintaining our organic accreditation,” he adds.

The new Faenza mill

The company purchased the new site for its Faenza mill in 2013. “It had proved difficult to find the right location,” says Alberto. “Previously, this was a ceramics production facility of 20,000 square metres. We had to dismantle buildings and restore the area before we could begin construction of our mill. Clearing the site was a major task. It was an abandoned area that was industry related and had not been used in food production,” he adds. The land’s location is right next to the A14 Autostrade Adriatica highway and gives them excellent transport connects for both wheat raw materials coming onto the site by truck and product dispatched to retail. 60 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

F The mill, which was commissioned last month, was constructed in three separate and distinct steps, he says. The first was logistics that included the 700-square metre packaging area and 2,500-square metre warehouse, mill office and company’s main offices which were completed early. The packaging area was being used as warehousing and distribution for flour coming from its existing mill some 13km away and utilised the location to the A14 for distribution of product throughout the region. The second step was to accommodate incoming wheat and the construction of silos and unloading bays for receiving vehicles. A bank of silos contain five 650-tonnes silos and five 320-tonnes bins, are all provided by Technobins of Reggio Emilia Province in Italy. The third and final step is the construction of the 3100 square metre mill itself spread over four stories and supplied and built by Pavan-Golfetto Sangati. When Milling and Grain visited in the week leading up to Christmas 2018, the outside cladding was being applied to the bank of silos at the front of the mill while the mill itself had been equipped by Pavan-Golfetto Sangati which is now part of the worldwide GEA group. “We would have built the mill over a three-to-four year period but with the support of the local government and new orders coming in for their increased range of organic flours - some 60 different varieties in total are manufactured by the company - meant we could start construction earlier than originally planned. “In this market it is important to diversify your product range. It’s not just about total capacity and it’s important to be flexible in your production as possible. We will add smaller silos to maintain a greater range of products.” The new mill will produce 250 tonnes per day based on 24 hours processing soft wheats and complement the existing mill, while at the same time relieving pressure and introducing a wider range of products. “From a single source of wheat we can obtain at least 30 different grades of flour.” Mr Naldoni is very proud to says that his family’s company is one example of a miller who doesn’t have to use enzymes or chemicals to create different types of flours. “Using enzymes can help you to produce a complete range of flours from all types of cereals, however, this company can produce the full range without using them,” he adds.

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F The grain in the mill’s silos are turned around within 15 days of reception and there is no difficulty in purchasing and receiving grains. “There’s a lot of wheat production in this region and particularly within 50km of the factory. The port is only 40km away for when we need imported grains.” In 2017, the company used 76 percent of its wheat grown in Italy and within a 100km radius of the mill. Of that, 36 percent came from within 10km of the mill. “We are using local and national grain with imports of Romanian grain to make up the difference. Our main variety is Freekeh, which is an artisan grain and is very local to us and which helps to differentiate our products. We can trace our product from the farm to the retailer and we contract some farmers to provide us on a long-term basis”, he adds. He says other mills are following their example with one competitor switching from imported grains to locally produced grains. “The performance of soft grain is quite unique,” he says with protein levels of 12 percent or ranging between 13-14 percent. “Imported American wheat can have protein levels up to 15.5 percent,” he adds, saying that “price differences per tonne is not that great now.” The basic price of locally-produced grain is in the order of US $220/tonne while imported grains can sell for US $262/tonne. “The idea was our investment is to increase the variety and not the capacity of production.” The new mill was commissioned in February this year. While Alberto Naldoni is the company’s general manger, brother Walter is head of sales and cousin Piero Naldoni is head miller.

The old mill

The plan is not to close the old mill but to convert it and maintain it to produce all-organic flours from organic grain only and to be used for two or three days per week to research and develop new flours. That will result in the launch of a new brand of flours and a concept for the Milan market later in the year. There are internal discussion about installing a three-tonne stone milling operation which would produce just 110kg/hour, which was a speciality of their parents’ era and dates further back to the 13th Century in the area, would provide discerning customers with a unique flour product. The long history of the Molino Naldoni Milling Company encouraged the cousins to consider restoring the old mill to its former glory for stone milling with the view of a new brand and product range for consumers. “There are requests from bread makers for us to provide flours so they can produce speciality lines of bread. But this is not easy to achieve,” he adds.

Maintaining quality

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Today, the samples are checked not only for all the standard contract terms and conditions, but also for evidence of heattreatment, which can change the organoleptic quality of the wheat and the resulting flours. Before accepting a sample it is taken to the laboratory where three technicians - all graduates in food sciences - carry out NIR and lab-scale mill testing on a Perten machine to check the main parameters. It also receives a warranty the wheat comes from the same farms off the same fields and that results in a wheat with a specific analysis that produces the flours its wants from lab-scale mills. Only then does the wheat go into the silos. The company has a colour sorter from Cimbria, which has its factory not far north on the A14 from the mill, to remove any impurities after initial screening and cleaning. Machines within the new plant that deserves mention are: The new Golfetto Sangati Semolina HP55, which has evolved from the proven the HP55, and has innovative features that place it at the top of its category for accuracy in semolina classification, extraction efficiency, productive capacity and functional efficiency. By configuring the purifier to have four rows of superimposed sieves, each composed of three sieves, the separation efficiency of the semolina flour is considerably more precise. Furthermore, the purification surface of the HP55 has been increased by 10 percent due to utilising 550mm square sieves. This allows the overall footprint of the machine to be reduced by 12 percent. To maximise the purification efficiency of the Semolina, there are four air-flow adjustment points per sieve length on the Semolina HP55 which enables the miller to precisely control the air flow and maximise the performance based on the current mill operating conditions. The TPA horizontal huller for intensive grain cleaning both in the initial process with dry grain and before the B1 phase with wet grain, ensuring a high quality of the finished product Criticality, in the design phase and the placement of the mill within an existing building, there were no manoeuvring plan - the manoeuvring plan in this case related to the purifiers - by the miller’s choice and therefore had to be adapted.

The market

The main market for the company’s range of flours is just 150km radius from the mill, combined with export orders from food service companies. Some 10 percent of production is sold abroad and some goes as far as Australia. Much of the flour is used in pizzas, pasta and pastry products. In addition, it produces bread flours, organic flours, semolina, Padina flour, retail flour and stone-ground flours. The company turnover is over 18 million Euros per annum with over a million Euros coming from its all-organic range of products by producing some 40 million kgs of flour with the goal of reaching over 20 million Euro once the new mill is in full production. The company employs just 21 staff.


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Diagnostics to avoid equipment failures by Edward LaPreze CMRT, Sales/Marketing, Pepper Maintenance, USA epper Maintenance Systems, Inc was founded in 1998 by Randall Springer and Keith Schmidtgall. Randy had worked in the grain industry through farming and in grain elevators. Keith owned an industrial electrical company that had serviced the grain industry for many years. Their goal at the time was to bring infrared inspection services to an industry with great need. Over the years, Pepper MaintenanceÂŽ has grown from an infrared provider into a full-service reliability company. The team focusses on grain related industries such as elevators, feed mills and flour mills as their primary clientele. Technologies have advanced and new services have been added through the years to round out the options for their clients and to more completely inspect assets. Not all tools are a right fit for clients. Each client can use any one or all of the tools offered. Building the right programme for each facility is essential to creating a program that works. Reliability maintenance is about finding faults before they become a major failure. Early detection allows for repairs to be performed during planned downtime. Increasing reliability and efficiency in a facility will reduce costs and increase production without capital expense. Reliability services currently provided by Pepper MaintenanceÂŽ include infrared inspections, vibration analysis, ultrasound, motor circuit analysis and motion amplification.

Infrared inspections

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F offering mechanical inspections as well as electrical. By analysing heat flow in mechanical assets, technicians identify abnormalities. Infrared inspections on electrical systems can detect resistance in connections. Bad connections cause a loss of electrical energy that is already paid for and not used. This lost energy is converted to heat and not used at the motor. There is no other way to identify the source of these electrical resistance connections. Pepper’s technicians are adept at heat flow analysis needed to identify problems in mechanical and electrical systems.

Vibration analysis

Vibration analysis gets to the heart of mechanical issues. This technology has the ability to identify many different mechanical faults early in their development. Readings taken directly from each asset are sent to the analysis department. Faults such as: misalignment, imbalance, bearing faults, gear mesh problems, bent shafts and other issues can be identified. Finding any of these issues will allow a facility to plan their downtime and make repairs before they actually fail. Issues are often found many months and sometimes years before a failure takes the machine down. With plenty of warning time to make repairs, unplanned downtime can be minimised.

Ultrasound analysis

Ultrasound is a great tool to detect failures in slow speed bearings, leak detection and safety when inspecting electrical rooms. It is difficult to predict failures in slow speed bearings using other tools. Ultrasound allows us to listen to the bearings and detect low impact faults. Identifying defects early is the key to reliability. Leak detection has one of the highest ROI of their services. Finding and repairing leaks in compressed air, steam and other systems can save a lot of money. One small leak in a compressed air system can save thousands of dollars a year. That dollar loss grows substantially with steam systems.

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F with MCA. With the high efficiency motors is use today, knowing of any issues that could compromise value and health is important. Motor testing is quick, taking only three-tofive minutes initially, and identifies issues that could affect the efficiency or operation long term.

Motion amplification

Motion amplification is a video technology that has taken the world by storm. This technology has only been developed for a few years but is opening our eyes to conditions that we knew were there but could not prove and help our clients understand these issues. A short video is taken of an asset and any motion that is there, is amplified. We can then see the dynamics of how equipment is working and many deficiencies that may be present. Specific frequencies can be enhanced or isolated to identify the root cause of a problem. Improper support, misalignment, flexing of parts can all be visualized through motion amplification. This technology can

be used on structures, rotating equipment and other equipment. Motion amplification can be used for problem assets, one that has had chronic problems, or for the verification of new installations to ensure it is ready to perform as planned.

Precision Laser Alignment

Precision Laser Alignment was added to meet a need that was lacking in our industry. Using vibration analysis, we noticed a lot of misalignment in the equipment we inspect. Our clients were having difficulty finding providers that could perform alignments. Precision alignment of both shaft and sheave units was an opportunity to fill this need. Misalignment will use more electricity and cause unnecessary wear and tear. Ensuring that belt drive sheaves are in plane and belt tensions are correct, give each unit the best start to perform as designed. Shaft alignment is even more critical. It is very important for the life and efficiency of equipment that units be aligned properly. Some manufacturers require alignment to be performed.

Planning for reliability

Reliability maintenance tools are a part of preventative maintenance programmes. They are used for the early detection and planning of repairs to prevent failures during operation. Failures do not occur when facilities are slow. They occur when we are pressed for time and busy. Finding these failures early and preventing unplanned downtime is Pepper Maintenance’s primary goal. Reducing cost of electrical usage and the additional damage of a failure is a significant benefit as well. Working as a team with management, operations and maintenance together will improve the overall success and improve the reliability of each facility.

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Bühler opens its CUBIC innovation campus

fter a construction period of 20 months and an investment of about CHF50 million (US$49 million), the Bühler Group officially opened its CUBIC innovation campus in mid-June with eight Application Centers. “We are with this driving forward our strategy of innovation, training, and development,” says Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group. “Together with our customers, partners from industry and science, academia, and start-ups, we are using the CUBIC to conduct research into new and sustainable solutions that we can apply to successful business ventures. And, we are taking a step forward here in providing modern training and development,” he adds. The global challenges associated with nutrition and mobility are becoming increasingly urgent. How can we sustainably feed and provide mobility for a population of nearly 10 billion in 2050? Addressing these issues and responding to them with sustainable, commercially attractive solutions is the goal of the innovation campus. “This is our contribution to transforming the urgent global challenges of our time into solid business solutions together with customers, partners, academia and start-ups,” says Mr Scheiber. “In this campus, we are also promoting new professional skills and competencies, modern learning and working methods, and collaborating with our partners.” Every year, the company invests a sum in the three-digit millions in research and development. In 2018, this amounted to CHF145 million (US$143) or 4.4 percent of turnover. The three-story CUBIC is designed to accommodate up to 300 people and is, in itself, a model of sustainability and innovation. The building uses 15 percent less energy than comparable structures of its size.

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Its smart electrochromic glass facade was coated on equipment from Bühler Leybold Optics. This enables Bühler to slash energy consumption for heating and air-conditioning by as much as 50 percent. Building sensors measure carbon dioxide levels, air humidity, temperature and flow of people to continuously fine-tune the functionality and energy consumption of the CUBIC. On the basis of this smart building concept, Bühler expects to be able to sustainably optimise the operation of the building. The CUBIC complies with the sustainability standards of Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design), which certified the structure by awarding it a gold rating.

The bridge that links

In terms of its design concept, the new innovation campus is integrated into the Bühler site in Uzwil as the bridge that links the development, engineering and design teams with the modernised Application Centers and the factory. This enables the company to develop solutions together with customers, start-ups and industry and research partners up to the point of market maturity with much higher speed and efficiency. The CUBIC represents “Innovations for a better world” and it focuses on promoting new training and development methods. Among other things, it embraces the dual education system of Switzerland, housing apprentices and academics, as well as youth and experience. “The CUBIC campus will become the epicenter of our collaborative ecosystem,” says CTO Ian Roberts. “It embodies our innovation spirit and culture, where we will inspire, discuss, understand and derive actions that will support us as an industry to create more sustainable value chains, while contributing to addressing the burning environmental and societal challenges of our time.”

Shorter time to market

Vital elements of the new innovation campus are its eight modernised Application Centers. The ideas of customers and prototypes will be tested here, where they are refined up to the



point of market maturity. For example, in the Pasta Application Center the latest pasta is being developed, such as high-protein pasta containing flour from pulses or products with a proportion of microalgae. The Grain Technology Center, at 3000 square meters, is the world’s largest Grain Milling Application Center. It also has its own analytics laboratory. Among other things, the Nutrition Application Center develops textured vegetable proteins –alternatives for the growing number of flexitarians. Together with customers, the Bakery Innovation Center develops wholesome, fresh bakery products. In the Chocolate Application Center, new flavors and novel processes for cocoa-based products are tested. In the Coffee Application Center, customers test low-energy roasting processes to develop new taste variants. The CUBIC and the Application Centers will be presented to Bühler’s partners from industry and academia on the occasion of the Bühler Networking Days 2019. On August 26 and 27, 2019, Bühler expects to welcome nearly 800 guests from process industries around the world to this event.

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Real-time protein monitoring

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by Philip Clancy, Next Instruments, Australia

ereal and oil seed crops including wheat, barley, rice, corn, canola and soybeans make up more than 80 percent of the world’s grain production, i.e., 2,513 million metric tonnes in 2017. It has been forecast that the world will need to increase the production of grains and oilseeds by 30 percent by 2050 in order to feed the nine billion people that will inhabit the planet.

However, there is not an additional amount of arable land to meet this demand. As such farmers, agronomists, agricultural scientists and governments are faced with the challenge of producing 30 percent more through better technology. A major tool available to the agriculture eco system to achieve this task is precision agriculture (PA). The US Department of Agriculture defines of precision agriculture as:“ a management system that is information and technology based, is site specific and uses one or more of the following sources of data: soils, crops, nutrients, pests, moisture, or yield, for optimum profitability, sustainability,

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and protection of the environment (adapted from Precision Ag. 2003).� Since 2008, there has been approximately a 10 percent increase in production shown in the following plot of annual gross grain production. So what is the next big step in PA that will sustain this growth rate? This article describes the missing piece of the PA puzzle: Protein monitoring, as the next big PA technology improvement. History of PA The history of precision agriculture goes back to 1990 when GPS became available for public use. Since then the major technology milestones include yield monitors, autosteering, controlled traffic, touch screen computers and moisture sensors. (See Figure one). The end game for precision agriculture is variable rate fertilisation (VRF) applications for nutrients including nitrogen, sulphur, potassium and phosphorus, yet so few farmers have adopted VRF technologies. The most likely reason for the low uptake of VRF technologies is that there have been few examples of success that can be credited to PA. It could also be argued

F that farmers find it too complex to translate data taken from their PA tools and create VRF prescriptions to use on seeders, spreaders and sprayers. The next piece of the PA puzzle, i.e., On Combine NIR Analysis, offers a simple solution to the generation of VRF prescriptions based on using protein and yield maps to identify zones where plant growth and development has been limited by the amount of nutrients applied to the plants in the form of fertilizers. Description On Combine NIR Analysis is a technology whereby protein, moisture and oil in grains and oil seeds are measured in real time as the combine harvests the grain from the field. Proteins are composed of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur and oxygen. Specifically, proteins contain approximately 17.5 percent nitrogen and 3.5 percent sulphur by weight. As such, for every tonne of grain or oil seeds harvested from the field between 15 and 30kg of nitrogen and 3 and 7 kg of sulphur are removed from the soil in the form of protein in the seeds. Based on these relationships between protein and nitrogen and sulphur in the seeds, then the On Combine NIR Analyser provides a means of measuring nitrogen and sulphur availability and uptake across the field. Moisture is the major factor that influences plant growth and development, however, nitrogen is the most important nutrient that is required by plants in order to fully grow and produce seeds. Figure two shows the growth stages of cereal crops such as wheat and barley. Nitrogen is required at all stages of the plant growth cycle and the majority of

the nitrogen is taken up during the stem elongation and leaf formation stages. However, soil nitrogen is critical at the emergence stage because the plant needs nitrogen for tiller production. The number of tillers should be between six and eight in a healthy plant. If there is insufficient nitrogen available in the soil at the tillering stage, then the plant will produce less tillers, i.e. between two-to-four. The number of tillers dictates the number of stems and, thereby, heads of grains. Once the plant reaches the stem elongation stage, then the plant cannot produce more tillers or stems. The yield potential is set by the number of tillers that grow to produce stems and heads, and no amount of nitrogen is going to increase the yield beyond what can be achieved through the available tillers. As the stems grow and leaves emerge nitrogen and sulphur are required in the process of photosynthesis to produce sugars which the plant needs to drive cell production and thereby biomass. The flowering stage is where the heads emerge and are pollinated. If there is insufficient nitrogen available at this stage the plant may


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abort some heads in order to ensure that whatever nitrogen is available will be used to see seeds grow and release. The last stage is the filling of the seeds. If there is enough nitrogen available, then the seeds will fully develop with starch and protein. If there is excess nitrogen, then the plant will direct the nitrogen towards producing protein. If there is enough water available throughout the growth and development stages then the yield and the protein will be determined by the availability and uptake of nutrients of which nitrogen is the most important. Protein/nitrogen/yield balance Protein is related to nitrogen as discussed above, however the relationship between protein and yield is not so obvious. In 2013, Greg McDonald and Peter Hooper from the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture wrote an article for the GRDC titled: ‘Nitrogen decisions – Guidelines and rules of thumb’. They referenced a paper written in 1963 by JS Russell for the Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture and Animal Husbandry where he “described the idea of using grain protein concentration to assess the likelihood of N responsiveness in wheat cropping systems. He suggested that yield responses were most likely when grain protein concentration was < 11.4 percent”. McDonald and Hooper went on to say, “Based on recent trial data, the general conclusion still appears valid: 100 percent of all trials where grain protein concentration of the unfertilised control was <8.5 percent were responsive to N and would have given yield response of 14kg/kg N. When grain protein concentration was >11.5 percent, only 32 percent of the trials were responsive to N and the mean yield response was zero”.

They concluded; “While this relationship can’t be used to make in-season N decisions it may be useful in helping to assess the degree of N stress during the previous season and making post-harvest assessments of N management strategies, which can help in future plantings.” Other scientists and agronomists have written about the relationship between protein content of the finished grain and the yield. Steve Larocque, Beyond Agronomy, Canada, publishes a newsletter that is read by more than 8000 precision farmers and agronomists around the world. Mr Larocque pointed out in his newsletter that there is a fine balance in applying nitrogen to a barley crop where the objective is to optimise the yield and restrict the protein to less than 13 percent. He states, “The hard part is finding the right nitrogen rate to produce maximum yield with a protein that falls below 13 percent but higher than 12 percent. When your malt protein is lower than 12.5 percent you know you’re leaving yield on the table. If you shoot too high you end up with high protein and no malt selection.” Mr Larocque referred to the balance as the “sweet spot” where the yield was optimised and the protein grade realised the highest crop payments. Thane Pringle, Independent Precision Agriculture, Yenda, NSW, explains how nitrogen is used by plants and how nitrogen is made available from the soil to the plants. He showed a plot (see figure three) of yield vs nitrogen fertiliser application vs protein content of the grain. Brill et al state in their original paper, “As the rate of N supply is increased, yield will generally increase to a maximum level, whereas protein may continue to increase with further N application. This is demonstrated by the results from a trial at Parkes in 2011, sown as part of the GRDCfunded Variety Specific Agronomy Project. “Wheat yield was responsive to N fertiliser but at a reducing rate where N was applied in 30 kg/ha increments. Yield was maximised with N application of 90 kg/ha. Protein increased linearly for each 30 kg/ha increment up to 120 kg/ha N. In this trial, yield appeared to be maximised at a grain protein concentration of 11.2 percent, a useful ‘rule of thumb’ in deciding whether a crop was yield limited by N.“ Professor Roger Sylvester-Bradley, UK, in a HGCW booklet titled Nitrogen for Winter Wheats—Management Guidelines, wrote, “Grain protein with optimum N for yield in feed varieties is consistently about 11 percent (1.9 percent N). Bread making varieties optimise for yield at around 12 percent protein and often need extra N to achieve a market specification of over 13 percent. Low grain protein – less than 10 percent for feed varieties – Indicates sub-optimal N use.” (See figure four). Protein/yield correlation Figure 5 shows four scenarios for the relationship between protein and yield. The possible explanations for these scenarios are: Low yield + low protein = Insufficient nitrogen throughout all growth stages Low yield + high protein = Insufficient nitrogen in the tillering stage but sufficient nitrogen in the flowering and filling stages. However, there may be some other issues limiting yield apart from nitrogen. High yield + low protein = Sufficient nitrogen in the tillering and stem elongation stages but insufficient nitrogen in the filling stages

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F High yield + high protein = Sufficient nitrogen throughout all growth stages. This is the “sweet spot” where there has been sufficient nitrogen available at the tillering stage as well as the flowering and filling stages. Based on these four scenarios, a field can be mapped by the correlation between protein and yield. Figure 6 shows the protein and yield maps for a wheat field from Broden Holland’s farm in Young NSW. Figure 7 shows the protein/ yield correlation map which plots the correlation between protein and yield within a 25m radius. The plot has four colours, i.e. blue: low yield/high protein, red: low yield/ low protein, green: high yield/high protein, yellow: high yield/low protein. The green areas in the correlation map are the “sweet spots”, i.e. high yield and high protein. However the red, blue and yellow areas have performed poorly. According to the experts referenced above, the yellow and red areas would most likely have responded to additional nitrogen fertiliser being added. Wherever the protein levels in the finished grain were below 11.5 percent, then the crop did not reach its full yield potential. For the following crop, 2017, the farmer applied a simple variable rate fertilisation strategy as follows: Protein < 11.5 percent = 120kg/ha Protein 11.5 – 12.5 percent = 80kg/ha Protein > 12.5 percent = 60kg/ha Figure 8 shows the protein and yield maps for the 2017 wheat crop. It can be seen that the majority of the crop had jumped a protein grade, i.e., APW to H2 and H2 to H1. The farmer calculated that the yield variation had been reduced by 40 percent across the field as compared with 2016, and that his yield was 0.4 tonnes/ha more than the local average. Based on the increase in protein payments and yield, the farmer reported that he made an additional US $2482 or $13.61/ha in this field alone through the use of the CropScan on combine analyser and the subsequent VRF strategy from the 2016 maps. Another example is from Leeton Ryan, Woomalang, Victoria, who fitted a CropScan 3000H Grain Analyser to

a CaseIH 8240 combine in the 2016. The 3000H records protein, moisture and oil, along with the longitude and latitude every 8-12 seconds as the combine strips the grain. The yield data was collected from an on board yield monitor. He also collected data for elevation which showed the undulating terrain on his farm. Figure 9 shows the various maps generated for this one wheat field. Based on the 2016 maps, Leeton determined three zones in the field whereby he could apply nitrogen in the form of urea at rates related to the amount of nitrogen removed from the field. Urea application (kg/ha) Blue zone: Protein < 10.5 = 80 kg Yellow zone: Protein < 11.5 = 60 kg Red zone: Protein < 13.0 = 40 kg Leeton’s objectives are to use this simple VRF strategy to top dress his fields so that he could increase the yield and protein payments. A third example is from Adam Gurr, Brandon, Manitoba, who installed a CropScan 3000H in 2017 onto his Claas Lexion combine. His soybean maps provide examples of how protein varies in crops other than cereals. Figure 10 shows maps for protein, yield, protein/yield correlation and a VFR prescription for nitrogen prescription based on these maps. The protein varied across this field from 20 percent to 37 percent with an average of 32 percent for the loads delivered to the local elevator. It is generally expected that soybeans will exhibit an inverse relation between Yield and Protein, i.e. the Dilution Theory. Figure 10, the yield/protein correlation map, shows areas in the field based on the correlation between protein and yield. The green and red areas do not follow the Dilution Theory. The yellow areas are where the yield was above the average for the field and the protein was less than the average. In the yellow areas, it is suggested that by increasing the nitrogen fertilisation rate would increase yield and protein. Discussion If the drawback for VRF technology lies in the complexity of the maps and the interpretation of the many layers of data, then on-the-go protein analysis using an On Combine NIR Analyser provides a very simple means for farmers and their agronomists to capture 20-30 percent yield improvements. The “low hanging fruit”, i.e., the first 20-30 percent yield improvements are not the end of the story. Protein plus yield tells the complete story as to the availability and uptake of nutrients including nitrogen, sulphur, potassium and phosphorus. The CropScan 3300H On Combine Analyser adds several layers of agronomic data that has been missing from the PA puzzle. Michael Eryes, Field Systems Australia, SA, states,“The Yield map correlates directly to soil performance and the protein map is a very good proxy for plant performance. The nitrogen data is what makes everything else fit together, i.e., productivity and performance. The On Combine Protein Analyser is a tool of exceptional value whose true value is only just starting to be well enough understood.”

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by Satake Corporation, Japan

atake Europe Ltd has recently completed refurbishment of its Showroom Testing and Demonstration facility. Housed within the Satake Europe Ltd regional headquarters in Stockport, England, the new facilities showcase Satake Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest equipment and associated technologies including optical colour sorting, cereal processing machinery and their associated laboratory equipment. Consisting of a static showroom display and pilot testing areas the new layout allows for customers to familiarise themselves with aspects of their products performance, as part of project evaluations, before purchase.

Pilot cereal test mill

The cereal test milling/debranning facility consists of several pilot scale machines which allows pre-processing of a large range of grains, seeds and pulses. In addition, test rollermilling and sifting can be undertaken. Offering its customers access to the expertise of their in-house

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mechanical and process engineers helps guarantee the validity of any test results obtained.

Showroom exhibits

Alongside its test plant is the newly finished showroom area. Display machinery allows the customer to interact with various samples from its machinery ranges and includes both Satake and Henry Simon equipment Current items on exhibit include: Satake Milling Polisher machine KB 80 - The Satake KB series of rice polishers are designed to minimise breakage of rice kernels whilst enhancing the product appearance by removing residual bran from the surface of the rice kernel. This residual bran absorbs moisture and helps microorganisms to develop. By removing this residual bran, the Satake KB gives rice a longer shelf life by lowering the chance of product microbial growth. Combination with other Satake milling equipment enables the KB 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application to wide varieties of rice and even to other grains such as maize. It is a staple machine of a modern rice mill, and in its newest design configuration gives


the miller a distinct advantage over older machinery The SGA Gravity Selector – This machine is designed to separate stones from incoming cereal product, creating a cleanproduct stream and a stream containing concentrated impurities. The concentrated impurity stream can then go to further cleaning equipment which the clean stream bypasses. Therefore, the downstream cleaning equipment does not need to be sized to handle 100 percent of the product. Compact dimensions and ease of cleaning can be appreciated on closer inspection in its showroom demonstration facility. The Henry Simon Bran Finisher – This bran finisher, which can be seen on display, is designed to gently separate the bran from the flour with high efficiency. By thoroughly cleaning the bran, this system recovers any flour which would otherwise be lost, thereby playing an extensive role in increasing extraction rate.

Henry Simon Rollermill HSMR - This is the latest design present from the Henry Simon brand and uses multiple control systems and sensors for precise and effective grinding operation for the wheat, maize (corn) and various grains. This is a new generation roller mill equipped with Advanced Sensor Technologies such as online Particle Size Measurement and main roll temperature sensors along with water cooling, enabling the miller to track the machine status in real time.

Optical sorting test / demonstration area

Occupying a substantial section of its large demonstration areas is the optical sorting pilot facility. To encourage full use of this facility, Satake offers a free of charge Sample Testing and Reporting Services – during which their optical sorting experts can run samples of customer’s product on Satake machines and


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by Rebecca Sherratt, Features Editor, Milling and Grain

he International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF) has recently published new guidance documents to ensure the continued and improved fair trade of sustainable and responsible feed ingredients. The aim of these new documents is to also ensure that feed ingredient suppliers can also facilitate the growing demand for more and more animal products being produced globally. The two documents were endorsed on March 14th in Bangkok, Thailand. The ICCF Steering Committee announced their pleasure to pass these documents, entitled ‘Stability Testing of Feed Ingredients’ and ‘Sub-Chronic Oral Toxicity Testing in Laboratory Animals’. After an initial drafting of the documents by experts from the authorities and the industry and a two-month public consultation ending end of January this year, it took two months for these documents to be finalised and approved. During the public consultation, comments were supplied by various stakeholders of the feed industry, ranging from academics and regulators, to ensure that these documents best reflect the most sensible, suitable and achievable goals for everybody involved in the industry.

Document one: Stability Testing of Feed Ingredients

The first document passed, entitled ‘The Stability Testing of Feed Ingredients’ is available to view online for free at the ICCF website. Several topics are discussed in the document, such as a clear explanation of the objective of stability testing of feed ingredients and general principles for properly design a stability study. It also provides more details on assessing different types of feed ingredients. Should a feed ingredient contain more than one active substance, stability should be assessed individually for each active substance. The stability of a feed ingredient should be tested all along the feed chain, using recognised and validated analytical methods. This document provides recommendations on how to assess the stability of a feed ingredient as produced, in premixtures, in feeds and in animal drinking water. The testing conditions should 80 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

F reflect the varied storage situations that the feed ingredient may be subject to. When testing the stability of a feed ingredient in premixtures or in feeds, the qualitative and quantitative composition of the premixture of the feed should be provided. In the case of liquid feed supplements, the ingredient stability should also be tested to ensure the ingredient is chemically and rheologically (in the case of suspensions) stable.

Who are the ICCF?

The ICCF was established in 2017 and primarily aim to develop and establish guidance documents that encompass and cover the recommendations for a safe and sustainable assessment of feed ingredients. Both new and old uses of feed ingredients are discussed, as well as the best ways to ensure the prosperous use of feed ingredients in the future. Despite the ICCF consisting only of members from certain countries such as the US, EU and Canada, its documents and jurisdictions are available for access globally, and the ICCF do this in the hope to help other countries decide their own suitable and sustainable ways to manage the regulations of feed ingredients. The ICCF are comprised of several regulators and various feed industry organisations, such as the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC), the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures (FEFANA) and the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF). The latest innovations in feed technology continue to help ensure that the industry can continue being safe, sustainable and efficient. As the global demand for protein only increases, these documents will hopefully help shape the future of animal feed into one that can be sustainably sourced for many years to come.

Document two: Sub-chronic Oral Toxicity Testing in Laboratory Animals

The second document passed, which is also freely accessible online, is the document entitled ‘Sub-chronic Oral Toxicity Testing in Laboratory Animals’. Protocols were updated to ensure the prioritised safety of animals being tested and so ethical standards are always thoroughly followed in guidance with good laboratory practices (GLPs). Lighting, humidity, diet, temperature and various other regulatory factors are discussed, with certain parameters recommended to be utilised during the toxicity tests. Test substances should be as controlled and monitored as possible, with the purity of the substance noted, as well as the names and qualities of each ingredient, mineral and component involved.

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by Marco Lara, Evonik, Brazil

he Brazilian feed market has come a long way over the past 30 years. The introduction of handling solutions for dry amino acids has meant producers can more accurately and efficiently dose dry micro-ingredients. This, in turn, helped reduce feed mill labour costs and improve product quality. By 2000, Brazil had become a major exporter of chicken meat, and, consequently, the capacity of feed mills significantly increased to meet this demand. The requirements for AMINOSys® – a handling and dosing solution for DL-Methionine in big bags for finished feed manufacturing for silos – grew considerably. In addition to saving labour costs, solutions like this enabled feed mills to free up storage space, which they could then use for other raw materials and also reduce the need for investment in storage.

Improved mixing

In addition to AMINOSys®, innovative supporting tools for feed mills, such as AMINOBatch® and AMINOBatch® WPT, were subsequently launched. Our customers use these tools to improve the mixing process in their mills; helping to significantly improve the quality of feed produced in Brazil. By the end of 2015, Evonik started manufacturing Biolys® at the plant in Castro, in the state of Paraná, which brought benefits not just to the lysine supply chain in Brazil, but also throughout Latin America.

Expanded service

Continuing in our committed quest to deliver excellence to feed manufacturers, we have also recently expanded our service package with the launch of the FeedManufacturing-Process Technology programme. The objective of this project is to disseminate excellence in feed manufacturing, and here we work closely with customers to identify and seize opportunities for improvement.

Expanded portfolio

Evonik expanded its portfolio with other amino acids with the launch of Biolys®, ThreAMINO® and TrypAMINO® around 2010. This, in turn, consolidated our position as the sole supplier of a complete package of industrial amino acids. We also started a project to upgrade existing installations with additional big-bag and silo modules. When the Biolys® plant started to operate at the end of 2015, many AMINOSys® units were installed to support the ramp-up with enhanced and dedicated handling solutions. As lysine is the first limiting amino acid in pig nutrition, we currently target pig feed mills with solutions tailored to the specific needs of this market segment. More than 20 percent of the pig feed market is supplied by premix manufacturers, 82 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

F which include much higher levels of amino acids in their products.

Robust systems

The AMINOSys® equipment is so robust that the systems initially installed in Brazil 20 years ago only required an upgrade in 2015. This upgrade was only made possible as a result of the presence and commitment of our qualified, motivated and dedicated staff, who met all the customers’ training needs, provided fast corrective maintenance and provided an annual preventive maintenance service. Although AMINOSys® has undergone considerable changes during the last 20 years, its general concept remains the same – a standardised global solution designed for the use of amino acids supplied in big bags or as full bulk. It does, however, have several unique features, such as a highly accurate dosing and weighing system and a vacuum conveying system to transport the product to the mixer. Most importantly, it also features dedicated and user-friendly control software, which includes an interface to the existing automation equipment in the feed mills. The AMINOSys® software was migrated from the original MS-DOS platform, which is still used in some mills, to a rocksolid Linux board support package. The Linux-based proprietary process-control system, LDx, features a state-of-the-art and userfriendly graphic user interface. This interface allows customers to monitor and record all process stages, thus supporting and complementing the feed mill’s traceability system. When customers need to weigh a batch of 260kg of Biolys®, they first dose and weigh a partial batch of 150kg – the maximum limit of the scale hopper. This partial batch is pneumatically conveyed to the waiting bin. Once this process is finished, a

second partial batch with the remaining 110kg is dosed, weighed and conveyed. Here, however, the dosing and conveying cycle of MetAMINO® and ThreAMINO® occurs in parallel. The new LDx control system aligned with an Evonik engineering solution enables this type of solution for high inclusion rates. In 2017, we celebrated the installation of AMINOSys® unit number 100 in Brazil. This number of systems allows us to meet the market demands in line with our goal of becoming the leading supplier of amino acids in Brazil. Also, considering the other 100 systems installed in Latin America including México, it is, of course, also our goal to become the leading supplier of amino acids in Latin America. There are many more benefits for customers which the upgrade from MS-DOS to the LDx control system brings, and which will allow them to operate with more flexibility and also handle more complex projects. Specifically, the upgrade enables: Weight of up to two scales with separate pneumatic conveying for each scale. This significantly improves productivity without compromising accuracy. This makes it possible to proceed with specific projects in Brazil which involve high amino acid inclusions due to large mixers and /or greater numbers of batches per hour; Database access online without interruption of production. The database is easy to export to spreadsheets and text editors; Access to the trouble-shooting table, resulting in a faster rate of problem solving and error resolution; Addition of products with inclusion rates greater than the size of the scale hopper (weighing bin); Access to the communication status with the client automation.


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On March 13th at VIV Asia, Bangkok, Milling & Grain magazine co-hosted the Build my Feedmill conference, in conjunction with VIV Asia. This two-hour conference informed attendees on the various processes that take place in a feed mill. Following the feed mill flowchart displayed up in the conference room, Milling & Grain and VIV systematically took attendees through every step of the feed production process, from weighing to drying, pelleting, automation and storage. Eleven expert speakers from a variety of feed machinery companies delivered ten-minute presentations on their role in the feed production process, to a full room of attendees. The talks were then followed by a question and answer session, in which the engaged audience members provided questions to each of the chosen speakers about the products and innovations. Automation







Intake and Conveying

Drying and Cooling

Feed Formulation

Intake and conveying by Mr Tyler Johnston, Lambton Conveyors

Weighing and dosing by Mr Marco Prati, PLP Liquid Systems

Storage by Mr John Bowes, Sukup Manufacturing

Grinding by Mr Olaf Nährig, Amandus Kahl

Mr Johnston kicked off Build my Feedmill with a discussion of the importance of using the correct conveying and bagging systems for the transportation of your raw materials. The advantages and disadvantages between different machinery, such as chain conveyors and screw feeders, was debated and the best designs to ensure minimal waste is created, also in a timely manner.

For the storage section, Mr Bowes mentioned that proper planning of your storage facility for your raw materials is one of the most important aspects of raw material handling, not just for feed, but also for food. Sukup specialise in the best feed storage solutions and Mr Bowes went into detail on past case studies Sukup had worked on and the various successful jobs the company have carried out for users.

Weighing and dosing by Mr Erik de Graaff, Van Aarsen

Van Aarsen joined Build my Feedmill to present about optimised accuracy and efficiency in relation to fine dosing. Mr de Graaff discussed the different requirements of small micro and precision ingredient dosing and the various challenges each of these solutions present to the mill worker. The combination of several individual dosing units allows producers to simultaneously weigh out several micro-ingredients, ensuring enhanced accuracy as well as speeding up the weighing and dosing process. 86 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

PLP Liquid Systems explored in-depth their various solutions to help with liquid applications, including their Dosamix system which weighs liquids pre-application and grants users high-quality and precise dosing. Post stress powder application (PSPA) was also discussed as an innovative technology to help avoid crosscontamination and bypass the risk of thermal stress.

Mr Nährig introduced the audience to the various benefits of Amandus Kahl machinery and debated the different benefits between hammer mills and roller mills, such as varied particle size, product texture, quality and estimated energy savings.

Pelleting By Mr Shengjun Yuan, Zheng Chang

Zheng Chang’s various products used for pelleting in the feed mill process were discussed in depth, as well as their unique system configurations, such as their solutions for automatic lubrication, pneumatic discharge, automatic adjusting and ring die lifting. Zheng Chang make double die pellet mills, wood pellet mills and individual pellet mills for livestock feed that also pose different benefits for the end-user.

Expander by Mr Hebin Zheng, Zheng Chang

For the expander section, Zheng Chang outlined the basic principles of expander technology and highlighted the importance of this



method within the feed mill. The various benefits of expansion were also discussed, such as how it directly correlates to an improved feed conversion ratio (FCR) and starch gelatinisation degree, as well as making feed more easily digestible and absorbed by animals.

Expander 2 by Mr Olaf Nährig, Amandus Kahl

Amandus Kahl also spoke about expanders, with Mr Nährig commending expanders as great solutions for salmonella reduction in feeds, as well as relating to high fat inclusion, better processability of difficult ingredients and various other benefits.

Drying and cooling by Mr John Bowes, Sukup Manufacturing

Mr Bowes of Sukup Manufacturing began his discussion on drying and cooling by first outlining the various methods of drying and cooling: in silo or flat storage batch drying, portable dryers, continuous flow dryers, tower dryers and mixed flow dryers. Also discussed was Sukup’s axial and centrifugal dryers, which use Sukup’s patented Grain Cross-Over™ system to help eliminate over drying and balance the moisture content of dried grain.

Feed formulation by Mr William Goh, Adisseo

Mr Goh gave a very informative presentation on the benefits of Adisseo’s DigiLiq for feed mills. Digiliq is a digital service for liquid applications that provides a heap of benefits, such as a shortened engineer response time, maintenance reports, real-time operation monitoring, optimisation services and more.

Automation by Yiannis Christodoulou, Agentis Innovations

Agentis Innovations spoke on the topic of automation in feed milling, and their presentation specialised in the amazing potential of OEE and Edge technology. These services hold great potential in the production and successful operation of feed mills and can seriously help maintain, optimise and enhance feed mill processes.

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Build my Feedmill continues to surpass expectations by Zhenja Antochin, Event Manager, VIV Asia

The Build my-Feedmill conference programme is designed for feed milling professionals who wish to receive the latest updates and developments on technology to produce safe quality feed, a significant topic in Asia and beyond. On the first show day of VIV Asia 2019, an excellent line-up of nine speakers presented their expertise on twelve topics, covering the complete feed-mill flow diagram. From ingredients intake to final feed products. From formulation to automation. After the success of the first edition during VIV Asia 2017, Build my Feedmill at VIV Asia 2019 proved its relevance once again, resulting in almost double the number of conference attendees. On behalf of VIV, a big thanks to the speakers and attendees for their contribution in the event.


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Intake & conveying

by Tyler Johnston, Technical Sales Manager, Lambton, USA On March 13th at VIV Asia in Bangkok, Milling and Grain, in conjunction with VIV Asia, held the Build my Feedmill Conference for feed industry professionals, academics and businesspersons to discover more about the inner workings of a feed mill. For two-hours, our 12 speakers gave presentations about their own unique products that assist with the inner workings of the feed mill, and carried us through the entire feed mill process, from intake and conveying to weighing, grinding, pelleting, drying, cooling, through to automation. This article is the first in a series that will allow our readers to discover more about the inner workings of a feed mill, directly from our Build my Feedmill Conference speakers.


he Intake and Conveying topic touches every section in a feed mill. All products must first enter the feed mill at the intake and are transported through the process using various types of conveying equipment.

This article will give a brief overview of the various types of equipment utilised in conveying systems and topics that affect their selection in different scenarios. The most common type of conveying equipment used in feed mills would include bucket elevators, chain conveyors, screw conveyors and screw feeders. Commodities are generally transported to the feed mill using two primary methods – bulk and bag. When received in bulk, the commodity is discharged from the truck/ship/ barge directly into the conveying system. Bags add another step, requiring the operator to first unload the bags and secondly to dump the commodity into the conveying system. Bags are still widely used in many parts of the world and may provide some convenience for storage, but bulk receiving is preferred to bags for a few reasons. It reduces the labour requirement, takes much less time to move materials and eliminates the risk of having pieces of bags enter the conveying system. If bulk is not common in your area it is still recommended to consider that option for the future when designing your intake area.

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The intake area will generally include dump pits or hoppers and may also include truck dumpers or other equipment to aid in transferring material into the conveying system. For whole grains, the dump hoppers will typically be constructed with 45° sides. For meals or other commodities with higher repose angles the sides should be constructed at 60° or steeper. Be sure to check the valley angles as well as the wall angles. Another main component of the intake area will be a dust collection system. Managing dust is one of the key safety priorities to consider when designing feed mill. Grain dust is explosive and most likely to arise at intake and discharge points throughout the conveying system. Proper system planning and equipment design are critical. Ensure that all machines are properly sized and configured for each line. The feed rates must be controlled at all intake points to achieve desired capacity and prevent bottle necks downstream. This can be done using a regulating inlet such as a bypass type inlet for whole grains or a pan feeder inlet for meals. Screw feeders and chain conveyors may also be flood fed and have their speed adjusted to control the feed rate through the use of a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD). VFD’s are becoming more common because they are a convenient and economical way to control feed rates. Equipment must be designed and configured appropriately for the commodities it will handle as well as the functions and cycles it must perform. Various commodities and additives are used in feed production. Each type of commodity has different characteristics and must be handled correctly to ensure efficient system flow. Whole grains such as corn, soybeans, etc, are considered free flowing and handling is relatively


straight forward. Slower speeds may be used to extend service life or reduce grain damage. Abrasion resistant liners may be recommended more often for conveyors moving soybeans or rice since they are more abrasive than corn and meals. Meals require a unique approach to handling due to their lower bulk density, poor flowability, powdery consistency and higher repose angle. These commodities generally require slower handling speeds to ensure optimal performance and reduce the chance for the product to aerate. Other special considerations for equipment handling meals may include vented elevator buckets, oil resistant elevator belts, elongated outlets on conveyors, intake hoppers that reduce the risk of the product bridging or double flighted screws to break up clumps. Feed additives and minerals have a higher density and are best handled at the same slower speeds. Stainless steel construction may be beneficial for certain minerals or feed additives that may be corrosive to the typical carbon steel construction. Cross contamination is always a concern but even more so in feed mills. If possible, use dedicated lines for different commodities. To avoid cross contamination there are numerous options available. Self-cleaning boots for bucket elevators and chain conveyors can help to limit the amount of material left inside the machines. In chain conveyors, a round bottom design can be used to provide more affective cleanout compared to typical flat bottom designs. Intermediate discharge gates on chain conveyors will always have some amount of carry-over. It is best to design systems with multiple conveyors rather than one long conveyor with multiple intermediate discharge gates. When using intermediate gates, it is necessary to plan for the carry-over and use a proper gate design. Intermediate gates should be long enough to allow all of the material to fall out of the conveyor. A chain wiper can be used to brush the top of the chain to prevent the commodity from carrying over the intended outlet. Carry-over can be directed to a buffer hopper tank or reclaim conveyor. Alternatively, return cups on the chain can be used with a head discharge gate. The return cups scoop the material that accumulates in the head section

and return it to the boot section. Lambton has developed various innovative designs to address the issue of cross contamination by working closely with our customers in the feed industry. Monitoring equipment on conveying systems is essential for automated systems, preventative maintenance and safety. Speeds sensors, slack sensors, belt alignment sensors, bearing temperature sensors and plug sensors provide information that can be used to identify a problem before it becomes a major issue or shut down equipment when failures occur. One example for preventative maintenance and safety would be using a bearing temperature sensor. This sensor would allow your maintenance team to monitor the temperature rise in the bearing and they would be able to schedule downtime to replace a bearing rather than having to react when it inevitably fails. If the bearing were to fail while running there is a risk that the heat or potentially sparks from that failure may trigger a dust explosion. These sensors can also help to troubleshoot your system design. For example, if your team keeps encountering a plug alarm on a certain conveyor, you can investigate further and find the cause of the plug. In many cases there are problems in the connections between machines or the capacity of machines is not matched appropriately. As with everything today, there is constant need for innovation and connectively. Automation and data will play an increasingly important role in future mills. In closing, while conveying equipment is generally not considered to be high technology equipment, there are still many variables and considerations that go into equipment design and selection. There is also ongoing product development and innovation to address the needs of today. Having a well-informed system design upfront will save time and money in the long run and is well worth the investment of time. Do not hesitate to reach out to manufacturers or industry experts for advice, most would be happy to assist you.

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by John Koorn, International Sales Manager, Laidig Systems Inc, USA

lour millers are often faced with significant issues when storing and reclaiming their product that hinder their productivity and decrease their revenue, such as bridging, product infestation, channel flow, not achieving a FirstIn-First-Out material distribution, and employee safety. Laidig Systems is a global leader in designing and manufacturing reclaim systems that automate the unloading of “difficult to flow” dry bulk materials from storage silos and domes. The reliability, flexibility, and expertise of Laidig’s reclaim systems have proven to be invaluable for industrial, process-driven applications such as flour milling, and became the perfect solution for Harinas Elizondo’s flour milling operation in Mexico City.

Bran issues

The problems that Harinas Elizondo experienced were problems that Laidig Systems has been solving for almost 60 years. Laidig has and continues to excel in developing solutions and adding

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value to combat the issues that Harinas Elizondo was facing. Their primary needs were to: store product, expand their current capacity, move the product from the silos and domes, and to do so by using a fully automated reclaiming system in an environment that focuses on efficiency, safety and reliability. Bran is a significant revenue source for Harinas Elizondo and their flour milling operations. It was imperative to find a better silo unloading solution to allow their flour milling process to operate at maximum efficiency. Total automation, reliability and flexibility were primary needs and also key elements that have a dynamic effect on flour mills. Harinas Elizondo was able to satisfy all of these when they chose to work with Laidig Systems.

Consolidation complications

In 2008, Harinas Elizondo made an acquisition that forced them to change all of their equipment. That change increased their capacity to mill more flour, which also increased their bran production. It was discovered very quickly that there was a lack of both storage space and storage capacity to account for what was being

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F produced. The increase in product also affected personnel hours and safety. The lack of storage space and capacity forced employees to manually unload the bran out small storage bins – becoming a 24 hour/seven day/week process in order to keep up with the mill. This wasn’t cost effective to the company and it wasn’t safe having employees going in and out of the storage bins.

A safer, more efficient solution

The Laidig solution included three silos complete with two Model 8330 Cone Bottom and one Model 4345 Cone Bottom fully automated, hydraulically powered reclaim systems. This storage and reclaim system solution provided faster automated load-out of the bran into trucks, in a tight area that maximized their output and their space. Laidig’s design allowed Harinas Elizondo to accommodate up to five days of material storage (producing flour 168 hours/week), reduced the amount of loadout time per week (40 hours or less), and decreased the amount of employees to perform the work. The unique Laidig reclaimer and silo design also prevented employees from going in and out of the silo, which addressed their safety concerns. Laidig’s solution had an immediate impact on areas that contributed to the efficient production of the mill including: reducing and eliminating silo-bridging fears, helping to create mass flow, decreasing the potential for product infestation, and maintaining a first-infirst out (FIFO) material distribution, which helped increase the quality of the stored bran. Harinas Elizondo had a major challenge and relied on Laidig to design, engineer, and manufacture reclaim systems to store and reclaim bran to be sold by bulk, without impairing their flour production process. With increased storage capacity and the ability to move the bran out of their silos safely, Harinas Elizondo now has more flexibility in how they store their materials, how it is unloaded, and sold via bulk trucks or in bags. Laidig Systems was the perfect solution to a problem that had the potential to get worse. Laidig’s reputation and expertise in bulk storage and material handling solutions was exactly what Harinas Elizondo needed. M&G_maggio_esploso.pdf












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HEAT TREATMENT TO CONTROL INSECT INFESTATIONS IN THE MILLING INDUSTRY by Raj Hulasare, PhD, P. Eng, Senior Scientist and Product Manager, Thermal Remediation, USA (


eat treatment is an effective environmentally benign pest management tactic to kill all life stages of stored product insects by attaining and maintaining elevated temperatures in the range of 50° to 60°C. Heat treatment is performed in a scientific manner to manage storedproduct insects, without any damage to structure, machinery or storage structure. Heat treatment is highly effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tool to control insect infestations in food-feed processing plants, warehouses and storage structures.

History and renewed interest in heat treatments

Heat treatment of mills dates back to the 1900s. Over a century ago (1910s), heat treatment in more than 20 mills in Kansas proved that no stage of insect, even in the most inaccessible places, could withstand heat. Several mills in mid-west US and southern Canada corroborated the practicability and efficiency of heat to control insects. Heat treatment has been performed successfully by major food and grain-processing companies for the past 60 years. The three main drivers for renewed interest in heat treatments are: • Consumer preference for pesticide-free products • Heightened interest in environmentally-friendly technologies or using the “Go Green” approach • Increased tolerance/resistance of insects to chemicals.

A safe, effective, and viable alternative to chemicals

Heat is an effective, nonchemical, nontoxic, nonresidual, and noncorrosive alternative to chemical fumigation. It is an effective and viable eco-friendly approach to control stored product insects without the chemical-associated environmental or health risks to people, animals, or surroundings. With the 1987 Montreal Protocol and the 1998 amended US Clean Air Act, mandates were established to start phasing out the production of methyl bromide due to its connection with depletion of the ozone layer. Except for critical use exemptions, methyl bromide is being phased out of structural fumigations and has been subjected to more restrictions. A silo in India receiving heat treatment

Partial spot treatment

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A flour mill in the Philippines undergoing heat treatment

The resistance of insects to phosphine and, to a lesser extent, methyl bromide (MB) is also now an acute problem worldwide. Phosphine, the most widely used fumigant, has been shown to corrode electrical circuitry and the components of processing plants. The high tolerance and resistance of insects to chemicals requires alternatives to control insect populations effectively and economically. These factors spurred the use of heat treatment to control insects.

Research on efficacy of heat

The company Temp Air has expertise in the effects of high temperatures on various stored-product insects and their life stages (eggs to adult). Our sponsored research at the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University (KSU) in 1999 yielded valuable insight into the Time-Temperature relationship for control (mortality) of various stored product insects. Research findings show that most insects die in less than an hour at 50°C (or 122° F), and all life stages are killed when exposed for more than five hours. Temp Air offers integrated solutions to heat-treat food-feed processing plants, metal and concrete silos of all sizes, using a wide array of heaters, real-time wireless temperature monitoring systems, and on-site training for do-it-yourself subsequent heat treatments.

A collaborative effort

Temp Air has collaborated actively with pest control companies, universities (eg, Purdue University, KSU, and the University of Minnesota), and autonomous institutes (eg, the Propane Education Research Council (PERC)) to develop products and protocols for various heat applications. With partial funding from PERC, Temp Air collaborated with KSU’s Department of Grain Science and Industry on US Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency projects. For example, as a part of the US Department of Agriculture grant, Temp Air collaborated with Kansas State University to heat treat the Hal Ross pilot mill three-times during 2009-10 to compare and evaluate the efficacy with fumigation using MB and Sulfuryl Fluoride (SF). A pasta mill in Mexico subject to heat treatment



Heat treatment proved to be as effective as the chemical fumigants. Temp Air has also worked with the Canadian National Millers Association and Canada Agri-Food to document the efficacy and cost of heat treatment.

Advantages of heat treatment

• Heat kills all life stages of insects, from egg to adults, unlike chemicals, where higher dosages may be required for egg-kill • Inspection of heated areas during heat treatment is possible, making it easy to observe areas of insect emergence and initiate cracks/crevices treatment after the heat treatment • Heat is nontoxic, noncorrosive, and non-residual • An entire facility or sections of the facility (spot or partial treatments) can be heat treated, while other areas remain operational • No mandatory evacuation is necessary in adjacent untreated areas, such as a warehouse, shipping area, or office. These areas can function normally • No extensive sealing is required, except for doorways and exit points.

Patented heat treatment process

Temp Air’s patented heat treatment process uses 100 percent outside fresh air to create positive pressure within an enclosed structure to achieve temperatures lethal to all life stages of insects. The process has proven to be extremely effective to control stored product insects as it eliminates airtight sealing unlike chemical fumigants. The process uses a combination of direct-fired (natural gas or propane) make-up heaters, industrial fans, high temperature tolerant flexible ductwork, and real-time wireless temperature system to attain and maintain lethal temperature profiles (5060°C) throughout the treatment area. Airflow management is critical to eliminate hot or cold spots within the heated space. A minimum lethal temperature of 50°C is attained and is held evenly throughout the treated space, for up to 24 hours or for the time required for the application. Due to temperature stratification (heat rises), the temperatures are maintained in the range of 50°C to 60°C throughout the heated space. The positive pressure throughout the treated space pushes hot air into corners, cracks, and crevices making it virtually impossible for pests to hide anywhere.

Heat treatment of mills, processing plants

Temp Air has been performing heat treatments successfully for about 20 years in the food-feed industry. This includes flourmills, food processing plants, cereal plants, pet food plants, bakeries and warehouses. Typically, initiating heat-treating of a processing facility involves four steps: 1. Site visit comprising a joint walk-through the facility with operational staff to assess the feasibility of a heat treatment. This includes discussions on equipment and a sprinkler system that can handle high temperatures. 2. Developing an engineering design covering energy and equipment requirements, duct sizing, heater size and fuel usage to estimate the cost of a heat treatment. 96 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

3. Mobilisation of equipment and personnel to the site for setup. 4. The actual heat treatment starting with pre-heat treatment and a joint inspection. This is followed by setup and starting heaters and other equipment. The temperature is ramped up gradually to avoid thermal shock to the structure, and the real-time temperature is monitored wirelessly with temperature sensors located around the heated space. The temperature is attained and maintained (50°-60°C) for 24 hours. During this 24-hour period, frequent inspections are made to monitor insect activity and to identify any cold pockets that may need fixing. Afterwards, the treatment area is cooled down, and the treatment is documented, in order to generate a final wrap-up report that can be discussed with the customer. The entire heat treatment of a structure is completed in less than 36 hours. During the 24-hour treatment period, observing the insects’ activity and movement from hotter areas to cooler areas and looking for any signs of re-emergence in the cooler areas, or from cracks and crevices, make it possible to identify the critical spots of infestation. A subsequent treatment of cracks and crevices can then be done after the main heat treatment.

Limitations of heat treatment

There are a few limitations to using heat to control insects. For example, Temp Air discourages heating warehouse or facilities full of products. Food and stored products are good insulators, and the heat may not penetrate the products well, and it also may alter the properties of the product(s). Heat also may damage packaging materials such as plastic. Similarly, treating a bin or silo full of product is not advisable, as the quality parameters of the stored product or commodity may become altered and insects inside the product can survive. However, heat treating empty bins and silos is highly effective.

Heat treatment of bins and silos

Heat treatment of empty bins and silos is highly effective preventative tactic for disinfestation before storing fresh harvested grain on the farm and in processing plants. In flourmills and grain handling facilities, residual insect populations in bin hoppers and floors can become a major source of re-infestation, as grain gets warmer. In some cases, chemical treatments may not penetrate well into a mass of grain, or the insecticide spray may drip through the clogged perforated floor of flat-bottom bins and may not reach the insects in the spoiled or broken grain underneath the perforated screen floor. Presently, empty on-farm bins and silos are fumigated chemically or treated prior to harvest and loading fresh grain. The floors of bins and silos accumulate broken grain and fine matter that harbors insects and mold spores. Also, blowing diatomaceous earth through the fan doesn’t guarantee uniform application, and phosphine fumigation requires a licensed applicator. Using heat to treat bin floors and other grain holding areas, both metal and concrete, can overcome these obstacles effectively.

Grain care, our commitment

In Symaga Silos we are passionate about storage and always look forward to the next grain care challenge. Consolidated as one of the main manufacturers of industrial silos, Symaga is currently involved in the biggest storage projects around the world. Our commitment is to offer better, all-technical, global, and tailored services to each project. We account for over 7,000 projects, with more than 28 million m³, in more than 140 countries.

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Great projects of 2018: Djen Djen, Sudan, Myanmar and Mexico

ounded in 1985, Symaga Silos now have broadened their expertise to produce industrial silos. Their group has only continued to flourish, and already they have completed several successful projects in 2018 alone that are helping cement their position as premium quality silo and machinery producers. Symaga’s facilities are based in la Mancha, featuring a manufacturing plant occupying up to 60,000m2 in their 100,000m2 building area, as well as family-owned land of four times that size. They also opened a commercial office in Madrid in 2007. Their factory only contains the latest, stateof-the-art technologies to ensure that each and every product manufactured is of top quality. Symaga takes stock of 2018 with an increasing number of important projects in its portfolio, ensuring a growing turnover and references list for the next few years after becoming a global key supplier of silos for major storage projects worldwide during last year. These projects include the new storage terminal and extrusion of soybeans plant in the Algerian port of Djen Djen, with a capacity of 240,000 tonnes and a scope of 12 silos of 32 metres in diameter, among the largest in the world made of

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steel, plus other storage solutions to complete the needs of this will-be leading plant in the sector. This soybean oil extraction plant within a port facility joins Symaga’s list of references in logistics terminals, a strategic development path for Symaga. With capacity to process 1.6 million tonnes per year, this plant and terminal built in Algeria becomes one of the most important port structures in the Mediterranean. Logistics and safe storage play a key role in food safety strategies. Symaga storage solutions have been chosen by the Sudanese government to uphold access to food in the African country through a grain storage project with 300,000 tonnes of capacity. The project is divided into two plants with more than 90 silos in Barakat city, on the coast of the Blue Nile, and in Manaqil city, in the state of Al Jazirah. This project has been developed together with Symaga’s client CTS Steel Silos/CTS Group. In 2018 Symaga has also deepened its trade links with new commercial destinations. Asia is a key area for Symaga’s strategy thanks to the growing demand for storage that is expected in the coming years. In the Panamanian city of David, Symaga has signed a new rice plant with a capacity of 38,500m3, distributed in 13 silos designed to improve the conservation of rice, with fully perforated aeration floors and double walls to increase thermal insulation. The list of references in the American continent is also on the uptick. Grupo Modelo, a leader in the production, distribution and sale of beer in Mexico, with exports in more than 180 countries, has relied on Symaga for its new plants in Zacatecas and Puebla, with a total of 22 hopper silos and a capacity of more than 27,000 m3. Also in Mexico, a new bioethanol plant of 27,000m3 capacity has been supplied. With these projects, 2018 affirms Symaga Silos as a leader in the manufacturing of industrial silos for the largest storage projects in the world. Its manufacturing capacity, its technological commitment and coordination and technical excellence provide the perfect basis for the Symaga team to guarantee the development of large facilities.



Biomin open third Christian Doppler Laboratory

Global nutrition experts Biomin have recently announced the successful opening of their third Christian Doppler Laboratory, dedicated to the improvement and refinement of gut health of livestock.


his completed project was organised in cooperation with BOKU University in Austria and the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. “We’re looking to take the knowledge of gut health to the next level, and to infuse those findings into further cuttingedge solutions that deliver value to clients by supporting healthy animals,” said Dr Gerd Schatzmayr, Research Director of the Biomin Research Centre. The planned budget for the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Innovative Intestinal Health Concepts in Livestock is EUR 4.7 million for the next seven years, as well as it receiving backing

from Biomin and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW). “To achieve this fundamental goal, we have designed a multistage research approach. It is based on complementary in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo intestinal models and should methodically close knowledge gaps in the field of intestinal health,” explained Professor Qendrim Zebeli, head of the new CD Laboratory for Innovative Intestinal Health Concepts in Livestock and the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Materials of Vetmeduni, Vienna. “Through global partnerships with research organisations such as the Christian Doppler Research Association, we are well placed to conduct pure and applied research to enhance food security and make livestock rearing more sustainable,” stated Dr Eva Maria Pictured [from left to right]: Nicole Reisinger, Scientist at Biomin Research Center, Franz Waxenecker, Development and Innovation Director at Biomin, Barbara Metzler-Zebeli, Associate Professor at University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Franz Berthiller, Associate Professor at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Reinhart Kögerler, President of Christian Doppler Research Association, Qendrim Zebeli, Head of Laboratory at Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds of Vetmeduni Vienna, Petra Winter, Rector Vetmeduni Vienna, Renee Petri, Associate Professor at University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Eva Maria Binder, Chief Research Officer and Director of Executive Board at ERBER Group, Otto Doblhoff-Dier, Vice-Rector Vetmeduni Vienna, Hubert Hasenauer, Rector BOKU Vienna, Gerd Schatzmayr, Research Director at Biomin Research Centre

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Binder, Chief Research Officer and Director of the Executive Board at ERBER Group. Biomin’s Christian Doppler Laboratory has been renowned for its innovative -Omics technology, dedicated to enhancing knowledge to ensure superior gut quality for health in pigs and cattle. Their aim will be to discover and refine tools to create the best solutions for gut prosperity in livestock. The opening ceremony for the Christian Doppler

Laboratory for Innovative Intestinal Health Concepts in Livestock was held on March 21st, followed by a symposium on animal gut health. In his comments at the opening ceremony, Dr Gerd Schatzmayr said, “The global demand for meat is high and projected to increase in the coming years. This requires producers to achieve productivity improvements, and given the spectre of antimicrobial resistance, these gains must be made while at the same time reducing or removing antimicrobials from production systems. Novel feed additive technologies that support gut health and integrity will be crucial to close this performance gap.” He also outlined the reasons for Biomin to support this CD Lab,”Our involvement allows Biomin to pioneer the use of biomarkers as a customer service offering, expand our scientific knowledge of gut health, conduct scientific trials of our products, nurture young scientific talent, make a longterm and visible commitment to these topics for the industry and to strengthen already fruitful relationships with leading academic institutions.” In addition, the laboratory also involves a main module on the campuses of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, as well as an external module at the IFA-Tulln of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU). “Healthier livestock and less use of antibiotics through innovation in the field of life sciences - here once again shows that the cooperation of companies and science brings benefits for all involved,” said Dr Margarete Schramböck, Austrian Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs.


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WORLD GRAIN AND FEED MARKET REVIEW Plentiful old crop supplies and improving new crop prospects Plentiful old crop supplies and improving new crop prospects suggest wheat suppliers will continue to compete for business in the season ahead, keeping prices down. Benchmark values are already at their lowest in over a year – the bellwether CBOT almost 28% cheaper than last October. But have they further yet to fall? At this stage, that can’t be ruled out as world wheat consumption isn’t rising fast enough (and by John Buckley import demand is actually down), to seriously dent the picture of plenty. Despite some major crop shortfalls last year, world stocks of wheat are still high and could grow further in the season ahead. The EU is currently The main price depressant in the past month or two has been the likelihood of bigger harvests expected to produce arriving in the next few months from Russia, Europe, Canada and the USA. about 6.5m tonnes more One Russian analyst recently forecast a crop of 83.4m tonnes versus last year’s 71.7m. Russian wheat this year than last. After that crop fell old crop stocks of exportable quality wheat are winding down now and its sales program has by 13.7m tonnes, starting slowed – making more room for other exporters competing for international tender business. stocks will be about 4m The EU is currently expected to produce about 6.5m tonnes more wheat this year than last. tonnes lower than last After that crop fell by 13.7m tonnes, starting stocks will be about 4m tonnes lower than last year’s 14.1m. However, year’s 14.1m. However, European feed demand for wheat has been running well down (-6.6m European feed demand for tonnes), freeing up more supplies for exports - in no small part due to a massive influx of wheat has been running imported maize into this sector. well down (-6.6m tonnes), For the current season, EU wheat exports are now within 2% of last season’s level. If feed freeing up more supplies demand stays down, the bloc’s crop rises as expected and maize imports continue large, EU for exports - in no small part due to a massive wheat exports can be expected to rise significantly in the new marketing year. But how easy influx of imported maize will that be to achieve, if competitors’ supplies increase too? Does that imply more downward into this sector. pressure on EU wheat prices to compete in international markets? The US sowed its smallest wheat area on records going back 100 years, but its main winter wheat crop is in its best condition for years. US wheat’s main challenge in recent years has been drought, now absent from most areas. As a result, the proportion in ‘good/excellent’ condition is almost twice as much as at this time last year. It points to big yields – probably outweighing the acreage cut to produce a larger crop than last year’s. And as pointed out in this column previously, the US is carrying very large stocks from past surplus seasons. Canada’s government has meanwhile forecast a massive 12% increase in its spring wheat plantings, the main component of its annual crop. Its durum plantings will be cut but if the weather cooperates, this traditionally large supplier should have plenty of wheat in total to offer world markets, helping to keep costs down. The two big southern hemisphere wheat suppliers promise a more mixed picture later in the year. Australia is still threatened by a long drought that could again decimate production. Its current season exports have collapsed to an estimated 10m tonnes versus a normal 15/20m. However, Argentina has been raising its crop in recent years and will likely do so again.

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So, the big question for the market going ahead might be: do current prices yet accurately reflect the scale of supply? That may be answered when the crops actually arrive. Will they live up to, even exceed the current forecasts? Or could a summer drought in the Northern Hemisphere yet spoil things. (parts of Western Europe especially have been rather dry recently, Canada too). Another factor to watch is the US spring wheat situation. The crop has been going in much more slowly than usual as the more northerly regions that produce most of this high grade wheat get too much rain after a snowy winter, making fields too soggy for heavy machinery. In early May only 22%of this crop was in the ground versus 49% normally. However, even if these problems continue to the extent of reducing US sown area – or yields - they could be offset by the much bigger spring wheat crop expected from Canada, normally one of the main sources of quality hard bread wheat. In the same vein, Europe’s own wheat crop – Russia’s and Ukraine’s too – will need the right sort of pre- harvest weather, plenty of sunshine to build proteins in the grain and a dry harvest spell to maintain these and other flour-making essentials. None of this can be taken for granted, but at least the supply signs are mostly encouraging at this stage.

Recent developments After years fighting for its place on the major wheat exporter list, the US has been making a comeback, fulfilling most of the official seasonal forecast of 25.7m tonnes (versus 24.5m last season) as it takes advantage of reduced competition from Russia, Australia and Europe (partially offset by bigger Canadian and Argentine supplies). The US has to export about half its crop to curb stock build-ups like the current one, that depress its own and global prices. Among major exporters it already holds by far the largest stocks from past surplus seasons After a hesitant start to this season, when top exporter Russia was dominating sales, the EU has also more or less caught up with last year’s export performance. Nonetheless, European wheat prices dropped to one-year lows in April, pressured by the US market slide and by concerns recently booming exports from top supplier France might splutter amid rising competition from the US, Argentina and others in the months ahead (not to mention the expected resurgence in Russian supplies) 104 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

Second largest EU producer Germany expects a 20% plus increase in this year’s national crop The USDA estimates Russia will finish 2018/19 with half the stocks it held last year, about 6.7m, tonnes, but not far from its average of recent years. This year’s Russian area planted to wheat is at a 10-year high. The USDA’s March inventory showed larger than expected US wheat stocks (a 31-year high) CBOT distant futures suggest soft wheat will be worth 8.5% more this time next year but Paris futures portray only a 4% gain, assuming the crop here rebounds by a forecast 10-15%. As well as the larger areas sown, crop forecasting body MARS expects this year’s EU yields to jump 6.7%, putting them 2% above the five-year average. Maize costs down despite US planting hold-up US corn futures have been down by as much as 10% from their recent highs, reaching their lowest level in seven months - despite a rain-delayed US planting campaign. As this issue went to press, sowing was a mere 23% completed versus 46% normally for early May. The optimum corn sowing window is from April 20th to May 10th and farmers normally hope to get a quarter of the crop in by end-April. Recent forecasts suggested the next three months could be wetter than normal. There is still time to get the crop in without a major yield penalty and modern machinery can do that very quickly when dry conditions allow. However, traders remembering past disastrous washouts at planting time (doing as much damage as some of the USA’s worst droughts and heat-waves) will start to get very jittery if the lag lasts later into the month. Maize futures could also turn higher if trade talks between the US and China reach a satisfactory conclusion soon. That could open the doors to higher Chinese imports of US maize and its by products, ethanol and dried distillers’ grains – a development that most analysts think would be bullish for US prices. US maize exports are already doing rather well this season, thanks to increased demand from its top customer Mexico as well as some Asian buyers. Another factor holding down US maize futures has been the steep decline in wheat values noted above. Wheat, of course, is a top competitor with maize in animal feeds and has little reason to rise significantly in price at this stage. In the EU, maize consumption has boomed by 10m tonnes or about 13% to a new peak of 86.5m on the back of record imports of 22.5m tonnes – much of that flowing in from Ukraine’s record crop. Maize here is running at discount of about €18/tonne to soft milling wheat on the Paris futures markets. The EU is also

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expected to plant and grow more corn than last year which – with a bigger wheat crop competing in feeds - may trim its import needs, though probably not enough to end its role as largest global buyer. Maize price restraint has been demanded not only by large old crop stocks but by rising estimates for competing South American crops. Brazil and Argentina’s joint production is expected to rebound by over 30m tonnes from last year’s weather-reduced levels. The USDA expects the Latin-American counties’ exports to rise by only 9m tonnes as they will carry in less stock but that may be too conservative. Ukraine should sow another big crop this year, Russia maybe slightly less but, weather permitting, there should again be plenty of this ‘Black Sea’ corn coming onto the export markets – so ample supplies all round for importers in Europe and Asia as well as the large feed corn consuming industries in Latin America itself. Oilmeals: Soya glut weighs Soybean prices collapsed to 5½-month lows as this season’s huge surplus supplies continued to weigh. Traders sold the commodity amid inadequate US export sales, slow progress towards a US/China trade deal that might pep things up and rising crop estimates from rival Latin American exporters. It didn’t help the US mood that rival Argentina was sounding out to top buyer China to find a home for some of its expected major crop rebound this year. Brazilian producers meanwhile voiced worries about maintaining sales if the US managed to reclaim more of the China business it threw away when President Trump put huge tariffs on imports of industrial goods from the People’s Republic. Prices were also pressed down by the slow pace of US corn planting, feeding ideas that farmers might switch some of that land into production of the later-sown soya crop, reducing the cuts most analysts think vital to curb excessive supplies of the oilseed. (US soya sowing is mainly done during May). Soya product markets bent with beans. Soya meal hit three-year lows in the US itself as production was boosted by near record levels of domestic crushing and an expected huge resurgence in competing Argentine meal exports in the months ahead. Bearish traders were also fired up by reports that a major outbreak of African Swine Fever in China could slash that country’s hog production (largest on the planet) and the soya meal consumption upon which that industry depends. Massive herd culls have been carried out and things don’t seem to be getting much better. The only ray of hope was that the big soya producers might be able to turn some of their abundant supply into meat for export to China in that form instead – one recent report suggested the cull there could reach 200m pigs, a fifth of the global herd. The lion’s share of China’s soya meal consumption is fed by imports of soybeans from Brazil, the US and, to a lesser extent, Argentina. Export pressure on soya prices is expected to build as the now more or less complete Brazilian harvest comes to market. Its progress had been slowed by producer dissatisfaction with low prices and a recent resurgence in US competition after China relented and started to buy from that origin to help the broader trade deal talks. 106 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

Last season, Brazil supplied half of world soybean exports, the US 38%. Argentina, which concentrates more on product exports will be making a big comeback in that sector as it recovers from the previous season’s crop-ravaging drought. On top of that, the Latin American producers’ currencies have been weak, improving their returns from the dollarquoted international market. It all tends to point to soya meal prices staying down in coming months, if not moving lower still. Rapeseed meal has stayed under downward pressure from a weaker soya market and larger than expected stocks piling up in main supplier Canada. The latter’s own canola futures market has dropped to its lowest level in four years despite its government forecasting a cut in the crop’s planted area this spring in response to lost export trade to China after Canada arrested a top Chinese official on Iran sanctions busting allegations). That issue shows no signs of going away any time soon and has completely eclipsed the official body Statistics Canada estimating a national drop of 1.5m acres in this spring’s sowings. With average yield, suggests a crop around 19.8m tonnes versus last year’s 21.1m. The drop would be dwarfed by Canada’s loss of trade in the 4.5m tonne Chinese market, to which it had been largest supplier. Canada is also seen starting the new season with 3.4m tonnes of carryover stock, far more than normal due to the export slowdown.






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10-12 AFIA Liquid Feed Symposium 2019 Nebraska, USA

11-12 11-12 IGC Grains Conference 2019 London, UK

10-13 SPACE 2019 Rennes, France

12-13 Cereals 2019 Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

12-14 VICTAM International 2019 Cologne, Germany

13 GRAPAS Conference 2019 Cologne, Germany

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SPACE 2019 Taking place from September 10-13th, 2019 in Rennes, France is the leading exhibition for animal production. SPACE 2019 will prove to once again be an unmissable event for the livestock industry and is bigger and better than ever. Over 100 conferences and symposiums will be taking place during the exhibition, as well as over 300 business meetings between exhibitors and international visitors. Great emphasis will be placed this year upon thinking of tomorrow’s big issues for livestock farmers, and the farming sectors future will be discussed in great depth. The Innov’SPACE awards will also be held again this year and showcase the best innovations for livestock farmers. 18-20 ILDEX Indonesia 2019 Jakarta, Indonesia

13-15 VIV Turkey 2019 Istanbul, Turkey

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18-19 CIPAL Buenos Aires, Argentina 19-21 VIV Qingdao 2019 Qingdao, China

VIV Qingdao, China VIV Qingdao 2019 will feature more than 600 exhibiting companies, 30,000 professional visitors and 50,000 square metres of exhibition space and aim to work together with whole industry for optimising livestock farming, improve meat quality, and promote the transformation and sustainable development of Chinese animal husbandry. On the other hand, by strategic cooperation with government organisations, industry associations, experts and media partners, VIV Qingdao 2019 will have a series of conferences and events focused on the global hot topics of pig, poultry, egg, dairy, meat and aquaculture to further study China’s industrial development and global market trends. 25-27 Women in Agribusiness Summit 2019 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


16-17 JTIC 2019 Lille, France

Conference topics announced for JTIC 2019 • Improving the milling quality of wheat: technical and economic evaluation of cleaning • Profile of the 2019 wheat harvest • Quality of 2019 malting barley • Baking: what challenges for tomorrow? • Artificial intelligence to boost the cereal industries • How to make the most of the variability of raw materials? 17-20 NAMA Annual Meeting 2019 Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

29-30 Organic & Non-GMO Forum 2019 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA 31-2 Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum Taipei, Taiwan

Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum 2019 Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum 2019 will take place at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov. It is an exclusive trade show represents Taiwan’s premier, international and professional B2B trading platform that focuses on the stateof-the-art technologies in the field of livestock. With the rising issues of climate change and food safety, the livestock business opportunity has expanded potentially as well as the development of IoT and biological technology. Livestock Taiwan aims to provide diverse solutions which help optimise and upgrade the industrial facility and increase livestock productivity. As a result, it brings together manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers to showcase animal healthcare products, biogasoriented equipment, technologies for circular economy and automated devices. The annual Livestock Taiwan is held in conjunction with Aquaculture Taiwan and Asia Agri-Tech from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov, 2019. The three-day grand tradeshow contains one-on-one business matchmaking programmes and over 50 thematic seminars and forums. Not only it reveals the strength and competitiveness of Taiwan’s supply chains, but also it enacts a perfect platform to see the world in Taiwan and Taiwan in the world.


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World Mill Tech Conference and Exhibition / Antalya, 2018

DESMÜD: A strong voice for the Turkish milling industry The Milling Machinery Manufacturers Association (DESMÜD) was founded in 2017 by the Turkish pioneers of the milling industry with the aim of collecting the leading companies of the sector under one roof and forming a common platform for coordinating the events and R&D activities concerning milling in Turkey and reinforcing the competitive capacity of the Turkish milling machinery sector. With its approximately 100 members, DESMÜD has become the strong representative of its sector which is vital for Turkish external trade. The members of the association hold the US $1,62 billion of Turkish export. The growth rate in exports of the Turkish milling industry is approximately 20 percent higher when compared with 2017 statistics. With the understanding and implementation of “Milling 4.0”, DESMÜD wants to show the important potential and the vital role of Turkish business people in the global milling machinery industry. DESMÜD is fully committed to promoting the motherland of wheat, Gobeklitepe, as well. Starting from the beginning of 2019, DESMÜD has been accelerating its actions and enhancing its relations with the other milling-related NGOs in and out of Turkey. In this regard, the Chairman of the Executive Board of DESMÜD, Zeki Demirtasoglu, attended to the General Assembly of Association of Turkish Machine Manufacturers and Turkish Flour Industrialists’ Federation (TFIF) and International Association of Operative 112 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

Millers (IAOM) Workshop and delivered a speech there about the main issues and opportunities of milling in global scale. Furthermore, Demirtasoglu and DESMÜD’s General Secretariat also took place in the TFIF 15th International Conference and Exhibition which was held in Antalya, Turkey in May. Then, DESMÜD opened a stand in MagroTex 2019 which is mainly about agricultural equipment, food and livestock. In addition to its increasing relations with Turkish NGOs, DESMÜD has attached an importance to establish strong bonds with companies and NGO’s all around the world. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between a prominent Nigerian company SKYLAR and DESMÜD was signed on May 3rd, 2019 in DESMÜD’s Head Office in Ankara. As it is learnt from the high-level representatives of the association, new MoUs are in the agenda of DESMÜD and now being negotiated between DESMÜD’s General Secretariat and NGOs working in the Balkans and Eurasian countries. While being one of the most remarkable shareholders in Turkish export, DESMÜD also contributes to the Turkish education system. The association signed a protocol with the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of National Education. The preparations are underway for setting up a “Milling Department” in high schools in three different cities, Konya, Corum and Gaziantep, where the Turkish milling industry is especially concentrated. A Centre of Excellence (CoE) for milling education in Turkish capital Ankara is about to be

launched by the efforts of DESMÜD and the Ministry of National Education. World Mill Tech Expo, which was organised in Istanbul by DESMÜD, gathered all of the important milling machinery companies in April 2018 and expedited the interaction process between the companies for business and exchanging views and transferring technology. In 2021, DESMÜD will organise the second World Mill Tech Expo in Istanbul. Additionally, DESMÜD organised World Mill Tech Conference and Exhibitions in November 2018. It hosted hundreds of milling machinery manufacturers, industry suppliers, company representatives, academics, press members, NGO leaders and high level civil servants. Valuable sessions were held, offering solutions to our current problems and to consolidate and improve the communication and cooperation between stakeholders, to introduce new and current technologies, to follow developments in national and international markets and to take advice from academicians and institutions. Social activities during the program leveraged the personal ties between the participants and paved a way for a future cooperation between parties. This year, DESMÜD will organise the second World Mill Tech Conference and Exhibitions in Antalya between October 31-November 3rd, 2019. DESMÜD is ready to welcome more than 500 Turkish and international participants of the World Mill Tech Conference and Exhibitions 2019. Are you ready for the unforgettable experience in the world-wide famous touristic Turkish city, Antalya?

EVENT ROUND UP Livestock Philippines Expo 2019 Livestock Philippines is the Philippines’ International Livestock Nutrition, Health and Production, and Meat Industry Expo, which has developed an outstanding reputation since 2011 as the Philippines’ premier event for the livestock, feed milling and meat industries and continues to grow bigger and better with each show. Supported by the Department of Agriculture, Livestock Philippines is the event that will bring together thousands of decision makers including integrators, farmers, feed millers, pre-mixers, meat processors, slaughter houses, veterinarians, distributors, retailers and other industry. Over 280 exhibitors are expected to be present at the exhibition, taking place at the World Trade Centre Metro Manila in the Philippines on 26-28th June 2019. Countries/regions due to be represented at the event are vast in number, some examples including Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, The Netherlands, UK, USA and more.

150 million dollars of export contacts established in IDMA The exhibitor companies in IDMA Exhibition which is organised in the recession of the Turkish economy, hit the spot. The exhibition, which lasted four days, mediated the establishment of more than US$150 million in exports. International Flour, Feed, Semolina, Rice, Corn, Bulgur, Milling Machines and Pulses, Pasta, Biscuit Technologies Exhibition IDMA, which opened its doors for the eighth time on 20-23rd March 2019 in Istanbul Expo Centre, sweetened the sector up. Zübeyde Kavraz, Chairwoman of Parantez Fair, organiser of IDMA stated that the newest technologies from feed, wheat and flour technologies were exhibited in IDMA and more than 200 companies from 26 countries participated 6135 people across 105 countries visited the exhibition. Zübeyde Kavraz stated that the fair was the biggest organisation bringing the world milling industry together under one roof and said, “Despite the economic shrinkage, IDMA pleased both the participant and the visitors this year and our fair was very

IndoLivestock 2019 Expo and Forum Indo Livestock 2019 Expo & Forum is making its way to the Grand City Convex, Surabaya, Indonesia from July 3-5th 2019. Capitalising on the growing industry, Indonesia’s economy is projected to grow impressively. Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia, with a labour force of 265 million people, about 70 percent of which are involved in the livestock, feed and fisheries industry.The population of broiler chickens during the 2013-2017 period was predicted to increase by 3.28 percent per year on average and in the next five years it is predicted to increase by an average of an impressive 5.54 percent.

On average, 12 percent of the visitors to the exhibition are in swine production, 11 percent in feed manufacturing, 22 percent in poultry production, seven percent concerned with crops and raw materials, as well as six percent associated with veterinary drugs and supplements. Social gatherings, such as sponsored meals and Exhibitors’ Night, as hosted by the organisers, allow personal interaction with potential clients, without dismissing possibilities of future business partnerships. Consultancy booths are also manned by industry experts who offer production professionals, practitioners and livestock and fish farmers with specific, tried and tested techniques and practices, deemed to prevent and solve recurring farm production and products manufacturing problems. Many attendees have already registered for the event, including academics, nutritionists, engineers, breeders, distributors, consultants and much more. Livestock Philippines is a very worthy event to attend, to ensure you are kept up-to-date with the best and most innovative livestock technologies.

successful. We managed to bring more than 2968 foreign visitors to our country. Domestic and foreign companies participating in the fair established numerous business connections. $150 million export agreements were signed only during the fair. Thanks to the links established at the fair, I hope that there will be a further $ 350400 million business connection.” Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM) Chairman Ismail Gülle visited the IDMA Exhibition which contributes immensely to the country’s economy and the booths of the exhibitor companies. İsmail Gülle closely interested in exporting companies thanked the organisers of IDMA on behalf of the company owners who expressed their gratitude for the intense participation from abroad. Pointing out that he came across with many different investor profiles, Gülle noted that exports are an indispensable instrument for the country. Gülle, who said he was so pleased with the business connections established by the companies at the fair, was accompanied by Erhan Özmen, Chairman of the Southeastern Anatolian Flour Industrialists’ Association (GUSAD) and Zübeyde Kavraz, Chairwoman of the Parantez Group. Ahmet Güldal, Chairman and General Manager of the Turkish Grain Board (TMO) also visited the exhibition and wished success to the participating companies.

There are a variety of reasons why visiting IndoLivestock 2019 is a great idea. This event is the place for livestock sectors industry members to really connect and discuss the latest innovations in poultry, drugs and animal health, dairy processing, agriculture, fisheries, farms, food processing, trade associations, consultancy, import, distribution and much more. Over 310 exhibitors are confirmed from over 33 countries, so a massive variety of innovations will be presented at IndoLivestock 2019. There will also be free technical support presentations, designed to provide extensive knowledge on some of the innovative solutions on show. Several forums and seminars will also be held by the ministry, government institutions, exhibitors and various associations for visitors to attend. Milling and Grain - June 2019 | 113

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CONFERENCE A one day event for aquafeed processing professionals

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The Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference The one-day Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference was organised by the Milling & Grain magazine, VIV and Dr Mian N. Riaz, world leader in extrusion technology and head of the extrusion technology program at Texas A&M University. The conference was held during the VIV Asia exhibition in the BITEC conference centre and, I can happily say, proved to be an astounding success. This conference was attended by more than 50 participants from several different countries, including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and several other countries. Participants were enthusiastic and eager to learn about all the varieties of extrusion technology and feed processing technologies. Participants appreciated learning about the latest knowledge and information about aqua feed extrusion technologies. All the participants received a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

On March 13th at VIV Asia, Milling & Grain magazine hosted the Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference, with Dr Mian Riaz, Head of the Extrusion Technology Programme at Texas A&M University. The one-day conference encompassed all-things extrusion and featured seven expert speakers from Corporate Project Services, Amandus Kahl, DSM, Andritz, Clextral, Wenger Manufacturing and Texas A&M University.

Talk one- Introduction and principles of extrusion technology by Mian Riaz, Texas A&M University

Once Mr Roger Gilbert, Publisher of Milling & Grain completed introductions, Dr Riaz kicked off the conference with the first talk, which gave a very comprehensive and thorough overview of the intricacies of extrusion and how such technology works to process your raw materials. Extrusion technology, he stated, first began being used in 1948, but since that time it has evolved drastically to become a somewhat more common and refined process. He stated the many benefits to extrusion, such as the low-cost of the process as well as its remarkable energy efficiency and high product quality. The difference between single-screw and twin-screw extruders was also discussed (twin-screw extrusion, although more expensive, provides a higher-quality level of quality control and flexibility).

Talk two- Project planning and design considerations for aquatic feed facilities by Jonathan Iman, Corporate Project Services

Jonathan Iman provided an intriguing talk on the wider aspects of the utilisation of machinery such as extruders- the necessity of proper


project planning when building a new factory or expanding your operation. Mr Iman stated that there are five areas to consider when planning a project: feasibility, inputs, design, food safety/sanitation and equipment. A project should be feasible with a good return on investments, as well as a manageable total cost of ownership. Location, permits, air quality and water quality are also important considerations. Design is a complex feature to consider, as this depends on the building layout and easy integration of machinery that all flows smoothly from process to process, whilst ensuring everything remains hygienic. Ingredients must also remain sanitary by remaining separated and proper analyses must be carried out to ensure food is all kept hygienic.

Talk three- Complete plant solutions for production of extruded aquatic feeds by Olaf Näehrig, Amandus Kahl

Mr Näehrig’s discussion went into some detail regarding the impressive history of the Amandus Kahl company and their various turnkey solutions, as well as the latest innovations in their new extruder line: The Extruder 0EE 25 NG (Next Generation). This new product has a capacity of up to 10 tonnes-per-hour and features stateof-the-art processing tools, to ensure superior performance for sinking and floating aquatic feeds. Amandus Kahl’s latest extruder also works extremely well with their other machinery, and Mr Näehrig described the other great products the company offers, such as their vacuum coaters and belt driers which seamlessly integrate with Amandus Kahl extruders.



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Workshop 1: International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC) - A dialogue on international progress through cooperation

SESSION 2: Economic and trade policy uncertainty: implications for grains and oilseeds markets SESSION 3: Geographical snapshot: Africa grains and oilseeds market opportunities SESSION 4: How new technologies and climate change can shape the grains and oilseeds sectors SESSION 5: Trade finance: New developments in risk mitigation

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Workshop 2: World biodiesel trends and impact on feedstock usage Workshop 3: Recent market developments and prospects for flour and wheat products demand Workshop 4: Pesticide MRLs and the global trade of grains: Supporting a harmonized, predictable and transparent approach Workshop 5: Rice prices: volatile, opaque and with inadequate hedging options – how best to manage price risk in the rice trade ? Workshop 6: What factors will shape the future of the grains shipping sector?

Talk four- The design and development of an effective and efficient micro aquatic extrusion process by Charles Engrem, Wenger Manufacturing

Mr Engrem discussed micro extrusion solutions for the feed industry and the importance of fully analysing the need to develop precise solutions that comply with all required specifications. The process for proper project management was also discussed, from building a project charter, project execution and the closure and completion of projects. The quality of feeds was also discussed, as well as the various benefits of pre-grinding.

Talk five- Feeding and fuelling the planet by Nils Lastein, Andritz

Andritz presented an interesting talk on how extrusion can be used to create the ideal form of feed for tiger prawns, white leg shrimp, white shrimp and Indian prawns. Feeds for these aquatic creatures varies greatly, depending on the growth stage of each of these creatures- whether they need larvae, post-larvae, starter, grower, finisher or broodstock feeds. Mr Lastein also discussed the various feed requirements that are needed for shrimp and prawn feed, such as whether the feed sinks or floats, any coating that may cover the feed, spots, uniformity, water stability and particle size distribution. Going through each process carried out in the feed mill process systematically, Mr Lastein presented useful information for the best tips on how to create the optimal feed.

Talk six- Making floating and sinking feed with twinscrew extrusion technology by Olivier Dréan, Clextral

Mr Dréan spent his presentation discussing the many benefits behind twin-screw extrusion technology, a process that has refined the extrusion process since its first invention some 40 years ago. He noted that the demand for quality feeds that provide all the necessary nutrients for animals is as essential as ever, as the demand for food sourced from aquaculture is only increasing as our population drastically continues to expand. Mr Dréan estimates than an incredible 30-40 million tonnes of compound feed are required for aquatic animals every year, which does not even take into account livestock, poultry, swine and ruminant feeds.

Talk seven- Aqua feed production by extrusion and heat sensitive ingredients and additives by Thomas Wilson, DSM

Dr Wilson’s discussion specialised in the use of and complications with heat in the extrusion process, particularly hot spots that occur as the extruder runs. Every step of the extrusion process from grinding, preconditioning, drying and top-coating, to name a few, produces heat which provides alterations to the feed as it is produced. These long heating times also cause feeds to lose vitamins, cartenoids and feed enzymes- this is especially true in the preconditioning process, which takes between two-to-four minutes, as well as the dryer process, which can take up to 20 minutes to complete.

Talk seven- Raw materials for extrusion processing by Mian Riaz, Texas A&M University

Dr Riaz concluded the Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference by emphasising the importance of raw materials in aqua feeds. He noted that particle size has significant impact on creating an improved product appearance, as well as ease of cooking and a better retention of liquid coatings. Selecting the best ingredients, he continued, also helps enable your feed to remain perfectly uniform, easy to process, have a pleasing texture, as well as remaining economically viable and palatable. He also explained the importance of protein and starch, both of which are extremely common components of aquatic feeds with a high level of each inside them. After this, he also discussed the importance of lipids, and the best ways in which to add them to your feed.

A successful and informative day /extrusionasia19

The conference proved especially popular this year with over 50 registrants and a full room of people eager to hear our speakers present their talks. The environment was especially pleasant, as the audience proved their dedication and intrigue with regular questions after each speech, and a willing interest in talking with our speakers after the event and during the lunch and coffee breaks. Following the completion of the presentations, Mr Roger Gilbert and Dr Riaz thanked the audience for their attentiveness, and I came onstage to help distribute certificates to all of the attendees of the conference. We are exceedingly well pleased with how this rendition of the Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference went, and we look forward to organising the next one very soon! If anyone has any enquiries about the conference or requires information about the next edition of the Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference, you are welcome to email me at rebeccas@perendale.

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the interview

Amy Reynolds, Senior Economist, International Grains Council

Amy’s interest in the agriculture and food sectors was sparked by being brought up on a farm in North Yorkshire. After working on various livestock and crop enterprises, she went on to study agricultural business management and Agricultural Economics at the University of Newcastle-UponTyne. Upon attaining her degree, her initial role was as an economist in the meat and livestock sector, with a particular focus on beef and poultry. Since 1998, Amy has served as an Economist with the London-based International Grains Council. Here, her main interest is the global markets for wheat and wheat-based foods. How would you explain what the International Grains Council do, to those who may not be fully aware of what your organisations aim is? How do you carry these jobs out?

The second day will feature a series of workshop sessions, with panels exploring such things as feed use of biodiesel bi-products, managing price risk in the rice trade, factors affecting the grains shipping sector, and pesticide MRLs in grains trade. My own particular interest will be a panel exploring the demand outlook for wheat-based food products.”

We aim to promote expansion, openness and fairness, and contribute to grain market stability to enhance world food security. Improved transparency in international markets is pursued through information-sharing, analysis and consultation on market and policy developments.

How important do you believe events such as these are for the future of the industry?

“With a history dating back 70 years, the International Grains Council (IGC) is an intergovernmental organisation that seeks to further international cooperation in grains trade.

We monitor market conditions and the latest developments in grains, rice and oilseeds on a daily basis, and member governments and subscribers are kept abreast of what is happening via regular reports and web-based information services.”

What drove your own, unique passion, for the raw materials and food production industries? How did you come to be involved in this industry?

“The agriculture industry has been a way of life for me for as long as I can remember - I never considered another career direction. After being brought up on a farm in northern England and spending the first five-years of my working life in practical agriculture, it was a natural choice to study agricultural business management and agricultural economics at university. My working career since then has not failed to deliver in terms of interest, whether it be in the meat sector during the height of the BSE crisis in the UK, or currently, when trade tensions are having such a marked impact on day-to-day activity in international markets.”

The IGC have their 2019 IGC Conference taking place this month, on 11-12th June in London, UK. What makes this unique so important for members of the food industry to attend?

“This year’s Conference marks the Council’s 70th anniversary of successful grains trade cooperation. The conference itself is now in its 28th year and represents a unique opportunity for stakeholders, both from governments and the private sector, to meet and share their views and expertise on the latest industry and policy developments. Since its inception, IGC has made efforts to provide industry participants with an improved range of services, and this includes the conference, which continues to evolve and for the first time will be held over two full-days.”

What various topics are the IGC trying to promote and raise awareness of more, and how are these being raised in the upcoming IGC Conference?

“I believe the conference programme for 2019 is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in the event’s history. A range of high-level speakers will give their perspectives on some of the key issues that face the agricultural sector today. These include economic and trade policy uncertainty, the impact of new technologies and climate change, developments in trade finance, and potential opportunities from changing demand patterns in Africa.

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“The conference is IGCs principal forum for public discussion and offers an opportunity to foster improved links between industry participants and government policymakers. At these events we aim to bring the full spectrum of stakeholders together to confront the issues facing the industry today and in the future.”

Your company has a very rich history in the food industry, and you clearly also hold a great deal of passion for the industry. How would you recommend young people get involved in this rewarding, and in some ways not very well advertised, industry?

“I really believe our industry provides endless opportunities for young people to have a challenging and rewarding career. In order to confront the challenges of the future we must continue to attract high-caliber entrants to drive innovation in all areas of agriculture, food production and trade, in order to achieve sustainability and food security for growing populations.”

What do you think is the next big issue the agriculture industry will face in the next five years, and how can we combat and resolve this issue?

“Trade tensions are one of the key issues of our times, and these are having wide-ranging impacts, not just on our industry, but on the welfare of the global economy. One of the Council’s overriding aims moving forward will be to continue to promote the expansion of international trade, and to secure the freest possible flow of this trade, including the elimination of trade barriers and unfair and discriminatory practices. Beyond this, climate change is already one of the key concerns of our times. Global grains and oilseeds supply and demand have been relatively comfortable for a number of years, but can we be sure that production will keep pace with demand in the future? In a potentially more volatile future, the monitoring and forecasting of supply and demand, including identifying possible regional supply shortfalls and bottlenecks to trade, will take on an even greater importance.

How can magazines like ours help promote events like yours, as well as your organisation? What help would you like to see by the media to help publicise both your events and your organisation? “Opportunities for out-reach to a wider audience are very important to the Council. Indeed, one of the medium-term priorities under our programme of work is to foster improved links with international grains trade participants. As well as promoting the conference, contributing to magazines such as yours helps to raise awareness of the broader activities of the Council.”

PEOPLE THE INDUSTRY FACES AB Vista expands US ruminant team with appointment of industry expert


ivestock nutrition specialist Dr Cathy Bandyk has joined AB Vista as Ruminant Technical Manager for NAFTA, supporting customers across North America, Mexico and Brazil. Working within the commercial ruminant team, Cathy will provide technical advice and information on AB Vista’s ruminant products – including liquid pre-treatment VistaPre-T and live yeast Vistacell.

A three-time Kansas State University graduate with a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition, Cathy brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience in industry, prior to which she owned and operated a crop and livestock farm.

Bruce Hageman, North America Ruminant Commercial Manager at AB Vista, explains that this combination of skills will prove invaluable within the role, “Cathy’s diverse mix of academic, industry and personal business experience equips her with a unique understanding of different stakeholder perspectives.”

AFIA names new CEO


he American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) Board of Directors has selected Constance Cullman, current President of Farm Foundation, to succeed Joel G Newman as President and Chief Executive Officer of the association, upon his retirement later this year.

She will also become the president of the industry’s public charity, the Institute for Feed Education and Research. Cullman will officially join AFIA on July 29th.

AFIA’s Board chair Bruce Crutcher made the following statement upon the announcement, “Over the past several months, AFIA’s Board selection committee has interviewed a diverse range of highly qualified candidates looking for someone who is a visionary leader with strong communications skills and is proven to bring together teams across the organisation and industry to lead on priority issues. Constance Cullman not only has a high track record of success, but she has the vision, integrity and passion for leading the US animal food industry into its next chapter.

Dr Francesca Blasco takes over product development and innovations


rancesca Blasco recently became Vice President of Product and Innovation, a newly created position at Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition, joining Dr Antje Eckel (CEO), Dr Bernhard Eckel (Vice President Sales) and Sabine Felten (Head of Finance) in the company’s top management. She will be responsible for the development of the company’s new and existing innovative product solutions.

Dr Antje Eckel, who founded the company 25 years ago, is extremely pleased with the acquisition. “Francesca is a valuable asset to Dr Eckel, both professionally and personally. She has many years’ experience in animal nutrition and is also an accomplished and proficient manager with first-hand knowledge of the tasks and challenges of product development. Her passion for our industry and our products is evident in all she does.” Francesca Blasco comes from Catania, Sicily. After studying chemistry at the University of Catania, she obtained her doctorate in Technical Biochemistry in Stuttgart, Germany. She initially worked in Norway, subsequently moving to Switzerland and the USA.

VIV worldwide under new leadership from Asia


r Heiko M Stutzinger took full leadership of the VIV worldwide on April 1st, 2019. This includes all trade shows executed by VNU Exhibitions Europe, a fully owned legal entity of Jaarbeurs B.V.

Heiko recently started as Managing Director at VNU Exhibitions Asia-Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. The directorship of VNU Exhibitions Europe and VIV worldwide, including related events and VIV Online 24/7, will be combined with his role as MD of VNU Exhibitions Asia-Pacific. Former VIV worldwide Director, Mr Ruwan Berculo, will continue to be on board and boost new business initiatives like VIV health & nutrition, while making Heiko acquainted with the world of VIV. Over the past few years, VIV activities in Asia have gained significantly in importance.

“With VIV Asia as the largest of all VIV trade shows and the recent launch of VIV health & nutrition Asia, it becomes absolutely logical to transfer leadership of VIV to the centre of future developments - this is the right moment to make this long-expected transition”, comments Ruwan Berculo. 130 | June 2019 - Milling and Grain

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