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fruit quality. This module determines the optimal irrigation start strategy based on three important influences: the quantity of water evaporated, the quantity of water used by the plant and the water content of the substrate. The berries can develop optimally because of the precise and timely addition of water and nutrition. Less water and less fertilizer usage is also a very large benefit. The Moisture Balance Module automatically adjusts the irrigation control in line with the growing conditions, the state of the plant, and the condition of the substrate.

Macfrut 2017: International boom Macfrut keeps growing. The 34th edition of the international trade fair for the

fruit and vegetable sector, to be held in Rimini from 10 to 12 May 2017, will be larger (8 pavilions instead of 7 as in last year's edition), more innovative and, above all, more international. In addition to the many new features introduced in recent months, these numbers show a change of direction that began three years ago and is still ongoing: three months before the event, the number of international exhibitors has already increased by 30% compared to last year's edition, with 40 participating countries including many new entries from all five continents. This number also includes new emerging companies in the international scene, from countries such as Angola, Ethiopia, Uganda, Guatemala,



Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Uruguay. Delegations of traders from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana and many other countries will also be present. This overview highlights the key role to be played by Africa. "In last year's edition of Macfrut, in line with the appeal made by Kofi Annan, we launched the idea of fruit and vegetables as a driving force for the growth and development of the African States - explains Renzo Piraccini, President of Macfrut - On this occasion, 18 representatives were present including ambassadors and sales departments from SubSaharan Africa. The appeal did not go unheard, and this can be seen in the huge presence of

African countries and in their interest in trading with Italy and Europe". Sudan is the perfect example: in 2015 it was merely a visitor, in 2016 it had one stand of producers and, in the 2017 edition, it will take part with two large exhibition areas, one for producers/exporters and another for importers, with more than 30 companies attending. "Sudan imports large amounts of fruit and vegetables from Italy (especially apples and frozen strawberries), not directly but via the UAE or Egypt - Piraccini continues - It now wishes to come to Rimini to establish direct trade relations with Italians exporters. Sudan reflects Africa's interests, since, at

Macfrut, it seeks buyers for its produce, but also to acquire technology, know-how, and even fruit and vegetables."

The new Interpoma China Congress & Exhibition In the past ten years, the apple industry in China has been changing substantially - a process which to a very big part is still underway. The Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Center as the organizing unit behind Interpoma's international model of success is therefore planning a very first edition of Interpoma in China: the Interpoma China Congress & Exhibition, which is scheduled to take place from the 28th to the 30th of June 2017 in the Weihai International Exhibition & Conference Center on the Shandong peninsula in China.

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With an apple production outcome of 38.5 million tons a year and an acreage of 2.3 million, China is the largest apple producing country in the world. Still, these vast amounts of fruit are largely grown on small scale orchards with little machinery or technology, which offers great business opportunities for companies working in this sector. The Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Center with its international trade show Interpoma in Bolzano has a world renowned know-how when it comes to the cultivation, storage and marketing of the fruit of Adam and Eve, and is therefore organizing the first Interpoma event in the Chinese province

of Shandong. Shandong is the most important apple production area in China with a harvest of 9.3 million tons of apples a year. But over 90% of all orchards still lack protection against hail, birds or frost, less than 20% of them have fertigation facitites and the degree of mechanization still lies under 30%. Interpoma China Congress & Exhibition is meant to be a platform for international companies from the apple industry that would like to grab the opportunitiy to enter the Chinese market. Interpoma China Congress & Exhibition not only offers exhibiting possibilities in the modern exhibition center of Weihai, but also an international congress featuring renowned

speakers from all over the world, organized with the help of numerous partners such as the Fruit Tree and Tea Leaf Workstation of Weihai, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the China Chamber of International Commerce, the Weihai government and the local Agricultural Bureau.

EIMA International, the numbers of a success The last five editions of the International Agricultural Machinery Exposition, held from 2008 to 2016, have recorded a 17% increase of companies exhibiting, and a 103% increase of visitors. At present the Bologna event has proven to be the most



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internationally participated fair in the agricultural sector, with exhibitors from forty-five countries and visitors from more than one-hundred and sixty countries. The reorganization of the fair quarters will be a decisive step to consolidate the event which is among the most important in its sector at a global level. The EIMA international exhibition is one of the most successful in the international trade fair scene. The exposition of agricultural machinery has in fact registered a steady increase in terms of exhibitors, visitors, foreign operators, with a peak in the past five editions, held from 2008 to 2016, a period in which - because of the international crisis and because of the proliferation of similar

events in the emerging areas the European trade fair sector has been at a standstill. Despite this negative economic trend, EIMA has gone from hosting 1.635 exhibitors in 2008 to 1.915 in the 2016 edition, held in November, with a 17% increase. Furthermore, the number of visitors has gone from 140.700 in 2008, to the record number of 285.000 during the 2016 edition, a 103% increase. The number of foreign operators (98%) has increased in a similar proportion: from 22.500 in 2008 to 44.500 in the last edition. These figures clearly indicate that EIMA has reached a prominent position in the international scene of trade fairs, becoming one of the leading events in terms of

exhibitors and visitors, also among the fairs with highest number of international participants, thanks to the presence of manufacturing industries from forty-five countries and visitors from more than one-hundred and sixty countries.

Agritechnica Asia for Bauer was a complete success Recognizing that great potential for the European agricultural machinery industry lies dormant in the Asian region, the German Agricultural Society (DLG) put together an AGRITECHNICA ASIA in Bangkok this March for the first time. With its newly formed “Team Asia�, the Austrian agricultural machinery manufacturer Bauer was present at this first exhibition in the

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Southeast Asian region alongside other leading agricultural technology companies such as AGCO, Claas, MaschioGaspardo and Pöttinger. And it was a great success. “I am truly positively surprised that on the second and third days of the trade fair in particular we received not only many inquiries but many very concrete and serious inquiries”, summarizes Klaus Ferk, Bauer Sales Director for Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with satisfaction. “The percentage of non-Thai visitors was also surprisingly high. From countries like Vietnam, China, the Philippines and Indonesia in particular, we received a great many inquiries, sometimes with very concrete numbers.” It therefore proved to be a great advantage that the newly formed “Team Asia”of the Bauer Group made up of sales partners from Vietnam, China, Japan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand was represented at the event. Rick Beales was also there as “special guest” from Australia, and his comprehensive knowledge of irrigation technology was gladly received by visitors and customers.

technologies and productions suitable for the region's climate. Also expected are more than 60,000 visitors taking part in the event. Agrilevante, the international review of technologies and systems for the agricultural supply chain, has become the most important event for

farmers in the vast geographic area of South Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and North and Sub-Saharan Africa. The biennial exposition organized by FederUnacoma, the Italian National Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation, with the Ente Fiera del Levante, moves into the

Agrilevante, the leading trade fair for Mediterranean agriculture The fifth edition of the exposition dedicated to agricultural machinery and technologies is scheduled for October 12th to 15th in the Bari trade fair center. Exhibitors and business people from countries throughout the Mediterranean region and Sub-saharan Africa will arrive in the city in the Puglia region to take in specific MARCH APRIL 2017




Bari trade fair center for its fifth edition next October 12th to 15th with a huge array of machinery and specific technical solutions geared to typical Mediterranean area farm production, the region's climatic conditions and the farming models practiced. The review will cover fruit and vegetable production, vineyard, wine and olive production as well as cereals and other extensive crops grown in warm climates and host more than 300 manufacturing industries arriving from 21 countries on a 50,000 square meter exhibition area. Following the 2015 Agrilevante, which drew 58,000 visitors attending, expectations for the upcoming review are for

far more than 60,000 taking part and more than 30 delegations of business people from abroad organized in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency (ICE).

Acadian Plant Kealth™ welcomes a new vice president of marketing Acadian Plant Health™ (APH™) recently welcomed Ron Taylor as its new Vice President of Marketing. Taylor will be responsible for driving marketing strategies and best practices, strengthening brand architecture and supporting the global APH™ business team. His goal is to oversee the launch and management of new products, services and associated brands to meet the

company's strategic growth objectives. With over 35 years of experience, Taylor has accumulated a wealth of knowledge from the agricultural industry, having worked in many multinational companies in roles related to marketing, product management, business development, etc. He has also held various management positions for companies operating in the crop protection, seed and biotechnology sectors. “I'm certain that Ron's background, diversified experience and skills will bring tremendous value to the APH™ team,” said President of APH™, Roger Tripathi. “We're elated to have him on board because of his noteworthy track record of developing and

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The first Radicepura Garden Festival On April 21st at Giarre (Province of Catania) in Sicily the Radicepura Garden Festival, promoted by the Radicepura Foundation, will open its doors for the first time. The festival is the first international event dedicated to Mediterranean garden design and landscape architecture, and it will involve young designers, institutions, firms, and great protagonists of landscape art and architecture. Until October 21st, in Radicepura botanical gardens, fourteen gardens will be open to the public, specially created with original plants cultivated by Piante Faro: a nursery with 800 MARCH APRIL 2017

species and over 5000 varieties set up more than fifty years ago by Venerando Faro, today head of the company with his sons Mario and Michele. Sicily is the ideal home for this first biennial event concerning Mediterranean gardens: at the foot of Etna, Radicepura aims to enhance the outstanding local botanical features, the climate, the soil and the water, ideal conditions that allow the vegetation to grow more vigorously than elsewhere. At the heart of the festival is a celebration of the garden, not only for its aesthetic and cultural value, but also for its role as the ideal place to stand still and really look at the beauty - in this case - of the Region of Sicily. Through a personal interpretation of the Mediterranean Experience the theme of the first festival -an event will be created that brings together art, food and wine connoisseurship, and the protection of the environment, as constituent parts of an extraordinary territory. Numerous associations and bodies have answered this call (including: the Catania delegation of FAI, the Italian national trust; FAI - Giardino della Kolymbethra; UGAI, the National Union of Garden Clubs and similar activities and Grandi Giardini Italiani) with the shared goal of giving full visibility to the botanical heritage that Sicily and all the countries of Mare Nostrum conserve, creating an active and coherent network around the theme of the garden.

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Pest-control measures to stop the Red Palm Weevil in Tunisia A small red weevil that destroys palm trees has rapidly expanded its global spread and threatens date and coconut production if its advance is not stopped. Scientists, pest control experts, agricultural ministers and farmer representatives have begun a three-day meeting at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome to debate and define an international action plan to stop the spread of the Red Palm Weevil. The pest attacks dateand coconut-producing palms, as well as ornamental palms found in many European cities. Over the last three decades the weevil has spread rapidly through the Middle East and North Africa, affecting almost every country in the region. In total it has now been detected in more than 60 countries including France, Greece, Italy, Spain and parts of the Caribbean and Central America. "The Red Palm Weevil represents the most dangerous threat to date palm," FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Near East and North Africa, Mr. Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, told



attendees at the opening session. "Insufficient implementation of phytosanitary standards, lack of an effective preventive strategy and insufficient monitoring of response measures explain the failure in containing the pest so far." The Scientific Consultation and High-Level Meeting on Red Palm Weevil is hosted by FAO in collaboration with the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM). "The Mediterranean area harbours a vast biodiversity of plant species that must be protected for social, economic and environmental reasons. A sustainable protection strategy is therefore more essential than ever to protect the whole region from phytosanitary threats," said Cosimo Lacirignola, Secretary-General of CIHEAM. The weevil causes economic losses in the millions of dollars annually, whether through lost production or pest-control costs. In Gulf countries and the Middle East, $8 million is lost each year through removal of severely-infested trees alone. In Italy, Spain and France, the combined cost of pest management, eradication and replacement of infested palms,

and loss of benefits was around Euro 90 million by 2013. This cost is forecast to increase to Euro 200 million by 2023 if a rigorous containment program is not in place. Part of the problem is that the Red Palm Weevil is extremely difficult to detect in the early stages of an infestation because there are few externally-visible signs that the pest has taken over a tree: around 80 percent of the pest's life-cycle is hidden from view. For extremely tall species, an infestation in the crown of the tree is even harder to detect. Once an infestation has taken hold it is too late to save the tree. Palm trees are an important resource for many communities in the Middle East and North Africa. Dates have been a basic food staple for centuries, and are now an important economic crop. More than seven million tonnes of dates are produced annually. In total, around 100 million date palm trees are cultivated today, 60 percent of them in Arab countries. The Red Palm Weevil attacks young, soft trees that are less than 20 years old. Around half of the 100 million date palm trees fit this criteria and are therefore vulnerable.



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fficially endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, AgraME 2017 is poised to bring key players from the global agriculture, poultry and livestock industry to the Middle East in its largest edition yet. Being held from 10 - 12 April 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, AgraME 2017 will feature Country Pavilions from China, Denmark, India, Korea, Pakistan, Poland, Taiwan and the Netherlands and will play host to 300+ exhibitors from 22 countries. With over 5000 anticipated trade visitors, AgraME 2017



promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The MENA region represents an increasingly important market that needs a dedicated trade and business platform like AgraME. MENA's shares of growth in worldwide imports of corn, wheat, and poultry are 23 per cent, 44 per cent, and 31 per cent respectively. Where consumption is concerned, poultry accounts for 50 per cent of all the meat consumed in MENA countries. In 2013, Saudi Arabia was one of the world's largest importers of broiler meat, with a total of 875,259

MT and from January to November 2016 Egypt imported 92,000 tons of poultry from Brazil, up 45.8 per cent from the same months last year, making it one of the most important destinations for livestock exports. As the region's growing population and consequent growth in levels of consumption have stimulated the agriculture, poultry and livestock industries, rising incomes, urbanisation and changing lifestyles are expected to drive the demand for poultry and agricultural products even higher. MARCH APRIL 2017


Industry growth is supported by many recent government policies in the region such as the UAE's strategy, developed in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Association, for food security and sustainable agriculture which will be implemented over the next 15 years. Other countries in the MENA region, including Egypt, Iran and Morocco, have also recently developed major strategies for developing their agriculture industries. At this time of growth and high government support, there are countless opportunities in the agriculture sector. As a business platform, AgraME offers insights into the latest industry developments and technologies and has become a global business portal for the booming agriculture, poultry, and livestock industries. Top manufactures from all over the world like Big Dutchman from Germany, Ma/ag from Italy, TEXHA, and IAN-IFFCO look to AgraME to further their business in the MENA region. Alongside three days of business, the trade show will also include the AgraME, AquaME and VetME Awards, recognizing the outstanding achievements of individuals, departments, teams or organisations that have contributed to the growth and development of the agricultural, aquaculture and veterinary industry. These awards are now open for nominations and submissions and will be presented by the Ministry of Climate Change & Environment at a gala dinner on 10th April 2017. MARCH APRIL 2017

The award categories feature the Emirati Business Awards, recognising innovations in the industry made by UAE nationals and the Student Innovation Awards, recognising the industry's future talent. AgraME 2017 also features the AgraME Conference in a whole new format. Water Management and Biosecurity - the two primary challenges of the industry will be the focus of the conference, Chaired by the esteemed Ghassan Sayegh, General Manager, Middle East Agrifood Publishers (MEAP). The 3day conference will discuss Biosecurity Policies and Practices on Day 1; aspects of The Farm, including farm management and disease control, on Day 2 and The Market, including transport and storage logistics and how to win large-scale clients on Day 3. The event will also feature a conference on Veterinary Practices by EuroVets. AgraME is the perfect place for gathering insights, networking, discovering new products, cementing business deals and contributing to debates with thought leaders in the agriculture, poultry, farming, veterinary and related sectors, alongside the industry's major players. AgraME runs alongside VetME and AquaME, the Middle East's largest exhibitions dedicated to the veterinary and aquaculture industries. Registrations are now open, visit: Show dates: April 10 - 12, 2017 Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre GULF AGRICULTURE


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rab your agenda and block week 24 now! From 13 to 16 June, no less than 59 breeding companies in The Netherlands and Germany will open the doors to show their latest assortment in pot and bedding plants to growers, exporters and buyers from across the world. From technical information to retail inspiration, from breeding breakthroughs to the latest trends, every professional in the horticultural industry has a reason to visit the FlowerTrials.

beyond search for a presence in these three regions during week 24. Exhibitors come from nine countries, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, the U.K and the U.S.A. One of the U.K. exhibitors comments: “The FlowerTrials is one of the most important moments in the season where we show our latest innovations to growers, wholesalers and retailers from across the world. The international scope of visitors to the week 24 event is certainly one of the reasons why we choose to take part.”

A world of innovations gathered in three regions Where the FlowerTrials originally started out with Dutch and German pot and bedding plant breeders opening their doors in the Aalsmeer and Westland area of The Netherlands and Rheinland Westphalen in Germany, now companies from Europe and

Meeting the person behind the plants Promotion for the 2017 edition kicks off strongly with a completely refreshed look. The brand new slogan 'where plants meet people' is paired with an advertising image of a young woman carrying a tray of plants. Chairwoman of the FlowerTrials Board Gill Corless:


“The use of a face is an absolute first for the FlowerTrials. The organisation wishes to underline the fact that the FlowerTrials is the perfect place to make new contacts and maintain existing relationships. The week 24 event is not only about the latest novelties in the pot and bedding landscape, but also about the people that create, produce, buy and sell these varieties.” About the FlowerTrials Each year in week 24, breeders in the Westland and Aalsmeer region (The Netherlands) and Rheinland Westfalen (Germany) open their doors to show the latest innovations in pot and bedding plant breeding. A detailed overview of each exhibitor's assortment, including photos and videos, can be found on The website also offers further information on visiting addresses and opening times, as well as the possibility to preregister online.









he International Plant Trade Fair in Essen (IPM) has once more proven that it is an indispensable inspiration, communication and ordering platform for the global green sector. As the top speaker, the digital expert Sascha Lobo talked about the subject of digitisation in the green sector. Over 57,000 trade visitors from all over the world travelled to Messe Essen from January 24 to 27 to obtain information about the newest plant breeds, innovative horticultural technology, floristry trends as well as sales-promoting products for the point of sale from 1,577 exhibitors from 45 nations and to order goods for



the coming season. The Dutch put in a strong appearance at the trade fair. Our neighbour was the proud partner country of the 35th edition of the world's leading trade fair for horticulture. The mood was outstanding amongst the exhibitors and the visitors alike. "Four very successful days at the trade fair are behind us. IPM ESSEN was able to prove that it is an indispensable meeting point for the entire international green sector. Trendsetting stimuli emanate from the world's leading trade fair for horticulture. Both quantitatively and qualitatively, we are looking back on an allround successful event,"

according to Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen. The figures speak for themselves. More than a third placed orders directly at the trade fair. Around 90 percent rated the range on offer as positive. 93 percent of the visitors would recommend a visit to IPM ESSEN - a top value. There was an increase in the number of Dutch visitors (plus three percent). That is the good result of this year's partner country cooperation. IPM ESSEN was totally characterised by Germany´s neighbouring country. The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands opened IPM ESSEN in an entertaining opening ceremony. MARCH APRIL 2017




is Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, opened Gulfood 2017, the 22nd edition of the world-leading food and beverage exhibition at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Touring the 120,000 squaremetre show, which rans for five days and received up to 90,000 food professionals from 150 countries, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was given a snapshot of the global innovation now impacting an industry striving to meet seismic shifts in consumer dietary preferences. “Buyer demand for healthy and halal products, as well as trusted resource provenance, has turned Gulfood 2017 into a window to global food sector reinvention. The show is already underlining its international reputation as a hotbed for unique business opportunities,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC. From the latest in health, wellness and free-from to 'onthe-go', artisan and affordableconvenience, the show lifts the curtain on a vast range of new concepts and products which are evolving the global F&B scene. Some 5,000 exhibitors from 120 countries were showcased their products and services as they eye a share of the multibillion dollar MENA F&B market. More than 2,000 MARCH APRIL 2017

participants marked their debuts at the world-renowned exhibition, which also hosts the world's biggest annual Halal food sourcing trade show-inshow in Halal World Food. “Now in its 22nd edition, Gulfood has long since completed its evolution from a regional event with international participation to an international show that is held in the region,” said LohMirmand. The geographic influence of Gulfood is demonstrated via 120 national pavilions with four countries Azerbaijan, Finland, Malta and Somalia - represented for

the first time. China, India, Italy, Spain and the USA mounted the largest international pavilions, with Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Lebanon and Morocco showcasing regional capabilities. Back for the fourth year in a row, Halal World Food boasts more than 1,000 international specialist Halal food brands and companies. The show also hosted the annual Emirates Culinary Guild International Salon Culinaire the world's largest single-entry chefs' competition. The 2018 Gulfood show will be held at Dubai World Trade Centre from February 18 to 22. GULF AGRICULTURE





he organisers of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) have hailed the fourth edition an unmitigated success and a game-changer in the development of sustainable farming across the GCC and wider Middle East. Thousands of farm owners, government officials, international and regional agricultural scientists, innovators and investors attended the event held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (20-21 March) to explore more than 300 solutions showcased by exhibitors and attend high level conference sessions, panel discussions, workshops, innovation presentations and technical tours. Held under the patronage of



His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, the GFIA conference featured speakers from around the world tackling five key challenges: climate-resilient crops; growing the aquaculture industry; futureproofing animal health; smallholder farmer development; and sustainable animal production. The much anticipated two-day event, which attracted over 5,900 participants from over 80 countries, acts as an international platform for a debate over global food security and water scarcity - two major issues the world faces today.

Thamer Al Qasemi, Director of the Communication and Community Service Division at ADFCA, said: “Our unique Hosted Programmes for both farmers and scientists were platforms for game-changing discussions in our ongoing efforts to take the most innovative ideas from the research lab to the fields. “The GFIA is one of the few events in the world to present solutions and inspire debate across all types of food production and we have been very pleased with the results and discussions that have taken place here in Abu Dhabi.” Before the event had opened more than 1,000 meetings had been pre-booked between MARCH APRIL 2017

GFIA REVIEW exhibitors and visitors. With more than 80% of exhibitors stating they were satisfied, the event this year drew strong support internationally. Ocean Harvest from Ireland, Arvo Tec and EverGreen Farm Oy from Finland, Ponix Systems in Austria, Beijing Kingpeng from China and AgriLife from India all did significant business at the event and have all re-booked to exhibit in 2018 alongside a host of homegrown UAE companies including Emirates Future, Radoom Agriculture Establishment and Stud Pac. More than 50 innovative solutions were presented across the two day event to support more productive food production across the crop, livestock, aquaculture and horticulture industries. ADFCA innovations included sustainable beekeeping in the UAE, fruit plantation (technologies and operations) and climate control in highly technical agricultural nurseries. Five innovations published by UAE University were: a customised soil and irrigation monitoring system; recognition of plant diseases using smart photo processing; extracting organic antibiotics from dates; deep irrigation study for palm trees; and technologies to increase local citrus trees. They covered diverse topics such as mitigating enteric methane production from ruminant animals, the early detection of the red palm weevil, how to sustainably produce food in urban areas, aquasourcing to retain and absorb moisture, taking advantage of fully sustainable indoor growing systems, sustainable beekeepers in the UAE, and developing the internet for farmers without the internet. MARCH APRIL 2017

Dutch firm Solynta presented their breakthrough findings which have unlocked the tremendous potential of potatoes - 25 gram pristine true seeds which accurately, predictably and quickly breed new varieties with durable disease resistance, increased yield and are resilient to climate change. In Ovo has developed a device which will stop the killing of 3.2 billion male chicks every year; the technology is capable of gender typing the egg, instead of the chick, thus improving animal welfare as well as efficiency in the farming methods and tackling a major issue in poultry. The Bagshan Bee Research Department from the King Saud University showcased their beehive system which has been designed with favourable conditions inside the beehive colony, suitable for local environmental conditions. Due to the high temperatures and dryness of the Middle East, beekeepers lose almost 70% of bees during the summer. The new system uses 7 frames, locally produced,

which will be fully equipped with humidity and temperature controllers to prevent bees from death in the colony. Engender Technologies received positive feedback following their presentation on controlling the composition of a dairy herd. The international animal breeding industry needs an affordable and effective sperm sex sorting product, and Engender has developed a proprietary process to separate X (female) and Y (male) bearing bull sperm cells, enabling dairy farmers to accelerate gain and improve productivity. The day after the conclusion of the event, five technical site tours were arranged to give participants the opportunity to visit some of the best sustainable farming operations and businesses, as well as research and development facilities in the UAE. The tours took place at the Aquaponics Farm in Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre Model Farm, the Seawater Energy and Agricultural System and the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture in Dubai.







he 77th edition of SIMA, the international trade show for agriculture and livestock suppliers, came to a close on March 2, 2017. Over its 5-day duration, the show welcomed 1,770 companies from 42 countries and recorded 232,000 entries including 23% from abroad: a 3% drop compared with the 2015 event. VISITORS WITH PLANS In spite of a challenging economic environment, professionals from the farming sector came together at SIMA with the firm intention of looking towards the future with a realistic and optimistic philosophy. Yoann Marchand, Communications and Sales Promotion Manager at Massey Ferguson France noted “a satisfactory atmosphere which was unexpected at this complicated time, and visitors with interesting profiles and projects, in search of technological solutions.” AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT BY NATURE Bearing witness to the growing interest in many countries for innovations presented at SIMA, this edition once again welcomed a great many international visitors, such as Harold Korte (Brazil), an online cattle trader, who sees SIMA as “an excellent opportunity to meet all the people that matter in one place.” Another visitor, the Vientamese dealer Thien Minh, chose to attend SIMA “because it is aimed at all types of agriculture.” SIMA 2017, PRACTICAL





AND INNOVATIVE With its theme “Being a farmer in 10 years”, SIMA featured a series of new initiatives such as the Startup Village. With regard to this new highlight, Paolin Pascot, chairman of La Ferme Digitale and Agriconomie, said that he was 'satisfied that digital innovation has been placed at the forefront of the show. This new forum for exchange gave us a chance to make new contacts, in particular through our workshops (connected devices, farm distribution of the future, etc.), which were extremely popular.” NEW EVENTS TO FACILITATE NETWORKING Two new events made their debut at SIMA this year to promote business connections between players from everywhere in the agricultural sector: SIMA Dealers Day-ting with its business meetings between exhibitors and dealers from all over the world, and the SIMA African Summit, which attracted professionals from farming, exhibitors, official bodies and private African operators. These events met with outstanding success and have already been slated for the next SIMA show in 2019. SIMAGENA, A SHOWCASE FOR INNOVATION IN GENETICS The SIMAGENA event, featuring cattle auctions and breeding competitions, once again provided the backdrop for meetings and business in the French and international cattle farming community. MARCH APRIL 2017

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OVERVIEW OF MYCOTOXINS IN FEEDINGSTUFFS IN MIDDLE EAST IN 2016 Authors: Radka Borutova, PhD DVM, Business development manager at NUTRIAD International


xcessive rains close to the time of harvesting in South American corn-exporting countries influence the quality of local grains. Corn and soybeans from Argentina and Brazil are exported to many countries in South America, Africa, Russia and the Middle East. A lot of problems with the grain quality could appear in corn-importing countries in 2016-2017 due to the weather conditions. South American grain producers have mentioned that sometimes they were unable to harvest some of their grain because it was too wet and it germinated on the cob. In addition, the average temperature in that region of



around 24-32ºC causes a flourish of the Fusarium mould species (Picture 1). F. graminearum is a plant pathogen which causes fusarium head blight, a devastating disease on wheat and barley. The pathogen is responsible for billions of dollars in economic losses worldwide each year. The 2016 Mycotoxin Survey supported by NUTRIAD International included 89 samples of different raw materials as well as finished feeds from Middle East. All samples were collected during the whole of 2016 from farms or animal feed production sites. Sample providers were advised to follow the principles of good sampling (Richard, 2000). Analytical personnel and/or laboratory staff were not involved in the sampling and did not influence any part of this procedure. Almost 500 analyses were conducted to test for the

occurrence of the 6 mycotoxins most frequently found in agricultural commodities intended for animal production. The survey provided an insight into the incidences of aflatoxin B1 (AfB1), ochratoxin A (OTA), zearalenone (ZEN), deoxynivalenol (DON), T-2 toxin and fumonisins (FUM). All six mycotoxins were analyzed by using lateral flow quantitative method for the detection of mycotoxins (Charm Sciences). For the purpose of data analysis, non-detection levels were based on the limits of quantification (LOQ) of the test method for each mycotoxin: AfB1< 2 μg/kg, ZEN < 25 μg/kg, DON < 250 μg/kg, T-2 toxin <10 μg/kg, OTA <1 μg/kg and FUM < 250 μg/kg. Results The results showed that 97% and 96% of the samples were MARCH APRIL 2017

RESEARCH contaminated with ZEN and OTA, respectively (Table 1, Figure 1). Unexpectedly, more than 88% of the samples contained T-2 toxin. The average concentrations of all recovered mycotoxins were medium to high, meaning that some samples were not only positive for AfB1, but the levels were far above maximum levels set by COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 574/2011. The EU regulation is not really valid in many countries of Middle East but may be used as a reference. One sample of corn and one of finished feed were contaminated with 60 and 90 μg/kg AfB1, respectively. The highest concentration of DON detected in one of the samples of finished feed reached 4000 μg/kg. Almost 60% of the samples contained FUM, mycotoxins affecting immune system of all poultry species and young ruminants. The FUM average concentration reached 2953 μg/kg which is medium risk concentration (>LOD but below EU recommendation levels) for breeding poultry and layers. Unexpectedly, the results showed that the average concentration of DON was 642 μg/kg which is significant. Several samples were concurrently contaminated with 4 to 6 mycotoxins which may lead to synergistic interactions among them. The maximum concentration of FUM found in several samples of finished feed and one sample of maize was 6000 μg/kg. This high concentration may have a significant effect on

health and performance of farm animals, especially young and breeding poultry. Discussion Avian mycotoxicosis is considered to be one of the most important problems in the poultry industry. It causes severe losses not only in terms of lost performance, but also as an immunosuppressive agent increasing the bird's susceptibility to diseases. Feeding DON or fumonisincontaminated feed in low concentrations is a predisposing factor for the development of necrotic enteritis (Antonissen et al., 2014). In addition to the morphological changes induced to the intestinal villi by DON, it is suggested that this mycotoxin negatively affects nutrient utilisation (Awad et al., 2005a, 2005b, 2007). There is also an evidence that mycotoxins increase pathogenic bacterial colonisation (Salmonella spp., E.coli) of the intestinal tract (Kumar et al., 2003). Parasitic infections are more severe in combination with mycotoxins too. Combination of Eimeria tenella infection and aflatoxicosis in broiler chickens exaggerates the course of coccidial infection (Ellakany et al., 2011). According to Girgis et al. (2010) the combination of DON, zearalenone (ZEN) and fumonisins alters the Eimeria-induced immune response. Moreover, mycotoxin contamination of broiler feed may reduce the efficacy of anticoccidial treatment with lasalocid (Varga and Vanyi, 1992).

Gut-associated lymphoid tissue represents almost 70% of the entire immune system. Due to negative effects of mycotoxins of the gastrointestinal tract described above, immunity acquired through vaccination can be impaired by ingestion of contaminated feed. The Egyptian study of Hegazy el al. (2011) revealed that mycotoxicosis might be the cause of vaccination failure against Avian Influenza virus. Mycotoxins reduce the level of antibodies following infection or vaccination and reduce the activity of phagocytic cells. Suppressed immune function by mycotoxins can eventually decrease resistance to infectious diseases, reactivate chronic infections and/or decrease vaccines efficacy (Oswald et al., 2005). The presence of mycotoxins in poultry rations could therefore lead to a breakdown in vaccinal immunity and to a consequent increase in the occurrence of diseases such as infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) (Somvanshi and Mohanty, 1991) or Adenovirus (Shivachandra et al., 2003). Low levels of toxins in rations, below observable overt toxicity, are also likely to alter normal immune functions. Conclusion This mycotoxin survey concluded that several raw feed materials and finished feeds available and utilized in Middle East in 2016 were of poor quality (>LOQ and above EU recommended levels) in terms of mycotoxin contamination. Based on the results of this survey which was conducted during the whole of 2016, it must be

Table 1 – Mycotoxin contamination of feedingstuffs AfB 1






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RESEARCH concluded that a very similar situation is expected for the year 2017 and raw feed materials and finished feeds should not automatically be considered safe to be fed to all animal species. Vigilance is always advisable as cereals in animal feeds originate from many sources. Caution is advised as several continental European cereals and South American soya and maize harvested in 2016 have been shown to be contaminated with medium to high concentrations of mycotoxins and these might be exported to Middle East countries. Disease outbreaks in farms are known to have economically devastating effects as the whole flock/herd can be affected. The occurrence of diseases has a direct negative impact on the economic viability of poultry farms as outbreaks represent major cost increases and loss of profit. It is clear that even low dietary levels of mycotoxins may alter the animal health and overall farm profitability by increasing the susceptibility of animals to infectious diseases and by decreasing vaccine efficacy. NUTRIAD delivers products and services to over 80 countries through a network of sales offices and distributors. These are supported by 4 application laboratories and 5 manufacturing

facilities on 3 continents. Find out more at References Antonissen, G., van Immerseel, F., Pasmans, F., Ducatelle, R., Haesebrouck, F., Timbermont, L., Verlinden, M., Janssens, G.P., Eeckhaut, V., Eeckhout, M. et al. 2014. The mycotoxin deoxynivalenol predisposes for the development of Clostridium perfringens-induced necrotic enteritis in broiler chickens. PLoS One 2014, 9, e108775 Awad, W.A., J. Böhm, E. RazzaziFazeli, and J. Zentek. 2005a. In vitro effects on electrical properties of intestinal mucosa of laying hens. Poult. Sci. 84:921-927. Awad, W.A., H. Rehman, J. Böhm, E. Razzazi-Fazeli, and J. Zentek. 2005b. Effects of luminal deoxynivalenol and L-proline on electrophysiological parameters in the jejunums of laying hens. Poult. Sci. 84:928-932. Awad, W.A., J.R. Aschenbasch, FM. Setyabudi, E. Razzazi-Fazeli, J. Böhm, and J. Zentek. 2007. In vitro effects of deoxynivalenol on small intestinal D-glucose uptake and absorption of deoxynivalenol across the isolated jejuna epithelium of laying hens. Poult. Sci. 86:15-20. Ellakany, H.F., Abuakkada, S.S., Oda, S.S., and El-Sayed, Y.S. 2011. Influence of low levels of dietary aflatoxins on Eimeria tenella infections in broilers. Trop Anim Health Prod. 2011 Jan;43(1):249-57. doi:

Figure 1 – Percentage of positive samples (>LOQ)



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ase IH, a global leader in agricultural equipment, is beginning a year of celebrations to commemorate its 175th anniversary at the brand's global headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin. It was there, on the shores of the Root River, that founder Jerome Increase Case established the Racine Threshing Machine Works to produce a revolutionary machine to speed up the separation of grain after harvest. “I find it amazing to see just how far the farming industry and our company have come during the last 175 years especially given the fact that we are stronger than ever before today,” Case IH Brand President, Andreas Klauser, states. “The common theme which has always guided our innovative approach is to provide customers with ever-improving technologies that enable them to farm more efficiently and profitably. Mr. Case began this tradition having worked extensively with farm equipment before he started his own business and it became his lifelong passion. He believed that every piece of equipment manufactured by his company must deliver on the brand promise and saw to that personally. There is a famous account of him traveling to another state to investigate a product issue, even when he was well into his later years. Those principles continue to inspire and guide us today.” The company's beginnings were closely linked with those of the American economy, as American pioneers moved west and new farms were established there to feed the growing population centers in the East. In 1869, Case went on to manufacture the first steam engine


tractor, which though wheeledmounted was drawn by horses and used only to power other machines, then in 1876 built the first selfpropelled traction steam engine. As steam engines quickly replaced horses for threshing, the J.I. Case Threshing Machine Company became the world's largest producer of steam engines by 1886. In 1902, five companies merged to form the International Harvester Company in Chicago, the deal being brokered, personally, by J.P. Morgan, the American banker who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation at the time. The company produced its first combine harvester in 1915 and in 1923 introduced the Farmall®, the world's first row-crop tractor. Providing greater productivity, reliability and safety, it was a revolutionary unified system of tractors and implements for plowing, cultivating and harvesting. International Harvester sold more than five million Farmall tractors and in 1977 launched the unique single-rotor Axial-Flow® rotary combine, which revolutionized the farming industry with its simplicity, grain quality, grain savings, crop adaptability, matched capacity and high resale value. Axial-Flow combines still set the standard for harvesting performance today. Case IH was formed in 1985 when J. I. Case acquired the agricultural division of International Harvester, uniting the legacies of Case and IH in a single brand. Its first product, the Magnum tractor from 160hp to 240hp, was introduced in 1987 and became the first tractor to win the Industrial Design Excellence

Award. Now producing up to 380hp, the Magnum continues to be one of the most recognizable Case IH products and more than 150,000 have been sold. The revolutionary Case IH Quadtrac tractor, which was launched in 1996, established a new benchmark and remains unmatched. Now including the most powerful series production tractor in the world, the Steiger® Quadtrac 620 with up to 692hp, it delivers the greatest pulling power while implementing efficient, ground-conserving tillage and drilling concepts. Since the turn of the Century, when Case IH reintroduced the Farmall brand, the company's technical innovations have continued unabated. Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS™), accurate to within 2.5cm, have been at the forefront of Precision Farming for more than two decades, giving farmers the ability to maximise productivity and profitability using satellite technology In 2000, Case IH launched continuously variable transmission technology which enables its CVX tractors to deliver an optimum combination of power and fuel efficiency Patented 'Efficient Power' engine technologies enable Case IH equipment to meet the latest Stage IV (Tier 4 Final) emission standards without complex exhaust gas recirculation systems or particulate filters In 2014, the Case IH Magnum 380 CVX was voted 'Tractor of the Year 2015' at the EIMA International Exhibition in Bologna, Italy. That year, Case IH also MARCH APRIL 2017

AGRICULTURE MACHINERY launched the Rowtrac CVX, which combines the individual benefits of tracked and wheeled tractors Case IH's award-winning performance continued during 2015 when the new Case IH Optum CVX tractor was named 'Machine of the Year 2016' at Agritechnica. The judges were impressed by its stunning 'power pack' design, excellent power-toweight ratios, maneuverability, efficiency and reliability. The Optum 300 CVX achieved the accolade of 'Tractor of the Year 2017' at the 2016 EIMA, the international farm machinery show in Italy, where the judges praised its high power, low-weight design which meets the needs of farmers in Europe. Their decision acknowledges Case IH's 'focus on farmers' philosophy and Optum CVX's importance in the growing

high power/compact segment of the tractor market Visitors to the 2016 Farm Progress Show in the USA were stunned when Case IH unveiled the Autonomous Tractor Concept. Able to operate autonomously with a wide range of field implements, this ground-breaking concept is designed to make agriculture more efficient, economic and environmentally-friendly at a time when finding skilled labor is becoming increasingly difficult for farmers in many parts of the world. “The Case IH 175th Anniversary is a testament to many years of quality, perseverance and progress. It's also an occasion to reflect on our guiding principles of innovative engineering, efficient power and agronomic design, a philosophy that will continue into the future,” Andreas Klauser adds.

“I am certain that if Mr. Case could see the company today he would instantly recognise that the core values which he championed all those years ago are still at the heart of everything we do. I have no doubt he would approve of the fact that we involve customers in every new range, model and product update through our Customer Driven Product Design, but what he would think of the Autonomous Tractor Concept we can only guess!. “When I look at the enormous transformation which has taken place in agriculture over the last 175 years, it is very exciting to think about what might be achieved during the next 175 years. I am sure that will be discussed during our celebrations with customers, dealers and employees.”

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MA/AG IS INNOVATION THE COMPANY CELEBRATES 40 YEARS: THE SECRET OF THE SUCCESS Serena and Roberto, daughter and son-in-law of the founder, tell the story, the key steps, and news and future projects of the big family Passion, foresight and flexibility. From 40 years MA/AG is synonymous of innovation and sustainability, in Italy and around the world. And, from that 21 October 1976, the company carries forward the philosophy of his founder: from the first day, the cav. Angelo Ruggeri is convinced that the winning solutions must be found in the alternative to the ploughing. A positive, decisive and different step for the Italian and international agriculture. The years passing away, market evolves, but the company remains faithful to these fundamental values which represent a distinctive feature from the origins. The founder today is supported by his daughters Serena and Olha Ruggeri and by his son-in-law Roberto Rocchetti. A story based on values as family, union and respect for the customers and for the collaborators. A story called MA/AG. Forty years of MA/AG and ten years of MA/AG seeding division, a new society added to the historic group in 2006. These are the important goals celebrated by the company in 2016. Serena and Roberto tell the story, the key steps, news and future projects of the big family. We start from the very beginning: Which are the main values of the company? Family, union and respect for the customers and for the collaborators. These are the fundamental aspects, always present, and that still continue.

From two people we are arrived to the actual 48. The personal relationships are the leitmotif of the company together with foresight, which is the main commercial value. In the 80’s, MA/AG brought on the market something different: it was the period of ploughs and rotary harrows. We have introduced innovative equipment for a less invasive working that, at the same time, guarantee an elevate productivity and less impact on the environment. In actual fact, regarding the preparation of the soil, there has been a change: from the five consolidate passages to only one. Forty years of activity. Which is the secret? The aptitude to realize, in advance, innovative and sophisticate equipment that are able to solve problems and necessities of demanding customers. In the 90’s the agronomic theory has changed, putting great attention on the part of the users about saving and impact on the environment. From time immemorial, sustainable agriculture is our philosophy. It’s an instinctive reaction for us to think in this way. MA/AG has always going on its way and perseverance and tenacity during these years rewarded us. These kind of choices made the company a more innovative reality and a point of reference in the Italian and international panorama. Every day we enter in contact with multinationals. But on the market we are required because of the news we always introduce. Forty years of experience in this sector means a lot. We are a small reality, but we are endowed with flexibility that allows us to be ready to modify quickly our production according to the customer’s demand. It is important being able to listen. And the constructive criticism of the customers enables us to reach best results.

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iolchim S.p.A., leader in sector of specialty fertilizers, has strengthened its position on the market through important acquisitions over the last years. The growth path started in 2008 under the guide of Mr. Leonardo Valenti (CEO), and with the investment fund Wisequity, leading to the acquisition of CIFO in 2014. CIFO is a prestigious brand for professional agriculture, and the benchmark in Italy for Home & Garden, with widespread brand awareness and unrivalled territory coverage on the market. In line with its growth strategy by vertical integration, the Biolchim-Cifo Group acquired in 2015 West Coast Marine Bio Processing, a Canadian manufacturer of kelp extracts which operates the entire production process onsite at its facilities on the Vancouver Island. In 2016 the Group acquired a majority stake of 70% in Matécsa Kft., one of the largest potting soil producers in Hungary. Matécsa operates a mine for the extraction of peat, which can also serve as source of humic and fulvic acids for the formulation of biostimulants. Earlier this year, the Biolchim-Cifo Group signed an agreement to purchase 60% of Ilsa S.p.A., a solid Italian company producing and selling organic and organo-mineral fertilizers, biostimulants and products with specific action.





Through this transaction, the two companies created one of the world's most important industrial groups in the specialty fertilizer and biostimulant industry with 8 manufacturing plants, 8 business branches, and approximately 300 employees operating in 80 countries. Together, the companies can manufacture all the main raw materials required for

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s the food and agricultural industry become more globalised, the risks of disease and cross contamination have increased. According to the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, “failed agriculture market regulation and the lack of anti-dumping mechanisms cause much of the world's food security issues”. The consumer loses all traceability of their food origin and hence there is a real risk that it may have been grown in an area with unsafe drinking and irrigation water, poor sanitation and low food safety standards. Changing the focus from traditional in-ground growing to innovative Controlled Environment Agriculture


(CEA), Wangara Horticultural has worked closely with Universities, Government Agencies and major food producers to adapt the way food is grown in the 21st century. The synergy between EasyFill™ planter bags and the new technology based approach (CEA) provides consumer protection and maintains optimal growing conditions throughout the life cycle of the plants or crops. (CEA) optimises the use of key resources such as water, energy and space. Easy-Fill™ planter bags have been allowing our customers to grow their plants and crops in a controlled environment for over 18 years with the main benefits of saving water, optimal soil use

without loss or erosion, and direct control of nutrients thus alleviating real concerns over soil contamination. In commercial agriculture, growing with Easy-Fill™ planter bags can increase efficiency and crop yield, reduce the risks of cross contamination and disease, and save resources. Don't trust your investment to other companies that lack the experience, industry knowledge, and quality controls. Wangara Horticultural is the original designer of the heavy duty, round bottom planter bag, and has maintained its market position in an ever changing industry through innovative design and producing a superior product with a manufacturer guarantee. MARCH APRIL 2017



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DS manufactures and distributes a wide range of technical mats and rubber floorings for the agriculture industry. IDS products increase comfort, and security for cattle and workers. More and more farms choose to replace freestall straw bedding by rubber mats for three reasons: Rubber mats increase cattle comfort by using soft foam pads or naturally soft rubber to provide a confortable bed for cattle. The second reason is to reduce straw consumption. Indeed, rubber freestall beds only need a thin layer of straw to keep it dry. And last but not least: rubber beds are easy to clean with high pressure cleaner, therefore it



prevents cattle infections, reduce manure treatment, and save time. IDS provides individual interlocking rubber freestall beds as well as rubber beds in roll. Various thickness and comfort qualities are available to meet the needs of every farm. IDS also offers solutions for circulation areas and milking rooms. Sturdy and anti-slip rubber floorings ensure security and comfort for cattle and workers by reducing risks of falls. Animals are less stressed, and injuries and veterinary costs are therefore reduced. The animal well-being improvement is visible on their productivity. Like rubber

freestall beds, rubber floorings are quick and easy to clean with high pressure cleaner. Some of IDS floorings are even suitable for scraped passage. IDS products help you to improve the well-being and productivity of your cattle, by using long lasting and high quality material such as natural rubber and latex foam to increase cattle comfort and security. They also allow you to save time and money by reducing straw consumption and cleaning time. MARCH APRIL 2017



A Dr. Ammara Fiaz DVM, MPhil Con.. Veterinary Surgeon Charis Vets


s summer approaches, and the weather heats up, so does the competitive season for horse shows, racing and other equine events. This is the time of the year that severe heat-related stress occurs in equine athletes. Heat Stroke also known as heat exhaustion or hyperthermia, heat stroke is a condition that occurs with horses performing a great deal of work in excessively hot or humid conditions. When the horse is unable to lose body heat, its body temperature goes up rapidly, causing severe (and sometimes fatal) health concerns. Problems develop and the cooling system breaks down during hot, humid weather when sweat doesn't evaporate and adequate cooling cannot take place. The result is heat stress, which often leads to


heat exhaustion or lifethreatening heat stroke. Signs & Symptoms Reduced skin elasticity High Rectal temperature

(More than 103ยบF) Slow capillary refill time Rapid Shallow breathing Muscles tremor Dark Urine Color Decrease performance Anhidrosis (failure of the sweat glands) Colic due to decreased water content of digesta Hyperthermia may all be due to heat-induced disruption of the horse's normal water and electrolyte balance. Many horse owners don't realize that only about 25% of the energy used in the performance horse's working muscles is converted to actual muscle movement. The remaining 75% loss of efficiency is

represented by waste heat that becomes very difficult for the horse to dissipate in hot and humid weather Signs of Dehydration Dry or tacky gums Weak, fast pulse Sunken eyes CoolExtremities Nutrition contributes to managing heat stress? Electrolytes - A racehorse can lose up to 10 liters of sweat per performance (work/race). This fluid isn't just water - it contains a lot of salt. These salts, when broken down into their chemical components, are referred to as electrolytes. These are typically groups of different salts that contain such electrolytes as sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium and calcium. Electrolytes govern the transfer of water through cell membranes MARCH APRIL 2017

ANIMAL HEALTH into or out of the cells. Thus, they function in getting the nutrients in and the waste products out. If we don't provide at least a minimum electrolyte replacement, horses show up with such medical conditions as metabolic alkalosis, inefficient transport of oxygen and energy substrates, poor tissue perfusion, thumps, muscle spasms, exertional rhabdomyolysis, cardiac arrhythmias, gastrointestinal stasis, anhidrosis, kidney impairment, and poor recoveries. (Actually, poor heart and respiratory recovery is one of the key signs that can lead you to recognize the problems associated with the task of accomplishing thermoregulation.) The point is, most of these problems mentioned stem from the resulting dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Thus, it is essential to correctly manage and supplement horse's diets with electrolytes. Low Heat Feeding Many equestrians would know about cool feeds, but what we are referring to is feeds that do not provide much heat as a result of fermentation in the hindgut. This is done by processing grains by, processes such as Micronizing. This enables nearly all of the starch in the grain to be digested in the small intestine, which results in little or no heat produced. Thus the hindgut only has to digest the fibre in the horse's diet, which in turn dramatically reduces the amount of heat generated by fermentation. Fat is digested quite efficiently in the horses' small intestine and does not produce any heat whilst being digested. The problem however is that high fat feeds in the tropics can quickly go rancid and moldy. MARCH APRIL 2017

Anti-oxidants and mold inhibitors can be added to these feeds, which provided they are stored correctly will greatly prolong the effective use by date of the feed. Elevated environmental conditions reduce the horse's appetite. Micronizing improves feed efficiency, thus less feed is required to be fed to the horse. Also the Micronizing process actually enhances the palatability

of grains and is a useful tool to help keep horses eating during times of environmental stress. Should I work My Horse Today? A practical test to determine whether it is safe to work your horse is the “Effective temperature� test, used to help determine the environmental conditions most likely to result in heat related illness in an GULF AGRICULTURE



exercising horse. This test combines ambient temperature with relative humidity. (To convert Celsius into Fahrenheit F = ( 9 * C / 5) + 32) How does a Horse Chill Out? The single most important means the horse has for getting rid of the enormous heat load generated during exercise is evaporation. This accounts for approximately 65% of the heat dissipation. Sweat is evaporated off of the skin surface and cools the horse. The lungs account for approximately another 25%. The capacity of the respiratory tract to dissipate heat from the body becomes very important under conditions of high humidity and high temperature when evaporative conditions are not favorable. High humidity makes evaporative cooling less efficient. The combination of high temperature and high humidity combined can lead to serious



trouble quickly. Direct sunshine on a clear day intensifies the problem. How Can I Manage Heat Stroke? Hose horses with cold water. Hose the horse down then take it for a 1-minute walk, then repeat hosing. This will encourage the dilation of capillaries close to the skin, which will increase the evaporation of heat from the horse. Encourage horses to drink cool water (small amounts frequently). If you are able to monitor the amount of water your horse drinks it will give you a good idea of how much water it is consuming. Horses working in hot/humid conditions should drink approximately 50-70Litres of water per day. In severe cases vets have been known to give cold-water enemas or drenches to cool the horse's core body temperature down to approximately 38°C.

The critical temperature, one that is characteristic of a lifethreatening situation, if maintained for any length of time, is 40-41°C. Supplement electrolytes daily, 60 gram of salt. Ensure that the horse has plenty of ventilation and access to a cool breeze as convection helps cool horses quicker. If none is available fans / air conditioners can be used to produce an artificial breeze. (Remember poor ventilation in stables can lead to respiratory problems). Stick to the shade and avoid strenuous exercise between noon and 3pm. Remember that weather forecasts quote the temperature in the shade, so a horse out in a field with no shade or shelter and limited water supply can suffer bad heatstroke Avoid leaving horses standing in horseboxes or trailers in direct sun. Do not leave your horse shut in a hot stuffy stable when there is no breeze. Allow small drinks at intervals during exercise even before competing. Give soaked hay and sloppy, wet feeds to help get water on board. Rapid rehydration will not be possible with water alone as electrolytes, particularly sodium, are needed. There are a variety of commercially available equine oral replacement electrolyte solutions on the market, but it is important they are made up at the correct concentration and that your horse will take them. Adding apple squash or apple. juice helps to mask the taste It is worth giving electrolytes before strenuous exercise as a preventative measures. MARCH APRIL 2017




ornazor International is a 30-year-old agricultural commodity trading company based in New Jersey, USA. We have grown from humble beginnings; we started with three employees and now have 80. We are 100% export driven and have developed a distinguished customer base. Our company trades ingredients as well as commodities such as animal proteins and aquaculture feeds. We also trade grains including soybeans, dried distiller's grains, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, protein blends and poultry fat. End users include dairies, poultry farms, aquaculture farms and feed mills. Additionally,

we offer race horse feeds, alfalfa and forage grass and animal hygiene products. Our food division offers USDA table eggs, fresh produce from leading farms around the country and specialty foods geared to food service distributors. Fornazor International has fully integrated its functions to bring commodities from America's heartland to feed millers around the world. We take possession from suppliers and arrange logistics to ensure ease and convenience for our customers. Our Tradewinds division is an NVOCC and specializes in full container load logistics — inland to


port of final destination — of agricultural commodities. “The Journal of Commerce” magazine has named us one of the top 100 USA exporters for the past several years. In 2015, we ranked #66 out of all American exporters and in the top 12 for agricultural exports. We are proud of receiving the USA Presidential “E Award” for excellence in exporting. We have been selling to the Middle East for 15 years and are experts in documentation and smooth transactions. For information, please contact our local salesperson Faisal Ismail at +971 5 6171 9900.

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Mr. Mohammed Haneef, Founder & Managing Director

Nutriplus Commodities FZCO


utriplus commodities FZCO is one of the leading international commodities trading companies in the feed ingredients and raw material supply in the Middle East. Based in Dubai, Nutriplus is involved in trading, indenting and representing for International exporters and reputed producers of feed commodities in the USA, Europe, etc. “Our major customers are the end users in Livestock farms, Poultry farms, Feed mills in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait for last more than a decade”, says Mohammed Haneef, Founder and Managing Director of Nutriplus Commodities FZCO. According to Haneef, the main reason of animals contacting all kinds of viruses is because they are not provided clean filtered water and improper sanitization. We have a Nano Filter Solution for this. We offer high quality filters for purification of water especially for poultry farms. Some of the benefits are: It works without replacement cartridges, unlimited service life and it does not transmit bacteria.

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We offer high quality filters for purification of water especially for poultry farms. Some of the benefits are: It works without replacement cartridges, unlimited service life and it does not transmit bacteria. Now we are launching the brand new NANO FILTER.” The advantages of the filter system of light water: The filter element is covered with very pure silver (99,9%), which in the ionic form has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic. So your chicken farm will be protected from viruses and infections. Principle of operation: 1. The main difference between the

filter NANO-FILTER - filtration on a new principle. 2. The filter housing is converts the structure of water. 3. Due to the principle of "mirror effect" all the dirty particles discharged into the drainage channel. 4. Biological, antibacterial NANOpurification from infectious agents through the generation of vibration of the Hyper high frequency. The result of the filter structured water you will get: 1. The increase in weight gain (due to the removal of bacterial load and improvement in metabolism, as water is better and easier penetration into the cells, cleaning them. The excretion of metabolic products of the organism and the toxins is faster). 2. Increase the safety of the stock (by increasing the body's resistance to adverse factors environment). 3. Reducing costs for consumables (cartridges, spare parts for filters). 4. Reduce the cost of filter maintenance (repair, change of cartridges, replacement of filters due to breakage) 5. Cost reduction by 3-4 times for veterinary drugs and medicines (by structuring). 6. The increase in profits annually, without additional investments.

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