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Poultry Digest

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ProTen sheds in new WA Serpentine facility enter production VIV Asia 2009: Despite the GFC exhibitors and crowds still come

APSS 2009 covers key industry issues

Poultry CRC re-bid application lodged

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Contents 8 COVER STORY ProTen sheds in new WA Serpentine facility enter production Peter Bedwell recently visited ProTen Limited’s new broiler farm located about 40 minutes drive south of Perth. Six sheds of the 16 shed 940,000 bird complex have now been completed with full production expected by June this year. ProTen has been the subject of much speculation and interest and has the potential to change the industry in quite radical ways.

Farm Manager Matthew Bryant at the ProTen Serpentine broiler farm in WA.

NEWS 4 VIV Asia 2009: Despite the GFC exhibitors and crowds still come

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Even though the Global Financial Crises would have been foremost in the minds of many in the world’s intensive livestock and feed industries, 568 exhibitors from 41 countries hosted nearly 21,000 visitors at VIV Asia 2009 held in Bangkok, from March 11 to 13. 14 APSS 2009 covers key industry issues The Australian Poultry Science Symposium 2009 held on February 9-11, covered an exceptional range of topics and extended well beyond the specifics of poultry production into wider climatic, social and welfare issues. 18 Alltech’s 2009 Symposium: Stepping up the PACE for a sustainable future The theme for Alltech’s 25th Annual Symposium to be held in Kentucky in the USA from the May 17 to 20 2009, is to challenge industry to ‘Secure long term profitability in a period of crisis’. 18 Poultry CRC re-bid application lodged The Australian Poultry CRC lodged its re-bid application in March for a second round of funding to take the CRC through to 2017. 23 Eveleigh Market hatches new business opportunities for farmers The Eveleigh Farmers’ Market is not yet even a month old and already farmer vendors are reporting powerful business impacts from their participation in Sydney’s newest farmers’ market that trades every Saturday morning in the custom-renovated railway workshop at the historic Eveleigh Railyards, near Sydney University, in Darlington. 26 Re-writing ‘the book’ on a devastating poultry diseasse A world-first discovery made by a Monash University PhD student working at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, has poultry scientists worldwide taking a fresh look at the devastating bacterial disease, necrotic enteritis.

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30 ABB acquires NZ’s most expereinced stock feed maker Leading Australian agribusiness, ABB Grain Ltd, has announced plans to buy New Zealand’s largest and most-established brand in compound feed, NRM.

NEW PRODUCTS 35 Perten Instruments offers rapid analysis for the feed industry 36 Product news from VIV Asia 2009 38 General Alert System released at VIV Asia

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NEWS VIV Asia 2009: Despite the GFC exhibitors and crowds still come Even though the Global Financial Crises would have been foremost in the minds of many in the world’s intensive livestock and feed industries, 568 exhibitors from 41 countries hosted nearly 21,000 visitors at VIV Asia 2009 held in Bangkok, from March 11 to 13. Just over 3400 trade professionals attended the conference and seminar sessions and the special theme ‘Eggs!’ was a great success and contributed to strong exhibitor participation with a stand alone section in the trade display hall. “We saw a strong selection of innovations for poultry, pigs and aquaculture which contributed to the innovative buzz that was clearly present at VIV Asia 2009,” said Ruwan Berculo, Project Manager VIV Asia Pacific. “Despite the economic downturn, VIV Asia attracted high quality trade professionals with serious buying power and exhibitors were pleasantly surprised with their business results and gave the event a high rating,” Mr Berculo added. More than 80 companies confirmed that they would participate in the VIV Asia 2011 event to be held from March 9 to 11 at the Bitec site in Bangkok. In terms of visitor statistics just over half were from Thailand and visitors from Australia numbered 163 – a figure that put us in the ‘top 20’, level with Japan. This figure exceeded those number of visitors from the US which was 96. In terms of ‘main activity of company’ visitors from poultry farms (23%), feed mills (17%) and feed ingredients,

additives/animal health (14%) dominated. In terms of job function, 21% of visitors were general managers, 20% marketing /sales, 12% technical manager/engineers and 11% farm owners. There were plenty of Australian and New Zealand poultry industry identities present from both the broiler and layer sectors. The Thais take their intensive livestock industries very seriously as they are major contributors to their economy, particularly the poultry sector. At the opening ceremony, Mr Apirak Kosayothin, advisor to the Prime Minister of Thailand, addressed journalists and conference attendees and did the honours with cutting the ribbon to officially open VIV Asia 2009. Sharing the opening ceremony celebrations was Mr Ton Otten, CEO of VNU Exhibitions and Mr Rirksmai Sukhum, Vice Chairman of the NCC Group , co-organisers with VNU of the well established VIV Asia, Bangkok event. The Asian Personality Awards for key contributors to pig and poultry industries were then announced by Nigel Horrox of Positive Action Publications and Ruwan Berculo of VIV Exhibitions Europe. The winner of the International Poultry Production-VIV Asia Personality Award was Mr Gordon Buntland, a leading international poultry industry advisor and specialist in global financial matters. He is well known in Australian industry academic and management circles. Mr Prajit Udnoon was named as

winner of the ‘International Hatchery Practice-VIV Poultry Breeder Personality Award’. Amongst many achievements Mr Horrox identified Mr Udnoon’s important role in bringing evaporative cooling into Thailand’s poultry industry, an initiative that helped to transform poultry production in the SE Asian region. The VIV Asia 2009 Opening Conference sponsored by Rabobank, followed the opening ceremony and the theme was ‘Impact of the financial crisis on the global animal protein industry’. Speakers and participants included Gordon Buntland, Mark Lyons from Alltech, Chairman Goosen van den Bosch, Intervet, Viviene Yuen and Jean-Yves Chow from Rabobank International. Mr Yuen and Mr Chow identified key elements of events leading up to and now playing out in the world’s financial crisis that has lead to difficulty in obtaining loans but also a reluctance of buyers to invest. “The recent commodity bust was more related to speculation than actual demand,” Mr Chow said. “Global trade could be endangered by greater levels of protectionism and the drop in feed prices will not last. “There will be consolidation at all levels of the supply chain but eventually there will be recovery lead by Asia whose financial structures were not as badly affected as in many developed economies in both Europe and the US. “Increasing per capita meat consump-  Cutting the ribbon to open VIV Asia 2009. Left: Ton Otten CEO VNU Exhibitions Europe, Apirak Kosayothin advisor to Thailand’s prime minister and right Rirksmai Sukhum, Vice Chairman of the NCC Group.

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NEWS  tion, and particularly poultry, would grow to match the developed economies creating significantly increased demand for both feed and more sophisticated protein products,” Mr Chow predicted. In the meantime Mr Yuen suggested that livestock industries needed to go back to basics to refine process efficiencies and prepare their organisations for the recovery phase of the global economy. Dr Mark Lyons from Alltech followed and made the opening point that the financial crises, while threatening global agribusiness, also created opportunities. “We must ask ourselves, how do we fare against others and how do we make our businesses more sustainable? “In a world where companies like Nokia have suffered a 46% drop in business over the last year and the Royal Bank of Scotland’s debts exceed the total per annum value of the economy in the UK, we have to create opportunities to survive,” he said. “In the future we need leaders who are prepared to absorb uncertainty – at present we have managers who have not always been capable of dealing with our current challenging global situation. “The word crisis in Chinese contains two characters – one stands for danger and the other opportunity. “According to David Byrne, the former EU food safety commissioner, there are two kinds of organisations, those who have had a crisis, and those yet to face a crisis. “Do you have a plan?” Dr Lyons asked. In concluding he suggested that “one should never waste the opportunity of a good crisis.” Following the conference attendees joined the already gathering crowd in the two exhibition halls and on the opening day more than 8700 visitors passed through the doors. It is a tribute to the organisers that they put on such a great show in troubled times – perhaps the most important statistic to emerge from the event was that nearly half of the attendees stated that they had buying and investment plans ready to execute within the next twelve months. That’s nearly 10,000 managers, farm owners, vets, marketers, consultants, nutritionists, engineers, and others who are already looking beyond the current financial gloom. Hopefully the VIV Asia 2011, March 9 -11 conference theme may be “How do we maximise our benefit from the global boom in demand for feed and protein production? More photos of VIV Asia 2009 on page 24/36.

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Top: The impressive panel at the Rabobank sponsored VIV Asia 2009 Financial Crisis Conference following the opening. Left to right: Gordon Buntland, Mark Lyons (Alltech) Vivien Yuel and Jean-Yves Chow both from Rabobank. Centre: Asian Personality Awards presented by Ruwan Berculo of VIV Exhibitions Europe (left) and Nigel Horrox of Positive Action Publications to Gordon Buntland (2nd left ) and Prajit Undoon (second right). Above: The Impextraco girls – a regular attraction at VIV Asia.


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Left to right: Project Manager Bill Height, Tony Nesich from Munters and Farm Manager Matthew Bryant at the ProTen Serpentine broiler farm in Western Australia.

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n early February Poultry Digest visited the new ProTen Serpentine WA broiler farm located about 40 minutes drive south of Perth CBD. At the time six sheds were complete and had run a batch and it was anticipated by the Farm Manager Matthew Bryant, that the whole 16 shed 940,000-bird capacity development, started in August 2008, would be complete and in full production by June 2009. On this trip to view the ambitious project, we were travelling with Tony

Nesich, Munter’s well-known Sales Manager based in Albury in NSW. Munters provided the main and minimum ventilation fans and a new design of CP Cooling System, the ‘Express Cool’ – an Aerotech design manufactured in USA – and Tony was keen to see how the systems were performing in one of our hottest summers on record. ProTen Limited has been the subject of much interest and speculation in the Australian broiler industry in recent years and this company, that started life in New Zealand and has now migrated to Australia, has the potential to change the industry in quite radical ways, now and in the future. With the Henderson Site finished in June 2009, ProTen will be growing about 5% of the estimated production of 450 million broilers a year in Australia. ProTen is the first large scale corporately managed growing operation in Australia that supplies, rather than being operated by, major processors and its expansion plans will see its share of the grower sector increase significantly. ProTen currently grows broilers for Bartters, Baiada and Inghams. ProTen now has seven farms in Australia – two ex-Bartters’ farms near Griffith, four in the Tamworth area and 


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 now the new 16 shed operation at Serpentine in WA. The company will be running 129 sheds with an annual capacity well in excess of 31 million birds by June 2009. The new Serpentine facility will have cost $16.2 million upon completion. The 160 x 17 concrete floored tunnel sheds are being built by Ron Sanday and there are a number of key equipment suppliers involved with the project. Apart from Munters which has supplied the Express Cool CP Cooling Systems, pads and Euromme fans (20 x 50 inch and 4 x 24 inch min. ventilation) for all sheds, OEC has supplied Rotem Platinum shed controllers and Euro plastic minivents, light hoods and winches for all sheds. In the first batch of sheds now complete and in production, AAS supplied Big Dutchman Fluxx feeder pans and Big Dutchman Lubing nipple drinkers. The twin line auger feed supply units are also Big Dutchman units. The Universal Radiant Ray tube gas fired heaters made by Hired Hand were also supplied by AAS. These units are now widely used in the US according to Matthew Bryant and have similar potential efficiency benefits in Australian sheds. But here they have to be fitted with a roof exhaust vent – not a requirement in the US evidently. The second batch of eight sheds are fitted with OEC supplied feeders and drinkers and Vin Ryan’s Metrowest Automation & Control supplied the shed circuit boards for all 16 sheds. Barry Elworthy of OEC, headed a team of seven people to install all the equipment on the new farm. With six of the new sheds having completed their first batch, Matthew Bryant and his Project Manager at the Serpentine farm, Bill Hight, confirmed the sheds were working well and the new CP Cooling System, pads and fans are doing their bit to haul temperatures down in the sheds during some pretty fierce summer weather. “We achieved only a one degree temperature variation between shed ends during tunnel ventilation on days when the outside temperatures were more than 40!,” Matthew said. Flow rates over the pads still needs some fine tuning and that’s why Tony Nesich was on hand to gather the necessary information for Munters’ engineers to obtain the absolute optimum levels of performance out of the CP Cooling System. Design features of the Express cool pads include spray deflectors that ensures uniform pad wetting and the water distribution can be easily observed without 

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NEWS APSS 2009 covers key industry issues The Australian Poultry Science Symposium 2009 held on February 9-11, covered an exceptional range of topics and extended well beyond the specifics of poultry production into wider climatic, social and welfare issues. Though attendance was down a little on the last full three day APSS run in 2007, the quality of papers was excellent with a number of high profile visiting speakers from overseas. A tragic event that affected the entire Australian intensive livestock industries science community was the death of Dr John Barnett from Melbourne University and his wife Jenny Barnett as a result of the Victorian bushfires. Dr Barnett was due to deliver a paper, ‘Conceptual uncertainty in animal welfare assessment and the laywel report’ on February 10, the day the Barnetts’ death in the fires was confirmed by authorities. Dr Barnett performed invaluable work on important welfare issues for both the pig and poultry industries and will be greatly missed by friends and colleagues. In the opening session chaired by Linda Browning, President Poultry Research Foundation, ‘Climate change and industry sustainability’, Dr Nick Costa from Murdoch University delivered a thought provoking paper ‘Climate change: implications for water utilisation in animal agriculture – in particular poultry’. “The Australian poultry industry through its structure and efficiency is uniquely positioned to market itself as an environmentally responsible and prudent industry. “In the light of likely consequences of climate change, the poultry industry has a natural advantage over other livestock because of its low global warming impact,” he said. Dr Owen Cameron from Land and Water Australia is his paper, ‘CCRPSI – meeting the climate change challenge through coodination of primary industry research’ warned that “the scientific complexity of climate change can be a challenge for policy and business planning – simple sound bites and easy answers, whilst appealing, rarely lead to much except ‘smoke and mirrors’ posturing. “Debates over the uncertainty inherent in climate change can also lead to ‘climate fatigue’ as individuals, communities and organisations struggle to come to terms with the limits to our knowledge, and also debate what any one person can do given

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the scale of the issue,” he said. Dr Jon Ratcliff of FACS Consulting UK is well known to the Australian feed and intensive livestock sector. In his paper, ‘The poultry nutritionists’ challenge’, Dr Ratcliffe stated that higher feed costs has resulted in the search for alternative feed ingredients and suppliers. “At face value, alternative sources of ingredients may appear more economic, however there are inherent risks associated with extending the global supply chain. “Contamination with undesirable substances or analytical variation can often override any economic advantage,” he warned. “An extended supply chain places greater reliance on robust traceability and supplier assurance. “Evaluation of new ingredients and their optimisation within a formulation are the nutritionist’s responsibility to avoid compromising gut integrity or performance,” he said. Other key overseas based speakers included Dr Robert Swick, Linden Nutrition Pte, Singapore who spoke on the topic of ‘Climate change and raw material for poultry’. If there was a prize for delivery of greatest amount of significant information in the minimal time frame it would have to have gone to Dr Gaylene Fasenko, University of Alberta. Dr Fasenok has that gift of being an engaged scientist who can transmit not only her knowledge but enthusiasm for her subject. She prefaced the deliverey of the first of her three papers ‘Embryo metabolism’, with the warning “strap yourselves in and hang on – we got a lot to get through” and she wasn’t kidding! Later in the Incubation Session of February 10, Dr Fasenko gave an insight into ‘Effects of hatching egg storage’, and on February 11 in the Chick Quality and Early Nutrition Session gave a precise and detailed paper on chick quality. She was followed in that session by Dr Ron Meijerhof of Hatchtech in The Netherlands with an equally well crafted paper on ‘The influence of incubation on chick quality and broiler performance’. Dr Henk Enting, a fellow Dutchman from Trouw Nutrition International, shared his expertise with his paper ‘Effect of a high protein high fat pre-starter feed (Nutriful) on broiler chicken performance’ in this session. 

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NEWS 

In the tragically curtailed Welfare Session on February 10, the keynote speaker was Dr Peter Cheeke from Oregon State University. In his paper ‘New bioethical challenges in poultry production: the way forward’, Dr Cheeke asked his audience some very challenging questions including, “Bioethics is concerned with doing the right thing in poultry production – how does one decide what is the right thing? “The education of poultry science students must now include courses in bio ethics, if tomorrow’s leaders are to deal effectively with the inexorable rise in consumer concerns regarding the ethical treatment of livestock and poultry. “Poultry scientists may have to admit that we’ve gone too far,” he said. We intend to run Dr Cheeke’s paper in full in a future issue of Poultry Digest. That the content of that pepr is confronting to the industy is without doubt, but then that is what the APSS delivers – not just production based science. The APSS is more than the delivery of scientific papers and the social program and opportunities for networking during the meal breaks and social programs are of paramount importance. The Alltech Breakfast held at ‘sparrows’ on February 10 involved a lively debate chaired by Andi Kocher and an ‘Alltech Expert’ panel of Ken Bruerton, Alison Leary and Jon Ratcliff. At the Gourmet BBQ Welcome Reception the post graduate introduction sponsored by the Australian Poultry CRC welcomed both new young scientists and those continuing their studies after long established careers in the industry.

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Top left: Dr Jon Ratcliff, FACS Consulting, UK. Above right: Dr Nick Costa, Murdoch University. Left: Malcolm Mottram, Feedworks and Mike Pritchard, Lienerts Biosecurity.

Rowly Horn wins Australian Poultry Award 2008 Rowly Horn has given a lifetime of dedicated service to the Australian Poultry Industry and is a worthy recipient of the 2008 Australian Poultry Award presented recently at the Australian Poultry Science Symposium dinner. Graduating from Hawkesbury Agricultural College in 1961, Rowly was employed by the poultry breeding company of EJ Cooper before joining the Poultry Branch of the NSW Department of Agriculture. His job involved advising and assisting poultry farmers to adopt new technologies, adapt to change and become more efficient in the production and marketing of their products. in 1990 Rowly joined the staff of the

newly formed Egg Producers Cooperative where he provided the organisation and its farmer members with an even wider range of technical and management support services. He now runs his own consultancy, Rowly Horn Services. Rowly is a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of Sydney’s Poultry Research Foundation and an independent advisor to the University of New England’s poultry research team. Rowly Horn has been a member of the World Poultry Science Association for over 40 years and served as Secretary of the NSW Sub Branch of the WPSA for 18 years.

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NEWS Alltech’s 2009 Symposium: Stepping up the PACE for a sustainable future The theme for Alltech’s 25th Annual Symposium to be held in Kentucky in the USA from the May 17 to 20 2009, is to challenge industry to ‘Secure long term profitability in a period of crisis’. As the economy and businesses struggle and the world faces unprecedented challenges, the Alltech Annual Symposium will focus on finding answers to some of the major issues facing the animal feed industry such as rising feed costs, managing in a time of crisis, sustaining and growing business in the current environment. ‘The Sustainability Principle - securing long term profitability in a period of crisis’ is the main theme for this meeting which is regarded as a premier industry conference, known for the calibre of speakers and research presented. The meeting will comprise both industry and species-specific presentations as well as interactive sessions where professionals from around the world can exchange ideas and strategies and offer solutions to forge a brighter future for the animal nutrition industry. Alltech’s Medal of Excellence will be awarded to Dr David Byrne, former EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection. Dr Byrne will also take part in the Plenary Session where he will discuss crisis management in today’s environment and will challenge our industry to meet, what he calls, the ‘PACE Principle’, i.e. to achieve long-term profitability while continuing to be conscious of animal welfare, responsive to consumer needs and environmentally friendly. A dynamic agenda “The 2009 program is the most dynamic to date,’’ according to Alltech’s Founder and President, Dr Pearse Lyons. “To mark the 25th annual meeting, we will host the ‘Great Debate’ on sustainability. Here, representatives from the consumer food market and from the animal production industry will discuss the ‘PACE Principle’ with the aim of exploring the viability of sustainability initiatives in the animal production industry”, he said. Industry speakers, representing the dairy, beef, poultry, pig, ruminant, equine and aquaculture species groups, will then respond to Dr Byrne’s challenge.

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“In addition to the species nutrition sessions, we have added a section on feed quality and regulation,” explained Alltech’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Steve Traylor. “This was in response to increasing demand for information on how products are regulated in global environments and how the registration process works in different markets”. Topics within each species session will include discussions on the importance of nucleotides in early diets; the use of multienzyme complexes to release maximum energy from both traditional diets and nontraditional diets containing ingredients such as higher fibre and immune modulatory compounds. The meeting will also explore opportunities in the area of novel mycotoxin

binders. The sessions will include information on the interactions between inorganic and organic minerals and their overall interaction with compounds in a premix. “The conference will also look at new energy sources and feature the importance of and steps towards effectively branding our businesses. Branding is becoming increasingly important within our industry”, said Dr Lyons. “To illustrate this point, and to mark the 25th year of this industry event, a living icon and superbrand, Muhammad Ali, will attend the opening session. During the course of the event, the winner of Alltech’s global Young Scientist Competition for university students will also be announced. The company expects more than 1000 attendees and the technical program is complemented with a social program which encourages interaction and networking. For more information, you can visit www.alltech.com/symposium

Poultry CRC re-bid application lodged The Poultry CRC lodged its re-bid application in March for a second round of funding to take the CRC through to 2017. The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research will announce on April 24 which applications will progress to the interview stage in Canberra between June 30 and July 1. Successful CRCs will be announced by the end of July and will need to commence operation within six months of the announcement. “I’d like to thank the many people who have already put an enormous amount of effort into the Poultry CRC’s rebid, including my team in Armidale, the Interim Program Managers (including the late John Barnett) and their key researchers, and Poultry CRC Mk II Participants,” said CRC CEO Mingan Choct. “Addressing the selection criteria was far more challenging than previous rounds, with strict word and page limits,” he said. “The newly introduced Economic Impact Projection (linked from input to impact through a highly rigid spreadsheet format) had my staff working long hours to ensure we met the March 20 deadline. “We’ll continue preparing for the anticipated June interview, lining up an interview team and fleshing out selected

research proposals for the panel to assess.” The Poultry CRC will be joining other CRCs in Canberra in May at Pathfinders: The Innovator’s Conference, held concurrently with the Australian Science Festival. The Poultry CRC is in the running for two awards at the gala dinner, to be presented by Senator Kim Carr, the Minister in charge of the CRC Program. Kevin Rudd and former PM Bob Hawke will also be there to witness what could be a big night for the Poultry CRC.

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Are You Going To Get A Present From The Treasurer? A present of a 30%, one off, tax break for eligible assets bought after 13 December 2008 and before June 30th is part of the Government’s plan to restimulate the Australian economy and support small business in particular. It applies in addition to the normal depreciation tax deductions so you are in effect being paid a bonus for buying business assets now.

pretty well this year and so are likely to have a solid tax bill... Unless they take advantage of the Treasurer’s offer to purchase new equipment over $1,000, before 30th June 2009. That’s the equivalent of 30% off equipment prices!

As a bonus, the tax break also applies to new expenditure on existing assets which to me means the replacement of such things as feed pans equipment parts and other items that wear out in the course of chicken production.

OEC CAN HELP OEC can help you to secure your tax break in two ways.

MONEY IN YOUR POCKET This is the equivalent of putting extra money in your pocket. As a small business with less than $2m turnover any capital asset items over $1,000 purchased before the end of the financial year will qualify. You don’t even have to take delivery. You just have to order before 30th June and the tax deduction of 30% will apply in the year you take delivery / pay. For businesses with over $2m turnover the capital asset has to be over $10,000 in cost. Despite the economic crisis, or maybe because of it, most chook farmers have done

TAX BREAK THIS YEAR If you want to get the tax break this year you will have to buy and install before 30th June. OEC is well stocked with a wide range of poultry equipment for immediate delivery and is able to arrange delivery quickly. If you can bring forward your equipment replacement plans to this financial year you will be able to claim. We at OEC will do everything we can to make sure that you receive the equipment in plenty of time to make your claim. TAX BREAK 2009/10 If you intend to buy equipment for your operation during the 2009/10 tax year and want to enjoy the 30% tax break / discount we will accept advance orders and provide the paper work necessary to prove that the order was placed prior to June 30th 2009. We

will not even ask for a deposit until you are ready to schedule delivery and installation. PHONE ME NOW This is the first time in my many years in business that relatively small businesses like poultry farmers have received any tax benefits for the major investments they have to make in capital equipment. The poultry industry has been constantly innovating and now supplies Australia’s major source of high quality protein at amazingly low prices. It’s about time we got rewarded by Government. Make sure you take advantage of this tax break while you can. Just call me or my team members to make the arrangements before it is too Martin Simmons late.

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The OEC “AussieCool” Cool Pad The new no rust, no bend, no problems evaporative cool pad that is designed for a long working life! The new OEC Aussie-Cool cool pad system has been designed to eliminate the two major problems experienced by regular cool pad systems – Rust in galvanised steel units and sagging, with water loss, with some plastic housed designs. CORROSION RESISTANT MARINE GRADE ALUMINIUM The Aussie-Cool system is made out of specially designed tough marine grade aluminium girder sections, giving full structural integrity. Each unit is up to 6m long. “CLICK”TOGETHER CONSTRUCTION The Aussie Cool Pads are easy to fit as the components “click” together for easy assembly and cleaning. LOW RUNNING COSTS A single pump is sufficient for the operation of four of the pad modules up to 24metres long, keeping running costs at a minimum. USES AUSTRALIAN COOL PADS The Aussie-Cool is designed to fit Australian made cool pads for easy low cost replacement when required. Aussie-Cool is structurally guaranteed for 5 years Please contact OEC for further information at the telephone numbers below.

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Let there be NO light 24/7 light control is critical for optimal broiler production

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NEWS Eveleigh Market hatches new business opportunities for farmers The Eveleigh Farmers’ Market is not yet even a month old and already farmer vendors are reporting powerful business impacts from their participation in Sydney’s newest farmers’ market that trades every Saturday morning in the custom-renovated railway workshop at the historic Eveleigh Railyards, near Sydney University, in Darlington. Jacqui Corrie of Egganic, a free range egg business at Forest Reefs near Orange, is one vendor who reports that Eveleigh Market has provided a significant boost to her fledgling farm enterprise. “Ours is a small, hands-on family business and we want to retain control of our product to be able to guarantee peak quality. Selling direct at farmers’ markets means our customers eat fresh eggs that are on the plate within a week, or less,” she said. At the pre-Christmas market Jacqui sold more than 300 dozen eggs in five hours trading. Such was the customer response that Jacqui has already expanded the flock by 300 happy, organic grain and grass fed Isa Brown chickens, and will attend the market weekly. “We only established Egganic last year and now sell at a farmers’ market every weekend. We love meeting our customers and receiving their feedback.” Market participation offers other benefits to small farmers and artisan food producers ranging from improved profit margins, savings on packaging costs, and enhanced brand awareness, to the development of powerful new networks. “We are already supplying our eggs to other stallholders who are using them to make artisan value-add products like mayonnaise,” explained Jacqui, whose three daughters all help in the business. Eveleigh Farmers’ Market offers shoppers with an appetite for locally grown pasture-to-plate farm produce sold by the grower a regular rain, hail or shine destination. Every Saturday morning more than 70 farmers and artisan food producers unload fresh produce that has been picked, plucked, caught and packed only hours before the bell rings at 8 a.m. to herald the commencement of market trading at the unique undercover historic Eveleigh railyard site. Shoppers can expect to fill their trolleys and baskets with saltbush lamb, organic beef, free range eggs and poultry, honey, new season olive oils, an array of seasonal veggies and stone fruit, goat’s cheese, artisan bread, shellfish, roasted nuts, and baked goods. Keen home gardeners can buy vegetable seedlings and potted herbs, and there is wine for tasting and sale from several small family wineries from the NSW Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Hilltops regions. The prelude to the weekly Eveleigh Farmers’ Market, Sydney’s first undercover all-weather market venue, attracted more than 5000 shoppers who flocked to shop for the festive season. Enthusiastic stallholders who attended the prelude December market claimed it was the best farmers’ market they had participated in so far. Cherries from Young sold out before 11, Country Valley dairy sold more than 100 tubs of award-winning yoghurt, Dynamic Herbs from Glenorie cleared more than 400 pots of fresh herbs and tomatoes, and Drovers Choice Saltbush Lamb sold 30-plus portioned carcasses. “We are committed to building an authentic farmers’ market and an icon Sydney food destination, which is why we are trading every Saturday,’’said Business Development Manager, Denny Hall. “Market day research shows that many customers are local

residents that walk or bike to the market. They are excited to be able to meet growers and shop for fresh and organic produce, and support hardworking farmers. If the food is fresh and its provenance known, everyone benefits.” Eveleigh Market seeks to uphold the principles of farmers’ markets, to provide consumers with authentic farm produce sold directly by food producers, or their family or farm staff. Collaborative ‘farm-share’ participation is also permitted whereby a group of neighbouring or district farmers choose to operate a joint stall. Eveleigh Market collects its own rainwater for onsite use. All green and other waste will be recycled. Expect too, to encounter vendors selling worm farms, live poultry, seeds and seedlings – all part of the greater food chain. Eveleigh Market is located at 243 Wilson Street, Darlington, a focal inner-city destination that also encompasses the emerging Carriageworks arts and cultural precinct creating a core community facility of the major Redfern Waterloo urban renewal project. Transport options for shoppers include parking at nearby Seymour Centre Car Park on Shepherd Street Chippendale and Locomotive Street at Australian Technology Park, and a ‘Park & Ride’ shuttle bus. The shuttle bus also picks up from Redfern station. Check www.eveleighmarket.com.au for market dates and vendor information.

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NEWS VIV Asia 2009: Despite the GFC exhibitors and crowds still come

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NEWS Re-writing ‘the book’ on a devastating poultry disease A world-first discovery made by a Monash University PhD student working at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, has poultry scientists worldwide taking a fresh look at the devastating bacterial disease, necrotic enteritis. In a paper published on February 8 in the respected ‘open access’ international journal, PLoS Pathogens, Anthony Keyburn and a team of Australian scientists outline the discovery of a new toxin and the finding that alpha-toxin protein – long thought to be required for necrotic enteritis to develop – is not the main cause of the chicken disease. Mr Keyburn – who has been working at AAHL on an Australian Poultry Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) project – said necrotic enteritis is one of the world’s most common and financially crippling poultry diseases. “It’s caused by Clostridium perfringens, a bacterium found in soil, litter, dust and in small quantities in the intestines of healthy chickens. The bacterium only causes disease when it proliferates to high numbers, producing extracellular toxins that attack the bird’s intestines, causing lesions,” he said. Poultry producers use antibiotics to treat and prevent the disease, which, when triggered, can cause mortality rates of up to

50%. Necrotic enteritis costs the world’s poultry industries an estimated US$2 billion every year. The disease was first described in 1961 and alpha-toxin was implicated as the major causative factor, although definitive proof has never been reported. As a result, for the last 30 years all vaccine development work has been based on the assumption that alpha-toxin was the key. Mr Keyburn said the research team at AAHL began to question the involvement of alpha-toxin when a survey showed that local disease-causing bacterial strains produced low levels of this toxin. “We tested the importance of alphatoxin by genetically altering the bacterium so it no longer produced any of the protein,” he said. “Despite the toxin’s absence, our bacterial isolates still caused disease in chickens. This demonstrates that the development of necrotic enteritis in chickens is not dependent on C. perfringens producing a functional alpha-toxin.” This finding led the team to expand their search for the real cause of necrotic enteritis, finding a novel toxin – NetB – that is involved in the disease-causing potential of a high proportion of virulent C. perfringens strains. These discoveries have led to a new

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Discouraging wild birds on free-range broiler farms The issue of wild birds on free range broiler farms was addressed at the Avian Veterinary Poultry Association (AVPA) conference in Sydney in February. Dr Bruce Remington gave a presentation about the survey that was conducted on Free Range Egg and Poultry Australia Ltd (FREPA) broiler farms in southern Victoria and southeast Queensland. The number of free range broiler chickens processed each week is 620 thousand (32 million per year) compared with 2.7 million free range egg layers in production at any one time. The survey was conducted on eight farms. The numbers of wild birds recorded as landing on the range of broiler farms was recorded although some producers reported birds flying over in close proximity to the farms. The number of birds was surprisingly low. The species most commonly recorded were willie wagtails, mynahs, magpies and swallows, pigeons, ibis and parrots. The main things that discourage the presence of wild birds on free range broiler ranges are: 1. No feed on the range 2. No water on the range 3. No shelter on the range 4. Keep grass short so that there is no seed or cover 5. Fencing around the range area 6. Human activity


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NEWS Massey University student wins Poultry CRC Postgrad Presentation Award A young Iranian postgraduate student studying at New Zealand’s Massey University has won the Poultry CRC Postgraduate Presentation Award at the Australian Poultry Science Symposium in Sydney earlier this month. What is remarkable about Reza Abdollahi’s achievement is that it was only the second time he had presented in English. Reza’s presentation, “Influence of pelleting temperature on the performance and nutrient utilisation of broiler starters”, earned him $500 from the Poultry CRC. “Before this conference,” said Reza, “the February 11 was just another day for me, but now it is one of those days I will never forget. “Not only was I awarded the best postgrad student presentation... a big surprise for me on my first visit to Australia, it was only my second presentation in English and the first one outside New Zealand, as all of my presentations in my country were in Farsi (Iran’s official language).” “But what makes this day more special for me is that my wife, Faegheh Zaefarian, was awarded her PhD thesis on the same day in Iran. She was the first female PhD student and also the first female PhD graduate in the poultry nutrition field in Iran. Hopefully she is going to join me here in NZ on February 28.” And it doesn’t end there. February 11 was also Reza’s supervisor’s (Professor Ravi Ravindran) birthday. “I have always been proud of being his student and he is the person who provided me the opportunity to come to Australia...

I think now you’ll agree that I should not forget this day.” “The prize does not only belong to me... it belongs to all the people who have been helping me since I started my study at Massey University, especially my supervi-

sors and my friends at the Massey University poultry research unit. “We are going to have a barbeque and maybe Iranian kebabs at the poultry unit next week. “I am going to give all the money to my wife when she gets to New Zealand and tell her to buy for herself whatever she likes as her graduation gift. But I am pretty sure she will spend most of the money to buy stuff for me, not for herself. Good trick!”

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NEWS Bayle appoints AustralWest as Australian and NZ distributor The French based Bayle company has recently appointed Jean-Christophe Dubois from Brisbane-based AustralWest Pty Ltd as the Australian and New Zealand agent for the comapny’s extensive range of poultry, game meat and rabbit processing equipment. With growing consumer and food service industry interest around Australia in a wider range of poultry and game species, Bayle’s Regional Manager for Australasia, Dominique Arnault, sees great potential for his company’s products here. He also considers Bayle’s compact processing line for up to 1500 broiler chickens per hour of particular relevance to the smaller integrators or even larger individual broiler farmers or groups of growers who want to process and market their own birds. “Jean-Christophe knows these markets well and is looking forward to showing Australian integrators and growers what Bayle can offer in processing equipment to suit niche market growers as well as small and medium scale poultry operations,” Mr Arnault said. “Australwest is also the agent in Australia for LIMA (www.lima-france.com), the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of meat and bone separating systems,” Mr Dubois said. “The LIMA machinery range has several key advantages over its competitors

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including mechanical simplicity with fewer moving parts and thus improved hygiene.” “LIMA machinery is easier to operate with precise yield adjustment and has the facility to produce different types of product by simply changing separating heads. “With input capacities ranging from 200 to 12,000 kg per hour, the machine can be configured to produce either MSM (mechanically separated meat), CTM

Donimique Arnault from Bayle S.A. (left) with Jean-Christophe Dubois from AustralWest.

(coarse textured meat) or desinewed meat,” Mr Dubois added. “We at AustralWest are also Australian distributors for Plumatech. “One of the best plucking fingers manufacturer, Plumatec provides the mos cost effective defeathering solutions and fits on all major pluckers in the market,” he stated.


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NEWS Poultry CRC PhD back home to roost One of the Poultry CRC’s original PhD scholarship students is back from an overseas industry internship and teaching the next generation of Australia’s poultry scientists. Bec Forder completed her PhD on mucin bacterial interactions during early post-hatch development of broiler chickens in 2007 at the University of Adelaide, fully funded by the Poultry CRC. She then successfully applied for one of the CRC’s postgraduate industry internships, spending a year at Alltech’s Center for Animal Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition in Kentucky as a postdoctoral research intern. “I was part of a research team that organised dietary trials and sample collection to study the effects of Alltech’s products (yeast derived dietary supplements) on intestinal function and development of poultry,” said Bec, now back in her hometown, Adelaide. “I was responsible for setting up Alltech’s histology facility and training research staff on how to prepare tissue for histologic sections. I was also able to visit and work with the Alltech-UK nutrition aliance at the Coldstream Poultry Research Farm in the UK.” Bec returned to Australia in February to take up an Associate Lecturer position at the Universty of Adelaide’s Roseworthy Campus. “I’m expanding on the findings from my PhD to develop poultry-related Honours projects for my undergraduates,” she explained. Bec’s journey is an excellent example of how effective the CRC’s education program can be in encouraging talented young scientists to pursue a career in poultry science. The CRC’s unique combination of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and industry internships provides a compelling path for the next generation of industry stars.

Stockyard Industries appointed as a Big Dutchman agent in Australia

Left to right: Stephen Clohesy, Stockyard Industries Toowoomba QLD and Marcus Jones MD of Stockyard Industries with Brian McCawley, Big Dutchman Vice President Sales & Marketing, Asia after the announcement of the appointment. Though well known in the pig industry, Stockyard Industries is relatively new to the Australian poultry sector and launched its entry at the Brisbane WPC/PIX event in Brisbane in July 2008. The company is the Australian distributor for the US made Betco agri housing sheds and for the French company Olymix which produces the feed additives Mistral and M-Toxin.

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NEWS ABB acquires NZ’s most experienced stock feed maker Leading Australian agribusiness, ABB Grain Ltd, has announced plans to buy New Zealand’s largest and most-established brand in compound feed, NRM. ABB Grain’s board has approved the acquisition from Tegel Foods Ltd with settlement on March 20, 2009. It will make ABB NZ the market leader in animal feed sales in that country. Managing director, Michael Iwaniw, said board approval of NRM’s purchase for A$31.7m increased ABB’s investment in New Zealand to almost A$80 million “The acquisition of NRM enables ABB to draw upon the vast experience of New Zealand’s iconic stock feed manufacturer, while continuing our strategy of becoming an integrated supplier to the compound feed market,” Mr Iwaniw said. NRM employs 72 staff and caters for the feed requirements of dairy, poultry, pigs, horses and working dogs. ABB’s acquisition includes two mills and a textured feed plant in Auckland. The feed mill acquisitions give ABB milling capacity in both North and South Islands. Mr Iwaniw said the purchase of NRM reinforced ABB’s strategy of diversifying operations to regions with more reliable climatic conditions. “We believe we can add real value to the New Zealand feed market, particularly the dairy sector through intensive feeding, thereby improving milk yields.” He said NRM imported more than 100,000 tonnes of grain a year for processing in its mills. ABB-sourced Australian wheat, barley and sorghum would supplement NZ grain acquisitions. With this additional tonnage and existing relationships, ABB would be managing the supply chain for over 750,000t of grain and other bulk commodity imports.

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Recent advances in Animal Nutrition Conference – call for papers The 20th Biennial Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition – Australia Conference will bring together animal nutrition experts to discuss issues that are of importance to industry and are at the forefront of research and the development of new knowledge. The 2009 conference marks 32 years since the inception of Recent Advances. Over this time, Recent Advances has developed from a small, informal meeting of animal nutrition scientists, to Australia’s leading animal nutrition conference, attracting researchers and practitioners from throughout the world. This conference is unique in Australia as it brings together the commercial and research sectors of the animal nutrition community. The conference covers the nutrition of all animals and speakers are encouraged to speculate on future directions and to explore new ideas, particularly where they cross animal species or conventional disciplinary boundaries. The organisers have announced the Call for Papers for the conference and invite you to submit a paper for either a Plenary Presentation or a Contributed Presentation. All Papers presented at the conference will be published as a peer-reviewed volume. Recent Advances will be held from July 12 to 15, 2009 at Duval College on the campus of the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. Please visit the conference website or contact the Conference Secretariat for further information at UNE Conference Company, University of New England Armidale NSW 2351, ph: 02 6773 2154, email: confco@une.edu.au


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NEWS Poultry meets Parliament at Pathfinders conference The Poultry CRC’s achievements will be showcased at Canberra’s National Convention Centre in May. The route out of the quagmire of the global financial crisis will be the focus of Pathfinders: The Innovator’s Conference, which gets under way on May 26. The formidable line-up of national and international speakers is expected to attract scientists, politicians, senior government officials and business leaders, who will hear presentations on how innovation can help fortify industry and governments against financial shocks. This year, for the first time, the conference will be aligned with the Australian Science Festival. Speakers invited to address plenary sessions include the new CSIRO Chief Executive Officer, Dr Megan Clark, and the new Chief Scientist, Professor Penny Sackett. Mr Jean-Claude Gavrel, Director of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, will speak on collaboration, one of the conference’s major themes. The Science Festival’s International Collaboration Cocktail Reception, also at the National Convention Centre, will showcase around 20 CRCs along with up to 30 other scientific exhibits. The Poultry CRC and other agricultural CRCs will be encouraging school students attending the science festival to pursue careers in rural science, drawing their attention to the CRC Program’s strong education component, including tax-free scholarships and industry internships both in Australia and overseas. A highlight this year will be the annual awards dinner which will be held in the Great Hall at Parliament House. Kevin Rudd has been invited to attend, and former PM Bob Hawke will deliver an address recognising 18 years since he announced the inception of the CRC Program. The Poultry CRC will be looking to win up to two Awards for Excellence in Innovation. For more information you can go to: www.crca.asn.au/conference and www.sciencefestival.com.au

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NEWS Theo Hoen is the new CEO of Marel Food Systems The Board of Directors of Marel Food Systems has made an agreement with Theo Hoen to lead the united companies of Marel and Stork Food Systems as CEO. Marel Food Systems’ intention is to remain headquartered in Iceland. The company is a global provider of advanced equipment and systems for the poultry, fish and meat processing industries, with a 15% market share and close to 600 million Euros in revenues. At the annual shareholder meeting in 2006, the company announced a two-stage growth strategy, the first phase of which was completed with the acquisition of Stork Food Systems last year. The second phase of the strategy shifts the focus shifts towards capturing synergies and increasing the profitability of the company. The Board of Directors unanimously decided to ask the CEO of Stork Food Systems, Theo Hoen, to lead the united companies. Theo Hoen has an excellent track record as CEO of Stork Food Systems from 2001 to date and has close to 25 years of experience in the industry, having previously served as head of R&D and production. Under his leadership, Stork Food Systems has become the global market leader in serving the poultry processing industry and has at the same time delivered strong operational results, with a profit from operations (EBIT) of 10-12%. Sigsteinn Grétarsson will join Theo Hoen and CFO, Erik Kaman, as a member of the management board. Since April last year, Sigsteinn has successfully lead the full merger of Marel and Scanvaegt. He first joined Marel in 1997 as a Sales Manager, became Managing Director of Marel’s operation in

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Australia for four years and later headed business development during the acquisition period of Marel. Hörur Arnarson has decided to step down after having served the company as CEO for the past 10 years. Hörur has been with Marel since 1985, previously serving as head of R&D and production. Lárus Ásgeirsson, Director of Sales, who joined Marel in 1987, has also decided to step down. “Under their leadership, Marel Food Systems has grown into an undisputed global market leader in its field,” said Árni Oddurórarson, Chairman of Marel Food Systems. “The company now has the necessary size and critical mass to serve its global customers. In the past 10 years, the quality of earnings has improved significantly, first through internal development and an increased focus on standardizing products, and then by increasing service revenues following several successful acquisitions of more mature companies. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Hörur and Lárus for their contributions to the growth and success of Marel Food Systems. “In May last year, a dream came true when the two great companies of Marel and Stork Food Systems joined forces. “The two companies had been industrial partners for over a decade and the merger was finally achieved through the efforts of Hörur, Lárus and their team.

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After a period of successful acquisitions, we will now focus on increasing synergies and leveraging our strengths. Our future is bright and our aim is to realise our full potential. “Marel began as a research project at the University of Iceland in 1977 and was incorporated in 1983. Today, the company is a true global leader in its industry and is proud of its Icelandic and entrepreneurial roots. “Marel Food Systems has a team of excellent and highly committed people all around the globe. “Together, the team now embarks on the second phase of our growth strategy with an increased focus on driving the cost base to sustainable lower levels and increasing profitability with the end goal of maximising shareholder value.”

SA chicken farmers to collectively bargain with Inghams The ACCC has allowed 18 chicken growers in South Australia to seek to collectively negotiate the terms and conditions of their growing contracts with Inghams Enterprises. Collective bargaining refers to two or more competitors collectively negotiating terms and conditions with a supplier or customer. Without protection, it can raise concerns under the competition provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974. Small businesses can obtain protection from legal action under the Act for collective bargaining arrangements by lodging a notification with the ACCC. In this case the South Australian Farmers Federation

lodged a collective bargaining notification on behalf of the chicken growers. Provided the ACCC does not object, protection commences 14 days after lodgment. Under the Act, the ACCC will only object to and remove the immunity provided by a collective bargaining notification when it is satisfied that any public benefits from the arrangement would not outweigh the public detriments. ACCC Chairman, Mr Graeme Samuel, said the proposed arrangements will provide greater opportunity for these chicken growers to provide input into their contract terms and conditions.


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NEWS AusPac Ingredients to distribute Norel and Nature Norel and Nature has announced the appointment of AusPac Ingredients Pty Ltd as its distributor in the Australian market. The agreement was recently signed and training was undertaken on the product range with the AusPac Team. “AusPac Ingredients is a fast growing company managed by a dynamic and experienced team. We look forward to serving the Australian feed industry in partnership with AusPac,” commented Mathieu Cortyl, General Manager Asia Pacific. Based in Spain, Norel and Nature operates in more than 50 countries with six manufacturing sites on three continents. With more than forty years of extensive research and innovation, the company has developed a range of natural and nutritional feed additive products for the poultry, pig, cattle and aquaculture industries. AusPac Ingredients will focus on the

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Opposition to ethanol mandate Represenatives from peak organisations for consumers, conservationists, independent service stations, wholesale fuel distributors, stock feed manufacturing, farmers, cattle lot feeders, dairy, pork, poultry meat and egg industries recently wrote to Nathan Rees regarding their opposition to the ethannol mandate. The letter stated: “The signatories to this letter collectively implore the NSW Government to not proceed with the Biofuel (Ethanol Content) Amendment Bill 2009 which plans to increase its mandate of ethanol content in regular unleaded petrol to 10% by July 2011. “These representative peak organisations oppose a grain derived ethanol mandate. These sectors are significant contributors to the NSW economy from an investment and employment perspective. “Concerningly, the arguments justifying an increase to the mandate have little foundation. This distortionary Government intervention (if legislated) will not only risk viable jobs and industries in rural areas but will increase fuel, grain and food prices for negligible fuel security, environmental and regional development benefit.

“It also augments the anticompetitive ethanol supply monopoly that is currently present. Notably the policy is opposed by the sectors of the economy that are thought to be its main potential benefactors (ie consumers, service stations, farmers and grain growers). “It is recommended that the NSW Government instead of pursuing this policy, focus its efforts on commercialising biofuel technologies which utilise non-food sources. Yours sincerely, Ron Bowden, CEO, Service Station Australia Ltd; Nic Moulis, GM, Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketing Assoc; Alison Peters, Director Council of Social Service of NSW; Jim Cudmore, President, Australian Lot Feeders’ Association; Andrew Spencer, CEO, Australian Pork Limited; John Spragg, Executive Officer, Stock Feed Manufacturers’ Council of Australia; Allan Burgess, President, Australian Dairy Farmers; Jeff Ironside, Chairman Australian Egg Corporation Limited and Andreas Dubs, Executive Director, Australian Chicken Meat Federation.

The poultry industries’ exemplary green credentials have been generating a lot of press lately, but poultry’s role as a source of sustainable protein for small village communities around the globe is also worth attention. Last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of The United Nations, approached the Poultry CRC, which developed Poultry Hub, to see if the CRC could add more information about smallscale poultry keeping for people in developing countries. Since then, Poultry Hub’s editors have been steadily developing a section devoted to small-scale or backyard poultry production, or village poultry keeping. The Poultry CRC has gathered some excellent resources from its extensive network of educators, trainers and researchers, including NSW’s Tocal College, The University of Queensland’s David Farrell, and Russell Parker, who has been helping Pacific Island communities to get more out of their flocks. Originally written by David Farrell, ‘A Simple Guide to Managing Village Poultry in South Africa’ has been reproduced on Poultry Hub in six languages. David is also working on four new trainer/trainee manuals that will also be added to the site over the next few months. Excerpts from Tocal’s excellent Poultry Agskills book feature in a ‘General tips for small scale poultry production’ section. People can also find links and information about initiatives being undertaken by FAO and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

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NEWS Nutreco Seminar in Bangkok identifies future path for global livestock and feed sector On March 11 2009 Nutreco held a seminar at Bangkok’s famous Royal Orchid Hotel that was attended by many feed and food industry executives in town for the VIV Asia 2009 event. The speakers were introduced by Laurent Henri Genet, President Asia Pacific of Trouw Nutrition International, a major subsidiary of the Nutreco organisation. As the world’s food and feed industries have all been affected in some way by the current deep financial crisis it was appropriate that the first speakers were Thomas Lee Bauer, Regional Head for Asia- food and agribusiness research & advisory for Rabobank and Veiverne Yuen, Rabobank’s Singapore based expert on grains and oilseeds and SE Asian food production. Mr Lee Bauer pointed out to attendees that Rabobank was one of very few to still have a AAA credit rating, was regarded as one of the safest banks in the world and was currently the only Dutch based bank operating without government support. Despite the global downturn that has devastated the banking sector, he stated with billings of more than Euro 2.8 billion, Rabobank had actually increased its business by 2% in 2008 from 2007, a record year in general for banking results. Rabobank’s concentration on agricul-

ture and ag related business and unwillingness to get involved with complex financially engineered products including the sub-prime mortgage sector, had contributed significantly to its continuing security and success, Mr Lee Bauer said. The summation of the current, short term and longer term of the financial crises by the Rabobank experts were, limited access to credit and increased funding from alternative sources (hedge funds and private equity) as well as informal financing lines among businesses along the value chain and significantly lower demand for high value food, in the short term. “In the long run food demand will continue to grow and the animal protein sector in Asia will be one of the fastest growing segments. Access to markets and raw materials will determine how successful companies are,” Mr Yuen said. Next Nutreco COO Juergen Steineman defined for seminar attendees Nutreco’s position and future directions. “Nutreco is one of the few global feed players present on all continents with a focus on animal nutrition,” he said. “The global animal feed market is fragmented with the top 10 suppliers having a 13% worldwide market share. “Premix and feed speciality industry is

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Top: Laurent Henri Genet, President Asia Pacific Trouw Nutrition International. Centre: Thomas Lee Bauer and Veiverne Yuen from Rabobank. Above left: Nutreco COO Juergen Steineman. Above right: Professor Leo den Hartog, Nutreco’s Director of R&D.

more consolidated with four global players having a marker share of about 50% and Nutreco’s Trouw Nutrition holds the No 2 position with a 12% market share. “World meat demand is expected to double towards 450 million tonnes and milk consumption will grow to one billion tonnes,” he predicted. On the topic of sustainability Mr Steineman said that 20 billion animals are responsible for 18% of global green house gas emissions and in the past three years the world consumed more than it produced. “Though 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by water only a tiny 0.014% of useable water is left for the many processes so vital to us everyday,” he warned. “Nutreco will focus on sustainable growth in animal nutrition and continue to work closely with all global food chain stakeholders, farmers, processors and retailers and share our people knowledge across all businesses and all regions to drive innovation and progress,” he concluded. ‘Sustainable Animal Nutrition,’ was the concern of Professor Leo den Hartog, Nutreco’s Director of R&D and quality  affairs.


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NEW PRODUCTS Perten Instruments offers rapid analysis for the feed industry Ever stricter quality control requirements as well as a need in the feed industry to quickly access a growing range of basic raw materials and finished products, has lead to an increasing interest in the capabilities of Near-Infrared analysis (NIR) systems for the Australian and New Zealand feed industries. Perten Instruments, the Swedish based specialist in quality control technology for grain, flour, food and feed, probably best known for its Falling Number analyser, recently took over the Australian company Newport Scientific based on Sydney’s northern beaches, to extend its position the market. Perten Instruments developed the NIR Diode Array 7200 product that offers six second analysis, according to Raul Ovelar, the Australia and Pacific Region Sales Manager for Perten and its Australian subsidiary Newport Scientific. “The Diode Array 7200 is fast, accurate and easy to use: also it is highly versatile with the ability to analyse whole grains, powders, pastes, pellets, slurries, fodder and liquids all on the same instrument. “This product is ideal for the feed milling sector as it can quickly test ingredients at intake, for moisture, protein and other parameters in just six seconds. With potential to determine energy values in the near future. “It allows feed mill staff to optimise formulations, fully control their production process and verify finished product quality,” Mr Ovelar said. “The DA 7200 is easy to use with a two button operation and it is accurate as well as versatile – routine analyses can be moved from the lab to anywhere in the milling operation allowing process operators to assume ownership of product quality. “When you buy an analysis system from us, we deliver a complete solution including instrument, installation and training, calibrations, software and necessary after sales service. “A Perten Instruments’ representative will install equipment and train staff locally and we offer a range of calibration packages that cover basic needs to advanced applications. “Our SimPLUS software allows customers to control, monitor and maintain the DA 7200 as they see fit either locally or control a 

Dr den Hartog described the astonishing growth of world population, now at 6.6 billion and expected to reach 9.2 billion by the middle of the 21st Century. “For the first time in 2010 more than half the world’s population will live in cities and improving incomes will combine to drive up protein consumption. “In the decade from 2005 to 2015 poultry consumption will rise by more than 24% and pork consumption by more than 21%. Eventually poultry could overtake pork as the most consumed meat globally,” he predicted. “Concerns over CO2 footprint, energy use and land utilisation could become critical factors in crop production as we move towards more sustainable feed solutions. In summing up Dr den Hartog suggested that a change in the business model for food and feed industry is required. “In the old model we maximised productivity to achieve food security and rationalisation of the production chain and in the present model for our industries we have optimised profitability through greater efficiencies. “In the new model, through a balance of economy, ecology and the needs of society, we hope to optimise sustainable profitability,” Dr den Hartog concluded. 

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Cambridge Agricultural (also known as Dosing Solutions Ltd in Europe) which design and manufacture the Select Doser that has been in use for more than 10 years in intensive livestock industries throughout Europe, Canada, the US, China, SE Asia and more recently Australia released a new alert system at VIV Asia 2009. David Welch, Managing Director of Cambridge Agricultural and inventor of the new General Alert, as well as the Select Doser, siad the General Alert is unique in the world and will allow anyone on a farm or other work environment to have an indication when a critical event has happened and will be alerted within 10 seconds. “One of the features of the system are the very low operating costs,” he said. “With the system based on SMS messages, there will be a small cost only when the system picks up a critical event and transmits that information to you – no problems, no operating costs. “Each sensor is connected to a ‘POD’ and the POD is simply pushed into any vacant slot inside the General Alert base

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