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November 25, 2011

 

Technical and practical focus for FIAAP Asia Conference

 
Press Release
 

 

The fourth in the series of feed ingredients and additives conferences at Victam Asia 2012, the FIAAP Asia Conference, will take place February 16, 2012.

 

It will open with a presentation by Eric J. Brooks, Senior Analyst, eFeedLink, on the increasingly delicate balance between feed demand, feed supplies, unstable climate and biofuels in Asia and the Americas, and lead into a day of stimulating talks on feed ingredient and additive solutions by an international team of industry experts.

 

It is no secret that algal biomass has a huge and diverse application potential. For decades, companies and institutions have been analysing the multitude of ways that this fast-growing green biomass can impact the world and address its growing problems. Leslie van der Meulen, VP Business Development, Aurora Algae will tell delegates how applying algae as a source of aquatic and land-animal feed is one of the many exciting new opportunities that are coming to market.

 

Soymeal is the most widely used protein in livestock diets. The use of organic acids to control Salmonella and other bacterial pathogens is widely used in complete feeds for swine or poultry, but there is very limited information regarding its use in this important raw material.  Ing. Agr. Juan M. Hernandez Vieyra,  Yara phosphates, will describe several trials that have been conducted in order to identify the best combination of acids to control salmonella in soymeal, in a way that is applicable for large scale production, without negative effects for the workers and the infrastructure.

 

The quality of soy protein can be affected by its processing. Soymeal quality can be defined not only by amino acid concentrations but also by the presence and concentration of anti-nutritional factors (ANFs). Technologies, such as solvent extraction and heat treatment minimise the impact of ANFs on animal performance. However, it has been shown that excessive heat treatment decreases the total amino acid contents as well as the digestibility of amino acids. Sheila Heidi M. Ramos, Evonik Degussa, will describe an NIRs based tool that helps qualify and quantify the effect on heat damage in raw materials like soymeal on the availability of amino acids to the animal.

 

The removal of anti-nutritional factors in soy products can also be attained by selective breeding.  Delegates will learn how Schillinger Genetics has successfully produced novel soy varieties that contain TI and oligosaccharides at significantly reduced concentrations as compared to those present in conventional soy or soymeal. 

 

In practical conditions, performance does not always meet the genetic potential of poultry. This is generally associated with a sub-optimal development of the intestinal tract. According to Dr. Ir. Pim Langhout, Technical Director, Nutriad International, a lot of research has been carried out recently to study the nutritional factors that have a positive effect on gut integrity. An interesting molecule in this respect is butyric acid. Trials with broiler chicks clearly show that providing butyric acid in the form of a slow release Na-butyrate improves the development of the intestinal tract which can, in part, explain the improvement in performance of the animals.

 

When it comes to feed formulation, the enzyme problem, minimum weighing quantities and quadratic digestibility and energy constraints are just a few examples of the challenges that must be faced when some of the characteristics to be constrained are not straightforward or are not linear. In her talk on strategies for non-linear constraints, Merryl Webster, Managing Director of Format International Limited, will explore strategies for the optimisation of animal, aqua and companion animal feeds in such situations and will look at the alternative optimisation algorithms available and  the inherent disadvantages and advantages of each. She will also present case studies to aid decision making.

 

HACCP systems help feed mills make the right assessment of different risks. A successful HACCP system needs to be linked to the management of the feed mill, such as cleaning practices, and can incorporate various additives as part of the control measures of the system, according to Xabier Arbe Ugalde,  RTM & FQ and Layers Specialist, Novus International. Continuing with the feed quality theme, Johan den Hartog, Managing Director, GMP+ International, will explain the vision and mission of GMP+, within the context of market and social trends in feed safety and sustainability, such as its chain-oriented approach worldwide and that the feed industry is part of the food (animal production) chain.

 

To learn more about at this conference and to register, please visit the conference website: www.feedconferences.com

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