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FAO Monthly News Report on Grains

Nov 1, 2018 — The FAO Trade and Markets Division has released the October 2018 issue of the Monthly News Report on Grains. This month\'s report covers the plunge in China grain imports in September amid trade war with the US, and Russia\'s high dependence on grain in formulations means ongoing volatility in feed prices.

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EUMOFA releases

Nov 1, 2018 — EUMOFA recently published the report “Blue bioeconomy; Situation report and perspectives.” The aim of the report is to provide a comprehensive overview of the blue bioeconomy sector in the European Union. The report found that more than 50% of any finfish product does not directly enter the human food chain, and animal feeds are among the main uses of waste products from fish. Furthermore, the demand for fishmeal and fish oil is expected to increase, due to the expected growth in aquaculture.

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New report links Brazilian soybean suppliers to deforestation, slave labor and other serious issues

Nov 1, 2018 — A new report released by the Rainforest Foundation Norway links Brazilian soybean suppliers to deforestation, slave labor and a host of other serious issues. The report focuses on the soy production chain of the companies Caramuru, Selecta and Imcopa, which supply soy that is used to provide fish feed for Norway’s salmon industry. “This study reveals instances where soy suppliers of these three companies have been found to practice illegal deforestation and use slave labor. It also presents evidence of land conflicts, irregularities in pesticide use and the advance of soy cultivation over indigenous lands. All these problems are directly or indirectly related to the soy business network that links Brazil to the Norwegian market.”

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USDA ERS: October Feed Outlook

Oct 18, 2018 — Feed and residual use for the four feed grains (corn, sorghum, barley, and oats) and wheat, on a September-August marketing year basis, for 2018/19 is projected at 151.5 million metric tons, 2.2 million above last month’s projection. Global coarse grain production in 2018/19 is projected down 3.8 million tons this month to 1,343.4 million.

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Article: The importance of digestibility enhancers in current aquafeed formulations

Sep 20, 2018 — Researchers at Nutriad have written an article on how adding lyso-phospholipids and bile salts to aquaculture feeds can improve the absorption efficiency of major nutrients, particularly lipids, by fish. The article describes different digestibility enhancers and illustrates the potential of their application in aquafeed to reduce cost while optimizing digestive potential and growth performance.

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AFIA publishes fall 2018 Journal

Sep 6, 2018 — The American Feed Industry Association has published its biannual print and online magazine, AFIA Journal, to keep members, association friends and affiliates of AFIA up-to-date on organization, industry and government information.

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FAO SOFIA 2018 report credits aquaculture for \'impressive growth\' in global seafood supply

Jul 11, 2018 — FAO has released its latest official world fishery and aquaculture statistics report, the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2018. According to the report, aquaculture is responsible for the continuing impressive growth in the supply of fish for human consumption. With 5.8 percent annual growth rate during the period 2001–2016, aquaculture continues to grow faster than other major food production sectors.

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EUMOFA updates Country Profiles

Jun 27, 2018 — EUFOMA has updated their Country Profiles. EUMOFA Country Profiles offer a detailed snapshot of the fisheries and aquaculture supply chain of each EU country, providing data and information on the following: position of the country in the world & in the EU; fishing fleet and gear composition; producer organizations; landings; aquaculture; first sales; wholesale; processing, trade; supply chain structure; supply balance; and consumption. 

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USDA ERS: June 2018 Feed Outlook

Jun 21, 2018 — Feed and residual use for the four feed grains and wheat for 2018/19 is projected at 143.4 million metric tons, 0.2 million tons below last month’s projection. U.S. feed grain supplies are projected 2 million metric tons lower at 428.8 million due to reduced corn beginning stocks resulting from higher exports and slightly lower imports in the 2017/18 balance sheet.

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USDA ERS: May 2018 Feed Outlook

May 23, 2018 — U.S. feed grain supplies are projected 18 million metric tons lower at 430.8 million tons, mostly due to a production decline. Feed and residual use for the four feed grains (corn, sorghum, barley, and oats) and wheat for 2018/19 projected at 143.6 million metric tons, 2.7 million below 2017/18. Declines were seen for corn and oats, while wheat feeding is projected to increase.

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U.S. feed and feed additives approved for export to China

Apr 19, 2018 — U.S. Feed Additives and Feed Pre-mixed with Additives Approved for Imports to China and Feed Raw Materials, Pet Food and Compound Feed Approved for Imports to China by Countries and Regions (Updated to March 1, 2018)

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FAO updates aqua production statistics, releases pen drive of publications

Apr 19, 2018 — FAO’s Global Aquaculture Production Quantity and Value Statistics have been published online with the time series updated to cover 67 years from 1950 to 2016 (value data from 1984 to 2016). There are statistical details significantly improved retroactively for some back years for some countries, including a few global and regional major producing countries. The organization has also released a pen drive of all its publications.

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Making a splash by generating innovative partnerships in aquaculture

Feb 28, 2018 — ‘Innovation and The Ripple Effect’ by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) is published today – a progress report for 2014-2017

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USDA ERS: February 2018 Feed Outlook

Feb 21, 2018 — Projected U.S. 2017/18 feed and residual use for the four feed grains (corn, sorghum, barley, and oats) and wheat is projected at 148.9 million metric tons this month, 2.5 million lower than last month’s 151.4 million. World coarse grain production for 2017/18 is reduced 2.3 million tons this month to 1,321.9 million.

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Commodity grains make up 93% of US aquafeeds

Feb 1, 2018 — According to the recently released U.S. Animal Food Consumption Report, a total of approximately 708,000 tons of aquaculture feed was fed to 493.9 million catfish, 1.4 billion shrimp, 186.9 million trout, 44.5 million tilapia, 7.4 million hybrid striped bass and 25.9 yellow perch in 2016. More than 27 percent of this amount came from soybean meal.

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Article: Pellet-based oral vaccine holds promise for VNN protection

Jan 4, 2018 — An oral vaccine delivered via fish feed that protects European sea bass as tiny as 1 gram from Viral Nervous Necrosis (VNN) could be ready for market in the next 12 to 18 months if everything goes according to plan for VakSea. The vaccine is grown in cabbage looper (Trichoplusia ni) larvae, which are then ground up and manufactured with other aquafeed ingredients into pellet form. It is then administered to fish during their normal feeding regimens.

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Feed Operations: Compressed air systems

Jan 4, 2018 — One of the systems needed in nearly every feed mill is compressed air to operate equipment in the plant. The proper design and installation of a compressed air system often isn’t thought about. This article discusses compressed air uses and the components of a properly designed compressed air system. 

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EUMOFA Case Study: Non-food fisheries in the EU

Dec 21, 2017 — According to a recent report, EU fisheries for non-food use constituted approximately 20% of the catches in volume and 3% in value in 2016. The main catching Member State was Denmark, accounting for 78% of total EU landings in volume. The catches for non-food use goes mainly to the production of fishmeal and fish oil. The EU produces approximately 500.000 tonnes of fishmeal and 120.000 tonnes of fish oil each year.

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FDA Annual Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed in 2016

Dec 7, 2017 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published its annual report summarizing sales and distribution data for all antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals. The 2016 report shows that antimicrobial sales decreased from 2015 to 2016, with domestic sales and distribution of all antimicrobials decreasing by 10 percent and domestic sales and distribution of medically important antimicrobials decreasing by 14 percent.

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Market Report: Global Animal Protein Outlook 2018

Dec 7, 2017 — According to Rabobank\'s \'Global Animal Protein Outlook Report for 2018,\' animal protein production is expanding around the world, and increasing competition between the species and in trade flows is creating many areas of opportunity for both producers and processors. The report states that in seafood, sustainable growth of the seafood industry solely depends on aquaculture, although Rabobank expects the wild catch industry to recover after El Niño recedes in 2017.

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