The rising cost of feed worldwide is squeezing profit margins for animal producers. Feed prices account for about 70% of pig production costs.
The Reducing-Sugar Release Analysis enables producers to maximize feed utilization and profitability when using BioPlus YC in grower finisher diets. 15-25% of feed rations are not digested by pigs because they lack fiber or non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) degrading enzymes in their intestinal tract.
The Reducing-Sugar Release Analysis is a novel assay. It accurately quantifies the effect of NSP enzyme production from BioPlus YC on the conversion of biomass with high fiber content into reducing-sugar bioavailable to pigs.
This is key, because when NSP digestibility is improved, fiber digestibility, reducing-sugar availability and feed utilization significantly increases. As a result, the uptake of nutrients, vitamins and minerals is greater. The supply of energy to pigs from fiber increases, and producers get maximum value from feed. The BioPlus YC dual strain Bacillus has been shown to deliver about 3 times greater reducing-sugar bioavailability than the feed control without our Bacillus. Chr. Hansen’s Reducing-Sugar Release Analysis will be made available for individual customer testing upon request.
For more information: Visit Chr. Hansen at World Pork Expo June 4-6, 2014 or contact Strategic Product Manager Jack Egelund Madsen
The seminar included presentations from leading experts: Professor Simon Cutting from The School of Biological Sciences, London, Dr. Lars Moelbak, R&D Manager, Chr. Hansen and Dr. Philip Hargis, Hargis & Associates based in Arkansas, US. ACCESS VIDEOS OF THE SEMINAR HERE
The aim of the research was to evaluate the influence of probiotic BioPlus® 2B on the weight loss of sows during lactation, piglet weight and insemination frequency of sows.
A total of 126 sows from two weeks before farrowing to weaning were examined—and the results were remarkable. DOWNLOAD PAPER HERE
The current outbreak of PED in the United States has had a devastating impact on producers. We know that it is a virus, and like most viruses, there is neither a treatment nor a cure. But is there something that can be done to alleviate the symptoms? Can we help the “survivors”?
In a new article, Bob Lantz looks into the disease, its consequences and possible strategies for management. ACCESS ARTICLE HERE
Chr Hansen has teamed up with Ourofino to introduce probiotics to cattle and dairy producers through partnerships with major companies in the Brazil. The project, called Ourofino Reference, involves special teams of professionals and technical staff who work directly with farmers. The program uses intensive training, technology and even TV programs to develop the market for probiotics for producers.
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The National Veterinary Research Institute in Poland organised a symposium on the Rational use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine, October 24th.
The symposium attracted some 200 veterinarians, scientists and officials from the ministry of agriculture. Jens Jorgensen, our global product manager for Swine, was invited by Biochem, to give a presentation on “Probiotics as an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) in livestock”, a topic attracting considerable interest, globally.
So early in September, Cees de Jong and CFO Klaus Pedersen, accompanied by Bill Braman, John Kurtz & Jan Kuhlmann, visited Nehls Dairy Farm in Juneau, Wisconsin.
The purpose of the visit was to introduce de Jong and Pedersen to a professional dairy operation. Besides that, it also gave them better insight into how our US Dairy Cattle sales team is positioning our products and services directly to the major farms—a strategy supported by the Nutrient Scorecard™ program , which was recently launched in the United States.
Nehls Dairy Farm has a herd of about 2000 cows. All milk produced goes to local Wisconsin cheese manufacturers and Nehls Dairy Farm uses our dairy cattle products (Probios® and SiloSolve®) with solid success. The farm delivers milk for about $ 30,000 every day. For more information about our products and services for US dairy producers, please contact John Kurtz.
PS. You may also decide to visit our new Feed Efficiency calculator
What are the benefits of stimulating the rumen fermentation while stabilizing the rumen environment? And which tools are available to dairy producers to increase overall feed efficiency? In this article Bill Braman offers insights and answers.
Fermentation analyses are important for assessing silage quality. These reports usually yield clues about the relative number and kind of microorganisms that controlled the fermentation process.
The information generated on a fermentation analysis is like a report card on the silage making process and a window into many factors that influenced the quality of the silage, such as...... Go to article download here
Mr. Kelly Petty joined the Chr. Hansen Poultry Team on August 5th. Kelly has been in the Animal Health Industry and Live Poultry Production for over 27 years. He is a University of Arkansas graduate in Animal Science. Kelly's recent avocations include; Feed Manufacturing Management, Animal Health Sales and Live Production Management. Kelly lives near Bentonville, AR with his wife Mae and will cover Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi.
Mr. Tim Kelly has joined Chr. Hansen Cattle Team as new Dairy Account Manager for OH/MI/IN. Tim was National Sales and Account Manager for Nutriad with responsibility for the Northeast US and Canada. During his career Tim has held various sales and management positions with feed and feed additive companies. Tim has a BS in Business Administration from Westminster College, a MS in Ag. Economics from Purdue University, and a MBA in Strategic Management from Indiana Universitiy’s Kelly School of Business. Tim lives in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania with his wife, Sharon
Mr. Steve Schwager has joined the cattle sales team as Dairy Account Manager responsible for Iowa, South Dakota, and parts of Minnesota. Steve comes to us after 25 years with Purina/LOL where he most recently was a Dairy Account Manager for Northeast Iowa. Steve received his BS in Animal Science from Iowa State University and is a professional member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. Steve, his wife and their two children live in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. In addition to his family Steve enjoys fishing, hunting, and breeding/showing English Springer Spaniels.
Researchers at the company looked into the reasons why exogenous enzymes do not work in pigs the way they do in broilers, and suggested that Bacillus may be the ideal vehicle to deliver enzymatic activity to the ileum of swine’s small intestine, thereby providing the necessary enzymes to convert the non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) portion of the diet into the improved feed conversion desired by producers.
Chr. Hansen further argues that the thermo-stability of its Bacillus strains makes its BioPlus YC the product of choice to deliver these NSP enzymes needed for grow-finish diets, especially those utilizing higher fibre ingredients.
To get a fuller understanding of the research and its implications, Feedinfo News Service spoke to Dr Bea Nielsen, Animal Nutrition Specialist at Chr. Hansen and the scientist behind the research; Bob Lantz, the company’s US sales manager for monogastrics, who was also involved in the research; and Jens Jorgensen, Product Manager, globally responsible for probiotics for swine.
[Feedinfo News Service] Dr Nielsen, what triggered this research?
[Bea Nielsen] The high feed prices and the increased use of by-products results in an increased focus on NSP that cannot be digested by pigs and poultry.
We were about to investigate which NSP enzymes our Bacillus strains were producing and at which amounts. However, the degradation of NSP requires a lot of different enzymes and the investigation of each single enzyme is resource demanding and maybe not even possible in practice, as we may not know all relevant enzymes nor have methods for assaying for all of them. Therefore we decided to analyse for the degradation products from NSP: reducing sugars. The animal does not care about the single enzymes but about the available sugars.
[Feedinfo News Service] Why has there been such difficulty in gaining predictable and repeatable performance from exogenous enzymes in pigs?
[Bea Nielsen] Exogenous enzymes are typically not stable enough for the challenging environment in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of the pigs. The optimal pH for many NSP enzymes is at about 6-7. This is the pH we have in the small intestine. If you include exogenous enzymes in the feed they have to pass the low pH in the stomach (pH at 2-4). At this pH most of the NSP enzymes will be destroyed and when the feed reaches the small intestine where we want the NSP to be digested to sugars the exogenous enzymes are not active any longer.
Another challenge for exogenous enzymes is pepsin produced in the pig’s stomach. Pepsin is a protease digesting feed protein to amino acids. Enzymes are proteins and will also be attacked by pepsin; hence the enzyme activity can be destroyed. Also the feed processing with high temperatures and pressure can destroy exogenous enzymes. Some companies claim that their enzymes are protected, but literature shows difficulties in predictable and repeatable results.
[Feedinfo News Service] How is Bacillus unaffected by what can be a challenging environment for exogenous enzymes in pigs?
[Bea Nielsen] Bacillus is added to the feed as spores. Spores are a dormant or resting part of the life cycle of Bacillus as a kind of protection. Spores are metabolically inactive, so they are not able to produce, i.e. enzymes, but they are very stable. Spores survive high temperatures, low pH and a lot of different chemicals. That is why Bacillus can survive both the high pelletting temperatures and the low pH in the stomach. When reaching the small intestine the spores will germinate, start to grow and produce enzymes because the temperature and pH is optimal for the Bacillus. In this way Bacillus is working like a vehicle for the enzymes - shipping them in a safe way through the feed processing and the stomach.
[Feedinfo News Service] Why are Bacillus products ideal for improved feed conversion in pigs?
[Bea Nielsen] As described, Bacillus are stable because they can form spores. Some Bacillus strains also have a high production of enzymes such as protease, cellulase and xylanase. They are not only producing one NSP enzyme but they will produce all the enzymes that are necessary to degrade NSP. However, there is a great variation between strains, so it is about finding the strains with a high enzyme production.
In our experiments BioPlus YC significantly increased the amount of reducing sugars in the feed assay compared to the control feed sample without Bacillus. A high production of NSP enzymes gives the possibility to use higher amounts of NSP in the feed without reducing pig performance. The degradation of NSP in the feed results in improved feed conversion in two ways: NSP is degraded to sugars that are available to the pig, and release of nutrients that have been locked in the high viscosity feed mass due to the high NSP content.
[Feedinfo News Service] Mr Lantz, please can you explain the importance of these results and the patent pending technique to the company’s monogastric portfolio and sales?
[Bob Lantz] The results we have seen through this process provide proof of concept that our bacillus strains do, in fact, produce the complex of NSP enzymes that allow for glucose to be released from fibrous carbohydrates in the pig’s diet.
This means that nutritionists now have the ability to better understand the mode of action of our bacillus strains in swine diets and to be able to potentially quantify the impact of our strains on the pig’s performance. This development provides the opportunity for a nutritionist to be able to lower feed cost, without sacrificing any performance.
Products such as BioPlus YC now provide even more options for nutritionists, who every day make the tough decisions between feed conversion and feed cost. When you realize that nearly 85 percent of all feed that is fed in a farrow to finish operation is fed in the grow-finish, you can understand why this is an area we believe we can help swine nutritionists.
This development further differentiates the value that Chr. Hansen brings to the market.
[Feedinfo News Service] Why should producers looking for improved feed conversion in pigs look to Chr. Hansen’s Bacillus swine products over existing alternatives?
[Bob Lantz] Our bacillus strains provide several benefits over existing alternatives. If a producer chooses to use antibiotic growth promoters, our strains are quite compatible with these products. If the producer prefers to feed antibiotic free, then bacillus provide an all-natural alternative to antibiotics. For producers who have struggled attempting to make NSP enzymes work in their grow finish pigs, then our Bacillus based products, such as BioPlus YC, are an excellent option.
BioPlus YC has a 30 kcal energy release matrix value associated with it. This means the producer or nutritionist can reduce the amount of energy in the diet that would be equivalent to 30 lbs of added fat, and still achieve the same performance as added fat with no BioPlus YC.
A nutritionist can accomplish this by reducing the amount of added fat in the diet and replacing it with a lower energy feedstuff, or in the case of the producer who does not feed added fat, that producer has the option of incorporating lower cost, low energy ingredients such as wheat midds into the diet.
In either case, given today’s current economic environment, this could mean a cost savings per ton of USD 7, or more, after the BioPlus YC has been paid for. That is a number that is very easy to measure and flows directly to the bottom line.
[Feedinfo News Service] Mr Jorgensen, how greatly do the Bacilli-based probiotics differ and what should producers consider when choosing one?
[Jens Jorgensen] Bacilli-based swine probiotics differ greatly. Just as different genetic lines of pigs differ, so do different strains of bacilli and thus also probiotic products based on different bacilli strains.
What is important for producers to consider when choosing a swine probiotic is the documentation behind the product, its track record and how this goes in hand with what the producer wants to get out of using the probiotic.
[Feedinfo News Service] In which geographic markets are Chr. Hansen’s probiotics for swine currently available and what is your outlook for the global use of probiotics for swine moving forward?
[Jens Jorgensen] Chr. Hansen's swine probiotics are globally available today. We expect that the pending patent will have a positive impact globally as feed cost reduction in the grower-finisher segment is highly relevant everywhere.
Do you want to learn more about the use of BioPlus in Swine diets? Please go to our contact page
Heat stress is a significant cow health issue with economic consequences. The combination of lost milk and components, poor reproductive performance, rumen acidosis, increased health care costs and reduced heifer growth rates can have a significant financial impact on the dairy. In this article, In a new article, we discuss these consequences and the nutritional strategies that dairy farmers may take in order to reduce them.
The theme of the Pre-conference was “Increasing Feed Efficiency in Dairy Cattle”. Dr. Bill Braman, Vice President of Chr. Hansen’s cattle business moderated the program with introductory remarks about Chr. Hansen’s commitment to developing solutions to improve efficiency of dairy production.
The scientific part of program explored and identified biological tools to improve feed digestibility, animal performance and improve feed quality and preservation. Dr. Mary Beth Hall, Research Animal Scientist with the U.S. Dairy Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin presentation entitled “Protein Does WHAT?! Protein Effects on Rumen Fermentation”. Dr. Christer Ohlsson, Chr. Hansen’s Technical Sales Manager for Silage Inoculants discussed innovative technologies utilized to improve the utilization of ensiled forages in a presentation entitled “Effects of SiloSolve Inoculants on Silage Quality, Dairy Performance, and Production Efficiency.
A panel discussion consisting of three Midwest US dairy consultants; Dr. Marty Faldet and Jim Barmore M Sci., founders of GPS Consulting, LLC, and Keith Sather, President of KS Dairy Consulting, Inc. and Supervisor Systems discussed various measurements and metrics to consider when using feed efficiency as a management tool for dairy operations. The panel concluded that the value of feed efficiency as a metric is dependent upon on-farm data reporting and interpretation. Following the panel discussion there was a lively Q&A session with additional comments relative to measuring feed efficiency on dairy farms.
On behalf of Chr. Hansen we thank all attendees and speakers for participating in this Pre-conference. The use of dairy feed efficiency as a management decision tool will continue to evolve as a key metric for modern dairy production.
May 9, 2013 — Bill Braman is Vice President of Cattle Business with Chr. Hansen and shares with us more about their product line SiloSolve, which was designed to solve problems with certain functionalities that can be used across different crops.
May 20, 2013 In today’s New Product Watch segment, part two of our discussion with Bill Braman from Chr. Hansen about the SiloSolve product line.
I’m vet, started in 1996 in a Brazilian company working with swine and broiler nutrition, worked in São Paulo state during few years as Technical Assistant, and after few years I worked in Middle West with the Aurora swine producers. In 2001 I got back to São Paulo to work in Tortuga, as responsible for swine products. In 2005 I became Export Manager, with responsibility for 17 countries in Central and South America. Last year worked as a consultant in a project to Brazilian group in Angola, setting up a feed industry and animal health distributorship. I’m pleased to take up this challenge in Chr. Hansen Animal Health & Nutrition and look forward to growing the business even more in South America.
To demonstrate these gains, we have developed an advanced, yet easy-to-use calculation app for swine producers. The calculation tool allows producers and nutritionists to input different diet compositions, feed price levels and pig weight ranges to see the results with and without BioPlus® YC.
“With the feed costs we’ve seen the last couple of years, swine diets are more varied and diverse than ever” says Bob Lantz, US Business Manager for Swine. “Our new calculation tool allows producers and nutritionists to enter precise diet- and cost data to see the cost savings associated with BioPlus® YC probiotics. "We have tested the Caloric Efficiency concept both in the lab and in grower-finisher research trials and have found consistent, repeatable results that have carried though to large commercial operations in the Midwest of the US. Caloric Efficiency provides you the opportunity to significantly reduce your feed cost per pig without sacrificing any growth or feed conversion performance."
Last month Dr. Jens Joergensen, Global Product Manager for Swine, gave a presentation on the enhancement of pig gut integrity with probiotics. The global awareness of the undesired effects of AGPs is increasing, so the topic attracted quite a lot of attention from the audience, about 200 regional industry professionals.
You can access the full presentation here
You are also welcome to contact Jens Jorgensen here , to learn more about the topic.
Bonni Kowalke. Bonni grew up on a MN dairy farm. Her family farmed 1200 acres of cash crops and milked 120 cows. She graduated from Cornell University with a BS degree in Communications and a Animal Science concentration. Bonni's career started in Western New York working for a regional feed company, providing nutrition and consulting services to dairy producers. In 2001, Bonni moved to OH to work for Monsanto as an Area Market Manager. After moving back to Western NY, Bonni accepted a Account Manager position with a yeast and bacteria company at the beginning of 2006. Bonni joined Chr Hansen in Feb 2013. She is very excited for the opportunity to help improve health and efficiencies for dairy producers in the North and south east with Chr Hansen products!
Kory Duerst. I join the Chr. Hansen team with enthusiasm to help influence the dairy industry into a more knowledgeable, profitable, and sustainable venture. My enthusiasm stems from the many influences I have had within the dairy business; beginning with growing up on our dairy and grain farm in southern WI, to receiving a degree in Dairy Science from UW-River Falls, to doing nutrition and consulting for Land O Lakes. My passion has been and is working in the dairy barn whether I was feeding calves growing up or examining manure and forages as a career. Beyond work, I enjoy outdoor activities, working on the farm, spending time with my family, and watching the Green Bay Packers build another dynasty. I know I would not have had my career success without inspirations and encouragements from industry peers, and I look forward to continuing to build the base of knowledge that will propel the dairy industry into the next decade.
Dr. Keith A. Bryan spent 20 years at Penn State University in the Department of Dairy and Animal Science teaching and advising undergraduate students, conducting applied research, and providing outreach service in a variety of agricultural animal industries. Dr. Bryan most recently served six years as Director of Technical Services at Kauffman’s Animal Health, Inc., where he oversaw direct-to-consumer, distributor and dealer sales, brand management, formulation, pricing, budget development and product/brand positioning, primarily in dairy and equine. The core nutritional products featured yeast, beneficial bacteria (probiotics), prebiotics and digestive enzymes. Keith’s experience and expertise extends across a multitude of species and disciplines, including: nutritional supplements, dairy feed additives and nutritional solutions for metabolic challenges, and GRAS ingredients that support physiological, health & reproductive management for improved performance and sustainable economic return. Keith and his wife, Cindy, reside in Lebanon, PA, where they enjoy their horses, hogs, cats and dogs on a 16 acre farmette.
With this reinforcement, Chr. Hansen has a country-wide network of consultants and representatives committed to the SiloSolve® and ProBios® products for dairy production. Please contact Bill Braman to learn more.
Leading probiotic manufacturer Chr. Hansen plans to push forward this take-home message at the upcoming International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as benefit from the event to showcase its ‘Probiotic Shuttle Program’.
“The outlook for probiotics in livestock and poultry is very bright, especially when one considers that producers are searching for alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters. Due to their flexibility in use, probiotics are an excellent tool for use in RWA, all-natural, and organic segments, as well as more traditional commercial livestock and poultry production systems”, comments Robert Lantz, Chr. Hansen’s US Poultry Manager.
Lantz adds: “We are fortunate to be the only probiotic, or direct-fed microbial, company that offers more than one product as a solution to the poultry producer’s needs. GalliPro, GalliPro Max, GalliPro Max CP, and GalliPro Tect each have different characteristics and applications which can be used to satisfy the varying needs of the industry. 2013 will be an exciting year for Chr. Hansen and our customers”.
According to Chr. Hansen, the US poultry industry has been very receptive to the probiotics’ several different modes of action which appear to help improve bird performance. Fuller (1989) and Tannock (1999) suggest that modes of action may include modulation of the micro flora, competitive exclusion of pathogens, excretion of enzymes, stimulation of the immune system, enhancement of the intestinal surface area, and reduction of damage to the intestinal lining.
Commenting on this, Lantz says: “If we consider the length of the bird’s gastrointestinal tract, time of passage and the challenges that these birds face, we can see where anything that can improve gut performance and nutritional uptake will benefit the bird. Both poultry nutritionists and veterinarians are realizing that these modes of action exist and therefore the use and acceptance of probiotics is growing in the poultry industry”.
Adding on to that, Kristina Soerensen, Scientific Affairs Manager at Chr. Hansen, says: “Due to their thermo stability, we see bacillus organisms being most widely used in the monogastric diets. Unlike lactic acid bacteria, bacillus based products, such as the GalliPro family of probiotics, also have a long shelf life. Our specific strains have been tested to withstand pelleting temperatures as high as 203°F (95°C)”.
“It is important to stress that among the bacillus species the different strains of Bacillus subtilis have different features that differentiate the products on the market from each other. Just like selecting a specific line of broiler or layer genetics, when selecting a Bacillus subtilis, one needs to be mindful of what they are looking for in a strain, and then select their strain based on their needs”, she says.
The company has tested its own products in combination with and against the antibiotic growth promoters available on the market in order to give customers alternatives to using antibiotic growth promoters or to support the intestinal flora in animals fed antibiotic growth promoters.
At IPE, Chr. Hansen will also be presenting the results of recent scientific trials it has carried out using its probiotic range of products. The company will aim to demonstrate how these can affect Clostridium perfringens challenged broilers; namely how they, in association with antibiotics, can improve broiler performance and feed conversion ratio.
In one trial, Chr. Hansen researchers noticed that antibiotics did not cancel out the production benefits of probiotics.
“We find that when birds are offered diets with both antibiotic growth promoters and GalliPro a synergistic effect between the two additives occurs which is seen as better performance than if the birds were offered antibiotic growth promoters or GalliPro alone”, says Soerensen. “By using bacillus based probiotics the intestinal flora is modulated to contain more of the host’s beneficial microorganisms. We know that feeding GalliPro promotes the growth of different beneficial lactic acid bacteria even if GalliPro is fed together with antibiotic growth promoters”.
Soerensen simply explains: “By using antibiotic growth promoters in the feed it is important to note that the concentration of these antibiotics is quite low and not comparable to doses used for therapeutic purposes. Therefore, only a part of the microbial population in the intestines will be affected by antibiotic growth promoters. In addition, Bacillus subtilis are spore formers, which is nature’s way of protecting the bacteria from its surroundings. While as spores bacillus are naturally resistant to antibiotics. The spores will start to germinate into vegetative cells in the intestine, however not all of the spores germinate at the same time and place. Taken into account that the antibiotic growth promoter is present in low doses, and that it will be broken down eventually on the journey through the animal, or perhaps will be partially absorbed in the intestine, the probability for survival of Bacillus subtilis is very good. It is also important to note that Bacillus subtilis are gram-positive bacterium and many antibiotic growth promoters attack only gram-negative bacteria”.
Chr. Hansen argues that whether a producer chooses to use antibiotic growth promoters or not, probiotics can be used as an important tool to help improve the overall performance of their flocks.
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The event, which was sponsored by CBNA, the Brazilian College of Animal Nutrition, gathered several specialists who spoke about new evidence-based innovations, such as probiotics, which have been shown to provide a range of benefits, including digestibility enhancement, feed cost reduction, weight gain and improved productivity.
Jens Noesgaard, our Global Product Manager for swine, gave a lecture at the Congress which was very well received.
Andréa Silvestrim, Sales manager, Swine - Brazil said, “that the event was a success and our presence was very important to enhance even more awareness of the use and benefits of probiotics from swine producers. The interest in probiotics is growing in the market and we are focused on to promoting our product of high quality.”
Today, 55% of the piglets raised in Brazil consume our Bacillus subtilis and B.licheniformis-based probiotics, establishing Chr. Hansen as the leader in this segment.
Following a lengthy and demanding process in the EU, Chr. Hansen has received a valuable recognition for BioPlus; the Biokont® certification, awarded to us in the Czech Republic where we manufacture BioPlus. This allows animal producers to use the BioPlus range of products in organic food production, in all 27 member states. Moreover, the product is allowed to keep the “Bio” prefix, which was otherwise not allowed.
Says Jens Jorgensen, Global Product Manager for BioPlus: "All in all, a good day for organic farming and yet another feature of Chr. Hansen’s direct fed microbials which makes them unique".
Following strong sales in FY12, Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition decided to reorganize the North American sales team to focus more on core businesses and provide additional value to customers.
Jim Holliday, M.Sc Sales Distribution Manager of North America, will now be performing the function of Director of Sales, North America. Jim will be supported by Dr. Bill Braman in his transition into this new role. Jim will relocate from Canada to the Chr. Hansen office in Milwaukee with his family during FY13.
Additionally, Dr. Bill Braman will transition to the position Vice President, Cattle Business Manager with a specific focus on the cattle and silage business. Bill and the cattle team will concentrate their effort on developing and executing on our value added services package. Bill has relocated to Florida with his wife and will work from there in the future.
As many as 150,000 visitors from 60 countries paid a visit to the 2300 exhibitor stands, in Europe's largest trade show center in Hanover. The numbers behind the Eurotier are overwhelming. At the Chr. Hansen stand, we experienced a keen interest in both our microbial feed additives for poulty and swine and our silage inoculants for dairy cows.
At the stand, we offered dairy professionals to smell the difference between silage produced with and without our silage inoculants - a very convincing test indeed. We also offered visitors to take a quiz, testing their knowledge of microbial feed additives and silage.
In the coming weeks, we'll be busy following up on the many contacts we made at the show. Thanks to all involved in our Eurotier presence this year - we look forward to 2014!
23 October 2012 - Earlier this month, Chr. Hansen launched a new range of silage inoculants called SiloSolve®. Chr. Hansen claims that the three products it has developed improve feed quality and secure return-on-investment for crop and dairy producers as they have been specifically designed to stabilize, protect, and ferment silage.
SiloSolve AS, EF, and MC are seen to enhance the preservation of both high- and low-dry matter crops, control undesirable microorganisms, and improve fermentation.
On the day of the launch, Chris J. Rhoden, Global Manager, Cattle Products, at Chr. Hansen, stressed that the drought in the US this summer is a perfect of example of how critically important it has become for operators to maximize the value and quality of every ton of feed.
Feedinfo News Service spoke to Mr. Rhoden to find out how silage inoculants can help producers secure the stability and quality of their silage, and improve overall animal performance; and enquire why they should turn to Chr. Hansen for solutions on this particular issue.
[Feedinfo News Service] Mr. Rhoden, when the SiloSolve® range was launched you said you were surprised by the large number of producers not using inoculants. What are the reasons for this?
[Chris Rhoden] The number is surprising because efficacy, benefits and return on investment of using inoculants are well documented. Today, producers have inoculant options from a handful of reputable companies and yet a large amount of silage continues to be made without inoculants. I understand many of these producers accept their silage as “good enough” and do not fully appreciate the potential benefits an inoculant can bring to their operation. I suspect some are dealing with other, more pressing, issues or simply don’t have the resources to focus on this area. Increasingly, we can show them how improving the quality of their silage can benefit them in some of these other areas. The increasing use of subcontractors to harvest crops and put up silage adds another layer to the decision making process. And of course, in many cases producers have tried inoculants and were not able to document a benefit for one reason or another. Finally, it is not uncommon to find some producers simply operating in survival mode.
[Feedinfo News Service] Further to the drought in the US this summer and the resulting high prices for grains, would you argue that the launch of the SiloSolve® range is somewhat timely?
[Chris Rhoden] Without a doubt, the US drought this year spurred interest from producers looking for help managing damaged and stressed crops. Having the SiloSolve® range deployed as these conditions developed this year presented real opportunities to discuss the attributes of the SiloSolve® inoculants with producers faced with unique and specific crop challenges such clostridia and other spoilage organisms, nutrient preservation and digestibility, and other drought enhanced challenges like nitrates and mycotoxins. On farm forages inventories are at the lowest levels seen in years on drought affected farms. Dairymen are challenged to get as much nutrition and animal performance from their silage as possible.
[Feedinfo News Service] In which markets are you initially launching SiloSolve®? What markets are next on the agenda?
[Chris Rhoden] Our major focus to this point has been in the US and Europe where we are transitioning from our legacy brands; Biomax, Lactisil, Bactozyme and others, to SiloSolve®. We are also focused on having SiloSolve® products available in rest of the Americas in the coming year or so where we already have strong inoculant business. There are a number of registration activities underway right now to establish SiloSolve® in these markets. Other markets will be developed as opportunities appear.
[Feedinfo News Service] What advantages do silage inoculants offer compared to chemicals?
[Chris Rhoden] Bacterial inoculants have the ability grow exponentially to leverage their influence. During exponential growth organisms double every 15-40 minutes, depending on the strain. Usually, silage organisms are selected to be very competitive, they can outgrow and dominate the indigenous microorganisms rapidly and efficiently convert simple plant sugars to lactic acid (and in some case an additional conversion to acetic acid) to preserve the crop as silage. Also, we need to be aware that concentrated chemical additives may be hazardous, bulky, difficult to handle, challenging to apply evenly, can be corrosive to equipment, or may negatively impact silage palatability. Bacterial inoculants outperform chemical additives on virtually all of these factors. Inoculants with multiple strains, like SiloSolve®, can be fine-tuned to optimize each phase of silage fermentation process – specific strains grow rapidly to outcompete indigenous organisms in the early phase of fermentation, other strains are more acid tolerant and can come in and drive fermentation to terminal pH’s. Strains can be selected to produce unique compounds which inhibit particularly troublesome spoilage organisms like clostridia or spoilage fungi during feedout.
[Feedinfo News Service] Can you disclose what kind of investments the company put in place to make the SiloSolve® launch a reality? What development was required?
[Chris Rhoden] While I am not able to delve much into specifics I can share that in general terms, the SiloSolve® launch is the culmination of about 3 years of development with roots that go back much further. SiloSolve® represents the strongest silage technology from the Chr. Hansen and Medipharm (a company Chr. Hansen acquired in 2008) portfolios. After the acquisition of Medipharm in 2008, our silage experts and scientists undertook a thorough review of the existing knowledge surrounding each strain. When we looked across the combined portfolio we identified a handful of organisms with unique attributes that could be combined in complementary ways. We decided early on to bring these together under the SiloSolve® brand. Internally, each organism was vigorously reviewed by our team of talented scientists in various disciplines including genetics and genomics, microbiology, biochemistry, and also involved significant input from our process chemists and engineers who worked on scale up and implement production process improvements. Externally, we continue to devote resources conducting research field trials to support and expand proof of concept to a range of crops.
[Feedinfo News Service] How did the company manage to benefit from its lactic acid bacteria know-how and transfer the technology to the manufacture of silage inoculants?
[Chris Rhoden] The process started over 30 years ago and continues thru today. It was a relatively quick process in the late 1970s to apply our existing lactic acid bacteria fermentation know how from food cultures to grow silage inoculant organisms. At that time, however, many commercial products were stored and shipped under refrigerated or frozen conditions in order to assure live organisms made it to the silage. We recognized the burden this put on the distribution system and producers so we went to work studying various stabilization systems. It was the application of these technologies which allowed us to break away from the frozen products and provide inoculants that could be kept and distributed under ambient conditions for long periods of times, in excess of 18 months of shelf life in some applications. Our expertise with culture production, freeze drying, and stabilization systems including careful attention to blending and packaging, is what really set our inoculants apart from competitive products. We continually challenge ourselves to improve the performance of our existing products as well as bringing new, innovative strains on board. Even today, scale up and process development and monitoring for silage inoculant strains is done by the same scientists and technicians working with our food strains. The downstream blending and packaging of our inoculants is supported by the same group of people that run our fermentation plants. Thus the transfer of knowledge between the groups is essentially seamless through the entire production process of our inoculants.
[Feedinfo News Service] What advantages do Chr. Hansen's silage inoculants have over other existing silage inoculants in the market?
[Chris Rhoden] Our inoculants’ strongest advantage is simply being part of the greater Chr. Hansen organization and the closeness in which our science, innovation and production processes operate. We bring novel, well researched strains with unique characteristics to market. Our stabilization technology permits us to confidently deliver shelf life – this preserves product value and performance consistency for producers. I do not believe any other company focuses all of these abilities on silage inoculants better than we do.
[Feedinfo News Service] In January this year, Chr. Hansen said that one of its strains for silage that received a negative opinion from EFSA back in November 2011, due to lack of scientific reason for a natural resistance to certain antibiotics, would be replaced by other available strains in silage products. Chr. Hansen said that EFSA's opinion was only expected to have a limited impact on the sales of silage cultures in its 2011/12 financial year. Can you comment further on this?
[Chris Rhoden] The impact on our sales development has been nominal thus far. We have a broad array of organisms to draw upon and the specific organism, while in use for long period of time, was not central to our long term strategy and development of the SiloSolve® range. We were able to quickly move forward with other microorganisms, thanks to the broad range of microorganisms in our portfolio. We experienced almost no disruption in our sales development and indeed, the impact has been somewhat favorable to the roll out of SiloSolve®.
[Feedinfo News Service] What feedback did you pick up regarding the SiloSolve® range from the World Dairy Expo held recently in Wisconsin?
[Chris Rhoden] Naturally, many dairymen connect Chr. Hansen to our legacy brands such as Biomax, and these producers are interested to learn what SiloSolve® is all about. Producers are looking for answers to challenging silage problems that are usually best met with a combination of the right silage strains, applied properly, then coupled with solid silage management techniques. They seek input in all of these areas and increasingly, are looking outside for advice and access to new technology. As they learn of the specific features within the SiloSolve® portfolio they can usually quickly identify a product appropriate for their situation. It has been exciting walking through the decision process instead of just saying – “here, use this on your corn silage”. SiloSolve® allows us to go deeper with each producer to understand what works and what needs improvement in their operation. We can help them benchmark their current situation and guide them to making better silage through SiloSolve® and our knowledge of silage management. The feedback has been very positive.
[Feedinfo News Service] In the past, the lion's share of Chr. Hansen's communication was focused on probiotics. How important a part will silage inoculants play in the company’s overall animal nutrition product portfolio and strategy moving forward?
[Chris Rhoden] Our inoculant business has always been a major part of our overall product portfolio. It perhaps was getting a bit long in the tooth. With the inputs from Medipharm and the inertia of the combined business, we are now allocating more resources than any time in the last 10 years to our inoculant business. Probiotics will likely continue to get the majority of the spotlight because of the potential to make a direct and immediate impact on animal performance. We see opportunities to blend the two technologies, using silage inoculant technologies to go from preserving existing nutrients to enhancing utilization of nutrients and improving animal performance. The future for new inoculant technologies has never been brighter.
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During the Rural Exhibition of Palermo in Argentina, Chr. Hansen was presented the CITA (International Centre of Innovation and Technology for Agribusiness) Award 2012.
The prestigious award was presented for Chr. Hansen’s Silobac® product in the silage inoculant segment, distributed by Villa Nueva S.A. Focusing on the innovation of animal nutrition technology the CITA Award is known worldwide among companies and independent researchers. Its main goal is to value new developments that contribute the most to production efficiency for the agribusiness. An expert committee formed by qualified professionals from the cattle business elects the winners and for Silobac®, they attached importance to the following:
A technology for each crop
The freeze-drying process applied to the Silobac® production is considered an innovation. Silobac is the only inoculant in the market with a technology especially for each crop which provides a precise solution to a specific clearly defined need.
Among its other advantages is the long shelf life – two years from purchase. In addition it has a high concentration and doesn’t require cooling, a big advantage over competing products.
“We are very proud to receive this award. It’s a renowned recognition and a huge motivation,” says Leandro Mohamad, Sales Manager, Chr. Hansen. The Award was handed out at a ceremony in the presence of representatives from the most important companies in this segment.
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