Producing compound feed is a technological operation. Further development of technology is the key to efficient feed production and consequently to efficient food production as well. One organisation that has played a major role in research into technology in the feed industry is the Research Institute of the International Research Association of Feed Technology (IFF), which is celebrating its golden jubilee this June.

» Uncovering Encapsulation Differences
All encapsulates are not created equal

Lipid encapsulation has proven to be a valuable tool to protect nutrients from degradation during processing, storage, and digestion, making the nutrients available for absorption by the animal. Over the last five years, many new encapsulates have entered the market. These products, and the processes that create them, differ greatly in design, technology, and unfortunately, performance.

» Norming pays off
Safety for humankind and animals

Feedstuffs can contain undesirable and prohibited substances that are able to have a negative effect on animal health or - because of their presence in products of animal origin - to impair human health and the environment via the food chain. In view of their ubiquitous presence and entrainment, it is therefore important to check for contents of such substances in feedstuffs in order to avoid harmful consequences for humans, animals and the environment.

» Microencapsulation - a technology for better utilisation of plant aroma substances
Key contribution to combating pathogens

It is pleasant when feed and hence the animal housing building smells of herbs or another aromas,- but is it also expedient? The substances reaching our nose do not make their way into the digestive tract of the animal. The technology of microencapsulation maintains and protects the aroma substances in the feed and - depending on the carrier material - only releases them during the digestive process.

» "Everyone involved in compound feed should join in"
Interview with IFF Director Dr. Rainer Benning

The IFF (International Research Association of Feed Technology), Braunschweig, and its Research Institute are celebrating their Golden Jubilee in June. However, Institute Director Dr. Rainer Benning, in office since January, believes that association research for feed technology is by no means ready for retirement.

» "Unmanned" feed mill thanks to automation
High demands of UFA AG

The feed mill of UFA AG in Sursee, Switzerland, operates "unmanned" daily from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. During this time the plant is controlled and monitored automatically by the new Bühler automation system. This reduces staff requirements and hence production costs.

» Vertical carriage of bulk goods
Bucket elevators are robust, reliable and versatile in use

For many decades bucket elevators have proved their worth in vertical transport of bulk goods of all kinds. Thanks to their performance capability and reliability, as well as their low operating costs, they are still among the most frequent continuous conveyors in use today.

» Half a century of passion around the molecules
Anniversary for Kemin

Founded in 1961 by R.W. and Mary Nelson, Kemin is a producer of nutritional ingredients based in Des Moines (Iowa, USA). Feed Magazine has been welcomed in Herentals near Anvers (Belgium) where is located the European headquarter of the Group which has launched recently new offices for its 50th anniversary.