Feed Industry Articles on Europe

Cargill's animal nutrition business in Switzerland today announced that it is taking steps to strengthen its businesses in the country and position the organization for long-term growth. The company, doing business as PROVIMI KLIBA SA, has reached an agreement to sell its Penthalaz, Switzerland-based flour business to Groupe Minoteries SA, a leading flour milling company in Switzerland. The deal is expected to close in early August.

The sale includes the land, buildings, and machinery involved in the flour milling, grain origination and feed production facilities located at sites in Penthalaz and Orbe. Terms of the agreement were not made public. A new Company, Grands Moulins de Cossonay Sarl Penthalaz will be established and 41 of Cargill's employees will be transferred to the new Company. Groupe Minoteries SA will purchase the shares of the new Company through the transaction.

Belarus has started manufacturing mobile animal feed analysis laboratories, Vitaly Chebotarev, First Deputy Director General of the Science and Practical Center for Agriculture Mechanization at the National Academy of Sciences, told reporters on 21 May.

A mobile laboratory takes six minutes to do a test. It analyzes six basic indicators of fodder crops. Having one or two such labs will allow keeping track of the status of fodder crops in this or that district.

A large feed mill with a production capacity of 500 tonnes of feed per day is to be built in the eastern part of Russia. The mill will supply feed to a new pig farm (also in the planning) with a capacity of 300,000 pigs – originating from Ireland, a rarity for Russia.

The mill and the pig farm are to be built in the Altai Krai territory. The development is being implemented by the agricultural holding Altaymyasoprom, who plans to run the two projects parallel to each other.

European farmers are calling on the EU to relax its zero-tolerance policy on GMOs in animal feed.

Turriff-based animal feed supplier, Harbro, booked a 60 per cent leap in pre-tax profit after farmers ordered more food to cope with 2009-10's harsh winter.
Profit rose to £1.9 million in the year to 30 June, compared with £1.2m in the previous 12 months, according to accounts filed at Companies House.