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tion of finished feeds to areas that
lack such manufacturing capacity.
Transportation costs, along with the
ever-unpredictable cost of energy,
are two factors that enter into the
above equation, but most players have found a way around this.
A different issue, a side effect of
globalization if you prefer, is that
of exchange rate instability. For
the time it takes to buy soybean
meal from the United States in
dollars, transport it to Italy to be
priced in euros, export it as part
of whole feed to Libya to be sold
in dinars and finally for profits to
be exported back to Italy in euros,
we have already encountered three
currencies and four exchange rates
with a possible lapse of time ranging from six to over 12 months.
In such large period
of time, it might be
such the international
exchange scene that
any profits disappear
before they are even
banked. Of course, money can be
made the other way around, but it is
not feed manufacturers who end up
billionaires from such clever trading of money. As such, volatility in
international markets of foreign exchange will continue to be the No.
1 problem for the feed industry.

2

Local protein
availability

Whereas cereals are local, at least in a broad
way of thinking, protein sources are

far more regional. Most countries
produce an energy source, even if
not cereals, then tapioca or palm
oil, or any other energy staple. In
contrast, most countries rely on large
scale importation of protein sources
- namely soybean meal - from a
handful of exporting countries. In
large regions, such as the European
Union where soybeans are not grown
customarily, there is an increasing
pressure to replace soybean meal
with locally grown protein sources.
This will create a number of problems, not only to crops farmers, but
also to the feed industry that will
have to use an increasing number of
unknown protein ingredients in small
volumes. This will only increase and
confuse logistics and technical aspects of feed manufacturing.

willing to participate in programs
that ensure feed quality. Ingredient
suppliers will have to follow suit and
increase compliance if they wish to
remain in business. What remains
unresolved is how to convince and
control home mixers to comply with
the same rules. The problem here lies
with the fact that for small players
to comply with such rigorous feed
quality requirements is equivalent to
forfeiting any advantages they have,
virtually passing their volume into
the hands of large businesses.

4

On-going
war between premix
and additives

There is an undeclared
war between additives manufacturers and premix/nutrition suppliers: they both sell their
products to feed comReplacing soybean meal in
pounders and home
animal feed: www.WATTAgNet.
mixers and, as such,
com/articles/14353
they compete with each
other. The matter is
Safety and quality
further perplexed by the very fact
assurance
that premix/nutrition suppliers deThe more food scares bepend on additives manufacturers for
ing published by broad
their raw materials. Thus, either side
public media, the greater the presis trying to buy into the opposite one
sure will become from consumers,
in an effort to eliminate a step in the
marketers and legislators to be asmarketing process. Lately, even feed
sured the feed animals eat is safe and
compounders buy into or are being
wholesome. Food cost will remain
bought by one of these players. The
paramount in consumer buying deciconsolidation of these industries
sions, but never so much as to cause
will continue as the first battles are
them to blindly disregard their own
just being fought. Compound feed
true or perceived safety. Fortunately,
manufacturers, who are not already
commercial feed compounders are
engaged in this struggle, will feel

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Feed Strategy - January 2018

Feed Strategy - January 2018
Contents
In the Mix
Consumer interest drives transparency in feed production
6 challenges facing the global animal feed industry
Marketing-driven poultry production’s real feed costs
How feed extrusion can improve digestibility, safety
Advances in ruminant environmental impact reductions
Secrets of successful piglet feeding after weaning
EU’s history of fraudulent organic grain imports
Products
Marketplace
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Contents
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - In the Mix
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 4
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 5
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Consumer interest drives transparency in feed production
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 6 challenges facing the global animal feed industry
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Marketing-driven poultry production’s real feed costs
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - How feed extrusion can improve digestibility, safety
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 28
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 29
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Advances in ruminant environmental impact reductions
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 32
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 33
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Secrets of successful piglet feeding after weaning
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - EU’s history of fraudulent organic grain imports
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