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By Rajeswari Ramanee – 27 September 2023
As meat consumption rises, producers and processors are mulling investing in new plants or extending existing facilities. But there are factors to consider. Manuel van’t Sant, Regional Director Sales, Poultry Asia & Oceania Marel Poultry, outlines some including:
1. Investing according to business goals
2. Factoring in the location of the plant for space constraints,
3. The environment’s infrastructure and accessibility to point-of-sale,
4. Cost which includes compliance with local guidelines and time for approvals, and
5. The current situation in other countries.
Mr van’t Sant has worked extensively in the Asian poultry industry and has a sound perspective of markets here.

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By Ha Thu – 13 September 2023
Group sow housing is gaining ground in Asia, where animal welfare is growing in importance. The concept offers an environment for more than one sow to lie down, stand up, and turn around during their pregnancy instead of being confined to crates.
In this podcast, Mikael Kirk, CEO of Agrisys, a supplier of swine farm equipment from Denmark, discusses how group sow housing outperforms crate systems and how swine producers can adopt this system to advance animal welfare and their image in farming while optimizing their investment.

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By Arief Fachrudin – 6 September 2023
Research has proven that clay is effective as a multi-mycotoxin binder. However, not all clay-based mycotoxin binders are the same.
In this podcast, Erika Kusuma Wardani, Clariant’s Regional Manager Asia Pacific for Feed Business, details what makes them different in terms of the mining and production process.
She also explains key parameters to determine the quality of a clay-based mycotoxin binder, as well as specific binders to bind specific mycotoxins.

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By Meliyana – 30 August 2023
Weather remains a focus for US corn and soybean farmers, as overly dry or wet weather can impact final yields. Mac Marshall, VP of Market Intelligence at United Soybean Board, shares his insights on this dynamic and trends regarding corn and soybean demand.
In this podcast with Asian Agribiz, he discusses:
• Corn and soybean harvest for the current planting season
• The main markets for South America
• Long-term outlook on grain costs
• Factors affecting grain and oilseed supply for animal feed

By Somhatai Mosika – 16 August 2023
Asia is emerging as the main driver in restoring the global economy fueled by a vibrant food industry. Food manufacturers are expanding their operations and seeking new solutions to enhance the capacity and efficiency of their production lines. Asian Agribiz talks to Axel Arras, Chairman of FPT Food Process Technology, to learn about the demand for machinery and equipment in the region.
This podcast will touch on:
• Trends in food processing machinery and equipment in the Asian market
• Comparison between new and reconditioned machinery
• Tips for choosing the best solutions for food production lines

By Arief Fachrudin – 2 August 2023
Since several players in the Horeca industry in Asia have expressed their commitment to source cage-free eggs only, producers in the region are preparing to meet demand.
Asian Agribiz learns from Dietmar Tepe, Managing Director of KAT, the German Association for Controlled Alternative Animal Husbandry that provides a testing system for eggs from alternative husbandry systems, that shifting to cage-free egg production is “not as easy as turning the palm of the hand”.
But early birds will reap more benefits. Therefore, Mr Tepe suggests that producers be brave and drive this growing trend.
In this podcast, he offers advice to egg producers in the region who plan to transition.

By Alphecca Arriesgado – 19 July 2023
One of the main goals of producers is to lower production costs, and bulk of these costs are feeds. With that, many are looking into utilizing alternative ingredients. But is it really feasible? Can those really be an alternative to the typical ingredients? Dr Rommel Sulabo, Professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños talks about how we can properly utilize these alternative ingredients to reduce production costs while maintaining the integrity and efficiency of animal production.

By Rajeswari Ramanee – 4 July 2023
Meat and seafood are being consumed in different ways in Asia, thanks to cultural openness, cuisines and preference. Suppliers are using technology to cater to precision portioning, as different cuts, weight measurements and shape of meats are changing. Eric Gohres, Vice President Asia Pacific of Marelec Food Technologies tells Asian Agribiz that:
1) Cultural exchange, urbanization and population growth are leading consumers to eat differently.
2) Meat product differentiation covers both home cooking and foodservices.
3) Big brands are heavily investing in secondary and further processing alongside changing trends.
4) Deboning, especially of dark meat is trending and is being used for foodservices products.
5) In terms of technology, x-ray and water-technology is trending for precision, accuracy and flexibility.
Eric Gohres has more than 20 years of experience and an extensive network in the meat and poultry processing industry covering the Asia-Pacific region. His understanding of the industry enables him to analyze and understand customer demands for the right application, to help them advance profitably.

By Isa Q Tan – 7 June 2023
Stress, caused by various factors, is a big issue in pig production. It is present throughout a pig’s life, and depending on the situation, may not be necessarily harmful.
Isa Q. Tan talks with Dr Karl Alexander Fabros, Technical Consultant-Swine at Elanco Malaysia, to better understand what stress is, what triggers it, when it becomes a concern, and how it impacts health and productivity. He also offers tips on how to mitigate stress.

By Meliyana – 7 June 2023 AM
The Pacific Northwest (PNW) is quite distinct in terms of logistics and the quality of the soybean from the area. The soybeans coming from the area have a specific quality profile. While lower in protein, they have a high concentration of amino acids.
In this podcast, Seth Naeve, Associate Professor and Soybean Agronomist from the University of Minnesota, discuss why the PNW is becoming more attractive to Asian buyers of soybean and soybean meal (sbm).
He also shares that PNW will remain important for Asian buyers and the challenges for area soybean producers regarding soybean and sbm exports and markets.

By Zahrah Imtiaz – 24 May 2023
India’s alternative protein sector is on an upswing as new companies emerge by the day. Despite the backing of celebrities and international brands, the segment is yet to see mass commercialization. Asian Agribiz talks to Viscofan, Country Head, India, Pedro Sinues on the potential of plant based sausages in the country and whether they will revolutionize the convenience foods market in India.
This podcast will touch on:
• Potential and pain points of plant based meats
• Production issues
• Market capabilities of plant based meats

By Zahrah Imtiaz – 17 May 2023
On the sidelines of VIV Asia 2023, AB Vista, Managing Director, Juan Ignacio Fernandez talks to Asian Agribiz on the future growth strategies of the company in Asia. Mr Fernandez has always emphasised on Asia’s potential to drive growth in his company even as several countries struggle to cope with tough economic conditions this year.
This podcast will touch on:
• Challenges in the animal protein industry
• The potential growth points for AB Vista and Asia

By Ha Thu – 10 May 2023
Feed is the biggest cost on a farm, and the first component producers should check to see where money can be saved while ensuring sound production parameters.
In this podcast, Nigel Godde shares how intelligent feeding programs can help pig producers improve efficiency during this challenging time with historically high ingredient prices and fierce competitiveness.
Mr Godde is Sales Director for the Pig Division at Big Dutchman Asia.

By Arief Fachrudin – 26 April 2023
At the 2022 Broiler Feed Quality Conference, Dr Pradeep Krishnan, Technical Service Director at Evonik SEA presented how guanidino acetic acid (GAA) supplementation improved performance of vegetable protein diets and how GAA can compensate for low dietary energy in corn-sbm diet in Asia.
In this follow-up podcast, Asian Agribiz learns from him how GAA can also improve meat quality, reduce health issues, and improve animal welfare.
To learn more about GAA, visit guanamino.evonik.com.

By Rajeswari Ramanee – 5 April 2023
As implementation of Environmental, Social and Governance or ESG goals gain momentum, livestock stakeholders must understand some basic things. Malaysia’s carbon-related agriculture analyst and researcher, Dr Chian Wen Chan told Asian Agribiz that among other:
• Ratings are mostly given by accounting companies instead of science-based research and analytical bodies, and ratings will vary.
• ESG standards must be specifically tailored for different industries and there are no general standardized criteria.

By Isa Q Tan – 15 March 2023
For several years now, ASF has dominated the pig industry worldwide. However, there are other pig diseases that continue to hound the industry.
Dr Rolando Cruz talks to Asian Agribiz about the diseases that producers in Southeast Asia should be on the lookout for, and what strategies they can take to prevent and/or minimize their incidence and rebuild their herd.
Dr Cruz is currently Biochem Zusatzstoffe’s Regional Sales Manager for Asia Pacific and a veterinary consultant in Southeast Asia.
Get the latest information and more practical tips at Asian Agribiz’s Pig Health Conference in May 2023. Technical presentations will stream online on May 3, 10, and 17, and will be followed with live presentations and discussions at the Hotel Nikko Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City on May 22-23. Please email sutasinee@asian-agribiz.com for more details and to register.

By Meliyana – 1 March 2023
Modern probiotics are mainly bacteria that are selectively chosen to fight off pathogens, improve the immune system, and restore gut microbial balance. To select probiotics, we must follow certain guidelines to ensure that the product qualifies for animal use.
In this podcast, Nadia Yacoubi, Technical Marketing Director for Gut Health Solution at Evonik Animal Nutrition talks about the role and mode of action (MOA) of modern probiotics.
She also shares the advantages of modern probiotics and how these are applied to different livestock.
She explains it is possible to use more than one probiotic or strain at the same time, but we must first check their compatibility as they can also compete or inhibit each other.

By Zahrah Imtiaz – 15 February 2023
Life cycle assessments in the feed industry are becoming a common phenomenon to measure the environmental impact of the business. Collecting data for this task however can be tedious and time consuming. Europe based not for profit, Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) is working on making things simpler by building a database on the impact each feed ingredient and process has within the animal protein industry. Asian Agribiz talks to GFLI on how they are going about it and why is it important for Asia.
This podcast will touch on:
• What is an LCA
• How LCA can reduce environmental impact of your business while saving costs
• How you can be a first mover in Asia with a LCA

By Ha Thu – 1 February 2023
Farmers in Asia have tightened biosecurity in response to stave off pig diseases. Yet mistakes still happen.
In this podcast with Asian Agribiz, Etienne Guérou, CEO and Founder of Pigstech, talks about how development of farming technologies can help swine producers minimize biosecurity errors and improve management at pig farms.
Mr Guérou also shares some thoughts on technologies that farmers should prioritize and invest in to improve farm biosecurity and management.

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By Arief Fachrudin – 18 January 2023
Farm management in cage-free egg production is more complicated. When it comes to flock health, producers should implement the right disease prevention and control program.
In this podcast with Asian Agribiz, Fernando Carrasquer, Global Technical Service and Veterinary Specialist at H&N International identifies the main diseases and behavioral problems to lookout for.
Dr Carrasquer also shares strategies to improve farm biosecurity and flock immunity.

By Rajeswari Ramanee – 4 January 2023
Manipulating the nutrient content of DDGS and brown rice to use in broiler feed is easier than you think, according to Matthew Clark. In this podcast following through from the Broiler Feed Quality Conference 2022, he looks at the salient points of these two ingredients such as:
• Choosing the right location and producers of DDGS means better results
• understanding the true value of the DDGS
• using NIR tools, the variability and content of DDGS is better understood
• brown or co-rice is an excellent alternative, should be encouraged in production
• the nutrient profile of brown rice is almost the same as corn and why
Mr Clark graduated in Agriculture from London University and has since focused mainly on projects in the feed and farming business in Southeast Asia. He is a founding member of Genesis Feed Technologies, based in Fargo, North Dakota. He concurrently works on the development, sales, and implementation of formulation systems, starting with the Brill Corporation in Atlanta as Vice President of Product Development in 1990 and continued in that role as a distributor and consultant for Brill Formulation Systems.
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By Arief Fachrudin – 21 December 2022
However, the paramount factor is human resource (HR) that runs the business.
Jaap ten Have, Managing Director of Nomilk2day Asia, lists HR challenges in the industry.
“We see many vacancies, but not many suitable candidates. Companies must be more creative to lure potential candidates. Inflation is a contributing factor, pushing people to stay in their jobs a bit longer for security,” Mr ten Have told Asian Agribiz.
“We also observe that loyalty is waning. We don’t see people working for the same company for 20-30 years anymore,” he added.
In this podcast, Mr ten Have addresses:
• tips for foreign employees to succeed in Asia,
• pain points of Asian candidates in moving up their career ladder,
• and ideas to attract the younger generation to join the animal protein industry.

By Isa Q Tan – 14 December 2022
For years, pork has gotten a bad rap as an ‘unhealthy’ meat, but is it really?
In this podcast, Darryl D’Souza, Executive General Manager for Technical Services at the Sunpork Group in Australia, says not so. On the contrary, pork has many benefits, but as with all good things, moderation is key.
He discusses these benefits and encourages producers to “tell our story” to counter the misconceptions about pork and encourage greater consumption. He also notes that the current slowdown in consumption is just a glitch caused by the reduced supply due to ASF. Despite the challenges posed by poultry meat and alternative proteins, pork’s hold on the Asian market remains firm.

By Meliyana – 7 December 2022
Amid supply disruptions and higher prices of corn and soybean meal, feedmillers and farmers in Asia are looking to leverage alternative feed ingredients from local sources.
In this podcast, animal nutrition consultant Peter Robson discusses the options available. He noted that feedmillers are more limited in the type of ingredients they can buy and use due to the equipment in the feedmill. Dry ingredients typically make up the bulk of the ingredients in the ration. 
Meanwhile, farmers who home-mix can utilize ingredients that feedmillers cannot use. However, Mr Robson pointed out that it is crucial to know the nutritional content of each feed ingredient.

By Zahrah Imtiaz – 30 November 2022
Food security is a top priority for China and like many governments in Asia, they are keen on securing their own local supply. One of the main ways this can be achieved through is improving crop yields with GM seed. Asian Agribiz talks to Darin Friedrichs, co-founder of Sitonia Consulting to know how China is managing to get everyone on board with GM.
This podcast will touch on:
• The impact of GM policy in China
• How governments can convince the public on GM
• Long term grain market implications as China turns to GM

By Meliyana – 23 November 2022
Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD/Gumboro) is one of the most common diseases affecting commercial poultry in Asia. In the clinical acute form (vvIBDV), the disease causes significant economic losses due to mortality, reduced performance, and immunosuppression that lead to increased susceptibility to other diseases.
In this podcast, Leandro Ferreira, Poultry Technical Director Southeast Asia at Phibro Animal Health Corporation said biosecurity and vaccination are key to preventing IBD. Poor biosecurity, incorrect vaccination programs, and multi-age farms are the main issues confronting control of the disease.

By Ha Thu – 10 November 2022
The sow herd is a profitability driver of breed to finish swine farms. Maintaining the sow herd’s health status can help swine farms significantly improve pig survival and performance from birth to market weight, and therefore is crucial for a farm’s long-term profitability.
Watwarat Janjariyakul, Technical Sales Manager Southeast Asia at APC Inc believes that it is important to maintain a healthy culling ratio, at 30-40%, and a sow parity at 3-3.5.
He emphasizes that farms can improve the culling ratio by reducing the number of involuntary sows with better farm management and sow-care programs.

By Rajeswari Ramanee – 9 November 2022
As animal husbandry best practices change across Asia, there are still some skills and features like standardized diagnostics that are needed to enhance care. Dr Roselle Cudal, Elanco’s Senior Technical Consultant for Swine said while veterinarians are well-versed in how to take care of livestock, especially pigs at a time when ASF is a challenge, farmhands still need training and guidance. This podcast discusses:
• How diagnostic structures are a still needed feature on farms. Expertise to be able to handle it is imperative.
• Why standardized procedures and harmonization is needed across labs and diagnostics entities for comparable results.
• Management systems for farms are vital, and training of those systems even more so.
• Investment in housing and climate control are part of good management systems.
Dr Cudal is a published, animal health practitioner with over 20 years of experience, both in the field as well as in academia. Her technical advice pertaining to AGPs and biosecurity for pig health is well-versed in the region.