Howard Eubanks presents the Tango at the 2012 Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference.
As our pets are living longer, Chondroitin sulfate (CS) as a supplement for degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis is a particularly hot area, available as infused chewable tablets, treats, or as a functional ingredient in pet foods formulated for senior pets.
In animals and humans, CS is naturally produced by the body as a component of cartilage and joints. With age, the amount of CS in the body decreases, and supplementation reduces inflammation, minimizes cartilage damage and provides joint lubrication. As a raw material, CS is a natural polymer typically sourced as a finely ground white powder that is produced from bovine, porcea trachea, shark or chicken cartilage.
You are what you eat – and this is particularly true if you are a hog. Up to 75 percent of the fat in swine feed rations finds its way directly to a hog’s body fat. Hog producers are under considerable pressure to reduce operating costs to maintain profitability. One way to lower feed costs is to increase the incorporation of distillers grains – DDGs – in the hog’s feed rations.
Reducing feed costs in this manner is not without consequences. The fat in DDGs is significantly different than native corn oil. The free fatty acid content is considerably higher, and the level of unsaturated fats is elevated. This leads to elevated levels of unsaturated fats in the hog’s carcass fat.
See Bruker at the upcoming Poultry Science Association’s Annual Meeting in Athens, Georgia July 9-12, 2012. Hundreds are expected to attend this year’s meeting which promises to stimulate discovery, application, and dissemination of knowledge.
Contact Howard Eubanks, Bruker Optics business development manager – feed and grain, for details on the Tango’s ease of use and power to perform advanced feed and ingredient analysis. You can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Premier Pet Nutrition (PPN), part of the ABF plc group, invited 2012 INTERZOO attendees to test their pet food “live” using Bruker’s Tango in their booth, in Nurnberg, Germany.
The Tango produced simultaneous results for fat, protein, moisture, fiber, ash and cook values in seconds. After the tests were completed, the Tango printed a Certificate of Analysis right at the booth.
Bruker Optics is on a mission to support the rational use of food resources.
Poultry feed conversion ratios (the amount of feed required to produce poultry) have steadily declined through the years. Today poultry feed conversion hovers around 1.6-1.7 g/g, a remarkable achievement when you think about human effort, application of technologies and evolution of processes.
Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods at FDA, gave 2012 Petfood Forum attendees an overview of new regulations coming from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), highlighting that FMSA applies to pet food manufacturers as well as food manufacturers.
Establishment of preemptive controls and a new Foreign Supplier Verification Program are two key components of the new regulation.
Bruker’s Conformity Index provides a simple way for mill operators to monitor the progress of a blending operation.
The Conformity Index doesn’t require calibration because this program compares the spectral variation of samples to a target. Poorly blended samples will show large deviation, whereas homogenous samples will have very consistent spectra.
Most of the current NIR testing equipment is based on moving diffraction gratings. To obtain the spectral pattern of the material, each wavelength is measured one at a time and then directed to an exit slit.
The Tango, based on FT-NIR optics, measures all wavelengths simultaneously, so spectra can easily be co-added to increase signal to noise. The Tango eliminates the need for exit slits so there is far greater energy throughput, and more detailed sample information can be measured.
Regardless of external vibrations, Tango’s corner cube mirrors are always able to return a parallel beam.