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Novus Initiates International Commercial Activities for SPORULIN®

After focusing commercial efforts with SPORULIN® in the United States since 2012, Novus is launching SPORULIN® in Brazil, which will be followed by a number of launches in major poultry producing countries around the world.

"Novus is committed to deliver probiotic products that provide demonstrable value to feed and animal producers," stated Dave Zacek, global executive manager of Eubiotics at Novus. "We are thrilled to begin expanding the global reach of SPORULIN®, which has the ability to be a valuable tool for producers to support gut health in commercial poultry operations."

SPORULIN®, a U.S. patented, 3-strain combination of Bacillus subtilis probiotic, is a unique combination which withstands pelleting and is shown to inhibit many undesirable enteric bacteria in poultry. Recently released research has shown SPORULIN® modifies chicken microbiota, reducing C. perfringens and increasing Lactobacillus, when it is added to the feed.

SPORULIN® was originally developed by University of Arkansas scientists working in collaboration with Pacific Vet Group, a company now wholly owned by Novozymes, the Denmark based global leader in microbiological organism discovery, characterization and production.

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First-ever PCQI instructor training for FSMA Compliance

In ongoing efforts to prepare animal food organizations for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the three leading animal food industry trade associations hosted the first-ever Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA) lead instructor training for the preventive controls for animal food on July 26-29.

The American Feed Industry Association, the National Grain and Feed Association, and the Pet Food Institute, in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), brought together a capacity crowd of 75 individuals from 60 animal feed companies to participate in the training.

The course covered the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA as being adequate for training preventive controls qualified individuals (PCQI) under FDA's final rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), as well as instruction on how to teach the course.

 "FDA's rules implementing FSMA require that at least one preventive controls qualified individual be determined for each facility. The PCQI lead instructor program educates those identified individuals who, upon successful completion, will be able to train others," said the three associations.

"The event exceeded expectations," stated the trade groups. "Many attendees commented on the importance of the break-out sessions to further discuss sample plans and  the benefits of networking with other industry colleagues during the training."

Fifteen percent of the companies represented at the training were from pet food manufacturing companies, 30 percent from animal feed manufacturing firms, 30 percent from ingredient suppliers, 10 percent from premix manufacturing companies and 25 percent from  companies that are general service providers for the animal food industry. Several companies represented more than one segment of the industry.

AFIA, NGFA and PFI will continue to provide FSMA training opportunities for the animal food industry in the weeks and months leading up to the various compliance dates.


Select Sires hires Lara Staples as communications specialist and member liaison

Lara Staples joins Select Sires as a communications specialist and member liaison. She will be responsible for designing and producing materials to support Select Sires’ brand image, dairy genetic product lines, sire summaries and other sales and marketing activities.

Staples will also work closely with member cooperative communications and marketing staff to provide assistance. She will be based in the Plain City, Ohio office.

“Lara’s industry experience, excellent communication skills and diverse skillset will add to an already dynamic communications team,” says Shirley Kaltenbach, Select Sires Inc. director of communications. “Her leadership skills and desire to serve are a good fit for our cooperative and will assist our team in building our industry-leading brand image.”

Staples is a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in animal science and a minor in agricultural communication. While in college she was active in Alpha Zeta honorary fraternity, college ambassador team, Scarlet and Gray Ag Day Committee, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Buckeye Dairy Club and the dairy judging team.

She served as the 2011 Ohio Fairs’ Queen and state vice president for the Ohio FFA Association. Staples also participated in Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPower Institute. She completed communications internships with World Wide Sires, Ltd. and American Dairy Association Mideast. Most recently, she was a farm sales specialist for Paul Hall and Associates.    

“Select Sires sponsored and assisted with nearly every dairy judging event in which I participated in throughout my high school and collegiate years,” says Staples. “These contests are what introduced me to agriculture, gave me a jump-start in animal science education and helped me develop my passion for the dairy industry. Now I have the incredible opportunity to give back to a company that has invested in me for many years. My hope is to help continue the legacy of investing in the future here at Select Sires and I am very excited to begin that journey. ”

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives.