DSM releases updated OVN optimum Vitamin Nutrition® guidelines for more sustainable livestock farming

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Roxell launches Fortena™ Chain Feeding System for Hens

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Biovet S.A., together with the distributor Doctor’s Agrovet, organized the Symposium for South Asia

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Alltech appoints Tara McCarthy as global vice president of ESG

September 21, 2022

Alltech, has appointed Tara McCarthy as its global vice president of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). McCarthy will support the advancement of Alltech’s vision of Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™, which underscores the ability of the agri-food sector to provide enough nutritious food for all while revitalizing local communities and replenishing the Earth’s natural resources.

“Agriculture is the sector most integral to planetary health, from its role in the nourishment and well-being of humans and animals, to the capabilities it has to not only safeguard but benefit our Earth’s environment,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech.

“We have well-founded optimism about the future of agri-food and our planet, yet it is a moment for bold action and collective courage. Tara’s strategic approach, relationship focus and vast experience within the agri-food sector will add firepower to the advancement of our Planet of Plenty vision. In addition to furthering the alignment of our vision throughout our business, Tara will be working closely with our customers and partners on the environmental and social issues that we believe businesses within agriculture and food can positively impact.”

Prior to joining Alltech in June, McCarthy had served as the chief executive officer of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, since 2017. Her 25 years’ experience in the food industry also includes serving as chief executive officer for Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency.

McCarthy is passionate about the opportunities that can be found within sustainably produced food and has worked across the supply chain to develop insights and industry partnerships. She has led numerous capability initiatives and developmental support programs for students, early career executives and entrepreneurs within the food industry for more than a decade, forming successful partnerships both nationally and internationally.

In 2019, McCarthy co-founded Agdif, an industry initiative championing diversity in the Irish food industry. She has also represented Ireland’s food industry globally, speaking on Origin Green, Ireland’s unique national sustainability program. In 2021, McCarthy led the establishment of the Origin Green Global Council.

“Our world is changing, and the role that agriculture can play in the future is, in many ways and places, being reset,” said McCarthy. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to join Alltech in this new role at this pivotal time. It has never been more important to build networks across the supply chain, to start new conversations and to understand different perspectives. Supported by the ambition of Alltech’s Planet of Plenty vision and their global reach, I look forward to supporting and working alongside Alltech colleagues and customers.”

McCarthy received a bachelor’s degree in commerce from National University of Ireland, Galway (UCG) and a master’s degree in business studies with an emphasis on marketing from the University College Dublin (UCD) Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. She is an affiliate of the IMD Business School in Switzerland. McCarthy has been recognized with several awards, including UCG Alumna of the Year for Business and Commerce in 2017; a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, as well as Ireland’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women Public Sector Leaders Award in 2018; and UCD Smurfit School Alumna of the Year in 2019.

The newly established role of global vice president of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) represents another exciting milestone in Alltech’s longstanding mission to develop sustainable solutions for agriculture.

In the early 1980s, Dr. Pearse Lyons, the late founder of Alltech, established the ACE Principle, which guided the company’s efforts toward providing nutritional solutions that promote the health and well-being of animals, consumers and the environment. In 2019, Dr. Mark Lyons, Pearse’s son, carried that principle forward with the announcement of his vision for Working Together for a Planet of PlentyTM.

Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition launches worldwide series of events on the use of phytogenics in animal nutrition

The Dr. Eckel World Tour 2022 kicked off with a well-attended event in Hua Hin, Thailand. The series focuses on the use of phytogenic additives for profitable and sustainable animal production. Following a visit to VICTAM Asia, the participants travelled to the conference venue. Dr Andreas Lewke, Managing Director of Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition (Thailand), welcomed around 50 participants from all over Asia to the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort. Over three days, academic and industry experts shared and discussed the most promising innovations and solutions for effective ruminant feeding, poultry production and aquaculture.

Rarely has the industry faced such challenges: lockdowns, sanctions and political instability are putting markets, supply chains and pricing under enormous pressure, while the impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly manifest. Producers worldwide need to find solutions to utilise resources that are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive as efficiently as possible, in order to meet the demand for animal protein and still remain profitable. And these are the solutions the first World Tour conference in 2022 addressed.

In his keynote address, Vice President Dr Bernhard Eckel posed the central question of how we can secure a global food supply for a growing population in the face of current challenges. He clearly demonstrated how phytogenic additives can be used to attain the United Nations’ sustainability goals and even increase production.

Professor Carsten Malisch from Aarhus University in Denmark outlined the various potential uses of plant secondary compounds and provided exciting insight into his current research on tannins and their benefits to animal nutrition, particularly that of reducing emissions in ruminant feeding.

The potential of plant-based additives in aquaculture has so far been hardly exploited. Dr Tirawat Rairat from the Department of Fishery Biology at Kasetsart University in Thailand clearly stated why it is urgent to reduce the use of antibiotics in aquaculture and why phytogenic additives are the better choice.

And finally, Dr. Eckel’s Muhammad Umar introduced Anta®Phyt, a phytogenic champion from the Dr. Eckel product portfolio, and its possible applications. He also presented compelling trial results demonstrating its effectiveness. Veterinarian and entrepreneur Dr Forouzandeh Boroujerdi from Mavicarno Co. Ltd in Iran corroborated this with evidence of her own, acquired from her experience of using Dr. Eckel’s product Anta®Phyt in poultry. Dr Viktor Eckel concluded the series of talks with a presentation on the company’s product portfolio, present and future, in terms of phytogenic additives.

The well-debated concluding discussion reaffirmed the topicality of phytogenics. Both the participants and the speakers examined the most promising solutions and exchanged practical experiences. They agreed that, in addition to the technical information, the exchange between the various countries and regions was particularly valuable. All at the World Tour conference came to the unanimous conclusion that it is only through production methods that make the most efficient use of resources and promote healthy animal production that we will manage to produce sufficient healthy food in the future. Indeed, the path to successful, profitable and sustainable production is through the efficient use of resources, while that to optimal performance is through a focus on animal welfare and healthy animals with a strong immune system, combined with a holistic approach to management. This is the only way to secure the future of animal nutrition. And phytogenic additives are the key to this.

Conference host Andreas Lewke thanked all the participants and speakers for their valuable contributions and the overall success of the event. The World Tour 2022 will proceed to Surabaya in Indonesia, São Paulo in Brazil and, just before EuroTier, Braunschweig in Germany.