On June 1st during EFPRA meeting in Hamburg Germany, the 2015-2017 directive of the World Renderers Organization came to its end and a new directive was elected. The directive for the period 2017-2019 is comprised of Fernando Mendizabal (Mexico) as President, Martin Alm (Germany) as 1st Vice-President and Bruce Rountree (New Zealand) as 2nd Vice-President.

LEAP 2015

by Michael Weber

On 23 of April 2015 the second Annual Meeting of the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership took place. FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division in collaboration with stakeholders from the private sector, FAO member countries and non-governmental organizations presented the first results of their three-year multi-stakeholder initiative, that has been launched in 2012. After a public review the LEAP guidelines on the feed, the small ruminant and the poultry supply chain have been presented. Further a draft of the guideline on the large ruminant has been introduced is now ready for public review. However, the pig supply guideline chain is still under development. Furthermore two studies regarding (i) indicators, methods as well (ii) principles for the assessment of livestock impacts on biodiversity have been presented. The next step of the project is broadening the scope of current LEAP assessment. A LEAP + project is already under discussion. Next to the improvement of the existing guidelines the scope should also be extended an water use efficiency, socio-economic sustainability as well as nutrient efficiency. 

The final as well as the draft guidelines can be downloaded from the FAO webpage: http://www.fao.org/partnerships/leap/resources/resources/en/


SINCOBESP is a union affiliated to FIESP (Federation of São Paulo State Industries in Brazil) and has been for ten years the most important supporter of fair rendering in Brazil, FENAGRA - National Fair of rendering plants. This fair brings together the entire supply chain, industry and users. At the same time organizes the Brazilian Rendering Congress, debate the relevant issues and connected to the segment, with the participation of national and international leading experts. Concurrently with the Fenagra and Rendering Congress also occurs a Pet Food Congress, promoted by the Brazilian College of Animal Nutrition – CBNA, in which are discussed specific issues of pet nutrition.

This year presentations were realized by Dr. Renata Castanho, communicating responsibilities deserved to the state sectorial board for slaughterhouses and rendering industries (CETESB); Dr. Leandro Vicielli and Andre Geraldes, talking about sustainability of rendering industry; Eng. João Baptista Galvão Filho, lecturing pollution and air odor/control; Dr. Claudio Bellaver speaking on composting as an alternative for rotten material from animal industry.

A technical panel was achieved to discuss Rendering Improvement for Quality Meal with participation of the research government agency - Embrapa; the Brazilian association for animal protein - ABPA; the Brazilian union for feed mill - Sindirações; the Brazilian association for pet industry - ABINPET; the Brazilian union for collectors and processor of animal by-products – Sincobesp, with Moderation by Dr. Claudio Bellaver from Sincobesp/ProEmbrapa.

For 2016 edition, Fenagra is already being scheduled and will be realized on 13 and 14 of April in Campinas city in Sao Paulo State (http://www.fenagra.com.br/).

Innovations to Increase Productivity from Organic Compounds

Claudio Bellaver1

In developing agricultural countries, chemical fertilizer is highly necessary to replenish the nutrients removed by the increasing grain crops, pasture, vegetables and forest commodities. The expansion of planting areas and new technologies encourage increased demand for fertilizers and enable greater productivity and profitability of crops. At the same time, most strategic scenarios do not consider the production of an organic fertilizer or organic mineral, which have great interaction with chemical fertilizers. This is partly because existing technologies for the production of organics are inefficient and imply excessive time for its production. Even so, it is expected that there will be a significant increase in demand for organic fertilizers for the next decade. This represents a great opportunity for those who have the organic raw material, mainly waste. But, what kind of wastes? 

A quick listing shows that these materials are organics from various supply chains, among which: all agricultural straws and husks; yard trimming; wood shavings and sawdust; discarded paper/cardboard, cellulose mud, cleaning of grain/feed silos; fruit waste; spoiled cakes; poultry litter, pig, dairy and cattle feedlot manures; hatchery wastes; industrial restaurant and market waste; DAF slaughterhouse mud; sludge floaters; wastes of food industry (meat, beer, wine and several brews); urban and rural animal mortalities, solids from bio digester and wastewater treatment; wood ash from boilers; earth used in bleaching of fats and the organic fraction of municipal solid waste.

Therefore, there is a need to treat these tremendous volumes of organic waste with proper Technological Innovation. One efficient tool to accomplish this is the Accelerated Composting (AC) in a rotary bioreactor. This technology complies with the fundamentals of composting and regulations, which define composting as a process of biological decomposition of biodegradable organic fraction of the waste, carried out by a diverse population of organisms under controlled aerobic conditions and other parameters (ratio of carbon: nitrogen, moisture, temperature, pH, particle size, porosity, homogeneity of the mixture). 

1 DVM, PhD, ProEmbrapa and Qualyfoco Consulting Ltd.  bellaver@qualyfoco.com.br 

OIE Report

President of the Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission, Alex Thiermann introduced reports from the two working groups; Animal production & food safety and Animal welfare.

The OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission (Code commission) met in February 2015 and during this meeting they also met with the OIE Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases (SCAD) to discuss areas of mutual interest. The end result of the deliberations was a draft Terrestrial Code produced for discussion and adoption at the World Assembly.

With regard to WRO members, the draft contained several topics of interest, but as expected (for this World Assembly in particular) the subject of BSE took centre stage.

As the result of SCAD deliberations and debate with the Code Commission, OIE has recognized ‘atypical’ (spontaneous) BSE as being different to ‘classical’ BSE.

Furthermore , both Commissions recognized that a ‘negligible risk’ Country declaring a case of atypical BSE  could be ‘penalised” to the same level as having a case of classic BSE.  As a result the draft BSE Chapter (11.4) was would amended to take account of atypical BSE and to differentiate it from classical BSE. However, while the vast majority of delegates accepted the proposal for separating the two types of BSE, it was not possible to reach agreement on the proposed new text. Most felt that the position was not so urgent as to disrupt the normal cycle of consultations and meetings of the Commission (September 2015 and February 2016) prior to adoption at the 2016 World Assembly. Delegates also pointed out that there were parts of the “toolbox” missing, ie no clear case study examples to differentiate the two forms, and therefore a need to revise the “manual” too and altogether the feeling was of unnecessary haste!  It was also mentioned by (mainly) EU delegates that the subject of atypical/classical BSE could be incorporated into a more extensive revision of Chapter 11.4 that includes revisons of aspects of the “SRM” list and the “feed ban”. In that sense, the majority felt that taking time now to incorporate all currently considered changes was in reality the best option. Therefore and after lengthy discussions and interventions from many OIE delegates, a compromise was reached to revise the current BSE chapter with the addition of a few words that recognized atypical BSE without having to enter into a significant level of detail.

Elsewhere, the OIE World Assembly voted on the following resolution which confirmed that France, Ireland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Liechtenstien and Switzerland are now included in the list of  “negligible risk” countries. This list now comprises 41 countries and there are 11 Countries still categorized as “controlled risk” countries.

OIE World Assembly 2015

OIE World Assembly 2015

by Stephen Woodgate, WRO President

On behalf of WRO I attended the 83rd OIE meeting in Paris, France from 26-28 May 2015. The first highlight was the election of a new Director General by the national delegates representing the Member Countries of the OIE, by secret vote in accordance with the rule “one country, one vote”. Dr Monique Eloit, the candidate for France and the Member States of the European Union, was elected for a five-year term of office (2016-2020).

After three consecutive terms of office as Director General of the OIE, Dr Bernard Vallat will pass the baton to the current Deputy Director General on 1 January 2016, who will then implement the Sixth Strategic Plan, which coincides with her term of office. Based at the OIE Headquarters in Paris, Dr Eloit will shape the destiny of the Organisation and manage the teams working at the Headquarters and existing 13 regional and Sub-Regional Offices.

During the last fifteen years under his leadership, Dr Vallat has helped to extend the Organisation’s mandate to include animal welfare, while consolidating its activities in the fields of animal health and animal production food safety. He has participated effectively in the management of global crisis (influenza, foot and mouth disease). He has also encouraged the OIE to involve itself in several new fields of activity aimed at improving and strengthening the governance of Veterinary Services, and to develop a number of innovative programmes.

Following the election of his successor, Dr Vallat offered warm words of encouragement to the newly elected Director General. “Dr Monique Eloit was already working alongside me when I was Chief Veterinary Officer of France in the 1990s, and she joined me at the OIE in 2009 as Deputy Director General. I have every confidence in her ability to carry on the task developing and strengthening this Organisation, with the collaboration of all, national Delegates, partner organisations and those involved in animal health and public health, throughout the world
• to promote excellence, transparency and solidarity
• to implement the mandate we have been given, namely
protecting animals, preserving our future.

Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General since 2000, congratulating Dr Monique Eloit, incoming Director General, elected this morning for a five-year mandate (2016-2020).

Dr Monique Eloit will be the seventh Director General of the OIE. A veterinary doctor and General Inspector of Veterinary Public Health (France), she was successively Director to the Director General of the French Food Safety Agency (Afssa), then Chief Veterinary Officer and Delegate of France to the OIE, before being appointed Deputy Director General of the OIE, in charge of administration, management, human resources and regional actions.

During these past fifteen years, the OIE has considerably developed and diversified to adapt to new global health issues and changes in the Veterinary Services. The OIE’s legitimacy has been strengthened on the international stage. Its standards are the reference in the field of animal disease prevention and control and for animal welfare, and are recognised as such by the World Trade Organization (WTO),” declared Dr Monique Eloit after her election.

"I shall endeavour to enhance the visibility and the performance of the OIE, on the one hand by strengthening the control of animal diseases, including zoonoses, with the involvement of the Delegates, and on the other hand by developing new partnerships and collaborations in the field of public health and food safety.
I shall accord a higher level of priority to the health status of farmed animals, both to protect health and to support the socio-economic development of the animal production sector

ABRA Symposium 2015

ABRA symposium at the International Trade Fair for the Production and Processing of Animal Protein FIPPPA

By Lucas Cypriano


10:15 - 11:00h - Sustainability and their pillars

Gilson Spanemberg - Apex - Brasil

He explained the concept of sustainability in a broad sense, showing the meaning to have the economical + social + environmental benefits acting together and the action of Apex (Brazilian Export Agengy) over this subject


11:00h - 12:00h - Inovation in the Rendering Industry

Adriano Salles - Adumat - Brasil

From a challenge to a new business. He showed the challenges he faced by his industry with low quality MBM, showing the solution he created: a granulation of MBM, leting it suitable for most of the Farm machinery 


14:00h - 15:00h - Rendering Industry and GHG emissions

Charles Gooding - Clemson University - USA

Dr. Charles presented all number and figures about the CGC saivings that the rendering system performs yearly in US, showing that Brazil may has an even better saving because we use plantation wood to produce steam (not natural gas as in US) and our electricity is mainly from hydroelectrical power stations, not from coal or gas electrical stations (as US). 


15:00 - 16:00 - The impact of rendered products in the GHG emission over poultry nutrition 

Gerson Neudi Scheuermann - CNPSA-EMBRAPA - Brasil

He presented their calculations about the GHG savings per kg of poultry meat that the use of rendered products can do against a 100% vegetable poultry feed. 


16:00 - 17:00 - The green option to PET and Fish feed producers

Jacques Wijnoogst - Tema - Netherlands

He went beyond the ordinary rendering system, presenting that we should not try to dry that much all ingredients we render. Some of them deserves better treatment, producing products with higher nutritional/physiological/and palatability level. That water in some species is also a nutrient, and that producing dry feed is may not the best technological option for the animal also.