Provimi symposium during Victam well attended
More than 200 people attended the Provimi symposium
"Optimize Profit through Research & Nutrition", held during the Victam show
in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Wim Troost from Provimi opened the symposium by highlighting some of the
issues that the feed industry is currently facing. He addressed the importance
of local research, because different farmers around the world need different
Provimi currently has 13 research stations worldwide, and
with this amount the company tries to cover the need for this local
Troost also mentioned that companies
are now working closer on new research than what they used to. This is
particularly seen in new research in finding alternatives to antimicrobial
growth promoters and finding new solutions to cut down methane emission from
Troost ended his introduction by saying that the real
challenge at the moment lies in exploring new quality replacements for costly
ingredients (such as fish meal).
"Finding new replacements and tools
are constantly required by the sector, and we as an industry have to live up to
these demands", he concluded.
Döring, secretary General of the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC)
spoke about the current status of the European feed industry.
addressed the key topical dossiers for FEFAC at the moment. These are: feed
labelling, sustainable feed production, codes of good practice, contaminants,
GMO, animal proteins and other issues (including AGP alternatives, future status
of coccidiostats, by products and re-evaluation of
Döring mentioned that FEFAC is
currently working to review the animal by-products legislation, meaning that
options are reviewed to reintroduce by products (such as blood products and meat
and bone meal) in certain animal diets.
Regarding the future status
of coccidiostats FEFAC has a clear view. They should be registered as medicines
and not as feed additives (which is done at the moment). However, Döring
questions whether animal health companies are willing to pay for the
registration dossiers needed for this.
Wim van Haeringen from the Dr Van Haeringen Laboratory in the
Netherlands updated the audience on the work they are currently
At the lab, they use the Microbial Community Profiling
and Characterization (MCPC) technique. With this technique they try to find and
characterise new bacteria species, which are found in the digestive
By typing micro-organisms (MO's), finding correlations between
MO's and infections and between MO's and animal diets the aim is to improve the
quality and formulation of the feed for better performance and health, Van
Paul Gerardy from Research and
Technology Centre gave a presentation about the benefits of using near infrared
(NIR) in feed analysis.
According to Gerardy, NIR has very low costs
compared to wet chemistry, can measure several nutrients at the same time, does
not need expert skills, has results within minutes, requires no hazardous
chemicals and produces no pollutants.
Gerardy says that a customer
with 2 silos for 300 million tonnes of soy can save around €2.42 per ton soy
(€0.48 per tonne feed).
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