Airline feed cuts feed efficiency to 2.0
Dutch cooperative Cehave Landbouwbelang introduces a new pig feed which
significantly improves feed efficiency and reduces excretion of minerals in the
The feed, called Airline 2.0, is made with raw materials that contain low,
but highly absorbable phosphate and nitrogen, which reduces phosphate levels in
the manure by 60% and of nitrogen by 30%.
The company uses a Wenger
Universal Pellet Cooker for expanding the raw materials and adds extra fats and
oils after cooking. This way the energy level of the feeds is increased and feed
efficiency on pig farms can improve to 2.0.
Twice as much
Dutch laws with the lowering of mineral content of the manure twice as much
manure can be spread on the fields without additional costs. Normally excess
manure has to be removed from the farm against considerable costs.
use of special raw materials makes the feed more expensive than regular feeds.
For starter feed the additional costs are €5/100 kg and for fatteners the feed
is €9/100 kg more expensive.
The feed cooperative with Airline 2.0 claims
improvement of daily gain with 50 grammes compared to standard feeds. The lower
feed efficiency and higher daily gain level out the higher price of the
Total yield (gain over feed) remains the same. Net-gain can be
found in the lower phosphate and nitrogen excretion, which – under Dutch
condition – lowers manure disposal costs.
company has already been using the Wenger UPC for manufacturing pig feeds. The
existing line of Airline feeds is now extended to 2.0 by using vacuum coating to
have more oils and fats incorporated in the feed.
With vacuum coating
fats and oils can be 'sucked' into the pores of the (expanded) pellets without
negatively affecting pellet quality. With regular pellets a (too) high fat
content is detrimental to pellet quality.
• Cehave Landbouwbelang
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