First trace mineral symposium a success

25-06-2007 | |

The first International Scientific Symposium on Trace Elements in Animal Production Systems (Oteane) attracted around 200 delegates.

The delegates, both animal nutritionists and environmental scientists came to Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the emerging issue how trace elements in animal feed and the environment can be reduced.

Frans Verstraete from the European Commission made it clear that the Commission’s intention was to reduce maximum permitted levels of legitimate trace elements and contaminants in animal feeds, thereby reducing environmental accumulation.

Mineral footprint
Stéphane Durosoy, president of the organising committee and director of event sponsor, Pancosma, said: “The raison d’etre for this and future Oteane symposia is a sustainable trace element footprint for animal production, consistent with good animal health, welfare and performance through appropriate use of organic trace elements.”

Proceedings from the symposium will be published later this year. An abstracts booklet is available now from

A complete review article on this symposium can be read in the next issue of Feed Mix (Volume 15.4) and Pig Progress (Volume 23.6).

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