More than 200 people attended The Provimi Symposium
"Optimize Profit through Research & Nutrition" held during the Victam in
Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Troost from Provimi Holding opened the symposium by highlighting
some issues facing the feed industry. He addresses the importance of
local research - different farmers around the world need different
research. Provimi currently has 13 research stations worldwide, and with this
amount the company tries to cover the need for this local research.
Troost mentioned that companies are now working closer on new research.
This is particularly seen in new research in finding alternatives to
antimicrobial growth promoters and finding new solutions to cut down methane
emission from agriculture. The real challenge, said Troost, 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.
Alexander Döring, secretary General of the European Feed Manufacturers'
Federation (FEFAC), kicked off the symposiumwith his speech on the current
status of the European feed industry. He addressed key topical
issues for FEFAC: feed labelling, sustainable feed production, codes of good
practice, contaminants, GMOs, animal proteins and other issues (including AGP
alternatives, future status of coccidiostats, by products and re-evaluation of
additives). FEFAC is currently reviewing 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 their work. At the lab, they use the Microbial Community
Profiling and Characterisation (MCPC) technique. With this technique they try to
find and characterise new bacteria species found in the digestive tract. By
typing micro-organisms (MOs), finding correlations between MOs and infections
and between MOs and animal diets, the aim is to improve the quality and
formulation of the feed for better performance and health.
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. According
to calculations done by Gerardy, a customer with 2 silos with 300 million tonnes
of soy can save around €2.42 per tonne soy (€0.48 per tonne feed).
Verbeke from the Erasmus University, the Netherlands and Luciano Roppa from
Nutron Alimentos in Brazil were also among the speakers.