The influence of conditioning on feed quality was the central theme of the midsummer workshop organized by the German BIOMIN Key Account Team at the Feed Design Lab in Wanssum (NL).
On the morning of June 19, 2019, the Managing Director of Feed Design Labs (FDL) Trudy van Megen opened the workshop with the presentation of the FDL, the leading practical research and training center for innovation and sustainability in the animal feed sector.
Twenty-three participants discussed current challenges and opportunities in the feed industry and visited the pilot plant, which includes the Dinnissen hammer mill, the Powli dosing unit and various conditioning systems. Process technologist Eric Vissers emphasized that dry steam is the most important ingredient in feed. He added, "If we do a good job of conditioning, the rest is a no brainer."
Eric and his colleague Toon van der Loop demonstrated in the afternoon the extrusion of pig feed. While it is common to extrude pet and fish feed, there is only one Dutch company that uses this type of conditioning for pig feed. André van Lankveld (Regional Director for Western Europe at BIOMIN) emphasized that Poultry Star® Hatchery and Digestarom® DC are excellent examples of Biomin's product portfolio, which is based on state-of-the-art science and technology. In addition, the latest findings on mycotoxins and Mycofix® were presented and an insight into the work of the BIOMIN research team on the formulation of bioactive ingredients was given. All in all, it was a successful event for the BIOMIN team and its customers in the animal feed industry.