DVT President Jan Lahde calls for more honesty in the climate debate.
At this year's General Meeting, President Jan Lahde was confirmed in office. With Ernst Friedlaender and Dr. Heinrich Kleine Klausing, two new members have joined the board of the german association. Looking back, the feed industry continues to show stable development.
Jan Lahde, Hansa Landhandel, Heeslingen, has been re-elected DVT President. He has held this office since 2014. Vice President Carolin Braun-Majer, DEWA Kraftfutterwerk, Emskirchen, Vice President Cord Schiplage, GSagri, Schneiderkrug, and also Chairman of the North Regional Group, and Vice President Dr. Bernhard Wesseling, Deutsche Vilomix, Neuenkirchen-Vörde, were also confirmed in their offices. Newly elected to the board were Ernst Friedlaender, ForFarmers, and Dr. Heinrich Kleine Klausing, Deutsche Tiernahrung Cremer.
Stable feed production
According to figures from the German Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE), German feed producers kept their volumes largely the same in the 2020/21 marketing year, producing around 24 million tons of compound feed for livestock and pets. In the north and south, the share of total production was kept constant at 73 and 13 percent, respectively. Only in the east were there slight decreases of 3 percent.
According to DVT, the production shares of the various segments of pork, beef and poultry did not change. Traditionally, pig feed makes up the largest segment of feed production with a share of 41 percent or 9.8 million tons. Cattle and poultry feeds are proportionally equal at 28 and 27 percent, respectively. While poultry feed production remained nearly stable at almost 6.4 million tons, cattle feed production showed a decline of 2.8 percent, totaling 6.8 million tons. Accordingly, the 287 companies subject to reporting requirements throughout Germany produced a total of 23.9 million tons.
Raw materials available globally
"The availability of agricultural raw materials is good globally. It is important to take advantage of each region's excellence in food production and maintain balance for fluctuating yields," Lahde explained at the general meeting. In the Corona pandemic, he said, the feed industry was able to show that the supply of feed to agriculture was guaranteed by functioning cross-border supply chains. With regard to the social discussion about more sustainability, the DVT president called for more honesty and an equal assessment of ecology, social requirements and economic efficiency. Pet food manufacturers have vast experience in the multi-layered aspects of sustainable raw material sourcing, he said. "Today, 60 to 70 percent of our soy volumes in feed are already sustainably sourced. Around two-thirds of all soy volumes come from areas with a low risk of deforestation," Lahde said. The DVT's aim is to develop solutions that are as uniform as possible across the industry. To this end, he said, the association is in talks with the various stakeholders.