Left to right: Prof. Dr. Markus Rodehutscord (Universität Hohenheim), Christian Lampe (CAM Energy Group), Dr. Stephan Schneider (LfL Bayern), Sigrid Seelhorst, Andreas zur Wickern, Dr. Alfons Heseker, Franz Otten (MIAVIT GmbH), Prof. Georg Dusel (TH Bingen)
For the 7th time, the MIAVIT pig specialist conference took place on 16 May. On the company premises in Essen (Oldenburg) the company's own canteen was prepared and accommodated more than 120 guests. The well-known format was addressed to German-speaking customers and addressed current feeding topics as well as new approaches to strengthening domestic agriculture.
Dr. Stephan Schneider from the Bavarian State Institute for Agriculture looked at the development of suckling pigs based on their individual birth weight. Lighter piglets have significant disadvantages compared to their heavy littermates. Thus, the assumption is right that “once small - always small” also applies to the further growth performance.
Which possibilities the feeding offers to set exactly at this point, made Prof. Dr. Dusel from the TH Bingen impressively clear. livestock owners have many approaches to take preventive action. In addition to the amount of feed and nutrient composition, vitamin-like substances and natural polyphenols are also considered promising.
Sigrid Seelhorst from MIAVIT GmbH spoke afterwards about the effectiveness of MIAVIT's own “feed additives”. In practice, the positive effects of significantly increasing birth weights through natural polyphenols are confirmed. For this purpose, several experiments were carried out with the in-house product MiaPhenol, which proved its effectiveness under today's practice conditions.
After lunch and enough time for the exchange, the second session was discussed. Under the heading feed efficiency first clarified Prof. Dr. Rodehutscord of the University of Hohenheim the possibilities and limits amongst other things to optimize protein and phosphorus utilization with phytases.
Despite the strong commitment to nutrient-adapted and efficient feeding, nutrient surpluses are still the main issue in today's livestock farming. Christian Lampe from the CAM Energy Group devoted himself to this topic. New innovative technical solutions are in the testing phase and will soon reach market maturity, says Lampe. Here, the procedure of a decentralized treatment is trend-setting and enables the farmer to consider the surplus of his livestock as a valuable material. The value added thus remains on the farm and can be understood as strengthening domestic agriculture.