At the Vilofoss
technical discussion in November, Dr. Bernhard Wesseling, Managing Director of Deutsche Vilomix from Neuenkirchen, welcomed almost 160 guests. This year the VILOFOSS group has grown to 17 plants in 8 countries and a production volume of over 400,000 t of premixes, mineral feed and special products, reports Dr. Wesseling. The acquisitions of the French piglet feed manufacturer ARC, the premix manufacturer CPC from Spain and more recently the Belgian mineral feed and lick mass producer NutriProf contributed to this.
The selection of topics and speakers was based on the current discussions in agriculture and society. The implementation of new husbandry requirements for sows, improved feed efficiency, new maximum levels for trace elements and environmental requirements were among the topics of the discussion.
Dr. Albert Hortmann-Scholten (Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture) chaired the conference and gave an introduction to the market overview of the pig market, milk and beef production, and the poultry and egg market.
On the subject of transit management of dairy herds reported Dr. Daniela Marthold, Lallemand, and Dr. Jens Füller, Deutsche Vilomix Tierernahrung GmbH in a joint lecture. They presented their joint consulting approach and the test results with the live yeast Levucell SC on the farm of the agricultural company Ruppendorf. It was shown that an improved rumen and feed efficiency in the cows resulted in less body mass loss in early lactation, a later occurring milk peak and more persistent performance with reduced cell count could be achieved.
Sows keeper Felix Kampmann from the district of Olpe showed which requirements have to be met when building or converting stables and how they can be successfully implemented. The studied young farmer used the selection of topics for his bachelor's thesis by incorporating the results into the redesign of the waiting and farrowing area of his own farm. He shared the impressive results and pictures from the new stable with the auditorium.
Kampmann showed impressively how to combine knowledge of the own bachelor thesis with the design of a new stable concept for the own sow operation. Taking into account the legal, operational and biological requirements, he developed an innovative concept for the waiting area, as well as the "perfect" movement bay in the farrowing house, and let the guests take part in this process.
Dr. agr. Daniel Brugger showed which essential role zinc and copper play in the metabolism of growing piglets. from the Chair of Animal Nutrition at the Technical University of Munich. The connection between the trace element source and availability for the animal, which have an impact on demand or supply, was particularly emphasized.
Stefanie Briede presented the importance of the feed additive "VILOFOSS® Zinc" for piglet rearing as a speaker at Deutsche Vilomix Tierernährung GmbH. As part of the results of her master's thesis, Briede demonstrated that VILOFOSS Zinc was particularly important in the first three weeks after weaning and has a highly significant impact on the daily gains in piglets. Already in the first week after weaning, the animals added 30 grams more body weight per day compared to the control group with commercially available zinc oxide by adding VILOFOSS® zinc. In the second week this effect was further intensified, so that the animals of the VILOFOSS® zinc group showed 67 grams higher daily gains compared to the animals of the control group. After the end of the investigation, which comprised a period of 42 days, the animals with the addition of VILOFOSS® zinc had a live weight 1.1 kg higher than that of the animals from the control group. According to Briede, these effects can be attributed to the specially prepared surface of the product, through which VILOFOSS® zinc optimally supports piglet growth, especially in the first three weeks after weaning, and offers an economic advantage over the entire rearing phase.
Johannes Hilgers of SVR Pig Marketing Rhineland was convinced that the key figure of the life performance of sows has a positive effect on the success of the farms. He presented the branch data of the 95 members who held an average of 275 sows. With around 31 weaned piglets per sow and year, he described the increasing breeding performance in recent years. He emphasized that the breeding sows are more fertile if they are specifically raised with gilts feed and are at least 230 days old for the first insemination.