Today, compound feed plants provide hundreds of recipes and formulations, due not only to the different requirements of the animal species and fluctuations in the availability of raw materials, but also to special features of animal management and marketing. This issue therefore covers a wide thematic span, from securing world food supplies by using synthetic amino acids to scheduling trucking operations for delivering compound feeds to customers.

» Nutrition - a global challenge
Amino acids contribute to meeting the challenge

The farewell event of Hubert Pfeifer, National Sales Manager (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) after 42 years at Evonik Industries and predecessor companies was held end of November 2011 with the title "Nutrition - a global challenge"

» EU by 2020 self-sufficient for pork again
Global demand will increase

Global pork demand and pork prices will increase but EU pig prices are not able to take the profit as the USA, Canada and Brazil will do. EU pork production will decline 1.2 million tons by 2020, analysts of Rabobank predict.

» Synergies of different flavours for dog and cat food
Olfactory sense better developed

Modern pet food production bases on adequate nutrient supply, but also on palatability as the key factor for compliance of the animal and consequently for the pet owner’s purchase decision.

» Feeding in boar fattening
Bases for recommendations on energy and nutrient supplies

Fattening young boars will become increasingly important in future, as it will then no longer be necessary to discuss suitable castration methods and the advantages of the higher growth potential of boars can be exploited. It is evidently expected that the problems associated with taste impairment in boar fattening can be solved in future. However, the demands made of energy and nutrient supplies for boars differ not inconsiderably from those for castrates and sows, so that rations should be designed specifically.

» L-Tryptophan in pig fattening diets - Is it worthwhile?
Crude protein content is to be reduced by 1 to 2 percent

Alongside energy supply, the provision of essential amino acids in the feed plays a crucial role in fattening results. In particular, using a needs-compliant ratio of the various essential amino acids to the first-limiting amino acid lysine, also known as ideal protein, makes it possible to reduce the crude protein contents in the fattening feed. On the one hand this relieves the burden on the environment, but at the same time it also reduces the dependence of the "on-farm" feed compounders from having to buy in protein-rich feedstuffs.

» Where are my vehicles?
New software for fleet scheduling officers - fleet cost savings possible

RCT Computer GmbH has developed a software that evaluates parameters for fleet scheduling officers and displays them on roadmaps. It was designed for locating and managing compound feed transport tours and is now in use in two companies.

» "We must avoid waiting times"
Austing compound feed plant treads fresh ground in planning tours

For some time now the compound feed producer Josef gr. Austing Mischfutterwerk GmbH & Co KG, Damme, has been working with the fleet scheduling program of RCT Computer GmbH, Ahlhorn. General Manager Bernhard Grosse Austing is a man with far-sightedness. He had an idea for locating and managing his delivery fleet more efficiently.