In this issue FeedMagazine/Kraftfutter can once again publish the revised analysis tolerances elaborated by VDLufa following the revisions in 2008 and 2011. Only Germany invests in these comprehensive studies that are indispensable for reliable analyses in feedstuff testing. However other countries, especially EU Member States, make use of the values summarised in the tables too.

» Reducing the use of medicaments by feeding strategies
Panel discussion at EuroTier

Reducing the use of medicaments via feeding strategies - this intention is close to being a "non-topic", as the claiming of health effects, especially regarding prevention, treatment and healing, is forbidden for feedstuffs and feed additives. Despite this, at EuroTier a number of well-known experts accepted an invitation by Feed Magazine/Kraftfutter at EuroTier to discuss how feedstuffs and feed additives are involved in stabilising the health of our animal stocks.

» Review of the analytical tolerances
VDLUFA examines feedstuffs for feed additives and undesirable substances

VDLUFA Section VI Feedstuff Testing (referred to below as Section VI) has been elaborating and publishing the VDLUFA Analytical Tolerances for testing feedstuffs continuously since the beginning of the 1970s.

» NIR-Online GmbH celebrates 10th anniversary
Pioneers of NIR industrial spectroscopy

When they founded NIR-Online GmbH in the year 2002, they helped to achieve a technology breakthrough that is considered to be a quantum leap in process monitoring. "They" are Thomas Schneider and Tomas Qvarfort, pioneers of NIR (near infrared) online industrial spectroscopy. Our editorial team talked to the two company founders and managing directors about the potentials offered by uninterrupted process monitoring in real time.

» Effects of various phytases on the release of digestible phosphorus
A meta-analysis of scientific studies

Exogenous phytases are chiefly added to the diets of monogastric animals because they increase the digestibility of the phytate-bound phosphorus present in the feeds. This meta-analysis compares the individual products admitted on the basis of the scientific studies published on the topic in the past ten years.