Issue 7-8/2015

Developments in the field of Animal Nutrition

Feeding of farm animals not only covers their nutrient requirements for maintenance and production, but also influences a large number of physiological processes. As the genetic performance potential of the livestock and poultry rises, physiological influences on the digestive processes are increasingly assuming the role of keeping the digestive system healthy and moderating activities in the gut. They thus represent a key cornerstone of animal husbandry. This is probably the field in which the greatest progress in modern animal nutrition has been made. Research institutes and companies are working feverishly to find out how feed components can reduce the physiological stress placed on this high-performance organ – the gut. In this issue, however, we shall not only be exploring current developments and presenting research enterprises. We are also taking a historical look back at the basic groundwork performed by scientists over 150 years ago at the Weende Research Station near Göttingen.

» Keeping the international market open
Interview with DVT President Jan Lahde

Jan Lahde, compound feed producer and agricultural supplies trader from Heeslingen, Lower Saxony, has been President of the Association of German Feed Producers (DVT) since 2014. We talked to him about the present and future development of compound feed production.

» Priority on feed innovations' efficiency
CCPA Group independent group with haromized identity

Since its creation by breeders in 1966, the French CCPA GROUP forged itself an image of expert in animal feed and health, both in France and worldwide. Research, innovation, differentiation and services are the key words and the springs of the independent group that appears without complex since the last fair Space in Rennes under a new harmonized identity.

» The Troika of animal nutrition in Göttingen
127th VDLUFA Congress in the university city of Göttingen
The 127th Congress of VDLUFA (Association of German Agricultural Analytic and Research Institutes) will be held from 15 to 18 September 2015 in the university city of Göttingen on the overall theme “Soil – basis of existence for plants and animals”. Göttingen was selected as site for the congress not only because of the excellent infrastructure available for such events there and the fact that the United Nations has appointed 2015 the International Year of Soils.

» Research and development are the basis of all Biomin activities
R & D Team on the Tulln Campus

All application-oriented basic research at Biomin is carried out by the company’s own R&D team at the Biomin Research Center (BRC) on the Tulln Campus near Vienna, Austria, in cooperation with international research institutions. Even though the company has its own research centre, cooperation arrangements with national and international research institutions are crucial. On Tulln Campus, Biomin maintains a series of research cooperation alliances with various scientific institutions.

» Devoted to the performance of young animals
Hamlet Protein refines soybean meal

Soybean meal is a valuable protein feed. However, various anti-nutritional factors can slow down performance in the feeding of young animals. The Danish company Hamlet Protein eliminates negative ingredients through fermentation.