The current problems on the markets for products of animal origin are leading agricultural producers into difficulties. It is only natural that they wish to pass on this pressure to their suppliers. Feed costs account for by far the largest expenditure on inputs in animal husbandry. Accordingly, compound feed producers in Germany are being confronted by demands from their customers to be released from contracts entered into last year on what now appear to be unfavourable terms. However, yielding to this would involve high economic losses for the compound feed companies, as they in turn have bought supplies of raw materials on the basis of these contracts, also on terms that are unfavourable in retrospect. Furthermore, the very point of contracts would be called into question if contract loyalty were only maintained when the contracts were favourable for the farmers.

» Use of regional protein feedstuffs as a substitute for imported post-extraction soya meal
Possibilities and limits

The production conditions in Germany’s agriculture are increasingly becoming a focus of interest for the stakeholders involved, in particular the food retail trade, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and consumers. With regard to production of animals, attention is currently concentrating on the fields of animal protection/animal welfare, traceability, and the origin and safety of the feedstuffs used.

» Feeding progress
JRS contract manufacturing with innovative process technology

Feed is the essential link in the production chain of foods of animal origin such as meat, milk and eggs. In order to guarantee feed safety, feed production is subjected to particularly strict legal requirements. All products must pass through a comprehensive state authorisation programme. Not only the framework conditions – premises, equipment and installations, process safety, quality assurance systems – must be compliant, but also the essential technical attributes such as mixing stability, flowability, dust generation, abrasion resistance, as well as structure and storage capability.

» Availability assessment of a new calcium-sodium phosphate generation in poultry
A key parameter in feed formulation

Inorganic feed phosphates such as mono-calcium phosphates are commonly used in broiler feed in order to meet their mineral requirements. A precise characterization of their availability is required to better control phosphorus (P) supplies and reduce excretion into the environment.

» Mycotoxins in horses – not a problem?
Significance and harmful effect of mycotoxins, ergot alkaloids and endophytes

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites of fungi that can cause acute or chronic health disorders in animals. In animal husbandry, mycotoxins have been a known and much discussed problem for many years. Many scientific studies have been conducted on the subject of mycotoxins, for example in pigs. Where horses are concerned, however, the subject of mycotoxins has hardly been discussed at all. There are only few scientific studies, and often only clinical case reports are available. Hardly anything is known in literature about possible risks or harmful effects. There are currently no official mycotoxin limit or orientation values for horses, at most recommendations. Therefore the question arises of whether there is in fact any problem with mycotoxins in horses.

» The use of spray-dried plasma in the poultry industry

Averts keeping and health stresses

Stress factors can have subclinical effects in the body. These include, for example, the harmful overreaction of the immune system that can cause impairment of the intestinal barrier function and reduce utilisation of nutrients for productive functions. As a result of the lowered gut barrier function, nutrient uptake in the intestine is disturbed. This can lead to increased stress due to toxins or pathogens from the environment, while the elevated immune response can bring about inflammations and secondary consequences. The producers combat illnesses with coccidiostats, antimicrobial substances and vaccines to protect the poultry against infections and apply good husbandry practices in order to reduce the environmental stresses within their sphere of influence. However, other appropriate methods too, for instance feeding, can also help producers improve overall production and animal wellbeing.