Issue 3-4/2017

Feed Technology

New compound feed plant buildings have become rare in Europe. Technical innovations are more likely to be introduced through replacement investments or by implementing innovative product lines. However, it is also possible to break new ground with operating materials in order to save costs and in addition satisfy higher demands made of product quality, as our article on ceramic lubricants shows. Completely new paths can be trodden in protein supply if the great growth potential of insects is used. Another article explains the technology needed for this.

» Innovative consumables in compound feedstuff production
New State of the Art according to FDA 21 CFR 178.3570

Consumables have a huge influence on the efficiency of compound feedstuff production. The majority of lubricants are being in pelletization. Since, most pellet mills operate with a loss lubrication, food grade lubricants are mandatory. Innovative consumables can minimize risks and improve the cost efficiency.

» Sustaining Life with the Power of Insect Protein
Ensuring Feed Safety Using Insect-Based Ingredients

Protein is an essential component of nutrition for both humans and animals, continuously being formed inside the body and broken down again. In order to maintain this cycle, about 15% of the daily energy intake should be covered by protein, to build and repair the cells that sustain life. To feed today’s global population, agriculture produces roughly 525 million tons of plant protein a year, found in corn, rice, wheat, or soybeans. Two third is fed to livestock to produce meat, while an estimated 15% is wasted from field to supermarket to consumer.

» Bioactive peptides
Novel substance group improves biological ratios

Animal husbandry on farms is increasingly moving between the poles of satisfying consumer interests and optimising on-farm operations. Demands for sustainable and environmentally friendly production methods in line with animal welfare are bound up with increasing restrictions for animal farmers. These have a stagnating to decreasing effect on the number of animals per farm site. Given the goal of ensuring farm incomes, optimal use of the farm production factors is becoming more important.

» Salmonella risk management in the feed chain
Is harmonization of rules across the EU possible?

Over time, EU Member States have each developed their own policy on Salmonella risk management in feed, in the framework of the national Salmonella control programmes for the livestock sector. Some of them set clear policy targets in terms of presence of Salmonella in products placed on the market (feed safety criteria) or in terms of process efficiency (process hygiene criteria). In a number of cases, these microbiological criteria are linked to a predefined process / procedure for the prevention of contamination or for decontamination. Such processes / procedures involve sampling / monitoring of products / equipment and/or chemical treatment of products and/or heat treatment.

» 160 years of the Experimental Station Weende
Looking forward and looking back at developments in the science of animal nutrition

On 18 July in the year 1857, following long discussions, the Royal Hanoverian Agricultural Society in Hameln resolved in the presence of King Georg V of Hanover to establish an Agricultural Experimental Station in Weende near Göttingen.