Discussions, concepts and business models are being shaped by the call for designing production chains sustainably. Without taking into account what sustainability actually means, politicians, interest groups and companies are promptly using the term to support their own standpoints.  The egoistic warping of the term masks a clear view of what are necessary and correct concepts. It is time to define sustainability clearly and bindingly, or to bury the term quickly.

» Gut and immune effects of Pichia Guilliermondii Yeast
Pathogens are bound

The quest for alternatives to antibiotic use in livestock husbandry is in full swing. This pertains to animal health and performance issues equally. And there seems to be no one-shot solution.

» “Animal nutrition should be knowledge-based“
Interview with Hubert Spiekers about issues relating to the future of animal nutrition

Feeding farm animals is more than just an economic factor - it has knock-on effects on animal health, product quality, animal welfare and the protection of the environment. FeedMagazine/Kraftfutter spoke to the chairman of the DLG Working Group Feed and Feeding about issues facing feeding in the future.

» Processed crude-fibre-rich raw materials in piglet feed
The connection with intestinal health and performance

Every life form, whether human, animal, plant or bacterial, is continually developing new mechanisms to enable it to survive in a constantly changing environment. An efficient immune system is the basis for a healthy body and consequently good performance.

» Feed efficiency in dairy management
The key to profitability

Today’s dairy farmers are permanently facing changes in feed crop and concentrate prices, as well as inconsistent milk prices that consequently affect milk production costs. This is why in modern dairy farms, efficiency of nutrient use is generally considered to be a crucial factor impinging farm profitability. Moreover, feed efficiency and cost management represent major tools in modern dairy production.

» Effective mycotoxin risk management
Analysis methods for detecting mycotoxins in feeds and physiological samples

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites of moulds. Depending on their concentration in the feed, they can have a negative impact on the performance and health of farm animals. Even low concentrations of two mycotoxins occurring simultaneously can act synergistically, resulting in a higher impact on the animal than initially expected. The simple fact that one type of fungus can produce more than one mycotoxin is the reason why a number of different mycotoxins can occur in just one raw material. In a study conducted in 2013, Biomin tested more than 4200 feed samples and raw materials worldwide and was able to detect more than two different agriculturally relevant mycotoxins in around 45 % of the samples.

» Reduced farrowing time in sows with eubiotic lignocellulose
Duration of farrowing – an important parameter

The duration of the farrowing process is of key significance in breeding sow farming. Large litters automatically lead to longer farrowing times. If these become too long, there is a high risk that the “last born“ piglet will not survive. Consequently, fast farrowing is very important – especially in the case of large litters – to ensure that large numbers of healthy weaners are in fact produced.

» Dosing slide vs. dosing screw
Saving energy and dosing without bridges

When designing silo-discharge systems in process installations, one is often confronted with the question of whether to use a dosing slide or a dosing screw. An important advantage of dosing slide is that a large dynamic flow range can be achieved both quickly and accurately.

» Peak everything
The feed industry in times of increasingly scarce resources

In the 1950s the geologist Marion King Hubbert named the point at which oil production reaches its peak and then declines irreversibly "peak oil". This point is not dictated by the world’s actual oil deposits, but rather by the accessibility of the oil and the production costs involved.

» The dynamic of the Russian market
At Moscow exhibitions

Two exhibitions took place in the same time in the All Exhibition Center of Moscow: “Cereals–Mixed Feed–Veterinary– 2014”, organized by the Russian company Marketing Centre “Expokhleb” and more focussed on feed, and “AgroFarm” organized by the German DLG and more focussed on animal production.

» “We have to train every specialist ourselves”
Russian premixer “MegaMix” aims to expand market leadership

The “MegaMix” business group was established in 1999 as a premix manufacturer. The production base is located in Volgograd. “MegaMix” is currently one of the leading premix producers in the Russian Federation. The company not only features an extremely modern production plant, but also a state-of-the-art laboratory. Over one million Euros gave been invested in the laboratory equipment alone. However, the company does not plan to rest on its laurels, says Managing Director and owner Vasiliy Frizen, talking to FeedMagazine/Kraftfutter.

» Convergence is a challenge for competition
Comparison of milk production costs

Globally, milk production costs have converged as input costs have increased. Pasture-based producers in the southern hemisphere have been well known for their low-cost dairy export. Now they are facing direct competition from milk producers operating more intensive farming systems in the northern hemisphere.