Many terms in animal feeding conceal the fact that there is no standardisation of this task that is so important with regard to healthy foods. Nutritional demand standards were not invented by productive livestock, but instead serve to simplify ration design under certain assumptions concerning keeping methods and performance. Nutrient tables do not state the actual contents of a raw material, but instead display mean analysis levels obtained over many years. Anyone relying too heavily on the “standard” runs the risk of feeding wide of the performance capability of the animals. This is compounded by a constant change in the selection of raw materials.

» Insects as feedstuffs?
Environmental and safety questions still unsettled

As a result of population development (from today’s over 7 billion to more than 9.5 billion people by the year 2050), the limited availability of resources such as water, fossil energy sources and arable land, and the continuing global increase in climate-relevant emissions, the challenge faced by food producers is to produce “more food for more people with less use of resources”, or to put it briefly “more for more with less”.


» A healthy gut is the goal in the future of animal nutrition
Eliminating negative influences and supporting positive colonisation

In agriculture, the resistances of bacteria to antibiotics have increased so strongly in frequency and character that according to the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture, measures to combat antibiotic resistances have become urgently necessary.

» Innovative zinc product displays positive effect
Protected zinc raises share of free zinc ions in the gut

The most frequent cause of diarrhoea diseases in weaner piglets is an infection due to Escherichia coli. In many countries high doses of zinc oxide are used to prevent the disease and thus achieve a health-stabilising and performance-enhancing effect. On the grounds of the legal situation in the EU and known negative effects on the environment, the use of "pharmacological doses" of zinc oxide is not feasible. The development of a new zinc product (MiaTrace Zn from Messrs. Miavit, Essen/Oldb.), which reportedly develops a protective effect in the intestinal tract at lower doses, caters to this situation.

» Phytogenic products to boost animal welfare
A worthwhile investment

Animal welfare – a topic which is currently in the mind of many politicians, journalists, scientists and consumers. Animal welfare is a crucial factor for raising acceptance of today’s animal production among consumers. But what does animal welfare actually mean? Many experts define it via the "five freedoms" (Table 1) in accordance with the Animal Welfare Concept.

» The passion of phosphates
At the Aliphos plant of Devnya (Bulgaria)

Located near Varna harbour on the Black Sea, the Devnya plant is at the same time a production site of feed phosphates and a R&D centre for the Belgian EcoPhos group. Live report from a factory with full future.
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