Issue 11-12/2014

Roundtable with experts, review and prospects

The sector has learned to cope with market fluctuations and is not discouraged from survival measures and investments by the periodically occurring low revenue phases. The animal improvement sector with its upstream and downstream fields is hit much harder by hostilities from society, with demands which the sector knows in advance will be expensive to satisfy, though the demanders will not acknowledge this but instead reward fulfilment with further demands. The zealous populism that is common practice especially in agricultural and consumer policy-making means that these headwinds from the public attitude will lead to downsizing of animal production, particularly at intensive farming locations in the areas with good conditions, without this being offset by more production in other regions.

» Positive outlook for margins in pork
Hopefully avoiding illness and bans

Lower feed costs and growing demand for pork will support farmers margins in 2014. Recent outbreaks of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in Mid- and Northern America might even strengthen this, states Albert Vernooij, Industry Analyst Animal Protein at Rabobank. However, for Europe, the outbreak of African swine fever in Lithuania and a resulting Russian import ban are threatening.

» Gilts - How to prepare for performance
Evonik Industries invited to seminar: Aspects of gilt management

A lot of factors like management, health, genetic and animal nutrition effect the optimum preparation of gilts for the high performance level.

» How cost-efficient are chemical dioxin analysis methods applied to date?
Dr Calux screening method leads to safe results at lower cost

In October the first case concerning the dioxin contamination in feed scandal to be heard in Germany opened before the Vechta Local Court. Alongside the legal consequences, the incident in 2010 led above all to a change in legislation at European level. EU Regulation 225/2012 introduced stricter examination obligations for feed businesses. For the businesses affected in Germany, these duties mean extra costs, as generally time-consuming chemical methods are used to detect dioxin contamination. According to EU Regulation No. 709/2014, instead it would also be possible to use lower-cost screening methods that allow a high sample throughput and can thus determine causes efficiently. Such a method is available in Germany too - the Dr Calux dioxin quick test that is already used as standard in many European countries. The cell-based analysis method, that is offered for instance by the food laboratory network LADR in cooperation with GFL (Society for Food Research) supplies a reliable and safe result already after just a few days. Moreover, depending on the quantity of samples examined, Dr Calux makes it possible to achieve significant cost savings by comparison with HRGC/HRMS.

» "The mood is better than the yield"
Impressions at EuroTier 2014

With 156000 visitors, including 30000 from abroad, EuroTier 2014 comfortably exceeded expectations announced the organiser, DLG (German Agricultural Society), at the close of the leading international trade fair for animal production held from 11 to 14 November at the Exhibition Grounds in Hanover. Agriculture worldwide is faced with major challenges, due not least to demands made by society and politics, as well as increasingly volatile markets. Farmers are displaying a high degree of professionalism in developing strategies to secure the future of their farms. These include using innovative technologies such as were presented at EuroTier 2014.

» Aspects of sustainability in animal nutrition
Panel discussion at EuroTier

81 percent of consumers worldwide and 78 percent of farmers affirm that sustainability in agriculture is extremely important. However, according to a Farm Perspectives Study by BASF the two groups have very different views of what sustainability actually means. While farmers consider sustainability as a detailed, multi-dimensional topic, consumers chiefly define the term as environmental friendliness. Reason enough to explore the concept of sustainability.