Issue 11-12/2016

Roundtable with experts, review and prospects

This year’s EuroTier ranks high as the world trade fair for animal husbandry despite a few cancellations by exhibitors and a feared decline in the number of visitors. However neither exhibitors nor visitors buried their heads in the sand in the face of growing demands and hostility, but instead set out to seek innovative answers with a watchful eye. However, in the halls for feed and feeding too it was possible to observe a structural change among the visitors. Whereas at earlier EuroTier fairs, the aisles were peopled by farmers carrying buckets, this year the focus was on business people who were expanding their networks in the feed chain. After all, the majority of the feed exhibitors do not deliver directly to farms but instead to the compound feed industry.

» EuroTier shows the future of animal husbandry
Position as global trade fair confirmed

EuroTier once again impressively demonstrated its strong powers of attraction for animal husbandry farmers and specialists from all over the world in Hanover this November. This time the feeding halls that showed top-flight innovations in attractive trade fair make-up were a special highlight.

» Safety first
Compound feed industry is interested in new materials

At the end of 2015 the EU Commission adopted an action plan for intensifying the “circular economy”. The goal is to avoid wastes and to keep raw materials in the value chain for as long as possible, thus integrating them into a closed loop system. Per se, the plan primarily targets above all plastics and electronic articles, but it also includes indications concerning the feed and food industries. That is why the feed industry should prepare to intensify these closed recycling loops even further. The feed industry already obtains 65% of its raw materials from the food industry today. These are above all by-products of cereal and oil mills, dairies, and the sugar and beverage industries. At EuroTier in Hanover this November, the action plan was the subject of a panel discussion organised by Miavit and FeedMagazine/Kraftfutter.

» Fats for ruminants
How to pass the rumen

The establishment of Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients as a joint venture between UK-based animal nutrition company Volac International and Singapore-based vegetable oil processor Wilmar International has added a new global dimension to the supply of fats for the animal nutrition market. Volac Wilmar combine both manufacturing and nutritional knowledge to provide access to a complete portfolio of sustainable feed fat supplements and unbiased nutritional advice.

» News for French Animal breeders
The 30th edition of Space exhibition in Rennes /F

With 1445 exhibitors, of which 484 coming from 42 countries, and the presence of around 100 journalists from 30 countries, the 30th edition of Space exhibition has been quite a success. In the feed additives sector, this edition of Space has again confirmed the trend of more natural products

» 20 years of cultivation of genetically engineered crops (GEC)
Balance and prospects as seen by scientific bodies in the USA

In the past 20 years, commercial cultivation of GEC has increased worldwide from 1.6 (1996) to around 180 million ha (2015). Maize, soybeans, cotton and oilseed rape are the most important plants that were cultivated in this period. To mark the occasion of this jubilee, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and other scientific bodies in the USA have undertaken a comprehensive analysis of such cultivation and its potentials/perspectives ("Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects"; The National Academies Press; 2016; 420 p.). This article examines selected statements made in this study.

» Transparent research and development
Specialists in feeds for young animals invest in leading edge in know-how
The Denkavit Group has invested in transparent research and development plants. Special visitor corridors in the trial animal housing make it possible to welcome more and larger visitor groups without them having to “shower”. Interest – especially from within the compound feed industry – is high.

» Natural oregano oil in sow lactation diet
Effects on health and performance of sow and piglets

Over the last couple of years sows are producing larger litters with more vulnerable piglets, making the already challenging lactation period even harder. Animal nutritionists have become increasingly interested in formulating with natural substances as a strategy to support the intestinal health and improve the feed efficiency of sows and piglets. Dosto Oregano (from Dostofarm GmbH) in the sows’ lactation diet stabilizes the gut and improves the feed utilization of sows and piglets.