Issue 5-6/2022

Compound feed production in Europe


»Positive development of nitrogen efficiency in pig fattening
Progress through feeding

Reducing the environmental impact of livestock farming is one of the most important goals for the agricultural sector. The main challenge is to maintain a constant level of production of livestock products in order to feed the population, despite the reduction in environmental impact.

»Salmonella control by pellet heating
Pelleting conditions capable to ensure decontamination

In human food, contamination by salmonellae is one of the primary causes of food poisoning. Politicians are highly vigilant with regard to this public health problem which has an impact on businesses [Beumer, 1992]. Authors such as König (1995) maintain that salmonellae serotypes are transmitted by animal feed to animals and then to humans.

»New ways in zinc supply for broilers?
Ensuring availability in the small intestine (2nd part, continuation of issue 1-2/2022)

Zinc is an essential trace element that can be added to the feed in various forms. The maximum levels for zinc in poultry feed that apply in the EU must be observed. This is 120 ppm (native content plus additive). It is important when adding zinc that the form of zinc administered releases the zinc ions in the small intestine that can be used for metabolic purposes. The small intestine is the place where the zinc ions are absorbed. The aim must therefore be to channel the added zinc intact through the gizzard.

»GITES invests in new production site
Steadily rising demand requires expansion

As part of the PWA Dr.Haufe GmbH group of companies, GITES GmbH, together with its two sister companies WH Pharmawerk Weinböhla GmbH and Agraria Pharma GmbH, acquired an approximately two-hectare site in Coswig near Dresden, where production, logistics and administration buildings are now being constructed and existing buildings are being modernised.

»A solution for rising feed costs
Efficiency with every bite

For more than a year now, the drastic increase of raw material prices has been causing an enormous challenge for poultry farmers and nutritionists. These rising feed costs increase the need for feeding practices that make more efficient use of nutrients in the feed. Now more than ever, there is an urgency to reduce feed costs.

»Less medication, more innovation
New holistic approaches to piglet management

For piglets, weaning is a crucial transition frequently associated with enteric disorders. Along with the need to reduce medication practices due to public health concerns, swine producers, consultants and veterinarians are considering alternative management strategies to help reduce the use of antibiotic and zinc oxide. What challenges come together in the weaning phase and how can they be overcome through a holistic approach to piglet management?