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»An association through the years
100 years of advocacy for the compound feed industry

On 1 March 1918 firms from the feed industry first joined together to form an association (Verband Deutscher Futtermittelfabrikanten e. V. – Association of German Feed Manufacturers) with the goal of representing their common interests together. Right from the start, the aim was to pool the interests of companies and represent them effectively vis-à-vis third parties. Today, 100 years later, the professional representation is still in demand and still called upon. Looking back, the 100 years of the association appear short. However, against the background of the dramatic changes in agriculture and animal husbandry this has been an extremely exciting time for the development of animal nutrition.

»Safe feed - safe food
Feed is the entry into the food chain

The world population is growing. If one believes the forecasts, then by 2050 the population will increase from the current level of 7.6 billion to over 9 billion people. At the same time the growing purchasing power is also changing consumer habits in many developing and emerging economies. The demand for products of animal origin is set to grow worldwide – a challenge for the industry that it will not be possible to meet without stronger networking of markets and product flows. Whether eggs, milk or meat, yoghurt or salami – suitable feedstuffs form the basis for producing foods of animal origin. That is one side of the development.


»Safe feed - safe food
Feed is the entry into the food chain

The world population is growing. If one believes the forecasts, then by 2050 the population will increase from the current level of 7.6 billion to over 9 billion people. At the same time the growing purchasing power is also changing consumer habits in many developing and emerging economies. The demand for products of animal origin is set to grow worldwide – a challenge for the industry that it will not be possible to meet without stronger networking of markets and product flows. Whether eggs, milk or meat, yoghurt or salami – suitable feedstuffs form the basis for producing foods of animal origin. That is one side of the development.

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Hydrolysed yeast in young animal feed

A nutritional tool to improve performance and welfare

For most animals, the early period of life is the most difficult as during the first few weeks the immune system is only partly developed. Gut microbiota is prone to a disbalance making young animals more susceptible to diseases. Feed shift creates additional stress to the young animal. During stress periods, animals often decrease feed intake and become even more susceptible to diseases. The challenge is to overcome these phases by supporting the young animal’s immune system and ensuring a high feed intake for a stable and healthy intestinal microbiota. Moreover, a healthy development of gut microbiota in early stages of life results in a better performance and fewer losses in later life, thereby increasing farm profitability.

 
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The effects of climate change on the formation of mycotoxins

Fungus species moving north

For a few decades now climate has been changing faster than average and the effects are already perceptible everywhere – an increasing number of hot days, an increase in the number of heavy rain events or dry periods such as were not known in the past. Europe is particularly strongly affected by global warming and all the accompanying phenomena. In the 20th century the average temperature over land areas in Europe increased by 1.2°C, more than the worldwide average (1° C), with the greatest warming being observed regionally in Eastern and North-Eastern Europe (1). The rising temperatures are at the same time accompanied by a change in precipitation volumes at both ends of the scale. On the one hand heavy rain events with flooding caused by rivers are taking place more frequently, while on the other hand periods of drought such as were not known in the past can occur.
References Brunner

 
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Broilers gut health

Reduce medication & support performance with brewer’s yeast cell walls

A healthy bird is linked to a proper nutrition, which becomes one of the most important aspect for the success of any poultry farming operations. There are many factors which can directly or indirectly influence the overall health of birds such as: housing conditions, farm management, biosecurity, genetics or even external elements like the weather or the water quality. Other aspects which in recent times get more attention are the welfare and sustainability of poultry production. In the future, welfare of the animal will be an important concern and as a consumer-driven industry the poultry sector should be aware of this situation.

»Gut health and performance

How are they connected?

In animal nutrition, the term intestinal health occurs repeatedly in connection with animal performance. The influence of the interactions between bacterial fermentation, intestinal epithelium and defence against disease is difficult to assess.

 
References Brunner

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