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Phileo launches knowledge platform ‘the farm’

Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care has launched ‘the Farm’, a platform dedicated to knowledge sharing and scientific expertise. The official opening took place on Monday 22 June 2015 at Seysses near Toulouse.

"Our primary aim is to respond to market demands through innovation," explains Jean-Philippe Marden, Doctor of animal nutrition and Director of The Phileo Farm. "The Farm is equipped with the latest-generation tools enabling us to gather together in a single location both the animals and the analytical and laboratory equipment needed in order to develop new solutions."

Focus on mycotoxins and welfare

The research will focus on the study of intestinal flora, detection of various mycotoxins, assessing the impact of animal feeding methods on the environment, and improving animal welfare. "The solutions we are developing aim to provide better welfare for animals," says Dr Marden. "In the context of sustainable farming systems, we are targeting greater efficiency at the animal's scale, while respecting its environment and protecting its welfare. In the end, this approach has the benefit of promoting farmers' economic success. In short, a virtuous circle," he concludes.

Academic partnerships

The platform also promotes "academic research in partnership with internationally renowned scientists in Europe and the United States, as well as in countries where animal science is gaining momentum, such as Brazil, India and China," explains Dr Marden. Lastly, The Farm has the role of supporting Phileo's customers and training them in the company's tried-and-tested techniques by offering seminars. Now fully developed, the project has already convinced a range of partners such as the PURPAN Engineering School, the National Veterinary School of Toulouse, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the China Agricultural University in Beijing.

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