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Dutch consortium started to improve use of by-products in feed

A number of Dutch feed companies and research institutes have started a consortium to increase the use of co-products and residues as feed materials.

Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) reports that the livestock sectors are very successful in converting large volumes of co-products and residues from the food and bio based industry into valuable and high quality animal protein. This process is part of a circular bio-economy.

Photo: Hans Prinsen
Photo: Hans Prinsen

New local sourcing strategies

To improve and stimulate the use of by-products in animal feed, a group of 13 Dutch feed companies and research institutes have teamed up and formed a consortium. The consortium will focus on developing new local sourcing strategies and to improve the European self-sufficiency of feed resources. Wageningen UR reports that one of the first activities in the collaboration is a study on the application and nutritional value of co-products from poultry slaughterhouses (“processed animal proteins”) in the diets of pigs. Also research has been started to extract phosphorus from plant-based co-products and to unlock proteins from grass and green leaves. The total project will last 4 years.

Companies in the consortium

The consortium consists of: ABZ Diervoeding, AgruniekRijnvallei Voer BV, Bonda’s veevoederbureau BV, Coppens Diervoeding, Darling Ingredients International Rendering and Specialties BV, EFPRA, Feed Design Lab, Noblesse Proteins, Nijsen/Granico BV, SARIA International GmbH, Schothorst Feed Research, Vitelia Voeders BV and Wageningen Livestock Research.

Circular Agri Food Summit – registration now open
On June 12, 2019, Wageningen University and Misset (the publisher of All About Feed amongst other) are organising the Circular Agri Food Summit. This high level event takes place on Wageningen Campus in the Netherlands and will update you on the latest developments and insights in the field of circular bio-economies. The programme is designed for (senior) management in the agricultural and horticultural industry. This includes CEO’s, directors, managers and business developers. The summit will host a maximum of 200 persons. The programme is held in English and participants are expected to have full English proficiency. Registration is now open.