‘Developing animal feed products’ book launched

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A new book, ‘Developing animal feed products’, reviews advances in optimising the key stages in developing new animal feed products, from assessing feed ingredients, product development and processing to maintaining quality and safety.

The animal feed sector faces increasingly complex challenges. It needs to improve feed digestibility/efficiency whilst also promoting growth and enhancing both product quality and safety. Meanwhile, it has an increasingly important role in helping to promote animal health, welfare and the sustainability of farming.

Edited by Dr Navaratnam Partheeban, formerly at the Royal Agricultural University in the UK, and developed as a reference for animal feed companies as well as researchers in livestock nutrition, ‘Developing animal feed products’ features expert discussions on the relationship between nutrition and animal health, as well as how best to implement risk management systems for the prevention and control of contaminants present in animal feed.

The book highlights the latest research on understanding and improving animal feed conversion efficiency and gives due attention to the issue of feed safety, particularly preventing mycotoxin and other contamination risks.

All About Feed spoke to Dr Partheeban to tell us more. “We concentrate a lot on the final feed product for animals and what this will deliver to the animals in terms of nutrition. This is very important, but what many people do not have an opportunity to learn about, is the technical and regulatory procedures used to produce animal feedstuffs.”

Part 1: Developing animal products

  • Techniques for identifying new animal feed ingredients and additives.
  • Effect of processing techniques on the quality of animal feed.
  • Processing techniques to optimise digestibility and nutritional value of animal feed.
  • Trends in analytical techniques for testing animal feed.

Part 2: Quality and safety assurance

  • Developments in techniques to test the efficacy of animal feed products.
  • Advances in understanding key contamination risks in animal feed: mycotoxins.
  • Risk management systems for the prevention and control of contaminants in animal feed.
  • Developing effective product dossiers for regulatory approval of new animal feed products.

We asked Dr Partheeban what he hoped readers would get from this book. “My desire is that the readers can read the book and gain insights into the different aspects of feed manufacture including how feed ingredients are assessed through to product development and processing to maintaining quality and safety in the final product. With the knowledge of feed production and feed nutrition, the reader will have a more holistic knowledge of the subject,” he said.

Although the book does have a focus on the livestock sector, there are many examples from the companion animal and aquaculture sectors. Many of the principles and discussions in the book do apply to all animal species such as technical processes and regulatory procedures in the manufacture of feed products, for example.

All About Feed readers can benefit from a 20% saving of the book. Simply enter code AAF20 at checkout via www.bdspublishing.com to redeem this discount. Code expires 28 February 2022.

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Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist