Starting last year, the most innovative side of international agribusiness meets at the Animal AgTech Summit. Last year in San Francisco, this September in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Here’s 5 initiatives in the feed industry that you will hear more about.
First things first: The initiative Animal AgTech Summit started in 2018 with an event in San Francisco, CA, United States. On 1-2 October, the summit came to Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the concept will return to San Francisco and Amsterdam next year.
The Animal AgTech Summit drew about 250 agtech experts worldwide to Amsterdam in September. Photos: Vincent ter Beek
Larger animal nutrition and health companies, like e.g. Trouw Nutrition, Cargill, Zoetis, Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck/MSD had sent representatives to talk and interactively discuss the challenges of the modern era. All in their own way, these companies have embarked on finding innovative ways to embrace new technological solutions. For instance, MSD completed the acquisition of animal identification company Antelliq/Allflex earlier this year, Zoetis introduced its herd monitoring software Smartbow late last year and Boehringer Ingelheim its biosecurity tool Combat in 2018.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are also many smaller companies whose initiatives have just seen the light, whose technologies require still more investments before they will become profit-making, or whose concepts are experiencing a breakthrough right now.