Introducing the 1st All About Feed edition for 2021

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In this edition of All About Feed we consider the EU Green Deal and its impact on the livestock feed sector. Meanwhile, a study evaluated the transmission of mycotoxins in the colostrum and milk from sows to their piglets, and new approaches may be needed to deal with soaring feed prices.

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Dairy farmer Henk van der Veen from Surhuizum uses slow-release urea and Protispar from Speerstra Feed Ingredients. This is 30% cheaper than additional rapeseed. He notices a slight increase in the levels.
Feed additives can increase nitrogen efficiency and reduce ammonia emissions. Photo: Anne van der Woude

Influencing rumen microbes improves nitrogen efficiency

Improving nitrogen utilisation at dairy farms requires a comprehensive approach. Several measures can be taken to reduce ammonia emissions. Feed additives still play a limited role, but more independent research may change this view.

Market access to imported vegetable proteins will remain crucial, says FEFAC secretary general, Alexander Döring. Photo: Mark Pasveer
Market access to imported vegetable proteins will remain crucial, says FEFAC secretary general, Alexander Döring. Photo: Mark Pasveer

The Green Deal and its potential impact on the feed industry

The EU’s Green Deal will affect all sectors of the EU economy, including farming and livestock feed. Directing the industry to produce diets with lower amounts of protein and phosphorus, and increase the use of local ingredients and sustainable alternative proteins.

During the study, animals were not exposed to extremely high levels of mycotoxins, but to those close to EU regulatory limits. Photo: Ruud Ploeg
During the study, animals were not exposed to extremely high levels of mycotoxins, but to those close to EU regulatory limits. Photo: Ruud Ploeg

Transmission of ZEN, DON, and their derivatives from sows to piglets

Studies performed at Schothorst Feed Research set out to determine the risks of mycotoxins to animal health and performance under practical conditions. The transmission of ZEN, DON, and their derivatives as measured in the colostrum and milk from sows was evaluated.

Resistance gene makes wheat more resistant to Septoria

Plant breeding is becoming an important tool in the fight against pests and diseases. Now, a gene in wheat can make the crop resistant to Septoria.

Leaf spot disease, otherwise known as Septoria, is the third most damaging wheat disease worldwide after rust and fusarium. Photo: BCS
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How do raw materials affect animal production, and how can enzymes help?

It is a huge challenge to cost-effectively produce meat and eggs based on nutritional and economic factors. Exogenous enzymes are an effective solution to optimise feed efficiency.

The nutritional values of the raw materials used in animal feed are extremely variable. Photo: Ronald Hissink
The nutritional values of the raw materials used in animal feed are extremely variable. Photo: Ronald Hissink

A review of EuroTier 2021 innovations

A number of feed innovations were launched during the 2021 online EuroTier event, including an automatic feeding system for sows, a new encapsulated feed ingredient from Germany, and a suckling piglet feeding system.

The new Babyfeed suckling piglet feeding system by Schauer. Photo: Schauer
The new Babyfeed suckling piglet feeding system by Schauer. Photo: Schauer

Mycotoxins in swine: precise, holistic management

It is essential to conduct a full mycotoxin risk assessment as mycotoxins affect the health and performance of pigs. A holistic approach will help producers.

Pigs are the farm animals most sensitive to toxins. Photo: Hans Prinsen
Pigs are the farm animals most sensitive to toxins. Photo: Hans Prinsen

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Black Sea countries scramble to tame the feed price rally

In the countries of the Eurasia Economic Union and Ukraine, new approaches may be needed to deal with soaring feed prices that have resulted in rampant food inflation.

In December 2020, Russia’s Economic Development Ministry proposed that the government impose a wheat export tax from mid-February to the end of June 2021. Photo: IDK Trading Platform
In December 2020, Russia’s Economic Development Ministry proposed that the government impose a wheat export tax from mid-February to the end of June 2021. Photo: IDK Trading Platform

A new intrinsically heat-stable phytase with reliable matrix values

Phytases are used to liberate phosphorous, which is bound as phytate, in raw materials. This reduces feeds cost as less inorganic phosphorous needs to be added to feed. Phytases, however, need to be well formulated in feed, or animal performance will be at risk.

The benefits of using grasshoppers for animal nutrition

Grasshoppers present a sustainable source of protein for the animal feed industry and, according to CEO of Hargol, these critters are nature’s most efficient protein source and the world’s most widely eaten insect.

Dror Tamir, Hargol’s CEO, says grasshoppers are a sustainable protein source. To farm them uses little water and land, and they contain over 70% complete protein. Photo: Dror Tamir, Hargol Foodtech
Dror Tamir, Hargol’s CEO, says grasshoppers are a sustainable protein source. To farm them uses little water and land, and they contain over 70% complete protein. Photo: Dror Tamir, Hargol Foodtech

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Broilers benefit from scavenging live black soldier fly larvae

Researchers in the Netherlands set up an experiment to determine the effect of scattering black soldier fly larvae in the litter of broilers.

The increased activity of broilers has far-reaching benefits. Photo: Studio Larsen
The increased activity of broilers has far-reaching benefits. Photo: Studio Larsen

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