Introducing the 2nd All About Feed edition for 2021

All About Feed unpacks the new European law currently being developed, which should put a stop to deforestation.
All About Feed unpacks the new European law currently being developed, which should put a stop to deforestation.

In this edition, All About Feed unpacks the new European law currently being developed, which should put a stop to deforestation. Meanwhile, Nick Major, Chair of The Global Feed LCA Institute, discusses the role of the animal feed industry in reducing the carbon footprint of animal production, and we peer down the path that will lead to a half a million mt of insect protein by 2030.

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Soy without deforestation should become standard in the EU

The deforestation of nature areas for agriculture is an issue worldwide. A new European law currently

being developed should put a stop to deforestation. Meanwhile, FEFAC established new guidelines for the purchase of sustainable soy, in which more attention is paid to deforestation.

According to FEFAC, conversion-free soy (soy that has not been grown in natural ecosystems that have been converted to agricultural land) is of interest to both the market and politicians. Photo: ANP
According to FEFAC, conversion-free soy (soy that has not been grown in natural ecosystems that have been converted to agricultural land) is of interest to both the market and politicians. Photo: ANP

Feed efficiency is about emulsification

Feed represents up to 70% of the total cost of animal production with energy being the major cost component in diets for high-performing animals. Energy is critical for tissue growth, so increasing the energy efficiency of fats and oils will contribute to more economical and sustainable animal production.

Fats and oils are important energy sources in feed formulations due to their high energy density. Photo: ORFFA
Fats and oils are important energy sources in feed formulations due to their high energy density. Photo: ORFFA

Mycotoxin Survey 2020: DON and FUM most prevalent

The annual World Mycotoxin Survey published by Biomin, which analysed about 22,000 samples from 79 countries, confirmed that in 2020, DON and FUM were still the most prevalent mycotoxins globally.

Senior mycotoxin expert at Biomin, Alexandro Marchioro, says that climate change is the main trigger influencing mycotoxin prevalence worldwide. Photo: Ronald Hissink
Senior mycotoxin expert at Biomin, Alexandro Marchioro, says that climate change is the main trigger influencing mycotoxin prevalence worldwide. Photo: Ronald Hissink

Use NIR for better feed efficiency

It is necessary for feed mills to control the quality of their raw materials to optimise production costs and review formulations of feedstuffs. To save time and to become more reactive, feed mills are adopting NIR technology.

NIR technology ensures rapid and reliable results and makes it possible to cover proximate composition controls for each batch of incoming raw materials. Photo: Adobestock
NIR technology ensures rapid and reliable results and makes it possible to cover proximate composition controls for each batch of incoming raw materials. Photo: Adobestock

Trace mineral sources and their impact on vitamin stability

Trace minerals and vitamins are often combined in a premix, which presents an opportunity for negative interactions. The stability of trace minerals and vitamins can affect degradation and nutrient profiles, which directly impacts feed quality and nutritional value.

A study revealed a substantial reduction in vitamin stability when the vitamins were stored in combination with the inorganic trace minerals. Photo: Shutterstock
A study revealed a substantial reduction in vitamin stability when the vitamins were stored in combination with the inorganic trace minerals. Photo: Shutterstock

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Towards a net-zero carbon feed and food industry

All About Feed discussed the role of the animal feed industry in reducing the carbon footprint of animal production with Nick Major, Chair of The Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI).

The role of GFLI is to provide the industry with validated emissions data for the feed materials they use, says Nick Major. Photo: ForFarmers
The role of GFLI is to provide the industry with validated emissions data for the feed materials they use, says Nick Major. Photo: ForFarmers

Precision feeding in ruminants

Precision feeding means each animal is fed according to its individual requirements, which boosts efficiency as the specific nutritional requirements for individual animals is met. This article looks at the challenges and benefits of this approach.

Precision feeding means each animal is fed according to its individual requirements, not only on average, but for every feed, every day. Photo: Mark Pasveer
Precision feeding means each animal is fed according to its individual requirements, not only on average, but for every feed, every day. Photo: Mark Pasveer

The path to a half million tonnes of insect protein

Current volumes of insect protein are estimated at around 10,000 mt, but global market potential of up to 500,000 mt by 2030 is expected for insect protein as an animal feed ingredient, according to a recently released Rabobank report.

The pet food market will play the main role in the path to upscaling, since it is currently the largest market for insect protein. Photo: Roel Dijkstra Fotografie
The pet food market will play the main role in the path to upscaling, since it is currently the largest market for insect protein. Photo: Roel Dijkstra Fotografie

Not just organic, sustainable too

Extensive research takes a microscopic look at organic trace minerals. This article highlights chelates in animal nutrition, molecules that make a difference, and the paradigm shift.

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Red seaweed, no methane

A feed additive that causes a significant reduction in the amount of methane produced by cows is both exciting and extremely welcome. All About Feed considers a contender – red seaweed.

Red seaweed contains the active compound bromoform, which inhibits the production of methane during digestion in the cow. Photo: Future Feed
Red seaweed contains the active compound bromoform, which inhibits the production of methane during digestion in the cow. Photo: Future Feed

Microplastics in fishmeal

Microplastics are ingested by marine biota, including fish, which could lead to food safety concerns for those who consume the fish that have consumed microplastics. A study assessed the concentrations of microplastics in fishmeal and the method for extracting them.

University of Southampton carried out a study to investigate microplastics in fishmeal. Photo: ANP
University of Southampton carried out a study to investigate microplastics in fishmeal. Photo: ANP

Factors affecting vitamin B synthesis in the rumen

Ruminants are capable of synthesising B vitamins. The rate of synthesis is influenced by a variety of factors but with different responses. This article discusses forage-to-concentrate ratio, the effect of dietary nitrogen and dietary carbohydrates, the physical form of the feed, acidosis, and dietary cobalt. Points to consider are also raised.

Supplementation with B vitamins is often regarded as debatable due to the misconception that they are produced in sufficient quantity in the rumen by rumen microbes. But researchers report that major cellulolytic organisms in the rumen have specific requirements for certain B vitamins. Photo: Ruud Ploeg
Supplementation with B vitamins is often regarded as debatable due to the misconception that they are produced in sufficient quantity in the rumen by rumen microbes. But researchers report that major cellulolytic organisms in the rumen have specific requirements for certain B vitamins. Photo: Ruud Ploeg

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