Introducing the 4th All About Feed edition for 2021

Introducing the 4th All About Feed edition for 2021

This new edition of All About Feed looks at the role of contaminated feed in the introduction and spread of ASFv. While aquafeed is becoming more sustainable, we look to the future and see what is in store for this sector. Also in this edition is a consideration of the 5 most promising alternatives to soybean meal, as well as some important points to consider when storing poultry feed.

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5 questions about the role of feed with ASFv

In this article, Dr Megan Niederwerder of Kansas State University delves into the answers to 5 important questions around the role of contaminated feed in the introduction and spread of ASFv.

Can ASFv be transmitted through plant-based feed, and can feed biosecurity reduce risks? Photo: Shutterstock
Can ASFv be transmitted through plant-based feed, and can feed biosecurity reduce risks? Photo: Shutterstock

EU one step closer to the use of PAPs in animal feed

A proposal to allow processed agricultural products (PAPs), or animal by-products from poultry in pig feed and from pigs in poultry feed, has seen favour from the European Standing Committee on Plant, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF). In this article we look at the strategy and some obstacles faced.

The proposal also includes insects in animal feed. Photo: Henk Riswick
The proposal also includes insects in animal feed. Photo: Henk Riswick

Combatting the fall armyworm in Africa with wasps

Fall armyworm is becoming a massive concern in Africa and has recently led to losses of 8-20 million tonnes of maize across the continent. A natural enemy – wasps – may assist in managing this crop-destroying pest.

Fall armyworm larva feeding on maize tassel. Photo: Subramanian Sevgan
Fall armyworm larva feeding on maize tassel. Photo: Subramanian Sevgan

Towards more sustainable fish feed

Aquafeed is evolving to become much more sustainable. New innovations are being realised with oil and protein aquafeed ingredients. What can we expect to see in the future? This article also looks at ‘circular’ ingredients from waste and from nature.

While fish oil and meal make ideal feed ingredients for many aquaculture species, replacements are needed due to sustainability concerns. Photo: Anders Kiessling
While fish oil and meal make ideal feed ingredients for many aquaculture species, replacements are needed due to sustainability concerns. Photo: Anders Kiessling

Animal feed sector ready for the digital wave

The digitalisation journey is happening across industries, each with their own requirements. In agriculture, from farmers to animal feed producers, raw material traders and food processors, the impact of digitalisation is enormous.

True digitalisation is taking place in animal nutrition, and precision feeding is becoming key. Photo: Trouw Nutrition
True digitalisation is taking place in animal nutrition, and precision feeding is becoming key. Photo: Trouw Nutrition

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5 most-promising soybean meal alternatives

Soybean meal is the most common protein component in compound feed for pigs, poultry and dairy cattle, but farmers are looking for replacements. Numerous factors need to be discussed when considering alternatives, including those relating to protein quality, cost and sustainability.

There are few disadvantages for various types of pulses as a replacement for soybean meal. Photo: Hans Prinsen
There are few disadvantages for various types of pulses as a replacement for soybean meal. Photo: Hans Prinsen

Recognising the warning signs of mycotoxins in pigs

While the significant presence of just one mycotoxin can impact the well-being of pigs, smaller levels of multiple toxins often lead to more serious issues. What impact do mycotoxins have on pigs, and how do we manage this? This article offers 10 early warning signs.

Mycotoxins are not visible to the naked eye, so specialised detection techniques are required. Photo: Bert Jansen
Mycotoxins are not visible to the naked eye, so specialised detection techniques are required. Photo: Bert Jansen

Marine microalgae in biofilm for sustainable animal feed

French biotech company, Inalve, produces marine microalgae in biofilm for feed manufacturers and aquaculture farmers. According to the company’s CEO, the whole ocean relies on the nutrition that microalgae provide, and their health benefits work throughout the entire food chain, offering huge potential.

Marine microalgae provide an animal-like protein with a proven immunomodulatory effect, according to Inalve CEO and co-founder, Christophe Vasseur. Photo: Inalve
Marine microalgae provide an animal-like protein with a proven immunomodulatory effect, according to Inalve CEO and co-founder, Christophe Vasseur. Photo: Inalve

The future of animal nutrition includes clean feed

Clean feed is simply feed made of high-quality ingredients that enhance nutrient composition and digestibility and promote long-term health and performance.

Clean feed ingredients go a long way in ensuring gut health, which can lead to improvements in overall health of the animal. Photo: Hamlet Protein
Clean feed ingredients go a long way in ensuring gut health, which can lead to improvements in overall health of the animal. Photo: Hamlet Protein

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Storage of poultry feeds: points to consider

The way poultry feed is stored significantly affects the quality of raw feed materials. This article considers moisture content, rancidity, ground vs unground feed, storage facilities, and the use of chemicals.

Proper storage of feed is an important factor in preserving the quality of feed and protecting it from damage by mould. Photo: Bert Jansen
Proper storage of feed is an important factor in preserving the quality of feed and protecting it from damage by mould. Photo: Bert Jansen

The value of fish silage for broilers

Fish waste products like heads, frames and internal organs are a potential alternative source of protein in animal feed. While providing a good source of essential amino acids and minerals to birds, fish silage also reduces waste and environmental pollution.

Fish waste can be turned into animal feed by grinding, acidifying and then storage. Photo: ANP
Fish waste can be turned into animal feed by grinding, acidifying and then storage. Photo: ANP

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Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist



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