AGRAVIS sets new standards in pig feeding
In pig farming supplying the animals with everything they need and ensuring performance and longevity are just as much in focus as animal protection and environmental policy requirements. There is also the enormous competitive pressure that pig farmers are confronted with. AGRAVIS is now setting new standards with innovative feeding concepts.
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- They introduced the new AGRAVIS concept on pig feeding (from left): Bernd Homann (manager of corporate communications), Alexandra Grimm (pig feed product manageress), Bernhard Walgern (product manager for pig feed) and Ludger Leifker (general representative for feed at AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG).
"Farmers are facing the challenge of satisfying all aspects with their feeding concepts", explains Ludger Leifker, general representative for feed at AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG. "We, as trading partners, are obliged to support them in the best possible way. Therefore one of our focuses in feed production is strength of innovation. And we are setting new standards with a special innovation: we are developing current feed concepts for sow farming and fattening pigs, which is based on new knowledge and calculations." They consider the actual energy and protein needs of an animal, increase the animal's health and satisfaction, save costs and spare the environment.
Net energy assessment as a basis
The new approaches based on the net energy assessment are already used in other countries, but in Germany all of the players in the agricultural business have had a wait-and-see attitude until now. "We are proud that we are one of the first German industrial representatives able to present the new feed concepts on the basis of net energy assessment solutions, which have already been proven in practice in our own trial and various test operations," expands Ludger Leifker.
The metabolic energy is no longer used as a basis for calculating feed rations; the net energy is used instead. "With the new system, which is closer to the actual energy and protein requirements of an animal, animal health and satisfaction are increased, costs saved and the environment protected," says Alexandra Grimm, product manageress for pig feed at AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, summarising the advantages. "The evaluation of energy supply from certain raw materials is much more accurate:"
More exact energy supply for pigs
In comparison with the previous assessment of the metabolisable energy, the net energy system takes the heat loss in the metabolism into account in addition to the energy loss from faeces, urine and methane. The net energy system particularly allows a more accurate energy supply to pigs with heavily reduced raw protein feeds. Two different net energies are calculated for sows and fattening pigs. The utilisation of the raw feed materials is less good in a growing pig than in an adult pig, so that a higher net energy needs to be calculated for sow feeding than for fattening pigs. The new assessment also results in changes to the superiority of raw materials: feeds are designed on the basis of digestible nutrients for exact supply. The modified assessment means that the energy information according to the mixed feed estimation formula in MJ ME is confusing for recommended use. A statement of the net energy is not permitted according to feed laws. The energy declaration is omitted for this reason.
AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG offers efficient "on the spot" feeding with the new feeding concepts. "Nutrient and feed costs are saved with the same performance and the animals are provided with even better needs based supply," clarifies Alexandra Grimm. "The newly developed, pioneering feed concepts are available for this."