Health advice for pig farming

"Feeding the future" was at the forefront of the AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG's advanced training programme, which was attended by numerous vets and technical specialists. Alexandra Grimm and Bernhard Walgern, Product Managers for the Pig division Pig division of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, annotated the new feed concept "Feeding the future" with buzzwords such as "Precise Nutrition", "Energy Efficient", "Health Plus" and "Rich Yield".

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Local veterinarians informed themselves about pig health and modern feed concepts at an AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG advanced training programme. Health advice for pig farming
Local veterinarians informed themselves about pig health and modern feed concepts at an AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG advanced training programme.

Alongside AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, other organisers included Erzeugerring Westfalen eG, the Westphalia-Lippe state association of the Bundesverband Praktizierender Tierärzte e.V. (German Association of Practising Veterinary Surgeons) and the Westphalia-Lippe Veterinary Chamber. "We will meet again at the farm", is how Dirk Bensmann, member of the Board of Directors, greeted the 64 guests.

During the last two years, AGRAVIS has completely restructured the feeding of sows, piglets and fattening pigs. These new concepts were presented at the EuroTier trade fair 2016 under the heading heading "Feeding the future". They were developed to deal with the challenges faced by pig production in Germany: the fertiliser ordinance, animal welfare, castration ban, tail docking, antibiotics monitoring, sustainability and many more. AGRAVIS hope to contribute to meeting these requirements with their innovative "Feeding the future" programme. "Feeding the future" is also ecologically efficient. This means that nutrient excretion is reduced and animal health promoted. The concept also stands for improved sustainability in feeding without raising the cost of feed. More information: www.zukunftfuettern.de www.zukunftfuettern.de

Elisabeth Sprenker from Erzeugerring Westfalen eG gave a talk on "Barn climate check – an important component for successful pig farming". Subsequently, Prof. Rolf Bauerfeind from the Institute for Hygiene and Infectious Diseases in Animals at Giessen University discussed bacterial pathogens as the cause of diarrhoea in suckling piglets. Dr. Josef Schulte-Wülwer, Specialist Pig Veterinarian, presented the subject of "Combating salmonella in pig farming" and Dr. Edmund Bölling spoke about "Checking medical supplies – practical experience with LANUV (State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection) checks". After Dr. Harri Schmitt's, President of the Westphalia-Lippe Veterinary Chamber, closing words, lively discussions got started and participants were able to exchange information and experiences.

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