“Think Pink” was a meeting point for pig farmers in Münster
Around 220 pig farmers came this Friday (10 February 2017) to the “Think Pink” presentation event at the Messe und Congress Centrum Halle Münsterland (Münsterland Trade Fair and Congress Centre). The Westphalian Pig Day, which was hosted by AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, Erzeugerring Westfalen eG and GFS (Genossenschaft zur Förderung der Schweinehaltung eG) on the occasion of the Agrarunternehmertage (Farmer and Agricultural Contractor Convention), took place under the motto of “Grow sustainably”.
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- From the left: Christian Meyer (Landwirtschaftskammer Schleswig-Holstein), Dr Thorsten Klauke (Erzeugerring Westfalen eG), Nicole Hellenkamp (Erzeugerring Westfalen eG), Dr Meike Friedrichs (Genossenschaft zur Förderung der Schweinehaltung eG), Josef Brüninghoff (Genossenschaft zur Förderung der Schweinehaltung eG), Alexandra Grimm (AGRAVIS Pig Product Manager) and Markus Posielek (AGRAVIS Mischfutter Westfalen GmbH).
“It is great that you are all here. We must stick together and exchange knowledge and information to remain strong”, said Markus Posielek, Managing Director of AGRAVIS Mischfutter Westfalen GmbH, as he welcomed the guests.
For Nicole Hellenkamp from Erzeugerring Westfalen eG, office management plays an important role in achieving sustainable growth. “Companies have to process huge amounts of data. Getting a good handle on this and spending time on the important things are major challenges today.” Hellenkamp’s tip is: “Create a digital QA folder to eliminate duplicate work”.
Dr Meike Friedrichs from GFS focuses on new aspects relating to boar stud selection to ensure sustainable growth. Boar scent, vitality and other parameters can be influenced by selecting suitable genetics. “The more fat the animal has, the more boar scent is inherited,” explained Friedrich in her talk.
Alexandra Grimm, Pig Product Manager at AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, explained the advantages of the AGRAVIS “Feeding the Future” feed programme. “During the last two years, AGRAVIS has completely restructured the feeding of sows, piglets and fattening pigs. The new concept was developed to deal with the challenges faced by pig production in Germany: Fertiliser ordinance, animal welfare, castration ban, curly tail, monitoring of antibiotics, sustainability and more”, explained Grimm, and she elaborated that: “AGRAVIS hopes to contribute to meeting these requirements with this innovative programme. 'Feeding the Future' encompasses the core issues of precise nutrition, energy efficiency, health benefits and high yields. 'Feeding the Future' is also eco-efficient.” This means that nutrient excretion is reduced and animal health is promoted. The Product Manager emphasised that the concept also stands for improved sustainability in feeding without raising the cost of feed.
The presentation of Christian Meyer, from the Landwirtschaftskammer Schleswig-Holstein (Chamber of Agriculture), Lehr- und Versuchszentrum Futterkamp (Futterkamp Teaching and Research Centre), dealt with rearing systems for the future. “There are big differences out there in stables”, reported Meyer from the field. “We need space, manipulable material and non-slip surfaces in the stable.”
“We have learnt a lot and were given plenty of food for thought”, summarised Thorsten Klauke, Managing Director of Erzeugerring Westfalen eG.