AGRAVIS 2016 Feedstuff days: Opportunities shown

Current and interesting topics are covered during the 2016 Feedstuff days by AGRAVIS Mischfutter Westfalen GmbH AGRAVIS Mischfutter Westfalen GmbH in Billerbeck. More than 100 participants took part in the AGRAVIS special event for cooperative distribution partners. The objectives: Developing solutions for current and future challenges from finishing plants and to stimulate discussion regarding the current situation in the feedstuff market feedstuff market.

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"A few years ago farmers were held in higher regard and their work was more appreciated" was how Markus Posielek, managing director of AGRAVIS Mischfutter Westfalen GmbH, explained the current situation. Ludger Leifker, responsible for AGRAVIS animal feed business, covered this topic in his welcome address as he illustrated the socio-political challenges farmers face today.

Increasing digitalisation

A great deal has happened within the stables when casting a glance at digitalisation. Now it is possible to easily monitor animal feeding via the smartphone, explained Marcus Tebel from AGRAVIS Mischfutter Westfalen GmbH. Further work is being carried out on solutions within the "human and machine interaction" sector. In his lecture "Vorschriften über Vorschriften – wie viel Landwirtschaft geht noch?" ("Rules and more rules – how much agriculture is possible?" Peter Spandau from the Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrhein-Westfalen showed participants how construction law and emissions agreements have an effect on the development opportunities available to agricultural business. The speaker Thomas Fabry, chairman of the charity "Tierhaltung – modern und transparent e. V." focused on the topic of "explanation, not justification" and the perception of farmers within society.

Direct marketing

Farmer Tobias Adler provided an extremely practical perspective. The main field activity for Große Kintrup is the direct marketing of milk. The herd manager showed, using several examples, how the company is dealing with the difficult market situation at the moment and how it is continuing to develop. Reinhard Messing, a farmer from Billerbeck, demonstrated how pig fattening in a closed system can be successfully carried out by intensive and effective cooperation of family members on their own farm.

N- and P-reduced feed mixes by AGRAVIS

In his contribution, AGRAVIS expert Bernhard Walgern pointed out the strongly reduced N and P content in AGRAVIS feed mixes and the associated relief in the nutrient balance sheet for farms that keep pigs, which can play a part in securing the future.

The current situation for the milk market was estimated by Berthold Hungenbach from Friesland Campina Germany GmbH for the event's guests; he also showed the price development of major milk products and gave an overview of future developments. In the speech "Märkte von Morgen – welche Perspektive hat die deutsche Fleischwirtschaft?" ("Tomorrow’s markets – what prospects does the German meat industry have?"), Jörg Altemeier from Tönnies Lebensmittel GmbH & Co. KG spoke about market tendencies, eating habits, and future opportunities for finishing plants in Germany.