AGRAVIS "Feeding the Future" concept offers concrete solutions
Agrar- und Ernährungsforum Oldenburger Münsterland e.V. (AEF) confidently showcased its solutions for dealing with excess nutrients from livestock farming and biogas plants to Kotte Landtechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Rieste. During the event, Bernhard Walgern, Managing Director of AGRAVIS Mischfutter Oldenburg/Ostfriesland GmbH, presented the "Feeding the Future" feed concept developed by AGRAVIS to sustainably improve the nutrient balance in pig fattening.
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- AGRAVIS expert Bernhard Walgern (2nd from left) gave a talk about "Feeding the Future"
In his previous position as product manager at AGRAVIS, Walgern played a leading role in developing this concept. The aim is to feed the pigs just as much as they need, as far as possible, in order to avoid unnecessary excretion and therefore reduce the amount of manure produced. The new OlymPig pig fattening feeds were therefore geared precisely to the animals' needs on the basis of digestible nutrients. "On the one hand, we combine ideal protein with an energy assessment according to net energy. And on the other, we calculate the feed based on digestible phosphorus. Pressure is taken off the animals' metabolism and N and P excretions are reduced further," explained Walgern in his talk at the event. "All the new developments have no impact on the performance of the animals – on the contrary. They go hand-in-hand with improved animal health. And healthy animals are high-output animals."
In Rieste, the AGRAVIS "Feeding the Future" concept served as an example of a concrete approach to feeding, aimed at reducing phosphorus and nitrogen to a significant extent.
In his opening statement, State Secretary Dr. Aeikens from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) stated that a balanced compromise had been achieved between environmental interests and a practical solution for the farmers. A package has been put together, he said, that allows farmers to operate in a way that is both economically viable and conserves resources. He explained that the aim of the German Fertiliser Ordinance is to increase the efficiency of fertilisation and thereby reduce leaching of nutrients into the groundwater and emissions of ammonia into the air. "Our farms need a sound planning basis for the years to come. This has now been achieved," asserted Dr. Aeikens.