Feeding the future
The challenges are great in modern pig farming. AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG is setting new standards with its new "Feeding the future" concept to meet these challenges. "Feeding the future" comprises four core elements: precision nutrients, energy efficiency, health benefits and high yield Four AGRAVIS feed experts explain how feeding is made efficient.
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Dr Peter Rösmann: Precision nutrients
The term "precision nutrients" covers the following aspects: First of all, we must point out the optimisation to nine praecaecal digestible amino acids. This saves on protein animal feeds such as soyabean and rapeseed extraction meal in rations, for example. This saving leads to a targeted reduction in raw protein contents in overall rations. It is generally assumed that you can expect a ten-percent saving in nitrogen excretion for pigs after a one-percent reduction in raw protein in the ration. Innovative phytase concepts and taking the animal's real need for digestible phosphorous into account achieve a targeted reduction in phosphorous for rations. From an operational viewpoint, this means that a farmer now needs less rented space, can keep more animals on the same agricultural space or needs to handle less liquid manure.
Alexandra Grimm: Energy efficiency
A feed ration consists of energy, protein and micronutrients. Much more than 60 percent of costs correspond to the energy content in feed. It is thus essential to know the exact energy value in individual feed components for reasons of cost. To determine the energy that the pig can actually use, you create a balance consisting of the gross energy consumed and subtract the energy which leaves the body in the form of excretions. After taking away energy losses due to faeces and urine, you are left with "metabolisable energy", the accepted energy valuation system. However, this system does not take into account that energy is also lost from the body in the form of heat. The "Feeding the future" concept includes this loss and obtains the true usable energy, what is known as "net energy". Energy efficient is synonymous with the net energy valuation system, a more precise and, consequently, more financially accurate energy valuation.
Dr Svenja Sudeick: Health benefits
Feed and animal health are closely interlinked. Animals which are exposed to a nutrient or energy deficiency thus fall ill more readily than others. A healthy intestine is key since over 60 percent of the immune system is located in the intestine. Raw fibre sources and a good structure promote intestinal health. They maintain the intestinal motor function, guarantee the rate of passage and reduce the risk of blockages or sluggishness in the bowels. Precision nutrient feed helps to prevent excessive nutrients invading. Impact is reduced on the metabolism and the animals' vitality increased. Lower nitrogen excretion reduces the ammonia content in the shed air, diminishing the impact on respiratory tracts in animals and humans (farmer). "Health benefits" thus refer to stable intestinal health, a strong immune system, reduced strain on the metabolism and healthy respiratory tracts in the "Feeding the future" concept.
Bernhard Walgern: High yield
The "Feeding the future" concept is high yield in many respects: It impresses thanks to fewer feed costs since we feed animals the right amount and they do not overconsume. Just using a pure withdrawal feed with reduced protein content alone can reduce up to 1 euro on feed costs per fattening pig. Thanks to the ideal protein concept, less excess raw protein needs to be eliminated, thus reducing strain on the metabolism. This leads to markedly better shed air and improves respiratory tract health. "Feeding the future" ensures more stable intestinal health in animals thanks to improved roughage provision. Health costs can be reduced in many cases. The lower nutrient accumulation brings the most significant financial advantage. The space required for liquid manure spreading or the costs for liquid manure removal can be reduced significantly to some extent.
Feeding the future – with the OlymPig, Fisopan and VitaMiral concepts
Our new feed concepts differ from what we have done to date in many respects. This allows us to take a responsible approach and play an active role in strengthening and preserving agricultural businesses and Germany as base for business.
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The "Feeding the future" concept
Feeding the future – with the OlymPig, Fisopan and VitaMiral concepts: