The right feed helps save space

Martin Hagemann benefits from the AGRAVIS feed concept

20 hectares of space saved compared to the standard balance method for feed with reduced nitrogen (N) and phosphate (P) levels. 8.5 hectares of space saved compared to the standard balance method for feed with greatly reduced nitrogen (N) and phosphate (P) levels. These are figures which impress. Andreas Lohoff provided this example calculation for the Hagemann farm in Haltern in North Rhine-Westphalia. The AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG feedstuff consultants always keep in mind the amendment to the German Fertiliser Ordinance, which comes into effect in 2018.

The AGRAVIS feed concepts already offer solutions to save space. Among other things, nitrogen and phosphate balances on surfaces will be further reduced from 2018. "It is important for farmers to look at nutrient comparisons now and not wait until 2018. They are still using the old phosphate balances based on their six-year average and nitrogen balances based on their three-year average," stresses Alexandra Grimm. The Pig Product Manager at AGRAVIS and her colleagues have been offering effective, practice-based solutions with "Feeding the future" for two years now. These improve balances with nutrient-reduced feed concepts and already achieve the values required by the new German Fertiliser Ordinance.

Qualified farmer Martin Hagemann took over his parents' farm in 2014. The 27-year-old keeps 2,150 fattening pigs. "I obtain highly productive piglets with BHZP genes and a daily growth rate between 870 and 900 grams. This yield has also been maintained after the changeover to nutrient-reduced feed," affirms Hagemann. He initially fed his livestock corn cob mix and 60 percent supplement from AGRAVIS. Since 2016, his own grains and Fisopan Fisopan have also been added to the troughs.

Since April 2017, the farmer has also had a tank, which allows him to use by-products by-products. "Using by-products as feed can make it difficult to comply with the guidelines. However, the right supplement feed has enabled us to remedy this issue," explains Lohoff. AGRAVIS combines ideal protein supply with energy valuation based on net energy in its feed concepts. It also calculates feed based on digestible phosphorus. The result is diminished strain on the metabolism and a reduction in nitrogen and phosphorous excretions.

"We are able to check the accumulation of nitrogen and phosphorus and represent the effects on space requirements," explains Lohoff. A computer tool can be used to calculate space requirements in relation to feed beforehand – an extra customer service. Like the space saving which Martin Hagemann can achieve as calculated above.

It is precisely this issue which brought the farmer to the AGRAVIS feedstuff range three years ago. "I asked myself: how can I cut down on nitrogen and phosphorous excretions and reduce my space requirements? I got together with Andreas Lohoff and worked it out." The result was impressive: "The feedstuff with greatly reduced nitrogen (N) and phosphate (P) levels has less impact on the metabolism and has a noticeable positive effect on space requirements."

The feed conversion, daily growth rate and slaughter output are all ideal. The nutrient balance is also perfect. Martin Hagemann is now optimally equipped when nitrogen and phosphorous balances are calculated based on the waste material balance.

You can obtain further information on this topic from Andreas Lohoff, phone +49 (0)251 682 89237, andreas.lohoff@agravis.de and Alexandra Grimm, phone +49 (0)251 682 2286, alexandra.grimm@agravis.de, www.zukunftfüttern.de www.zukunftfüttern.de.