EuroTier 2022 explores nutrition management in depth

EuroTier is held in Germany on November 15-18

September 2, 2022

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The main objective of the EuroTier 2022 trade fair in Hanover, Germany, from November 15 to 18, is to equip livestock farmers with knowledge about advanced feeding solutions. Sustainable animal husbandry concepts for successful livestock feeding will be presented with the primary objectives of optimal animal welfare, comprehensive environmental protection and commercial viability.

Today, new challenges to global food security arise not only from the war in Ukraine, but also from climate change and drought affecting agricultural productivity. As well as focusing on the energy transition, animal welfare and biodiversity, this year’s EuroTier will also examine food and supply security from 15-18 November. The impact of recent events on the markets is huge. Several compound feed components are currently in short supply and expensive, putting livestock farmers under pressure. At the trade fair, the feed industry will therefore discuss alternative food sources and present concepts to replace grain, rapeseed, soybean and sunflower seeds from Ukraine.

Security of supply in times of crisis

“In addition to reduced or failed crops, the reduction of seeds and agricultural products determines the available quantities,” said Jan Lahde, president of DVT, the German Animal Nutrition Association.

Germany’s self-sufficiency rate of about 30% makes it dependent on imports, especially for protein feed such as rapeseed meal. This year, Ukraine will not be able to fulfill its role as an important supplier of GMO-free raw materials. This means that alternative sources of maize must be provided.

“Efficient use of land and optimal use of fodder is the need of the day,” added Lahde.

From July 1, “ecological priority areas” were put into use in Germany – now about one million hectares of land can be cultivated for fodder production. Green forage, silage, hay or straw are now often used as valuable forages in mixed rations, either because of their structural efficiency or because of forage shortages.

EuroTier exhibitors will present a number of technical solutions that offer optimized nutrition. An example is the company Siloking, which has straw chopping equipment suitable for cattle. Straw should be both appropriately shortened and thoroughly mixed to prevent cattle from selecting individual feed elements during feed intake. To quickly cut larger amounts of hay, Siloking has now added an option to the hay chopper for the self-propelled feed mixer. The hydraulically operated straw chopper is mounted directly behind the cutting head.

In chopping mode, the feed flow is directed to the straw chopper through a cover that can be converted into a milling channel. The high-speed chopper blades move the straw through the cutting edges of the machine and break it into small pieces onto the reloading conveyor, which then transports it to the mixing hopper. As a result, ration sizes are improved, feed losses are reduced, and loading times are saved.

Optimum feed supply and less wastage

Feeding ruminants such as cattle and sheep is not only about the right amount and ideal time interval for feeding, but also about a balanced mixture of basic and concentrated feed. Especially in large farms, where the age and condition of the animals can vary greatly, different feeds and amounts of feed are needed. Modern, automatic systems offer the farmer the ability to not only pre-mix rations for individual animals according to their needs, but also to distribute them on schedule – even in places that are difficult for the farmer.

An example of this is Lely’s Vector feeding system, which uses a mixing and feeding robot to automatically determine the amount of feed available and measure the height of the feed in a special compartment to determine if ration needs to be added. This means there is never too much or too little feed. An added benefit is reduced crowding during feeding resulting in less stress.

Trends in livestock nutrition

Scientific knowledge about raw materials and individual feed production processes is the basis of high quality feed. EuroTier plays an important role in meeting nutritional management requirements.

With this year’s theme “Transforming Livestock”, EuroTier will lead the way in Hall 21 with the theme “DLG Spotlight: Feed for the Future”, where leading companies from the international feed industry will present their solutions and discuss new processes and innovative feeding. Formulas as part of participation in EuroTier’s technical program. Algae and insects are examples of new protein sources to be discussed – a timely topic after the European Union approved the use of insect meal as animal feed on farms last year. Some of the equipment manufacturers exhibiting at the EuroTier exhibition are already active in this market.

WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp GmbH will supply a complete insect feeding system for Polish feed manufacturer HiProMine. Robakowo, near Poznan, grows insect-based proteins on an industrial scale using the black soldier fly. The fly larva, which is up to 17 millimeters long, uses almost all organic remains. Depending on the feed composition, larvae with a protein content of up to 55 percent are produced. The breeding sites where the fly lays its eggs in a honeycomb structure should be properly humidified, illuminated and heated to 30 degrees. Rooted, mature worms are harvested for feed production. “Our expertise in automated liquid feeding systems for pig production comes into play in projects like this,” says Jens Feldhaus, WEDA product manager. In breeding facilities, the correct substrate mix, its smooth logistics, as well as efficient chopping capacity and hygiene system are of great importance. With the new plant, 550 tons of substrate are prepared and fed on site every day. The technology creates a value chain where the insect acts as a bridge between plant waste and sustainable animal feed.

EuroTier 2022 DLG-Spotlight will explore these and more feed topics in depth in the Feed for Future program.

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