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Equipping livestock farmers with knowledge about advanced feeding solutions is a key objective of the EuroTier 2022 trade fair taking place in Hanover, Germany, 15 to 18 November.

Sustainable animal housing concepts for successful livestock feeding will be presented with the underpinning goals of optimal animal welfare, comprehensive environmental protection as well as commercial viability.

Challenges

Today, new challenges to global food security are being caused not only by the war in Ukraine but also by climate change with temperatures and drought affecting agricultural yields. In addition to its focus on the energy transition, animal welfare and biodiversity, this year’s EuroTier, 15-18 November, will also explore food and supply security.

The impact of the latest developments on the markets is considerable. 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 be discussing alternative sources of nutrients and will be presenting concepts to replace cereals, rapeseed, soybean as well as sunflower seeds from Ukraine.

Security of supply in times of crisis

“The reduced availability of seeds and agricultural inputs in addition to reduced, or failed harvests, determine the quantities available,” confirms Jan Lahde, President of Deutscher Verband Tiernahrung e.V. (DVT The German Animal Nutrition Association). Germany’s self-sufficiency rate of around 30 percent makes it dependent on imports, particularly for protein feed, such as rapeseed meal.

Alternatives

This year, Ukraine will not be able to perform its role as an important supplier of GMO-free raw materials. This means alternative sources of corn must be secured. “Efficient land use and optimal feed utilization are now the order of the day,” adds Lahde. Since July 1, in Germany “ecological priority areas” have been made available – an area of some one million hectares may now be farmed to produce fodder. Green fodder, silage, hay or straw are now often used as valuable feed in mixed rations, either because of their structural effectiveness or for reasons of feed shortage.

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