Scientific Program

This year’s conference will focus on several topics related to analytical and legal aspects and future developments or challenges respectively. We therefore invite participants to submit abstracts of their work within the following topics:

Feed safety

Feed legislation focuses on hazard approaches for ensuring feed safety. Beside known physical, chemical and biological hazards also emerging hazards are of interest. For example, the detectability of feed with gene edited ingredients produced with new mutagenesis methods is a future challenge.

Key words: packaging material, microplastics, nanoparticles; undesirable substances; new mutagenic techniques (CRISPR/CAS); Salmonella, germination number

Quality of feed including feed processing

The quality of animal feed is an important issue related to the animal’s growth and performance. Beside antinutritive substances also the feed production process influence the quality especially through temperature and pressure.

Key words: (new) feed processing techniques; Maillard products, antinutritive substances, Feed efficacy as a result of processing, thermo labile ingredients,  banned Formaldehyde; feed hygiene

Feed fraud and feed authenticity

Fraud and indication of wrong origin or wrong products is an important economic factor. Feed fraud can occur through misdescription and product or record tampering. In recent years several cases of feed fraud have bothered national authorities (e.g. melamine, urea). Authenticity covers the analysis of product characteristics or analysis of recorded data (including focus on local origin).

Key words: methods of analysis, data processing, placing on the market of authorized products; altered proteins (hydrolysed proteins, protein products); by-products of oil refining,

Impact of climate change on feed production

Global warming of 1.5 to 2 degrees has a massive impact on crop production and yield. The number of dry summers, flood and storm events has increased during the last years. Extreme climate conditions reflect on the plants as they cannot adapt themselves fast enough. Consequences are e.g. an increase of mycotoxins and plant toxins.  Farmers and feed manufacturers are forced to apply mitigation strategies.

Key words: mitigation of mycotoxin and plant toxin contamination, feed security, feed reformulation, new feed additives, volatility of feed markets, draught tolerance

Sustainability and circular economy (sustainability agriculture, role of feed)

The awareness of the singularity of our planet has started to rise within the consumers of the Western world. Therefore, more sustainable approaches are needed. This includes efficient use of former food products. Especially in countries with small scaled agriculture local networks already play an important role in regional production including organic food. However, they have to increase competitiveness for efficiency and future resilience. New or underutilized feed sources and by-products play a major role in the supply of economic raw materials.

Key words: methods of analysis, (better) use of former food products, packaging materials, new protein sources (e.g. insects, single cell proteins), seaweed, alternative feed ingredients (new biomass)

Feed impact on selected aspects of animal health and welfare

Animal welfare includes the combination of both physical and mental well-being. A properly balanced diet and water supply is the key to meet the animal’s requirements and maintain the productivity of a healthy animal. Key components of animal health especially in the gastrointestinal tract are: the diet, host interaction with the gastrointestinal microbiota, effective digestion and absorption of feed as well as an effective immune status. Nutritional strategies to allow farm animals to become more resilient to the environmental and physiological challenges are needed against the background of climate change, limited resources and economic efficiency

Key words: feed additives, gut improvement and health, Probiotics, Herbal extracts, phytogenic substances (antimicrobial impact), AMR, botanical feed additives, innovative dietary approaches (precision feeding, ect…)