Production of compound feeds and changes in societal requirements
The aim of the feed industry is to contribute to sustainable agricultural production. Modern nutrition is effective in terms of the use of feed resources, performance, requirements and livestock needs and contributes to maintaining their favorable health status. On March 16 and 17, 2017, the eighth „Milk Forum“ took place in Berlin where one of the presentations on the production of compound feeds was presented by Dr. H. J. Baaken, speaker for the German Association for Animal Nutrition. In 2015, 313 companies produced 23.7 million tons of compound feed for all types and categories of livestock. With approximately 13.3 million large livestock units currently being farmed in Germany, this represents the production of about 1800 kg of compound feed per piece per year. The current situation in the production of compound feeds suggests that about 60% of crude protein in feed mixtures is predominantly imported soybean and predominantly domestic rapeseed meal. Worldwide, 82% of the area, that is, approximately 180 million hectares of land, cultivates genetically modified soybeans.
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