Themes of the 3rd IFTC
For the themes of the Congress, the Scientific Committee especially likes to add the pet- and aqua-food to the IFTC program since feed technology provides additional value (and expenses) for these two industries; the Committee also likes to learn from neighboring technologies in e.g. the food industries.
The themes for the 3rd IFTC are:
1. Issues related to animal nutrition and feed technology in Europe
Animal nutrition and feed technology are critical components of the European agricultural industry, providing essential support for livestock production and ensuring that animals receive the nutrients they need to thrive. However, there are a number of challenges facing the industry, including regulatory restrictions, supply chain disruptions, and environmental concerns. As a result, there is a growing need for innovation and collaboration to address these issues and ensure the long-term sustainability of animal agriculture in Europe. We need scientifically to learn from all kinds of technologies e.g. from the food sector, from the sensor technology, pet food technology, etc.
2. Recent developments in pig and poultry nutrition
Recent developments in pig and poultry nutrition have focused on improving feed efficiency, reducing environmental impact, and enhancing animal health and welfare. This has led to a number of innovations in feed formulation, including the use of novel ingredients, such as insect meal and algae, and the development of precision feeding technologies. In addition, there is a growing interest in the use of probiotics, prebiotics, and other feed additives to support animal health and reduce the need for antibiotics. These developments are helping to drive progress in the pig and poultry industry, and are expected to have a significant impact on the future of animal agriculture.
3. Major challenges for the South American dairy cattle industry
The South American dairy cattle industry faces a number of challenges, including limited access to capital and technology, low productivity, and environmental concerns. In addition, there are ongoing issues related to animal health, such as the prevalence of mastitis and other diseases, which can have a significant impact on milk production and quality. However, there are also opportunities for growth and improvement, including the adoption of new technologies, such as precision feeding and genetic selection, and the development of sustainable production practices. By addressing these challenges and embracing new innovations, the South American dairy cattle industry can continue to thrive and meet the growing demand for high-quality dairy products.
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4. Mycotoxin control and feed safety in South America: state of the art
Mycotoxins are a major concern for the South American feed industry, as they can have a significant impact on animal health and productivity. In response, there has been a growing focus on mycotoxin control and feed safety in the region, with efforts to improve monitoring and testing, as well as the development of new strategies for prevention and management. This includes the use of feed additives, such as binders and enzymes, to reduce the impact of mycotoxins on animal health, as well as the implementation of best practices for storage and handling of feed ingredients. By prioritizing mycotoxin control and feed safety, the South American feed industry can help ensure the health and well-being of animals, as well as the safety and quality of animal products for consumers.