Orffa Skandinavien symposium 2014

Following it’s year long tradition, again in 2014 Orffa Skandinavien A/S held it’s yearly symposium on Wednesday 15 january. The venue was Hotel Legoland in Billund, with it’s central location neighbouring to Billund Airport, it is easy to access for both Scandinavian participants and international speakers. The hotel’s conference facilities as well as it’s rooms and cuisine formed perfect surroundings for our symposium.

With swine being the major species in Scandinavian animal husbandry, the program was entirely dedicated to swine nutrition.

Paul Bikker from Wageningen University in the Netherlands gave a presentation about how amino acid digestibility in raw materials and compound feed can be affected by extraction and toasting of oilseeds as well as expanding and pelleting of compound feed.

Elham Assadi Soumeh from Aarhus University in Denmark presented the results of her dose response trial with the branch chained amino acids valine, leucine and isoleucine. Her dosage recommendations for these three amino acids are very close to both Danish and international norms.

Etienne Corrent from Ajinomoto-Eurolysine in France gave a detailed update on the latest findings on amino acid nutrition in piglets. He also presented some very interesting results from a survey done in piglet starter feed collected from whole Europe. In total a number of 148 samples from 16 different countries were analysed and gave very interesting data on protein contents and amino acid contents.

Noriko Nakamura from Calpis in France gave an update on the latest trial results with Calsporin in piglets. Calsporin is a probiotic containing a Bacillus Subtilis strain, that stimulates lactobacilli in the gut, so creating a more stabile microbiota, better gut health and better performance. A specially gut health is a very important issue in Scandinavian pig production, where there historically has been very strong focus on reducing use of antibiotics, which has become even stronger in recent years due to political pressure. Calsporin comes in spore form, which ensures that pelleting does not harm the activity of the product. Many trials have confirmed the spores survive pelleting and will germinate once they reach the small intestine, where they have their beneficial effect on gut health.

Detlef Kampf form Orffa Additives in the Netherlands gave a presentation where copper sulphate was compared with the hydroxy trace mineral Intellibond C. Intellibond C is a copper source that long has been used in the USA and that has been registered for all species in EU since april 2012. It is characterized by superb handling properties, no dust, very fine and uniform particles that ensure good distribution through the feed. It is not an ADR product like the sulphate form of copper. It is non-hygroscopic and absolutely not reactive in premixes, mineral feeds and compound feeds. Copper sulphate is well known to be both very hygroscopic as well as very reactive. Copper sulphate is generally described as a very strong pro-oxidant and is known to start oxidation of fat and fat soluble components in feed, such as vitamins. Last but not least, the bio-availability of copper from Intellibond C is much better than from copper sulphate.

The symposium was attended by thirty persons from the Danish and Swedish feed industry, as well as consultants from the national Danish swine advisory service and from the advisory service from the Danish fur breeders organization.

Next years symposium will be held on the same location on Wednesday 14 january 2015.

Kees Kastelijn,
Technical Sales Manager Orffa Skandinavien A/S

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