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FEEDING A WORLD OF 9.3 BILLION - MEETING GLOBAL DEMAND WITH EU COMPOUND PRODUCTION


ESTIMATES FOR 2010 According to the preliminary statistical data provided by FEFAC members, the compound feed production in the EU-27 (Greece, Malta and Luxembourg excluded) in 2010 may have reached a level of 149 million tonnes, i.e. 0.5% above the figure for 2009 (148.2 million tonnes). This positive result is exclusively due to an increased demand for poultry feed (+3%), whereas the pig feed production fell back by 1% and the cattle feed production remained stable. For the first time ever in the EU, poultry feed overtook pig feed to become the leading segment of compound feed. The most important factor which has


weighed in on the EU feed demand in 2010 was the dramatic crisis affecting the pig sector, aggravated by the high feed materials costs, which triggered a contraction of the demand for efficient pig feed. Germany and France are shoulder to shoulder for the position of EU leading country in terms of total compound feed production, preceding Spain. The f inal est imate and detai led


breakdown of the 2010 results will be presented on the occasion of the next FEFAC Annual General Meeting on 8-9 June 2011 in Bruges. FEFAC experts foresee a stabilisation


in cattle feed production, a slight increase in poultry feed demand (+0.5%) and a further set back in pig feed production (-1.5%). Overall, compound feed production may decrease by 0.5% compared to 2010. FEFAC President Patrick Vanden Avenne stressed, however, that “demand for pig feed may be further depressed if the quotations for the key feed materials (in particular cereals) in the second half of 2011 remain high. Unless EU authorities do urgently adopt market management measures to allow imports of cheaper feed grains and the “technical solution” to avoid soya trade disruptions due to low level presence of non-EU approved GMOs, many livestock farmers, especially pig holdings, will have to close down their operations since they cannot pass on higher feed costs to the consumer in the present market context”.


PRESIDENT OF FEFAC TO OPEN


VICTAM INTERNATIONAL 2011 3 – 5 MAY 2011, COLOGNE. Mr. Vanden Avenne, the President of FEFAC will participate at the official opening ceremony of the new FIAAP, Victam & GRAPAS International 2011 exhibitions and conferences. Mr Vanden Avenne will help in the ribbon cutting ceremony alongside other dignitaries from the Feed & Grain Industries.


A LOCAL RESPONSE As the global population increases from 7 billion in 2011 to a predicted 9.3 billion by 2050, the agri-food industry must find a sustainable way to meet the resulting demand for food. With this in mind, Alltech has announced its 2011 European Lecture Tour “Feeding the World – global demand, local response” which will address the challenges faced by the industry. Alltech’s annual European Lecture Tour will begin on the 21st of March in Dunboyne, Ireland, and will visit 30 locations across Europe before concluding in Bern Switzerland on the 8th of April 2011. The UK legs are 21st March at Knutsford and 28th March at Cambridge. Alltech’s founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons said, “We must think very differently from


how we have in the past. We need to adopt new technologies at a faster pace and communicate in a way which we never have before. During Alltech’s 25th European Lecture Tour, we will discuss how this dynamic environment will define how our world looks in the future and holds incredible opportunities to shape not only our world as a whole but each European country.” Alltech will present the possibilities that lie within its core philosophy, the ACE Principle,


and examine strategies for improving the performance of the animal while satisfying the consumer and protecting the environment. In addition to Dr. Lyons presenting on the European Lecture Tour, speakers include Sylvie Andrieu, Marc Larousse, Dr. Colm Moran, Dr. Jules Taylor-Pickard, Patrick Charlton, Dr. Jean Kennedy and Dr. Helen Warren. These experts will discuss how new tools such as nutrigenomics can change the way


we feed our animals and ourselves; how recent regulatory innovations can differentiate agribusiness; how the ‘farm of the future’ will look; and how agribusiness can sustain itself. Celebrating 25 years in 2011, Alltech’s annual European Lecture Tour has served as a platform to present cutting edge research and to address topical industry issues. For further information log on to


www.alltech.com/elt


From left: Dr. Helen Warren, Technical Coordinator for Alltech, Alltech’s Director for Europe Marc Larousse, and Sylvie Andrieu, European Ruminant Technical Manager.


ALLTECH’S ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM CHANGES THE GAME IN 2011 Whether in sports competition or the game of life, there are turning points that elevate the underdog to victory, redefining the anonymous as the unforgettable. In the face of mounting challenges, how does one identify and seize these pivotal moments to create a catalyst for success? In Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 22-25, 2011, Alltech’s 27th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium will be dedicated to just such a pursuit, exploring The Game Changers for the animal health and feed industries. “Today’s challenges signal that it’s time to rewrite the playbook,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons,


president and founder of Alltech. “Raw materials are becoming rare materials. Least-cost rations are but one example of failed strategy. Sustainability is questionable with conventional practices, and consumer confidence is tepid at best.” Alltech’s 2011 International Symposium is intended to be an industry time-out, providing


opportunities for professionals to huddle in specialised breakout sessions – including aquaculture, beef, dairy, equine, poultry, pig production, pet food, regulatory, food quality, traceability, and communication in agriculture. All sessions will be dedicated to the open discussion of creative game-changing strategies for revolutionising industry practices and thus redefining its future. “The clock is ticking. Our planet is expected to reach its 9 billion inhabitants apex by 2050,”


said Dr. Lyons. “There is hope, however, for game-changers that will enable us to generate sustainable profitability, innovatively use new raw materials, and add value to conventional agricultural products all while maintaining resources for our planet.” Of particular note, plenary and breakout sessions will include focussed discussion on


programmed nutrition; technology to maximise release of nutrients from DDGs and other feedstuffs; formulation to minimise nutrient waste; branding nutrition; sustainability strategies; and the use of new media in communicating directly with the consumer. The prestigious Medal of Excellence and Alltech Young Scientist Awards will also be presented during the Symposium. Almost 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the world registered for the 2011 Alltech Young Scientist Award. Individual scientific papers were submitted based on agricultural research, in the hope of winning the prestigious title and cash prizes with a combined value of more than $60,000. For further information, including a full agenda with topics and speakers, and to register,


please visit www.alltech.com/symposium. Join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag: #AlltechSymposium


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