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Innovation and Sustainability

Innovation

ForFarmers provides sustainable feed and advice, which results in healthier livestock, greater efficiency and therefore a better return at the farm. Improvements in sustainability and animal welfare are important focus points here.

The importance ForFarmers attaches to these improvements has been made visible by the fact that our Nutrition and Innovation Centre (NIC) innovation managers on average conduct more than 40-50 research projects per year. We also make use of our extensive network, which many of Europe’s leading research institutes and universities form part of, in order to contribute to both research and the realisation of products and services for farmers.

NIC employs animal specific feed experts and innovation managers. They aren’t merely responsible for ForFarmers’ research and innovation programme, in place to create new feeds, but also for the supplied feed products’ technical performance.

All of ForFarmers’ feed is compiled with the help of a self-developed feed evaluation system. This system determines the suitability (digestibility) of each raw material for every type of animal. It also takes, for example, the animal’s age into account. The feed produced has the right nutritional value to ensure good growth and health. As genetics, health and management systems are constantly changing, our feed evaluation system changes along with this.
NIC also enjoys a close working relationship with our sector teams and with ForFarmers’ strategic partners, such as Nutreco, with whom we work on joint innovation projects.
You can read more about innovation in our annual report (and on the ForFarmers Group website).
 

Sustainability

Sustainability forms an integral part of ForFarmers’ activities, which includes constant efforts to improve the performance of our feed product, allowing for improved feed efficiency to be realised at the farm.
Social issues such as animal health and animal welfare, reduction of medication use in animal feed, the impact of animal husbandry on the environment (nitrogen and phosphate efficiency), health and safety of people and use of raw materials are all important focus points for us. Our advisors are regularly trained in this area, allowing them to work on sustainable livestock farming together with you.

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