Programme

At a Glance Programme

On the agenda this year are engaging sessions and discussions around insect protein, single cell technology, alternative proteins and many more. Take a look at the day-by-day agenda or discover more with the buttons below.

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Day 1 – Tuesday 6 March

13.30 – Registration

14.00 – Welcome from the Chair
Jane Byrne, Senior Editor, Feed Navigator

14.10 – Protein supply from fuel and fermentation: the end of an era or the beginning of a new one?
David Jackson, LMC International

The ‘biofuels era’ inadvertently increased the oil content of crops, often with the effect of reducing the protein content of oilseed meals. Conversely, co-products of ethanol and starch production were released onto the market in the form of high-protein feeds, creating additional sources of protein. With the dawn of the ‘protein era’, the depressed protein content of oil meals combined with the lack of sufficient growth in fuel and fermentation co-products is putting pressure on the development of novel sources of protein. Ironically, this innovation is occurring in the very same field: fermentation and enzymatic chemistry.

14.30 – Sustainable insect production for feed
Lars-Henrik Heckmann, Danish Technological Institute

Over the last few years, insects have taken a major leap forward towards becoming a relevant animal protein source in feed applications – not least since the legalization of insects as feed in aquaculture in July 2017 in the EU. During this short talk, some of the opportunities of sustainable insect production for feed will be presented; and the main challenges of the industry will be highlighted. The presentation will include current and future examples based on the broad portfolio of research and development projects that have been conducted or are ongoing with special emphasis on the black soldier fly, which is a ‘superstar’ amongst insects particular regarding application in feed.

14.50 –They are what they eat:  How to ‘grow’ and feed insects safely for the animal food chain
Leon Marchal, ForFarmers

Though rich in business potential, the use of insects as an alternative protein source in animal feeds remains in its infancy.  If that potential is to be fully realised, there remains much we need to learn about how insects can be produced cost efficiently, safely and in ways that protect animal, and ultimately, human health.  Leon, who heads up ForFarmers’ innovation programme in this area, is at the forefront of current research.  He tells us what’s been learned so far and provides guidance for businesses eager to introduce insects to the animal food chain.

15.30 – Reducing imported soybean in swine and poultry feeds – a new role for feed-grade amino acids
Ermias Kebreab, University of California Davis

Supplemental feed-grade amino acids (FG-AA) have been used in the diets of non-ruminant animals for over five decades.  Although early adoption was based on least-cost formulation, there has been interest of late in lowering CP content of feeds with higher supplementation levels of FG-AAs. Recent studies have shown that the use of FG-AA can lower nutrient input into the system and reduce environmental emissions, without compromising productivity.

16.00 – Refreshments

16.25 – Say no to nitrogen:  An integrated low protein diet concept that can increase nutrient efficiency and minimise the environmental impact of pig production
John Htoo, Evonik

As the global demand for meat increases regulations to reduce the nitrogen pollution caused by intensive livestock production are being strengthened. In an effort to reduce nitrogen excretion the industry is seeking to reduce the use of feeds containing excess crude protein and replace them with a balance of feed grade amino acids in order to maintain optimal pig performance.  John will show that an integrated approach, using low crude protein diets with a net energy system, probiotics and fibre sources, improves gut health, nutrient utilization and efficiency.

16.55 – All at sea:  Seaweed’s potential to partially replace soybean meal in pig and poultry diets
Marinus van Krimpen, Wageningen Livestock Research

The requirement for protein rich animal feed is expected to increase dramatically over the next few decades and it seems unlikely that the global supply of soybeans, a much relied upon protein source today, will be able to keep pace with demand.  As the search for protein alternatives hots up, Marinus’ presentation examines the potential for seaweed to at least partially replace soybeans in pig and poultry feed.  There’s still a good deal of work to be done; seaweed is highly variable depending on species, location and harvesting season and its high mineral and metal content require investigation. However, its potential is clear and, says Marinus, deserving of the industry’s attention.

17.25 – A new generation of feed stock: Evidence that microalgae serve as high-quality, sustainable alternative feed protein
Xingen Lei, Cornell University

Microalgae is now a well-received third generation feedstock for biofuel production. Defatted microalgae contains 40% or more crude protein and excellent amino acid profiles. Upon the oil extraction procedure, the defatted biomass also contains good amounts of n-3 fatty acids and micronutrients. Xingen will share results of thirty feeding experiments carried out using broiler chicks, laying hens, and weanling pigs. These have demonstrated nutritional, metabolic, and environmental values of seven different defatted and full-fatted microalgae. He will also reveal how laboratory tests have proved the bioavailability and health impacts of the enriched n-3 fatty acids and phytochemicals in the chicken and egg yolk of animals fed the microalgal biomass.

17.55 – Chair’s closing remarks

18.00 – Networking Reception


Day 2 – Wednesday 7 March

09.00 – Welcome back

09.05 – From global to local – the move towards European self-sufficiency for animal feeds
Ruud Tijssens, Agrifirm

For decades Europe’s animal feed producers have relied heavily on soy beans sourced from Central and South America for the cost effective proteins they need.  Today, however, consumer concerns about tropical deforestation associated with soy production and a growing enthusiasm for local sourcing is encouraging the industry to ask a fundamental question: can Europe be self-sufficient in the production of protein for animal feeds?  Ruud’s presentation suggests that it is possible, but that it will call for investment, innovation and a balanced approach.

09.35 – Achieving balance – why it is possible to achieve sustainable high productivity and respect animal welfare
Wendy Rauw, INIA

Feed efficiency is a vital component of animal production, characterised by productivity, profitability and sustainability. Alongside these concerns producers must, of course, be sensitive to animal welfare and environmental concerns which, if ignored, will damage long term economic returns. Wendy will discuss the relationship between selection for high production efficiency and animal robustness and welfare. She will argue that meat is a valuable high quality protein, but that a balance must be found between improved production to produce enough of it to meet human consumption requirements, and animal welfare.

10.05 – The implications of biofuel policy revisions for Europe’s protein supply
Nicolas Martin, European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC)

The agricultural raw materials used in biofuel production are the same as those used to manufacture food and feed. That means the producers of those raw materials compete for increasing scarce resources, including land and water.  On the other hand, the creation of biofuels brings protein rich co-products into the animal feed marketplace.  Nicolas will argue that these new sources of protein can help overcome the EU’s protein deficit and must be integrated into upcoming EU protein strategy.  The European feed industry is looking to EU to find the best compromise between the positive and negative impacts of biofuel production, both in terms of food and feed safety, and the environment.

10.35 – Refreshments

11.00 – An animal feed revolution:  How microbial protein sources will create a sustainable future
 Margareth Øverland, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

The search for alternative protein sources for animal feeds has reached a critical point.  Concerns about population growth and climate change make it imperative that we find ways to produce proteins that don’t use up valuable land or water resources, and that don’t rely on crops that could be used for human consumption.  Margareth has spent twenty years researching the potential of microbial proteins such as bacteria and yeast to feed a wide variety of animals – including fish, broiler chickens and pigs.  Sharing the results of that research with us, she’ll argue that advances in technology have brought us to the verge of a feed revolution, in which high quality protein ingredients can be produced sustainably and cost effectively anywhere in the world.

11.30 – Using McDonald’s Scale for Good: A Focus on Chicken Sustainability
Dr Nicola Robinson MRCVS, McDonald’s Corporation

As one of the world’s largest food companies, McDonald’s wants to use its scale to impact key societal issues for the good, including sustainable sourcing for food and packaging.  As part of this commitment the company, in partnership with the World Wildlife Foundation, identified six priority products on which to focus, including chicken. In 2016, McDonald’s established a cross-functional team to advance a chicken sustainability strategy across key areas of antibiotic stewardship, improved welfare outcomes, and sustainable feed.

12.00 – Speed networking

Grow your network with a series of four-minute meetings with your fellow attendees.

Introduce yourself to a new contact every time you hear the signal and find out if you’ve got mutual interests that would make a subsequent, more in-depth meeting worthwhile.

12.45Roundtable lunches – discuss the issues that matter most to you

Tables will be hosted by an expert from industry or academia who will lead an informal discussion on an industry hot topic. Join the table that suits you best, subject to availability.

14.15 – The rising importance of alternative feed ingredients in a world of volatile fishmeal supply
 Beyhan de Jong, Rabobank

Over the last two decades fishmeal has grown increasingly scarce. This scarcity has triggered the quest for alternative ingredients for aquafeed. Towards the end of 2017, improvements in fishmeal supply and price stabilization were observed. However, due to the current poor fishing season in Peru, fishmeal prices have jumped again. Once alternative feed ingredients reach scale and gain commercial acceptance, they can offset the volatilities in the fishmeal market. Until then, the alternative feed protein market needs other strategies for growth. Beyhan’s presentation will examine the key dynamics affecting the future of aquafeed.

14.45 – Refining proteins from green crops for high quality feed products for monogastric animal and dairy cows
Mette Lübeck, Aalborg University Denmark

Research at Aalborg University suggests that green bio-refinery processes have the potential to generate organic protein-rich animal feeds from green crops.  Mette’s presentation reveals the findings of recent trials which evaluated the potential of a range of green crops for the development of an organic bio-refinery system.  A scale demo created a continuous refining process that included harvesting and processing 400 tons of clover into a protein concentrate, a fibre-rich pressed cake and a residual stream of soluble nutrients.  These were used in feed formulation trials for laying hens, broilers, pigs and cows.

15.15 – Panel Discussion: What is holding back the use of processed animal protein in farmed fish?

In Europe, the use of processed animal proteins (PAPs) in fish feeds used to be prohibited, but regulatory changes enforced in June 2013 opened up the European aquaculture sector to this protein source. However, retailer and consumer perceptions are said to be proving potential barriers to the use of PAPs such as feather meal in European aquaculture production. Industry stakeholders say the lack of greater take-up of PAPs in fish feed is constraining the sector’s growth and it is a policy that, long term, will have to be reviewed. They argue that PAPs are excellent feed raw materials for carnivorous aquaculture species such as salmon, and are a sustainable option as well.

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16.30 – Protein Challenge 2040 workshop –Why does the food industry need to ensure animal protein sources are fed sustainably?

How do we feed 9 billion people enough protein in a way that is healthy, affordable and good for the planet? It is a huge challenge but also a huge opportunity for far-sighted businesses. Along with changing consumer tastes and expectations, there is a growing recognition of the need to transform the way we consume and produce protein in the future.

An intrinsic part of the puzzle is what we feed our animal protein sources. Feed Compass is a new initiative by the Protein Challenge 2040 partnership to help the food industry navigate the complexities of animal feed: from its impacts such as deforestation and worker rights issues, to the circular economy and innovative solutions that pave the way for better sustainability.

What’s the leading thinking on addressing future protein needs and animal feed? What are the business opportunities for retail, food service and food manufacturers?

18.00 – Departures