Animal Nutrition

Adisseo looks to tackle feed industry challenges head on through new research award

A scientific committee composed of academic experts and feed industry representatives has come up with five pressing feed industry concerns for which potential research project candidates should offer solutions. The committee will also select the winning projects.

Pre-proposal grant applications in relation to monogastric feed research initiatives, can be summitted until June 30, 2021, said Adisseo.

The pre-selected projects will be announced at the end of July, and, then, those applicants will have to submit a full dossier by mid-September for a final selection by the scientific committee and an announcement of the winners in mid-October.

Research projects related to ruminant and aquaculture production are not requested as part of this first call, said the organizers.

Sustainability, heat stress, antibiotic reduction 

The challenges as determined by the experts relate to sustainability, the need for alternative feed ingredients, the importance of ensuring the right start for chicks and piglets, the need to reduce industry reliance on antibiotics and tackling heat stress.

The experts are interested in projects that could, for example, 

  • enhance the sustainability of animal protein production. Optimized nutrition could reduce the environmental impact of farming.
  • explore the impact of reducing antibiotic use on animal performance, physiology, or metabolism, and identify strategies for restoring animal performance without medication, by means of better nutrition.
  • better understand the characteristics of new pig and poultry feed raw materials, and define their nutritional value, limits and constraints, to enable their use in feed formulations.
  • find ways to reduce early mortality but also to give animals a good start – boosted welfare, health and growth – and, thereby, optimize the entire production chain.   
  • reconsider the metabolic and physiological changes in pigs and poultry induced by heat exposure, in order to define optimal nutritional strategies.