Animal Nutrition

Animal health, welfare and environmental challenges on ADM’s radar as it opens new Swiss lab

The lab, in the heart of the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, will support the development of science-based feed additives to meet customer needs for pet food, aquaculture and livestock species worldwide, said the agribusiness group.

The facility also enables the company to strengthen its base in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, thereby centralizing its R&D activities in the area, said Pierre-Christophe Duprat, president of the animal nutrition division, ADM.

“The Rolle lab complements our existing R&D network of over 140 scientists and technicians while supporting our sustainability and responsible animal feeding efforts.”

Impact on metabolic performance

ADM’s research scientists, he continued, are continually exploring nutritional avenues for some of the most pressing issues in animal production, such as sustainability related challenges. 

Pierre Christophe Duprat

Pierre-Christophe Duprat, president of the animal nutrition division, ADM © ADM Animal Nutrition

“When a novel feed additive demonstrates potential in addressing a specific challenge within the lab, our teams continue to investigate the capacity of this ingredient in practice.

“For instance, certain plant extracts have shown a positive effect on metabolic processes of ruminants, which can improve livestock performance in calf, milk and meat production that also minimizes environmental impact.

“With the support of robust in vitro and in vivo trials, our experts transfer these learnings into cutting-edge animal nutrition products that help livestock producers meet their economic and sustainability targets.”

Methane reduction

As regards the company’s efforts around methane emission reduction in ruminants, and enhancing feed efficiency across all species, he told FeedNavigator: