Kacey Culliney is an experienced B2B multimedia journalist, passionate about how food fits into the global picture and how industry tackles major problems like climate change, malnutrition and economic crises.
Biosecurity is top of mind for European feed manufacturers and farmers as African Swine Fever (ASF) concerns continue to take their grip, but a coordinated response is well underway and innovation in preventative nutrition and vaccines in the pipeline.
Animal welfare is on the public agenda, and with a plethora of certifications and major brand commitments in place, industry is responding. But very few consumers fully understand the ins and outs of livestock farming and so most animal welfare concerns remain broad.
Europe has made huge progress breeding insects for animal feed but uptake remains nascent, partly because production hasn't reached critical mass and partly because of numerous regulatory hurdles. But, experts believe a science-driven collaborative push from industry and government might be all that's needed to mainstream insects.
The European drought has hit wheat hard, forcing feed manufacturers to consider alternative raw materials. In the short-term, the market will remain tight, but experts say corn imports and sunflower seed husks, among others, offer options.