How feed additives can reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Feed Strategy Seminar will address the ways feed additives reduce poultry and livestock emissions at VICTAM International on June 13.

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Governments worldwide are being urged to take steps to slow global warming, citing that, without adopting major changes, an increasing global temperature will threaten food security and produce many adverse environmental and societal consequences. With the belief that animal agriculture greatly contributes to greenhouse gas production, consumers are looking to animal protein producers to adopt sustainable practices and reduce livestock and poultry emissions.

European agriculture overall is well on its way to decreasing its greenhouse emissions by 2030, despite intensification in animal protein production. Over the next decade, the amount of non-carbon dioxide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, such as methane and nitrous oxide, generated by animal agriculture will drop by 1.5 percent; ammonia emissions will decrease by 10 percent, the European Commission (EC) reports.

The EC attributes its forecast for decreased GHG emissions in animal production to technological advances and better agricultural management. For nutritionists and feed producers taking a holistic look at environmental stewardship, one may ask: What role do feed additives play in GHG reductions?

Speakers at the Feed Strategy Seminar, “Feed additive solutions for reducing emissions in livestock and poultry production,” to be held on June 13, will address this question. During the event, three presentations will explore the role feed additives can play in improving public perceptions, reducing emissions, strengthening gut health and promoting feed efficiency.

The 90-minute session, presented by Feed Strategy magazine and WATT Global Media, will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the speakers and members of the live audience.

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Speakers and topics:

David Gonzalez Sanchez

"From the feed mill to the GIT: A holistic approach to emission reductions"

David Gonzalez Sanchez, technical service manager - Southwest Europe, Kemin

David Gonzalez Sanchez is Kemin’s technical service manager for Southwest Europe. Prior to joining Kemin in 2015, Sanchez held several feed industry positions with several feed additive suppliers and as a formulator-nutritionist and raw material purchaser for a major feed producer. He earned a Master of Science degree in poultry nutrition from the Agriculture Engineer School of Madrid. Here, his research was dedicated to understanding how different fibrous ingredients and fiber level can influence the gut development, digestibility and performance of young broiler chickens. 

Gilson Gomes

"The contribution of exogenous enzymes to sustainable animal production" 

Gilson Gomes, global technical manager, AB Vista

Gilson Gomes is the global technical manager with AB Vista. He joined the company in 2010 and works in technical support, advising customers and distributors on poultry and swine nutrition solutions. He earned his Bachelor of Science in animal sciences and his Master of Science in animal science in poultry and swine nutrition from the University of São Paulo.

Harmen Van Laar Nutreco

"Effect of nutritional strategies on emission reduction and consequences for different sustainability indicators"

Harmen van Laar, senior scientist, Trouw Nutrition R&D

Harmen van Laar is a senior scientist with Trouw Nutrition R&D. He is a graduate of Wageningen University for his Master of Science and PhD. Harmen has 20 years of experience in development and application of nutritional model for farm animals, with a particular focus on dairy cows. He has co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed animal nutrition-related publications.

What you’ll learn about at the event:

  • The role gut health plays in reducing livestock and poultry emissions
  • How feed additive solutions can be used to reduce emissions
  • Which additive categories promote sustainability through emission reductions
  • Practical feeding and formulation tips for improved feed efficiency


Feed Strategy Seminar: Feed additive solutions for reducing emissions in livestock and poultry production

Date: June 13, 2019

Time: 13:30-15:00

Location: Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany

Room: Rheinsaal 4+6

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