Fo­cus on FEED

The Poultry Bulletin - - FOCUS ON FEED -

W What comes out de­pends on what goes in

Feed­ing for hu­man health

hile it isn’t news that nu­tri­tion can be a pow­er­ful tool when used to con­trol or pre­vent diseases or other con­di­tions in poul­try, it is only more re­cently that ef­fec­tive nu­tri­tion has also been ac­tively used to pro­mote an­i­mal health.

With a grow­ing global fo­cus on an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance, a re­duc­tion in the use of an­tibi­otic growth pro­mot­ers in ar­eas such as North Amer­ica and Asia has re­sulted in greater em­pha­sis be­ing placed on the value of nu­tri­tion and sup­ple­ments. It is also ac­cepted that feed­ing farm an­i­mals the right diet can re­sult in im­proved food safety and there­fore hu­man health as

well.

Fly lar­vae coin it for emerg­ing farmer

The win­ner of the 5th an­nual SAB So­cial In­no­va­tion Awards is a low-cost in­sect pro­duc­tion unit for an­i­mal feed by Khepri Bio­sciences, whose owner, Bandile Dla­bantu from the East­ern Cape, was last week awarded a prize of R1.2-mil­lion for the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of the in­ven­tion, a cost-ef­fec­tive waste man­age­ment method for food pro­duc­ers and abat­toirs.

The con­tainer unit is able to process or­ganic waste on­site us­ing fly lar­vae, with a 40% re­duc­tion of the waste prod­ucts, with the lar­vae con­verted into low cost an­i­mal feed pro­tein. Judges said the in­sect pro­duc­tion unit would as­sist lo­cal emerg­ing famers, par­tic­u­larly chicken farm­ers, re­duce their feed bills.

“It of­fers a re­place­ment which is equally as nu­tri­tious as fish meal and is more sus­tain­able,” says Bridgit Evans, SAB Foun­da­tion Man­ager.

The win­ning in­no­va­tion was cost ef­fec­tive, sus­tain­able and repli­ca­ble, and would have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on so­cial prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly for peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas, the judg­ing panel said.

“The prize from the SAB Foun­da­tion al­lows us to com­mis­sion the first six mo­bile fly farms for our pi­lot fa­cil­ity, a Cham­dor abat­toir that will process 100% of the waste pro­duced by the abat­toir daily,” said Dla­bantu. “This site will em­ploy 10 peo­ple per­ma­nently and three part-time al­low­ing us the op­por­tu­nity to raise the fund­ing that will build a plant with a ca­pac­ity to take 60% of the or­ganic waste in Gaut­eng and pro­duce 100 000 tons of an­i­mal feed pro­tein in five years’ time.”

FAO recog­nises suc­cess­ful IFIF part­ner­ship

At the 4th Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the United Na­tions (FAO)

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