The third annual conference of the Romanian Feed Association (ANFNC) took place on June 30 in the capital city of Bucharest. The event is convened annually to gather related experts and industry delegates to exchange their newest ideas and experiences in the field of the animal nutrition and feed manufacturing. With the theme of “Squeezing the Most out of Vegetal Protein Ingredients,” the conference speakers focused on taking a smarter approach to better using protein and improving the conversion of feed into meat.
The theme event engaged a large amount of current as well as potential new ANFNC members who were eager to learn more about the organization and converse with their industry peers. Top feed industry suppliers Bunge, DSM, Evonik, DuPont and Andritz Feed & Biofuel joined the efforts in conference organization, and prominent international speakers discussed soy market trends, technical solutions for efficient use of vegetal protein ingredients and feed manufacturing aspects.
Daniel Herrero, conference keynote speaker and Global Protein Product Line Manager at BUNGE Europe, offered an review of soybeans and soybean meal supply and demand, while USSEC consultant Iani Chihaia gave a comprehensive presentation on vegetal protein ingredient usage in animal nutrition and consumption trends in the world. Mr. Chihaia also highlighted the benefits of U.S. Soy in terms of amino acids digestibility and dollar saving derived from correct soy application and use in animal feeding.
The European Crop Report, presented by Anca Ion of Evonik, provided a perspective on nutrient content of Romania’s major feed ingredients, emphasizing the impact of soy variability on poultry performances. DSM and DuPont’s speakers detailed the enzyme products available today to get as much as possible form soybean meal: energy, amino acids and phosphorus. Advanced feed conditioning technology for improved thermal modification of protein raw materials introduced by Andritz’s speaker was a topic of high interest, as well.
In addition to quality presentations, the active participation of the key industry influencers contributed to the success of this year’s conference. This success was driven not only by the fact that the participants were able to obtain the most current and professional information on trends in the global agricultural business, but also to achieve short- and long-term business arrangements.