Monday 9° October

08.00 – 13.00 Set Up
13.00-14.00 Registrations

Tuesday 10° October

9.00-11.00 Session 2 – Feed quality, safety and authentication.
Keynote Speaker: Silvia Ampuero
Lecture: NIR portable instruments. Development of a cloud-based application with a handheld spectrometer: Pocket Feed Lab
11.00 -11.30 Coffee break and Poster Session
11.30-13.30 Session 3 – Feed technology and novel processing techniques.
Keynote Speaker: Mia Eeckhout
Lecture: Doing it better with less: the main drive for innovation in the feed mill
13.30-14.40 Lunch


14.00-14.30 Opening Ceremony
14.30-16.30 Session 1 – Circular Feed and additives.
Keynote Speaker: Anton van den Brink
Lecture: Optimised Nutrient Recovery Through Animal Nutrition
16.30-17.00 Coffee break and Poster Session
17.00 – 18.00 Scientific Session
14.30-16.30 Session 4 – Feed and additives traceability
Keynote Speaker: Nicola Walker
Lecture: From Farm to Fork: Innovative feed additives and reducing emissions from livestock
16.30-17.00 Coffee break and Poster Session
17.00 – 17.30 Scientific Session


19.30 Welcome cocktail and Conference Dinner
17.30-18.00 Closing Ceremony

Scientific Topics and Key Words

  • Session 1 – Circular Feed and additives
    With diminishing availability of farming land, climatic changes and the threat of declining water resources, the task is to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fibre, fuel, and industrial products using less resources. This latter aspect will reduce use and redisposition of resources – in other words: ‘Do more with less!’. These aspects, together with the increase in the cost of traditional feed for production animals over the last years, persuaded feed researchers and producers are looking into alternative sustainable protein and energy sources for feeding animals. For example, Insects, algae, ex-food…. Insects, algae, ex-food (also termed former food products), hemp-based products, wood by-products, winery by-products as well as duckweed are seen as interesting alternative protein/energy sources for feed and are expected to be increasingly used around the globe as replacers for conventional nutrients sources.Key words: innovative feed and additives; insects, ex-food, algae, agro-industrial co-products, sustainability; circular economy
  • Session 2 – Feed quality, safety and authentication session
    The importance of quality, safety and authentication in the feed chain cannot be underestimated. Feed quality and safety start with the characterisation and selection of high-quality raw materials and require the use of appropriate processing methods at the farm and industry levels. Feed quality is crucial as it has a direct impact on the health and productivity of the animals. Feed safety plays a major role in the global safety of the food chain by reducing the risk of contaminants and impurities entering the food chain. With the globalisation of the production, authentication issues (including assessment of origin and fraud detection) may be a future challenge for the feed sector and this warrants well developed control practices.Key words: quality, safety, authentication, traceability, fraud
  • Session 3 – Feed Technology and Novel Processing Techniques
    Animal feed has a social responsibility to contribute to more sustainable food production systems. The section focuses on challenges and future directions in feed technology. Novel processing techniques may significantly contribute to improve the nutritional value of raw materials and compound feeds or reduce impact on scarce resources e.g. energy, water and minerals. It is important that structures and functional properties of feed components and their changes with processing are fully understood. From a feed industry perspective, novel techniques must be scalable to economically feasible processes. In this scenario new and alternative feed ingredients demand the development of suitable techniques to recycle more of the food wastes and transform these into valuable ingredients for animal feed. For future process optimisation, collaboration between skilled data scientists, machine experts, technologists and nutritionists is necessary.Key words: Feed processing, Novel and emerging processing techniques, Quality and safety, Scaling up
  • Session 4 – Feed and additives traceability
    Compound feed is a complex mixture of feed materials and feed additives, where the farmer relies on the information about its composition given on the packing label of these products. The details of these descriptions and other supporting documents on the origin of the ingredients should assure that the feedingstuffs meets the expectations in terms of benefits and safety. Indeed, the compound feed needs to satisfy the nutritional needs of the animals but also be safe for both the animals and the consumer. Moreover, some of the feed additives are even supposed to improve the performance of food producing animals. While such claims and safety criteria are supported by sound scientific studies, it also important to ensure that only ingredients are used that meet these criteria. Therefore, there is a strong need for concepts that allow for full traceability of the ingredients. Important components of these concepts include for example fit for purpose analytical methods or the use of specific markers.Key words: Control of product label, Innovative analytical methods, marker concepts