Sustainable and local sourcing enables healthy and efficient animal feed systems – Lorna Smith

Thanks to scientists and farmers who are passionate about doing what is right and who have spent years promoting food security, local sourcing and research, the animal feed industry is able to feed animals in a way that keeps them healthy and productive.

As specialists in animal nutrition, at Norvite we focus on our mantra: Feed Better, Feed Less.

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With the current global challenges, where feed costs have increased by about 50 percent, it is particularly timely to consider feed efficiency. It has long been known that a healthy animal with a balanced diet has a lower carbon footprint and that is why we focus on providing farms with high-quality, sustainable feed.

The NEOS facility shreds locally grown canola, most of which is grown within a 15-mile radius of the facility.

There are many ways we can improve animal husbandry systems, e.g. B. through local sourcing, supporting farm feed production as Norvite has been doing for almost half a century, and using customized nutritional supplements to maximize the efficiency of home-grown grain and forage.

One of Norvite’s most notable sustained successes has been its NEOS facility, which crushes locally grown canola seed, most of which is grown within a 15-mile radius of the facility, to provide high-energy, high-protein meal and oil cattle feed.

This offers a local and sustainable alternative to soy and palm derivatives, which have a very high global environmental impact due to their production methods and the distances they travel from America or Indonesia. Indeed, many large supermarkets are actively distancing themselves from the use of palm oil in all of the supply chains they use, and therefore locally grown alternatives appear to offer a long-term solution.

The Norvite plant also uses a mechanical extraction method instead of a solvent, allowing the product to retain its natural vitamins and polyphenols and deliver greater nutritional value. Especially in the dairy sector, this high-energy ingredient increases milk yield in a way that is fully compatible with the cow’s nutritional needs. In addition, the locally grown oilseed products provide additional protected fat compared to palm fat, ensuring a superior and more sustainable diet.

The NEOS family of products, including NEOflo, NEOpro and NEOlac, have recently improved their sustainability credentials with the fairly timely launch of a solar array on the facility’s roof. This renewable energy, installed by local specialist AES Solar from Forres and covering the entire roof of the production facility, will generate 94,000 kWh of electricity per year, saving at least 44 tons of CO2 emissions every year and providing farmers with further peace of mind. doing the right thing by feeding better, feeding less.

Let’s not forget that the sustainability of farms also leads to the sustainability of food. This is of course relevant when it comes to meat and dairy consumption – feeding locally produced feed to the animals we eat has a positive impact on the sustainability of our own diet and allows us to have a healthy, tasty and balanced diet that not only supports the Scottish agricultural sector, but also the planet.

Lorna Smith, Director, Norvite – Animal Nutrition Specialists

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