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Biomin Asia Nutrition Forum Takes Centre Stage

27 October 2011
Biomin

ASIA - Biomin again hosted the biennial event, Biomin Asia Nutrition Forum, this month.

Biomin, a leading company in the global animal health and nutrition industry, again hosts the biennial event, Biomin Asia Nutrition Forum. The forum catered specifically to the Asian audience, spanning over six cities across Asia from 10 to 21 October, from Cebu to Pattaya, Coimbatore, Chang Sha, Zheng Zhou and Tokyo. The theme of the forum is 'Sustainability: defining the basics, addressing the essentials, introducing NutriEconomics®'.

Professor David Farrell, a key speaker, said: "The great challenge in agricultural science today is to produce sufficient food in a sustainable system that will feed the nine billion people expected to be on this earth by 2050. As the price of food escalates and food riots are happening amongst the poor, we must get smarter to meet the challenge. There are solutions and there will be costs."

With more people to feed and finite resources to depend on, the feed and animal production industry has to grow profitably without compromising the ability to meet future needs.

Targeting at key industry professionals from the poultry, pig, dairy and aquaculture sectors, the forum featured an impressive panel of leading industry experts like David Farrell, Professor from the University of Queensland; John Baize, President of John C. Baize and Associates; Robert Van Barneveld, Professor from the University of New England and Consultant Research Scientist (Nutrition) of Barneveld Nutrition Pty Ltd, and Maximilian Schuh, Consultant and experienced veterinarian in diseases of swine and cattle. Representing Biomin are Jan Vanbrabant, CEO of Biomin Asia; Guan Shu, Technical Manager of Biomin Asia; Jim He, Technical Nutrition Manager of Biomin Asia; Wolfgang Markert, Director Development Department of Biomin Holding GmbH and Franz Waxenecker, Director Innovation Management of Biomin Holding GmbH.

Delegates gained insights on various topics that address sustainability from different facets. Presentations explored the solutions to feed the growing population, define the basics of sustainability using the NutriEconomics programme and looked into the implications of commodity trade on animal production. In addition, there were discussions about feeding the livestock in 50 years, a review of the ban of AGP in Europe and identifying the expectations and trends of antibiotic growth promoter use in Asia. Biomin shared the latest mycotoxins survey results, revealed the future of mycotoxin degradation and unveiled innovations in animal health and nutrition.

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