The international feed firm, Trouw Nutrition, has launched a global validation programme to accelerate technology transfer across the animal nutrition industry.
Part of Nutreco’s animal nutrition division, the Trouw business is seeking to demonstrate the effectiveness of its nutritional solutions in different geographies and market places by establishing validation centres on five continents where it is already collaborating with leading universities and regional science partners.
“While we develop new products, models and service tools at our global research centres, a proof of concept is clearly important,” said Trouw Nutrition’s R&D director, Leo den Hartog. “Application knowledge, taking into account local conditions, such as climate and farming practices, is a critical success factor of many of the innovations we develop.
“A good example is our blended feed additive solutions where validation studies in different regions have already shown that similar performance responses can be obtained compared to antimicrobial growth promoters.’’
Validation teams will be based in Asia-Pacific, Brazil, China, Europe and North America with research proposals being set up in close collaboration with universities, research institutes and key customers in the respective regions. These teams will execute validation trials of nutritional solutions that have already been developed in the five research centres that Trouw Nutrition operates in the Netherlands, Canada and Spain.
Headline image was taken inside Trouw’s pig research centre in the Netherlands