Animal nutrition is one of the focal points of the EAAP. The animal feed sector has an important position in the agri-food chain and nutritional strategies have high significance for major European challenges in animal production. Feed represents 50-70% of the cost of producing animal products, and some crops are cultivated mainly to produce feed, 76% of available maize in EU is used for animal nutrition, while only 38% of available wheat is used for animal nutrition. Moreover, the most important challenges for livestock production of the future have a clear feed dimension: improving resource efficiency by increased nutrient efficiency, improving animal welfare by optimizing animal health through nutrition, and minimize the footprint of animal production.
Therefore, the Commission calls for transdisciplinary and multi-actor collaborations, and advocates to give animal nutrition a firm position on the European agenda for research and innovation. The Commission addresses all questions in the area of animal nutrition, including food producing animals as well as pets. The Commission aims to be a platform to create initiatives and collaborations for European, but not exclusively, scientists involved in animal nutrition.
Animal Nutrition is one of the focal points of the EAAP. The commission is characterised by an active involvement of universities and research institutes as well as the animal feed and feed additive industries.
In 2012, the EAAP, together with INRA (France) and Wageningen UR (the Netherlands) attempted to increase European collaborations on feed evaluation. During the EAAP annual meeting in Bratislava (Slovakia) a workshop on deriving a European System of Farm Animal Nutrition was organised. As a result of this workshop a proposal was developed on “Multifunctional feeding systems for sustainable animal production – a framework for research and knowledge transfer”. This resulted in a European network of scientists and industries with an interest to increase European collaborations on this topic. They use the EAAP annual meetings as a meeting point to discuss further steps.
- Luciano, A., Tretola, M., Ottoboni, M., Baldi, A., Cattaneo, D., Pinotti, L.
Potentials and challenges of former food products (Food leftover) as alternative feed ingredients
(2020) Animals, 10 (1), art. no. 125
- Cazzola, R., Porta, M.D., Castiglioni, S., Pinotti, L., Maier, J.A.M., Cestaro, B.
Concentration-dependent effects of N-3 long-chain fatty acids on Na, K-ATPase activity in human endothelial cells
(2020) Molecules, 25 (1), art. no. 128
- Van Wesemael, D., Vandaele, L., Ampe, B., Cattrysse, H., Duval, S., Kindermann, M., Fievez, V., De Campeneere, S., Peiren, N.
Reducing enteric methane emissions from dairy cattle: Two ways to supplement 3-nitrooxypropanol
(2019) Journal of Dairy Science, 102 (2), pp. 1780-1787.
- Giromini, C., Lovegrove, J.A., Givens, D.I., Rebucci, R., Pinotti, L., Maffioli, E., Tedeschi, G., Sundaram, T.S., Baldi, A.
In vitro-digested milk proteins: Evaluation of angiotensin-1-converting enzyme inhibitory and antioxidant activities, peptidomic profile, and mucin gene expression in HT29-MTX cells
(2019) Journal of Dairy Science, 102 (12), pp. 10760-10771.
- Tretola, M., Ottoboni, M., Luciano, A., Dell’Orto, V., Cheli, F., Pinotti, L.
Tracing food packaging contamination: an electronic nose applied to leftover food
(2019) Food Additives and Contaminants – Part A Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure and Risk Assessment, 36 (11), pp. 1748-1756.
- Colović, R., Puvača, N., Cheli, F., Avantaggiato, G., Greco, D., Ðuragić, O., Kos, J., Pinotti, L.
Decontamination of mycotoxin-contaminated feedstuffs and compound feed
(2019) Toxins, 11 (11), art. no. 617,
- Tretola, M., Luciano, A., Ottoboni, M., Baldi, A., Pinotti, L.
Influence of traditional vs alternative dietary carbohydrates sources on the large intestinal microbiota in post-weaning piglets
(2019) Animals, 9 (8), art. no. 516.
- Pinotti, L., Giromini, C., Ottoboni, M., Tretola, M., Marchis, D.
Review: Insects and former foodstuffs for upgrading food waste biomasses/streams to feed ingredients for farm animals
(2019) Animal, 13 (7), pp. 1365-1375.
- Tretola, M., Ottoboni, M., Luciano, A., Rossi, L., Baldi, A., Pinotti, L.
Former food products have no detrimental effects on diet digestibility, growth performance and selected plasma variables in post-weaning piglets
(2019) Italian Journal of Animal Science, 18 (1), pp. 987-996. Cited 2 times.
- Ottoboni, M., Tretola, M., Luciano, A., Giuberti, G., Gallo, A., Pinotti, L.
Carbohydrate digestion and predicted glycemic index of bakery/confectionary ex-food intended for pig nutrition
(2019) Italian Journal of Animal Science, 18 (1), pp. 838-849.
One of the working groups of the Animal Nutrition commission is dedicated to Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition. The EAAP co-initiated a series of international symposia on this topic. Already 4 International Symposia on Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition (ISEP) have been organised, and a 7th is scheduled for 2021:
- 2003: Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany
- 2007: Vichy, France
- 2010: Parma, Italy
- 2013: Sacramento, California, USA
- 2016: Cracow, Poland
- 2019: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
- 2021: Granada Spain (next conference)
EAAP’s Animal Nutrition Commission will continue to organise strong and attractive nutrition sessions at EAAP’s annual meetings. Important topics like resource efficiency, healthy livestock, sustainable protein chains, and responsible livestock production will be addressed by the commission.
EAAP’s Animal Nutrition Commission will continue to organise strong and attractive nutrition sessions at EAAP’s annual meetings. Important topics like resource efficiency, climate-friendly husbandry, healthy livestock, sustainable protein chains, and responsible feed systems & production will be addressed by the commission.
The animal feed sector has an important position in the agri-food chain and nutritional strategies have high significance for major European challenges in animal production. Therefore, the commission calls for transdisciplinary and multi-actor collaborations, and advocates to give animal nutrition a firm position on the European agenda for research and innovation. Additionally, new technologies such us nanotechnologies as well as sustainable animal nutrition and sensory science in animal nutrition, are also other emerging topics that will addressed. A further future challenge will also be the competition between feed and food, the use of non-human edible feeds for animal nutrition and the way the sector will deal with water.
EAAP’s Animal Nutrition Commission organised a discovery session on “Insects for Feed” at the EAAP annual meeting of 2014 in Copenhagen (Denmark). As a result of this meeting an international group of scientists and industries established a network on this topic to stimulate further collaborative research and innovations on this novel feed material, now covered by a specific commission. Further steps in this direction are to address alternative and innovative feed ingredients (SCP, algae, food leftover, etc), smart nutrition, as well as precision feeding, and other innovative solution in animal nutrition and feeding.
Nowadays, the role of animal nutrition in designing foods closer to the optimal composition for long-term human wellbeing is becoming increasingly important. The quality and wholesome of food of animal origin is becoming the prime parameter for consumers, who have become selective about the products they buy. These attitudes can be outlined as “one nutrition” concept. In this direction the commission will promote the organization of session, workshops and satellite symposia.
Animal nutrition in the livestock systems
The animal feed sector has an important position in the agri-food chain and nutritional strategies have high significance for major European challenges in animal production. Therefore, the commission calls for transdisciplinary and multi-actor collaborations, and advocates to give animal nutrition a firm position on the European agenda for research and innovation. It is extremely important to look at the efficiency of the nutrition processes within the existing livestock farming systems, but at the same time we must dare to review the entire livestock and agricultural chain in order to design new systems to meet the future demand for food in a sustainable way and with a fair income for the farmer. Cooperation with other committees is crucial for this.
Sessions during the last EAAP meetings
70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, City of Ghent (Belgium), August 26 – 30, 2019
7 Dietary functional components: effects on animal performance, health and environment. (N; T)
17 Alternative feed ingredients: former food, by-products, and new materials. (N; D)
29 Algae as animal feed. (N; T)
39 Societal concerns, with focus on environment and antimicrobial resistance, that can be addressed through animal nutrition: state of science and specialty feed ingredients. (N/FEFANA; I)
48 Implementing innovative solutions in animal nutrition: tools and success stories from the field to tackle environmental issues and to reduce the need of antibiotic use in animal farming. (N/FEFANA; I)
59 Free communications animal nutrition: dairy and beef cattle. (N; BU)
70 Feed efficiency and enteric methane emission of cattle. (N; T)
73 Free communications animal nutrition. (N; BU)
Sessions for the next EAAP meeting
71st Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science. Porto (Portugal), August 31 – September 4, 2020.
- Feed production facing climate change
- New technological challenges (including nanotechnology) facing future feeding industry – how to value?
- Neonatal nutrition/early life programming.
- Smart nutrition: the role of nutrition in the circular economy: improving the use of feed not competitive with human nutrition
- Dietary Methyl Donor Supplementation in dairy ruminants
Sam de Campaneere (Belgium)
Nuscience Group (Belgium)
Wageningen Livestock Research (Netherland)
Daniele Bonvicini (Italy)
Susanne Kreuzer-Redmer (Austria)