New monogastric animal (pigs and poultry) collaboration
In mid-April, the CMI Roullier Animal Nutrition team met with the head of the IRTA* Animal Nutrition, Dr Enric Esteve - along with his team - at the IRTA Mas Bové research centre in Tarragona (Spain) to set up a new monogastric animal collaboration.
Spain is the biggest pork producer in Europe, and the third largest in the world after China and the USA. This is why the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier (CMI) team instinctively turned to the IRTA . This Spanish public centre was created in 1985 and is internationally renowned, most notably for its research on animal nutrition and welfare. It comprises 18 research centres and 13 animal experimentation centres, including the IRTA Mas Bové research centre.
This centre specialises in the study of monogastric animals (pigs and poultry). Its primary areas of research are compatible with those of the CMI Roullier, specifically:
- Nutrition, intestinal health, and microbiota
- Feed efficiency and productivity
The CMI Roullier Animal Nutrition Team met with Dr Rosil Lizardo, Head of Pig Nutrition, and Dr Maria Francesch, Head of Poultry Nutrition.
This centre’s capabilities in running experimental tests during all growth phases (from gestation to finishing in pigs, broilers, laying hens, and turkeys) make it possible to accurately test the effectiveness of developed solutions. One of its purposes is to test new ingredients and act as a point of contact for their regulatory validation, with the quality of the obtained results guaranteed.
The CMI Roullier team is particularly interested in its ability to master feeding animals using its mill. On-site feed manufacture is carried out by formulation experts alongside the CMI Roullier, in order to guarantee highly precise quality control. Their analysis laboratories allow for a detailed evaluation of parameters established in protocols, such as mineral analysis (mainly phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium).
Following this trip, an ambitious collaborative monogastric animals project began.
The centre’s expertise, professionalism, and renowned scientific reputation mean we can be wholly satisfied by this partnership.
The Spanish team was also highly enthusiastic following the presentation of the Innovation Awards Roullier 2020!
The CMI Roullier Animal Nutrition team:
Anca-Lucia Laza-Knoerr, Animal Nutrition R&D Director, Ph. D
Rosa Castellano Perez, Intestinal Health R&D Engineer, Ph. D
The IRTA centres are: IRTA Torre Marimon, IRTA CReSA, IRTA Monells, IRTA Fruit Centre, IRTA Lleida, IRTA Alcarràs, IRTA Sant Carles de la Ràpita, and IRTA Mas Bové.
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