A conference in Europe has highlighted how animal nutrition can help improve sustainable livestock production across Europe. The virtual meeting was jointly organised by European feed manufacturers body FEFAC and feed additives association FEFANA.

EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides opened the event by stressing the important role of the European feed sector in helping to achieve the ambitious goals of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy. Supporting animal health and welfare through modern and innovative feeding regimes will contribute to overall sustainability.

A panel discussion featured the scientific evidence to show the beneficial effects of animal nutrition in making livestock more resilient to stress factors and disease, so reducing the need for antibiotic treatments. But it warned that the EU needs a framework to actively support the use of modern animal nutrition technologies at farm level.

Benoit Anquetil of Cargill Animal Nutrition, representing both FEFAC and FEFANA at the event, welcomed the action point within the Farm to Fork strategy to revise EU feed legislation. “A more efficient authorisation process would allow innovative ingredients to reach the market in a timelier manner, while uniform rules on claims would enable their science-based benefits to be communicated to the final users,” he stated.

FEFAC and FEFANA say they continue to be fully committed in communicating the fundamental role of animal nutrition in achieving the goals of the Farm to Fork strategy, at the same time as proactively responding to current societal needs and participating in the EU Better Regulation agenda.

A full recording of the Animal Health and Welfare: what role for Animal Nutrition? is available here.