Thanks to scientists and farmers who are passionate about doing good and who have spent years working for food safety, local sourcing and research, the animal feed industry is able to feed animals a way that keeps them healthy and efficient.
At Norvite, as specialists in animal nutrition, we focus on our mantra Feed Better, Feed Less.
With current global challenges having seen feed costs increase by around 50%, it is particularly timely to consider feed efficiency. It has long been known that a healthy animal on a balanced diet has a reduced carbon footprint and so we are focused on providing high quality, sustainable feed to farms.
There are many ways to improve animal husbandry systems, such as sourcing locally, supporting on-farm feed production as Norvite has done for nearly half a century, and using supplements tailored to maximize the effectiveness of home-grown foods. cereals and fodder.
One of Norvite’s most notable enduring successes has been its NEOS plant, where it grinds locally grown rapeseed, most of which is grown within 15 miles of the plant, to provide energy-rich meals and protein and animal feed.
This offers a local and sustainable alternative to soy and palm derivatives which have a very high overall environmental impact due to their production methods and the distances they travel from the Americas or Indonesia. Indeed, many large supermarkets are actively moving away from using palm oil in any of the supply chains they use and locally grown alternatives therefore seem poised to provide a long-term solution.
The Norvite factory also uses a mechanical extraction method, rather than a solvent extraction method, allowing the product to retain its natural vitamins and polyphenols, providing higher nutritional value. In the dairy sector in particular, this high-energy ingredient increases milk production in a way that is fully compatible with the nutritional needs of the cow. Additionally, locally grown oilseed products provide additional protected fat over palm fat, ensuring superior and longer lasting nutrition.
The NEOS product family, comprising NEOflo, NEOpro and NEOlac, recently bolstered its sustainable credentials with the timely commissioning of a solar panel on the factory roof. Installed by local specialists AES Solar from Forres, and covering the entire roof of the production plant, this renewable energy will generate 94,000kwh of electricity per year, save at least 44 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year, and provide more reassurance to farmers who choose to do the right thing by Feeding Better, Feeding Less.
Let’s not forget that agricultural sustainability also leads to food sustainability. This is of course relevant when it comes to meat and dairy consumption – giving the animals we eat locally produced food has a positive impact on the sustainability of our own diets, allowing us to enjoy healthy eating, tasty and balanced that not only supports the Scottish agricultural sector but also the planet.
Lorna Smith, Director, Norvite – Animal Nutrition Specialists