The global livestock sector is facing various challenges such as high feed costs and extreme weather conditions due to climate change.
Sustainable agriculture provides a potential solution to enable agricultural systems to feed a growing population within the changing environmental conditions. Over the last decades, farmers have been focusing on feed efficacy. Animal genetics has been improved. As a result, for the high output, less feed is necessary. However, is that enough?
According to estimates compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), by 2050 we will need to produce 60 percent more food to feed a world population of 9.3 billion. To be able to reach that percentage sustainably, we must improve the Feed Conversion Ratio.
Less feed conversion ratio means less feed production! Less feed production regards less usage of the water and land which are essential for the environment.
XVET cares today for a better tomorrow. That is why our highly motivated team is working on products that are improving feed efficacy.
José Graziano Da Silva, Feeding the World Sustainably, June 2012, No. 1 & 2 Vol. XLIX, The Future We Want?
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