A global leader in the production and development of feed additives for livestock and aquaculture, Belgium headquartered multinational Nutriad hosted its’ fifth annual technical symposium SITEC in Foz do Iguaçu- Brazil. The renowned event brings together experts from across the Americas, sharing scientific and practical knowledge, providing great networking opportunities.

Nutriad first organized SITEC in 2013. The technical event has been gaining importance amongst industry experts ever since. In this year’s edition, more than 100 professionals from 4 continents gathered in Foz do Iguaçu in southern Brazil. Nutritionists, veterinarians, managers, consultants and representatives of research institutions were amongst the attendees. The event was divided into three modules: palatability, mycotoxin management and intestinal health, each addressing key challenges for producers in today’s market.

IMG_2151The first day was filled with technical lectures and discussions on agribusiness trends around the world. Dr. Marcos Fava Neves (Professor at the University of Sao Paulo), announced that good times will come: “We will accelerate again. In the next 10 years, exports of soybeans, corn, cotton and meat will increase by 28 billion dollars, “ he said. His lecture was followed by a presentation on poultry and pork production trends in Europe, by Jeroen De Gussem (Marketing Director Nutriad) and Juan Eladio (CEFU S.A.).jd

Palatability solutions for feed intake challenges were presented by David Vanni Jacob, Technical manager Nutriad BRSA and Simon Eskinazi, Technical Marketing Manager Nutriad. Mr. Jacob illustrated how genetic selection affects the milk production of the sow, focusing on the impact of heat stress and how the behavior of the female influences the pattern of consumption of the piglets. Mr. Eskinazi also presented recent findings of trials on feed intake swine in Latin America.

The second day focused on mycotoxin management, highlighting the impact of mycotoxins on health, productivity and immunity of the animals. “There are no safe levels for mycotoxins,” said Dr. Siska Croubles of Gent University in Belgium. Prof. Ana Paula Bracarense (State University Londrina) spoke about the interaction between mycotoxins and oxidative stress. Dr. Radka Borutova, Business Development Manager Nutriad, zoomed in on current mycotoxin contamination levels in Brazil, sharing results of feed analyses performed by Nutriad. Dr. Borutova reinforced the importance of mycotoxin risk management and explained how mycotoxin deactivators can play a role in an effective strategy. The morning session was finalized by Guilherme Bromfman, Director of business and product development Nutriad USA, who addressed the importance of mycotoxin control in production systems without antibiotics.

On the final day of the symposium, Prof. Dr. Filip Van Immerseel (Gent University Belgium) presented on “Essential Metabolites produced by the intestinal microbiota of Broilers.” The speaker highlighted that microbiota produce fatty acids crucial for maintaining intestinal health and that butyric acid plays a prominent role in that environment. “This substance acts not only on the modulation of the microbiota but also enhances immunity and reduces the negative effect of inflammatory processes,” said Prof. Dr. Van Immerseel.

His lecture was followed by a presentation by Dr. Haitham Yakout, Technical Manager Nutriad USA, on antibiotic use and new perspectives. “We need to go back to basic control practices and adopt new strategies. The environment and conditions of each shed influences the performance of the animals in different ways. “ Dr. Bruno Silva (Federal University Minas Girais) commented: “Antibiotics have always been used to correct errors in the production system, we need to use more of the available alternatives to improve intestinal health.” Dr. Tim Goossens, Business Development Manager Digestive PMarcello Nuneserformance at Nutriad Belgium, talked about the tools that can be used to optimize bowel health using additives. Dr. Goossens concluded his presentation with a hands-on approach to using products from the company’s portfolio.

During the closing event, Marcelo Nunes, Regional Director BRSA, highlighted the importance of the event for Nutriad and its partners: “Once again we organized an event with strong technical and scientific input and achieved our goal of sharing knowledge, experience and technologies with our business partners. The reactions of all attendees were very positive and we look forward to organizing SITEC next year, as it is becoming the reference for the industry.”

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