How farmers improve pig fattening with rye
Successful pig fattening and happy animals – Andreas von Felde believes they are not mutually exclusive goals. This Northern German farmer plants rye and uses it for feed. He needs less fertilizer, and a recent study backs him up.
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All quiet: Rye reduces hunger and aggression in the sty of farmer Andreas von Felde, who also works as Head of International Product Management at KWS.
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Andreas von Felde swears by a large share of rye in the feed used in finishing his pigs.
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Rye accounts for a ratio of 40% in the fodder used in the finishing process.
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Focused on how well his pigs are fattening: Andreas von Felde in his office.
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Andreas von Felde: “You have to spend a lot of time with your animals. Then you notice a lot of things.”
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A successful farmer: Andreas von Felde, who holds a doctorate in animal breeding, inherited his farm in 2000.
There are some indications that rye can have a positive effect on animal behavior.
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Andreas von Felde sells his rye – and then buys it again as feed.
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Rye delivers good yields even in dry summers.
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State-of-the-art technology has eliminated the risk of ergot infestation. And there is hardly any other cereal that is so resistant as rye.
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Andreas von Felde farms more than 30 hectares of rye.
Research on pig feed: greater animal welfare thanks to rye
Rye could radically redefine and improve pig feeding. A joint research project between the scientific and business communities aims to make a contribution to that. The German Ministry of Food and Agriculture is supporting the project* with funds from a government innovation program.