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23 December 2015

The importance of controlling feed in the livestock sector

Strict discipline guarantees quality and the composition of food for pigs.

On Fumagalli farms, animal feed for livestock is tightly controlled and the feeding guide is binding both for composition and characteristics.
The food plan, exclusively composed of plant nutrients, has been designed by specialized technicians who create a balanced diet according to the needs of the animals and the food available.
The food is prepared to provide a healthy regimen and is adapted to the different areas of production, age and species. This is done in amounts that are sufficient to keep animals in good health and satisfy their nutritional needs.

Animals can be fed either manually or mechanically, and the food can be in dry or wet forms.
The exact feed depends on the different stages of the breeding cycle for each group of animals (lactation, gestation, reproductive growth, weaning, growing, finishing).
“The feed used on our farms,” says Paolo Santi, Director of Livestock at Nerviano Farm, part of the Fumagalli Group, “are always sampled. These samples remain stored for the entire period of use, plus a further 10 days, to check for the presence of any toxins “.

In controlling the feed, the breeder adheres to a strict check list that involves the verification of the absence of mould, the smell and temperature of the feed and the elimination of any lumps, for example, from sweetcorn niblets that haven’t been ground up well.
Every six months a check is made on a sample of feed, both in the factory and on the farm, to test the quality of the food and the presence of any prohibited medicines.
The pigs in need of drug therapies are fed with medicated feed which is stored in special silos to avoid it ending up, even unintentionally, in the feed for healthy animals.

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