For and by our partner companies, we develop projects that contribute to the goal of achieving a sustainable animal protein chain. The focus here is on health, technology and the use of new raw materials.
Feed Design Lab participates actively in research such as the PPP Circular Bio-economy and an INTERREG NWE project dealing with the development of algae and their technological applications.
For questions about projects, please contact:

Ageeth van der Lee
t: +31 6 304 36 743

Algae and insects

In the last months we prepared a Feed Design Lab project on insects. Are you interested to participate as a partner in this project in which we use 2 substrate to grow Black Soldier Fly larvae and afterwards test different drying methods.

This is an interesting project for feed or petfood companies starting with suppling feed for insects or using insect products as an ingredient. Also interesting for technical suppliers in the plant to develop in this new market. The project proposal is still open for additional ideas.

Feed Design Lab was also active in the INTERREG IDEA project. The website of this project tells more about this: https: //

Read the press release (may 2022)

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Read more in our Project Plan

Optimal particle size in broiler feeds

Feed Design Lab partners joint-funded a project carried out by Zetadec and Feed Design Lab. The aim was to identify the optimal particle size for corn, wheat and soya meal used as raw materials in broiler feed. A coarse and fine variant of each test material was produced. These were then used to create six combinations or “treatments” that were manufactured as pelleted trial feeds. After feeding these to broilers, the results in terms of growth, feed intake, feed conversion and litter score were calculated and processed statistically. In the presentations and final report, the measurements taken during raw material and feed production and the subsequent broiler trial were discussed and conclusions were drawn.

Use of circular co-products in livestock feeds

13 companies and knowledge centers work together in the PPS project to use in a sustainable and safe way co-products in feeds production animals. Read more

Managing on manure output in pig farming

During the first phase of the project literature study has been done by a student of the HAS University. The content of this literature study was mainly about:

  • Digestion and intake of the pig;
  • Analyse possibilities of manure;
  • Functions of trace elements, vitamins & minerals, etc.;
  • Exogenous influences on animal welfare.

A second student of the HAS University did actual fieldwork during the second phase of this project. Manure samples have been collected at two pig farms who opened up for collaboration. The manure samples are mainly collected on group level, a single one on animal level. Next the samples have been analysed by Near-InfraRed spectroscopy (NIR). NIR measures a broad scale of specific frequencies of molecules on the whole spectrum. The NIRS clearly showed differences between the two test farms and also between individual and group samples. The analysed samples showed that differences in manure can be linked to differences in animal prestations and/or health status by the use of NIR. Follow-up research after the use of monitoringssystem is advisible.

The project has been submitted at WUR who will do further research on individual animal level and refining the technology around NIR.

For more information click on the link below:

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Optimal particle size in piglet feeds

11 partner companies within the Feed Design Lab network from 5 countries joint-funded a project on optimal particle size of raw materials used in pelleted piglet feed. The aim was to identify the optimal particle size for wheat, barley and soy bean meal used as raw materials in pelleted piglet feed. 4 treatments were tested in the weaner and rearing phase of piglets in an experimental farm.

Feed intake, growth, feed conversion ratio and faecal scores were calculated and statistically processed. In the presentations and final report, the measurements taken during raw material and feed production and the piglet trial were dicussed and conclusions were drawn.

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A4 project alternatieve eiwitbronnen in kuikenvoeding versie aug 2020

For 2022 the theme is: Towards 100% circular feed. Join us in Wanssum at April 13 for a workshop and together we make it happen!

Click here for program and registration