Gero Zimmermann and Mark Werthmann from Bühler introducing themselves:

What is your relation to the Feed Design Lab? Feed Design Lab?
As members of the Bühler animal nutrition technology department, we are always looking for ways to expand our expertise, through exchange with like-minded people or through our own series of experiments. In addition to our own test facility (especially since it is currently rebuilt), we are therefore happy to have Feed Design Lab as our partner.

What is your position at Bühlers?
Gero is heading the Bühler animal nutrition technology department and Mark is part of his team as process engineer. In our daily work we not only try to support our customers and colleagues around the world in questions of the feed production process. We are also working on continuously improving established processes and develop completely new solutions, especially in the field of digitalization and automated process control.

What is the position of Bühler in the animal production sector?
Bühler states and lives that innovation is our DNA. As a family-owned equipment manufacturer, we want to have a positive impact on future generations. Therefore, we strive towards innovation leader in our sector. Besides the machines we develop, this also includes automation solutions, services, technological support and trainings.

Why are you partner of Feed Design Lab?
Bühler’s goal is to provide solutions that enable our customers to reduce energy, water and waste by 50% respectively by 2025. We are not able to achieve these goals alone and therefore Feed Design Lab is an important partner and platform. The exchange with experts from different areas is indispensable. We are all working on different projects, but ultimately, we are all trying to advance animal nutrition in an appropriately sustainable way.

Which topics do you think Feed Design Lab should be active in?
Improving sustainability in the agricultural sector is a challenge for the society but also, we as parts of the industry must solve. A very promising path is saving resources such as energy by process optimisation. This includes commonly known areas like steam addition or pelleting but also “hidden champions” like running a cooler with the right settings.