Nina Lanen from Phytobiotics introduces herself:

What is your relationship with Feed Design Lab and how long have you been a partner? During my study Animal Sciences at the University of Wageningen, I, Nina Lanen, applied for a BSD scholarship, which encourages students to study animal nutrition, because there is a lack of people in the feed sector. After receiving this scholarship, a seminar was organized for the people in our sector, younger than 30 years. I became part of the board of the seminar and so was Trudy van Megen from Feed Design Lab. After several years, during my current job at Phytobiotics, I came in contact with Feed Design Lab  again and I was directly convinced of  the great added value Feed Design Lab could have for Phytobiotics. We have now been a partner of Feed Design Lab for several months and hope for a successful collaboration with Feed Design Lab and its partners.

What is your position at PhytobioticsMy position within Phytobiotics is Technical Sales Manager Benelux. Together with KlaasJan Krijgsheld, Regional Director Northern Europe, we promote and sell all products in our portfolio within all animal categories in the Benelux.

What does Phytobiotics mean for the animal feed sector? Hermann Roth Founded Phytobiotics 20 years ago and introduced a botanical additive to support animal performance. As a result, Phytobiotics is playing an important role in the worldwide reduction of the use of antibiotics and the improvement of animal welfare. We are now 20 years and many studies further and we have been able to expand our portfolio with many products. All these products contribute to improving the performance and (indirect) health and welfare of the animal.

Why are you a partner of Feed Design Lab? We have become a partner of Feed Design Lab, because we are convinced that we can achieve more together than alone. Phytobiotics invests a lot of money in research, continue developing and believe it is important to stay informed and innovative. Feed Design Lab does a lot of research and invites partners to become involved in projects, which is of high added value for Phytobiotics. In addition, we supply additives, so we do not have a compound feed installation ourselves. We therefore have to outsource for example quality tests to partners, which will in this case be eg Feed Design Lab. Besides research and knowledge, a network is also important to bring the product under the attention of course. Feed Design Lab has a big network and we are convinced of the added value Feed Design Lab will have for Pytobiotics and the general animal feed sector.

Which themes do you think Feed Design Lab should tackle and which topics do you personally find interesting? Topics such as stress and intestinal health are very important topics within Phytobiotics  and of great importance for the animal and the sector. Stress and intestinal health have a great influence on the general health and the reduced production of the animal and therefore also on the farmer (“farmers welfare”). These challenges can be caused by, for example, the quality of the feed. Different choices in (new) raw materials and processing have an major impact on the level of inflammation at the intestinal level, causing the animal to experience stress, this is accompanied by production losses and a reduction in animal welfare. We therefore consider the continuous optimization of this process to be important topics.