Phileo launches ‘The Farm’, a project dedicated to animal nutrition future
As part of its constant commitment to anticipating future generations’ needs, Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care has launched ’The Farm’, a platform dedicated to scientific expertise and exchange. Its role is to develop innovative solutions to respond to the ethical, sanitary and zootechnical challenges of the future of livestock agriculture. The launch ceremony took place on Monday 22 June 2015 in Seysses, near Toulouse.
Specifically dedicated to animal nutrition & care
Launched on 22 June 2015, The Farm Phileo’s aims are to promote innovation, exchange and community in the fast-growing field of animal nutrition and care . “Our principal aim is to respond to the market’s demands through innovation,” explains Jean-Philippe Marden, a doctor of animal nutrition and Director of The Farm Phileo. “The Farm is equipped with the most up-to-date tools, allowing it to bring animals and the analysis and laboratory equipment needed to develop new solutions together under one roof.” The heart of its research features topics including the study of microbiota, the detection of various mycotoxins, the impact of animal feed on the environment and improving animal well-being.
The Farm also reflects one of Phileo’s clear desires: to increase communication in order to act more effectively. The platform promotes “academic research in partnership with internationally-renowned researchers in Europe and the United States, as well as in countries in which animal science is undergoing tremendous growth, such as Brazil, India and China,” adds Mr Marden. Finally, The Farm aims to support Phileo’s customers, providing training seminars on the company’s proven techniques.
Comprehensive and concrete, the project has already convinced a number of partners, including the Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Purpan (Purpan Engineering School), the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse (Toulouse National Veterinary School), INRA and the Chinese Agricultural University in Beijing.
Anticipating the needs of tomorrow: Phileo’s ongoing mission
Since its foundation, Phileo has always taken into account the challenges the world will face. With a projected world population of 9 billion in 2050, fulfilling food requirements, particularly in terms of animal proteins, will be a difficult task. “High-quality animal feed will be essential to provide the nutritional resources required by all. Consequently, our aim is to produce better quality at a lower price and in a more sustainable manner,” says Eric Auclair, Phileo Research and Development Director.
As a result, Phileo is working to develop sustainable solutions. Its dedicated R&D department is made up of engineers, nutritionists and veterinarians. Its four lines of research – combating mycotoxins, improving digestibility, strengthening immunological competence and intestinal health, and reducing pathogen pressure – represent the major issues for the sector in the years to come. Its research department works closely with local teams in order to fully take account of its customers’ needs, which can vary between regions or countries. This “allows product launches to be adjusted to suit local characteristics but also to boost on-the-ground innovation through frequent discussion,” says Mr Auclair.
Animal care, an essential element
Frédérique Clusel, Phileo’s General Manager, who has a background in health, explains: “I joined Lesaffre because I share its fundamental values of respect for life, animals and plants. Phileo is evolving from tradition to innovation, positioning itself at the crossroads between nutrition and animal health. With this in mind, we have recruited and surrounded ourselves with animal health professionals.” One of these is Michel Vagneur, a practising veterinarian with fifteen years’ experience. As a consultant for Phileo, his role includes monitoring animal welfare (performing analyses of housing, thermal comfort, health aspects, etc.). “I share Phileo’s concrete vision of animal welfare. For example, it has implemented an anti-heat stress programme,” says Mr Vagneur. “Also, its local roots are particularly relevant, as they allow Phileo to better meet requirements in the field.”
Phileo is committed to improving animal care and the company is working to achieve this goal through its various projects, including the most recent: The Farm. “The solutions we develop are aimed at offering better animal welfare,” says Mr Marden. “In the context of making our breeding systems sustainable, our aim is to achieve increased animal efficiency while respecting their environment and their care. Ultimately, this approach has the advantage of contributing to breeders’ economic success. It’s a virtuous cycle,” he says.