Lidl France’s animal feed formulation project relies on amino acids, local protein sources to reduce dependence on soy imports – .

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Lidl France’s animal feed formulation project relies on amino acids, local protein sources to reduce dependence on soy imports – .


The amount of imported soybeans in bird feed has been reduced by half through the use of amino acids or locally grown vegetable protein sources such as faba beans, peas and alfalfa.
While the first product launch was for eggs, the coming weeks and months will see chicken, pork and dairy products, again from animals raised with the new feed formulation, rolled out in these supermarkets, said Michel Biero, Executive Director of Purchasing, Lidl France.

He was talking about the product launch this morning when he made a presentation at the 2nd Amino Acid Academy in Paris, hosted by amino acid producer Metex Nøøvistago.

The distributor is involved in an initiative alongside Metex and many other players based in France from Novial Animal Nutrition to Noriap to InnovaFeed and Earthworm Foundation, with the support of the Hauts-de-France Chamber of Agriculture, which aims to reduce the use of imported products. soy for French farmers.

The partners also found that, through the use of amino acids and local plant proteins, 100% of imported soybeans could be replaced in rations for fattening pigs, Biero said.

About a hundred farmers are participating in the project supported by various French agri-food companies including LDC, Galline, Loeuf, Lact’Union and Cirhyo.

“We are pragmatic. This is not to denigrate soybeans. We know that soy is [a valuable component of farmed animal diets.] But we simply want to contribute to the resilience of the French agricultural sectors so that they become autonomous vis-à-vis the massive imports of soybeans.said the purchasing manager.

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