Olmix Technical Forum on Animal Health and Nutrition


The latest edition of the Olmix Forum was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where several issues concerning animal health and nutrition were addressed.

Held in Ho Chi Minh, City, Vietnam, the 2018 edition of the Olmix Technical Forum on Animal Health and Nutrition brought together more than 100 professional experts from Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam for a scientific programme full of conferences and panel discussions on how to get animal health and nutrition to the next level.

Hosted by the Olmix’s team in Asia, the event gave first a general insight into the situation of the animal husbandry sector all over the continent and the solutions that Olmix offers to tackle the main challenges and meet the needs of consumers in different regions.

“Research as well as innovative techniques and production strategies are some of the keys for Olmix to produce new solutions and move towards a more sustainable and respectful way of farming. With the recent opening of the first factory in Asia, our goal is clear: a better service with greater flexibility for our Asian customers. Our success is due to our vision of using marine algae as a new innovative and renewable resource”, Mr Trinh Quang Thanh, Olmix Asia Director, said during the opening speech.

Swine: the challenge of modern pig farming

At Binh Quoi Village, where it all happened, participants had the chance to choose between different scientific workshops.

As it could not be otherwise, modern pig farming was the main topic to be discussed at the swine session, where many renowned experts on this matter shed light on productivity, stress in the farm and post-weaning challenges of piglets:

  • Optimal productivity resulting from optimal prolificacy in sows and reduced mortality in piglets is the corner stone of profitability and sustainability in modern pig farming.
  • In intensive modern production systems, animals are constantly challenged by environmental stress (heat stress). This results in low immunity and gut health, hence the importance to support animals is huge!
  • Colostrum intake is essential for the transfer of the maternal immunity via the provision of immunity. Natural defences of the animal must be boosted.

Poultry: gut health, egg quality and the effects on our food

As for poultry, the technical seminar highlighted the importance of gut health and food safety, egg productivity and egg quality. In a nutshell, algae properties have proved their efficacy to ensure a balance digestive system for a good zootechnical performance. Main message was:

  • If the development of the gut and the establishment of a healthy gut flora is disrupted, the gut will no function correctly as the birds’ age.
  • Fed-related problems can result in few and smaller eggs, soft-shelled eggs and hens having leg problems.
  • Natural alternatives to antibiotics are to be used due to health implications.

Dr Chris Cobacha.

Dr Jose Nicandro Atienza.

Aquaculture: fishmeal replacements and solutions in the era of antibiotic bans

The Olmix seminar also raised the question of antibiotic-free production at the aquaculture workshop, where other topics such as fishmeal and digestive efficiency were discussed, with the following take-home message:

  • New ingredients are to be found and used to replace marine fishmeal and increase return on investment as well as sustainability.
  • Recent trials conducted by Olmix have placed MFeed+ as a viable solution to reduce the level of fish meal and crude protein in the feed formula.
  • Bio-security and keeping a healthy microbiota balance is a must.
  • Antibiotic-free demand is now coming from the market. Algotherapy and algae benefits are also a very good and positive approach that will give an added value.

The event was closed with an intimate dinner cruise for all participants to enjoy the night view on Saigon River.

We look forward to the next Olmix Group Technical Forum!

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