March 6, 2023
BASF, Schothorst Feed Research collaborate to improve environmental impact of feed and animal protein industry
BASF and Schothorst Feed Research (SFR) signed an agreement granting SFR certain non-exclusive licensing rights to Opteinics™, BASF's digital solution for environmental footprinting of feed and animal protein.
SFR will integrate the digital sustainability platform Opteinics™ into its global animal nutrition consultancy services, thereby adding a new dimension focused on sustainability within its Advanced Feed Package.
With the collaboration, BASF and SFR will support feed and animal producers to understand and reduce their environmental impact and contribute to a more sustainable production of feed and animal protein.
"We are delighted to leverage Opteinics™ to now add sustainability as an embedded part of our global nutritional services," said Wim Beeks, manager of sales and consultancy at SFR. "With the ready-to-use software, feed and animal producers receive unique insights into their sustainability performance and can identify opportunities for improvement. As such, we can help the industry to deal with one of the biggest challenges they are facing."
BASF launched Opteinics™ in 2021 to measure, analyse and minimise the environmental impact of animal protein, with an emphasis on animal feed production. Currently the software offers modules for pig and poultry production and has recently been extended with a module for dairy.
As a fourth business model, layers will be launched by mid of 2023. All modules
have a direct data integration possibility to feed formulation software.
"BASF is excited to collaborate with SFR, an acknowledged independent global leader in animal nutrition research," said Tom Battagliese, senior manager of Global Sustainability Metrics, BASF Nutrition & Health. "We believe there are significant opportunities together to bring further synergy to the industry that can enhance sustainable production without compromising cost and nutrition."
BASF and SFR are already investigating how to expand their collaboration in the
future to further leverage respective data-driven strengths and deliver sustainability insights to pave the way into a sustainable future for the livestock industry.