December 3, 2014


Lallemand and INRA organise International Beef Exchange


About 150 international experts and professionals of the beef cattle industry gathered at INRA, in Clermont-Ferrand, France, for a seminar dedicated to international beef production, with a focus on welfare and digestive comfort.


The seminar was jointly organised by Lallemand Animal Nutrition and INRA, the French Institute for Agronomic Research.


The first session of the seminar provided an overview of the global beef production market, and identified its challenges. Pedro B. Arcuri, from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, EMBRAPA, based at the FAO in Rome, kicked off the session with an overview of the international beef market, followed by a presentation on the US and Argentina beef production approaches. The speakers agreed that in order to address the various issues of modern beef production and prepare for the challenge of 2050, the market needs to innovate, and that science and technology must serve sustainability for optimal beef production.

Left to right : P. Arcuri (EMBRAPA-FAO, Brazil),
K. Barling (Lallemand Animal Nutrition USA),
D. Rearte (Labintex, Argentina).

From left to right: Trevor DeVries (Guelph University, 
Canada), Alain Boissy, Christine Leterrier,
Claudia Terlow (INRA, France)
A second session focussed more on welfare and digestive comfort in beef cattle. The session featured international animal behaviour and welfare experts from INRA, and discussed factors affecting animal well-being, from the farm to the slaughterhouse.


By looking more closely at the link between the digestive tract and the brain, the implication of nutrition and digestive microflora on animal welfare was discussed. This was summarised by Dr. Leterrier from INRA who suggested that "in animal production, the gut microbiota appears to be considered not only for its role in feed efficiency and disease, but should also be considered for its potential role in animal welfare."
The last part of the seminar was dedicated to practical solutions to help optimise beef cattle performance, in particular through nutrition, especially with the use of specific live yeast and bacteria.


A presentation from Lallemand Animal Nutrition silage microbiology expert Pascal Drouin demonstrated the impact of good silage management on animals. Presentations from Dr. Maria Devant (IRTA, Spain) and Dr. Trevor DeVries (Guelph University, Canada), showed the relationships between the digestive tract, animal welfare, and beef cattle feeding behaviour. Also, benefits of using the live yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-1077 to optimise digestive comfort in beef, with consequences on feeding behavior and welfare, were demonstrated by different speakers.


The seminar concluded with a series of workshops organised by researchers and technical staff from INRA and Lallemand Animal Nutrition, which presented an overview of current research and introduced some practical herd management tools.

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