Arjan Hoogendoorn, specialist at E.J. Bos Diervoeding‘A unique company with a role as a global leader’

For E.J. Bos Diervoeding in Ederveen, independent research and objective data form the added value of Schothorst Feed Research. “They take over the work that we are not able to or have to do ourselves”, explains feed specialist Arjan Hoogendoorn of E.J. Bos. “Schothorst Feed Research plays a leading role in this globally.”

In order to calculate the feed rations and diets for dairy cows, poultry and pigs, the staff at E.J. Bos Diervoeding frequently use the data provided by Schothorst Feed Research (SFR), continues feed specialist Arjan Hoogendoorn. “We buy the advanced feed package, and that means that we always have an up-to-date feedstuff table and nutrient recommendations that meet the needs of the various animal species exactly.” For the feed nutritionists of E.J. Bos Diervoeding, this basic information is essential in enabling them to provide their clients with sound and reliable advice. The fact that SFR provides these data is not an issue for clients. “They simply expect good advice. We know that Schothorst Feed Research applies independent expertise and constant research in order to publish the most accurate recommendations and feedstuff tables. We can rely on that and it is something that we cannot do ourselves, and we don’t need to either.”

The advantage of comparative testing

Arjan frequently mentions the independence, which is very important in his view. “We can rely on the fact that the figures are correct.” The comparative tests, such as those involving enzymes, that are carried out occasionally by the research institute are also of considerable importance. “Schothorst Feed Research is a leading organisation for the Netherlands as a whole and even worldwide.” That fact sometimes causes him some concern: “Our expertise transcends national borders, and therefore a little of the distinctive character of Dutch livestock farming goes with it.”

In addition to purchasing the advance feed package, E.J. Bos also takes part in collective research especially for laying hens. “The fact that we only do collective research with poultry is a company choice”, states Arjan, though he adds that poultry, pigs and dairy are comparable within their company in terms of turnover.

There is frequent contact between SFR and the staff of E.J. Bos. All new staff receive their basic training at SFR. “Sure, we could do it ourselves, but when I have to train a new colleague, the training can become too fragmented in between all the meetings and the phone calls. The programme at Schothorst is structured and the basic training is complete.” Whenever the feed specialists have questions in their practice, they can contact SFR. “They have often received the same question from different companies, and so they already have an in-depth knowledge of the topic whenever we call. This means we receive sound advice that is useful to us. There is no other company that provides a service of this quality.”

Shared interest in a unique company

SFR is a unique company, concludes Arjan. “There is no other company in the world like Schothorst Feed Research, as far as I know. What is really special is that the vast majority of the Dutch livestock feed industry collaborates within Schothorst. True, also competitors, but that doesn’t pose a problem. We have a shared interest within Schothorst Feed Research.” Arjan also cites the fact that SFR is privately funded as being special. “They bridge the gap between practice and scientific research, and that is very valuable.”

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