Marcel Roordink, Managing Director of ABZ Diervoeding:‘Our entire nutrition department is built on the expertise of Schothorst Feed Re-search’

Reliable, transparent and up-to-date: these are the words regularly used by Marcel Roordink, Managing Director of ABZ Diervoeding, to characterise Schothorst Feed Research (SFR). “Schothorst Feed Research forms the foundation of our advice”, explains the Managing Director. “The short lines and personal contact are very important for our livestock farmers.”

As a member of the foundation (farms), a shareholder in the private limited company and a client, ABZ Diervoeding collaborates closely with Schothorst Feed Research (SFR). “Schothorst Feed Research provides science-based expertise, and we work together to apply that in the field”, explains Marcel Roordink, Managing Director of ABZ Diervoeding (ABZ). “Schothorst Feed Research provides a firm foundation for our company, and our entire nutrition department is built on their expertise.”

ABZ Diervoeding participates in the SFR Advanced Feed Package (AFP). The AFP is a collective research programme to support the feedstuff table and nutrient requirements. Marcel believes that group participation results in greater research capacity. “Together, we ensure that there is a sound and reliable basis.” The research meetings also provides the platform for valuable interaction between research and the field. “We provide feedback to enable the field and science to benefit from one another’s efforts. The strength of SFR lies in its ability to apply research to the barn, which it does more than other research institutions. For them, it is all about money, livestock farmers and animals.”

The importance of reciprocity

It is only natural that ABZ Diervoeding works with the Advanced Feed Package from Schothorst Feed Research. “The feedstuff table and the nutrient requirements form the foundation of our advice”, explains Managing Director Marcel Roordink. We base our advice on the feed evaluation system of SFR, and that is effective and reliable. In adition to updating the tables and recommendations, the staff at ABZ and SFR meet regularly. “Sparring”, as Marcel calls it. “How can these experiments benefit us? What topics are being worked on? This ‘sparring’ or consultancy forms part of the AFP. The circular letters and current development notes that are published regularly provide us with “inspiration and fuel’”, says Marcel. “We work in a dynamic sector. SFR identifies news, trends and developments, and when special findings occur, they immediately carry out a thorough literature study. We get fast responses and reliable advice for current topics.” The staff at ABZ value the contact with SFR very highly. “Our staff percieve SFR to be really approachable. It is an open organisation and you can simply contact them at any time. We cherish the personal contact, and it forms the basis of our reciprocity with SFR.”

“Our entire nutrition department is built on their expertise.”

Up-to-date knowledge

New employees at ABZ also get involved with Schothorst Feed Research at an early stage. “They all attend an introductory course”, explains Marcel. “That provides them with a firm basis for farm visits.” As well as field staff, operators and quality assurance staff also attend training with SFR. “SFR covers the entire range of animal feed, sometimes even with in-company training.

For a company such as ABZ, SFR provides a solution because ABZ does not have its own R&D department. “With SFR, we have results available to our company from reliably conducted, contemporary research.” In order to continue to stand out among its competitor feed suppliers, ABZ also carries out its own research on a regular basis. “They can act quickly on that and they operate decisively by combining studies, for example. In addition, confidential research remains confidential.” ‘Duplicate’ research is also prevented. “No farming money is lost, SFR makes sure of that.”

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