The foundation of our knowledge about animal nutrition has been shaped by years of research at our own facilities. Schothorst Feed Research (SFR) has modern facilities ranging from small-scale facilities to practical-scale facilities. Our research meets all national and European standards.
SFR has specialized knowledge in the following areas:
- Development of modern feed evaluation systems for poultry, ruminants and swine.
- Feedstuff evaluation.
- Determination of the nutrient requirements of the different animal categories.
In consultation with the market, SFR decides which topics will be researched. We are currently conducting research on the following topics:
- Reducing the use of antibiotics.
- Nutrition for intact laying hens.
- Alternative feedstuffs.
- Feeding strategy to prevent gastric ulcers in swine.
While nutrition remains the core focus, we are always searching to expand our knowledge by connecting nutrition to animal health, welfare, housing, environment, and technology.
Because we have been conducting research for many years, we have built up an extensive database in the last 10 years. The database contains animal characteristics and data of animal nutrition and feedstuffs, as well as the observations from our research. By combining this data, we can make unique connections and relations. Connections and relationships that only can be demonstrated through long-term research. By diving deeper into the data, we are better able to answer various questions from our customers. In this way, we can contribute to future-oriented and sustainable livestock farming with an eye for animal welfare and the environment.
The research conducted by Schothorst Feed Research makes a positive contribution to the production, health, and sustainability of ruminants. Schothorst Feed Research has 230 high-yielding dairy cattle and 150 young stock for ruminant-related research housed in a modern practical-scale facility.
Schothorst Feed Research conducts research on broilers, laying hens, turkeys, ducks, and parent stock. The research conducted by Schothorst Feed Research makes a positive contribution to the production of poultrymeat and eggs. The possibilities for research are described for each animal category.
Schothorst Feed Research conducts nutrition-related research on pregnant and lactating sows, piglets, and growing-finishing pigs. The most important topics that we address are the relationship between nutrition and efficiency, and animal health and the environment. The possibilities for research are described for each animal category.