It was a moment of mixed feelings of doubt and anxiety but finally celebration when livestock and poultry farmers gathered at the indoor theater of Aminu Isah Kontagora Arts theater complex, Makurdi, Benue state to witness the launching and unveiling of novel livestock and poultry feeds and feed additives by Feed Avenue, a Nigerian based livestock nutrition company. The occasion which attracted pig, poultry, and ruminant farmers across the state held on Thursday, 8th April, 2021. Speaking at the event, the managing director of Feed Avenue, Mr Xavier Dequippe stated that the products are special formulations by MG2mix, a livestock feeds company based in France to meet the nutrition needs of livestock in Nigeria.
“The products we are presenting to you today are specially formulated and produced for the Nigerian livestock population. We have studied the situation of the livestock industry in Nigeria for over 5 years and we have discovered that poor genetics and poor quality feeds are the bane of livestock production in this country. We have worked with a French based livestock nutrition company to arrive at these products that will bring about a great improvement in the sector” Mr. Xavier encouraged all farmers to acquire the products to feed their animals in order to get better returns on their investment.
While making a detailed presentation of the products to the farmers at the event, the technical officer of Feed Avenue, Dr Senen Antiev took time to explain each of the constituents of each product and their uses to animals. One of the products that attracted the attention of farmers is the piglet booster which is a complete ration that is specially formulated for piglets beginning from 10 days of life until they attain live weight of 15kg after weaning. Dr Antiev stated that the aim of feeding this product to piglets is to reduce pressure on the sow, shorten the lactation period thereby shortening the reproductive cycle of the sow, increase the number of piglets per sow per year, and reduce weaning mortality.
“With the use of this piglet booster in France, they have been able to wean piglets at 30 days, achieve a farrowing index of 2.3 as against 1.8 that is obtainable in Nigeria at the moment, and they are able to get 28 piglets per sow per year which is more profitable compared to 13 piglets per sow per year that Nigerian farmers are getting currently”
Dr Antiev also informed the farmers that the piglet booster has some ingredients that makes it palatable to the piglets thereby encouraging early feed consumption. With a crude protein level of 18.5% and energy level of 2350kcal/kg, the feed is said to bring about growth maximization after weaning.
In their separate remarks, the state chairman, National Association Pig Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (NAPPPMAN), Mrs. Elizabeth Tyonongu and the state chairman, Pig Farmers Association of Nigeria (PFAN), Dr Ronald Kparevzua appreciated Feed Avenue for choosing Benue as the first state to unveil the products which will be very useful to farmers. Mrs. Tyonongu also attested to the efficacy of Piglet booster describing it as the “miracle working” feed that has changed the narrative on her farm. Other farmers at the event took turns to applaud the good work of the French company MG2mix, and Feed Avenue for coming to the rescue of the Nigerian livestock industry particularly the piggery sector.
The event also witnessed free distribution of some bags of feeds to farmers who participated at the event. One of the beneficiaries of the feeds, Mr Gabriel Kegh expressed his gratitude to Feed Avenue and expressed hope that the livestock industry in Nigeria will change for better with the involvement of reputable stakeholders like Feed Avenue.
Some of the products unveiled at the event include 0.5% broiler premix, 0.5% layer premix, 2.5% layer concentrate, pig premix and pig concentrates, pousto feed which is used as broiler prestarter, and piglet booster as piglets starter feed.
It could be recalled that nutrition experts from MG2mix in France were in Benue state in 2019 where they interacted with farmers and visited some farms to ascertain the limitations of livestock production in the state. LIVESTONEWS.
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