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Global market trends towards sustainable pork production

The global pork value chain is significantly influenced by downstream players such as consumers and retailers, who establish targets for upstream players to meet. Consumer buying behavior is shaped by seven key global trends, including transparency, sustainability in production, plant-based and natural products, omnichannel distribution, health personalization, and affordability. The priority of these trends varies depending on the geography. With the global population expected to reach 9-10 billion people by 2050, there is a growing need to increase the supply of animal protein by 60%, leading to challenges in terms of land use. Sustainability is a prominent consumer trend in Europe, where initiatives like the EU Green Deal and the 2030 Farm to Fork strategy are reshaping the agricultural landscape. The swine industry is adapting to this sustainable landscape, with companies committing to Science Based Targets (SBT) initiatives to achieve reductions in Scope 3 emissions and other sustainability targets in the medium to long term. .

Practical approach to reducing the carbon footprint of swine production

Swine feed contributes significantly to the carbon footprint of pork production, with cereals and protein meals being major contributors. Soybean meal, a common protein source, has environmental impacts, especially if linked to deforestation. To reduce the carbon footprint, strategies include minimizing reliance on soy from deforested land and lowering overall soy usage. Lowering crude protein content and using synthetic amino acids can reduce protein needs and nitrogen emissions. Incorporating alternative local raw materials, like sunflower or insect meal, diversifies European pig diets but introduces complexities such as fiber and mycotoxins.

dsm-firmenich has a history of promoting sustainable swine production. Our nutritional approaches enhance raw material digestion, minimize nitrogen emissions, and manage mycotoxin risks. The gut health portfolio and special nutrients support pig performance. The new Sustell™ service offers precise environmental footprint calculations, helping measure and reduce environmental impact with expert guidance and a comprehensive solution portfolio.

Our approach focuses on three main areas

Collaborate with our on-site experts to embark on a transformative journey for your business. Through a comprehensive life cycle assessment, we lay the foundation for a roadmap that turns challenges into opportunities. Sustell™ serves as an intelligent tool, providing measurement and practical, science-based solutions to unlock the true value of sustainability, empowering you to achieve your business objectives.

  • We specialize in maximizing the value of alternative raw materials through our extensive feed enzyme portfolio, adept at handling diverse and complex substrates. Our approach to fiber nutrition involves intelligent use of substrate-specific carbohydrases, while we employ protein nutrition strategies to optimize the utilization of available crude protein. Additionally, in the realm of phosphorus nutrition, our focus is on minimizing phosphorus excretion while maximizing its efficient utilization.
  • Ensuring feed safety is our top priority to protect your pigs from mycotoxin risk. With almost four decades of expertise, we provide tailored services and multifaceted solutions, including exclusive enzymatic technology that permanently deactivates mycotoxins. Mycotoxin risk is particularly high in alternative raw materials like wheat bran, wheat middlings, milled wheat, and milling byproducts compared to traditional raw materials. Our comprehensive analyses employ precise quantification methods, enabling the detection of single mycotoxins or assessment of the full toxic load. We offer both quick on-site testing and more thorough lab analysis using Spectrum Top® 50 and 380.
  • VevoVitall, an ultra-pure, high-quality ingredient approved by EFSA, guarantees 99.9% purity and is free of impurities. This ingredient regulates gastrointestinal functionality, leading to notable improvements in pig performance, including a 4% increase in average daily gain. Its potent antimicrobial activity and unique metabolism producing hippuric acid contribute to urine acidification, reducing UTIs in sows and ammonia volatilization. This solution is recognized as the best available technology (BAT) by the EU, effectively reducing ammonia emissions by 20%.

For more information on how we can support you, or to get in touch with your local representative, please contact us.

Products & Services

  • Sustell™

    Sustell™ is an intelligent sustainability service that combines the most advanced environmental foot printing calculation tool with expert sustainability, animal production and nutritional knowledge to create tailor-made, practical solutions and business development projects that enhance the environmental sustainability and profitability of animal farming. Sustell™ unlocks the value of animal production sustainability.

  • Feed Enzymes

    Carbohydrases, Phytases & Proteases: Our feed enzymes portfolio has been developed to increase the efficiency of energy utilization.

  • Mycofix®

    The Mycofix® portfolio of feed additives represents the most state-of-the-art solution for protecting animal health by deactivating mycotoxins that contaminate farm animal feed. Its safety and efficacy are proven by 7 EU authorizations for substances that deactivate mycotoxins.

  • Mycotoxin Analysis

    We offer a range of analytical services to customers to assess the mycotoxin contamination of feed materials.

  • VevoVitall®

    VevoVitall® is an ultra-pure source of benzoic acid and is an excellent feed preservative.


Webinar: Unlocking the value of sustainable swine production

Watch our webinar on “Unlocking the value of sustainable swine production”. Experts will discuss from global trends in food production to practical approaches to shape sustainable swine production.