The requirements for animal feed increase as the requirements for animal husbandry become more complex. Animal feeds not only ensure that nutritional needs are met, but also guarantee good animal health and performance, an environmentally sensitive production chain, animal welfare, safety and quality along the value chain and the productivity of the farming business.
Livestock farmers need assurance that the feedstuffs they use are indeed of the quality that is claimed by the manufacturer. The DLG quality mark stands for transparency and quality in animal feed production. DLG tests are carried out repeatedly by the experts at the DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs to the latest quality standards to ensure that the products have and maintain the highest quality.
Focus on reduced N/P levels
To reduce or even eliminate excess levels of nutrients in animal feeds it is recommended to feed livestock the exact quantities of raw protein and phosphor they require. However, lowering the N and P levels is constrained by physiological aspects such as the need to supply the animals with nutrients at the required levels and at any one time. The DLG quality seal test for “Feeds with reduced N/P levels” focuses on the optimum supply of the animals with protein or amino acids and phosphorus and on minimising nitrogen and phosphorus excretion levels .
|Animal feed||Test criteria||Goals|
|Pig feeds with reduced N/P levels|| ||The animal feed meets the nutrient requirements for greatly reduced N/P levels as specified in the DLG Expert Knowledge Paper 418.|
|Dairy cattle feeds with reduced N/P levels|| ||The animal feed meets the nutrient requirements for reduced N/P levels as specified in the DLG Expert Knowledge Paper 444.|
|Poultry feeds with reduced N/P levels|| ||The animal feed meets the nutrient requirements for greatly reduced N/P levels in pullet and laying hen feeds as specified in the DLG Expert Knowledge Paper 457.|
50 % of farmers consider labelling of livestock feed important.
60 % of farmers are familiar with the DLG quality seals for animal feed.
70 % of farmers appreciate a DLG seal on livestock feed because it implies high quality.
84 % of farmers are confident that DLG-tested feed does not contain prohibited or inacceptable
components in excess of the statutory limits.