The international raw materials market does not experience any influence from the Dutch decision to use reduced-phosphorous pig feed. However, the question does remain of what will happen to the high-phosphorous by-products of bio-ethanol production.
If the animal feed industry brings reduced-phosphorous feed onto the market, there is no demand for it on the part of pig farmers. This is because pig farmers fear poorer technical results. They already view the obligation to reduce antibiotics use as risky. A reduction of the phosphorous in the feed increases those risks, in their opinion. In the world of practice, the risks of phosphorous reduction in sow feed are estimated to be greater than in fattening pig feed. However, there appear to be good possibilities in terms of feed price in sow-farming. Disappointing technical results can often not be blamed on reduced-phosphorous feed but on the management. Pig farmers are rarely aware that the reduction of phosphorous in
feed can only be achieved through a reduction in indigestible phosphorous.
Interventions are required to remove the abovementioned obstacles. Incentives that convince pig farmers that phosphorous reduction brings benefits for themselves too can be used to support such interventions. Identification instruments offer pig farmers the possibility of better managing feed containing less phosphorous.