Guelph, Trouw partner to accelerate innovation in animal nutrition

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Developing new innovations in the animal feed sector is of paramount importance to ensuring global food security for the future.

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Trouw Nutrition is stepping up its long-standing partnership with the University of Guelph on animal nutrition research, exploring more ways to collaborate on key research and development activities.

According to the announcement, both partners currently share proprietary and/or confidential knowledge, and have more than 40 researcher matches in place. 

Formalising the partnership means there will be more such matches between Canada’s top university for veterinary science (and seventh in the world) and Trouw’s experts, and more sharing of research facilities.

“We’re very pleased to take our relationship with the University of Guelph to the next level. Our collaboration has already delivered important advances in the area of calf health and growth, for example, and more exciting developments are in the pipeline,” Trouw Nutrition R&D Director Coen Smits said.

“The University of Guelph is a world-class scientific institution, and I’m confident that, together, we will drive animal nutrition innovation to new horizons.”


Developing new innovations in the animal feed sector is of paramount importance to ensuring global food security for the future. This is because the world’s population is expected to reach the 9 billion mark by 2050, which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation says will result in food demand spiking by 60 percent.

This will weight heavy on the current food supply chain.

However, while livestock products are seen as critical to help feed the planet in 2050, rising concerns over the environmental impact of animal agriculture will weigh on the industry.

This has further induced pressure on the livestock sector for a more sustainable solution to improve feed production and accessibility, even amid worsening weather conditions.


Speaking to FeedNavigator, Trouw Nutrition Grants & Contracts Manager Marjan Beerthuis said the company’s scientists have collaborated with the university in different ways for the past 30 years.

“This cooperation further intensified when we incorporated the animal feed division of Maple Foods [in 2007],” he explained.

FeedNavigator said the new strategic collaboration agreement stipulates there will be overarching conditions set for any kind of engagement between scientists on both sides. Citing Beerthuis, the report noted that for such engagements to be successful, confidentiality is key. 

University of Guelph Vice-President of Research Malcolm Campbell said the institution was excited about the partnership and the benefits it could derive from collaborating with an industry powerhouse.

He said Trouw’s expertise and deep industry knowledge would greatly benefit the university’s researchers and students. The institution, meanwhile, would be able to augment the firm’s R&D capabilities and advance its development of “game-changing” animal nutrition solutions.

“By pooling know-how and capabilities, Trouw Nutrition and University of Guelph will build on each other’s work and chart the course to a more sustainable future – a future that will help fulfill University of Guelph’s aim to improve life.”