The FeedMileage project

The FeedMileage project

The research project aims to increase the efficiency of Norwegian farm animal production by advanced nutritional and genetic methods.



Presentations from the FeedMileage Final Seminar at Science park (Vitenparken), October 23rd 2019


Welcome and introduction
Margareth Øverland, NMBU


Use of local feed resources in diets for pigs and poultry
Knut Røflo, FKF


Insects: a novel protein and energy source in piglet diets
Ingrid Marie Håkenåsen, NMBU


Impact of local fiber-rich diets on growth performance and health of pigs. Transcriptomic multi-tissue profiling for identification of genes and pathways related to feed efficiency
Liv Torunn Mydland, NMBU


Methods to evaluate effect of feeding local diets on gastrointestinal function and health in pigs
Özgün Umu, NMBU


Effect of starch source and processing method on starch utilization in broiler chickens
Khaled Itani/Birger Svihus, NMBU


Yeast-enhanced use of local feeds for dairy cattle
Egil Prestløkken, NMBU


Impact of genetic improvement in FE / protein efficiency on the carbon footprint from pork production
Kristine Hov Martinsen, NMBU/Norsvin


Recent international advancement in pig production – impact on climate
Wendy Rauw, INIA


Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from suckler cow beef production
Stine Samsonstuen, NMBU


Moving toward sustainable feed efficiency; the need to consider long-term rather than short-term efficiency
Nicolas Friggens, INRA/AgroParisTech


Improving the nutritional value of rapeseed and field beans by targeted processing
Jon Ø. Hansen, NMBU


Recent advances in pig production / Improving the nutritional value of local fiber-rich feedstuffs by targeted fermentation
Pedro Urriola, University of Minnesota


Implications for industry: comments from Felleskjøpet Fôrutvikling
Knut Røflo, FKF


Comments and concluding remarks
Elise Norberg, NMBU




Efficient use of available feed resources is essential for a sustainable Norwegian food production. At present, Norwegian animal production relies to a large extent on imported feed ingredients that potentially can be used directly as human food. Soybean meal produced from soybeans grown in Brazil is thus by far the most important protein source in concentrate animal feed.


─ Increased food production and higher national selfsufficiency
─ Economical, ethical and environmental advantages
─ Improved utilization of national fiber-rich feed resources
─ A multidisciplinary approach


More about the project


Increased food production and higher national selfsufficiency

Janne Karin Brodin

The increased international demand for food and feed ingredients creates an increasing risk of lowered availability and increased price in the world market. The agricultural policy in Norway is to increase food selfsufficiency, and future animal production should consider the potential of combining high feed efficiency with more use of local non-food resources.

The U.N. estimates that the world population will exceed 9 billion people by 2050 and calls for a 100% increase in food production by mid-century. To increase feed security, the Norwegian governmental strategy is a 20% increase in food production by 2030.


Economical, ethical and environmental advantages

Janne Karin Brodin

Soybeans also serve as a suitable nutrient source for direct human consumption, and the extensive use as animal feed can be questioned for economical as well as ethical reasons. Cultivation of soybeans for use in Norwegian animal feed also has a high environmental impact, partly due to long transport distance and partly due to emissions related to land use change. It is assumed that replacing soybean meal with locally produced feed ingredients will decrease the global warming potential and reduce environmental impact.


Improved utilization of national fiber-rich feed resources

Fiber-rich feed
Janne Karin Brodin

Main emphasis in the FeedMileage project is directed towards dairy cows, pigs and poultry and efforts to improve utilization of national fiber-rich feed resources, increase genetic robustness and improve gut health of the animals. A further goal is to reduce the environmental impact of this production sector through lowered greenhouse gas emissions and reduced nutrient excretion.

Feed cost comprises a major part of the variable cost in animal production. Improvements in feed efficiency are important to increase selfsufficiency and to reduce the environmental burden of food production. It is therefore crucial to improve nutritional quality of locally produced feed resources, and to develop more efficient and robust animals that can best utilize these feed resources. In FeedMileage, pigs and poultry will be genetically adapted to tolerate high fiber diets and to make their digestive system less sensitive to antinutrients. The research will also be aiming at developing animals with a high capacity to consume and digest high roughage diets.


A multidisciplinary approach

multidisciplinary approach
Bartek Ambrozik

FeedMileage is addressing feed efficiency and main challenges in future animal production based on local feed resources. Feed efficiency can be improved by genetic as well as nutritional methods. High feed efficiency requires animals with a healthy and functional digestive tract.

Improved feed processing methods should be developed to maximize the nutritional value of feed resources. Pigs and poultry can be genetically adapted to tolerate high fiber diets and to make their digestive system less sensitive to antinutrients.

In dairy cattle, genomic selection and in-debth studies  of key processes in digestion will contribute to increase feed efficiency. Obviously, an improvement of feed efficiency and a major change from imported to local feed resources require combined efforts within different research fields.

FeedMileage is therefore developed as a multidisciplinary enterprise with expertise in animal nutrition, genetics, and veterinary and bio-economical sciences.