Developing strategies to ensure quality and safety in the feed chain,
Emerging technologies as near infrared reflectance spectroscopy
 

Regional Institute for Research and Agro-Food Development (SERIDA) is a public body of the Principality of Asturias which aims to contribute to the modernization and improvement of the capacities of the regional agri-food sector by fomenting and carrying out agri-food technological research and development in order to achieve improvements in productivity, sector diversification and to increase returns on primary assets.

Department of Nutrition, Grasslands and Forages

Feed quality
SERIDA group has more than 20 years of experience in feed research, developing strategies to ensure quality and safety in the feed chain, combining feed evaluation at laboratory level employing traditional methods and emerging technologies as near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS). Besides, we carried out “in vivo” assays with milking cows across metabolic balances and rumen degradabilities to evaluate animal feeds involving grass and maize silages, raw materials, total mixed rations, etc. These assays including the control of individual intake using a computerized system and taking daily feed and milk samples. During Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) crisis, we started to work on near infrared microscopy as an alternative method to detect meat and bone meal in feedstuffs.

Our department has a Laboratory on Animal Nutrition with ISO 17025 accreditation on different parameters related with animal feeds quality and it was the first Spanish laboratory accreditation achieved with NIRS analyses on animal feeds ISO 17025 accredited.
During last year’s we are focusing the research in two cross-linked fields:
- Improve the sustainability and profitability of dairy farms

  1. Forage production and conservation techniques to increase the nutritive value and to reduce and minimize environmental risks
  2. Milk production on sustainability systems to determine the effect of grazing time on milk fatty acid composition as well as their impact on animal production and health

- Development and validation of analytical methods to propose methodologies used as robust tools for at-line/on-line monitoring traceability, quality and safety control in food and feed industry; focused on near infrared spectroscopy as unique technology able to provide a real time response.
We have participated in 40 Research Projects and we have specific agreements with agri-food industry.

Scientists involved in COST Action Feed for Health are Begoña de la Roza-Delgado, Ana Soldado Cabezuelo and Adela Martínez Fernández.


 
 
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