AFMA Forum

The AFMA Forum was held from 3-5 March 2020 at the Sun City Convention Centre. The AFMA forum is hosted by the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association and is conference held every 4 years, attracting international speakers and guests. In 2020 we also saw the first Ruminant Formulation Workshop held with international experts giving talks on ruminant nutrition.

The main speakers of the event included Mr Nick Serfontein (Sernick Group), Prof Barry Bradford from Kansas State University and Dr Roy Brister, Tyson Foods Inc. The event was attended by almost 400 industry role players from all over South Africa and Africa.

Roné Vermeulen (Feed First), pictured at AFMA Forum with Colette Engelbrecht (Barnlab), Lene van Der Walt (Envarto) and Deirdre Brandt (Barnlab)

Feed First Nutritionists pictured at the AFMA Forum 2020 Social Event with Clients and Colleagues

Ruminant Feed Formulation Workshop 2020, presented at AFMA Forum
The aim of presenting the 2020 Ruminant feed Formulation Workshop was to give South African Nutritionists the opportunity to access world class speakers and gain new skills and knowledge.

Roné Vermeulen presented a talk on the importance of Feed Analysis for Ruminant Nutritionists at the AFMA Feed Formulation Workshop 2020. Other international speakers at the event included, Dr Ermanno Melli & Emiliano Raffrenato, NDS Italy, NDS Italy, Dr Luiz Ferraretto, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida.

Feed First Industry Day 2019
Feed First hosts an annual industry day aimed at bringing together international experts and our local nutritionists and clients. In 2019 the speakers included international microbiome expert, Professor Richard Ducatelle, Prof Neil Duncan from the University of Pretoria, Professor Peter Plumstead, Technical Director at Chemunique, as well as David Brandt. The Feed First Industry Day was held at Klein Kaap Boutique Hotel in Centurion.

Rone Vermeulen presenting Feed First’s research focus areas at the Feed First Industry Day
David Brandt in presentation on using nutrient levels to reach commercial goals for layers and broilers
Prof Richard Ducatelle presenting the latest research developments in microbiota and gut health
Dewald Steyl and Ranier van Heerden (Feed First) with Dennis from Irvine’s Zimbabwe and the Kemin team
Heiko Koster- Procurement Specialist consultant at Feed First- in deep discussion at the Feed First industry day
David Brandt (MD of Feed First) in discussion with Professor Richard Ducatelle
Prof Neil Duncan, from the University of Pretoria, presenting on Musculoskeletal conditions in broilers
Prof Peter Plumstead presenting on Optimal digestive pH for nutrient digestion
Speakers at the 2019 Industry Day
From left, Prof Richard Ducatelle, David Brandt, Prof Neil Duncan, Prof Peter Plumstead
Feed First Industry Day 2017
Feed First hosts an annual industry day aimed at bringing together international experts with our local nutritionists and clients. The Feed First Industry Day was held at Klein Kaap Boutique Hotel in Centurion. Speakers included Dr Hinner Koster from Kaonne investments, Mr Jannie Maritz from Adlibio, Prof Mingan Choct, Prof Julian Wiseman and Prof Peter Plumstead.

Dr Hinner Koster welcoming all delegates to the 2017 Feed First Industry Day

Prof Mingan Choct presenting on Chemical Structures and nutritional roles of each
Prof Julian Wiseman presenting on the digestibility of amino acids in legumes
Jannie Maritz presenting on nutrition of the modern layer
David Brandt introducing Mickael Roualt, presenting the latest developments in probiotics.
David Brandt presenting on statistical techniques used in commercial nutrition
David Brandt and Dewald Steyl connecting with local broiler clients
2017 Speakers
From left: Mickael Rouault, Jannie Maritz, Prof Julian Wiseman, Prof Mingan Choct, Prof Peter Plumstead, David Brandt
Feed First Lab
Feed First offers specialized laboratory services for the animal feed industry, as well as validations and training for clients on the NIR instruments
Felicity De Lange, the administrative manager at the lab
Ophelia Gatsi is our experienced lab assistant
Rone Vermeulen providing in house training to the lab team from Tanzania
Example of phenol red tests being conducted
ESPN 2017
Dewald Steyl attended the 2017 ESPN (European Symposium in Poultry Nutrition) in Spain. This international conference, held every 2 years, draws nutritionists from all across the globe and features presentations given by the top experts in poultry nutrition worldwide.

Dewald Steyl presented his research for his MSc degree in Animal Nutrition at the ESPN poster session. His research related to essential oils and organic acids to improve gut health and performance of broilers.

ESPN 2019
Roné Vermeulen attended the 2019 ESPN (European Symposium in Poultry Nutrition) in Gdansk, Poland. This international conference, held every 2 years, draws nutritionists from all across the globe and features presentations given by the top experts in poultry nutrition worldwide.

Roné Vermeulen with colleagues and clients in Gdansk, Poland

Feed First Year End Function 2017
Feed First Nutritionists and partners at Feed First Year end function
Directors at the 2017 year end function
Directors at the 2017 year end function

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenhatta and Dr Hinner Koster

Dr Hinner Koster judging the Nairobi Beef Cattle Show 2018

Dr Hinner Koster Consulting in Zambia

Dr Hinner Koster Consulting Ethiopia

Dr Hinner Koster Consulting in Kenya

Dr Hinner Koster Consulting in Sudan

Dr Hinner Koster Consulting in China

Dr Hinner Koster receiving SASAS Silver medal award

Dr Hinner Koster Launching the new AFMA Research and Training feed mill that will be erected at University of Pretoria at AFMA Forum 2020

Dr Hinner Koster presenting at the Ruminant Symposium at AFMA Forum 2020

Dr Hinner Koster in his capacity as President of the Convocation of University of Pretoria with the Vice Chancellor, Prof Kupe.