Victam Foundation

The VICTAM Foundation dates back to 1964 and was originally founded to organize a trade show for suppliers to the animal feed and related industries. This became the famous FIAAP/VICTAM/GRAPAS exhibitions.

In due course the foundation widened its scope of activities to promoting the international feed, grain and biomass industry in general. These activities can adopt various forms, such as the organization of exhibitions, conferences, student exchanges, publishing, support of research projects and institutes, and contacts with and support of relevant associations. The VICTAM Foundation owns 100% of the shares of VICTAM International BV, the organizers of the FIAAP/VICTAM/GRAPAS exhibitions.

The board of the VICTAM Foundation and VICTAM International consists of the following members from the feed industry and supplying industries:


  • Kees Sijssens Msc – President of the Board
  • Mr. Henk van de Bunt
  • Prof. Leo A. den Hartog, PhD
  • Mr. Harm Klein
  • Mr. André Oosterveld
  • Mr. Ruud Tijssens


The VICTAM Foundation financially supports the following projects:

Breaking behaviour of diet ingredients, equivalent particle size and its relation with animal performance.

Dr A.F.B van der Poel, Wageningen University & Research, Department of Animal Sciences, Animal Nutrition group, Wageningen, The Netherlands

As a result of particle size reduction of dietary ingredients in the animal feed industry, it has been established that analysing the size of particles is not sufficient to explain differences in the digestibility or growth performance of animals. A better understanding the breaking behaviour of various feed ingredient and the ability to describe this behaviour via mathematical models is, therefore, of paramount importance to improve animal performance. Such model relating animal in vivo parameters to breaking behaviour of feed ingredients can then be used in the optimization of the milling process.

This research into breaking behaviour of ingredients and the equivalent particle size is very innovative and of great value for the international animal feed industry. Moreover, the suppliers of feed mills and devices for particle size reduction of feed materials will benefit from the results of these studies. By understanding the relationship between the equivalent particle size with ileal digestibility data in pigs and poultry for dry matter, crude protein, crude fat and carbohydrates, the formulation of complete diets can be more precise in the future.

Finally, the suppliers of equipment for the grinding of feed ingredients and pelleting of diets will be able to fine tune their processes to the desired feed quality physical requirements. In addition to the process of pelleting, this also applies for the extrusion processes in fish and pet feed manufacturing.

In a forthcoming PhD project, a literature review will be written and published to obtain a clear picture of the relationships between nutrient digestibility and particle size in diet ingredients for pigs and/or poultry.

A number of technological experiments will be conducted to establish the effect of grinding conditions on the particle size distribution and equivalent particle sizes of the resulting ground materials. A precise analysis of the breaking behavior will be executed and data analysis will analyze the size and further derivative physical quantities. A new mathematical model will be established that better describes breaking behaviour as related to physiological effects in vivo.

Finally, a better predictability of nutrient digestibility from the physical data of ground ingredients will be examined in pigs and/or poultry.

Home Office compliant metabolism cages for poultry feed evaluation studies

SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) is a widely respected higher education institute dedicated to producing specialist research, delivering high quality education and providing comprehensive consultancy services in the rural sector within the UK and beyond.

SRUC’s Monogastric Science Research Centre (led by Prof. Jos Houdijk) is a focus for the College’s work on pigs and poultry, in particular bringing together vital research on nutrition.

The most appropriate way of assessing the nutritional value of feedstuffs, or interventions affecting the nutritional value, is by feeding either known quantities of feed or digestibility-marker enriched feed to birds or growing pigs.

The gold standard equipment used for such assessment of nutritional value is the raised-floor cage, where samples can be collected in the absence of interference from bedding intake.


Traditional raised-floor cages no longer meet UK Home Office requirements. Therefore, SRUC set out to refurbish this facility accordingly, which resulted in a mobile, modular system that is EU directive compliant for birds. SRUC is grateful to VICTAM Foundation for sponsoring this activity, through which we will continue to serve UK, EU and world-wide feed industry with robust and much needed up-to-date feedstuff nutritional value data.

Co-financing for adaption control system dosing weigher at Co-financing for adaption control system dosing weigher at Aeres Training Centre International (formerly PTC+)

In the feed mill of the Aeres Training Centre, the dosing weigher DW2 is replaced in the spring of 2017. For this project the financing for the execution of the “hardware” was already fixed.  The hardware in this respect means the weighing scale, dosing augers etc. with the erection for integration in the production plant of of the Aeres Training Centre.

However, it was necessary to connect this installation with the existing control system of the feed mill  and with the plant visualisation. For this connection an order was submitted to a contractor, which is specialised in process automation; sum € 12.560,- excl. VAT.

VICTAM has financed this investment as support to the continuation of the feed mill of the Aeres Training Centre in order to maintain the courses and training programs. The students are often operators and nutritionists.

Dosing weigher

On the drawing the new dosing weigher is showed, complete with dosing augers. The weigher is covered by a transparent housing in order to give the opportunity to look at the system during operation.

New ways to evaluate foods for our companion dogs and cats

The health and longevity of pet dogs and cats is maintained by the quality of the foods their owners provide. The foods need to contain all the necessary nutrients, have an excellent palatability as well as being safe and easy to use. Currently, pet foods are evaluated with the assistance of 'kennel' dogs and cats. The latter is of increasing ethical concern in our society and one can question in how far they represent our active, modern day dogs and cats who live with their owners.


This 4-year research project aims to develop 'in-house' tests in which owners and their pets evaluate pet foods together with researchers. The new test protocols will be evaluated for scientific rigour and made available world-wide to enable development of quality pet food products in collaboration with willing owners and their pets. Companies interested in supporting the development of these science-based and ethically acceptable protocols are welcome to contact the researcher team of Wageningen University and Utrecht University.

The VICTAM scholarships - study the wondrous world of feed technology

Dr R.K. Kwakkel, Wageningen University & Research, Department of Animal Sciences, Animal Nutrition group, Wageningen, The Netherlands

The continuous high demand for well-educated animal nutritionists/feed technologists over recent years has led the VICTAM Foundation to provide scholarships to motivated students who want to study animal nutrition and conduct thesis research in Feed Technology. In this manner the Foundation aims to contribute to the education of qualified individuals in the area of feed processing of raw materials, feed evaluation and feed technology.

Students from Wageningen University studying towards a degree in Animal Sciences are eligible and yearly 2 scholarships will be awarded to the most promising students. In addition, two further scholarships are available for international students who follow the double degree programme in Animal Nutrition of Aarhus University in Denmark and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. As part of the scholarships, students will be required to conduct their major thesis work in the area of feed technology. For this, Wageningen University maintains an infrastructure (CARUS process hall) enabling research to be conducted using the University's feed processing equipment. Much of the research is focused on development of effective processes for improving feed efficiency for production animals and influence of processing on the nutritional quality of pet foods.

Every year, the VICTAM Foundation selects up to 10 eligible students and will award four scholarships, two for MSc students in Animal Sciences and two for double degree students. The VICTAM Foundation invites students to apply each year between January and the end of March.

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Predicting the digestive behaviour of fibrous components in processed pet food

Prof. dr. G.P.J. Janssens, Department of Animal Nutrition, Genetics and Ethology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

Fibres are a very diverse family of dietary compounds that have different functions in digestion. Determining fibre types in all their diversity provides highly interesting scientific insights, but implies an amount of labour and cost that cannot be afforded under practical conditions. Yet, the present analytical methods for fibre such as TDF seem insufficient to grasp their main actions in the gut. One of the reasons is that it does not include fibrous matter from animal origin. Therefore, a new Fibrous Matter (FM) method should overcome these issues. In particular in pet food, the animal-derived fibre has been overlooked, whereas this fibre fraction – being protein – is likely sensitive to feed processing conditions. Many proteins are prone to cross-linking and Maillard reaction, depending on the applied processing conditions, and will thus become insensitive to the host's digestive enzymes, therefore losing their function as protein source, but starting to act as fibres. In contrast, some proteins that are initially resistant to digestive enzymes, become more digestible after processing, hence losing their fibrous character. It is well-documented that these animal fibre fractions are capable of modulating the intestinal microbiome and its fermentative profile. To allow a better estimation of the fibrous behaviour of pet foods, a regression formula will be built that provides a prediction of the real final fibre concentration of a product based on simple, easily available characteristics such as nutrient concentrations (crude protein, FM fractions) and processing conditions (temperature, pressure).

If successful, this prediction formula will allow feed/food producers to monitor and, therefore, target the final fibre content of end products, and in the meantime have a better estimation of the diet's protein availability.

Revision of the twin screw extruder at Wageningen University's process hall

Dr A.F.B van der Poel, Wageningen University & Research, Department of Animal Sciences, Animal Nutrition group, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Students of Wageningen University studying towards a degree in Animal Sciences can specialise in feed technology. The University maintains an infrastructure enabling students to obtain hands-on experience with various feed processing technologies and allow students (MSc and PhD) to conduct research using the University's feed processing equipment. Much of the research is focused on the development of effective processes for improving feed efficiency for production animals and the influence of processing on the nutritional quality of pet foods.

The CARUS process hall contains grinding and mixing equipment, different extruders, drying equipment as well as specialized devices such as an infrared heater and air classifier. The twin-screw extruder (MPF50, Baker Perkins, UK) is one of the most used pieces of equipment in this process hall. Previously used for food production, this extruder is, because of its relatively low capacity (~80 kg/hour), a favourite for students to use in research projects. Extrusion technology is used in MSc education in relation to the production of fish feeds, piglet feeds and pet foods as well as research projects of PhD students.


The twin-screw extruder is in dire need of a revision as the cooling elements are malfunctioning and the last sections of the extruder directly before the die are not functioning properly, thereby not allowing the process temperatures to be tightly controlled.

The VICTAM Foundation is providing funds for the revision of the cooling and heating features of the Baker Perkins extruder so that future MSc and PhD students can conduct their research projects using this extruder.

More meat and milk from straw


Worldwide, approximately 2.000 million tons of straw are produced per year. The use of straw as a feed ingredient for ruminants is limited due to its low nutritional value caused by a high concentration of indigestible lignin. Wouter Hendriks and colleagues discovered a pioneering method to break down the lignin and increase the nutritive value of straw. The results: more milk and meat.

The VICTAM Foundation financially supports this project.

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Effects of processing on the feeding value of protein-rich feeding stuffs

Technological treatments of feeding stuffs or food and feed ingredients may result in both positive and negative effects on the quality, properties and digestibility of it proteins.

Prediction of the protein nutritional value for men and animal
What chemical property of proteins may give a good prediction of its feeding value? And does a technological treatment of proteins has an effect on that? For example, we do know that a thermal treatment of protein-rich feeding stuffs may damage its amino acids. That may be the reason why these amino acids are not fully digestible or cannot be utilized in the metabolic processes of men and animal.

Technology: changes and risks
In this project we examine which indicators are available to predict the protein nutritional value of routinely used feeding stuffs and of new protein0rich feeding stuffs: for both livestock and pet animals and for humans. Protein digestibility and utilization of amino acids in metabolic processes as well as the effect of technological treatments on protein properties will be extensively examined. Treatments may damage proteins but may also enhance oits feeding value.

The VICTAM Foundation financially supports this project which is projected to be finished on July 1st, 2016.

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The VICTAM Foundation financially supports and/or is a member of the following associations and institutes:


The European Biomass Association is the common voice of the European bioenergy sector with the aim to develop the market for sustainable bioenergy, and ensure favorable business conditions for its members.

AEBIOM is a nonprofit Brussels based international organization founded in 1990 that brings together 29 national associations and around 94 companies from all over Europe thus representing more than 4000 indirect members including mainly companies and research centers.

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Feed Design Lab

The Victam Foundation is a partner of Feed Design Lab: the research & education center for innovation and sustainability in the animal feed industry. Feed & technology companies cooperate internationally in an open innovation network to achieve a sustainable animal production chain. To achieve this, a production facility has been achieved where research into new commodities is carried out, where healthy feed can be developed, where new production techniques can be tested and where training activities take place.

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The International Research Association of Feed Technology (Internationale Forschungsgemeinschaft Futtermitteltechnik e.V., IFF) was founded on 13 December 1961 on the initiative of the German Association of Feed Industry. The Research Association exclusively pursues scientific aims and is acknowledged as non-profit association by the Revenue Office Braunschweig for the support of scientific aims.

The VICTAM Foundation has supported IFF since its foundation.

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IFIF represents the global feed industry as an essential participant in the food chain that provides sustainable, safe and nutritious food. IFIF provides a unified leadership and coordinating role to promote the global feed industry in order to contribute to the sustainable supply of safe, healthy feed and therefore food of animal origin.

The VICTAM Foundation has supported IFIF since its foundation.

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Nevedi (The Dutch Feed Industry Association) protects the interests of the Dutch feed industry. 113 Feed companies and suppliers are associated with Nevedi. The represent 96% of the total feed production for livestock in the Netherlands.

Nevedi came into being in 2000 after the merger of umbrella organisations of the private and co-operative feed manufacturers. Nevedi protects the interests of manufactures of compound feed and premixes, of producers of milk replacers and of suppliers of humid feedstuffs. The activities that Nevedi carries out on behalf of collective interests of its members, can be grouped under four priority areas:

  • Sustainability of raw materials
  • Healthy and safe food
  • Good employership
  • Green Innovations

The VICTAM Foundation has supported Nevedi since its foundation.

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Wageningen Universiteitsfonds

The Wageningen University Fund has since its inception in 1951 been organising and funding activities that reward and stimulate excellent education and research. This includes stimulating the academic development of students.

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The World's Poultry Science Association is a long established and unique organization that strives to advance knowledge and understanding of all aspects of poultry science and the poultry industry. Its major role is to encourage, and help facilitate, liaison among research scientists and educators, and between those in research and education and those working in the many diverse sectors of the industry. As a non-profit making organization, it relies for its income almost entirely on membership subscriptions, although a number of poultry companies around the world provide generous sponsorship to help meet some of the production costs of the World's Poultry Science Journal.

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As the first edition of the ASEAN Feed Summit proved to be successful in 2014, the summit took place again in 2016 during the FIAAP, VICTAM & GRAPAS Asia 2016 event. The summit was organized by Victam International BV, sponsored by the Victam Foundation and hosted by the Thai Feed Mill Manufacturers Association.

The Victam Foundation also sponsored the second ASEAN Feed & Rice Symposium which was also held during the FIAAP, VICTAM & GRAPAS Asia 2016 event.

ASEAN Feed Summit

The second session of the ASEAN Feed Summit was held on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at the BITEC exhibition center in Bangkok, Thailand.

Held in closed session and chaired by Mr. Pornsil Patchrintanakul, President of the Thai Feed Mill Manufacturers Association, and moderated by Ms. Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF Executive Director, the Summit brought together senior feed regulators and industry representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Topics for this meeting were feed safety, security and sustainability in the ASEAN bloc for 2016 and beyond. During the discussion a number of issues were identified for further potential co-operation, including capacity development for feed safety, efforts towards regulatory harmonization, as well as the need to work with all stakeholders on agri-food chain on common challenges.

It is anticipated that there will be a regular annual Summit/meeting of the new Federation and every second year it will coincide with the FIAAP, VICTAM & GRAPAS Asia event.

The ASEAN Feed & Rice Symposium

The VICTAM Foundation also sponsored the second ASEAN Feed & Rice Symposium and this was held on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 during the FIAAP, VICTAM & GRAPAS Asia 2016 event in Bangkok.

Dr. La Van Kinh, DDG – President of the Vietnam Feed Association was the chairman for this symposium. A full auditorium of industry VIPs listened attentively to the keynote speeches which were delivered by:

  • Dr. Thanabadee Rodsom, Acting Director of Animal Feed and Veterinary Products Control Division, Department of Livestock Development, Thailand.
  • Ms. Alexandra de Athayde, Executive Director, International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF)
  • Mr. Robin Ong, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
  • Mr Du Van Pham, Senior Agricultural Officer (Rice Expert)
  • Dr. Katinka de Balogh, Livestock Policy Officer F.A.O. Regional Office for Asia and Pacific

The topics included issues such as recent developments in the global feed industry, the development of supply of raw materials in the ASEAN region, rice and rice based cropping system in ASEAN countries and Feed & Food Security.

The next ASEAN FEED & RICE SYMPOSIUMS will be held during the FIAAP, VICTAM & GRAPAS Asia events in 2018.


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Requests for donation

The Victam Foundation will entertain requests for donations from universities, institutes, associations, etc. These requests should be for not-for-profit research projects, studies, conferences, etc., all within the field of interest of the Victam Foundation.

The request should contain a detailed description of the project and a complete budget.

The board will decide within three months if the donation will be awarded and what the amount of said donation will be. The donation to be awarded will always be inclusive of VAT, this and any other tax is to be paid by the receiver.

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