Innovation and research is core to ForFarmers’ strategy. ForFarmers provides sustainable feed and advice to farmers which will lead to healthier livestock and greater efficiency which results in better returns on farm. Improvements in sustainability and animal welfare are therefore important.

A team of animal-specific feed experts and innovation managers, together with the Technical Innovation Directors, are responsible not only for ForFarmers' research and innovation programme, but also for the technical performance of the products supplied to customers. They also work closely with the species teams in each country and with ForFarmers' strategic partners, such as Nutreco, on joint innovation projects.

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The importance placed on innovation is illustrated by the fact that we investigate on average over 40-50 research projects each year. In addition, ForFarmers leverages its extensive network, which includes many of Europe’s leading research institutes and Universities, to contribute to primary research and to the development of products and services used by farmers. Examples include ‘Feed4Foodure’ in the Netherlands and CIEL (Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock) in the United Kingdom.

ForFarmers is constantly working to improve the performance of its products, for example by improving feed efficiency. Social issues such as animal health and welfare, the reduction of medication use, the environmental impact of livestock production (e.g. nitrogen and phosphate efficiency) and the use of raw materials are also important research topics.