Petfood Forum Connect Speaker Laura Metcalf

Laura Metcalf


Key Account Manager, Animal Nutrition



Presentation description:

Black soldier fly larvae: Results of new adult maintenance feeding trial in dogs—Laura Metcalf, key account manager, animal nutrition, and Brad Ewankiw, product line manager, feed, both with Enterra, explain how North American production of black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) continues to grow, providing an alternate sustainable and hypoallergenic source of protein and fat for the pet food industry. As consumers increase awareness of and demand for more sustainably produced ingredients including insects—and regulatory approval progresses—pet food manufacturers need to understand how incorporating BSFL ingredients into their portfolio can help create a competitive advantage. In this presentation, Ewankiw and Metcalf will provide an overview of the most recent technical data including palatability and digestibility from a very recently completed adult maintenance feeding trial in dogs. Attendees will learn about the latest evidence proving these ingredients are high value with good acceptance and excellent target animal safety based on a balanced amino acid and fatty acid profile.


Laura Metcalf, key account manager, Enterra, has several years of experience in animal nutrition and product development roles, and more specifically the last three years promoting sustainable feed innovation at Enterra. She has expertise in poultry and fish nutrition, as well as experience working with various pet food manufacturers to utilize the power of insects—moving ideas from concept all the way to final product on the shelf. Metcalf holds a master’s degree in animal nutrition and a bachelor’s degree in animal biology, both from the University of Guelph.