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Bird flu reported in Netherlands – 41,500 birds culled

Oct 16, 2017

Avian influenza has been reported in a commercial layer flock in the Netherlands. The outbreak is in a flock of 41,500 birds in the Zeeland region of the Netherlands. It is understood that the virus involved is a low pathogenic H5N2 strain. H5N2 is the virus involved in large outbreaks in the United States in 2015. Although the Dutch outbreak is low path, news of the report will increase tension amongst poultry farmers as we head towards the high risk migratory bird season in Europe. Last winter highly pathogenic H5N8 swept across 18 European countries, including the United Kingdom. In the UK there were a total of 13 confirmed cases between December and June, although none of them involved commercial layer flocks.  Cases of H5N8 were also recorded in Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, the Republic of Korea, Nigeria and Tunisia. In this new case in the Netherlands, the alarm was apparently raised on October 10. All birds on the unit have been culled and restrictions have been placed around the... ...

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AnimalhealthEurope welcomes 7th ESVAC report as firm demonstration of transparency on antibiotic use in animals

Oct 16, 2017

AnimalhealthEurope welcomes the European Medicines Agency’s 7th ESVAC* report as a clear and continued demonstration of the transparency of the animal medicines industry and EU member states with regard to antibiotic consumption for veterinary purposes. Now in its 7th year of reporting, the ESVAC programme has grown from 9 reporting countries back in 2011, to 30 countries all providing data for the report. “At a time when transparency and data collection serves as a cornerstone for forming action plans to address critical challenges such as the development of resistance to antibiotics, the animal medicines industry, along with the EU institutions, is clearly playing its role. Thanks to the implementation of awareness-raising campaigns in member states, we are clearly seeing continued developments in terms of responsible use of antibiotics in animals,” said AnimalhealthEurope Secretary General Roxane Feller. The 2017 ESVAC report notes a continued downwards trend in terms of antibiotic sales for veterinary use in Europe as a whole, and patterns in use of classes remain largely unchanged or with minor... ...

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One Health: from Vision to Action

Oct 16, 2017

AnimalhealthEurope annual conference explores solutions to realise One Health and fast track innovation and treatment options   This year’s AnimahealthEurope annual conference explored solutions to turn the One Health vision into action. A central platform for the animal medicines industry, the One Health approach prioritises quality of life for people and animals and recognises that healthier animals mean healthy people and a healthier planet. Entitled “One Health: more than a buzzword? Animal health for society from vision to action” the conference, held on 12 October at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels, was solution-oriented. Speakers from industry, EU Institutions, academia and veterinary and public health bodies addressed an audience of some 120 stakeholders and looked to identify tangible steps that each must take in realising One Health improvements. Setting the scene, the European Commission outlined the EU’s policy on One Health and its wide-reaching successes in terms of disease control. The World Organisation for Animal health (OIE) outlined the role of animal health within the One Health triad, highlighting the need... ...

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IFIF and FAO strengthen collaboration on critical issues at 16th annual meeting

Oct 16, 2017

IFIF and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held their 16th annual meeting at FAO Headquarters on 05-06 October 2017 to further strengthen their collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food. The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Berhe Tekola, Director of the FAO Animal Production & Health Division and Joel G. Newman, IFIF Chairman, who welcomed delegates and reiterated their commitment to this longstanding partnership and agreed to continue to strengthen their work together to tackle the challenges facing the feed and food chain. Mr. Newman, IFIF Chairman, highlighted that “the FAO focus on five strategic objectives, emphasis on working in a goal-oriented manner, and the FAO strong efforts reaching out to the private sector have made a tangible and positive difference in our already longstanding collaboration.” Mr. Newman added that “together with the dedicated colleagues at the FAO we have achieved very important milestones, including the International Feed Regulators Meetings (IFRM), the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP)... ...

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UK curbs antibiotic use in farming amid ‘post-antibiotic apocalypse’ warning

Oct 16, 2017

England’s chief medical officer has warned of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” as she urged world leaders to address the real threat of antibiotic resistance.  Prof Dame Sally Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it would spell “the end of modern medicine” Health experts have previously warned that resistance to antimicrobial drugs could cause a bigger threat to mankind than cancer. The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) has welcomed the picture painted by chief medical officer Dame Davies. She was speaking at a global ‘Superbugs’ conference held in Berlin on Friday (13 October). RUMA Secretary General John Fitzgerald said it is “critical” the issue of antibiotic resistance and drug resistant infections is raised at every opportunity. “It is a One Health problem that affects all of us – the public, doctors, vets, animal keepers – and we can all play a part in tackling it,” Mr Fitzgerald said. “We are expecting further reductions when the sales data from 2016 is released by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate later this... ...

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Hexham Mart fined £12,000 after pleading guilty to 16 movement offences

Oct 16, 2017

Hexham Auction Market Company have been ordered to pay over £12,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to 16 offences relating to livestock movement rules.  The business was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £2,065 in costs when they appeared before Newcastle Magistrates. Northumberland Trading Standards Animal Health Inspectors found the company had not only breached livestock standstill rules when moving cattle into and out of fields and lairage sheds they own, but had failed to record cattle movements and provided false information to the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS). In January and February this year, Animal Health Inspectors checked cattle in the lairage shed at Anick, Hexham. Ear tags were read and animal history was reviewed on the Cattle Tracing System (CTS), the national cattle database. It was found that many groups of cattle had been recorded as being on different holdings owned by the mart – meaning the Anick lairage shed would remain free of the ‘six day standstill’ rule. A six day standstill on livestock was... ...

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DSM to Acquire Twilmij B.V. to Strengthen Position in Animal Nutrition & Health

Oct 13, 2017

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, announces the acquisition of Twilmij B.V. (“Twilmij”), a well-established Dutch nutritional solutions company in the animal feed sector. DSM’s strategy in Animal Nutrition & Health is to offer tailor-made solutions to its customers leveraging its product portfolio and innovation capabilities. With the acquisition of Twilmij, it will further strengthen its foothold in the Northwest-European markets. The geographic location in the middle of the Netherlands and close to the German border brings DSM closer to its customers and allows it to further improve its service levels. Since its inception in 1963, Twilmij has successfully grown its business to net sales of approximately €70 million (50,000 tons of premix production) in 2016. Twilmij is recognized by its customers and other stakeholders as an outstanding partner due to its excellent nutritional services, speed, and agility. The acquisition also includes Twilmij’s affiliated company Kwalipak B.V. which offers specialty small-pack solutions for specific applications for the feed industry. Twilmij’s core values, customer portfolio and... ...

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Global Fed Microbial Market will Reach USD 116,722 Million by 2025: Persistence Market Research

Oct 13, 2017

Persistence Market Research presents a detailed forecast of the global fed microbial market in a new publication titled “Fed Microbial Market: Global Industry Analysis (2012 – 2016) and Forecast (2017 – 2025).“ In this report, Persistence Market Research tracks the performance of the global fed microbial market across five key geographies and highlights the segmental performance of the global market based on a detailed market taxonomy. According to the forecast, the global market for fed microbial is estimated to be valued at US$ 1,163.6 Mn by the end of 2017 and this is anticipated to increase to US$ 1,715.4 Mn by the end of the forecast period in 2025. This reflects a CAGR of 5.0% in terms of value over the forecast period 2017 – 2025. In terms of volume, the global fed microbial market is estimated to be pegged at 82,629 Mn units by the end of 2017 and this is expected to increase to 116,722 Mn units by the end of 2025, witnessing a CAGR of 4.4% in terms of volume... ...

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Pheromones Market in Agriculture Worth 4.23 Billion USD by 2022

Oct 13, 2017

According to the report “Pheromones Market in Agriculture by Crop Type (Field Crops, Fruits & Nuts, Vegetables), Application (Mating Disruption, Mass Trapping, Detection & Monitoring), Mode of Application (Traps, Dispensers, Sprays), Type, and Region – Global Forecast to 2022“, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 16.26% from an estimated value of USD 1.99 Billion in 2017 to reach USD 4.23 Billion by 2022. The market is driven by factors such as the successful implementation of integrated pest management practices for sustainable agriculture, growing research and cost-effective production processes, and the impact of pheromones on the reduced application of insecticides. Moreover, the demand is increasing in developing countries such as India andChina where various schemes to incorporate sustainable agricultural practices has become a growing trend. Mass trapping method is projected to remain in the higher growth curve in the next five years Factors such as availability of effective trap designs, innovative technical pheromone compounds, especially aggregation pheromones to capture insects of both the sexes are projected... ...

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UK‘s future as global leader in animal medicines R&D and innovation hangs in balance according to industry sentiment barometer

Oct 13, 2017

The UK’s animal medicines industry can be a well-funded global centre for R&D (research and development) and innovation following the exit from the EU, says insight from NOAH’s first Brexit Barometer, but industry is uncertain about the potential to realise this opportunity. Half (50%) of those who contributed to the report expressed uncertainty over the future of this area and almost a quarter (23%) declared that they felt pessimistic about it. The insight follows the DExEU’s recent Collaboration on Science and Innovation report, released over summer 2017, which explains the UK’s ambition for continued close collaboration with the EU. However, the organisation warns that it will be a difficult task to bring the many positive aspects of this report into reality. Drawn from the views of 16 UK animal medicines companies, together with key industry stakeholders, NOAH’s report also expresses concerns over the UK’s ability to access a global talent base. Protection of funding for UK-based scientists was also cited as critical to realising this opportunity and Government is being... ...

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