UK Pet Population and Pet Food Market

Sep 11, 2017

This piece by Nicole Paley, Communications Manager at PFMA, provides an insight into the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), the principal trade body representing the UK pet food industry. Since 2008, PFMA has been tracking the UK pet population to provide robust data. This data is used by PFMA members and a wide range of bodies, including government departments, pet care businesses, welfare charities and the media. The data provides interesting facts and figures about all pet types – but it is also used to shape strategies and as such the quality and accuracy of this data is therefore critical. ...

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HfA: Rabies Feature

Sep 11, 2017

In this feature, HealthforAnimals Executive Director Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, talks through the target agreed by the World Health Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (which coordinates World Rabies Day), which is to reduce human deaths from canine rabies to zero by 2030. While many health professionals think of rabies as a problem of the past, the 2030 target highlights the devastating impact the disease still has in many parts of the world. Africa and Asia account for 99 per cent of human deaths from a disease that disproportionately impacts poor, rural communities. ...

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Heat Detection in Dairy Cows: A Review of Methods with an Emphasis on Those Utilising Milk

Sep 11, 2017

The widespread global replacement of bulls with artificial insemination (AI) means that accurate detection and timing of oestrus becomes a critical activity. Traditional observation of behavioural signs have been re-evaluated, but these methods rely on regular visual observation of cows and an environment conducive to demonstration of oestrus behaviour. Dr Maggie Fisher BVetMed CBiol MSB MRQA DipEVPC MRCVS and Dr Peter Holdsworth AO FRSB FAICD, of Ridgeway Research Ltd, review some of the detection systems which have been commercialised and are widely adopted, whilst others remain in the research laboratory. ...

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Dietary Strategies Protecting Heat-stressed Farm Animals Against Increased Susceptibility to Inflammatory Diseases

Sep 11, 2017

Global warming and the growing consumer demand for animal-derived food and meat, particularly in newlyindustrialising countries with hot climates, raise public concerns on animal welfare, long-term sustainable livestock production and food and consumer safety. In these areas, heat stress is one major reason for economic losses in livestock production. Tobias Aumiller, Xiaodan Zhou, Ester Vinyeta, Jan Dirk van der Klis, and Andreas S. Müller, of Delacon Biotechnik GmbH, explain that besides lowering the quality of forage and feedstuffs, a hot and humid climate reduces reproduction performance and productivity of livestock animals. Moreover, heat stress affects general health and the susceptibility of farm animals to infectious diseases. ...

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Breakthrough Cell-based Companion Animal Therapies: New Treatments Bring New Challenges

Sep 11, 2017

This article written by Kirk Randall, Sales Director at Cryoport, will address particular issues surrounding the logistics and shipment of cryogenic animal health products such as these new regenerative therapies, as they represent the highest level of need for any organisation working with these products. They also represent a higher level of resource needs for the end user where the shippers often end up serving as temporary storage units for the veterinary clinics treating their livestock with these critical stem cell CONTENTS therapies for herd/flock health. The author will break the challenges into their core components and address solutions individually. ...

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How to Reduce Mycotoxin – induced Vaccination Failure

Sep 11, 2017

Immunotoxic substances such as mycotoxins are unsuspected players in the failure of vaccines to provoke a proper immune response. Vaccines are commonly used to prevent various pathogenic challenges of viral, bacterial, and protozoan origins that usually lead to diseases affecting health and performance of livestock. G. Raj Murugesan, Technical & Marketing Director and Erika Hendel, Swine Technical Manager at Biomin, give an insight into two major types of vaccines normally used in swine production and two different mechanisms involved in establishing an immune response. ...

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Epidemiology and its Application to Animal Health

Sep 11, 2017

Health research is diverse and varied and covers a spectrum from basic research to applied research. The production of new therapeutic compounds, for example, begins at the laboratory bench (basic) and proceeds through rigorous testing in clinical settings (applied) before they can be widely used in regular practice. The purpose of this editorial, by Melissa Simpson, DVM, PhD, Veterinary Epidemiologist at Morris Animal Foundation, is to discuss details about the types of studies that fall under the umbrella of applied research, including their advantages and limitations, and their utility in advancing animal health. ...

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Important Facts about Mycotoxins that Every Dairy Producer Should be Aware Of

Sep 11, 2017

The goal of the dairy farming industry is to supply dairy processing enterprises with high-quality milk that can be converted into highly-nutritious milk products for human consumption. Milk quality is determined by the composition of its nutrients and the level of contaminants or undesirable compounds. Therefore, every dairy farm aims to maximise the level of nutritious components and minimise the levels of contaminants in milk. Many factors on farms are known to influence milk quality. Radka Borutova, Business Development Manager at Nutriad International, explains how it is well established that many nutritional factors can contribute to the presence of contaminants and undesired compounds in the milk. ...

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What Feed Statistics Tell Us about the Health of Animal Production and the World Economy

Sep 11, 2017

In a global food chain, inputs such as animal feed reflect the overall health and evolution of both the industry and the economy at large. Changes in the demand for, and pricing of, animal feed reflect trends in consumer preferences, population growth, investment opportunities, economic development, animal husbandry and overall economic circumstances. In this article, Aidan Connolly, Chief Innovation Officer & Vice President, Corporate Accounts at Alltech, discusses the annual Global Feed Survey (GFS) report, which has become a bellwether of global economic trends, sometimes flagging changes before other indicators do. ...

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Data Protection – An Industry Success Story for New Zealand Agriculture

Sep 11, 2017

Until recently, New Zealand had one of the worst data protection regimes for animal medicines in the developed world. This all changed in November 2016, when the parliament passed a major law change to extend data protection. The law change was a significant win for animal medicine and crop protection manufacturers, says Mark Ross, Chief Executive of Agcarm. At first the government was not interested in extending data protection – reasoning that it would be anti-competitive to generic-based companies, and would lead to product price increases for farmers; other drivers included agriculture’s critical role to New Zealand’s economy, and the need to incentivise less hazardous products and provide new and innovative products. ...

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