Today’s Feed Industry and Perspectives on its Future

Jul 4, 2016

As global disposable income increases, consumers have developed a palate for protein, and, over the past five years, the feed industry has delivered. The analysis of five-year trends showed growth predominantly from the pig, poultry and aqua feed sectors and intensification of production in the African, Middle Eastern, Latin American and European regions. The future of the feed industry will evolve based on a rapidly-growing global population and a changing socioeconomic climate, with an increasingly involved consumer and the constant pursuit of greater efficiency. Aidan Connolly at Alltech explains that the future focus of the feed industry will be to verify the products’ ability to meet consumer demands of safety and sustainability. ...

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Automating Invoicing in EDC/CTMS: Study Build and Design Considerations

Jul 4, 2016

Automating invoicing is a significant benefit when using electronic data capture (EDC) systems and clinical trial management systems (CTMS). Understanding the extent and limitations of invoicing is an important consideration when selecting an EDC or CTMS. In multi-site studies, invoicing can become a tedious and time-consuming task when tracking is done using spreadsheets. Leveraging an integrated solution makes this process more streamlined and efficient. In this article, Karina Loyo and Alicia A. Browner of Prelude Dynamics include recommendations for integrating this functionality into a study, things to consider, and questions to ask. ...

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Total Gut Integrity in Poultry and Synergistic Role of Herbs

Jul 4, 2016

Total Gut Integrity (TGI) can be defined as “the maintenance of intestinal health to enable the expression of the full genetic potential for growth and yield and to fully utilise the dietary nutrients”. A sound gut is a must for the best production performance of a poultry bird. The better the digestive performance, the better will be the productivity and profitability of the farm. In recent years, the problems associated with total gut integrity (TGI) have been the major reason behind huge losses to the poultry industry. Dr Srijit Tripathi, of Ayurvet Limited, discusses the factors which can be responsible for the impaired gut of a bird. ...

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Care and Welfare Oversight of Agricultural Animals used in Agricultural Research

Jul 4, 2016

Agricultural animal production is predicted to continue to grow as the world’s population expands, largely because of increased dietary reliance on livestock and poultry products, including meat, milk and milk products, and eggs, in developing countries. There are clear international expectations for the care and use of farm animals in agricultural research, which are very similar to those in place for traditional laboratory animal species, used in biomedical research settings. Patricia V. Turner, Co-Chair of the WVA Policy Committee, explains that all personnel working with agricultural animals in research settings must be competent and knowledgeable to ensure that animal care is optimised. ...

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Canada Advances Solutions for Global Aquaculture Productivity

Jul 4, 2016

Aquaculture is the world’s fastest-growing animal foodproducing sector, supplying some 64 million tons of highquality seafood per year, at an average annual growth rate of 8.8 per cent. With depleted wild fish stocks, aquaculture production is meeting the increasing demand for nutritious food and animal protein. Rory Francis, Executive Director of Prince Edward Island BioAlliance, discusses how innovative thinking, industry-relevant research, and highquality infrastructure are making an important contribution to the advancement of an industry that is demonstrating its importance as a highly-efficient, low-footprint means of feeding a growing world population. ...

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Roscoe’s Remedy, Part 2 – The View from Below

Jul 4, 2016

Following on from the last issue, Denni O.Day, President and CEO of VetPharm Inc., explores the issues facing all study investigators: follow the study protocol exactly, record all required data as soon as it is observed, and account for all study drug. Another fascinating article illustrating how trial participation can benefit pets and their owners. ...

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Reproductive Function of Breeding Gilts Exposed to Zearalenone and a Mycotoxin Deactivator

Jul 4, 2016

Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by naturally occurring metabolic processes in fungi. The most frequently concurrently occurring non-specific symptoms of mycotoxin contamination in fattening pigs and piglets is decreased feed intake or feed refusal – very typical for deoxynivalenol (DON) contamination and diarrhoea. O. Averkieva and R. Borutova of Nutriad International recommend applying an effective mycotoxin deactivator, which offers an opportunity to significantly improve animal health, performance, productivity and profit impaired by mycotoxins. ...

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The Role of Probiotics in Veterinary Medicine

Jul 4, 2016

The use of probiotics in veterinary medicine has gained popularity in recent years and many different conditions are now successfully managed with probiotic therapy. The intestinal microflora and the impact of probiotics is currently an area of interest for researchers and clinicians alike. This article by James Kyffin, of Protexin Veterinary, will examine the variations in the microflora seen in specific conditions and how probiotics can influence this, with particular focus on the evidence available in dogs and cats. ...

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The Decline of Administrative Burden: A Perspective from Regulatory Professionals

Jul 4, 2016

Each veterinary medicinal product (VMP) needs to be authorised before it can be placed on the market. The registration process for human and veterinary medicinal products started back in 1965 with the European Community Medicines Directive 65/65/EEC, which focused on guaranteeing safety, quality and efficacy of all available medicines. Luisa Paches Samblas and Joshua Forster, from Cyton Biosciences Ltd, discuss that the main focus for the EU has always been the authorisation of safe, efficacious veterinary medicinal products, with a high standard of quality. ...

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Veterinary Official Controls and Public Health

Jul 4, 2016

Effective veterinary official controls are vital to maintain and improve the standards of animal health and welfare, as well as human health. Trade and economic growth can also benefit from the prevention and control of animal disease incursions. Although globally the major goals of veterinary official controls are similar, the strategies used to achieve them may differ. Dr Rodrigo Nova, Assistant Professor in Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, explains why it is important to recognise that risks and priorities are varied and countries should analyse them in order to be able to implement the most idoneous intervention strategies that suit their needs and capacities. ...

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