NUTRIAD DISCUSSES ADDITIVE SOLUTIONS AT AQUAFEED HORIZONS

Apr 20, 2018

Nutriad, pioneer in species specific feed additive solutions for aquaculture, was one of the proud sponsors of the 11th Aquafeed Horizons ASIA 2018 (Advances in Aquafeed Processing & Formulation Workshop) that took place in Bangkok recently. The event successfully attracted major aqua players from Asia, as well as producers from Europe, USA and Australia. The conference is designed for commercial aquaculture feed manufacturers and others to learn the latest formulation and processing solutions commercially available for producing aquatic feeds.    Dr. Peter Coutteau, Business Unit Director with Nutriad, was invited to talk about Balancing Nutrient Levels Through the Application of Functional Additives. Dr. Coutteau shared the results of a survey organized by Nutriad in India in 2016, that analyzed nutrient levels of commercial shrimp feeds. The study sampled 8 commercial brands of shrimp feeds and analyzed a number of key nutrients, including proximate composition, amino acids, fatty acids, cholesterol and phospholipid levels. The analyses revealed the general lack of standardization of nutritional standards in the shrimp feed industry, showing high... ...

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The National Animal Health Summit

Apr 16, 2018

The Animal Health and Veterinary Show is being held in the Arena MK, Milton Keynes on 10th July 2018. The Animal Health and Veterinary Show offers an annual opportunity for leading suppliers to the Animal Health and Veterinary sector to meet, network and do business with the UKs leading leading Veterinary Practises. The event offers an annual chance for the sector to gather to keep up to date with the latest trends, opportunities and best practise and to meet with key suppliers of technology and services. Over 30 speakers and 50 exhibitors will inform and educate and inform the delegates who have gathered to network and listen to key note talks. Why Attend ·Educational seminars on key industry trends ·Key insights from industry thought leaders & service providers ·Hands-on demonstrations of the latest solutions in the technology showcase ·Excellent networking opportunities with peers throughout the day ·Meet over 50 exhibitors that can meet your needs ...

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Texas Animal Health Commission celebrates 125 years

Apr 16, 2018

In the late-1920s, TAHC and USDA collaborated to fight the last case of classical swine fever in Texas.  The Texas Animal Health Commission has reached an historic milestone as the agency celebrates 125 years of service to Texas animal agriculture. The TAHC was established on April 20, 1893, as the Texas Livestock Sanitary Commission and charged with protecting the state’s domestic animals “from all contagious or infectious diseases of a malignant character.” “Through the years TAHC has remained true to its charge while evolving with the times to protect the health and marketability of all Texas livestock and poultry,” says Andy Schwartz, TAHC executive director. “We are excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary and reflect on TAHC’s historic past.” Gov. James Hogg gave the agency its start when he appointed three commissioners to oversee the agency and its $20,000 two-year budget. The commissioners were authorized to hire a veterinarian, provided no more than $10 a day or $900 a year was spent on the salary. TAHC was small but the agency’s... ...

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Healthy soil lifts animal weight

Apr 16, 2018

Managing soil by well-designed grazing is the key to an animal’s growth and wellbeing shows new research that links soil health, pasture value and sustainable production Individual pastures on livestock farms yield surprisingly dissimilar benefits to a farm’s overall agricultural income, and those differences are most likely attributable to the varying levels of “soil health” provided by its grazing livestock, reveals a study published today. The study, produced by an interdisciplinary team of 13 scientists and two PhD students from Rothamsted Research, evaluates how efficiently nutrients are used on a livestock farm, on a field-by-field basis for the first time, and links soil health to animal growth. The team has developed a method to derive the contribution of individual fields to an animal’s growth and, in the process, has opened up the possibility of using field-scale metrics as indicators of animal performance and agricultural productivity. The findings appear in the journal Animal. “The prospect that commercial livestock producers could improve their productivity by purely changing rotational patterns is exciting,” says... ...

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Rabbit specialist crowned ‘vet of the year’ at CEVA awards

Apr 16, 2018

Dr Richard Saunders praised for getting RVHD2 vaccination into the UK Rabbit specialist advisor Dr Richard Saunders was crowned ‘Vet of the Year’ at the 2018 Ceva Animal Welfare Awards. Richard, who helps guide the welfare and strategy of the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RWAF), won the prestigious ’Chris Laurence Vet of the Year’ award for his dedication to improving rabbit welfare. Judges praised Richard for his work in getting a new vaccine into the UK to protect rabbits against RVHD2. Rae Todd, CEO of the RWAF, commented: “We’re incredibly proud of Richard for all of his hard work and delighted that he’s received recognition for his work. We all owe Richard a huge debt of gratitude for his commitment to the industry and for protecting all pet rabbits. So far, we estimate in the region of 70,000 rabbits have been vaccinated thanks to Richard.” Richard graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1994 before obtaining his Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2001 and his Diploma in Zoological Medicine... ...

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Labour Party would ban cage egg production if elected

Apr 16, 2018

The Labour Party would ban cage egg production on farms in the United Kingdom if it came to power. The commitment is amongst a number of policies outlined in what it says is a plan for radical action on animal welfare. Other policies include ending the badger cull – introduced in an attempt to tackle bovine TB – and banning live exports of animals for slaughter or fattening. Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman says she wants the UK to become a world leader on animal rights. All the major retailers in the United Kingdom, as well as a number of leading food service companies, have already committed to going cage-free by 2025. The move followed successful animal welfare campaigns run mainly on the internet. Particularly influential was a petition by schoolgirl Lucy Gavaghan from Sheffield. She initially aimed her campaign at Tesco. The petition went viral, with huge numbers of signatures, and Tesco eventually said it would stop selling cage eggs by 2025. Once Tesco committed to going cage-free,... ...

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Charity founder receives animal welfare award

Apr 16, 2018

Maria Pinto Teixeira founded Animals de Rua in Portugal   The founder of a Portuguese animal charity has received the iCatCare Welfare Award, which recognises 10 years of tireless work to improve the lives of cats and dogs in her home country. Maria Pinto Teixeira accepted the award at CEVA’s Animal Welfare Awards in Birmingham on 4 April. iCatCare said her hands-on welfare work, training, sharing of knowledge and influence on legislation made her ‘the obvious choice’. After beginning her career as a lawyer, Maria became concerned about the plight of unowned cat colonies in Portugal. She took it upon herself to seek out a humane solution to the problem, travelling to the UK and USA to learn how to carry out trap-neuter-return (TNR) work. She left her legal practice in 2008 and founded Animals de Rua in 2008. While the charity initially carried out TNR work in her hometown of Oporto, it has since grown into one of the most recognised and respected animal welfare organisations in the country. Animals... ...

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Temperature rise prompts nematodirus warning

Apr 16, 2018

Low-lying areas of England most at risk With temperatures set to rise this week, sheep farmers are being urged to check their local weather forecast and assess the risk of nematodirus to their lambs. The warning comes from the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) Group, which says that the rapid change from the cold, wet winter to the forecast for the second half of April means a mass hatch of Nematodirus larvae is ‘highly likely’. According to the SCOPS Nematodirus Forecast map, the areas most at risk are South and East England as well as most other low lying areas of England. SCOPS defines these areas at moderate risk, meaning they are within 10 days of a hatch. “This poses a serious danger to February and March-born lambs grazing in fields that carried lambs last spring,” explained Lesley Stubbings of SCOPS. “With such a challenging season to date, we are urging sheep farmers to check their nearest weather station on the website and assess the risk to their... ...

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Gove explores ban on live animal exports for slaughter

Apr 16, 2018

Call for evidence to look at options for improving welfare  The live export of animals for slaughter could be banned after Brexit, the government said as it launched a call for evidence today. Over the next six weeks, views will be welcomed from industry, the devolved authorities, charities and members of the public, on how the government could improve animal welfare during transport. More than 4,000 sheep are transported from the UK to continental Europe for slaughter every year, according to the latest figures from 2016. Defra says all options for improving welfare are being considered, including a potential ban on export for slaughter. Announcing the call for evidence, environment secretary Michael Gove said: “All animals deserve to get the respect and care they deserve at every stage of their lives. “This call for evidence begins to deliver on our manifesto commitment which aims to control the export of live animals for slaughter once we leave the European Union.” BVA president John Fishwick welcomed the ban. “We believe that production... ...

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‘The Idea’ by VetPrep Awards Three Veterinary Student Teams $17,500 in Prizes

Apr 16, 2018

The 2nd annual finale of ‘The Idea’ concluded with three student team presentations to a live audience and was also broadcast on Facebook Live The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Symposium was held March 15 – 17 in beautiful Center City Philadelphia. Among the engaging lectures, clinical skills competitions, and events was the second annual live finale of “The Idea,” an innovation competition exclusively for veterinary students, and hosted by VetPrep and ViralVet. In addition, the Veterinary Innovation Lab from Texas A&M joined VetPrep in supporting the year-long competition. Over 27 student teams from across North America entered the competition during the 2017-2018 season. The semi-finalists worked closely with Dr. Aaron Massecar from the Texas A&M Veterinary Innovation Lab, as well as many other guest mentors to take an entrepreneurial and innovative journey that resulted in the selection of three teams to compete in the live finals held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia. Judges of the live finals included Dr. Omar Farias (Hill’s Pet... ...

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