Feed regulators and industry from around the world discuss critical issues with IFIF and FAO at the 11th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM)

Feb 9, 2018

The 11th annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) brought together feed industry representatives and government officials from around the world to discuss critical issues facing the feed sector with IFIF and the FAO.   “I am delighted we had a record number of participants from across the world and from key regulatory bodies join us at the 11th IFRM. This meeting, yet again, proved to be an important opportunity for the global feed industry and feed regulators to discuss key issues for the feed and food chain, including animal nutrition and feeding strategies to improve animal health, as well as programs on capacity development for feed safety to implement the Codex Alimentarius requirements” said Dr. Daniel Bercovici, IFIF Chairman.   Dr. Bercovici added “This dialogue is an important example of the private sector collaborating with the FAO and regulators from around the world and we believe that only by... ...

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NUTRIAD HOSTING AQUACULTURE SEMINAR IN MYANMAR

Feb 9, 2018

A global leader in feed additives solutions for aquaculture, NUTRIAD was thrilled to share its knowledge and experience with a group of industry professionals in Yangon, Myanmar.  The highly valued aquaculture event was organized by Tan Sao A Ltd., Nutriad’s distributor for aquaculture products in Vietnam.   Mr. Allen (Ming-Hsun) Wu, Regional Manager of Nutriad Aqua APAC presented “Global aqua and shrimp culture outlook and Nutriad’s solution”; Dr. KANJANAWORAKUL Poonmanee (Fai), Aqua Tech. Manager S.E. Asia of Nutriad presented “Thailand Shrimp Farming practices: facts & figures”. Followed by “Vietnam Shrimp Farming practices: facts & figures” presented by Mr Truong Minh Duc – Vice Director, Tan Sao A Co., Ltd. Dr Kyaw Tun Myat – Chairman, Myanmar Shrimp Association shared interesting insight when he addressed “Myanmar Shrimp Farming practices: facts & figures.”   As Vietnam and Myanmar delegates share common interests and face similar challenges, the interaction was met with great enthusiasm. “This is the most successful aquaculture seminar in Myanmar, as it offers very practical and useful insights. Our association... ...

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‘Unprecedented’ results in new targeted chemotherapy

Feb 5, 2018

A pioneering electrochemotherapy treatment that only attacks cancerous cells has been hailed as “extraordinary“ by vets, after it eradicated all traces of the disease in the first tranche of patients. North Downs Specialist Referrals (NDSR) in Surrey started offering electrochemotherapy, a form of targeted chemotherapy, in November 2017 and has reported a string of success stories, including the case of Tigga, a cat with a destructive nose tumour that was in complete remission within 44 days of receiving treatment. In another case, a dog was given the treatment to shrink a tumour before an operation to remove it – only for clinicians to discover the tumour had disappeared. Gerry Polton, clinical director of oncology at NDSR, described the results as extraordinary and unprecedented. “They took my breath away because this wasn’t what we were expecting at all,” Dr Polton said. “We are naturally cautious people, so hesitate to believe the same is going to happen in every single case that follows. But it is impossible not to feel exceptionally optimistic... ...

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Study explores risk factors associated with dog bites

Feb 5, 2018

Personality type could have a bearing on the risks, scientists say   A new observational study by the University of Liverpool highlights factors that could be linked with a heightened risk of dog bites. Researchers surveyed just under 700 people in 385 households, in a semi-rural town in Cheshire, to investigate bite prevalence at a community level, as well as victim-related risk factors. One in four respondents said they had been bitten before, of which more than half (54.7 per cent) were bitten by a dog they didn’t know. Men were almost twice as likely to have been bitten than women. Meanwhile, those who owned several dogs were more than three times more likely to have been bitten than the non-dog owners. Around a third of dog bites (33 per cent) required treatment but only 0.6 per cent resulted in hospital admission. Researchers also assessed emotional stability using the Ten Item Personality Inventory (TIPI), to see whether certain traits may have a bearing on the risk of dog bites. The... ...

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BEVA launches ‘Don’t Break Your Vet’ campaign

Feb 5, 2018

Videos help owners prepare horses for veterinary treatment   A campaign to encourage horse owners to help reduce the risks faced by equine vets has been launched by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA). The ‘Don’t Break Your Vet’ campaign comprises a series of seven video tutorials featuring vet and equine behaviourist Gemma Pearson. The videos provide quick and simple ways of teaching horses to be quiet, safe and relaxed for veterinary treatment, clipping and giving oral medications. “Many accidents reportedly occur when vets are trying to work with horses who have learnt to avoid examination or treatment and where handlers are not in full control” says David Mountford, CEO at BEVA. “Gemma’s work at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and her amazing videos show how a little preparation can have a big impact on horse, owner and vet safety.” Research shows that a significant proportion of equine vets will, at some point in their career end up unconscious or hospitalised as the result of a work-related injury. A study published... ...

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Report calls for separate legislation on animal sentience

Feb 5, 2018

EFRA committee scrutinises Draft Animal Welfare Bill    British vets are urging the government to ensure that animal sentience legislation is enshrined in UK law before Britain leaves the European Union. The news follows the publication of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) report which scrutinises the Draft Animal Welfare Bill. In the report, EFRA calls for a ‘separate piece of legislation on animal sentience’ that allows the ‘problematic concepts on the existing Clause 1 to be better defined’. The Draft Bill was published in response to the BVA’s campaign to enshrine Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty into UK law. This would recognise the sentience of animals and put pressure on ministers to take responsibility for animal welfare when developing and implementing certain policies. “The veterinary profession has been a strong champion for the concept of animal sentience to be enshrined in UK law post-Brexit, and for measures to ensure the government has a duty to have regard for animal welfare in policy making,” commented BVA president John Fishwick. “EfraCom... ...

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Thousands of tonnes of colistin ‘shipped to farms’ in 10 countries

Feb 5, 2018

Study finds countries are using the antibiotic as a growth promoter    Nearly 3,000 tonnes of the ‘last resort’ antibiotic colistin was shipped to countries in Asia and Central America last year, for use on farms. This is according to a study by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Colistin is a critically important human medicine, used to treat infections which have become resistant to nearly all other drugs. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for its use to be restricted in animals and banned as a growth promoter. However, the bureau says the drug is being used on Indian farms to make animals gain weight faster, to prevent disease, and as a replacement for good biosecurity. At least five animal pharmaceutical companies in the country are said to be openly advertising products containing colistin as growth promoters. The bureau tracked more than 2,800 tonnes of veterinary colistin that was sent to India, Vietnam, South Korea, Russia, Nepal, Guatemala, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico and El Salvador in 2016. It is thought... ...

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UK remains BTV free, scientists assure

Feb 5, 2018

  Surveillance identifies four infected cattle from France   Scientists have provided assurance that the UK remains free from bluetongue after four infected cattle were imported to the north of England and Scotland. The cattle were brought to the UK from France in October 2017 without sufficient proof of vaccination. Bluetongue virus (BTV) was immediately confirmed. Experts from the Pirbright Institute worked with the APHA, Defra and Scottish government to advise where and when secondary surveillance should take place. To estimate the timing of onwards transmission, they looked at several factors that can influence BTV spread, such as seasonal changes in the population of Culicoides biting midges (which spread the virus) and temperatures at which the virus can replicate. In order to demonstrate that there was no further transmission, Pirbright’s reference laboratory processed hundreds of samples from cattle, sent from the area that received them. Dr Carrie Batten, head of the Non-Vesicular Disease Reference Laboratory at Pirbright, said: “Responding rapidly and with a high degree of certainty guaranteed by validated tests... ...

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Lintbells launches Vet Exclusive YuMOVE ADVANCE 360

Feb 5, 2018

  Lintbells has launched a new advanced natural joint supplement called YuMOVE ADVANCE 360, which is available exclusively to the veterinary profession. The product is for the support of the metabolism of joints in the case of osteoarthritis and is clinically proven to work within six weeks.1 Species specific cat and dog supplements will be available. The launch is in line with the Lintbells natural ethos and takes quality to the next level. The YuMOVE ADVANCE 360 range benefits from the new and unique combination of ActivEase® Green Lipped Mussel extract and a highly bioavailable purified fish oil to provide a highly concentrated, sustainable source of Omega 3 EFA’s. As a result of the new combination, the product contains significantly higher levels of essential fatty acids, ETA, EPA and DHA. These and other additions to the formula, aids the body’s own natural anti-inflammatory process to soothe stiff joints and make it Lintbells’ strongest formula yet. Lintbells Product Marketing Executive Gemma Cunningham commented, “It’s important that the company keeps innovating. This new... ...

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Animal welfare strengthened by pig and poultry codes

Jan 29, 2018

A six-week consultation begins today (29 January), where the Government is seeking views from industry and stakeholders for guidance expected to be available later this year.   Under the proposals, animal keepers will be expected to provide a more enriched environment for pigs, laying hens and meat chickens, to enable them to display more natural behaviour.   Welfare codes for pigs, laying hens and meat chickens are being updated to reflect the advice from vets and animal husbandry developments. This is as part of a programme of reforms to safeguard and enhance the welfare of animals, minister for animal welfare Lord John Gardiner of Kimble announced today (29 January). Ensuring high standards Lord Gardiner said: “We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world, and are going further – including raising maximum sentences for animal cruelty to five years and introducing mandatory CCTV in abattoirs. “We are carefully consulting with industry experts, using the most recent scientific and veterinary advice to ensure this clear guidance provides the... ...

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