NOMINATE NOW FOR THE 2017 VETERINARY AWARDS

Nov 24, 2016

Petplan, the UK’s favourite pet insurance provider, is delighted to announce that nominations for the prestigious Petplan Veterinary Awards are going strong.   Returning for their 18th year, the Awards recognise members of the veterinary profession who have gone above and beyond in their daily roles. Petplan is encouraging veterinary staff and pet owners alike to recognise the hard work of those who have shown admirable dedication in their work caring for the wellbeing of the UK’s pets.   James Barnes, Head of Sales and Partnerships at Petplan comments: “Petplan really values its strong relationship with veterinary practices across the UK and places great importance on the essential role played by industry professionals in looking after the nation’s pets. We receive daily feedback from our customers praising the exceptional care veterinary staff have provided for their beloved pets and the Veterinary Awards are a fantastic opportunity for both owners and Petplan to recognise the hard work and dedication  of veterinary staff and say thank you.”   Last year Petplan received... ...

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Nutriad concludes 2016 Polish wheat and triticale Mycotoxin Survey

Nov 21, 2016

Poland is one of Europe’s biggest grain producers.  Its farming sector has changed dramatically since it joined the European Union (E.U.) more than 10 years ago.  According to the Main Statistical Office, Poland, the production of wheat, rye, mixed grains, triticale, barley, corn and oats is forecasted to increase by approximately 6 % to 29.5 million metric tons in 2016/17. This is because of the better than average yield expectations compared to the lower yields of 2015 which were due to the unfavorable summer weather conditions.  The total acreage for grain plantings is estimated to be 3% higher than in 2015.   Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by farm and companion animals.  Fusarium, Aspergillus and Penicillium are the most abundant moulds that produce these toxins and contaminate human foods and animal feeds through fungal growth prior to and during harvest, or during (improper) storage (Bhatnagar et al., 2004).   The 2016 Nutriad Mycotoxin Survey included 73 wheat and 32... ...

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Novel Immunostimulant Adds Value to Bovine Respiratory Disease Protocols

Nov 21, 2016

New study involving a novel immunostimulant reveals significant reductions in overall feedlot cattle mortality and demonstrates potential in reducing overall antibiotic use     Leverkusen, Germany, November 17, 2016 – Bayer released new data that demonstrates significant reductions in overall mortality in feedlot cattle when a novel immunostimulant was included in Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) protocols. The data also showed a reduction in the need for re-treatment with antibiotics when the immunostimulant was administered on arrival, and modified live viral (MLV) vaccination was delayed.(1) BRD is the most devastating complex infectious disease impacting the cattle industry, despite efforts to mitigate it with current tools and approaches. It is associated with an overall economic impact of about USD1 billion a year in the US alone.(2) Adding to the challenges faced by veterinarians and producers is the growing need to use antibiotics more responsibly, and even reduce overall use, whilst ensuring animal health and well-being. “The data clearly demonstrates the added value of an ancillary treatment to feedlot BRD metaphylaxis protocols. It... ...

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India’s government is harnessing the economic power of animal health

Nov 18, 2016

  The Indian government is increasingly adopting initiatives to help the country capitalize on its wealth of animal health capabilities, according to one expert. Vijay Teng, executive vice president at Intas Animal Health, believes the country’s authorities have now realized supporting animal health “is an easy way to reach the bottom of the pyramid of the economy.” In a country where some of its most economically weak people work in the animal husbandry, the agriculture and livestock industries play an important role in gross domestic product (GDP). India’s agricultural sector (17%) represents a greater percentage of the country’s overall GDP than China (10%) and Brazil (5%) – two of the world’s other largest developing economies. Specifically, Mr Teng said the animal health sector represents around 26% of India’s agricultural GDP and 4% of the overall national GDP. India’s government has apportioned $2 billion to supporting animal health as part of its 12th five-year plan (2012-2017). Of this, around 51% applies to improving animal husbandry, 33% is aimed at dairy development... ...

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West Africa to target human and animal health together to fight Ebola and Zika

Nov 18, 2016

At Dakar’s One Health conference, leaders pledged to act fast to detect, report and control the spread of diseases that often pass from animals to humans Ebola claimed almost 4,000 lives in Sierra Leone. The country, along with Guinea and Liberia, lost a collective $2.8bn in GDP as a result of the outbreak. Photograph: Aurélie Marrier d’Unienville/AP   West African leaders have agreed a new approach to infectious diseases in an attempt to avert any repetition of the disastrous Ebola outbreak. Human, animal and environmental health will all be considered together, and countries in the region will work collaboratively to catch outbreaks of diseases including avian flu, Zika and Ebola in their early stages. About 75% of emerging infectious diseases in recent years have come from animals or animal products. The Ebola outbreak, which began nearly three years ago and killed 11,323 people, is thought to have started when a toddler in Guinea came into contact with fruit bats, possibly while playing in a bat-infested tree. Until then, the disease... ...

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Top EU vet calls for more “integration” on animal health issues

Nov 15, 2016

Animal health and animal welfare go hand in hand, Germany’s top vet said in Hanover today during the opening of Eurotier, the big international farming and farm business event.   Speaking as President of the German Federal Association of Practising Veterinarians, Dr Siegfried Moder told a Eurotier audience there was still confusion among consumers about what animal health and animal welfare really means. “Although there has been an encouraging amount of progress, there is still a lack of agreement in society about what animal husbandry should look like tomorrow and thereafter,” he said, adding that the large number of animal welfare initiatives currently underway in Europe means that consumers no longer have a clear overview of the issues involved. As for current understanding at farm and veterinary levels, he said there was still definitely a lack of integration of animal health issues, with the industry caught between consumer health protection, animal welfare and profitability. “In view of the precarious earnings situation throughout the (EU farming) sector, its profitability is becoming... ...

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MSD web tool to simplify on-farm vaccination regime

Nov 15, 2016

MSD Animal Health’s Ian Graham demonstrates the company’s online vaccination calendar to Charolais breeder David Connolly, chairman of the Pedigree Calf Fair @ Beef NI Expo. Farmers will have an opportunity to view the customised web tool at Balmoral on 19th November. Picture: Julie Hazelton     MSD Animal Health has launched a new web-based tool that will enable veterinary practitioners to develop a customised vaccination calendar for their dairy, beef and sheep farmer clients. The facility, which is the first of its kind, is available on the company’s dedicated animal health website www.bovilis.ie. MSD Animal Health believes this new facility will be of great assistance to vets in ensuring the most effective and compliant disease prevention strategies. Many farmers forget to boost with vaccines or use products at inappropriate times for their production system. This web-based tool will ensure they have a permanent reminder of the critical dates for vaccinating against a broad range of cattle and sheep diseases. Using a wide range of algorithms that are built into... ...

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Heska beats the Street on revenue and earnings in Q3

Nov 15, 2016

Veterinary diagnostics maker Heska ($HSKA) stood at the bottom of a steep slope earlier this year, with analysts urging the company to boost its visibility as it revamped its business model to get more revenue from recurring sources. The company has worked hard to turn things around and at least for now, it seems like its efforts are paying off. Heska revealed Q3 revenues that beat the Street’s expectations, partly fueled by a strong performance of its blood analyzer systems. The Loveland, CO-based company brought in $28.03 million in sales during the third quarter, surpassing analysts’ estimates of $24.28 million. Heska also beat on earnings with a Q3 EPS of $0.20, exceeding the Street’s $0.12 estimate. Operating profit in Q3 shot up to $2.1 million year over year from $381,000. Investors seem pleased with the numbers, with shares in Heska jumping almost 10% to $35.85 in early morning trading after the company announced earnings. More blood analyzer placements helped drive the company to a win during the quarter. Heska increased... ...

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IDEXX predicts strong growth through 2017 thanks to ‘deeply rooted’ love of pets

Nov 8, 2016

IDEXX is enjoying strong demand for its diagnostics to detect illnesses in dogs and cats.     When pet owners take their dogs and cats to the vet for checkups, they want to know on the spot if there are any health issues they need to address–and they’re willing to pay to get the information fast. IDEXX Laboratories ($IDXX) recognized this trend years ago and responded with a host of diagnostic tests that can diagnose common health problems in pets in minutes. Judging from the company’s third-quarter earnings, announced on November 1, it’s reaping the rewards from being an early mover in the rapidly growing market for animal diagnostics. IDEXX’s third-quarter revenues of $448.3 million were in line with analysts’ expectations, and its earnings of $56.5 million, or 62 cents per, share beat estimates by two pennies. After last quarter’s strong performance, IDEXX hiked its 2016 sales estimate by $25 million, to $1.76 billion to $1.78 billion–and it’s now saying it will finish the year at the high end of... ...

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Northern Ireland unveils new action plan to improve animal welfare

Nov 8, 2016

  Northern Ireland has unveiled an action plan aimed at improving animal welfare enforcement and at protecting animals from neglect and abuse. The plan sets out how 68 recommendations, made in the Review of the Implementation of the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011, will be brought in. It will enable the animal welfare enforcement bodies to work together to ensure that the recommendations are fully implemented. Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Michelle McIlveen said: “Legislation has been amended to substantially increase the maximum penalties available to the courts for the most serious animal welfare offences to five years imprisonment. “In addition, serious animal welfare offences have been added to the Unduly Lenient Sentencing Scheme. This allows the Director of Public Prosecutions to refer sentences for animal welfare offences, tried in the Crown Court, to the Court of Appeal if he considers them to be unduly lenient. We have also secured access to conviction data for DAERA inspectors, to help with animal welfare investigations. These are important steps... ...

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