IFIF elects new Chairman and Board of Directors for 2018-2019

Oct 9, 2017

Rome – The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) is pleased to announce that Daniel Bercovici, President of Ajinomoto Eurolysine S.A.S., was elected IFIF’s new Chairman for 2018-2019 at the IFIF 30th General Assembly held on 06 October 2017. Outgoing IFIF Chairman Joel G. Newman, President & CEO of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), led the Federation for the last two years and formally handed over the IFIF Chairmanship at the General Assembly in Rome, where he welcomed Daniel Bercovici’s election: “IFIF is at a critical phase of implementing its strategy in the face of important global challenges and opportunities in the food and feed chain and Daniel Bercovici is well placed to lead the Federation to contribute to the growth of a sustainable feed industry worldwide.” Dr. Bercovici thanked Joel Newman for “his great leadership of IFIF over the last two years and his dedication, value and expertise, which he continues to bring to the Federation at the highest levels since joining the IFIF Board of Directors more than a... ...

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High-flying VCA misses Q3 forecasts as analysts question slowing growth

Nov 1, 2016

        Pet hospital chain VCA ($WOOF) was having a bang-up year until now, repeatedly boosting its revenue and earnings guidance, and deploying its ample cash towards buying up clinics all over the country. But on October 27, the company’s third-quarter earnings release hinted at a slowdown in growth, missing analysts’ estimates. “We’re having probably one of our best years ever,” insisted CEO Bob Antin during a conference call with analysts after the report, pointing to growth in almost all areas and margin improvement. Clearly the Street didn’t agree, though: VCA’s shares, which had been up about 20% for the year, fell more than 4% to $63.20. VCA’s third-quarter sales came in at $656.9 million, and its net income was $58.2 million (71 cents per share). Analysts had been expecting revenues of $666.9 million and EPS of 81 cents, according to Zacks. During the earnings call, analysts hammered Antin and his team with questions about a notable deceleration in same-store sales. Although hospital revenues were up 25%, same-store... ...

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Measuring antibiotic use – what is in the future?

Nov 1, 2016

Antibiotic resistance has reached a crisis in human medicine. Finding ways to combat resistance is a goal of almost all national and international groups concerned with infectious diseases. Practices of antibiotic use in all settings (human, animal and agricultural) are being put under the microscope. As the swine industry braces to confront the practical hurdles, and likely animal health challenges, resulting from Food and Drug Administration Guidance 213 and the new Veterinary Feed Directive requirements in the new year, there are calls for further limits on the availability and oversight of antibiotics for food animals. As in so many other areas of farming, the balance between trust and transparency is shifting. These mounting pressures are not going away, regardless of the uncertainty about the impact that antibiotics used in food animals have on resistant infections in people. That question remains unresolved after five or so decades of debate. But there is little doubt the impact is not “zero”, and therefore all industries have a responsibility to review their practices and... ...

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Anpario invests a further £1m in its state of the art production plant

Oct 21, 2016

Over the past few years, Anpario has made significant investments in its production plant located in Nottinghamshire, UK. As well as investing in updating the plant and equipment, the company has implemented a company-wide enterprise resource planning (ERP) system which is fully integrated with the plant’s process control system.   The first stage started in 2013 with the installation of the automated mixing control software, enabling guaranteed accuracy of finished products. Since then, incremental improvements in onsite storage capacities, dedicated production lines and high-tech dust extraction systems have brought the Company to this final stage of capital expenditure, where £1m is being spent on fully automating the packing lines with high-end machinery.       Shane Bailey, Operations Director has been leading the project:    “It’s been a real team effort getting this machinery in without disrupting production capabilities or affecting the high level of service we provide to our customers. This project has been achieved with the help of both the production and maintenance teams working around the clock... ...

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Alternative Approaches Help Optimize Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Animal Health

Oct 18, 2016

·         Antibiotics are, and will continue to be, vital for animal health and welfare ·         Responsible use means that the right antibiotic should be used at the right dosage when treatment is needed ·         Immunostimulants offer a novel approach to mitigating infectious diseases, and the potential to reduce overall antibiotic use Budapest (Hungary), October 17, 2016 – The topic of antibiotic resistance is widely discussed globally, and is important for both human and veterinary health. With growing concerns of resistance development, the animal health and livestock production industry is faced with increasing pressure to use antibiotics more prudently and reduce overall use, without compromising animal health and welfare.   A roundtable of thought leaders in veterinary medicine has discussed the role that antibiotics will continue to play in animal health and welfare. They emphasized the importance of responsible use as key to mitigating antibiotic resistance, and the role of alternative approaches. The scientific roundtable on antibiotics in animal health, hosted by Bayer, was held in Budapest at the 8th Antimicrobial... ...

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Apes understand that some things are all in your head

Oct 7, 2016

  We all know that the way someone sees the world, and the way it really is, aren’t always the same. This ability to recognize that someone’s beliefs may differ from reality has long been seen as unique to humans. But new research on chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans suggests our primate relatives may also be able to tell when something is just in your head. The study, led by researchers at Duke University, Kyoto University and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, is scheduled to appear Oct. 7 in the journal Science. The capacity to tell when others hold mistaken beliefs is seen as a key milestone in human cognitive development. Humans develop this awareness in early childhood, usually before the age of five. It marks the beginning of a young child’s ability to fully comprehend the thoughts and emotions of others—what psychologists call theory of mind. Such skills are essential for getting along with other people and predicting what they might do. They also underlie our ability to... ...

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New Chairman Announced for Moredun Scientific

Sep 26, 2016

John Mackinnon has been appointed as the new chairman of Moredun Scientific. He will succeed Dr Peter Wells who has been chairman of the Moredun Scientific board of directors for the past eight years and is retiring from the post. John Mackinnon After a short time in mixed practice, followed by a period in industry as Technical Services Manager for Elanco Animal Health and subsequently Senior Research Veterinarian at the Lilly Research Laboratories, John returned to veterinary practice where, for the past 30 years, he has specialised in pig medicine and production. He is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner in pig medicine. John graduated in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from The Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He is a Fellow of the RCVS for studies in the use of antibiotics in livestock production and holds the RCVS Certificate in Pig Medicine. He is a former President of the Pig Veterinary Society and was the inaugural President of the European Association for Porcine Health and Management.... ...

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