Efficient Monitoring of Antibiotic Use on Pig Farms

Nov 27, 2014

Following the limitations on antibiotic use in pig farms across Europe since the late 1990s, it has become crucial to monitor antibiotic use on farms and their microbial status, in order to protect young and growing pigs against infectious diseases. Dr Jules Pickard of Alltech provides insight into an audit programme which evaluates various contributing factors to on-farm productivity, including biosecurity, animal health status, mycotoxin exposure and antimicrobial use. ...

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Recent Advances in Precision Livestock Farming

Nov 27, 2014

A new take on animal farming, precision livestock farming (PLF) was born as a reaction of the pressure from world market prices, causing farmers to focus on efficiency, large-scale production and automation, while still wanting to maintain animal welfare. Dr Heiner Lehr of Syntesa addresses the obstacles to adoption of PLF, as well as recent advances to overcome such obstacles. The main body of material comes from three EU-sponsored research projects, namely BrightAnimal, ALL-SMART-PIGS (www.all-smart-pigs.com) and EU-PLF (www.eu-plf.eu). ...

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Pet Overpopulation: A Global Crisis

Nov 27, 2014

  Ironically, the principal problem facing domestic cats and dogs is their ability to reproduce an exponential number of offspring. For thousands of years we have chosen to breed our companion animals to serve our needs. They have ceased to be wild and have become dependent on humans for survival. If pets are indeed members of our family, Tracy Gillett of Avivagen asks what is the scope of our problem and how do we find a solution? ...

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Targeted Drug Delivery for Veterinary Injections

Nov 27, 2014

Prof. Padma V. Devarajan and Anisha A. D`Souza from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology Deemed University, Matunga, Mumbai, discuss the challenges raised by the treatment of veterinary infections and the attractive features of nanocarriers. The recognition of the positive aspects of nanotechnology in targeted delivery could revolutionise the therapy of veterinary infections globally. http://animalhealthmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Targeted….pdf ...

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