Towards Sustainable Feed & Food – Working Together at International Level

May 19, 2015

In 2015 compound feed production will likely reach close to 1 billion tonnes worldwide and the FAO estimates that by 2050 the demand for food will grow by 60 %. This poses significant opportunities and challenges for the entire agri-food chain. Alexandra Althayde from IFIF believes that only by working together at international level and focusing on innovation and capacity building can our sector provide sustainable, safe, nutritious and affordable food for a growing world population.   ...

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Could Our Main Challenge with Emerging Diseases Be the Way We Look at Them? Or, Maybe Even, the Way We Don’t Look at Them?

May 19, 2015

The history of agriculture includes many developments related to animal and plant health that have had a major impact on humans. At the same time, human activities have often driven the appearance of emerging issues. The overlapping drivers of human, animal and plant diseases and environmental changes point towards the concept of ”One Health”. Frank Berthe from EFSA offers a different perspective on the constant problem of emerging diseases.   ...

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Total Cost of Ownership – Calculations in the Light of Changing Overall Conditions

May 19, 2015

A comprehensive TCO analysis, in particular of the cost drivers, makes a lot of sense in the context of an investment decision. With an eye to the future, however, an attempt should be made to anticipate future requirements. Christoph Hammer of Dividella AG, discusses why flexible packaging and modular machine design help to ensure the necessary margin for manoeuvre for the future. Production sites which respond appropriately are better prepared for changes; they can hedge their investments and are more competitive in the long term.   ...

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Animal Health Market Forecasting in an Increasingly Complex, Competitive and Interconnected World

May 19, 2015

Consumer incomes in emerging and developing countries are growing at a faster rate than advanced countries. Consequently, animal health markets are evolving faster than animal health companies can respond leading to unmet needs and missed opportunities. Tim Evans, the managing director of Vetnosis claims this new situation demands a more predictive, longer-term approach to strategic planning and forecasting than has traditionally been used.   ...

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Animal Welfare: The Business Case for Compassion

May 19, 2015

The importance of animal welfare in pharmaceutical development is very significant nowadays. Contract research organizations set a ‘high bar’ for animal welfare due to the potential for public scrutiny. Jonathan Hare from Kingfisher discusses those issues, also mentioning the role of an active and engaged Animal Care Committee.   ...

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Blowfly Strike – Appropriate Steps for Prevention and Treatment

May 19, 2015

Warmer days during spring and summer don’t have to be such a joyous observation. As the temperature increases, perfect conditions for blowflies are created. The ectoparasite well known by sheepfarmers affects the gross majority of herds. Rachel Mallet from Bimeda presents blowfly’s lifecycle, how they infect sheep and lists prevention methods to avoid mass infection.   ...

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The Future of Innovation in Animal Health

May 19, 2015

Innovation is at the heart of growth for any industry, as it is for any company. However, most business leader’s focus is on achieving financial targets for the short term. This makes committing internal resources for tomorrow a bargain that many are not fully comfortable with, and they then try to rationalize this decision by claiming that innovation can’t be planned and is best realized as a spontaneous occurrence. In this article by Dan Peizer at Catalent proves this argument is misguided. ...

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