Role of Mycotoxins for Health and the Efficiency of Vaccination in Swine

Sep 15, 2016

Olga Averkieva, PhD, and Radka Borutova, DVM, PhD, at Nutriad International, give us an insight into vaccination practices against mycotoxins in swine. Mycotoxins are fungal secondary metabolites detected in many agricultural commodities, especially cereals. Pigs are exposed to these toxins due to their high consumption of cereals. The mycotoxins have different toxic effects, but they all target the immune system. Ingestion of mycotoxincontaminated feed can result in an increased susceptibility to infectious diseases, a reactivation of chronic infection and a decreased vaccine efficacy.       ...

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Consolidation in Animal Health: A Much-needed Growing Pain

Sep 15, 2016

During the two decades ending in 2015, the top ten human pharmaceutical companies – Pfizer, Novartis, Sanofi, Roche, Merck & Co, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, GSK, Teva and Gilead – were involved in over forty merger and acquisition (M&A) activities. Dr Sam Al-Murrani of Babylon BioConsulting LLC presents an analysis of the results of this process. The main drivers for these consolidation events were related to increasing regulatory pressures, falling research and development (R&D) productivity and the expiry of many patents that covered some of the high-earner pharmaceuticals ...

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A GLIMPSE of How Agribusiness Can Feed the World

Sep 15, 2016

An acronym that veterinarians can use to summarise the factors holding back farming Aidan Connolly, Chief Innovation Officer & Vice President, Corporate Accounts at Alltech, wonders in this article if farming and farmers are ready to feed the world. Not just the world today, but the world of 2050 or 2100. GLIMPSE is designed to help those involved in farming, food and agribusiness to understand the seven words that summarise the challenges that, if overcome, will allow us to meet this demand and help secure food for us all. ...

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Antimicrobial Stewardship in the UK Pig Industry

Sep 15, 2016

A Changing Landscape Lucy Coyne, MRCVS, AHDB Pork Veterinary Manager, submits a paper about the UK pig industry, which is acting to put itself in a more informed position on its antimicrobial use in light of global concern over antimicrobial usage and resistance. The recently published O’Neill report highlighted the issues around antimicrobial resistance in both humans and livestock, and the UK pig industry recognises its responsibility to measure and control its use of antimicrobials. ...

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Opinion: Antimicrobial Resistance

Sep 15, 2016

In recent years, we’ve seen a lot of science on the subject of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and a lot of opinion – but there hasn’t always been a connection between the two. In this column, Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, Executive Director of HealthforAnimals, explains that there has been a great deal of misinformation around the rise of antimicrobial resistance. This has been allowed to persist and has greatly harmed our progress towards a solution.   ...

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