Sheep Scab – A Major Pest to Sheep Production

Dec 21, 2017

Sheep scab is a disease caused by the mite Psoroptes ovis, which lives on the skin surface where it feeds. The faeces produced by the sheep scab mite cause a severe allergic dermatitis, resulting in the ‘scabby’ lesions which we associate with the later stages of the disease. Rachel Mallet at Bimeda discusses how in spite of having four medicinal active ingredients available with 16 different brands licensed and available in the UK, they are still struggling to get this disease under control. ...

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Rational Use of Antimicrobials in the Dairy Industry

Dec 21, 2017

The use of antimicrobials in food animals has long been the subject of international debate, although the relationship between their use and the development of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria is complex and unclear. Christian Scherpenzeel at GD Animal Health describes how experts combine monitoring and disease eradication programmes with practical field research projects in order to clarify and promote rational use of antibiotics. ...

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Current Position in Agriculture Regarding Antibiotics

Dec 21, 2017

Having reached our overall government antibiotic use target of 50mg/kg two years early, reducing antibiotic sales to farmers by 27% (the lowest since records began), and with critically important antibiotics also reduced (Colistin by a huge 83%), we are on the right road. Gwyn Jones, Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, discusses the great importance of reducing the use of antibiotics in animal care. ...

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Brexit and the UK Pet Food Industry

Dec 21, 2017

The pet food industry holds a unique place within the food and feed sector. Whilst we are governed by the same high safety rules covering the feed industry, at the same time our consumers are those who shop in the general retail environment. In this article, Nicole Paley at PFMA discusses that although the future after the decision taken by the UK electorate in June 2016 to leave the EU is uncertain, the role of the PFMA is to ensure industry’s views are represented in all relevant negotiations and to support the members planning for what lies ahead. ...

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A Challenge to be Addressed: The “Institutional Amnesia”

Dec 21, 2017

As companies move ahead, with both internal R&D as well as external development, “institutional amnesia” is a trait which must be consciously addressed. As companies grow and globalise, the impact of amnesia increases as well. Process improvement does not always mean change. Tom Overbay at Expedite Animal Health discusses how sometimes it is going back to process that yields results. ...

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Global Initiatives Promoting Good Regulatory Practices for Veterinary Medicines

Dec 21, 2017

The objectives of the ‘Livestock’ project correspond with Vision3 of HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines industry association, for globally harmonised regulatory systems and their objectives to promote regulatory convergence. Rick Clayton at Healthfor-Animals Animals discusses how the maintaining of livestock health by improving access to veterinary medicinal products (VMPs) can minimise the negative economic impact of diseases and safeguard the livelihoods of millions of farmers around the world. ...

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Animal Health: Delivering Solutions to Achieve a One Health World

Dec 21, 2017

Effective prevention and control of infectious diseases at the animal-human-ecosystem interface is essential. It will help combat the spread of diseases in animals and humans, ensure a safe and secure food supply, and foster a more sustainable society. The One Health approach prioritises quality of life for humans and animals, and recognises that healthy animals mean healthy people and a healthier planet. But what does this mean in practice and what steps need to be taken by the different sectors involved in order to realise the One Health vision? Roxane Feller at AnimalhealthEurope reveals all for the readers. ...

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At the Frontiers of Animal Health: A European Perspective

Dec 21, 2017

Constantly presenting new possibilities for the prevention and treatment of disease. Directive 2001/82/ EC, which both sets out standards for veterinary medicinal products and outlines the authorisation procedures, focuses on the established pharmaceutical and immunological product types, and has no scope to provide a framework for innovative products that fall outside these categories. Anja Holm, independent consultant at Central VetPharma Consultancy, and Pascale Canning at Cyton Biosciences discuss how this can often frustrate and confuse companies wishing to market a product, and may be a block to useful products becoming available to veterinarians, farmers, and pet owners. ...

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Homeopathy in Animals: Yesterday and Today … But Tomorrow?

Dec 21, 2017

Homeopathy exists without a recognised body of evidence for its use. Furthermore, it is not based on sound scientific principles. In order to protect animal welfare, the authors Peter Lees of Veterinary Pharmacology at The Royal Veterinary College, University of London et al. regard such treatments as being complementary rather than alternative to treatments for which there is a recognised evidence base, or which are based on sound scientific principles. ...

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Latest Lameness Research: A Summary

Dec 21, 2017

Lameness is a major challenge in dairy herds globally. Digital dermatitis (DD), more commonly known as Mortellaro, is an infectious condition and one of the major causes of lameness, reducing mobility, comfort, feed intake milk yield, and fertility. This infectious condition can spread quickly through the entire herd and can reduce milk yield by at least one litre per cow per day. George Shaw at Provita Eurotech Ltd summarises key points from presentations and scientific posters from researchers across the globe that could help farmers tackle lameness in their herds. ...

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