Post-weaning Scours An Alternative Control Strategy to Zinc Oxide

Mar 26, 2018

Weaning is one of the most stressful times in the commercial pig’s life. During this period, diarrhoea (scour) is a widespread problem, leading to loss of condition and performance, and even death. The piglet’s digestive tract is still immature around the time of weaning and the microflora are naïve. With multiple changes and challenges occurring simultaneously, weaning is a concentrated stress point in the young piglet’s life. Heidi Hall, Technical Manager for Swine at Anpario, talks about how important it is to manage the weaning process. ...

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Fake News

Mar 26, 2018

Antimicrobial issues are as vulnerable to ‘fake news’ as any other subject, given the number of people and organisations who are looking to sway opinion and influence others. Gwyn Jones at RUMA expresses his opinion about “fake news”, and how certain individuals and organisations confuse the data, often quite deliberately. Therefore, he thinks that when we are reading ‘news’ or ‘information’, we need to also consider the source or check the author, check the whole story and look for expert opinion in this field. ...

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Introduction to Inter and Intra Country Live Animal Transport

Mar 26, 2018

The commercial movement of animals is one of the most regulated areas of transport. Sue Lee at Hexagon Supply Chain describes the encompassing modal specific requirements for movement of animals, taking into account the species and number of animals, current weather conditions, temperature and humidity, the length of the journey, light and noise levels etc. ...

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The Path Ahead for Pet Welfare & Licensing

Mar 26, 2018

Following the successful development and implementation of compulsory dog microchipping in 2015, Defra turned its attention to the need to update and streamline the controls on pet licensing, and in particular around the breeding and selling of puppies. Marisa Heath at Canine & Feline Sector Group reveals that the legislation should cover a wide range of different businesses, including the supply chains, wholesalers, consolidators, breeders, franchisees, home vendors, very small single-branch pet shops and the huge public-facing chains. ...

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Canada’s Health Department Proposes Non-competitive Regulatory and Maintenance Service Fees for Veterinary Drugs

Mar 26, 2018

On October 21, 2017, Health Canada publicly released its Fee Proposal for Drugs and Medical Devices. The Service Fee Act was introduced as part of an Omnibus Budget 2017 Bill and in the Canadian Animal Health Institute’s opinion did not get the scrutiny it needed, particularly as it relates to public/private good and competitiveness. Jean Szkotnicki at CAHI describes the concerns of the Institute about the unintended consequences of the proposed fees, should they be introduced as is in 2019. ...

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The Long and Winding Road to Better Legislation for Animal Medicines

Mar 26, 2018

In the European Union, an effective and rigorous examination and registration system exists for placing any veterinary medicine or animal health product on the market. Dating back to 1965, the European Community Medicines Directive laid down three basic criteria on which decisions regarding marketing authorisation are based. Over the past 50 years, requirements in terms of these criteria have been updated continually in line with advances in scientific knowledge and risk management. Roxane Feller at AnimalhealthEurope discusses how Europe is at the crossroads for further updates to the rules governing the authorisation of animal medicines and medicated feed. ...

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Antimicrobial Resistance: A Dark Shadow on Global Public Health

Mar 26, 2018

Antibiotics were the one of the revolutionary discoveries of the 20th century, while their resistance has turned out to be one of the grievous challenges of the 21st century. Dr Pankaj Dhaka of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Dr Deepthi Vijay of College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Kerala and Dr Jay Prakash Yadav of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, explain that, like many emerging public health problems, the problem of antibiotic resistance reminds us of the complete interconnectedness of the health of humans, animals, and ecosystems. To better understand and respond rapidly to this public health emergency at the human–animal–environment interface requires coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary, and cross-sectoral approaches. ...

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Reduction of Antibiotic Use in Livestock; Identifying Targets and Potential Alternatives

Mar 26, 2018

Antibiotic reduction in livestock production is both a societal and scientific demand in 2018. Kirwan, S., Smeets, N. and Van Hamme, V. at Kemin are talking about the present study, which aimed to test the hypothesis that a specific strain of Bacillus subtilis (PB6) has the potential to reduce therapeutic antibiotic use in commercial poultry farming. This trial confirms the hypothesis that addition of a B. subtilis PB6 active microbial has a direct effect on antibiotic usage. ...

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Control of Feed Pathogens in the EU Without Formaldehyde

Mar 26, 2018

Animal feed is an integral part of the food chain and its safety has been recognised as a shared value and responsibility. The use of production methods and feed additives that minimise microbial contaminants in feed are of key importance to animal and human health. In a controversial decision, EU Member States recently voted to deny the authorisation of formaldehyde for use as a feed additive for control of Salmonella in feed. Zoe Kay at Cuckoo Consulting discusses that the alternative technologies need to both be effective at reducing levels of Salmonella and Enterobacteriaceae and provide protection from recontamination. ...

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