New instruments for Johne’s disease and tuberculosis

Jan 8, 2018

Two prototype instruments to diagnose Johne’s disease in cattle and tuberculosis in humans and cattle have been successfully developed by Epigem. The news follows the completion of two Innovate UK-funded projects, MilkEd and MIMIC. The micro-engineering company says that it is now focussed on preparing the instruments for extensive operational trials. “We have made great strides technically in manufacturing devices to detect Johne’s disease in cattle and TB in humans,” said Epigem’s managing director Tim Ryan. “Complex problems require excellent multi-disciplinary teamwork, and these projects confirm that.” MilkED The MilkEd project aimed to develop an instrument that could identify Johne’s disease in under 45 minutes. It was crucial that the instrument could work both on-farm and in the laboratory. The prototype uses surface acoustic waves to control an assay that is packaged into a disposable cassette. The cassette is fully automated and interconnects in a ‘plug and play’ manner within a boxed data reader. The portable reader consists of integrated miniature sub-assemblies that perform electro-opticals microfluidic and microelectronic functions. Operated... ...

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$34.2 Billion Cattle Feed and Feed Additives Market 2017: Global Forecasts to 2022

Dec 11, 2017

The Global Market for Cattle Feed and Feed Additives will Grow from $31.3 Billion in 2017 to $34.2 Billion by 2022, with a CAGR of 1.8, according to The “Cattle Feed and Feed Additives: Global Markets to 2022”. The term cattle refer to beef cattle/stock, dairy cows, calves and breeding stock. The cattle feed market, for the purposes of this report, includes animal feed largely classified as compound feed and simple feed blends. Although cattle feed can sometimes include hay and dried forage, the report does not include these details. Forage is natural food that is discovered and consumed by animals grazing (i.e., pasture grass, stems and plants). In some cases, cut forage, such as hay, is classified as fodder but we have not included it in this report. Cattle feed includes complete feed blends that meet the total nutritional needs of cattle and simple blends that are a blend of unprocessed or limited processed commodities with vitamins and nutritional supplements that are added on-site. All market data pertain to... ...

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Unique mycobacteria test a ‘game changer’

Nov 20, 2017

A unique test to detect diseases such as bTB and Johne’s disease, with the global potential to be worth “billions” of pounds, will be commercially available to UK veterinary laboratories from the end of November. The test, Actiphage, which is in the process of securing a worldwide patent, is based on advanced bacteriophage research conducted by Cath Rees, associate professor in microbiology at the The University of Nottingham School of Biosciences, and colleague Ben Swift, now a research fellow at the RVC. The test can detect live mycobacteria in blood or milk in six hours, allowing affected cattle to be quickly identified and isolated/culled before they can infect others within the herd. Dr Rees said: “The existing skin test [for bTB] is based on the animal’s immune response, and takes three days to produce a result, but, more worryingly, is known to miss about 20% of infected animals, so more tests are needed to improve disease detection. “Our new test is unique as it is the only test that directly... ...

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Tri-Solfen registered in New Zealand for sheep and cattle husbandry procedures

Nov 16, 2017

Medical Ethics Pty Ltd (“Medical Ethics” or “the Group”), a commercial and development company focused on pain mitigation in wounds for humans and animals, announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, Animal Ethics Pty Ltd (Animal Ethics), has successfully registered Tri-Solfen in New Zealand for sheep and cattle husbandry procedures. Tri-Solfen is a local anaesthetic and antiseptic gel spray that adheres well to wounds and acts as a barrier to environmental stimuli, promotes haemostasis and improve wound healing. Tri-Solfen was registered through the Ministry for Primary Industries, which leads and facilitates the management of animal welfare policy and practice in New Zealand.   Over one billion livestock animals globally undergo highly invasive painful husbandry procedures annually. Tri-Solfen is already registered in Australia separately for sheep and cattle husbandry procedures, where it is marketed and distributed by Bayer Animal Health, a global leader in animal health. To date, Tri-Solfen has been used to successfully treat over 80 million animals undergoing routine surgeries in the Australian livestock industries.   Animal Ethics accelerated the... ...

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Dairy Herd Management Market Worth 3.55 Billion USD by 2022

Nov 13, 2017

According to a new market research report “Dairy Herd Management Market by Product (Automated Systems (Milking Parlours, Meters, Sensors, Reproductive & Health, Cattle Management), Software (On-premise, Cloud-based)), Application (Feeding, Breeding), End user (Large Farms) – Global Forecast to 2022“, published by MarketsandMarkets™, market is projected to reach USD 3.55 Billion by 2022 from USD 2.57 Billion in 2017, at a CAGR of 6.7%. Factors such as increasing herd size of dairy farms, increasing production and consumption of milk & dairy products, technological advancements, rising public-private funding and investments towards the development of dairy farms, and the substantial cost savings associated with dairy herd management, are driving the Dairy Herd Management Market. However, ongoing campaigns to save dairy animals from unethical herd management practices may restrain market growth to a certain extent. The milk management systems segment is estimated to account for the largest share of the automated dairy herd management systems market in 2017 On the basis of product type, the Dairy Herd Management Market is categorized into automated systems... ...

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