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Innovation: The driving force in modern poultry farming

Without innovation it would be impossible to keep pace with the growing global demand for poultry products, meat as well as eggs. Innovation is based on in depth knowledge of growing and keeping poultry.  This applies to all aspects, such as incubation, health, nutrition, housing, processing  and so...

BLOG: PEDV – A disaster waiting to happen in the EU

Although we have African Swine Fever (ASF) knocking on our Eastern door, Europe needs to wake up to the devastation Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV) is causing in North America and to prepare itself. Having just come back from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians meeting in Dalla...

BLOG: Diseases running west

There is a somewhat unwanted parallel between North America and Europe at the moment, as in both continents, feared pig diseases are around – and they are moving west. In Europe, African Swine Fever (ASF) has entered the European Union. At the moment of writing, the virus was confirmed in three wild...

BLOG: Presenting about the P of Pigs

I had wanted to talk about the subject of the ‘Fourth P’ for some time. The opportunity arose when I had the chance to present at this week’s IPPE exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I knew where to find a series of recent research supporting my angle. So over the last months I set to work and prep...

BLOG: Human antibiotic resistance. The myth dispelled!

The constant attacks on the veterinary profession about their use of antimicrobials and that it is the cause of resistance in human medicine, has given me cause for concern. A recent joint paper by prominent scientists in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany dispels some of these myths. The paper by ...

BLOG: What is in our fish feed and fish?

A comment a Chinese jade perch farmer had made got me thinking. He was concerned about the fact that the jade perch he had tested at his local university didn’t match the Omega-3 fatty acid levels he had read about when the fish had been tested in Australia. During the process I came across a 2010 ...

BLOG: The piglet gut profits infant nutrition

Next to rats and mice, piglets have become one of the most frequently used animal models to study human neonatal nutrition. The piglet is often the model of choice because of its metabolic similarity to humans, particularly the growing infant and child. But how can animal nutritionist benefit from i...

Cephalosporin use – Shock, horror – or is it?

Many newspaper journalists like to use the ‘Shock, horror’ tactics to get stories noticed. Increasingly, it seems that scientific journals and microbiological research workers are using a similar game to identify a risk, so I thought I would try it. We have just had European Antibiotic Awareness Day...

What If? In vitro meat

What if we did not have live animals but still had delicious meat to eat? Wouldn’t that solve animal welfare and environmental problems? Wouldn’t everyone be much happier? The topic of in vitro meat is interesting conversation among people in almost any venue.  From social gatherings to class disc...

Blog: Direct losses due to DON-induced feed refusal

Climate change awareness is growing worldwide as the dramatic effects on biological and environmental processes become more visible. Despite attempts to mitigate these effects,they are a reality that has numerous consequences for agriculture. One disease that is directly influenced by temperature is...

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