#EpiC_Friday_Shares no.3

For those of you who have read the last 2 issues of EpiC_Friday_Shares, I’d love to hear whether:

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  • which topics you’d like to hear more about,
  • and whether you have some nice farm animal/health photos you’d like to share with others that I can use to illustrate this weekly column.

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picture from www.ozbargain.com.au
picture from www.ozbargain.com.au
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Animal health

  • The main news in the animal health stratosphere this week was the online publication by the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) of their strategic plan for the next four years. I am a big fan of infographics, and really loved the one the OIE published to represent their main points of actions from now to 2020.

OIE

The following action points are of particular interest to those working closely with the food-producing industry :

– Risk management for the health and welfare of animals, and contribution to the reduction of the dangers to human health,
– Improve food safety, including reducing the impact of animal diseases on production and establishing standards to ensure transparent and harmonized conditions for national and international trade in live animals and their products,
– Transparency of health information provided by Member Countries, by adapting their tools to new communication technologies,
– Reduction of biological risks, whether they are of natural, accidental, or intentional origins

  • The OIE were busy this week, publishing their annual report for 2015 too. The report is fairly short (28 pages) and extremely well presented, I encourage you to browse it. It is a minefield of information. I particularly liked reading about the regional programs such as supporting vaccination campaigns against rabies in Africa, preventing antimicrobial resistance in South America or One Health initiatives in Asia.
  • I’ll end this week’s with a press release from the University of Queensland, Australia, highlighting some promising work carried out by the UQ Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. Researchers have developed a clean and safe insecticide to combat nuisance flies in cattle feedlots, using spores of a naturally occurring fungi. Following several rounds of testing, their objective is to develop a commercial product for use in cattle feedlots.

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