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Wednesday 23rd November 2016.
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UK Sales of Antibiotics for Animals Dropped 9 Per Cent Last Year

Sales of antibiotics for use in animals in the UK are at a four-year low, putting the UK on track to meet ambitious targets to tackle antibiotic resistance, according to a report released last week, which was World Antibiotic Awareness week.

The report shows overall sales by weight dropped by 9 per cent from 2014 to 2015, while sales for use in food-producing animals dropped 10 per cent from 62 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) to 56mg/kg. This continues a ten-year downward trend and puts the UK on track to reach its 50mg/kg target by 2018.

As well as the overall reduction, the report shows a drop in sales of the highest priority antibiotics that are critically important for human medicine. Sales of these made up just over 1 per cent of all antibiotics sold for use in animals in 2015.

Defra Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, Lord Gardiner, welcomed the report’s findings, saying: "Antibiotic resistance is the biggest threat to modern medicine and we must act now to help keep antibiotics effective for future generations. This report shows the hard work of our vets and farmers is already making a real impact." – Click here to read more.

Meanwhile, a new report on the health and welfare of cattle in Britain from the Cattle Health and Welfare Group (CHAWG) highlighted the progress made on issues such as mastitis, lameness and longevity as well as tackling antimicrobial resistance.

The Chief Veterinary Officers of UK, Scotland and Wales welcomed the publication of the report, saying that as the possible impacts of leaving the EU are considered, the importance of a focus on disease control is as important as ever.

“The healthier our animals, the more attractive our products. The better our animal welfare, the greater the confidence of consumers in our production systems,” the Veterinary Officers said – read more.

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Company News

Nutriad Concludes 2016 Polish Wheat and Triticale Mycotoxin Survey
POLAND - Poland is one of Europe’s biggest grain producers. Its farming sector has changed dramatically since it joined the European Union (E.U.) more than 10 years ago.
Key Takeaways on Mycotoxins: 2016 World Nutrition Forum
CANADA - The 7th edition of the World Nutrition Forum recently took place in Vancouver, Canada, one of the most livable places in the world, surrounded by stunning nature. The event counted over 800 participants from 84 different countries. With the theme of ‘Driving the Protein Economy,’ the congress focused on current and future challenges in animal and human nutrition in a changing world.
Ongoing Bluetongue Virus Outbreaks in Europe
EU - Bluetongue Virus (BTV) continues to be a problem in Europe, with France reporting more than 90 outbreaks in the last few weeks, according to Sandrine Moine, PhD, R&D Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Diagnostic tests can quickly and reliably identify the virus and help veterinarians contain the disease.
The Increasing Threat from Mycotoxins to Global Food Security
CANADA - Remarks by Christopher Elliott, Queens University Belfast, United Kingdom at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
Market Reports

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Global Beef Industry News

   New Zealand

Massive Funding Boost for New Zealand Beef Genetics Research

   United Kingdom

Chief Vets Highlight GB Cattle Health, Welfare Progress
UK Sales of Antibiotics for Animals Dropped 9 Per Cent Last Year


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More Cases Confirmed in Canadian Bovine TB Investigation

   United States

CME: Retail Meat Prices Declining
CME: Cattle on Feed Numbers Expected to Fall


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Brazilian Beef Exports Continue to Grow


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