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Thursday 10th September 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

Alice Mitchell

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Vets’ Roles and Vaccinations Discussed at WVPAC 2015

This week, the International Congress of the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPAC 2015) is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa.

Glenneis Kriel is there reporting on all the latest research and products for ThePoultrySite.

Dr Stephen Lister from Crowshall Veterinary Services in the UK cautioned delegates that with consumers becoming increasingly concerned over the welfare of animals, veterinarians will have to play a bigger role as the protectors of animals.

Otherwise, this 'protector' role will be stolen by groups that might be less informed, he said.

According to him, one of the biggest challenges with animal welfare is that it is often pushed by consumers that don’t know much about production.

For example, the majority of British consumers who took part in a study by the Institute of Global Distribution (IGD) in 2011, were surprised that mortality in broiler sheds was less than 5 per cent. They thought it was closer to 30-40 per cent. Most of them were also against beak trimming, even though this was no longer a practice in the UK.

Educating consumers will not only help them to become more sympathetic towards the industry, but give them a better understanding of the cost implications of certain production changes to improve animal welfare, Dr Lister said – read more.

Dr Rosa Costa, from the KYEEMA Foundation in Mozambique, spoke about the importance of interventions to improve production on small-scale poultry farms.

Dr Costa told delegates at WVPAC that most interventions so far focussed on health, such as Newcastle disease vaccinations and anti-parasitic treatments, housing using locally available materials, feeding strategies for different age groups and/or breeding strategies to improve the genetic potential of the flock.

Interventions that focussed on the vaccination of chickens against Newcastle disease proved the most successful.

“A study by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations found that vaccinating backyard chickens in Africa against Newcastle disease reduced mortalities by up to 80 per cent and increased farmer earnings by 18 cents to $23,” Dr Costa said – read more.

Also at the Congress, Merial launched an effervescent tablet vaccine to replace its traditional vial and syringe vaccine for the prevention of Newcastle Disease.

Jérôme Baudon, head of the avian business unit at Merial, said that Merial developed the Avinew™ NeO vaccine to reduce vaccination application errors: “In most cases, when you hear of a disease outbreak on a farm where vaccines have been given, the problem lies with the application method, not the vaccine. With the effervescent tablet vaccine, we at Merial have tried to reduce the margin for these types of error.”

He explained that instead of having to extract the vaccine from a vial with a syringe, producers now can simply “pop” the effervescent tablet vaccine from its aluminium packaging into water – find out more here.

More reports from the Congress will follow in the next few days.

~ Alice

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