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GRSB Issues Statement on Antimicrobial Stewardship
Tri–State Livestock News | August 10, 2018
The membership of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) has voted overwhelmingly to approve a global Statement on Antimicrobial Stewardship to recognize the urgency with which action against the development of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) needs to be taken.
GRSB President Nicole Johnson–Hoffman, of OSI Group, LLC said "Antimicrobial resistance is a major global threat to human and animal health. This statement reflects what GRSB members believe should be done by the beef value chain to manage antimicrobials responsibly. This guidance is especially important for places in the world that lack structures to support responsible antibiotic use. Just 89 countries report having a system in place to collect data on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals (OIE, 2015) and roughly 40 percent of countries report they have yet to develop national action plans; it is clear to our membership that action needs to be taken."
The GRSB Antimicrobial statement is in alignment with World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) guidance and equivalents adopted in other countries for antimicrobial use in cattle.
New Iowa State AMR Center to Focus on One Health Research
Chris Dall, CIDRAP | Aug 10, 2018
A new research center, based in America's proverbial heartland, is aiming to take on some of the big questions about antibiotic use in animal agriculture, the role that it plays in antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and how to improve health for people, animals, and the environment.
The Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education, based at Iowa State University, stems from the recommendations of a 2015 report by a joint task force from the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), which called for the creation of a national institute that could coordinate and implement AMR research and education initiatives. Iowa State was chosen from eight land–grant universities to lead the institute, and will partner with the US Department of Agriculture, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the University of Iowa, and the Mayo Clinic.
Global Report Finds Progress, Gaps in Antimicrobial Resistance Fight
John Maday, Drovers Magazine | July 19, 2018
Given today's potential for pathogens to quickly spread across borders, curbing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) must be an international effort. A new report, released July 18 from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO), shows progress, but also reveals gaps and inconsistencies in how individual countries address the issue.
Among the top–ten chicken–, pork– and cattle–producing countries that responded to the survey, nine have at minimum developed a national action plan; the majority of these have plans in operation with a monitoring arrangement.
New Initiative to Promote Responsible Antibiotic Use on Farms
Arlo Guthrie, VetSurgeon News | July 18, 2018
The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH)has launched the Animal Medicines Best Practice (AMBP) Programme to support the responsible use of antibiotics across UK farms.
The programme gives farmers and veterinary surgeons access to new resources, enabling a coordinated and consistent approach to farmer training in the responsible use of antibiotics. The development of the AMBP Programme has been led by NOAH in partnership with a group of stakeholders from across the industry including farmers, vets, the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA), the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and leading academics, to create a training programme for all those working in the sheep, dairy, beef and pig sectors.
Rabobank Reports Survey Results from China That Indicate Sustainability Attributes Are Set to Play Increasing Role in Chinese Food Choices
Interest.co.nz | August 2, 2018
New Zealand's horticultural sector will need to keep a close eye on the role sustainability attributes play in the purchasing decisions of Chinese consumers if it is to maximise returns from the rapidly–growing Chinese fruit and vegetable market, according to Rabobank's senior horticultural analyst Hayden Higgins.
Speaking at the Horticulture New Zealand Conference in Christchurch last week, Mr Higgins said, while food safety, quality and nutrition credentials were currently the most significant factors influencing Chinese consumers' food purchasing decisions, awareness of other product characteristics, including sustainability attributes, such as water usage and emissions, was growing.v
Roofs and Biogas Prove Game Changers at Saleyards
Shan Goodwin, Queensland Country Life | August 2, 2018
Roofs over saleyards have been a big game changer in terms of effluent management but still there are significant efficiencies to be gained.
Biogas is one area where experts in this field see untapped potential. Senior engineer with facility designers Wiley, Heath Barker, says any saleyard manager not processing wastewater and getting all the available benefits from it, is losing out.
Mr Barker spoke at the recent National Saleyards Expo in Casino on the latest trends in effluent management and why it counts when it comes to running a profitable and sustainable livestock marketing facility.
Big investments have been made around the country in recent years constructing saleyard roofs and that has delivered large areas unaffected by rainwater which means facilities can then look at management and animal welfare improvements like soft flooring.
Producers Can Now Take Beef Sustainability to the Bank
Alexis Kienlen, Alberta Express | July 31, 2018
Four years after McDonald's chose Canada to launch its landmark sustainable beef initiative, some producers and feedlots are happily cashing cheques for participating in that effort. And while the amounts so far have been fairly small, it's a big plus for producers, say participants.
"We started on that journey because we thought it was important for the industry and it was going to meet what the consumers were asking for," said Shannon Argent, a producer from Cremona who is participating in the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration pilot.
"It just morphed into what the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef wanted and what some of the retailers are looking for, and we're just happy to be part of it."