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EFSA: Poultry welfare at slaughter: hazards identified and measures proposed

Recently EFSA has proposed measures to address the animal welfare hazards most commonly observed during the slaughter of poultry for food production and disease control. A comprehensive overview covers the entire slaughter process from arrival and unloading of birds through stunning to bleeding and killing. It identifies a number of hazards that give rise to [...]

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ERA-NET SUSAN: INITIAL PROJECTS SEMINAR

The ERA-NET Sustainable Animal Production (SusAn) had its Kick-off meeting in December and has launched the first call for transnational research proposals on January 4th, 2016. The funding organisations (37 partners of 22 MS) agreed that future development of the European Animal Production sector will need to build on the sustainability triangle of economic competitiveness, [...]

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EFSA panel renewal 2018: animal health and welfare

The Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) provides scientific advice on all aspects of animal diseases and animal welfare. Its work chiefly concerns food producing animals, including fish. AHAW Panel Members are scientists from across Europe with expertise in: Risk assessment, quantitative risk assessment, modelling Microbiology and pathology (applied to infectious diseases of food-producing [...]

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Urgent advise on Lumpy Skin Disease

Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a viral disease of cattle caused by a capripoxvirus (as sheep and goat pox viruses); it is characterised by fever, nodules on the skin, and it may lead to severe losses, especially in naive animals. Originally affecting cattle across Africa, the disease has spread outside the continent with outbreaks in [...]

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EFSA Scientific Opinion

The EFSA Animal Health and Welfare panel have received a request from the EU commission to provide a “Scientific opinion concerning a multifactorial approach on the use of animal and non-animal based measures to assess the welfare of pigs” EFSA-Q-2013-00667  The deadline for completion is 30/04/2014 http://registerofquestions.efsa.europa.eu/roqFrontend/questionsListLoader?unit=AHAW

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SHEPHERD VACCINATING SHEEP WITH WITH BLUE TONGUE VACCINATION

Vaccinology Survey

STAR-IDAZ members identified  Vaccinology as one of the  areas requiring collaborative activities at a global level. The BBSRC as part of work-package 4  is conducting a survey of global research activities, gaps and future needs in Veterinary Vaccinology to inform the development of future collaborative activities and identify potential members and key stakeholders for a [...]

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Intestinal Barrier Function as Indicator of Welfare

This study by Henrik Sundh, Bjorn Olav Kvamme, Frode Fridell, Rolf Erik Olsen, Tim Ellis, Geir Lasse Taranger and Kristina Sundell suggests that the intestinal barrier function of Atlantic salmon post smolts is reduced by common sea cages environments. It may also be used as a physiological indicator of welfare. Fish farmed under high intensity [...]

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European move to Ban Prophylactic Medicine could Compromise Animal Welfare

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is deeply concerned by a European Parliament resolution calling on the Commission to legislate against the prophylactic use of antibiotics (antimicrobials) in livestock farming. The move is part of a larger motion drawing attention to the problem of antimicrobial resistance and calling for measures across Europe to reduce the increase [...]

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