Farm Animal Wellbeing Expert Forum

David, Jon and Bruce recently attended the 12th Boehringer Ingelheim Expert Forum in Prague. A wide range of high calibre speakers visited all aspects of the question, the conference flowed really well, and the delegates were "put to work" in debating various aspects of animal wellbeing and developing innovative tools and solutions.

Some key messages we took home were;

Methane - again!

It is difficult to pick up a newspaper these days (whether you read printed or digital versions!) without encountering the word ‘methane’. All too frequently, the next sentence will continue by associating the production of the gas with cattle and will conclude with a statement on eating less meat or dairy.

However, this latest article from New Scientist reports that, while methane levels are undoubtedly rising, the source is by no means certain.

Recent paper in Nature

Here is the abstract from a recent paper in nature (with my italics). Once again, core VetSalus business (improvement in technologies and management) has been regarded as critical to environmental sustainability.

 

Article | Published: 10 October 2018

Options for keeping the food system within environmental limits

Jon Huxley Video

Jon Huxley gives a view on how veterinary networks and veterinary schools need to work together to be able to deliver production animal vets of the future - to give them careers to aspire to and to be an integral part of the food chain. This video was shown at a workshop at The World Buiatrics Congress 2018 in Sapporo, facilitated by VetSalus

Stranded!!!

VetSalus stalwarts, David Black and Mark Bryan, who chose to remain for a few days in Japan after the WBC are currently stranded on Hokkaido but luckily, neither were injured in the recent earthquake. Initially they were left without power, water or food but services are slowly returning and the both hope to be leaving Japan over the weekend. You can hear an account of Mark's experiences on Radio New Zealand: