Kemin Industries recently organised two "3D Approach to African Swine Fever Preparedness 2018" seminars in Bangkok, Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to provide farmers with applicable information and tools to lessen the risk of African swine fever (ASF) in their animals.
The "3D Approach" comes from the three core aspects that farmers need to defend against ASF - the gut, feed, and the environment.
After the first case of ASF was detected in China in August, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) convened a meeting - the Emergency Regional Consultation on African Swine Fever Risk Reduction and Preparedness - in September. As a responsible member of the animal industry, Kemin also hosted two seminars on its 3D Approach to educate swine farmers on ASF and equip them with the relevant knowledge and best practices they can use on their farms to prevent incidence of the virus.
A panel of eminent speakers and informed thought leaders spoke to seminar attendees about mitigating the threat of ASF at the farm level. Keynote speaker Prof. Grzegorz Wozniakowski, head of department and National Reference Laboratory for ASF at the Department of Swine Diseases at PIWet, gave a presentation about his experience managing ASF in Europe.
"Without strict biosecurity regulations and high awareness of ASF, the virus might be transferred to any so-far-unaffected country. With the ASF spread - presently in wild boars - in affected European countries, the crucial role of hunters and veterinary inspection cannot be overestimated," said Prof. Wozniakowski.
The panelists also shared their experiences and knowledge on ASF. Prof. Guoqing Shao from the Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, talked about the measures taken to contain ASF occurrence in China. Dr. Pariwat Poolperm, an assistant professor from the Department of Farm Resources and Production Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kasetsart University, discussed how being equipped with knowledge about ASF can save animals. Dr. Khampee Kortheerakul, a consultant to Kemin Industries in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) countries, offered how to go one step further in being prepared for ASF in ASEAN.
Dr. Tinh Nguyen, regional technical service manager, of Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health (Asia-Pacific), also addressed attendees.
"Presently, no vaccine is effective against the African Swine Fever. It is critical for swine farmers to be aware of the three defensive approaches available in limiting spread of the virus," said Dr. Nguyen.
To strengthen the biosecurity of a farm's environment and better reduce the risk of pathogen occurrence, Dr. Nguyen recommends farmers enhance their animals' immunity with Aleta™ and protect feed with the formaldehyde-based Sal CURB™.
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