June 12, 2015
Nutriad discusses alternatives to improving animal health

On May 29 this year, Nutriad was one of the key participants and sponsors at a congress called "The toolbox of the modern veterinarian", which was organised by the Collective of Practicing Veterinarians (CPD) in the Netherlands.


The event featured an open thematic meeting to highlight new and promising developments in the field of veterinary treatments, especially in light of the efforts of the Dutch livestock production industry to drastically reduce veterinary antibiotic use. Much attention was therefore given to innovative alternatives that can reduce the dependency on antibiotics, such as functional feed ingredients that promote intestinal health. The Chair of the day was Professor Dr Johanna-Fink Gremmels from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University.


According to Nutriad, the toolbox of the practicing vet changes rapidly. The push to reduce the use of antibiotics propels a stream of innovative ideas on product development and viable alternatives. Functional ingredients, bio-active components and resources that promote the animal health are part of daily practice for both companion animals, horses and farm animals.


The CPD has taken the lead in bringing new developments and trends to the attention of the practitioner. At the congress, companies and research institutes shared their knowledge and presented existing concepts that are being applied in different areas in the world.


Key note speakers were Dr Maria de Groot Rikilt (Wageningen UR) who talked about the phyto-V project and stable booklets; Dr Bart Halkes (Phytaxis SA) presented on bioactive aromatic polyphenols; Dr Henk Haagsman (FD UU/Immuno Valley ALTANT) discussed antimicrobial peptides; Dr Wim Nuboer (Micreos) addressed phage-and lysine uses; Dr Pedro Caramona spoke about mycotoxin inactivation; and Dr Ashok Lakha from the Ministry of Economic Affairs highlighted national and European developments.

Dr Tim Goossens, Nutriad's business development manager, presented the company's research on intestinal precision delivery of butyrates and quorum sensing, a form of bacterial communication.


According to Dr Goossens: "Both topics nicely illustrate Nutriad's efforts to get the most out of butyrate and phytogenic feed additives, respectively."


Mr Algra (Nutriad Manager Benelux) further added that in modern livestock production, the importance of vets is increasing daily.


"They are crucial in protecting animal health and productivity," he explained, "…and by doing so, they are also deeply involved in preventing zoonotic disease outbreak and safeguarding the health of the consumers."


"That's why I listen to them on a daily basis, and closely collaborate with them to discuss new products and methods to strengthen the animal defense system and to further reduce the use of antibiotics," Algra added. "And providing 'healthy food for healthy animals', based on sound science, is a critical factor in doing so."

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