December 4, 2018

Kemin provides farmers a '3D Approach' to tackle ASF 


As of 22 Oct 2018, China has reported more than 40 separate outbreaks of the ASF disease in 12 provinces and municipalities since discovering its first case in August, leading to the culling of around 200,000 animals, sparking concerns for the ASEAN swine industry.

Committed to being a responsible member of the animal industry, Kemin recently hosted two seminars in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 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.

Kemin's '3D Approach' comes from the three core aspects that farmers need to defend against ASF - the gut, feed, and the environment.

Speaking to eFeedLink on the sidelines of the event in Bangkok, Dr. Tan Hai Meng, President - Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health, Asia Pacific, said that while there is presently no cure for ASF and commercial vaccines are unavailable, Kemin has a lot of nutritional solutions in feed, and for the gut.


"For example, Dr. Poolperm's presentation showed how a lipoprotein enveloped virus like ASFV is susceptible to formaldehyde. Kemin has a portfolio of formaldehyde-based products that are slow-release and can act on the feed environment. We also have products that modulate and prime the immune system in swine to enhance the "alertness" of gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT)," explains Dr. Tan. Dr. Pariwat Poolperm is an assistant professor of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Kasetsart University.


According to Dr. Tan, the two seminars were organised in response to several questions and concerns from customers in ASEAN. "They wanted to know about ASF, and about the preventive practices and measures that customers in other parts of the world are taking," says Dr. Tan. Besides Kemin's customers, the two seminars also invited farmers who had expressed interest in knowing more.


Accordingly, keynote speaker Prof. Grzegorz Wozniakowski, Head of Department and National Reference Laboratory for ASF at the Department of Swine Diseases at PIWet, was invited to give 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.

Dr. Khampee Kortheerakul, a consultant to Kemin Industries in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) countries, additionally offered how to go one step further in being prepared for ASF in ASEAN, particularly in terms of biosecurity. 

Summing things up, "A healthy pig makes for a healthy population," Dr. Tan quips.
Dr. Tan (second from left); (from right) Dr. Kortheerakul, Prof. Wozniakowski, Dr. Poolperm, Prof. Thanawongnuwech, Dr. Tan and Prof. Shao; group photograph with invited speakers at Kemin seminar in Bangkok.