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For Healthy Livestock: Project Kickoff Meeting of ‘Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance through Improved Livestock Health & Welfare’ Held in Beijing

Source: Institute of Quality Standards and Testing Technology for Agro-Products

2018-11-20 02:31

On October 25th, 2018, the kickoff meeting for the key projects of International Cooperation in Science and Technology Innovation entitled Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance through Improved Livestock Health & Welfare was held in Beijing. This meeting was organized by the Institute of Quality Standards and Testing Technology for Agro-products, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IQSTAP, CAAS), and supported by China Association for the Promotion of International Agricultural Cooperation. Over 60 representatives attended the meeting, including government officials, academics, and business people from China and European Union.

Dr. Gong Xifeng, Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of CAAS extended his warm welcome to all the participants. Gong pointed out how to reduce the use of antimicrobial drugs in animal breeding and residues in animal products, and breeding environment is a common issue that China and European countries face today. The project entitled Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance through Improved Livestock Health & Welfare aims to find the solutions to the above mentioned issues. He highlighted, through technological innovation and integration, Chinese and European experts would be expected to improve animal health and welfare, reduce antibiotics used in livestock and poultry breeding and their residues in environment and food chain without decreasing animal production capacity. Dr. Gudrun Gallhoff, Minister Counsellor for Health and Food Safety in the Delegation of the European Union to China, shared EU's experience in area of animal welfare. Mr. Dong Keqin, Director of European Affair Division, Ministry of Science and Technology, noted that this project is one of the key projects of China-EU international Cooperation. Taken the project as a platform, he hoped Chinese experts will localize advanced technologies and concepts, and adopt international solutions for domestic issues.

The meeting was composed of 6 parallel sessions covering biosecurity and biological control technology for intensive livestock farm; relationship between animal nutrition index, emergency index, welfare index and disease resistance; early diagnosis techniques based on individual animal; precision drug use for pigs and broiler industry and antibiotic substitution techniques; technology validation, improvement and maturity analysis; and promotion and application on the comprehensive scheme of technologies, equipment and facilities.

Experts from China and Europe shared their opinions and new technologies on animal welfare and reduction of antibiotics use. Professor Bas Kemp from Wageningen University delivered a report entitled Improving Resilience to preserve Health, Welfare and Productivity in a Challenging Environment. Dr. Yang Shuming from IQSTAP, CAAS shared a presentation entitled Multi-friendly animal production systems and their contribution to reducing drug residues and antimicrobial resistance. Professor Jorg Hartung from University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover gave a speech entitled Sensible Solutions for Sentient Farm Animals.

The meeting provided an opportunity for Chinese and EU academics to discuss the issues on animal welfare and reduction on anti-microbial drugs in farm animals. It also paved the way for follow-up joint research on reduction of antibiotics in intensive pig and chicken production and control residues of antibiotics and pathogenic bacteria resistance.


By Qi Yamei