Animal Health and Welfare: What role for Animal Nutrition?
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Animal health and welfare are key dimensions of the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), the European Commission’s pivotal agri-food policy at the heart of the EU Green Deal. High-level standards of animal health and welfare not only improve food quality, but also reduce the need for medication with antibiotics on farms and in aquaculture and contribute to preserving biodiversity.
Adequate animal nutrition combined with good hygiene practices on farms and proper housing are key in promoting and enforcing animal health and welfare. The feed sector has developed animal nutrition strategies as part of a multidisciplinary approach involving animal nutrition expertise in the design of farm health management plans. A balanced diet of compound feed supported by specialty feed ingredients meets the animal’s physiological requirements and maintains the balance of the gut flora. Gut health is in fact a key factor in keeping animals healthy and resilient to stressors, such as heat or pathogens.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to learn about and discuss how innovative animal nutrition strategies and solutions can be more effectively deployed at farm level to improve animal health and welfare. How can the EU stimulate and support innovation in animal nutrition to successfully address societal demands for sustainable animal products and animal welfare? And how can the potential of the feed sector be fully exploited through better regulation?
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Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
Hanne Larsen, Chief Veterinary Officer, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark
Daniela Battaglia, Livestock Production Officer, Animal Production and Health Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Antonio Tavares, Chairman, Pig Meat Working Party, Copa-Cogeca
Filip Van Immerseel, Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Gent
Benoit Anquetil, Managing Director, Cargill Animal Nutrition Western Europe
Jennifer Baker, Journalist, EURACTIV
09:30 – 09:35 Welcome
09:35 – 09:40 Video statement
09:40 – 09:55 Panellist statements
09:55 – 10:55 Discussion and Q&A
10:55 – 11:00 Closing statements
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The potential of innovative feed solutions for boosting gut microbiome health of animals remains underexplored, despite mounting scientific evidence indicating that it underpins both animal health and welfare, stakeholders have highlighted.