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6 FARM WEEK
NEWS
Aurivo announces details of its third Fixed Milk Price Scheme
NOVEMBER 09 2017
A
URIVO, the globally-focused
agribusiness which is headquartered in the north west
of Ireland, has announced details
of a new Fixed Milk Price Scheme
for both the Republic of Ireland and
Northern Ireland.
Designed to help suppliers
manage milk price volatility, the
scheme guarantees a secure price
on a fixed proportion of supply over
a defined period.
One of Aurivo’s strongest schemes
to date, suppliers who choose to
participate will be guaranteed
33.5 cent/litre on up to 10 per cent
of their monthly supply for 36
months, starting in January 2018.
Participants in Northern Ireland
will be guaranteed 29p/litre on
up to 10 per cent of their monthly
supply for the same period.
A special allocation will apply
to new entrants to dairying, who
commenced milking after January
1, 2016.
The scheme is open to all milk
suppliers and participation is
voluntary, however applicants
must be certified in the Bord Bia
Sustainable
Diary
Assurance
Scheme to be eligible.
Commenting
on
the
announcement, Aaron Forde, CEO,
Aurivo, pictured, said: “We’re
proud of this price offering as it’s
our best one to date and will make
a positive impact on suppliers
who are faced with uncertainty
over milk price volatility. In what
is a very challenging time, Aurivo
is committed to supporting milk
suppliers so I would encourage
suppliers to give serious consideration to participating in this
scheme.”
Pat Duffy, Aurivo Chairman, added:
“This is a very positive development
AFBI’s Cattle Health Scheme marks 10 years
A
NUMBER of events are being organised
by the Agri Food and Biosciences Institute
(AFBI), to celebrate the 10th anniversary
of the AFBI Cattle Health Scheme in 2017.
The scheme is a CHeCS licensed scheme that
provides a structured approach to a healthier
herd.
CHeCS was established by the
cattle industry in 1999 as a form
of quality control for disease
management programmes.
Its aim is to create robust
common standards to
underpin the control and
eradication of the main
endemic cattle diseases in
the UK and Ireland. Diseases
that are included are Bovine
Viral Diarrhea (BVD), Leptospirosis,
Johne’s and Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis
(IBR); with the more recent addition of
Neosporosis.
A farmer focused event will be held on the
afternoon of Wednesday, November 15, at AFBI
Hillsborough.
To register for the event please go to the
Eventbrite page (http://bit.ly/2hBIORh).
Alternatively call 02890 525 749 or email to
cattlehealthscheme@afbini.gov.uk
The event will begin with a light lunch at 1pm
followed by short talks from a number of the
most successful AFBI Cattle Health Scheme
members as well as veterinary practitioner and
past British Veterinary Cattle Association
President Keith Cutler. Keith has a wealth
of experience helping herd keepers in
controlling and eradicating disease and
making their farms more cost-efficient.
These talks will be followed by a farm
tour in AFBI Hillsborough.
The tour will focus on considerations
around general biosecurity and
Johne’s disease, including the calving
environment, colostrum management and
challenges in Johne’s herd screening. AFBI
Cattle Health Scheme staff will be available for
questions on the day.
In the interests of biosecurity those attending
are asked to wear clean clothing and footwear
not previously worn while in direct contact
with their own animals. Protective overalls and
footwear will be provided.
and we’re confident there will be
strong uptake among our suppliers,
who work tirelessly to consistently
deliver quality products.
“This scheme will deliver peace of
mind to them in relation to a portion
of their supply over the next three
years as they can rest assured
that despite other external factors
that might arise, they’ll receive a
secured price for a fixed amount of
their supply.”
Aurivo exports dairy ingredients
to over 50 countries in markets
as diverse as Afghanistan, Iraq,
Nigeria, Congo and Costa Rica.
For more information or to
download an application form,
please visit www.aurivo.ie
Deadline for submitting
pig antibiotic usage nears
THE deadline for pig farmers
to upload their herds’
quarterly antibiotic usage
to the AHDB Pork electronic
Medicine Book (eMB) for
Red Tractor Compliance is
approaching this Saturday,
November 11.
Issuing a reminder to farmers,
the Ulster Farmers’ Union
Pork and Bacon Chairman
Norman Robson said: “This is
a very important step forward
for the pig industry. Collection
and collation of on-farm
antibiotic usage data is a key
commitment of the Antibiotic
Stewardship programme.
“We are proud of how the
pig industry is stepping up to
the challenge and taking this
leap forward to demonstrate
responsible use of antibiotics
and reduce and refine usage
where necessary.”
By Saturday, pig farmers
will need to have uploaded
data for Quarter 2: April
1-June 30, and Quarter 3:
July 1-September 30, in order
to comply with the new Red
Tractor Assurance standards.
From then onwards,
producers need to upload
collated data on a quarterly
basis in a timely fashion
(ie, within six weeks of the
end of the quarter). You do
not have to use the eMB to
replace everyday use of your
medicines book – you simply
need to upload the total
usage data once a quarter.
For those who need it, there
is information on how to use
the eMB on the AHDB pork
website, where you can find
videos and a quick user guide
which are straight forward
and understandable.
If you need further advice,
there is an email address
and phone number for the
Red Tractor member
helpline: memberhelp@
redtractor.org.uk or call
02036 173670.
For further information check
the AHDB website - https://
pork.ahdb.org.uk/healthwelfare/health/antimicrobialusage/e-medicine-book-embpigs/
WHO recommends
halt to antibiotic use
in healthy animals
T
HE World Health Organisation (WHO)
is recommending that farmers and the
food industry stop using antibiotics
routinely to promote growth and
prevent disease in healthy animals.
The move has won the backing of the British
Veterinary Association which said the use
of prophylactic antibiotics was “never a
substitute for good animal husbandry and
management”.
The new WHO guidelines aim to help
preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics that
are important for human medicine by reducing
their unnecessary use in animals.
In some countries, approximately 80 per cent
of total consumption of medically important
antibiotics is in the animal sector, largely for
growth promotion in healthy animals.
Over-use and misuse of antibiotics in
animals and humans is contributing to the
rising threat of antibiotic resistance.
WHO has strongly recommended an overall
reduction in the use of all classes of medically
important antibiotics in food-producing
animals, including complete restriction of
these antibiotics for growth promotion and
disease prevention without diagnosis.
Healthy animals should only receive
antibiotics to prevent disease if it has been
diagnosed in other animals in the same flock,
herd, or fish population.
Where possible, sick animals should be
tested to determine the most effective and
prudent antibiotic to treat their specific
infection. Antibiotics used in animals should
be selected from those WHO has listed as
being “least important” to human health, and
not from those classified as “highest priority
critically important”. These antibiotics are
often the last line, or one of limited treatments,
available to treat serious bacterial infections
in humans.
Commenting on the proposals, BVA Senior
Vice President Gudrun Ravetz said: “We
welcome the WHO continuing to tackle this
serious global health issue. Their guidelines
echo the guidance BVA has long been issuing
on the responsible use of antimicrobials.
“We agree that the prophylactic use of
antimicrobials in healthy animals to prevent
disease is never a substitute for good animal
husbandry and management.
“Through cross-sector working, the UK
is leading the way in significantly reducing
antimicrobial usage, having already achieved
the UK Government usage targets set for 2020.
“Critically Important Antimicrobials use is
at a very low level in the UK, and, as recent
Government data shows, is continuing
to decrease. It is encouraging that WHO
recognises that these vital medicines
are sometimes needed, under veterinary
judgment and prescription, as a last resort, to
prevent the further spread of disease and to
protect animal and human health.”
“Scientific evidence demonstrates that
overuse of antibiotics in animals can
contribute to the emergence of antibiotic
resistance,” said Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima,
Director of the Department of Food Safety and
Zoonoses at WHO.
“The volume of antibiotics used in animals
is continuing to increase worldwide, driven by
a growing demand for foods of animal origin,
often produced through intensive animal
husbandry.”

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