May 08, 2017

08/05/2017: International Seminar on Animal Health and Nutrition: algae to reduce the use of antibiotics

The third edition of the technical seminar took place in Guangzhou, China, from the 27-28 April, 2017 

This year the event shed light on the natural alternatives to reduce the use of antibiotics and the situation of the animal production in Asia.
Group photo of third Asia Conference

For the third consecutive year, Olmix Group hosted the Olmix International Seminar on Health and Nutrition in Asia. This year’s edition took place in Guangzhou, China, city that welcomed more than 120 attendees from 12 different countries who gathered at the Sheraton Grand Guangzhou Huadu Resort for two days of high-level technical conferences and workshops.

Following the philosophy of Olmix, the event was mainly focused on the risk of the overuse of antibiotics in animal production and how marine algae technology and its unique active molecules, the sulfated polysaccharides, can help us to raise animals without antibiotics and chemical additives.

Thursday, 27th April: plenary session 
The first day of the event turned out to be a very good opportunity to discuss not only the global situation of the animal feed production in Asia, but also some of the hottest topics concerning the animal production industry all around the world.

Mr Sébastien Balusson, Olmix’s Deputy CEO, officially opened the event by welcoming all the attendees and giving an overview of the Olmix’s global strategy. Mr Balusson highlighted the latest research and innovations carried out by the Group recently that aim to reach a full healthy food chain. The show was officially opened and so was the plenary session.

Dr Fan Fuhao, General Director of the Centre of Quality Test and Supervision for Breeding Swine, MOA (Guangzhou), was the first to go on stage, where he shared some key points of the swine market in China and gave some scientific solutions to ensure animals’ health and welfare in the farm.

“We can do many things to guarantee the best conditions both in animal husbandry and agriculture. When it comes to pig farming, we should focus on four goals: ensuring the welfare of animals, decreasing toxicity rates, boosting herd immunity and improving the health degree of animals”, Dr Fuhao said.

Secondly, Mr Michel Guillaume, Olmix’s Technical Director, took the lead and shared with the audience an interesting presentation about antibiotics in animal production. Mr Guillaume pointed out the high risk associated with an overuse of antibiotics and got into detail by giving the key points of this critical situation in Asia:

“There are several examples of bacterial resistance to antibiotics in Asia. Streptococcus suis is one of the most important causes of bacterial mortality in piglets and Streptococcus suis type 2 is an emerging human pathogen in Southeast Asia. In 2005, a total of 215 cases of human Streptococcus suis infections (38 deaths) were reported in Sichuan, China. All infections occurred in backyard farmers who were directly exposed to infection during the slaughtering process of pigs that had died of unknown causes”, he explained.

The potential of algae 
After that, the conference session took a 180-degree turn. As it could not be otherwise, the last two presentations shed light on the incredible potential of algae and their specific extracts, the algal-sulphated polysaccharides.

Ass. Professir Meng-Chou Lee, from the National Ocean University of Taiwan, gave a presentation entitled ‘Seaweed (marine macroalgae) in animal productions’.

According to Mr Meng-Chou, “we can get a lot of benefits of marine algae in animal production processes”, as he explained that “they can be used as nutritional supplements as well as providing vitamins and minerals”.

He also mentioned that “seaweed can be used as natural antioxidants and neutralise the free radicals in vivo, while protecting the ingredients in the feed, regulate the immune system and prevent the spread of pathogens, among others. They even might reduce animals’ methane production without affecting growth and health”.

Last, but not least, Dr Hervé Demais, from the Biovet Conseil, explained how specific algal sulfated polysaccharides extracts (branded MSP®) interact with immunity in animal production:

“Olmix MSP® have the capacity to increase of specific immune response mediators’ expression by differentiated IPEC-1 cells –Olmix MSP extracted from Ulva armoricana green algae exhibits an antimicrobial activity and stimulates cytokine expression by intestinal epithelial cells”.

Friday, 28th April: the results of the Olmix’s antibiotic-free programme
After discussing the alternatives to the use of antibiotics in animal production, the plenary sessions could not close without showing some real results on the matter.

Mr Olivier Biannic, Olmix’s Antibiotic-free Production Manager, took the chance to present the latest results of the Olmix’s antibiotic-free programme. “Saga program - a comprehensive program that use the synergetic properties of Olmix range of products and different MSP®, confirmed the possibility to raise 94 percent of piglets without antibiotics and allows to produce up to 93 percent of poultry flocks antibiotic-free still increasing the performances”.

Mr Biannic’s message was clear: 
• Antibiotic-free demand is now coming from the market and the market is ready to pay between 15 and 20 percent more than conventional.
• Olmix is able to help and bring the support to produce antibiotic-free alternatives thanks to algae.
• Algotherapy and algae benefits are also a very good and positive approach that will give an added value to the meat, milk and eggs.

To close the plenary session, Mr Quang Thanh Trinh, Olmix Asia Pacific Manager, went on stage to share with the attendees the Olmix Group’s internal and external strategy that make the company able to provide innovative and natural solutions and meet the needs of its customers and partners worldwide.

“Olmix Group provides innovative solutions to customers all around the world. We talk about four pillars: innovation through global resources, innovation through R&D, innovation through industry and innovation through marketing. What makes us unique is our integrated sourcing, our algae biorefinery, our worldwide industrial capacity, our advanced technologies and, of course, our antibiotic-free programme. Thanks to our complete portfolio and efficient products we are able to meet the clients’ needs and expectations”.

Workshops: poultry, swine and aquaculture 
Besides the plenary sessions, several workshops took place during the two days of the event in order to address the main challenges in poultry, swine and aquaculture production.

The poultry workshop focused on the main issues concerning the poultry sector nowadays, such as mycotoxin management, vaccination practices or feed digestibility, among others. On the other hand, the swine workshop came up with some of the latest updates of this industry in the world but particularly in China.

‘Disease Challenges in Swine in Asia’, ‘Management of Biosecurity and Bioexclusion in Large Pig Units’ and ‘Raw Materials and By-products: Latest Trends for Optimal Performance’ were some of the presentations. Finally, the aquaculture workshop pointed out some of the current trends of the field.

Conferences such us Alternative Sustainable Way of Farming: Polyculture, Fish Meal Replacement, Benefits and Limitations or Improvement of Digestibility of Aqua Feeds were delivered by the Olmix Aqua Care Team.

Read more HERE.

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