Producers had a chance to exchange their ideas with the government officials and state representatives; to hear about the result of the industry over the past year, to discuss actual dairy sector situation and got the latest information about state support and prospects of the development in 2018 from Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Volodymyr Lapa, Head of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection and Vadim Chagarovskiy, Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian Union of Dairy Enterprises.
In the first day of the Dairy Congress Ryan van Egmond (GD Animal Health) gave a presentation for the veterinarians and others about the reduction of antibiotics (AB) use in dairy cows. The Dutch livestock sector has been aiming for maximum transparency in antibiotic use since 2011, through the monitoring of use by veterinarians and farmers. Ryan explained the way of the successful reduction of antibiotic in the Dutch Dairy sector. The task for the dairy sector, farmers, vets, dairy processors etc. to realize a huge AB reduction: making antibiotic use transparent (annual daily dose per herd ADD), very limited use of antibiotics important for treating multi resistant pathogens in human patients (3rd preference); implement herd health and treatment plan, no more preventive use of antibiotics (like AB dry cow treatment)
GD Animal Health is the Dutch leading organization in animal health and animal production. Over ninety years, GD Animal Health has supported veterinarians, farmers, industrial customers and governments by providing animal health programmers and laboratory diagnostic services. At this moment, GD Animal Health supports the implementation of the L. hardjo monitoring program in the Ukraine, and a number of dairy farmers started to participate this L. hardjo monitoring program yet. In addition, several seminars were given on mastitis control and the reduction of antibiotics in milk.
The intention is to organize, in collaboration with the CVD lab in Kiev, an Animal Health Seminar in Kiev in the first week of June. More information will be given in the next Newsletter.