The WBC tackles sustainability, animal welfare and nutrition on its third day

In its third day of exhibitions, the World Congress of Buiiatrics, which takes place this week in Madrid, deals with nutrition and metabolic and infectious diseases, animal welfare, various aspects related to cattle fattening, the possibilities offered by imaging and sustainable beef cattle production systems.

In the place reserved for bl nutrition and metabolic diseases The session was opened by Adlai Schuler of Marshall Ridge Farms who discussed energy balance and body condition as key factors in a healthy herd. He was followed by Fernando Díaz Royon from the Dairy Knowledge Center with his presentation on how to balance energy and protein supply during breastfeeding. Schuler took the floor to address the management of the transition period through protocols, giving it a systems approach, and Diaz Royon spoke about nutrition management and its impact on dairy finances.

Regarding infectious diseases, the Neiker Bizkaia Science and Technology Park expert Joseba Garrido offered in his presentation a series of tools for the diagnosis and control of bovine paratuberculosis, and later María Guelbenzu (Animal Health Ireland) presented the presentation “What’s new in IBR. Epidemiology and Control at the Farm Level”. After the break, Garrido returned to the podium to talk about the details of animal TB eradication, while Guelbenzu focused his second speech on the current BVD situation in Europe.


On animal welfareUniversity of Guelph Professor Trevor de Vries presented two talks: one related to raising dairy calves and the other on animal welfare aspects of automated milking. Afterwards, Xavier Manteca, Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​also gave two presentations, both focused on the assessment and management of pain in cows and calves.

The fourth of the day’s central topics was the treatment of bait, an issue addressed by Calvin Booker and Ryan Law of Feedlot Health Management Services and Dunbia Agricultural Research Management respectively. The latter was responsible for showing the key considerations for antibiotic-free beef production and also explained the importance of meat quality assessment and supply chain data management to meet consumer expectations. In turn, Booker proposed the conference, “BRD in Feed Farm Production: Past, Present and Future,” and also presented another exhibit focusing on the use of technology to manage cattle health on the farm.


opened solemnly topic referring to imaging diagnostics Jill Colloton from Bovine Services talking about the role of ultrasound in reproductive management 4.0 and was followed by Giovanni Gnemmi (Bovine Vet) who answered the question of whether Doppler is an effective resource in reproductive management. In the second part, Gnemmi focused on the use of ultrasound to improve reproductive management in dairy or beef cattle, and following this intervention, University of Montreal professor Sebastien Baczynski concluded with his report on thoracic ultrasound.

The sixth thematic block of the day was dedicated to sustainable production systems of cattle. In it, Jude Capper of the Livestock Sustainability Consultancy discussed sustainability in action and sought answers to the question, “How do we ‘want meat’ without ‘milking the environment’?” Then it was the turn of Frank M. Mitloner (University of Davis), who talks about how to feed the world “without eating it”. Capper then returned to the fore to talk about the cows of the future as well as the challenges and opportunities for sustainable livestock systems, and in his final talk, Mitloehner offered a presentation focused on the relationship between livestock and climate change.

At the end of each block and for the third day in a row, practical talks were held at the end of the morning with a smaller number of people, in which the main speakers from each topic and the authors of the two best oral presentations for each topic. Due to the fact that it is a more dynamic format, the audience was able to participate more actively in them.



During the second part of the day of workshops and company symposia. In the MSD-sponsored session on the benefits of intelligent monitoring solutions in veterinary medicine, Philip Huffschmidt, Alexey Castro, Juan Pedro Campillo and Paul Westway participated. Likewise, an imaging workshop was held with Sebastien Buczynski, Giovanni Gnemi, and Jill Collotton, who focused on extragenital applications of ultrasound.

As a final touch to date, the VIP Presentations column featured veterinary specialists Jack Britt and Juan Loubrot.

Britt, who is currently leading an international team of researchers analyzing the future of dairy production, highlighted the factors that farms need to consider to ensure their profitability 50 years from now. Among these factors, he mentioned the impact of epigenetics on productivity, the technologization of tasks to make them more efficient, the value of working together between small farms and the importance of taking into account the fact that global warming will mean a change in areas with better agricultural land.

For his part, Loubrot, former director of the veterinary field of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), focused his presentation on two of the main lines of work in his career: the integration of One Health, a broad concept which, he emphasized , must span multiple disciplines; and the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Among other aspects, in his speech he referred to the value of communication and promotion, as well as the importance of health professionals adapting their role to changes in society.

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