REPERTOIRE REPORT ON VAM LIVESTOCK ASIA SEMINAR

Title :                  Seminar On Livestock Farming In Malaysia: Challenges Towards The                             Era Of Globalisation
Date :                 20 April 2018 (Friday)

Time:                 8.15 am – 4.30 pm
Venue :              Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia

Repertoire :  Irdayu binti Hairani

Designation & Place of work:  Research Officer, Inst. Teknologi Unggas Melaka

Seminar On Livestock Farming In Malaysia: Challenges Towards The Era Of Globalisation.

The one day seminar was very interesting and gave the opportunity to enhance participants’s knowledge towards challenges towards the era of globalization. This seminar is especially important for researchers planning to facilitate the livestock industry by conducting studies and research that are relevant to current times.

The seminar started at 8.15 am, with an opening speech by VAM president Dato’ Dr. Quaza Nizamuddin bin Hassan Nizam. The seminar was chaired by Dr. Chee LW from Elanco Animal Health, Malaysia.

Session 1:

Title : Welcome Address on Livestock farming in Malaysia

The first session was a presentation by Dato’ Dr. Quaza Nizamuddin bin Hassan Nizam, Director General of Veterinary Services Malaysia (DVS) as Welcome Address and talk on “Livestock Farming In Malaysia”. From the overview of livestock industry in Malaysia including poultry, swiftlet, ruminant, goat and sheep it can be concluded that the value of livestock is 80% dominated by the poultry industry. Most of the livestock industry faces issues on diseases, cost of feed, land, labour, imported product and low productivity. Hence, there are ways to solve and moving forward to overcome this issues such as formation of Dairy Board that will be more focused on increasing the production of milk and beef in Malaysia towards 30-50% of SSL.

Session 2:

Title: Transformational Ruminant Farming Practice: Holistic Herd Health Protocols (HHP) for Prudent Antibiotic and Drug Use

The second session was a presentation on Transformational Ruminant Farming Practice: Holistic Herd Health Protocols (HHP) for Prudent Antibiotic and Drug Use by Associates Prof. Dr. Faez Firdaus Jesse Abdullah from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). This presentation consists of  the definition of HHP, conceptual cycle of HHP, HHP components and also benefits of practicing HHP. Prof Jesse also stated his thoughts on the HHP compliances and its implementation in ruminant farm in Malaysia. Most of all, the interesting part was on the correct treatment for ruminant besides giving antibiotic using his lecture diagram. The most valuable point that he mentioned was the excellence of veterinarian extension services which was implemented by the Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia (DVS) should be continuosly engaged to the farm and also the importance of animal performance record in the farm.

Session 3:

Title : The Benefits of Coated Calcium Butyrate in Gut Health

The third session was The Benefits of Coated Calcium Butyrate in Gut Health presented by Ir. Gil De Clercq from Impextraco NV Belgium. This butyric acid (BA) is mainly used by the poultry and swine. The main benefits of this butyric acid are in the small intestine. It can improve nutrient digestion and absorption by stimulating enzyme secretion. He also stated the classification of acids by feed hygiene, feed efficiency in the stomach and intestinal health. In conclusion, the BA is a wonderful molecule especially for the small intestine and can be beneficial for the poultry industry as been used widely in European countries which may reduce usage of other antibiotics or products for gut health.

Session 4:

Title: International Policies and Trends on Antimicrobial Use

The fourth presentation was International Policies and Trends on Antimicrobial Use by Dr. Pushpanathan from Elanco Animal Health, Malaysia. Todays 3 food security realities was an urgent window of time. About 3 billion of growing middle class will be increasing and demand for meat, milk and eggs. We will need 60% more animal-sourced foods by 2050. In order to achieve the target, a public concern as One Health (Healthy Animal, Healthy People and Healthy Planet) was promoted to overcome the antimicrobial resistance in foodborne. This presentation also listed the antibiotic resistant infections of concerns to human health in GB Agenda Germany 2017. The National Action Plans that delivered to WHO on 25th May 2017 are combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by almost all countries globally. Medical categorizations can provide regulatory authorities guidance into risk management decisions relative to approval and controls on use.

Title: The Import and Export Regulations for Livestock in Malaysia

The Import and Export Regulations for Livestock in Malaysia presented by Dr. Sabariah binti Ismail from Deparment of Veterinary Services, Malaysia. Livestock import and export regulations are important to ensure compliance to sanitary and phytosanitary requirements. This is to protect humans, animals and plants from diseases, pests, and contaminants. Hence there is a need for legislations and to regulate livestock import and export activity. This paper explained more detailed about the general procedures to import livestock to Malaysia and to export livestock from Malaysia.

Q: Does the wildlife also use this terms of regulation for export and import?

A:Yes. The consignment of zoo animals or birds shall be accompanied by a valid import licence issued by the Director General of Veterinary Services, Malaysia. But approval must first be obtained for the importation of endangered species (CITES) from the competent officer of the Wildlife Department Malaysia.

Session 5:

Title: The Use of Salmonella Vaccine in Poultry: The Do’s and Dont’s

The last session of seminar presented by Dr. Norlida Binti Othman from Disease Control and Eradication Section Department of Veterinary Services, Malaysia and title The Use of Salmonella Vaccine in Poultry: The Do’s and Dont’s. Salmonellosis is an infectious disease of humans and animals caused by bacteria of the genus salmonella. This paper also explains more on salmonella vaccination, advantages and disadvantages of vaccination, vaccine requirements, vaccine strain characteristic and recommendation on vaccination. As conclusions, preventing Salmonella infection in poultry will decrease salmonellosis in humans.

The seminar ended at 4.30 pm

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, 23 April 2018.