In March 2016, Ceva held a Poultry Vaccinology Summit in Barcelona. The summit showcased new developments in vaccination for hatcheries.
For over eighty years antibiotics have protected both the health of animals and humans. Protecting for the future through more targeted use has become one of the most pressing issues for governments, health authorities, veterinarians and poultry producers. “Antibiotic free” poultry production brings with it many challenges and potential welfare issues. As consumers demand healthier food, can this be delivered whilst ensuring that birds that fall sick are properly treated?
Poultry producers currently face many challenges to adjust their production systems. Since the emergence of the first very virulent respiratory disease in poultry in the late 1950’s, the most critical challenge is how to better manage bird and flock health. This was one of the main questions raised at Ceva’s Poultry Vaccinology Summit in Barcelona. Around 380 guests including vets, poultry producers, key opinion leaders and Ceva personnel from around the globe took part in the event.
Ceva plays an active role in the vaccinology of poultry, through the widespread use of Ceva’s Transmune™, Vectormune ND™ and Vectormune AI™ .
Ceva’s Poultry Franchise Director, Sylvain Comte, commented : “On farm trials and associated works from scientists and poultry producers it has been shown that consistent, correct application of new technology vaccines allows producers to both, control and reduce disease burden for both present and future flocks: Reducing the risk of clinical or subclinical sickness and therefore the likelihood that birds will need to be treated with antibiotics.”
Ceva’s commitment to responsible antibiotic use is evident through programmes that focus on protection as well as reduction of disease spreading. This innovative approach aims to ensure that poultry farms are healthier and less exposed to bacterial infections, thus fulfilling the joint needs of the consumer and the poultry producers.
In turn, this cycle completes a safe & efficient way to maintain poultry production in growing global population.