SPANISH LIVESTOCK SECTOR TAKING INCREASINGLY SENSIBLE STEPS INTO THE FUTURE

On 24 May various members of the livestock sector, including companies, producer associations, veterinarians, agronomists, agricultural technical engineers, and large retailers, met in Madrid to discuss the great challenges that lie ahead. The meeting was organized by Kiwa Spain on the occasion of the GLOBALG.A.P. Tour making a stop in Madrid.

The Spanish livestock sector has gone through a number of important transformations in recent years. "The professionalism of the sector is increasing thanks to the modernization of production systems, as a result of legislative and consumer demands," said Diego Tambo, commercial manager of Kiwa Spain and training veterinarian. Despite undisputed successes, the growing demands of society in such sensitive areas as sustainability, quality, consumer safety, and animal welfare require even greater improvements. "It is necessary to have a work system that allows an improvement in the transparency of the production systems and that contributes to a greater degree of professional recognition, both nationally and internationally," added Tambo.

The industry has spent a lot of effort in producing healthy, safe, and high-quality food. But now, society is interested to know the details about production processes and "the time has come to show and teach everything that has been advanced in knowledge of production, care of animals, food and feed, shelter, and traceability," reaffirmed Miguel Ángel Higuera, Director of the National Association of pig producers ANPROGAPOR.

A detailed analysis of the GLOBALG.A.P. livestock standard has shown that it is a possible solution to the needs of the sector as it is based on an integrated system of production. It also addresses current issues such as breeding in the absence of antibiotics or animal welfare. Resistance to antibiotics poses a great challenge in the European Union and the world. The livestock sector has understood this challenge and has firmly committed to tackling it.

The Spanish agency for medicines and health products has created a national plan against resistance to antibiotics (PRAN). Sara Sacristán, PRAN coordination specialist, provided very encouraging data from the swine production sector, which is committed to the voluntary reduction of the use of colistin, the most-used antibiotic. In the period analyzed, between 2015 and the first half of 2017, a reduction in consumption of 82.37 % was observed. In light of the success achieved, "it has been agreed to create collaboration agreements to reduce the use of antibiotics in other livestock sectors: rabbits, poultry, cattle, sheep, and goats," said Sacristán.

A report on the sales of antibiotics in Europe between 2011 and 2015, prepared by the European Medicines Agency, puts Spain in second place in terms of consumption behind only Cyprus. But, as pointed out by Luis Ortega Mora, Professor of the Department of Animal Health of the Veterinary School of the Complutense University of Madrid, "while in Europe, 31 % of the total consumption of antibiotics is for cattle, in Spain the use of antibiotics for this domestic species accounts for only 12.5 % of the total."

Regarding animal welfare, Xavier Manteca, Professor of the Department of Animal Science and Food of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and head of the Center for Education in Animal Welfare Production (FAWEC), believes that interest is growing on the part of producers, veterinarians, and the industry. "Above all, it is necessary that all of us involved in livestock production understand that animal welfare is an essential tool to improve the economic and social sustainability of animal production."

Companies and farms that advance in this area may, according to Manteca, "position themselves in the market in an advantageous and competitive way". The expert has also addressed the relationship between the welfare of farm animals and the health of people. "Improving the welfare of farm animals is also a useful strategy to reduce the use of antimicrobials and also the risk of foodborne diseases," he confirms.

GLOBALG.A.P. CATTLE RAISING

The steps demanded in order to achieve GLOBALG.A.P. certification are particularly tough and include direct action in areas such as food security, animal welfare, commitment to the environment, and occupational safety. But GLOBALG.A.P. also gives farmers a comprehensive action plan, from the feed factory and production to transport, in order to address all aspects that contribute to effective management of resources and respect for animals and the people whose livelihoods depend on them.

The technical manager of GLOBALG.A.P., Diego Salgado, detailed the six specific rules for the different livestock types: cattle and sheep, calves and young cattle, pig, poultry, turkey production, and dairy cattle.

ABOUT KIWA ESPAÑA

Kiwa España is a certification entity that operates throughout Spain through its network of offices. Its local presence guarantees customers constant closeness, as stated in its motto: "local treatment, international prestige". The Kiwa Group, in which Kiwa España is integrated, is an international certification and inspection entity that is active in more than fifty countries. It has a hundred offices in most European, Asian, and Latin American countries. It is also present on the African continent.


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Program

10:45 - 11:15                
Arrival & Registration
11:15 – 11:25

Welcome and Opening Remarks                                             

11:25 - 11:45

Plan Nacional Resistencia Antibiotics
Qué se puede aportar desde el sector primario a la reducción de antibióticos (National Plan of Resistance to Antibiotics: Contribution of the primary sector to the reduction of antibiotics)

– Sara Sacristán Álvarez, Agencia Española del Medicamento, Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices

11:45 - 13:30

GLOBALG.A.P.
-  LA ORGANIZACIÓN (Organization)
-  EL ESQUEMA: Granjas, Fábrica de Pienso, Transporte (The scope: Farms, Feed Factory, Transportation)

– Diego Salgado DVM. GLOBALG.A.P. Expert Livestock Technical Key Accounts

13:30 - 14:00

Certificacion GLOBALG.A.P. Ganaderia (GLOBALG.A.P. Livestock certification)

- Ricart Calatayud, auditor experto de Kiwa en GLOBALG.A.P. Ganadería (Expert Auditor in GLOBALG.A.P. LIVESTOCK of Kiwa)

14:00 - 15:30 Comida / Coctel
15:30 - 15:45

La aplicación de Sistemas de Calidad en las granjas (Application of quality systems in the farms)

-  Miguel Ángel Higuera - ANPROGAPOR (Spanish Pig Farmer Association)

15:45 - 16:00

Bienestar Animal (Animal welfare)

Xavier Maneca  (FAWEC – CENTRO DE EDUCACION EN BIENESTAR DE ANIMALES DE PRODUCCION) (Farm Animal Welfare Education Centre)

16:00 - 16:15 Bioseguridad en Vaca Nodriza como alternativa para la Reducción de Antibióticos (Biosecurity in suckler cow as an alternative for antibiotic reduction)

- Luir Ortega Mora (CONSEJO GENERAL DE COLEGIOS VETERINARIOS DE ESPAÑA - (General Council of Veterinary Professional Association)
16:15 - 16:40 Turno de preguntas (Open questions)
16:40 - 16:50 Clausura (Closing remarks)
 

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