The 2021 TLRI-FFTC Symposium on “Innovation and Application of Animal Vaccines and Health-Promotion Feed Additives for Antibiotic-Free Era in Livestock Industry” was successfully conducted on November 11 and 12, 2021. This online international symposium was co-organized by FFTC and Taiwan Livestock Research Institute (TLRI), Taiwan.
In livestock farming, antibiotics are usually used to enhance or promote growth or achieve better feed efficiency, thus leading to prolonged dose exposure of animal gut bacteria to these drugs and the increasing risks of building up antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a serious threat to human health. Therefore, the innovation and commercialization of animal vaccines and health-promotion feed additives as alternatives to antibiotics for livestock animals becomes an important challenge of the industry. The objective of this joint international symposium is to promote a healthier utilization of animal vaccines and health-promotion feed additives in the region, against the increasing risks brought by antibiotic-resistant bacteria that reflect consumers concerns on food quality and safety.
With over 100 registrants, the online participants came from Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and USA. About 65% of those belonged to the public sector while 25% were from the private sector.
This international symposium was also livestreamed on FFTC’s official Facebook websites (English and Chinese), where simultaneous translation service was provided for the Chinese speakers. To date, there has been an accumulated 650 video views from the FFTC Facebook page.
In this international symposium, 20 speakers from 6 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, USA), representing government, research institutes, and private companies, exchanged and shared knowledge on the development and application of animal vaccines and health-promotion feed additives in the livestock industry.
In this international symposium, three topics – vaccines, feed additives, and commercialization & marketing, covered the latest trends, challenges and key issues in both the upstream and downstream side of the livestock industry value chain. The former introduced and shared the R&D methodologies, application examples, and immune efficacy of animal vaccines and feed additives, while the latter addressed the marketing strategies and business management aspect of animal vaccine and feed additives product lines globally and regionally.
The 2-day international symposium was open to registered participants on the Cisco Webex platform. For people with unstable internet connection capacity, the symposium was broadcasted live on the FFTC official websites with video replays available at any time. All the symposium papers and PPT presentations will soon be shared on an open access mode for free on the FFTC official website for dissemination to the general public.
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