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Industry Elites Discussed on Animal Welfare

Release time:2018-06-12

In May 17th, 2017, “The 2017 Livestock Industry Innovation and Development Summit” held by Dig Dutchman took place in Qingdao. President Xi Chunling of the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare, Secretary General Mr. Ayoshi, Deputy Secretary General Ms. Zhou Fan and Director of Food Business Katherine attended the summit. President Xi Chunling made a report named “The Competitive Advantages of Animal Welfare Product Differentiation”. In the report, President Xi highlighted the current status and standards of animal welfare practices in China, the work of the committee, and the sales and consumption of animal welfare-friendly products.

The summit focused on the theme of “New Technology Win the Future”. More than 300 experts and company representatives attended the summit, learned about Big Dutchman China’s twenty years of development and celebrated its 20th anniversary. President of Big Dutchman China, Walter Benz, expressed his sincerest thanks to the cooperation partners with his team.

Walter Benz talked about the company’s future development strategies. The company would strengthen the brand image and maintain a leading position in the industry through continuous innovation. It would also improve the after-sales service and farm management, spread good animal welfare practices and develop the new turnkey project. The launching of the new livestock building department marked the beginning of one-stop solutions for Big Dutchman China. Now Big Dutchman China had four business units: eggs unit, poultry unit, pigs unit and livestock building unit.

Food Animal Initiative Veterinary Surgeon Ms. Laura Higham made a report called “The Sustainable Development of Food Supply Chain”. It was mainly about the influence of animal health and high welfare on food safety. She advocated for the promotion of animal welfare in commercial supply chain and the cautious use of antibiotics. Using antibacterial agents on animals with clinical indications could improve the use of antibacterial agents in the livestock industry.

Rabobank Food & Agri research consultation director Ms. Chenjun Pan made a detailed report called “The Global Meat Market Outlook”. She pointed out major influence factors in international trade:
1.Free trade agreement emphasizes more on bilateral negotiations.
2.Technical barriers to trade.
3.Market access changes the competitive environment.
4.The exchange rate plays a key role.
Animal welfare-friendly products, as the future leading brand, are more and more valued by consumers.

Dr Simon Turner of Scottish Agricultural College delivered a report called “Boost Egg Production Through Improving Animal Welfare”. He analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of cage raising, loose rearing and free-range farming. Even though no system was perfect, high animal welfare practices were good for improving the health of animals in factory farms.

Professor Ma Ji of China Agricultural University made a report called “The Market and Policy Analysis of Livestock Waste Disposal and Utilization”. He said that waste material utilization should be market-oriented, using industry chain restroregulation to advance the waste disposal process and coordinate the production of crops and livestock.

After twenty years of development, German standards had been incorporated into Chinese farming. In the evening, Big Dutchman China celebrated its 20th anniversary and expected a more prosperous future with cooperation partners.

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