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25th March 2015

Dialogues on Ovine in Extremadura 2015

Laboratorios Syva held on March 3rd its Sixth Edition of the Dialogues on Ovine in Villanueva de la Serena (Badajoz), gathering more than 100 professionals including veterinarians and technicians

Ovine Dialogues are a technical seminar organized by Syva in collaboration with the Colleges of Veterinarians of Badajoz and Cáceres, where issues of interest and relevance to the sheep sector are addressed.

The intense debate after each presentation along with the success of attendance at the conference, shows the quality of contents and interest of attendees in an increasingly professionalized sector. This edition gathered more than 100 professionals, including veterinarians and technicians, mainly from Extremadura, Andalusia and Castilla La Mancha.

The day began with a round table discussion on Bluetongue Virus, moderated by Angel Llanos, Director of R & D Laboratorios Syva, where the disease was approached from three different points of view: University, Industry and Government Administration.

Javier Lucientes, Professor of Veterinary Entomology at the Department of Animal Pathology (Animal Health) in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Zaragoza, focused on epidemiological aspects such as analysis of the characteristics of the vectors of Bluetongue and climatic conditions that favor the spread of the disease. Lucientes explained the differences between the various habitats of the species of Culicoides responsible for transmission of bluetongue virus in Europe and how the situation has evolved in Spain in recent years. After analyzing the difficulty of controlling vector populations, Lucientes recommended as the most effective tools against Bluetongue, combining vaccination of animals with the use of insecticides and repellents to protect bites of Culicoides.

Representing Syva Laboratories, Maria Luisa de Arriba, Deputy Director of Registration Department (Immunological Products), explained the necessary steps for development and registration of a Bluetongue vaccine; in particular of Syvazul 1, which recently obtained Syva final registration. After presenting the structure of the registration dossier of a vaccine, particularly stressed the necessary quality controls at various stages of production of the vaccine and the complexity of safety and efficacy studies, conducted both in laboratory conditions and through field trials; as key points in the development of the vaccine.

Bluetongue is a mandatory declaration disease reflected in the list of the OIE. Government Administration's position is key in the fight against Bluetongue revealed Jesus Barrios, Director General of Agriculture of the Government of Extremadura, who defended the importance of the sheep sector in our country, second European country in sheep production. He explained the situation of Bluetongue in Spain in general and Extremadura in particular and the role of government in coordination and implementation of vaccination plans; insisting, as they had done the other speakers of the table, in vaccination against bluetongue as the best tool to control the disease.

The morning session concluded with a presentation on the key points in control of parasites of sheep in extensive systems offered by Francisco A. Rojo Vazquez, Professor of parasitic diseases, Department of Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of León. Rojo gave an overview of the most prevalent parasitic diseases in sheep and its prevalence in both rainfed and irrigated; demonstrating that climate change observed in recent years has been a determining factor in the actual situation. Explained treatment options for deworming sheep and what factors must be taken into account when defining proper parasite control program to prevent the occurrence of anthelmintic resistance (inevitable consequence of parasite adaptation). To conclude his presentation, Rojo recommended combining different anthelmintics as part of a antiparasitic rotation program and integrated with other management measures.

Raúl Martínez, Ruminant Technician in Laboratorios Syva, offered a talk about strategies to optimize the anthelmintic efficacy and how the combination of different chemical groups improves the action spectrum of products. It is the case of Syva Oxydrench; an internal parasite that combines the advantages of Closantel with the Oxfendazole.

In the afternoon a panel discussion on new perspectives in marketing and consumption of sheep meat, with the participation of various professional groups in the sector was developed.

Tomas M. Rodríguez, Coordinator in Interovic, presented initiatives to be implemented by the interprofessional of sheep and goat to increase the consumption of sheep meat, which has fallen to 50% in recent years. His main areas of work are based on finding aids to invest in promotion, development of new cuts that are better aligned with consumer needs and a communication campaign to improve the visibility and image of this meat. This strategic plan aims to provide a new positioning for lamb, making it more accessible for consumers and tailored to its daily diet. To do this, they will rely on a training plan for distributors and chefs and an advertising campaign with ads, which will premiere on TV in the coming days.

Francisco Marcén, Founder and CEO of Oviaragón-Group Pastors, explained the new outlook for the domestic market, framed within a global market, and the important role of cooperatives as a strategy for the future of the sector.

Finally, José A. Puntas, President of the National Sheep Breeders Association Segureño (ANCOS) introduced the OviSpain project, an integration of cooperatives partnered to exploit synergies in production, optimize their structure and improve the situation of market, creating a competitive product for foreign trade. Last February OviSpain received the Cooperative Integration Award to mark the 25th anniversary of Agrifood Cooperatives of Spain; in which he distinguished this project by its supra regional integration.

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