Sinead Quealy

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Antibiotic use in agri-food a problem for McDonald’s

Pressure is mounting on fast food giant McDonald’s to stop using products from animals treated with antibiotics. The pressure is coming from ShareAction, an investor action group, and it makes a lot of sense. However it is not as straightforward an implementation as those involved on all sides would wish. McDonald’s themselves point to the

Lack of data a major challenge in fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance is a major societal and economic challenge. VirtualVet can help. The recent publication by Lord O’Neill and his team at AMR Review outlining recommendations to deal with drug resistant infections is very welcome. It is a thorough and sensible report and has been widely covered, including by The Economist. However it is the

Where are the farmers in Agri-Tech?

A call to centre farmers in Agri-Tech design! There was an impressive array of Agri-tech on show at the Precision Dairy Conference this week. But there were a number of questions about whether or not farmers had been involved in the research & development of the technologies. Tuesday saw an interesting session dedicated to the

Precision Dairy Conference 2016, Leeuwarden

Congratulations to Precision Dairy Conference organizers for putting together a very informative and busy conference! Yesterday afternoon the conversations were focused on the agri-tech industry questioning our own understanding of what precision dairy tools farmers require and are willing to pay for. More and more the feedback is pointing to data as noise. Time and

EU’s new Animal Health Law, March 22nd 2016

MEPs this week formally endorsed measures to address the risks of outbreaks of animal disease such as avian bird flu or foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease. There is also increased emphasis on diseases which are transmissible to humans. The new Animal Health Law reinforces the existing obligatory reporting by farmers, animals professionals and vets. The Animal Health

Combatting AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance)

Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance Antimicrobials such as antibiotics have been widely used as a cure all for infections since their discovery in the early 20th century, but increasing incidents of antimicrobial resistant strains of bacteria along with the sharp decline in new antimicrobial drug discovery have prompted a movement towards regulation and monitoring of antimicrobial use.