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Final report of “Thrive-Rite” (June 2015)

BioAtlantis Ltd. coordinated an EU FP7 project between August 2012 and June 2015, aimed at enhancing pig and poultry animal production. The Final Report of the project, “Thrive-Rite”, has now been published. The full text report may be obtained free of charge by contacting the project coordinator via email at research@bioatlantis.com. The executive summary of the report is provided as follows:

 

THRIVE-RITE is a collaborative project funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme (Ref: 315198, start date: 01/08/2012, end date: 28/11/2014). The aims of THRIVE-RITE are to identify viable solutions to problems encountered in intensive production of monogastric animals. These problems include: rising food costs, lower producer margins due to lag effect (increase in input without increase at retail level), ban on in-feed antibiotics, reduced productivity and the limited effectiveness ofcurrent ‘Solutions’ to these problems. The use of in-feed growth promoting antibiotic use is no longer a tool legally available to producers to enhance productivity and control diseases on farms (Regulations (EC) No. 1831/2003 and 1334/2003). These are also human implications to these issues. While the ban on in feed antibiotics was intended to reduce the use of antibiotics in production of pig and poultry meat, this has not happened and in fact, the situation has worsened. Renewed concerns were raised in 2013 by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) regarding the increasing antibiotic use in the EU, an article which appeared in Der Spiegel. (http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/danish-pig-farmers-reduce-antibiotics-to-prevent-drug-resistance-a-933344.html). The statistics demonstrate that huge levels of antibiotics are being administered by veterinarians in the EU. Cyprus, Italy, Spain, and Germany are the worst offenders and there are now major concerns of an imminent rise of drug-resistant pathogens in animal production. The main reason for increased antibiotics use is the lack of viable alternatives to in feed antibiotics following their ban in 2006. Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a widely used alternative. However, it faces increased scrutiny as the majority of the 3Kg of ZnO added per tonne of feed, is passed on through the faeces and into the environment.

 

THRIVE-RITE was established to provide solutions to these problems. THRIVE-RITE consists of highly progressive European enterprises with established records in developing natural feed additives. The enterprises have developed novel, natural-based products which enhance animal health, performance and immunity, as demonstrated in numerous peer-reviewed publications. THRIVE-RITE combines the expertise of the enterprises with a multidisciplinary team of scientists in some of Europe’s leading research institutes. The combination of enterprise and academia provides a robust system in which to verify the use of these products in enhancing animal growth, health and performance, a requirement increasingly being set in modern agriculture. A dual approach was applied to validate the effectiveness of the products. This involved a 2-Stage validation process in (a) the academic setting and (b) large-scale commercial setting. This ensured that significant findings from the university setting were subject to a 2nd round of validation under large-scale commercial conditions. This provided a unique mechanism in which to transfer scientific discovery within academia to direct provision of solutions which are proven to be effective in commercial-scale production. The main targets achieved by THRIVE-RITE are:

Enhanced productivity as measured by ADG & FCR Target achieved
Reductions in pig and poultry mortality Target achieved
Reductions in levels of pathogenic bacteria and viruses Target achieved
Increased antibody transfer to offspring via maternal transfer Target achieved
Improved antioxidant content in pig & poultry meat Target achieved
Enhanced gut health & peripheral immunity Target achieved

The findings of THRIVE-RITE are described in this document, paying close attention to the project objectives and requirements of the end user to effectively enhance productivity and output, but in a manner which does not impact on public health or the environment. Obtain the full text report for free by contacting the project coordinator via email at research@bioatlantis.com.