VetEffect Newsletter October 2017

Newsletter VetEffecT October 2017

We live in a precious world. VetEffecT aims to improve animal production for better animal welfare, animal health and food safety while preserving the environment. We present here some of our activities that, we hope, may interest you as one of our relations. We worked on cost-sharing in Ukraine, precision farming, laboratory training in Surinam, climate smart pig farming and we initiated the Happy Zoo project to improve animal welfare in zoos. Enjoy reading in the annex!

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Revision and publication of ECDC training materials

VetEffecT has been awarded the contract for The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to revise the ECDC training materials, using agreed sets of criteria, for adjustments to the training materials on agreed points, to apply logical metadata tagging, and for uploading the revised materials to the appropriate platforms.

The project is led by Transmissible.

Framework Contract awarded from DG SANTE on food policies

VetEffecT has been awarded the Framework contract for the provision of services in the areas of evaluation, impact assessment, monitoring and implementation and of other related services, in relation to the Health and Food policies, launched by DG Sante. These services aim at supporting the decision making and planning process in line with the Commission's commitment for a "Better Regulation". Better regulation principles entail quality evidence based policy choices by ensuring that its proposals meet policy goals at minimum cost and deliver maximum benefits to citizens, businesses and workers while avoiding all unnecessary regulatory burdens. 

DG SANTE works to modernise and simplify the well-developed EU regulatory framework in line with Better Regulation principles and to verify its correct application.

Animal welfare audit and action plan for a large dairy enterprise

VetEffecT has been awarded a framework contract project for the EBRD: Regional Programme for Improving Animal Welfare Standards in Agribusiness - Conducting Animal Welfare Audits and Developing Action Plans for Agribusinesses (EBRD Project Ref 67313). The project runs 3 years (2017-2019). As one of the first assignments, VetEffecT has been awarded a project in Egypt, to conduct an animal welfare audit and developing an animal welfare action plan for for a large dairy enterprise (approx. 15000 heads of cattle). 

The project will be carried out through assessment, desk research and farm-visits.

Study of cost-sharing of disease prevention and eradication in Ukraine

The study was carried out for the EBRD (the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), through desk study, workshop and stakeholder interviews.

The purpose of this project was to evaluate if a cost-sharing system for controlling animal disease outbreaks would be feasible for Ukraine. 

Ukraine experiences recurrent outbreaks of African Swine Fever with severe damage for the Ukraine pig sector.

Microbiological testing of food in Suriname

VetEffecT carried out a framework contract on food safety and laboraties under EDES COLEACP

A laboratory training mission was carried out in Paramaribo, Surinam, in March and April 2014. The main part of the mission consisted of a practical training in the microbiological testing of foods for staff from laboratories involved in official food controls. The training contributed to a better knowledge of food microbiology in Suriname and especially to better possibilities for testing the microbiological safety and quality of food available on the Surinam market. 

The overall purpose of the project is to focus on laboratory strengthening and training of government staff of competent authorities and of private food business operators to be in conformity with

Study on the welfare of farmed fish: common practices during transport and at slaughter

VetEffecT has been awarded the "Study on the welfare of farmed fish: common practices during transport and at slaughter” under the Framework Contract for the provision of evaluation, impact assessment and related services (SANCO/2012/02/11). The study involved desk research, setting up an on-line survey in  11 countries, targeted semi-structured interviews and set up of focus groups. The final study report can be downloaded HERE.

The aim of the study is to gather information on current animal welfare practices prevailing in European aquaculture as regards to the transport and slaughter of farmed fish.

Reduction of green house gas emissions in pig production

VetEffecT has been awarded the project "Review of best practices in climate smart pork production" for IFC. 

Successful companies and farmers of the future will need to produce with high efficiency (“sustainable intensification”) , use minimal energy, water, nutrients and other resources, cause a minimal carbon footprint, and causing minimal GHG (Green House Gasses) emissions, and minimal waste and effluents. Respecting animal welfare, wildlife and the environment are other key conditions.

 

IFC has a growing portfolio of clients in the animal protein sector and pork production in particular.

Mid-term evaluation of Regulation (EU) No 652/2014

VetEffecT has been awarded the Mid-term evaluation project of Regulation (EU) No 652/2014. 

The main purpose for this evaluation is to assess at mid-term the implementation of the CFF (Common Financial Framework), whose results will feed into the final evaluation report to be presented to the European Parliament and to the Council by 31 July 2017.

The evaluation results will be subsequently used during the final evaluation of the CFF Regulation foreseen for 30 June 2022. 

 

The evaluation will focus on the first three years of implementation of the CFF.

VetEffecT is hiring: Dairy - Beef - Pig - Poultry - Aquaculture - and Insect Circular Economy Experts

Successful companies and farmers of the future will need to:

  • produce with high efficiency  
  • use minimal energy, water, nutrients and other resources,
  • cause a minimal carbon footprint, and causing minimal GHG (Green House Gasses) waste and effluents.

Sustainable farming, respecting animal welfare, wildlife and the environment are obvious other key conditions.

The coming years many farms and companies will be transforming their operations, to adapt to the modern:

  • 'license to produce'
  • new regulations and standards.

New animal production facilities and farm management systems must be designed taking these factors on board. High yields (per animal or per hectare, respecting animal welfare) and minimizing cost of production and at the same time having a minimal negative impact on water pollution, GHG emissions, and animal welfare will determine the competitive advantage of future succesful companies, farmers and other producers. 

For international projects in these areas VetEffecT is establishing teams of qualified experts that are experienced and interested to analyse and advise companies and farmers in these fields. 

For international projects in these areas VetEffecT is establishing teams of qualified experts that are experienced and interested to analyse and advise companies and farmers in these fields. 

Evaluation study to support the evaluation of the Zoos Directive (Council Directive 1999/22/EC)

VetEffecT has been awarded a study for the European Commission (DG Environment) to support the evaluation of the Zoos Directive (Council Directive 1999/22/EC)The objective for the evaluation of the Zoos Directive is to support the European Commission’s Zoos Directive Regulatory Fitness Check and Performance (REFIT) programme. This study is carried out in order to assess whether the Zoos Directive meets its goal and whether or not the different member states have implemented legislation with the help of the Zoos Directive.

The tasks performed for this study are:

Development of framework and methodology to address the issues under examination. 

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