Healthy Livestock For A Healthy Planet
As any farmer knows, sickness and disease amongst their animals can be very costly, cutting productivity and profits and putting their very livelihood at stake. However, as a new report points out, the impact of disease is not just limited to the farms; it also has an impact on the environment and the health of the planet.
The cost of disease
According to the report, titled ‘Healthy livestock produce sustainable food’, diseases such as infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) can cost farmers as much as £200 per cow, while pig diseases, such as porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome (PRRS) can cut margins by as much as 74%. But that’s just the local picture.
Environmentally, IBR increases greenhouse gas emissions by 8% per litre of milk and PRRS can reduce the output from feed resources by 15%. “A healthy livestock animal will produce a higher yield per unit of input, while having also increased overall productivity and lifespan,” says report author, Dr Paul Williams. “This results in a smaller carbon footprint than an unhealthy animal, as more is produced for less resource use.”
Biosecurity for sustainable farming
The report says that healthy livestock are crucial for the future sustainability of both the industry and the planet. “There are significant costs to both productivity and to the environment that can be avoided through improved animal health,” says Dr Williams. And at Kilco, we’re here to help you achieve just that, with a wide range of detergents and disinfectants that build into a complete biosecurity plan for your farm and your animals.
Now part of the Kersia Group, Kilco is working to invent a food safe world, offering decades of experience and expertise, along with the very latest, cutting-edge research, to help farmers to maximise animal health, and thus maximise productivity, while minimising the impact on the environment.
Leading the world
Thanks to the innovation of companies like Kilco, the British farming industry leads the world on biosecurity and disease control. What’s more, we’re planning for the future by significantly reducing antimicrobial use to prevent resistant strains of disease from emerging. This is in stark contrast to other countries where disease is rife, with some sources estimating that as much as 20% of animal production across the globe is lost to disease. This not only has an impact on profitability and food production for a growing global population, it also means that resources are being wasted and environmental impacts are being produced without any corresponding benefits.
Working together for all our futures
At Kilco, we are committed to working with our farmers to secure the future for us all. Creating profitable farms and producing enough food for the population doesn’t have to be at the expense of the environment if it is done responsibly and healthily. Maintaining the highest biosecurity standards is not just good for the farm, it is essential for the planet, and we all have a role to play in creating a sustainable future.
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