IDF Standing Committee on Animal Health and Welfare
- Monitoring and input to OIE Animal Welfare Working Group
- Conference on Animal Health & Welfare for the IDF World Dairy Summit
- To inform the dairy sector about new developments in the field of animal health and animal welfare and their implications on prevention of diseases considering aspects relating to farm economics, dairy safety, human health and dairy technology;
- To consider and assess the effects of cattle diseases on animal welfare and vice-versa, public perception of milk production, costs of production and safety, quality and suitability of milk for human consumption;
- To maintain relations and cooperation with intergovernmental bodies, like FAO and OIE, and non-governmental bodies, like IFAH or EAAP, on behalf of the dairy sector in the field of animal health;
- To maintain contact with other IDF bodies as appropriate, supporting their work with regard to animal health and in particular in the context of achieving an integrated food chain management approach throughout IDF activities.
Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP) is a bacterium which causes Johne’s disease, also known as Paratuberculosis, in ruminant animals including cattle, sheep, deer, goats and buffalo. Find out more about the many control programmes that are undertaken at the dairy farm level all over the world to reduce the incidence of MAP in milking animals
Factsheet: Antimicrobial Resistance
The emergence of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria has had profound effects on the management of therapeutic approaches to both human and veterinary diseases. Treatment and control of mastitis is the most common use of antimicrobials in dairy cows.
Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare
IDF is a partner of the FAO Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare, which provides a single access point for a wide range of information related to the welfare of farm animals.
- Internal reference document
- Short external communication (factsheet/extended factsheet)
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is viewed as a major concern by key intergovernmental organizations (notably FAO, WHO and OIE) and many governments, and receives increasing attention in the media. Often antimicrobial agent use in livestock is identified as one of the causes of AMR. The dairy sector needs to align on assessing the science related to antimicrobial resistance and create communication tools to explain aspects currently not properly conveyed. The AMR TF aims to collect information on the facts, the situation, the initiatives, the achievements and apparent misconceptions from the perspective of the dairy sector in an internal reference document and to make a clear communication to the outside world