Healthy animals for sustainable farming
Sustainable farming meets the following criteria:
- Economic: it is effective and efficient, meaning that it produces the feed required to feed the world population in an efficient way, while generating an income for the farmer
- It deals with concerns about public health, e.g., responsible use of antimicrobials, avoiding pharmacological dosing of trace minerals etc.
- It addresses issues with animal welfare
- It has a minimal impact on the environment and on climate change
All of these criteria can only be met with healthy farm animals. Trace mineral management can improve immunity of farm animals. Sandra Villagómez Estrada from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Davi Brito de Araujo, Global Program Manager Trace Minerals in Trouw Nutrition presented the latest scientific insights with regard to the impact of trace mineral management on health and immunity of farm animals.