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The Nigerian government has often reiterated the need to diversify its economy from the previous overdependence in oil sector that has unfortunately plunged the country into recent economic turmoil owning to unwarranted negligence of other key sectors like Agriculture that has once made the country a major stakeholder in world’s food supply, then the question, how did we as a nation miss the greatest gift that was bestowed on us?

The relevance of a gut cannot be undermine in the livestock industry. Definition of healthy gut varies from stakeholders. To a pig producer, for instance, he will define ‘gut health’ in terms of ‘good pig performance’, where as a veterinarian may be define it as ‘lack of disease’. A nutritionist may think mostly of solutions, whereas a scientist may say that a clear definition of gut health still needs to be found. Often, gut health is described in terms of what it is not, i.e. disease or absence thereof. 

 

The international feed tonnage has exceeded 1 billion metric tonnes for the first time. That’s a 3.7% increase over last year and represents 19% growth since the inaugural survey in 2012, despite a 7% decrease in the number of feed mills.

This is according to the just released 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey. This 6th annual survey is the most comprehensive ever, now covering 141 countries and more than 30,000 feed mills. The results show that the US and China are the top 2 countries, producing 1/3 third of all animal feed, and that predominant growth came from the beef, pig and aquaculture feed sectors as well as several African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

Lassa fever is a viral infection caused by the Lassa fever virus. The virus is primarily transmitted to humans via contact with excreta from rats. The disease occurs throughout the year, but more cases are recorded during the dry season.

 Lassa fever is spread through:

• Direct contact with urine, faeces, saliva or blood of infected rats.

• Eating food or drinking water contaminated with urine, faeces, saliva or blood of infected rats.

Managing infectious from entering diseases, risks livestock extends pests properties, (e.g farther . soldier into arresting ants) prevention and disease weeds of spread from a contaminated environment to uncontaminated area ultimately securing our investment. This is a shared responsibility as Farm owners, managers, animal handlers, the governments, scientists, Veterinarians and the community play vital roles in protecting our livestock industry from disease introduction and spread, as well as reducing the incidence of existing diseases.

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