The One Health concept highlights the interconnectivity of human, animal, and environmental health, encouraging a multidisciplinary approach to tackling health issues. At the recent ‘One Health’ conference, hosted by Animal Health Europe in Brussels, Dr Patrick Wall and Patrick McGurn emphasised the importance of diet in regards to animal health. Just like humans reacting to ill health by changing their diet, animal health can also respond to a healthy, balanced diet. Our eCow boluses can be used to observe and identify diet imbalances, and allow issues to be addressed effectively through adjustments in feeding programmes.
Keeping your cows healthy enhances their performance, the health of unborn calves, and the quality of meat and dairy entering the food chain. In addition to this, and in line with the one health initiative, comes the benefit transferred to human health. A healthy diet leads to healthy animals; healthy animals result in less illness; less illness requires less antibiotic usage; all resulting in a positive transition into the food chain by providing better quality produce for humans, which can have a clear impact on health.
The quality and type of feed given to animals is therefore important; a well-balanced diet is vital when it comes to their health. Patrick McGurn, spoke about natural environments and the benefits associated with natural grazing, as well as the role food nutrition has in an animal’s lifecycle. Dr Wall, reminded us that produce is sometimes marketed as having additional nutritional value added to improve quality of the food, but this added nutritional value should be addressed through animals’ feed. To do so would also help alleviate concerns associated with quality in large scale production by making effective changes in the animals’ diet.
eCow have proven the result of feed adjustments. Our boluses monitor a cow’s pH level and temperature allowing farmers and vets to see when and how often the animal is feeding. It can highlight the need for altering the ration or adjusting their feeding pattern. This can have a positive outcome to an animal with health issues, and in return, benefit the farmer in using more efficient feeding management thus, increasing the value of an animals’ output. Following the Animal Health conference last week, we see our work in the eCow bolus as an important tool, contributing information to farmers and vets under a One Health approach – healthy animals; quality food.