Gunther Hellwig Agrar

A number of dairy farms are affected in Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, who complain in a case such as losses of well over 1000 cows (die see life”). A farmer initiative takes on the website: to affected holders and gives information and assistance. Meanwhile suspected cases also occur in pig farms. The causes of this chronic disease have so far not been resolved. In the GoTTINGEN Declaration, initiated by the agricultural and Veterinary Academy (AVA), veterinarians require scientific clarification of open questions about this factor disease. In particular the role of biogas plants is addressed, whether any dumping of untreated risk materials such as slaughterhouse waste, food scraps and chicken manure into the fermenter below to increased contamination of the environment with Clostridium botulinum – spores could result in the Biogasrestmasse. This would lead to an increased intake of Botulinumsporen by the basic food in the gastrointestinal tract of cattle and ultimately solve this chronic form of the disease.

So far, the questions could not be answered, because the spores input spores output of this Clostridienart so far in Germany is not investigated, and ignored the calls to. The AVA calls this investigation for some time and proposes, in affected farms together”operated to cause research (proponents and opponents). “The Federal Agriculture Ministry Awards now currently a research project in the competition to this question: meaning of Clostridium botulinum in chronic illness”. Deadline for submission of the offer documents with the BLE is the 12.04.2011. the Federal Ministry for food, agriculture and consumer protection (BMELV) requires scientific decision support to solve its political and administrative tasks. Since the “Federal research agencies not always the decision-making needs of the Ministry can cover, it is necessary to award research contracts in academic institutions outside of the Federal Government”.

“” Stated in the invitation to tender: within the framework of this award in the competition we want to inform you that in the heading animal “a new notice to a planned research project of the BMELV was published on the Internet site of the Federal Agency for agriculture and food (BLE)” (Notice No. 06/11/51 on the implementation of a research project in the field of animal health by March 28, 2011). The agricultural and Veterinary Academy (AVA) greatly welcomes this research project and hopes that finally may be helping the affected farms. In farm animal practice currently (NPA), the professional body of AVA, was in the last editions intensively on the problem of chronic botulism entered; unless himself in particular from veterinary and legal point of view, with the Lawyer Dr. Burkhard Oexmann from Hamm continued intensively apart. Because now also 3 veterinarians (known for the AVA) are suffering from the chronic botulism, the agricultural and veterinary calls Academy (AVA) be sure the recognition of this disease as an occupational disease. The agricultural and Veterinary Academy (AVA) hopes that finally the disease image of chronic botulism by the policy, the representatives of agriculture and critics will be taken seriously, so further research projects on the causes of this disease, in particular the possible role of biogas plants, in life can be retrieved. The Gottingen Declaration has certainly helped. It something is happening slowly! Ernst-Gunther Hellwig Agrar – und Veterinary Academy (AVA) EC Hellwig Dorfstrasse 5 D 48612 Horstmar empty fon: +49-(0)2551-7878 fax: +49-(0)2551-83 43 00