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PET


Pet Topics .....................................................1 By Roger W Dean


Tapco Introduces XD Elevator Bucket ............................................ 9


Oral Care Support From Vitamin Action......10 By Sarah-Jane Godfrey


Pet Food Safety...........................................14 By Galen Rokey


Quest For Antioxidant Innovation .................18 By Jim Mann


Hydroxy Trace Minerals ..............................20 By Pauline Paap


KAHL Extruder OEE With Hydraulically Adjustable Die ............................................ 23


Optimize Your Petfood Formulation .............24 By Lenny Dauw


Mycotoxins:


Meeting The Global Challenge....................26 By Terry McArdle


Concetti Introduce a New Generation of Multi-Function Machines ........................ 29


An Effective HACCP Programme................30 By Stephanie Adams


Pet Subjects Products …News …Services............................. 31


Advertising Feature: Fischbein Saxon Ltd The Leader in Bag Closing Technology ............... 33


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© Pentlands Publishing Ltd 2013 TOPICS By Roger W Dean


UK Pet Statistics That admirable if hardly disinterested organisation, the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) conducts a yearly Pet Census in the UK, the latest of which, covering 2012, suggests that 48 per cent of all households in the UK have at least one pet. I found this to be an extraordinarily high proportion until I was


reminded that the definition of pets covers a very wide spectrum of livestock. The present author has, by some strange turn of fate, become the keeper of ten goldfish which require to be fed on a daily basis but with which he has established little if any emotional attachment; indeed, any reader with a desire to own goldfish has only to apply to the editor for the necessary contact details and they may come and take them away! There are, it would appear, between 20 and 25 million fish kept in


ponds. There are a million rabbits and a similar number of caged birds and guinea pigs. Hamsters trail in with half-a-million. There are an estimated 300,000 lizards and 200,000 rats and snakes, two species with which I cannot imagine establishing any form of relationship. As they say in France, however, À chacun son goût. One interesting statistic related to ‘domestic fowl’ of which there are, reportedly, over half-a-million. A recent article in The Observer newspaper noted that


chickens, besides being the planet’s closest living evolutionary link to Tyrannosaurus rex – not a lot of people know that – and contributing hugely to our national diet, are coming into their own in the UK as the ‘productive pet of choice’. Productive equates Utility. This seems quite reasonable; after all, dogs started their association with man because of their ability to give warning while cats were tolerated because they preyed upon rats and mice which damaged human food supplies. In an equally utilitarian fashion, chickens supply eggs. The editor tells me he has developed a growing fondness for the


bantams kept by his next door neighbour. Originally, there were six of these miniature layers, although their numbers have been markedly decreased by the deprivations of local canines – not foxes, surprisingly, but pet dogs (the editor assures me that his pet border collie, Cody, is innocent of any such crime, being far too timid to chase after bantams and more likely to be running away from them!). Apparently, he tells me, his fondness for these birds only really started when the canine culling episodes had accounted for the cockerel, after which everyone in the household has become more kindly disposed to the survivors (now numbering just two) when they are seen pecking at food on the lawn without being guilty by association with the erstwhile noisy male who had woken everyone at some ungodly hour of the morning! At present, I cannot imagine personally having the same sort


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