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REGIONAL ANIMAL HEALTH ASSET MAPS
Northern Ireland is home to a wide variety of companies, processors, diagnostics services, nutrition businesses, and government funding initiatives all focused on animal health and agri-tech. Northern Ireland has several prestigious universities which offer animal health majors with a focus on animal welfare. Northern Ireland scientists were pioneers in testing and immunology of bovine tuberculosis, leptospirosis, salmon vaccines, and avian astroviruses.
Scotland is home to one of the largest clusters of animal scientists in Europe, with the famed Roslin institute, the Royal School of Veterinary studies, Scotland's Rural College, and the Moredun Research Institute. Scotland is also the third largest producer of farmed Atlantic Salmon and is home to the Institute of Aquaculture in Stirling. Scotland has many startups and innovations spinning off from the impressive research institutes.
Ireland has a long and rich background in animal health and has attracted some of the biggest players in the industry to have international headquarters in and around Dublin. The University College Dublin has an esteemed veterinary school which is also granted accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as the European veterinary counterpart. Ireland boasts an impressive diary industry and unique equine history.
It has been well-known that sheep outnumber people three to one in Wales, with the total number coming to 9.53 million sheep and lambs. However, chickens have surpassed sheep numbers to over 10 million. This trend has been driven for the rise in demand of eggs, where, an average one British person ate 199 eggs per year. Welsh red meat production is estimated to be worth £690 million per year with 1.1 million head of cattle in the country.
Brazil is an impressive country which has a booming companion animal market of nearly $800 billion; making it the largest pet population in Latin America. Brazilians have over 140 million pets with dogs, birds, and cats being most frequently owned. Brazil also boasts one of the largest bovine populations in the world with over 215 billion heads. The main drivers of bovine protein production is the increased exports to China, rise in domestic demand, and stabilized feed costs. Brazil is home to numerous large and small animal health companies as well as renowned Universities.
This country is known for sheep where for every one person there are 5.6 sheep. In total, New Zealand has 27.8 million livestock that consists of mainly sheep, dairy cattle, beef cattle and deer. Interestingly, nearly two thrids of Kiwi households have at least one companion animal with nearly 41% of homes having a cat. This means NZ cat ownership is higher than both Australia, and US with more than double that of the UK. Dogs are also becoming a popular pet with 34% of housholds having at least one dog.
Japan's agricultural livestock industry is estimated to be worth $30 billion with the highest outputs being from diary cattle farming followed by poultry production. Japan's pet market is projected to be valued at $12.8 billion with over 9.9 million dogs, resulting in 17% of the Japanese population owning dogs. There are almost as many cats in Japan with figures estimated at 9.6 million, making Japan one of the highest cat owning population in Asia.