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ThePigSite Newsletter - 21 November 2011

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Monday 21st November 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – EU Takes Action on Antibiotic Use

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem in the EU, according to the European Commission (EC). Because of this, it has launched an action plan detailing 12 concrete actions to be implemented in close cooperation with the Member States.

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli said: "We need to take swift and determined action if we do not want to lose antimicrobial medicines as essential treatment against bacterial infections in both humans and animals.

"The 12 concrete actions for the next five years could help limit the spread of anti-microbial resistance and help develop new anti-microbial treatment. Their success requires joined efforts from the EU, the Member States, health-care professionals, industry, farmers and many others."

The Action Plan specifically states that more action should be taken to ensure that antimicrobials are used appropriately in animals. It also aims to improve the monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial use.

The EC says that is plans to strengthen EU law on veterinary medicines and medicated feeds, as well as introduce recommendations for prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine.

Another goal of the plan is to introduce legal tools to tighten prevention and control of infections in animals in the new EU Animal Health Law.

Finally, the EC will promote efforts to analyse the need for new antibiotics in veterinary medicine.

The EC says that the action plan has been put into place to prevent resistant bacteria from being transferred from animals to humans via the food chain or through direct contact.

Subsequently, a new alliance – comprising Compassion in World Farming, The Soil Association and Sustain – has called for the EU to cut the use of antibiotics in livestock farming by 50 per cent by 2015.

The alliance clarified that it is not calling for an end to antibiotic treatment of farm animals but rather to restricting their use to the treatment of sick animals in order to reduce suffering and maintain good welfare.

One year after the Australian pork industry said it would voluntarily phase out sow stalls, around one-third of the industry is reported to have made the move.

And finally, the Russian veterinary authorities have reported new outbreaks of African swine fever in three regions: Kursk Oblast, Stavropol Kray and Krasnodar Kray.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 9 new features this week:

Group Housing of Gestating Sows from 2013
The requirements for housing sows and gilts during pregnancy after stalls are banned in the EU from 2013 are reviewed in the 2010 annual report from the Danish Pig Research Centre.
Prevalence and Risk Factors for Swine Influenza Virus Infection in the English Pig Population
There was evidence of the swine flu virus on half of the farms tested by a UK research group, and the likelihood of finding this evidence was lower for pigs kept in straw yards, during the summer and where there were fewer pigs per drinker.
Effect of Sow History on the Performance of Growing-Finishing Pigs
Some aspects of a sow's early life affect the performance of her litter during the growing and finishing phases, according to researchers based in the Netherlands, but the effects are small.
Rapid Detection of Viable Listeria monocytogenes in Chilled Pork
Scientists based in Nanjing describe a method to show the presence of live cells of the foodborne pathogen, L. monocytogenes, in chilled pork and to predict the approximate level of contamination by using an RNA-dependent real-time PCR method.
US Pork Outlook - November 2011
Strong overseas demand for US pork products will support hog prices for the balance of the fourth quarter and keep retail pork prices at unusually high levels well into 2012, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
Food Outlook: Meat and Meat Products
High feed prices, adverse weather, disease outbreaks and livestock herd rebuilding have kept meat prices at record levels in 2011, according to the latest Food Outlook report from FAO.
Project Completed on Environment-Neutral Pig Production
An EU project carried out in Denmark is outlined, which aimed to construct a pig house that is environmentally neutral and ensure sustainable production and was achieved primarily by investment in innovative technologies.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - November 2011
The UK's September clean pig slaughterings totalled 803,000 head, nine per cent more than in September 2010, according to James Park, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group in his latest explanation of the UK and EU trends.
Feed Outlook - November 2011
US feed grain production estimates have been lowered for 2011/12, according to Tom Capehart and Edward Allen in the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
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Key to Effective Vaccination Programme
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Big Dutchman Considered 'Outright Image Leader'
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Vaccine to Reduce Boar Taint Treats Over 1M Pigs
EU - Pfizer Animal Health announced today that over one million pigs have already been treated in Europe with its innovative vaccine to reduce boar taint.
* Global Pig Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: Suspected Case of FMD Reported


 » MP Chalks Out Pig and Poultry Expansion Plans

Pfizer Animal Health - Draxxin

 » Altering Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio in Sow Diets
 » Govt Helps Raise Ontario's Agricultural Profile Abroad
 » Value of Injecting Swine Manure Outlined
 » Canola Meal Inclusion in Reformulation of Rations
 » Pain in Livestock Production an Increasing Concern
 » Call to Resume South Korea Pork Trade Negotiations
 » Canada, Ontario - Oktoberfest and Better Days Ahead?
 » PRRS-Free Herd Certification Web Site Launched
 » Hopes of WTO Ruling Resolving Labelling Dispute


 » Scientists Study Pigs on the Water Wagon

   United States

 » Pork Commentary: US Pork Exports Explode
 » Ag Appropriations Bill Disappoints Family Farmers
 » CME: Beef, Pork & Broiler Production Down
 » Dynamic Fuels in Initial Commercial Flights
 » Pork Gaining New Ground in Leading US Restaurants
 » Risk Management Seminars Set for Pork Producers
 » Corn & Soybean Prices Continue to Struggle
 » CME: Meat Exports on Track for a Record Year
 » FDA Denies Pleas to Ban Antibiotic Use
 » Myths Surrounding Processed Meats Addressed
 » USMEF's Branded Products Promotion Programme
 » Fight Following Ag Appropriations Conference Report
 » CME: Barrow and Gilt Weights Significantly Lower
 » EPA's Regulatory Burdens Threaten Family Farms
 » Liquid Swine Feed Gaining in Popularity
 » COOL Compliance with WTO Rules Pleases NFU
 » Turning Down Heat to Save Money after Weaning
 » Pork Exports Up During First Three Quarters of 2011

Novartis Animal Health

 » One-Third of Pork Producers Shut Down Sow Stalls
 » Positive Outlook for Aussie Grains Industry
 » Pig Farmers Endorse Increase in Slaughter Levy
 » Workshops Prepare Regional Staff for Disease Roles

   United Kingdom

 » CAP Plans Fail to Make Farming More Productive
 » Sectors Awarded for Contribution to Animal Welfare
 » Make an Extra £1 Per Pig
 » Swine Dysentery Confirmed in Yorkshire
 » Meat Bodies Push for Assured Products in Schools
 » UK Dairy Event Re-branded as Livestock Show


 » Market Preview: Pork Producers Welcome Stability
 » Key to Restoration of Pork Industry Profitability
 » US Breeding Pigs Clear China's Quarantine

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   European Union

 » Ag Council Discusses Direct CAP Payments
 » EU Pig Prices: High Price Level Stabilises across EU
 » Need for a More Flexible and Productive CAP
 » Welfare Under CAP Proposals Could be Neglected
 » Acquisition of KoroFrance by Cargill Cleared
 » EU Cracks Down on Antimicrobial Use
 » 2015: Calls to Cut Antibiotic Use by 50 Per Cent


 » Classical Swine Fever Reported in Guatemala


 » Drop in Pork Prices Since Mid-September
 » 'Lean Meat Powder' Found in China's Imported Pork
 » Tianli Agritech Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results
 » Chinese Meat Production to Increase
 » Pair Detained for Illegal Pork Fat Production


 » IKEA Netherlands Stops Meat from Castrated Pigs
 » Nutreco Agrees to Sell Hendrix to ForFarmers


 » Pork Surplus Likely to Soon Turn to Shortage


 » Marfrig Posts 45 Per Cent Increase in Net Revenue
 » JBS Shows Increased Revenue


 » Animal Rights Activists Cleared over Pig Farm Filming

   Russian Federation

 » Three ASF Outbreaks Reported in Russia

   Hong Kong

 » SI Virus Discovered in Mainland Pigs at HK Abattoir


 » French Govt to Reduce Antibiotic Use in Five Years
 » Innovation Key for French Agriculture

   South Africa

 » Authorities: Managers Aware of Pork Sold as Halaal

   Viet Nam

 » Investments to Help Sustain Global Market Demand


 » Pig Farmers Not Benefiting from Rising Market

That's all for this week!

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