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Monday 25th June 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Cutting Antimicrobial Use in Livestock Production

The pressure to reduce antimicrobial use in farm livestock ratcheted up another notch in the last week with the publication of a new report indicating that the majority of Americans want meat raised without antibiotics to be sold in their local supermarket.

While the result of the consumer poll was predictable, it also indicates to producers that consumers say they are prepared to pay more for the meat produced the want they want. And although consumers are notorious for not making the purchasing choices they say they will, the poll reveals a new direction for producers in a market-driven economy such as the US.

The report, Meat on Drugs: The Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals and What Supermarkets and Consumers Can Do to Stop It, follows a new national poll conducted by Consumer Reports.

Consumers Union, the public policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, simultaneously launched a new marketplace campaign, urging supermarkets to sell only meat raised without antibiotics, starting with Trader Joe’s, one of the leading national chains best poised to make this commitment. It also sent a letter to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), asking it to tighten labelling standards for meat raised without antibiotics.

Consumer Reports sent “secret shoppers” out to stores in the 13 largest supermarket chains around the country to see whether and to what degree those stores offer meat and poultry raised without antibiotics. They also conducted additional label research.

The shoppers found wide differences among the stores in the availability of meat and poultry sold that had come from animals raised without antibiotics.

Among the key findings of the report are that 86 per cent of consumers polled indicated that meat raised without antibiotics should be available in their local supermarket.

More than 60 per cent of respondents stated that they would be willing to pay at least five cents a pound more for meat raised without antibiotics. More than one-third would pay a dollar or more extra per pound.

The majority of respondents (72 per cent) said they were extremely or very concerned about the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed, including the potential to create ‘superbugs’ that are immune or resistant to antibiotics. More than 60 per cent were just as concerned with the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed allowing them to be raised in unsanitary and crowded conditions for livestock, human consumption of antibiotic residue, and environmental effects due to agricultural run–off containing antibiotics.

In the Netherlands, the use of antibiotics in livestock farming continues to drop.

The policy objective of a 20 per cent reduction in the use of antibiotics in the years 2009-2011 has been achieved with flying colours, according to new figures from LEI Wageningen UR.

For sows and piglets, the annual figures have fluctuated but there were decreases in 2010 and 2011, while there has been a decline in antibiotic use each year between 2009 and 2011 for fattening pigs.

As well as aiming to improve animal welfare and taking steps to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, EU agriculture ministers have endorsed a proposal to help combat antimicrobial resistance.

“Fighting antimicrobial resistance is a major priority of the Danish Presidency. Each year 25,000 European citizens die due to antimicrobial resistance and the problem is increasing. This calls for action. Therefore I am content in having full support for the conclusions that are expected to be adopted at the EPSCO Council 22 June,” stated Mette Gjerskov, the Danish Minister chairing the meeting.

Turning to other food safety–related issues, the European Food Safety Authority has launched a public consultation on its draft guidance for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified animals.

In the UK, the Zoonoses National Control Programme will step up a gear from 1 July 2012 to help farmers identify the best salmonella control methods for their particular farm. The current meat juice testing for salmonella antibodies will be suspended on that date to make way for an on–farm salmonella risk assessment tool, which will help identify the most effective control methods for each producer’s set–up.

In other news, the US senate has passed the Farm Bill – Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act – which will run for five years and is worth about a trillion dollars to the economy.

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Farmers Tour UK Anaerobic Digestion Site
Farmers were given recently the opportunity to explore a fully operational anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Glebe Farm, near Cirencester in the UK, reports editor, Gemma Hyland.

Using Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles to Control Emissions - Pig Performance, Manure Properties and Production Cost
Mixing zinc oxide to reduce hydrogen sulphide amounted to 40 per cent of the average total cost of production, while filtering zinc oxide cost less than four per cent, according to Bernardo Predicala and Alvin Alvarado in the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre.

Evidence for a Major QTL Associated with Host Response to PRRS Virus Challenge
Experimental Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus challenge resulted in an immune response with a strong genetic component, according to researchers based in the US and New Zealand. They also found that a Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) on chromosome 4 explains a substantial proportion of the genetic variance they observed.

Water Management
Five tips on better water management from Jaydee Smith, Swine Production Systems Program Lead at Ontario Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in that organisation’s Pork News and Views newsletter.

Emerging Threats Quarterly Report – Pig Diseases – January to March 2012 (Q1)
During February 2012, eight PRRS outbreaks were diagnosed in submissions to Bury St Edmunds Regional Laboratory. This occurred at the same time as anecdotal reports of increased PRRS in the region by veterinary surgeons and producers at an Eastern Pig Health Steering Group meeting.

Phytogenics for Sows: Beyond the Expected Performance
Phytogenics as powerful feed additives have more to offer than performance enhancements, according to Ahmed Aufy of Biomin.

Private Industry Invests Heavily into Agricultural Productivity
Private sector firms are becoming leaders in developing new innovations in agriculture, according to Keith Fuglie, Paul Heisey, John King and David Schimmelpfennig for the USDA Economic Research Service, writing in Amber Waves.

Biomin Energizes Phytogenics Business
AUSTRIA & GERMANY - Animal nutrition company, Biomin, has finalised the acquisition and integration of the German-based phytogenic feed additive and feed flavourings company, Micro-Plus.
Nedap Actively Involved in Promotion of Livestock Automation
SOUTH KOREA - On 18 June, Nedap signed two contracts in South Korea relating to automation in animal husbandry. This occurred in the presence of His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange and the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Ms M.H. Schultz van Haegen.
Hermitage Genetics Establish New Super Nucleus
IRELAND - Hermitage Genetics are establishing a new SPF ‘Super Nucleus’ at Freneystown, Co; Kilkenny, Ireland. The new herd will consist of 1,100 GGP females (Landrace, Large White, MaxgroTM, Hygro PietrainTM and Duroc).
Feed to Meat at VIV Russia
RUSSIA - From 22 - 24 May 2013 VNU Exhibitions Europe together with ASTI Group will organize VIV Russia 2013, an exhibition representing all parts of the feed to meat market for pigs and poultry.
FCR TOPIGS Finishers Improves by 0.07
NETHERLANDS - Dutch pig farms with TOPIGS finishers realised an FCR of 2.55 in 2011.
Halamid Livestock Disinfectant Growing in SE Asia
THAILAND - Axcentive is delighted to have teamed up with Biosecurity Consultancy (Thai) since the first half of 2012.
Hypor & UBM Genetics to Take Leadership Role in Hungary
HUNGARY - Hypor has signed a distribution agreement with UBM Genetics, Hungary, for the distribution of Hypor breeding pigs in the Hungarian market.

   United States

Pork Commentary: Cash Lean Hog Breaks $1.00!!
Anticipating Estimates of 1 June Corn, Soybean Stocks
Corn Price, Hog Rally Gets a Second Look
Cracker Barrel Latest to Ban Pork Gestation Crates
Reducing Energy Use in Agricultural Production
Weekly Roberts Market Report
EPA Regulation of GHGs will Burden Farmers
CME: Lean Hog Futures Rally on Smaller Slaughter Numbers
Veterinary Medicine Contributes $1.5 Billion to Minnesota
WPX Sets Records for Junior National Show
Increased Trade with Russia will Benefit US Farmers
Meat Without Drugs Campaign Launched
Senate Passes Farm Bill
Legislation to Prohibit Extreme Confinement Crates
CME: A Glimpse into Livestock Slaughter Stats
US Crop Conditions Deteriorating

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: German Companies Cause Slide in Prices
NFU Support for Proportionate CAP Fines
Good Week for Green Agriculture and Welfare
VION Reorganises Food Activities
Risk Assessment of GM Animals
Call for Urgent Action for Europe’s Farmed Pigs

   United Kingdom

Scottish Red Meat Contributes £2.1 Billion to Economy
Farmers Use Moo-sic to Chill Out Livestock
Food Organisations Make Legal Pork Pledge
Review Needed for Livestock Transport
Sustainable Intensification to Weather Perfect Storm
Call for Priorities to be Supported in CAP Negotiations
British Pig Meat Goes to China
Adapting to a Changing Climate
A Return to Summer Weather Would Help
NFUS Board Set for Supermarket Sweep
New Direction for Zoonoses National Control Programme


Biosecurity Training Program Attracts International Interest
TPP Invitation Could Enhance Pork Possibilities
Farmers Advised to Get Involved Food Production Story
New Funding for Swine Biosecurity Program
New Program to Assist in Biosecurity Improvements
Pork Production & Exports Contribute Billions to Economy
Producers Encouraged to Submit Swine Dysentery Samples


Pig Producers Cannot Continue Without Support


Pork Prices Up After Weeks of Declines
Tianli Agritech Announces New Retail Strategy


Agribusiness May Exceed Export Target
BRF and Marfrig Asset Swap Completed


Spain Likely to Comply with New Sow Welfare Rules


Government to Consult on Foreign Ownership Register
Agricultural Export Earnings Remain High

   Korea, South

US Chilled Pork Gets Celebrity Treatment in South Korea

   Viet Nam

More People Contract Pig Virus in North Viet Nam
Vietnamese Pig and Poultry Farmers in Crisis

   Russian Federation

Russia Reports ASF Outbreak


Use of Antibiotics in Livestock Farming Continues to Drop


Ag Ministry Seeking to Move Pig Farms to Country's South

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