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Monday 4th February 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Editorial - Human Risk from Salmonella Unrelated to Farm Use of Antibiotics

The risk to humans from multi-drug resistant (MDR) Salmonella is the same as from non-multi-resistant strains and has little to do with the use of antimicrobials on the farm, according to Dr Scott Hurd from Iowa State University.

Speaking at the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, US, last week, Dr Hurd also said that the risk of antibiotic resistance being passed down from the farm to humans was negligible and was no reason to stop the use of antimicrobials in the farm.

He said that the major problem concerning multi-drug resistant Salmonella was in the merging of "three scary features" by the media and campaigning organisations - the words "resistance" and "Salmonella" and the political agenda of the organisations.

The number of incidents of drug-resistant Salmonella strains has been shown to be about the same as that of non-resistant strains and for this reason, their control is exactly the same.

Dr Hurd stressed that all Salmonella are a problem and MDR Salmonella are just as much of a problem as non-resistant strains.

The world is producing 959 million tons of feed and has increased its production by at least four per cent in the last year, according to the 2013 Global Feed Tonnage Survey.

The survey was released by Alltech, which assessed the compound feed production of 134 countries in December 2012, through information obtained in partnership with local feed associations and its sales team, who visit more than 26,000 feed mills annually.

The survey confirmed China as the chief producer of feed at 191 million tons and an estimated 10,000 feed mills.

The pig feed sector increased by eight per cent between 2011 and 2012 and reached 218 million tons globally.

Truly Irish Country Foods is behind a recent drive towards more sustainable agriculture in Europe, which has led to the development of a €1.68-million EU-funded group called 'Thrive Rite'.

The project is driven by SMEs including Truly Irish and several cutting-edge research groups within the EU led by an Irish Biotechnology company, BioAtlantis Ltd.

Pig producers are enduring enormous challenges in the form of rising feed costs. Legislation has also increased with tighter restrictions on reduced antibiotic use. This new group, Thrive Rite, hopes to find the solution.

Truly Irish has always been noted and awarded for its innovativeness. The brand was formed by 85 pig farmers in 2009 and has since established itself as the third biggest breakfast meat brand in Ireland.

It is expected that the project will yield the following results in two years: improved productivity, daily liveweight gain, feed efficiency, health status and digestive system, lower levels of pathogenic bacteria and more focus on the pigs' actual dietary requirements.

Turning to news on pig health, a professor with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine reports a new species of Brachyspira can be blamed for the bulk of cases of swine dysentery being reported in Canada and the US.

Five areas of Durango and Coahuila in Mexico have now been declared Aujeszky's disease-free zones.

Frosts and cold weather in the European part of Russia are hampering the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), which could result in the country having its quarantined zones lifted in commercial areas, it was reported last week. In the Yaroslavl region, the ASF virus was detected in a dead wild boar.


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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Porcine Circovirus Type 2 Vaccination: Effect on Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics
Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) vaccination leads to reduced mortality, increased growth rate, inconsistent effects on feed efficiency and no impacts on carcass traits but the effects on nursery performance are product-dependent, according to Dr Steve Dritz of Kansas State University.

Top Ten Developments in Swine Nutrition (1991-2012)
Dr John Patience of Iowa State University identifies the 10 most significant steps forward in pig feeding over the last 20 years.

Effects of Feeder Design (Conventional Dry vs. Wet-Dry) on Growth Performance of 45- to 246-lb Pigs
Over the trial period, pigs fed using a wet-dry feeder ate more and grew faster than those using a conventional dry feeder but the two groups had similar feed:gain ratios, according to researchers at Kansas State University.

Finding the True Measures of Successful Pork Production
Pork industry players need to learn from other industries and rethink toward new and more sophisticated ways to get a true read on what works in pork production, Steve Pollmann of Murphy-Brown West told the Banff Pork Seminar 2013.

Beware of Methane Fires
Correct ventilation of pig buildings will prevent the build-up of methane that recently injured two people removing manure from a barn. Robert Chambers and Doug Richards of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and Sam Bradshaw of Ontario Pork offer two solutions for venting to minimise the risks of explosion and fire.

Food Bug Forensic Tracking
Pork factories now rely on a new kit to examine suspect meat with a technique that was developed in an EU-funded project called Biotracer.

Company News

Rick Barva Joins Genesus Sales Team
CANADA - Genesus is pleased to announce Rick Barva joining as Territory Manager – Alberta, Saskatchewan and Montana. Mr Barva will work with Territory manager Stewart Watson.
Check the Basics to Save Feed
UK - With the high price of feed focusing attention on feed conversion, ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson, advises pig producers to check that the basics are correct.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 29 January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 30 January 2013
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 31 January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 1 February 2013
USDA Agricultural Prices - 31 January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 4 February 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   Canada

Young Scientist Winners at Banff
Canadian Pig, Pork Exporters Hurt Most by M-COOL
Governments Invest $3.4 Million in Livestock Research
Needles Found in Pork at Manitoba Packing Plant
Banff Seminar Agrees to Keep Building Stronger
2013 Weather Expected to Determine Fate of Pork Producers
Pig Trace Canada Prepares to Accept Swine Movement Reports
European Fact-finding Mission Looks at Housing for Gestating Sows
Animal Agriculture Encouraged to Respond to Animal Activist Attacks

   United Kingdom

Prices Could Get Better Quickly
Supermarkets Are Set Traceability Challenge on Imported Pork
Landlords Agents Should Take Note of Tough Times
NFU: Industry Must Unite to Protect Agricultural Land from Flooding
Hog Prices Show Modest Improvement
Farm Income Figures Highlight Economic Role of CAP, Says NFU
Rural Business Training for 90,000 Entrepreneurs Launched
Dalehead Foods Opens Spalding Plant
Investigation into Halal Meat Products Tainted with Pork
Pork Commentary: Iowa Pork Congress Report

   United States

Hog Outlook: More Seasonal Fluctuation in Hog Prices
Update on Corn Consumption
Japan Eases Beef Restrictions, Could Prop up Pork Prices
IPPE - US Consumers Struggle with Rising Meat and Poultry Prices
Despite Extension, Farm Policy Could See Changes and Cuts
IHOP, Applebee's Eliminate Sow Stalls from Supply Chains
IPPE - What is Risk from Multi-Drug Resistant Antibiotics?
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Tyson's Year Off to Good Start
Hog Outlook: Economic Data not Encouraging for Meat Demand
NFU Applauds Tester, Bipartisan Coalition

   Global

EU, Brazil Sign Animal Welfare Agreement
New Brachyspira Responsible for Recent Rise in Swine Dysentery Cases
Feed Survey: Global Production 959 Million Tons
Continuing High Feed Costs Make Pork Supply Discipline Key Success Factor

   Latvia

OIE: Further Hog Cholera Cases in Latvia

   Russian Federation

ASF Quarantine Zones Lifted
New Outbreak of African Swine Fever in Yaroslavl Region
Cherkizovo Reports Increase in Pork, Poultry Sales Volumes During 2012
Russia to Ban US Beef, Pork Following Ractopamine Discovery

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Optimism Prevails in the South

   Mexico

Five Areas Declared Aujeszky's Disease Free Zones

   Argentina

Argentina Increases Import Tariff Rates

   China

China Caps Levels of More Food Contaminants
China Says Grain Security Top Priority

   Ireland

Truly Irish, Key Partners Take on Future of Irish Pig Industry

   Sweden

Vets Praise Smooth Introduction of New Surveillance Plan

   Australia

Trade Appointment Causes Live Export Concerns

   Philippines

Farmers Trained on Organic Swine Production

   New Zealand

Efforts to Reduce Farming Dangers Showing Progress

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Hog Markets

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