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Monday 23rd September 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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The Antibiotic Resistance Crisis: Is Farming to Blame?

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) prioritises the most threatening 'superbugs' in human medicine in the US and outlines four core actions to halt antibiotic resistance in pathogens.

CDC says 'Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013' offers a snapshot of the complex problem of antibiotic resistance today and the potentially catastrophic consequences of inaction.

The overriding purpose of the report, says CDC, is to increase awareness of the threat that antibiotic resistance poses and to encourage immediate action to address the threat.

The first section of the report provides context and an overview of antibiotic resistance in the US. It gives a nationwide assessment of the most dangerous antibiotic resistance threats, prioritising bacteria (and one fungus) into one of three categories: urgent, serious and concerning.

Other chapters cover what can be done to combat this growing threat and a summary of each of the pathogens covered by the report.

Commenting on the report, one campaign group - Food & Water Watch - took the opportunity to blame antibiotic resistance on 'factory farms', saying it should come as a wake-up call for that sector of the industry.

The Animal Health Institute (AHI), on the other hand, generally supported the findings of the report, saying that it confirms FDA’s developing policy to phase out growth promotion uses of medically important antibiotics and to phase in more veterinary oversight. AHI highlighted that, of the 18 specific antibiotic-resistant threats discussed in the report, only two have possible connections to antibiotic use in food animals.

In Norway last week, a variant of animal-associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was reported to have been detected in samples from 11 pig herds in eastern Norway and from five farms in Rogaland.

Following on from the news last week that the UK has introduced a method to determine the country of origin on pork, the new test revealed wrongly-labelled pork chops sold by one leading supermarket chain as 'British'.

The latest update on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) in the US appears to show some stabilisation in the situation. The total number of swine accessions and diagnostic case submissions testing positive for the PED virus was 612 for the week of 8 September, 28 more than the previous week. The number of states affected remains at 17, with the majority of cases in Iowa and Oklahoma.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Factors Affecting the Transportation of Market-weight Pigs
Experiments in Canada reveal that pigs take longer to load into and double-decker trailers than pot-bellied trailers but the reverse occurs at unloading and there were differences in behaviour during lairage. Ramps and tight turns slowed the pigs' movement. Season affected the pigs slipping, falling and lairage resting behaviour.

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: PRRS
The Danish Pig Research Centre has found no differences when comparing performance on farms positive or negative for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), which is likely the root cause behind Danish farmers' reported reluctance to eradicate the disease.

Enhancement of Litter Size in Commercial Swine
A biological product used in a study at the Prairie Swine Centre shows potential to stimulate litter size in commercial swine.

Feed, Caloric and Financial Efficiency
Delegates at the 2013 London Swine Conference heard from John F. Patience of Iowa State University about the interactions between dietary energy and fat and their effects on growing pig performance and farm profitability.

Effects of Different Corn Particle Sizes on Growth Performance for Weanling Pigs
When diets are formulated to contain the same amount of metabolisable energy, feeding diets containing maize ground to different sizes to weaners had no effect on their growth rate or feed intake but there was a significant effect on the pH in the large intestine, according to researchers at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Planting for Hope: September Newsletter
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Company News

Partnership with JSR Genetics Means Big Business for German Franchise
GERMANY - Partnering with JSR Genetics has meant big business for German franchise, JSR Hybrid Deutschland.
Nutraferma Names Industry Veteran for Global Business
GLOBAL - Nutraferma has named Dr Peter K.S. Chu as Vice President for Global Business.
Allen D. Leman Award Goes to Dr Lisa Tokach
US - Lisa Tokach, DVM, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award. The award was presented by Zoetis at the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, hosted by the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Boehringer Ingelheim Introduces Combination Swine Vaccine
US - Boehringer Ingelheim has introduced FLEXcombo 250 Doses HSB swine vaccine, a circovirus and M. hyo vaccine package featuring a larger M. hyo bottle for easier mixing.
JSR Conference Remains a Firm Industry Favourite
UK - The 24th annual JSR Farming Conference took place in York last week and was hailed by delegates as one of the best ever.
Rooting Pigs are Happy Pigs
GERMANY - Pigs that can root lively generally feel happy as pigs in muck, according to Big Dutchman.
Tri-City Roadshow Success for ABCA, TOPIGS in China
CHINA - Between 19 and 23 August, 10 seasoned swine industry experts from the UK, Greece, New Zealand and China came together in Guangzhou, Jinan and Beijing at the 'ABCA-TOPIGS Swine Industry Summit 2013'.
Maximum Profit through Maximum Disease Prevention
BELGIUM - Washing and shampooing sows before they enter the farrowing house should be standard procedure on every farm that aims for maximum profit through maximum prevention, say CID Lines.
New Jersey Governor Visits Zoetis
US - New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, has visited Zoetis as the company celebrates establishing strong roots in the state.
Market Reports

NAB Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - 20 September 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 23 September 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 38
USDA Livestock Slaughter - September 2013
UK Farming Statistics - Final Crop Areas, Yields, Livestock Populations - June 2013
UK Slaughter Statistics - August 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 19 September 2013
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - September 2013

Global Pig Industry News


Brazil Hog Quotes Increasing
New Corporate Affairs Chief at BRF

   European Union

European Commission Clears JBS Acquisition of Seara
Stricter Rules Needed for Organic Farming in the EU
EU Pig Prices: Quotations Still Give in; Bottom Has Been Reached

   United Kingdom

Changes to Real Welfare Assessment Protocols
Shortage of Pigs Underpins Price
Agency Seeks Comments on UK Feed Law
Scottish Project Targets Tail Docking
Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cooked Meats
Can Consumers Trust the Country-of-origin Label?
Salmonella Outbreak Tentatively Linked to Cooked Ham
British Pork Pies a Hit in Hong Kong


Five Freedoms Key for Sow Housing Systems
Canada Winter Cereals Yield Better Than Expected
Federal Loan for Pork Producers Can Help Cut Costs
Communication, Coordination, Cooperation Key to Control of PED
Calgary Co-op Selling Fresh Open Pen Raised Pork
Pork Commentary: US Cash Hog Prices Continue High

   United States

Hog Outlook: Record Highs for Retail Pork Prices in August
CME: Pig Numbers Expand
CME: Consumer More Willing to Pay for Steaks, Hamburgers
House Approved $40 Billion Cut to Nutrition Bill; Another US Farm Bill Delay?
Jim Wyckoff's Closing Report: December Lean Hogs Close Lower
PED-Positive Submissions: Increase Slows?
Only Two Antibiotic-resistance Threats Connected to Food Animals
CME: Retail Meat Prices Forced Higher in August
Iowa Model Weighs up Farrowing Room Ventilation Options
House Nutrition Legislation Hinders Farm Bill Process
Weekly Grain Forecast: Soy Market in Critical Week
Jim Wyckoff's Closing Report: Lean Hogs Close Higher Wednesday
Where Did All the US Pigs Go?
Exposure to Pigs and Manure Associated with MRSA Infections
New Test Developed to Detect PED Virus Antibodies
Farmers Union Encouraged by EPA Proposed Rule
Workshop Tackles Wild Boar Management
Campaigners Blame Antibiotic Resistance on Farmers
Health Agency Addresses Antibiotic Resistance Issue
CME: Declining Corn and Soybean Condition
Environmental Stewards Combine Ingenuity with Integrity
'Unfinished Business' with Corn, Soy Production
Smithfield Makes Announcement to Senior Note-holders


JBS Appoints New President in Paraguay


Irish Farmers Endorse Position on CAP Consultation
Meat Processors, Retailers Profit at Expense of Livestock Producers


Chinese Wholesale Red Meat Prices Soar


Australia Expects Record Value of Farm Production


MRSA Detected in Norwegian Pig Herds


Danish Crown Employees Reject Proposal to Boost Home Industry


SPACE 2013 Beats Records


Pork Consumption Rises in Uruguay


Food Processor in Thailand Cuts Growth Forecast
Thai Pig Farmers Oppose Pork Imports from the US


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