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Monday 16th December 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Rules and More Rules - What Do They All Mean?

The proposed changes to the regulations on the use of antibiotics in the US for food-producing animals will mean a reduction of around 16 per cent in antibiotic use in pigs, an increase in feed conversion ratio, higher veterinary costs and a shift in the oversight for antibiotic use from farmers to veterinarians.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has implemented a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs.

In FDA's final guidance - issued last week - the agency lays out a road map for animal pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily revise the FDA-approved use conditions on the labels of these products to remove production indications.

The news that certain antimicrobial drugs are to be phased out as growth promoters in livestock means producers now have a time-frame to adjust production practices, commented professor of clinical sciences in Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Mike Apley.

He estimates that, for pigs, the new rule will remove about 16 per cent of the use of medically important antibiotics in feed for growing pigs.

In their 'Hog Outlook', market analysts, Ron Plain and Scott Brown, highlight that the new policy is likely to affect adversely feed conversion and thus increase feed demand. It would also drive up per-head veterinary costs, they add, especially for smaller operations.

Also in the US, a group of farming organisations has launched an attack on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans for farmers and ranchers to report waste discharge information on-line.

After much negotiating, EU member states have agreed on the details for new rules related to original labelling for most meats. except for minced meat.

Once the European Commission formally approves the rules, they will be published and come into force from 1 April 2015.

Nebraska is the 20th US state to report finding the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus in pigs.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Inclusion of Additional Alternative Feedstuffs in Swine Diets Show No Improvement in Carcass Fat Quality of Pigs
Including maize germ, beef tallow, palm kernel oil or glycerol to pig finisher diets containing distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) did not improve carcass fat quality, according to Thomas Guthrie, Dale Rozeboom and Riley Collins of Michigan State University in 'MSU Pork Quarterly'.

New Pig Farm Record Analysis System
Gerard McCutcheon from Oak Park and Shane Brady from Ballyhaise explained the new Teagasc PigSys recording system and how it can be used to monitor and improve pig performance and profitability at the Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference in October 2013.

Effects of a Step-up Ractopamine Feeding Programme on Growth and Low-sodium Ham Characteristics of Berkshire Pigs
Research at Iowa State University has revealed that although a low-sodium curing solution made hams paler and gave them a less intense flavour, this is an effective way to reduce sodium content without significant detrimental processing or sensory effects. Feeding ractopamine improved bodyweight, daily gain and feed conversion.

Organic Consumers' Willingness to Pay for Boar Meat Products
The acceptance by consumers of salami made from boar meat was increased by those who enjoyed the product samples offered. However, those who did not like the taste reacted more negatively, leading researchers to conclude that pork must be tested for boar taint and/or consumers need more information about the characteristics of boar meat before marketing.

Blended Organic Acids Delivered via Water
Blended organic acids improve productive performance in sows and pigs, according to Dr. Jeffery Escobar, senior manager - swine nutrition research for Novus International.

European Project for RFID UHF Animal Ear Tagging of Pigs
A European-wide project ‘Pig Affairs’ is aiming to trace and track every individual animal from birth to the slaughterhouse with its individual information - personal identification number, birth, vaccination etc - stored on a chip.

Keeping Your Livestock Show Animals Healthy
Following good health management practices before, during and after the exhibition will help protect these investments by keeping your livestock healthy and in good condition, according to Dr Carla L. Huston (Mississippi Beef Extension and Outreach Veterinarian) and Dr Jim Brett (Associate Clinical Professor, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine) and Dr Dean Jousan (Extension 4-H Livestock Specialist, Animal and Dairy Sciences).
Company News

Zoetis Supports FDA Efforts to Phase out Antibiotics
US - The US Food and Drug Administration finalised Guidance #213 establishing the procedures for voluntarily phasing out growth promotion indications in food-producing animals for medically important antibiotics in alignment with Guidance #209 and published proposed changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulation.
Benefits for all Herds in Moving to Early M. hyopneumonia Vaccination
UK - Early vaccination of pig herds against enzootic pneumonia - as young as seven days of age - is recommended by veterinary surgeon John Hayden, who is seeing the benefits of this among his clients in East Anglia.
Mintrex: More Than a Mineral; More to Come
US - While extensive research demonstrating the benefits of trace mineral use in animal feed has already been done, one R&D specialist at Novus believes in some ways the company has only just scratched the surface.
Feed Forms a Focus of VIV Europe 2014
THE NETHERLANDS - In May 2014, professionals from the world of feed finally have the chance to return to their favourite Dutch city for a global expo - VIV Europe.
US, EU Swine Experts Exchange on Best Practice
US & EU - As Senior Partner at Carthage Veterinary Service (CVS), Illinois, USA, Dr Bill Hollis and his team oversee 27 farms representing approximately 118,000 sows.
Zoetis to Participate in 2013 Animal Health Summit
US - Zoetis Inc. will participate in the 2013 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Animal Health Summit on Monday, 16 December, at the Bank of America Conference Center in Boston, MA.
Novus to Launch Customised Version of Global Corporate Website
GLOBAL - Novus launched its new global corporate website – – in May of this year. The website was designed with Novus customers top-of-mind, incorporating features and content specifically intended to enhance usability and provide more value.
Ceva, Sogeval in Exclusive Negotiations to Create Global Leader in Animal Health
GLOBAL - Ceva and Sogeval (a subsidiary of Sofiprotéol), based in Laval, announce the opening of exclusive negotiations to create a future alliance.
Market Reports

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Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Phasing out Antibiotics for Growth Promotion in US: What Are the Consequences?
New Rules Shift Oversight of Feed Antibiotics
to Veterinarians

Pollution Reporting Proposals Angers Agri Organisations
PED Virus Likely to Drive up Pork Prices in Nebraska
Hog Outlook: New Antibiotics Policy Should Increase Feed Demand
CME: Weekly Pork Export Data Stays Ambiguous
PED-Positive Submissions: 20 States Have Reported Positive Results in Pigs
FDA Takes Steps to Address Antimicrobial Resistance
CME: Ag Department Bolsters Pork Production Estimates
Pork Checkoff Co-sponsors North American PRRS Symposium
Estimates for US Pork Output in 2013, 2014 Revised Upwards
Prestigious Award to Plumrose USA
Registration Open for PorkBridge and SowBridge
Webinar Looks at Geosynthetics in Agriculture
Grains Turn Weaker in Aftermath of USDA Supply, Demand Report
Research Efforts Aimed at Addressing PED Shift Focus
CME: Sharp Turnaround in Pork Supply Situation
Are We Frittering Away Profit Possibilities?
NFU Board to Congress: Do Not Abandon 2013 Farm Bill
Pork Commentary: US PED Continues to Have Ramifications

   United Kingdom

Survey Reveals Top Factors Affecting Farmer Confidence
Early Planning Key to Livestock Safety
Pork Could be Given Major Marketplace Make-over, Says Association
Exciting Times Ahead for British Farmers
Govt Agency to Use Pig Industry 'Origin' Database
Spot Prices Under Pressure
Bankers Urged to be More Positive About Pigs
Supermarkets Step up to the Mark after Horse Meat Scandal
Changes in Surveillance: a Risk for Animal Disease Protection?
BPEX Antimicrobial Usage Tool
Comparing Quarterly Pig Feed Prices in the UK
Scottish Farmers Union Backs Red Tape Recommendations
Farmers Grateful to Nation for Backing British Farming


International Pig Veterinary Society Congress Opens Registration
Family Trust Holds Bachoco Share


Renewal of Agreement to Promote Farm Health and Safety


Training on Artificial Insemination, Integrated Organic


Key Consideration When Designing Group Sow Housing Systems
Hutterite Colony Tops Pork Quality Competition
PED Outbreak Exposes Biosecurity Weaknesses
Call for Stepped-up Efforts to Secure Free Trade with South Korea
Use of Social Media in Swine Production Increases
Alberta Pork Director Addresses State of Pork Industry
Canadian Winter Wheat Acreage Varied this Year

   European Union

EU Member States Agree on Details for New Labelling Rules
EU Pig Prices: Slight Price Increases in the South
Member States Back Proposal Setting up Clearer Origin Labelling
Brussels Plans Visibility Boost for Farmers Who Sell Locally


Zambian Govt Contains Swine Fever Outbreak
No Further African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Zambia


Key Measures to Ensure Family Farms Meet Growing Food Demand
What Was Achieved at WTO Agriculture Trade Talks on Bali?
Animal Welfare Climbing up Business Agenda


October Pork Export Volume, Value Down from Last Year
Mission Completes Inspection of Brazilian Pork Establishments


China's Livestock Industry Raises Environmental Concern
China's Farm Produce Prices Slightly Higher
Chinese Agri-food Prices Down Slightly in November


VION Admits to Selling Traditionally Farmed Pork as Organic


Queensland Pork Industry Lobbies for Fairer Fees

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