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Monday 10th November 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Denmark Sets the Pace for Antibiotic Reduction

With a brand new action plan, the Danish Pig Research Centre is aiming to halve the use of a critical antibiotic, tetracycline, before the end of 2015. At the same time, the current Yellow Card scheme will be modified to focus on use of ‘critical’ antibiotics.

Tetracycline is among the options available to treat outbreaks of disease, such as diarrhoea, in pigs. The medical profession has expressed concern that the use of tetracycline may increase resistance prevalence in general and, as a consequence, the Danish pig industry has voluntarily set itself an ambitious target of halving the use of tetracyclines in the coming year.

Claus Fertin, Director of the Danish Pig Research Centre, told the Herning Congress recently: “As pig producers account for a large proportion of antibiotic consumption in Denmark, it is quite natural that we should also take responsibility for the future. We are seeing how resistant bacteria, such as MRSA, are spreading in the human population, making the treatment of infections more difficult. It is, therefore, important that we take precautionary steps to pre-empt some of the potential risks of resistance spreading in the future. With this voluntary step, we are endeavouring to help ensure the availability of critical antibiotics in the future.”

Danish pig producers reduced consumption of antibiotics by 13 per cent between 2009 and 2013.

Dr Fertin continued: “Denmark is a role model in producing pig meat with low antibiotic usage. I would urge our Food Minister to seek to persuade other countries to reduce their use of tetracycline and other agents that are important in the treatment of humans. Denmark is not a desert island. The challenges posed by the spread of antibiotic resistance must be solved internationally.”

With the aim of reducing animal health risks, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is publishing a new 'Guide to Terrestrial Animal Health Surveillance' for national Veterinary Services and animal health experts. The Guide is intended to help them implement and evaluate the terrestrial animal disease surveillance systems in their countries.

The purpose of surveillance is to provide timely and relevant information, so that an early warning can be issued when a disease event occurs that is deemed sufficiently important by specialists, enabling risk managers to the necessary steps to limit the spread of the disease and minimise its impact.

Over the last week, new outbreaks of African swine fever have been reported in Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Zambia, while the disease has been identified as the main constraint to the development of the pig industry in Uganda.

The number of outbreaks of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) in the US continues to creep up but slowly. Market analyst, Steve Meyer, is optimistic about the prospects for the sector after a large survey of farms has revealed only a very few sow herds breaking to PED since June – far fewer than over the same period last year. The virus has been detected recently at a pig handling facility in Alberta, Canada.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

High Fibre Swine Diets
Feeding alternative feedstuffs may reduce feed costs per unit of pork produced but also provides challenges to achieve cost-effective, predictable growth performance, animal health, environmental footprint, carcass characteristics and pork quality, Ruurd T. Zijlstra1 (University of Alberta) and Eduardo Beltranena (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development) told the London Swine Conference 2014.

Predicting Leg Soundness through Biomechanical Assessment of Gait in Pigs
Research findings from a BPEX-funded PhD project carried out at Newcastle University investigating the potential of biomechanical techniques to predict leg soundness in pigs since lameness is a major cause of lost productivity for the pig industry, published by BPEX as No.24 in its 'Research into Action' series.

Qualitative Study to Identify Potential Biosecurity Risks Associated with Pig Feed Delivery
Everyone in the feed company and on the farm has a role to play in reducing the potential risk of transmitting diseases, according to research from the University of Guelph, and it should be everyone's concern.

Energy Digestibility in 23 Sources of DDGS Fed to Pigs
Work at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Lab at the University of Illinois reveals that the energy concentration in distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) is significantly affected by processing and that most of the variation is related to the fibre content and amount of solubles added.

Reliability of Pig Herd Data Collected during Telephone Interviews to Evaluate PCV2 Piglet Vaccination
Telephone surveys using standardised questions may be an efficient way to investigate safety and efficacy aspects of vaccines, according to a new study from the University of Hanover and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Teagasc Pig Farmers’ Conference 2014
Proceedings of the Pig Farmers' Conference 2014, held at the Horse & Jockey and Cavan Crystal hotels in Ireland on 21 and 22 October.

Company News

New Zealand Minister Meets Indian Agriculture Minister
INDIA - In order to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries in agriculture and allied sectors, New Zealand primary minister, Nathan Guy met Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh along with a senior level delegation.
Pork 101 Education Workshop Offered at 2015 IPPE
US - The American Meat Institute (AMI) and the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) will jointly host the 'Pork 101' education workshop at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
Hypor's Managing Director Says: Expect More
THE NETHERLANDS - Supplying top genetics for pork production at the least cost is at the core of our business, according to the Managing Director of Hypor, who adds that his company has more to offer.
Multifan Intelligent Fan Drive for Single- and Three-phase Fans
THE NETHERLANDS - The Multifan Intelligent Fan Drive works equally well with single-phase and three-phase fans, says Vostermans Ventilation.
Hotraco to Present Climate Control, Automation at EuroTier
THE NETHERLANDS - At EuroTier 2014, Hotraco Agri presents their latest development in state-of-the-art climate control and barn automation equipment.
Revolutionary Processing for Liquid Feed Rewards Big Dutchman with Gold Medal
GERMANY - Big Dutchman has been awarded a Gold Medal for its revolutionary PEF process for liquid feed, which involves high-voltage pulses making entire maize plant digestible for pigs.
Rovabio Excel: First NSP Enzyme Approved for Sows in EU
FRANCE - The European Union has just granted Rovabio® Excel, the Non Starch Polysaccharide (NSP) enzyme of Adisseo, the authorisation for use in sows, from one week before farrowing to weaning.
UK-designed Farrowing Pen Attracts Worldwide Interest
UK - A pioneering pig birthing pen designed and created by a Staffordshire farmer is now being sold across the globe, it has been revealed.
Osborne Industries Inc. to Exhibit at EuroTier
US - Osborne Industries will be exhibiting at EuroTier in Germany, showcasing its FIRE pig performance testing system.
AB Vista Announces Strong Growth in 2014
UK - AB Vista has announced revenue growth of more than 20 per cent for the financial year ending 15 September 2014.
New Ways to Evaluate the Benefit of Gilts Synchronised by Altresyn on the Flow of Breeding Animals and Piglet Output
DENMARK - Synchronisation of gilts with Altresyn allowed more even numbers of matings every week, and this resulted in a more regular flow into the farrowing rooms, better utilisation of farrowing house capacity and more piglets weaned, according to CEVA research.
Hydro Systems to Show Medicating and Cleaning Solutions at EuroTier
UK - Hydro Systems, the world’s largest independent manufacturer of chemical proportioning and dispensing systems, will be showcasing its medicators and sanitising solutions at EuroTier.
Agitator Adjusts Position to Current Filling Level
GERMANY - Big Dutchman has been awarded a Silver Medal by the organisers of the upcoming EuroTier show for its liquid feeding innovation.
New Leader for MSD Animal Health’s Integrated Livestock Business
UK - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) has appointed Albert Urbanek as head of its Integrated Livestock Business Unit (ILBU) in the UK, covering the company's pig, poultry and aquaculture activities.
Air Circulation with a New Look
ITALY - Termotecnica Pericoli once again brings a very cost-effective innovation to market in the compact and powerful New ACF26 circulation fan.
Environmental Bootcamp Education Program Offered at 2015 IPPE
US - The Environmental Bootcamp education programme will provide an overview of the environmental regulations that commonly affect the poultry, egg and meat processing industries and discuss the importance of environmental audits and inspections.
Adisseo Launches Innovative Antioxidant Organic Selenium
FRANCE - Adisseo has launched Selisseo®, the innovative antioxidant organic selenium.
Worm Challenge in Pigs Can Now Be Identified During Production
UK - An innovative test that can detect large round worm infestations in all ages of pigs is now available to the British pig industry through MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada).
Natural Additives for Growth Promotion from Geohellas
GREECE - Geohellas will exhibit at EuroTier 2014 with a range of attapulgite-based products to support healthy growth in farm animals.
IPPE Ranks 35 in TSE Gold 100 Shows
US - The October 2014 issue of 'Trade Show Executive' (TSE) has ranked the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) as number 35 in its listing of TSE Gold 100 Shows.
Zoetis Reports Higher Reveue, Net Income in Third Quarter
US - Among the headlines of its third quarter 2014 results, Zoetis has reported revenue of $1.2 billion and net income of $166 million, which represent increases of 10 per cent and 27 per cent, respectively, from the same quarter of last year.
Multifan Energy Line: Innovative, Durable and Energy-saving
THE NETHERLANDS - For many years, energy saving has been one of the most important key objectives for the development and testing of Multifan fans at Vostermans Ventilation.
Chr. Hansen to Launch Global PorcBoost Programme at EuroTier
DENMARK - The Complete PorcBoost™ probiotic programme supports all stages of swine production, says Chr. Hansen.
Introducing the Huvematic Concept
BELGIUM - Huvepharma® will be on hand at EuroTier to explain its new Huvematic® Concept.
Gut Health, Immune Support for Sows and Piglets
US - The unique metabolites of SynGenX promote the activity of beneficial bacteria in the young pig’s gastrointestinal tract, says Diamond V, and its programme for sows consists of products to balance the immune system and gut microbiota while optimising gut morphology.
TPI-Polytechniek: First Choice in Agricultural Ventilation Components
THE NETHERLANDS - At the EuroTier exhibition in Hanover, Germany, TPI-Polytechniek will present a major part of its programme.
SwapTank System Reduces Costs and Improves Hygiene, Accuracy
GERMANY - With the SwapTank system, Big Dutchman says it is introducing a true innovation for the residue-free liquid feeding of pigs at EuroTier 2014.
Market Reports

BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin 7 November 2014
China Wholesale Prices 6 November 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly 6 November 2014
China Wholesale Prices 5 November
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 23 October 2014
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 24 October 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Video: A Farmer's Tribute for Remembrance Sunday
UK Farm Business Innovation Expo Returns to Olympia
UK's New Animal Disease Research Centre Opened
Ladies in Pigs Win Top Honour for UK Pig Industry
UK Vets Say Consumers Should Know about Slaughter Methods


Research into Reducing Biting Behaviour


PED Expected to be Major Factor Influencing Live Hog Prices This Winter
Researchers Hope to Boost Piglet Performance by Increasing Sow Milk Production
Family Farmers Play Significant Role in Eradicating World Hunger
Most Common Pig Disease in Canada: Streptococcus Suis
Value of Canadian Pork Maintained by International Trade
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus Detected at Alberta Pig-handling Facility

   United States

NFU Beginning Farmers Institute Experiences Cooperatives and Local Farms
What's in Store for 2015? Farm Economics Summit Scheduled
PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 8,817
Market Analyst: Are Markets Favouring Pork Over Beef?
NFU Urges Passage of Tax Extenders Package
Pork Board Introduces 2020 Strategic Plan in US
Solid US Export Figures for Beef, Pork
US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus: 411
US Forms New Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Farm Animals
American Feed Conference to Discuss Pet Food Trade
Pig Welfare Researcher Features in Smithfield Sustainability Stories
Research into Enhancing Phosphorus Digestibility in Pig Feed
CME: Decline in Hog Prices
Registration Open for NFU’s 2015 Women’s Conference
Lack of PEDV-Positive Sow Farms Means More Pigs on the Way


Farmers Hiding African Swine Fever Infected Pigs in Zambia
Pigs Slaughtered in Zambia to Halt Spread of African Swine Fever


FAO Food Price Index Stabilises in October
New Guide for Better Detection of Animal Health Risks
Industrialisation Should Not Come at Expense of Agriculture


More African Swine Fever Detected in Latvia

   Russian Federation

New Outbreak of African Swine Fever Reported in Russia


Finnish Study Finds Good Pig Welfare Brings Economic Benefits


Brazilian Pig Meat Exports Resume to South Africa

   European Union

Promotion of Agricultural Products in the EU
Study Reveals Differences in Animal Welfare Training across Europe


Three New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever Confirmed in Lithuania
More African Swine Fever Found in Lithuanian Wild Boar


Belarus Suspends Pork Imports from Montenegro, Moldova
Belarus Suspends Pork Exports to Russia


Danish Pig Producers to Halve Use of Critical Antibiotics


Uganda Fights African Swine Fever


Afghan Ambassador Meets India's Agriculture Minister


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