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Monday 15th December 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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United Action by Pig Farmers of Europe

Denmark has called for a Europe-wide approach on antibiotic resistance.

In today's globalised world, it is not enough that for the Danes alone to minimise the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, say a leading Danish doctor and pig specialist in a joint statement.

At a time when the stories in the media gives the impression that pig production in Denmark due to resistant bacteria is a potential threat to the entire Danish public health, it is time to lift your eyes and look beyond its borders, according to Steen Lomborg, a doctor and leading hospital consultant and Claus Fertin, director of the Danish Pig Research Centre.

Resistant bacteria are a serious threat to the entire world's population, they say. In some of Europe's southern countries more than half of staphylococci are resistant to commonly used antibiotics compared with about two per cent in Denmark.

But even if we in Denmark among others have lowered consumption of antibiotics in swine production significantly to halt the spread of resistance, we must note that resistance is also a growing problem in Denmark, they continue. It is not only about the one-third of MRSA of type CC398 which is linked to pigs but also the majority of MRSA types that are unconnected to livestock.

Drs Lomborg and Fertin said: "In a globalised world, it is not enough that we only Denmark has focused on minimising the spread of resistant bacteria. We do not live on an isolated island where we can 'keep our own house'. For as long as people, animals and goods traveling across borders, then we will have massive pressure of resistant bacteria from the rest of the world."

Over the last six years in Denmark, a working group of doctors, veterinarians, authorities, researchers and agriculture have examined the status of MRSA CC398 in the country and sought a number of recommendations for possible solutions.

According to Drs Lomborg and Fertin, it is precisely this community that should acknowledge the challenges and seek solutions.

They added: "We can fight from here to doomsday to eradicate MRSA bacteria but we will not have a chance to succeed before other countries are waking up to the challenges. Denmark already leads the way on a number of parameters, leaving competitors and colleagues abroad way behind. We also take the lead on MRSA area, but the politicians at Christiansborg and Brussels should help to make it a common European effort."

The European Union is expected shortly to approve a new genetically modified soybean variety for import after the customary split vote among member countries last week.

As a result, the Commission will be empowered to approve the variety if member countries repeat their "no opinion" vote at an appeals committee in the New Year, which they are expected to do.

At this week's European Union farm council meeting, representatives of Belgium, Denmark, France, Hungary, Romania, Poland and Ireland are expected to call for temporary private storage aid for pig meat to overcome the market difficulties caused by Russia's import embargo.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Improving Feed Efficiency
Bruce Schumann of Grand Valley Fortifiers Ltd and Ruurd Zijlstra of the University of Alberta explained to the 2014 London Swine Conference how to improve feed efficiency in growing-finishing pigs by using feed additives or adjusting feed form, nutrient density or feed ingredients.

Swapping Litters
Swapping whole litters will reduce the stress normally experienced by the piglets from being moved and mixed with a group of new litter mates, whilst providing the weaker piglets the opportunity to recover through improved milk intake, according to BPEX in no.12 in its 'Work Instructions' series.

How to Maintain a Swine Manure Storage System
Reduce the risk of environmental issues by regular attention to the level, integrity, appearance and safety of a manure storage system, advises Erin Cortus of South Dakota State University for Pork Information Gateway.

Effects of Extrusion of Corn and Oats on Digestibility of Energy, Crude Protein and Fibre in Diets Fed to Pigs
Extrusion of corn (maize) increased its digestibility and concentration of energy but the treatment did not affect these parameters when applied to oats, according to new research at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Company News

IPPE Offers Free Attendee Activities, Networking Opportunities
US - The 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will provide a variety of free activities and networking opportunities for attendees, say the organisers.
New Market for Pig Semen Opened Up
UK - Following a visit by a group of Latvians to Spain, organised by the Latvian Pig Breeders Association, a commercial organisation has placed a trial order for 100 doses of semen from British genetics company, ACMC.
Worker Safety Education Programme Offered at 2015 IPPE
US - US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is a hosting a 'Worker Safety Considerations: Equipment Design, Installation & Operation' workshop at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
Protease Enzymes Make Lower-Cost Sorghum Viable in Animal Feed
US - "Could sorghum be the feed ingredient that helps optimise producers’ bottom-lines?" asks Novus International.
Novus International Announces Intent to Expand ALIMET Capacity
US - Novus International, Inc. has announced its intention to expand its ALIMET® feed supplement manufacturing capacity in the United States Gulf Coast region to support growing customer base.
Negative Effects of Mycotoxins on Swine Fertility
AUSTRIA - Mycotoxins in animal feed can have a negative impact on the reproductive performance of sows, gilts as well as boars, says Biomin.
International Rendering Symposium Returns to 2015 IPPE
US - The International Rendering Symposium is returning to the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
Market Reports

USDA Feed Outlook December 2014
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly 11 December 2014
Irish CSO Reports Consumer Price Index December 2014
USDA Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade December 2014
USDA WASDE December 2014
China Wholesale Prices 10 December 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
Hog Outlook: Record US Pork Prices
Market Analyst: Global Consumption Favouring Beef
over Pork

Tyson Built for Growth
Meloxicam Transfer from Sows to Piglets Via Milk
Foot and Mouth Vaccination Control Strategies
CME: Expected Hog Breeding Growth
CME: Strong Pork Demand in US
PEDV: University Research Playing a Critical Role
Number of Economic Factors Play into 2015 Hog Markets
PED in Hawaii Suggests Contaminated Feed as Vector for Spread
Hog Outlook: 2014 a Good Year for Pork Demand
Pork Commentary: US Sow Herd Expansion is Coming


Decline in Danish Agriculture Needs Addressing

   European Union

Call for Temporary Private Storage Aid for Pigmeat Needed in EU
New GM Soy Soon to be Approved in EU
Denmark Calls for European Approach on Antibiotic Resistance


Pork Smugglers Arrested by Lithuanian Police
More ASF Reported in Lithuanian Wild Boar

   United Kingdom

UK Abattoir Waste Charges Increased by More Than 60 Per Cent
New European Union Food Labelling Rules
Survey: Market Volatility Taking Toll on Farmers
How Ancestral Diets Compare with Modern Eating Habits
British Pig Producers Making Quantum Leap in Biosecurity
Pig Farmers Can Help with Early Detection of African Swine Fever
Improvement in UK Pig Herd Performance Continues
Centre of Excellence for Pigs in UK Moves Forward


New Flooring Design Reduces Pig Lameness
Lack of Workers in Canadian Meat Processing Plants
PEDV Can Survive in Manure Lagoons
Prairie Livestock Expo Pork Quality Competition Winner
C$27,000 Shared Between Pork Quality Competition Winners
Changes to US M-COOL Expected Before Canada and Mexico Retaliate
Manitoba Pork Producers Expected to Gain from Canada Korea FTA
Canadian Meat Industry Celebrates Korea's Ratification
of FTA


New Export Markets Found for Finnish Pork


Belgium Keep PEDv Safeguard Measures in Place

   South Africa

OIE Encouraged by Progress Made in FMD Controlled Areas


Six New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Latvia


Australian Farm Output Forecast Down in 2014-15


World Trade Negotiators Set New Deadlines for Agricultural Talks


Belarusian Vet Services Praised in ASF Battle

   South Korea

South Korea Reports New FMD Outbreak in Pigs

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Hog Markets

   Russian Federation

Russia Reports Three More Wild Boar with African Swine Fever


More Polish Wild Boar Positive for African Swine Fever


Peruvian Health Official Warns against Eating Pork as PED Hits South


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