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Monday 5th January 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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In two years time, regulatory changes will come into effect in the United States that will cover 57 per cent of current antimicrobial sales for animals in the US.

Most medically important antimicrobials used in livestock today will be affected by impending changes to their use in animal health, according to Greg Cima, writing in a US veterinary journal.

Whereas only a small proportion of the types of antimicrobials important for human medicine and sold for use in farm animals currently require a veterinarian’s signature for purchase, only a small volume will be available over the counter in two years time, he writes.

Citing a recent report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), he reports that 97 per cent of the almost 20 million pounds of drugs used to combat infections in humans and in food-producing animals currently are available in the US without veterinary prescription.

In two years time, however, the great majority of the antimicrobial volume currently administered in feed or water will also require veterinary oversight. This will apply to 94 per cent or 18.4 million pounds of the current volume.

The latest quarterly 'Hogs and Pigs' report indicates increases compared to a year ago in total pigs, the breeding herd and market hogs as the US pork sector recovers from the worst onslaught of porcine epidemic diarrhoea last winter.

The government in The Netherlands has announced financial support for 13 projects aimed at improving agricultural sustainability, including for better grassland management, local feed production and an expansion of the 'Beter Leven' welfare mark for pigs and poultry.

In Belgium, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is holding a seminar at Agriflanders on risk management in the pork chain and the search for new market models.

The European Union has allocated €410 million (around US$510 million), under its bilateral cooperation with Cambodia over the period 2014-2020 to continue its support to the latter country's continued agricultural development.

There has a been a marked increase in the number of confirmed cases of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) in the US with the arrival of cooler winter weather in November, even spreading to another four farms in Hawaii. There have been five outbreaks in Canada in the last two months, and the disease rumbles on in Japan.

Russia's veterinary watchdog has accused Lithuania of risking the spread of African swine fever by trying to supply pork to the Russian market by falsifying documents, while the disease has broken out at two pig farms in Russia. There are also news reports of ASF in Latvia and in a wild boar in Poland. China has been assisted in the assessment and management of risk of an outbreak at an OIE training session in Beijing in November.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Humanising Gilts and Young Boars
In No.14 of its 'Work Instruction' series, BPEX explains how to get young gilts and boars destined for the breeding herd accustomed to people and thus make them easier to handle.

Amino Acid Digestibility in Rice Co-products Fed to Growing Pigs
A University of Illinois study has established the digestibility of the crude protein and amino acids in broken rice, two sources of full fat rice bran and defatted rice bran for growing pigs.

Delivery of a Veterinary Surveillance Strategy for the Irish Pig Sector
Veterinary surveillance is vital for the Irish pig sector – as for other countries – John Moriarty, the Head of Pathology at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory for Ireland's agriculture department, (DAFM, told the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers' Conference.

How to Feed Nine Billion People Sustainably
Becoming self-sufficient in food production – what better way is there for countries to sustainably feed their growing populations? But scratch the surface of this potential solution, and it does not really stack up, according to Dr Peter Barnard, Director of Trade, Market access and Industry Strategy with Meat & Livestock Australia.

Swine Ectoparasite Control
Information to help pig producers identify and control lice and mange from Dr Jerome Goddard (Extension Professor of Medical/Veterinary Entomology) and Dr Kristine T. Edwards (Assistant Research Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology) at Mississippi State University.
Company News

Optimising Commercial Value from Best Generation Enzymes
US - A recent webinar shows how to optimise performance with the inclusion of Best Generation enzymes in the diet, says Novus International.
Biomin Web Site Now Available in Czech
CZECH REPUBLIC - Biomin has now launched a Czech version of the new corporate web site.
Market Reports

USDA Agricultural Prices 30 December 2014
USDA Livestock Slaughter 24 December 2014
USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs December 2014
USDA Cold Storage December 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Hog Outlook: Slow Cash Livestock Markets
New Rules on Vet Oversight to Cover More Than Half Antimicrobials Sold
Study Predicts No Farmers under 35 by 2033
New Members Appointed to US Meat Inspection Committee
Free Online Tool Shows How to Reduce Odour from Manure
IFES 2014: Crop and Livestock Price Prospects for 2015
US Farmers Raise FMD Concerns over Meat Imports
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
PED Virus Detected on Four More Hawaiian Pig Farms
US Feed Industry Official Set to Retire
Hog Outlook: Hog Slaughter Expected to be Higher in 2015
Mississippi Ag Values Set to Top $7 Billion
US Records Increases in All Swine Categories
Survey Confirms Most Expect Growth in US Hog Numbers
US Hog Market Price Decline
Pork Commentary: US Expansion Hog Cycle is Still Alive


Research into Increasing Sow Milk Yield
Key Highlights of 2014 from Canadian Pork Council Chair
Ontario Reports Fifth PED Outbreak of This Winter
Extra Precautions Needed During Extreme Cold in Canada
More Standardised Tests Needed to Deal with Brachyspira
Expanded Canadian Trade Needed to Maintain Pork Industry Profitability
Research into Reducing the Spread of Pig Viruses in Herds
Manitoba Assesses Pig Manure Separation Technology
Conversion from Sow Stall Housing to Group Housing
New PED Outbreak Brings Ontario Total to 68
Maple Leaf Nears Completion of Business Transition
Research Effort Aims at Preventing Brachyspira Hampsonii
Web Site Traffic Increased by Christmas Pork Promotion


Mexico: Hog Market


Care for Livestock During Hot Weather, Australians Told

   United Kingdom

Knighthood for Former NFU President
NFU Urges: Celebrate New Year Safely Without Sky Lanterns
Farmers Need to be Encouraged to Invest


African Swine Fever Confirmed in Polish Wild Boar

   Russian Federation

Russia Accuses Lithuania of Risking Spread of African Swine Fever
Russia Seizes Illegal Pork Imported from Lithuania
African Swine Fever Found in Russia


Chinese Vets Receive Training on ASF Prevention
Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly
China to Advance Agricultural Modernisation
Slide in Ruble to Hit Chinese Agricultural Exports
China: Hog Markets


Finnish Pig Farm Numbers in Decline


Belgium Seeks Solutions to Pork Market Challenges

   European Union

World Expo 2015 Event to Address Food Safety
EU Supports Cambodia's Agricultural Progress


Farmers Call for Support for French Pork Production


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Dutch Government Supports Greater Farm Sustainability


Miyazaki PED Farm Count Rises to 10
More PED Outbreaks in Japan


US Pigs Gaining Some PEDv Immunity
Cargill to Pursue Feed Acquisitions But Not Nutreco


Denmark Sees Increase in Sales of Organic Pork for New Year
MRSA Affects Two-thirds of Danish Pig Farms


Albania Set to Resume Meat and Agricultural Exports to Russia


Integration of CReSA into IRTA


Ireland, Russia Meeting Discusses Meat Sector


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