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Monday 21st September 2015.
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European Commission Issues New Antimicrobial Guidelines 

The European Commission has published new guidelines aiming to prevent overuse and misuse of antibiotics by sharing best-practices in Member States.

These latest guidelines are one of the key deliverables in the EU action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

They provide, at a glance, Member States authorities, farmers and veterinarians with practical examples of what is being done in other EU countries to promote the prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine.

Since AMR bacteria can be transferred from animals to humans and vice-versa via direct and indirect contact, a "One Health" approach based on collaboration and joined-up thinking of both human and veterinary medicine sectors is essential to tackle this issue at EU and global level. 

In the UK, the new Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn announced vegan MP Kerry McCarthy as the new Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Ms McCarthy has been vocal on agricultural issues such as, the overuse of antimicrobials in agriculture and the problem of food waste.

Just last week she put forward a bill to reduce food waste which would introduce rules for supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities, similar to regulations discussed in Europe. The bill will receive a second reading in 2016 after receiving wide support.

However, comments on her website indicate that she believes meat consumption should decrease, saying in June 2015: "Agriculture is a huge contributor to global carbon emissions and as the global demand for food increases, heavy dependence on meat will become unsustainable."

In disease news, two outbreaks of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) have been reported in Cambodia.

The outbreaks affected two village pig farms in Chi Kraeng and Soutr Nikom, both of which are located in Siem Reap. In total, 997 pigs died due to the outbreak.

African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in more farmed pigs this week in Latvia, Russia and Zimbabwe. There was also a case of ASF in Estonian wild boar.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

PRRSV Type 1 Can Induce Aggravation of Infection with a Mild Actinobacillus Serotype 2 Strain
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) predisposes pigs to the aggravation of an App infection.

Establishing the Weaner
These guidelines from AHDB Pork should help you to assess the correct conditions for your piglets, and ensure they make it through the challenges of weaning.

DanBred International Delivers on Thailand Pig farm
Thailand has quite a mature pig scenario with around 1 million sows. Whilst the industry is dominated by the two big integrators, CP Foods and Betagro, there are of course plenty of other pig businesses operating in the country with many of these farms importing seedstock from Europe.

Stabilization of PRRSv Circulation Following Implementation of Mixed PRRSv Vaccine Program
PRRS is one of the most significant pig diseases. Current vaccination strategies are based on the use of MLV (Modified Live Vaccines) or KV (Killed Vaccines). This case report describes the stabilization of PRRSv circulation in a nursery and fattening unit, after the introduction of a PRRSv vaccination at day 90 of gestation with a KV vaccine in breeders vaccinated at day 6 of lactation with a MLV-EU type vaccine, write L. Willems et al, Merial.

Company News

China Hog Markets
CHINA - China: it is the pork powerhouse of the world with over 51 per cent of the world’s population of pigs raised within China, writes Ron Lane, Business Director Asia Pacific.
Nutriad Hires Country Manager Poland
POLAND - Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad announced the appointment of Dr Adrian Krzykawski as Country Manager Poland.
Thermo Fisher Introduces First-of-its-Kind USDA Approved Swine Flu Virus Subtype Detection Test
US - Pork producers now have access to a comprehensive diagnostic kit designed to test production animals for swine influenza virus (SIV) subtypes with the launch of the VetMAX™-Gold SIV Subtyping Kit, the industry’s only US Department of Agriculture (USDA)-approved, real-time PCR test of its kind.
Nutreco Opens New Indonesian Animal Nutrition Plant
INDONESIA - Nutreco continues its commitment to growth and investment in Asia with the opening of a new animal nutrition plant in East Java, Indonesia and the completion of the upgrade of its animal nutrition plant in Hunan, China.
Pork Commentary: What a Year Makes
GLOBAL - We find travelling interesting and necessary. The last 18 days on the road were both. On the flip side, it is always good to get home. We believe most everyone appreciates the joy of getting home. Being home, we are back to the reality of the North American swine market.
Trevor Elyk Joins Genesus
CANADA - Trevor Elyk has joined Genesus Inc., as General Manager – Canada. Trevor recently was a Farm Management Consultant with MNPLLP (formerly Meyers, Norris, Penny) a major tax, accounting and business advisory group.

Global Pig Industry News

   Russian Federation

More Russian Village Pigs Test Positive for ASF

   United States

CME: Ham Values Fail to Perform Well this September
Hog Outlook: August Retail Pork Prices Down from last Year
US Fast-Food Criticized for High Antibiotics Levels
New Higher Protein Canola Meal Approved for Pig Diets
Early Awareness Key to Preparing for Pig Disease Threats
CME: Producers to Market Hogs More Aggressively
Lowest Farrow-to-Finish Production Costs Since 2007
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US


Manitoba Pork Hopeful WTO Hearings Will Lead to Resolution of M-COOL
Veterinary Oversight Recommended when Using Spray-Dried Blood Plasma
BC Pork Producers Endorse New PED Biocontainment Plan
CPC Calls on Party Leaders and Candidates to Take Stand for Canadian Hog Production
Trade Identified as Key Election Issue in Saskatchewan


Litter Size Affects Sow's Production of Colostrum
Competition Authorities Clear Danish Crown Slaughterhouse Acquisition


Growth in Italian Pork Imports Slows


Cambodia Reports PRRS Outbreak

   United Kingdom

New Grants Available to Boost Farm Productivity
Infographic Sheds Light on What Food We Need
NFU Calls for Transparent Timeline on CAP Payments
EU's Private Storage Payments More Attractive This Time Round
Monitoring Wellbeing of Animals through Precision Livestock Farming
British Labour Party Appoints Vegan to Deal with Farming Issues
UK Pork Imports Up in July While Exports Decline

   South Africa

SA, US Discuss Pork Issues


Estonia Reports More ASF in Wild Boar


New Company Setting Good Example in Food Waste Battle

   European Union

€500 million Agricultural Aid Package not Enough, say MEPs
EU Pig Prices: Friendly in the North, Weaker in the South
EU Farm Ministers Agree Extra Measures for Agricultural Markets
Guidelines Issued on Use of Antimicrobials in Veterinary Medicine


ASF Discovered in More Zimbabwe Swine


ASF Reported in More Latvian Farmed Pigs


Nanotechnology in Agriculture Presents Opportunities, Challenges


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