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Monday 16th November 2015.
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World Antibiotic Awareness Week Urges Farming Industry to Make a Difference

This week (16-22 November) marks the world's first World Antibiotic Awareness Week, launched to raise awareness of best practice for using antibiotics, to reduce the risks of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics and to prolong their effectiveness.

To mark this special week, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is making publicly available a dedicated internet portal, along with new posters and infographics, to enable national authorities, veterinarians, breeders and animal owners to take a more effective role in counteracting the major threat to public health posed by antimicrobial resistance.

"Ensuring the responsible and prudent use of antibiotics for animals is essential to protect their effectiveness, not only for animal health and animal welfare but also for human health. This is why we need better controls on the production, registration, importation, distribution and use of antibiotics, as well as good legislation, qualified veterinarians and a well-organised veterinary profession to oversee their use in animals," said Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General of the OIE.

In the UK, the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) Antimicrobial Sub-group and the Pig Veterinary Society have published a new guide to help pig producers cut their antimicrobial use.

Sub-group chairman John FitzGerald said: “The PHWC supports the responsible use of antibiotics. This means minimising the need to use antibiotics by managing the farm to reduce the risk of disease challenge and using them properly to maintain animal health and welfare.

“We are delighted to launch this guidance which will help vets and farmers to review their antibiotic use regularly and to consider ways in which this could be optimised without harming the pigs.”

In other news, MSD Animal Health has entered into an agreement to acquire Harrisvaccines, a privately-held company that develops, manufactures and sells vaccines for food production and companion animals. 

Rick DeLuca, president, MSD Animal Health, explained: “Combining Harrisvaccines’ R&D and portfolio of products with our strong capabilities and global reach will enable us to address even more devastating diseases that are impacting production animals and reinforce our commitment to the science of healthier animals.”

In disease news, there were African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks in Russia, Poland and Latvia over the past week.

In Latvia and Poland, the outbreaks effected wild boar. In Russia, outbreaks effected both wild boar and farmed pigs.

The Russian veterinary authority Rosselkhoznador accused the EU this week of ignoring advice on ASF control.

Rosselkhoznador said that the agency’s advice had “not been heard” and as a consequence ASF got a foothold in the Baltic states and Ukraine and had spread rapidly.

The agency said it was particularly concerned about the control of the disease and the efforts to slaughter affected animals in Latvia and Estonia in areas bordering Pskov and Leningrad regions in Russia, where there are a large number of pig farms.

Also this week, veterinarians John Carr and Mark Howells discuss the importance of truck hygiene in keeping ASF off your farms.

Part three of a four part series, African Swine Fever – Keep it Out - Truck Hygiene looks in detail at how to inspect trucks entering your farm and why it is important.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Dual Infections of Feeder Pigs with PRRSV Followed by Porcine Respiratory Coronavirus or Swine Influenza Virus
Clinical effects of a porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) infection may be exacerbated when a concurrent infection with common respiratory viruses occurs.

Lysozyme as Alternative to Antibiotics Improves Nursery Pig Performance During Indirect Immune Challenge
Lysozyme is a 1,4-?-N-acetylmuramidase that has antimicrobial properties. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of lysozyme and antibiotics on growth performance and immune response during an indirect immune challenge, write W. T. Oliver, J. E. Wells, and C. V. Maxwell, from the USDA, US Meat Animal Research Center and the University of Arkansas.

Pigs That Are Lean, Not Mean: Phytogenics - Enhancing growth, naturally
Phytogenics are materials of plant origin such as herbs, spices, essential oils or other plant extracts. They have been used for thousands of years for everyday purposes as well as for their specific properties as natural remedies, writes Christine Hunger.

Company News

IPPE Ranks in TSNN’s Top 25 Fastest Growing Trade Shows, Based on Net Square Feet
US - The 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) was recently recognised by “Trade Show News Network” as being in their Top 25 Fastest Growing Trade Shows, based on net square feet.
Mexico Market Report
MEXICO - FAO estimates higher meat production during the coming 10 years due to the trend of the low grain prices in terms of USD, as has happened during this year, writes Carlos A. Peralta, President Genesus Mexico.
MSD Animal Health to Acquire Harrisvaccines
US - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) has entered into an agreement to acquire Harrisvaccines, a privately-held company that develops, manufactures and sells vaccines for food production and companion animals.
MSD Animal Health Honors New Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research
VIET NAM - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) is proud to announce the presentation of awards to four young scientists at the Global Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research Alliance (GFRA) 2015 Scientific Meeting held in Hanoi Vietnam, in honor of their research in disease-endemic areas.
MSD Animal Health Announces European Commission Approval of First Intradermal Vaccine Against Porcine Circovirus Type 2
EU - Swine producers can now protect their piglets against three major swine diseases with a needle-free intradermal device from MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada).
2016 IPPE Exceeds 1200 Exhibitors
US - With two months remaining until the trade show, the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has surpassed 1200 exhibitors with more than 456,000 net square feet of exhibit space.
Pork Commentary: Tough Week for Hog Markets
CANADA - December Lean Hog Futures fell $4.20 this past week. February declined $4.45. Cash hogs dropped 6¢ lb. or $13.00 per head. Sucks to be a pig farm as we now have the lowest hog prices in 6 years, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
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   United States

Hog Outlook: WASDE Predicts Increase in US Meat Production
Undercover Investigation Reveals Abuse at a US Pig Slaughterhouse
Understanding Calcium Absorption Helps Create Better Pig Diets
Consumers Encouraged to Celebrate “Porksgiving” This Holiday Season
CME: Feed Prices Looking Favourable for Livestock Producers
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
September US Pork Exports Were Stellar
CME: Consumer Meat Demand Strong
CME: Total Beef, Pork and Poultry Production Estimates Down
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   United Kingdom

Scotland Considers Making PED Notifiable
Technology Investment to "Unlock Farming's Potential"
UK Pork Imports Fall in September
Animal Welfare Research Receives Funding Boost
New Guide to Help UK Pig Farmers Cut Antibiotic Use
UK Compound Pig Feed Production on the Up
Lords Look at Creating Resilient EU Agriculture Sector


World Antibiotic Awareness Week Alerts Animal Owners to Risks
US and Canada Pork Exports Fall
African Swine Fever – Keep it Out - Truck Hygiene
Could Self-Disseminating Vaccines Cut Animal Disease Spread?

   Russian Federation

Russian Reports More ASF
Russia Accuses EU of Ignoring Advice on Controls for ASF
Russia Reports New ASF Outbreak in Pigs

   European Union

EU Agricultural Exports Increase in Value
EU Pig Prices: Market Unsettled in Germany


New African Swine Fever Cases Reported in Latvia

   New Zealand

EU, New Zealand Boost Trade with New Veterinary Agreement


Pork Producers Advised to Prepare for Antibiotic Changes
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Poland Reports New ASF Outbreak


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