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ThePigSite Newsletter - 23 November 2015

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Monday 23rd November 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Resistance to 'Last-Resort' Antibiotic Found in China

Concluding our coverage of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (16-23 November), scientists in China reported that they have found increased levels of resistance to an antimicrobial drug used when other drugs have failed.

The report, in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, explained how the scientists were conducting routine surveillance for antibiotic resistance in E. coli when they found the resistant specimen in a pig.

The resistance gene was found in 15 per cent of E. coli collected from raw meat samples, 21 per cent of samples from animals and 1 per cent of samples from inpatients with infection.

Australia announced that it is developing new antibiotic prescribing guidelines for livestock.

The Australian Veterinary Association and Animal Medicines Australia are joining forces to develop the best practice antibiotic prescribing guidelines.

“There are already Australian evidence-based guidelines for dogs and cats. With this project kicking off in 2016, we will now also have guidelines for horses, sheep, pigs, poultry and cattle,” said Animal Medicines Australia CEO, Duncan Bremner.

In Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) news, Joel Harris, US Head of Sales and Marketing for Harrisvaccines, spoke to ThePigSite about the presence of the PED virus around the world, including the Philippines, and what is being done to combat it. You can watch the interview with Joel, here.

In our African Swine Fever (ASF) update, ASF has been reported in wild boar in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia over the past week. It was also discovered in Ukrainian village pigs. 

While some believe Belarus has been staying quiet on ASF outbreaks in the country, a local newspaper reported that the Head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Office for Eastern Europe, Kazimieras Lukauskas, has praised Belarus on its ASF measures.

“I think the measures taken in Belarus to prevent ASF are exemplary. The level of protection at Belarusian farms and pig-breeding facilities is very high. All the measures set out in our regulations are met. Individual farmers also ensure a high level of protection,” said Kazimieras Lukauskas.

Also this week, in Part Four of their series, veterinarians John Carr and Mark Howells discuss the importance of people in keeping ASF off your farm.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Seasonal Variation in Sperm Characteristics of Boars in Southern Uruguay
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of season, natural photoperiod, and room temperature at the housing facility on boar semen characteristics in Uruguay (34º66'S; 56º29'W).

Mycotoxin Survey 2014 - Focus on Russian Poultry and Swine Feed
The State Scientific Institution All-Russian Poultry Research and Technology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences will implement multiple mycotoxin detection to help better understand threats to livestock.

How to Keep Pigs Comfortable through Weaning
A pig’s environment can be a deciding factor in long-term productivity. By providing quality water, nutrition and air, weaned pigs have a greater potential to transition smoothly through weaning and reach the finish line.

Company News

Canada Market Report
CANADA - Ontario producers are by and large coming off a marvelous fall for harvest. They have been blessed with mostly favourable weather for getting fall work done and a bountiful harvest, with lots of comments ranging from crop far better than expected to (particularly for corn) one of their best crops ever, writes Bob Fraser, Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario.
Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit Returning to 2016 IPPE
US - The eighth annual Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit will be held during the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
PEDv Global Insights: Investment Being Made for Future
ANALYSIS - Joel Harris, Harrisvaccines Head of Sales and Marketing, shared insights regarding Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) from his recent global travels.
Pork Commentary: Hog Market Train Wreck Continues
US - The collapse of the US Cash Hog Market continued last week with 53–54 per cent lean hogs dropping 7¢ (64.19 to 57.66) or about $14 per head, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Intelligence Forum Returning to 2016 IPPE
US – Input costs, global competition and increasing regulatory requirements present ever-changing challenges for the poultry and egg industry.
Genesus Appoints General Manager for South East Asia
GLOBAL - Genesus, a leader in hyperprolific Yorkshire and Landrace maternal lines and Duroc Terminals and the world’s largest registrar of high health purebred genetics, has announced that Paul Anderson, Genesus International Sales Manager has been given the added responsibility of General Manager Genesus South East Asia, excluding the Philippines where Todd Thurman, Global Strategic Account Manager will continue as Country Manager.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 23 November 2015
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 17 November 2015

Global Pig Industry News


More Ukrainian Pigs Farms Hit With ASF

   United States

Hog Outlook: October Retail Pork Prices Up from September
Allendale, Inc. Issues Cold Storage, Cattle on Feed Estimates
CME: Decline in Meat Prices Not Reflected at Retailers
US Pork Industry Committed to Responsible Antibiotics Use
Live by the Belly, Die by the Belly
New Infographic Explains Antibiotic Use on Pig Farms
US Food Regulators Ask, "What is Natural?"


Timeliness Key to Ensuring Humane Euthanasia of Pigs
New Canadian Agriculture Minister Gets Stuck In
WTO Approval of High Tariffs Offer Best Hope for Resolution of M-COOL Issue
Pig Enrichment Need Not Be Complex or Costly
Increased Communication, Biosecurity Credited with Helping Contain PED
What will a Liberal Government Mean for Canadian Agriculture?

   United Kingdom

Christmas GammonWatch to Name and Shame Misleading Labelling
Slaughtering Pigs on TB Suspicion is Over-the-Top, says NPA
How to Avoid the 8 Big Mistakes When Selling to Supermarkets
UK Shoppers Urged to Buy British Gammon this Christmas
Later Weaning Helps Reduce Piglet Mortality


Latvia Reports 13 New ASF Outbreaks


Resistance to 'Last-Resort' Antibiotic Found in China
Glowing Nanotubes Can Show When Meat Has Spoiled
Scientists Modify Pig Gene to Produce an Important Human Protein
China to Develop Animal Welfare Standards


Estonia Reports 30 New ASF Outbreaks


African Swine Fever – Keep it Out - The People Factor
HealthforAnimals Promote the Responsible Use of Antibiotics


Australia Develops New Antibiotic Prescribing Guidelines for Livestock
ALDI Supporting Australian Pig Farmers this Christmas

   European Union

More Measures Announced to Ease CAP Burden


France Suffers Decline in Pork Trade


Lithuania Reports New ASF Outbreaks


Belarus Praised for ASF Measures


Philippines Agriculture Industry Growing Despite Bad Weather


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