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Monday 12th December 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Resistance to Drug of Last Resort Found in US Pig

A new study has discovered, for the first time, bacteria that carry a transmissible carbapenem resistance gene in a pig in the US.

Carbapenems are not used in US agriculture due to their importance to human health.

"It's a surprise that they would show up in livestock," said Thomas Wittum, PhD, Professor and Chair of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University.

The investigators used gauze swabs to obtain samples from floors and walls of pens, as well as swiffers, to collect environmental and faecal samples from a 1,500 sow, farrow-to-finish pig farm during four visits over five months. 

Commenting on the finding, the National Pork Board stated that an important takeaway from the study is that the US pork supply is safe, as the resistant gene was not found in a market hog.

The Pork Checkoff is also eager to analyse the findings, including how resistant gene samples were found in one barn, on one site without any confirmed indication of how the resistant gene got there.

Ohio State University researchers acknowledge that it is unknown how the carbapenem resistant bacteria was introduced to the facility and that it could have been introduced by an outside source. 

In disease news, African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported on another Ukrainian pig farm located close to the border with Moldova.

Russia has also reported more outbreaks in wild boar, including an outbreak at a zoo in Khotynetsky, Orlovskaya region.

Here, all 17 wild boar at the zoo were destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease. The source of the outbreak is unknown.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Optimise Sow Performance Through Efficient Mineral Supplementation
For many decades the focus for sow farmers has been on increasing the number of total weaned piglets per sow per year. This number has been steadily rising, with more and more farmers now reaching the impressive number of 35 piglets weaned per sow per year. However, society has become more concerned about animal welfare, increasing the pressure on farmers to house gestating sows in groups, reduce lameness in sows and improve the vitality of piglets, writes Mieke Zoon , Pancosma.

Nutriad 2016 UK & Ireland Mycotoxin Survey in Wheat
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by farm and companion animals.

Company News

Nutriad Poised for Further Growth in Myanmar
MYANMAR - Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad proudly participated in the Agrilivestock trade show that took place from December 7 thru 9 in Yangon, Myanmar.
The Value and Risks of Online Communities in the Social Media Era: Minimizing Brand and Financial Damage During a Crisis
CANADA - Remarks by Adrian Moss, Focus Business Communications, United Kingdom at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
Halamid® Approved for Veterinary/Food/Feed Applications in Greece
GREECE - The Greek Authority for Medicinal products and Disinfectants (EOF) has recently approved Halamid® for Veterinary applications and Food and Feed areas in their country.
Enriched Pens Linked to Less Gestational Stress, Lower Piglet Mortality
GLOBAL - Housing sows in enriched pens can reduce stress and have a positive impact on the development and survival rate of piglets, according to scientists.
Pork Commentary: Agromek Denmark
DENMARK - Last week was the Agromek show in Denmark. This is our report and observations, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
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Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Ventilation Guide Now Available for Pig Farmers
Farmers Advised to Plan Strategy Now Before Downturn
Bright Ideas to Shape the Future of Farming Wanted

   Canada

CETA Offers Opportunity for Canadian Pork to Distinguish Itself in Europe
Environmental Enrichment Improves Behavioral and Physiological Responses in Pigs
Microbiome Research Offers New Line of Defense Against Pig Diseases
Pork Producers Advised to Be Aware of Approvals and Doses When Administrating Pain Control Drugs to Pigs
Trade Talks with Japan Key in Event TPP Fails

   United States

Hog Outlook: 2017 Mid-Point Hog Price Projected Down
US Antibiotic-Resistant Gene Finding Not in Market Hog
Resistance to Drug of Last Resort Found in Farm Animals in US
Slowing Chinese Pork Imports Expected to Challenge North America in 2017
US Pork Cutout Outperforms Last Year's Levels
Lower Yen and Peso Expected to Pressure US Pork Exports Demand

   Russian Federation

African Swine Fever Reported in Russian Zoo

   Mexico

Mexico Hog Market

   European Union

EU Weaner Prices Hold Firm
EU Pig Prices: Quotations Continue Increasing

   Spain

Spanish Pork Exports Continue Growth

   Ukraine

Ukraine Reports Further ASF Outbreaks

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