Blogs

BLOG: Viral matters

There have been a number of matters relating to viral infections in pigs that have tickled my interest recently. Swine influenza – It is the time of year when the seasons are changing and soon we will be entering the darker, colder six months of the year, when respiratory infections are rife. La...

COLUMN: Unfair war on grain use in petfoods

People are entitled to have any view regarding canine nutrition and put it into practice, provided that no harm is done. In the US pet market, grain-free food is a very popular trend at the moment. Well-formulated, grain-free foods provide good nutrition for dogs. However, it is reprehensible to rej...

BLOG: UK to monitor antibiotic usage – a simpler model for the EU?

Several member states (MS) have already set up antibiotic usage monitoring systems on pig farms and the UK is about to start. Our Red Tractor Assurance Pig Scheme is introducing the requirement to monitor antimicrobial usage on an annual basis from 1st of October 2014. The UK was one of the first to...

Commentary: Foster Farms and the US Salmonella outbreaks

Chick-Cite has commented recently on the ongoing investigation of outbreaks of Salmonella Heidelberg attributed to products allegedly produced by Foster Farms. Investigations by federal and state officials have failed to demonstrate any direct relationship between production procedures and cases of ...

BLOG: Consumerism – analysis or just more politics?

We are all consumers but I have to say I was disappointed when the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) ‘The Consumer Voice in Europe’ recently issued their report: ‘Antibiotics use in livestock: Time to act.’ In the UK we have a very active consumer organisation WHICH? It is highly respected as it...

Blog: Ranking of antimicrobials in pig production

The European Commission (EC) has asked the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to look at ranking of antibiotics in veterinary medicine and this is still under discussion. The British Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) has come out with their own ranking, to support the responsible use of antibacterials in pi...

Blog: The Five Freedoms – outdated and simply wrong

I have not heard anyone criticise the Five Freedoms. They are so well known that they have their own Wikipedia page (see below). I don’t want to say they are dumb, but they are simple minded. And, simply, wrong. In this series, I will take them one at a time. And I will offer an alternative to ...

Innovation: The driving force in modern poultry farming

Without innovation it would be impossible to keep pace with the growing global demand for poultry products, meat as well as eggs. Innovation is based on in depth knowledge of growing and keeping poultry.  This applies to all aspects, such as incubation, health, nutrition, housing, processing  and so...

BLOG: PEDV – A disaster waiting to happen in the EU

Although we have African Swine Fever (ASF) knocking on our Eastern door, Europe needs to wake up to the devastation Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV) is causing in North America and to prepare itself. Having just come back from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians meeting in Dalla...

BLOG: Diseases running west

There is a somewhat unwanted parallel between North America and Europe at the moment, as in both continents, feared pig diseases are around – and they are moving west. In Europe, African Swine Fever (ASF) has entered the European Union. At the moment of writing, the virus was confirmed in three wild...

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