Blogs

BLOG: Antibiotic surveys and their significance?

We have recently completed a survey of antimicrobial usage in the UK. Following on from this, I have tried to establish the usage of cephalosporins in pigs and their comparative impact on resistance in pig pathogens and potentially human pathogens. BPEX, the UK pig levy-payers association recently s...

BLOG: PEDv - what can we expect this winter?

If we look at past data on a monthly basis, it is likely that the US is in for a marked increase of PEDv cases this winter. The severe cold makes it extremely difficult to wash, clean and disinfect trucks transporting pigs and I think we can expect an increase in cases over the next few months possi...

Do farmers influence milk prices?

As farmers we always took the advice from some farmers unions to take the lead in setting milk prices. But what is the reality? It is clear that the market has a big influence on the level of milk prices. We are happy that at this moment milk markets are demand driven and less supply driven as was t...

Scarce resources will limit growth dairy production

Dairy farmers in Europe are gearing up and making plans for expansion towards the end of the quota system in 2015. At the same time farmers in New Zealand are intensifying production year round and farmers in countries in the developing world are trying to keep up with the expanding demand for milk ...

Blog: New medicated feed regulation proposals

The European Commission has issued its new proposals on medicated feeds. What does it mean for the EU pig industry? Each Member State seems to have different regulations and these proposals, which are being sent to the European Parliament and Council for approval, are trying to harmonise some of the...

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...

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