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Proudly I welcome you to the new and improved website DairyGlobal.net. 2014 is the year that Reed Business Information added a new multimedia brand to its portfolio. Targeting dairy farmers worldwide with in depth information about farm strategy, keynote interviews, health, nutrition and farm report...

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...

Is milk production growth as high as expected?

As President of Global Dairy Farmers (www.globaldairyfarmers.com), a farmer and a consultant, the access to the Global Dairy Farmers network provides me great insights on global dairy developments. It is my pleasure to present to you my thoughts on global dairy topics in this first issue of Dairy Gl...

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 ...

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