Antibiotic use on U.S. livestock farms is going to change due consumer perceptions of mis- or overuse, as well as because of the continued growth of antibiotic resistance.
How did we get to this point, and where do we go from here? Will livestock producers have to say goodbye to all antibiotics in their operations? The short answer is, no. Animal health experts agree that complete removal of antibiotics would create negative animal welfare issues.
The National Pork Board will host the annual Pork Management Conference, June 14-17, in Clearwater, Fla., for producers to gain insight on industry trends and financial management practices to improve the performance and efficiency of their operation....More
African swine fever is an emerging disease threat for the swine industry worldwide. No ASF vaccine is available, and progress is hindered by lack of knowledge concerning the extent of ASFV strain diversity and the viral antigens responsible for protection in the pig. Available data from vaccination/challenge experiments in pigs indicate ASF protective immunity may be hemadsorption inhibition serotype-specific....More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine took the first step toward rescinding its approval of the use of carbadox to treat swine because the drug may leave trace amounts of a carcinogenic residue....More
The nation’s two main hog producer organizations welcomed the findings of a White House advisory panel in a report issued last week offering recommendations for addressing antibiotic-resistant bacteria....More
The President’s Advisory Committee on Combating Antibiotic-Resistance Bacteria reviewed a draft report to determine progress since President Obama issued the “National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.”...More
The USDA’s Animal and Plant and Health Inspection Service will end reimbursement of the costs related to testing of samples for SECD, including PEDV, for samples received by participating diagnostic labs after April 30....More
While PEDV can be eradicated out of individual breeding herds utilizing herd closure, feedback, improved sanitation and in some cases vaccine, the biggest question is how to deal with the incoming naïve gilts back into the herd....More
Many families will be gathering together this next week for Easter, and some of the best times together will be spent around the table — feasting and sharing life’s stories, successes, trials, and tribulations.
Chances are that table talk may also involve the actual feast in front of the hungry guests, and hopefully that feast will have a nice ham as the center of attention. That ham may also come with a side of how the ham got from the farm to the table....More
Antibiotics are a necessity in today’s livestock and human health care; however, how and to what extent they are used is evolving as concerns arise about overuse in food animals and drug-resistant bacteria in both man and animal....More
Lameness is a swine production issue that all hog farms encounter. While the cause can vary, it becomes not only an important area of focus for an animal's well-being, but also a reoccurring problem that can cripple profits....More
Nearly 300 National Pork Industry Forum delegates, pig farmers and U.S. pork industry staff gathered to learn more about the upcoming regulatory changes, legislation and leading industry issues that will shape the future of the pork business.
Consumer-driven changes to agriculture and the hog industry are not going away, and the antibiotic-use issue is only the latest. Producers need to be front and center on promoting the responsible animal care principles implemented....More
The first few hours of life can define the lifetime performance of a pig. A weak pig will also struggle, especially as it is exposed to an array of antigens and environmental stresses as it grows....More
The Swine Health Monitoring Project’s principles are grounded in bringing both short- and long-term value to participants and the U.S. swine industry as a whole. In the short term, the SHMP helps determine incidence of pathogens important to the industry and helps identify risk factors associated with infection at the system and aggregate levels....More
The National Pork Producers Council urges Congress to work with the Obama administration to improve the preparedness of the United States to deal with a foreign pest infestation or disease outbreak....More