Thursday, 26 February 2015

Sweden Highly Critical of Danish Pig Production


This is Denmark's oldest newspaper, rescued by a consortium including one of the world's great shipowners, sold to the Norwegians and all now under British ownership. So, the journalists know their subject.

The report, in full, explains in disturbing detail the background to some of the strange statistics coming from the pig industry in Denmark, Britain and elsewhere.

This is the last subject Britain's hypocritical veterinary establishment wanted explored.

That's tough, it is going to get an airing.

This is part of the scandal of the century - sick pigs spreading disease, including MRSA, into the hospitals.

Be sure to read in full here



POLICY   02/24/15, KL. 09:50

EL thunders against Danish pig producers: Stop the mass killing Unity votes in the Swedish chorus that is highly critical of the Danish pig production. There must be an end to masseaflivningen in
Danish stables, it said.

By: Michael Alsen Lauridsen, Berlingske News

There is a need to do away with the idea of ??quantity in the Danish pig farms. Instead, the focus is to breed quality pork under proper conditions...

...The debate is based, among other things, that the Danish pig producers have made calculations showing that it is not viable to keep piglets weighing less than two pounds at birth alive. Critics of our neighbor, neither is it particularly humanely when pig killing piglets by beating piglet heads on concrete floors in barns...



Monday, 23 February 2015

Pig MRSA - The Secret Pig Factories - Denmark & Scotland


In the midst of yet another superbug crisis in Californian hospitals, the American press reference the British government report:

"A British report in December found that, in the U.S. and Europe alone, more than 50,000 lives are claimed annually from infections such as MRSA and CRE, the bacteria associated with the UCLA crisis. (The acronym stands for “carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.”) By 2050, the report warned, such infections will kill 10 million people worldwide each year unless we address antibiotic resistance."

Britain needs to live up to its words.

You can read more on CRE in California here.

Denmark's Kjeld Hansen is also reporting on MRSA cc398 in an article entitled "The Secret Pig Factories." You can read Hansen's report in full here.

In the midst of a, doubtless justified, complaint about secrecy, he illuminates a potential solution to the problem of MRSA in pigs and how secrecy impedes the process

"Eastern High Court has ruled that the Ministry's list of MRSACC398 Pigs infected plants must remain secret...

...These producers have a legitimate claim to be able to guard against infection when purchasing weaners and breeding stock trades. With the strategy of secrecy fails L & F these members, and there are already Zealand pig farmers who are considering downloading clean piglets in Sweden to ensure their MRSA-free status..."

Mr Hanson is right, the rush is now on to locate "clean" pigs to re-populate a new re-organised improved pig farming.

Although also impeded by secrecy, Scotland is still ahead of the game in one way, with detailed proposals for an Islay High Health Pig Farm outlined on the newsgroup uk.business.agriculture in a number of posts over many months.

The island should be working to claim their share and Scotland must also press ahead with the parallel reforms to the industry across Scotland. We will elaborate on the nature of these later.

In the meantime, England has, at least, owned up to MRSA st398 in its pigs, although not the scale or duration. However, reform of the industry is clearly under way in some bitter trench warfare.

Almost alone in the world, Scotland has still not yet admitted MRSA in its pigs, let alone the scale or duration of the crisis, and its bloated pompous veterinary industry still needs to be dragged into the
process of reform.

The pieces of the jigsaw of porcine MRSA solutions are falling into place with the Scottish island of Islay taking pride of place with a very real prospect of leading the pack.

You can find the ideas behind the Islay High Health Pig Farm outlined in a series of posts on uk.business.agriculture: use the search function, we suggest "Islay" will  bring all the relevant posts to hand.

Obviously, if the project gathers pace, much more detailed reports and proposals will be necessary, and we wait developments - especially Scotland's admission of the problem and, eventually the location of some clean starter stock. Mr Hansen's pig farming contacts think Sweden. The writer thinks Norway: either is possible as are other locations that escaped the worst features of intensification and globalisation of pig farming.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Norway - Pig MRSA - Update


Now we wait to see. Have the Norwegians got pig MRSA trapped?

Can the slaughter policy work?

If it can, they have a pig MRSA eradication policy and a world class premium product.

The rest of Europe will have a success to copy and a source of 'clean pigs' to restock their own MRSA riddled herds.

As always read in full here.


Authorities order slaughter of 3,000 pigs
February 19, 2015

Norwegian food safety authorities have confirmed the presence of the dangerous bacteria staphylococcus on a large pig farm in Nord-Trøndelag. All 3,000 animals on the farm, which was not identified, must be slaughtered...


...The authorities were running tests on livestock at 16 other farms that had contact with the infected swine. Twelve of the farms are in Nord-Trøndelag, two are in Troms, one in Sør-Trondeland and one in Nordland.


Thursday, 19 February 2015

Pig MRSA in Norway


We have confirmation that one pig herd in Norway has been found to have MRSA cc398 . That must come as a huge disappointment. Norway was almost clear.

The enlightened Norwegian state veterinarians have immediately reported the situation and are busy testing contacts.

We await a similar frankness from Scotland, where the MRSA pig health situation is much worse, with no transparency and medieval procedures .

They can't hold out much longer covering up a public health disaster, now that England has owned up.

Norwegian government report here. As always read in full

Confirmed findings of LA-MRSA in a swine herd in Nord-Trondelag

Published 18/02/2015 | Last modified 02/19/2015   

FSA has today been confirmed LA-MRSA in a swine herd in North Trøndelag. It's imposed restrictions on the crew, which means that it can not be led swine or out...

...All MRSA variants can be transmitted between humans and animals. Bacterium rare disease in animals and healthy people, but for peoplewho already have impaired health may bacterium cause serious infections. It is therefore important to keep incidence in livestock and in the population as low as possible and to prevent the bacterium establishes itself in health institutions...

- Efforts to identify and take samples of contact herds are wellunderway. We expect answers to the first tests in the end of this week, says regional director of the FSA, Bjorn Rothe Knudtsen. Animals in the affected herds can be sent to slaughter. After emptying the
barns shall be washed and disinfected.

It's imposed restrictions on 15 contact husbandry. Contact animal groups there are two in Troms, one in Nordland, and one in South Trøndelag and the remaining twelve Nord-Trøndelag.

Monitoring program in 2015

In March starts FSA, in cooperation with the National Veterinary Institute, this year's monitoring program for LA-MRSA in pigs in Norway.




Saturday, 14 February 2015

MRSA - Danes in trouble exporting pork to China?


You can see why Scotland is so keen to continue to cover up MRSA in its pigs and tries to block knowledge of the proposed Islay High Health Pig Farm.

Once you own up to a pig MRSA problem the repercussions can get serious very quickly and span the world.

No excuse, of course, but it does help explain the ridiculous, dangerous and unethical behaviour of Scotland's bloated veterinary sector.

But there is no virtue in being the last to confess the problem and very little hope of blaming the Danes.

Scotland was still importing live pigs from Denmark recently - and has a history of exporting porcine diseases south to England!

Examining the recent past, and frankly examining it, helps us devise solutions to the coming storm.

Here is the talented commentator and journalist Kjeld Hansen on the troubles in the  Denmark-China pork trade:


Friday, 13 February 2015

Pig MRSA in English from the Danes


The Danes are now publishing increasingly in English about MRSA.

The massive scale of the problem facing Britain and the NHS seems to hit harder when it comes in your own language.

As always, read in full.

Politken here.

DISEASE 12. FEBRUARY 2015 KL. 7.10
Twice as many infected with porcine MRSA last year
Professor demand clean production lines to reduce the prevalence

FLEMMING CHRISTIANSEN
When a person is infected with the bacterium porcine MRSA, it means
that the bacterium has been dwelling in the body, the liver and to
multiply there. And it will not just disappear right away. Not even if
you stay away from pigs....

The Local here

MRSA cases in Denmark doubled in just one year
Published: 12 Feb 2015 08:16 GMT+01:00

The variant of MRSA that can be transmitted from livestock to humans
used to account for just two percent of all MRSA cases but in 2014 the
pig-borne bacteria accounted for 43 percent - "an epidemic that is out
control", an expert warned...



Thursday, 12 February 2015

Pig MRSA - Waiting for Scotland


Scotland remains more or less the only country still claiming to be free of Porcine MRSA in its pigs.

England owned up a week ago and very slowly the farming and veterinary media published, playing the significance down, of course, and with most of the really important information behind password protection.

However, they did own up. They are not in the clear, far from it, but at least they have allowed us to campaign for proper protection for the hospitals, with the admission that MRSA is here and in the pigs and people.

Where is Scotland?

Is Edinburgh planning to go into what will be a fractious general election hiding up an animal disease killing kids?

There is no hope of getting the proposed Islay High Health Pig Farm under way, until the problem, the need, and the scale is admitted.

Come on, Scotland!