Friday, 24 October 2014

Better disease management would have cut £20m from FMD losses

This is the first time we have seen this new research and the conclusions are absolutely right, except that it was much more than 20 million sterling and the problems started much earlier.

But more importantly, it is British and American universities (Nottingham and Pennsylvania State University), working together to re-investigate aspects of the 2001 British Foot and Mouth epidemic and publishing the lessons.

Even more importantly, it is given publicity by Pig World.

Britain's agricultural ministry's Defra's iron grip on the farming media is starting to slip.

Once, Britain relied instead on very capable, personable and experienced managers making on the spot decisions and having the gravitas, experience and self-confidence to change them as necessary as the situation developed. It was indeed the adaptive management system, although we were more accustomed to call it "commonsense."

It worked. You saw something like that in Ottawa earlier this week.

"Cometh the hour, cometh the man."

Pre-set emergency plans came in with the EU, and they don't work. Only a substandard manager would even want to work them.

In 2000, we were apparently penalised for being in the vicinity of CSF infected farms, it was true we were in the vicinity.  But, not only were our pigs clean (confirmed by government test) but the real reason was that we refused to allow a very senior government veterinarian from Scotland to force us to cooperate with her in faking tests. She threatened my wife for politely refusing.

We complained, concerned that an impostor was on the loose during an epidemic. Nothing was done, except more threats from the top of MAFF. (MAFF was then the name of what is now Defra.)

MAFF then mounted a punishment killing of the pigs followed by a cover-up. The resulting investigation was transfered to Edinburgh at the insistence of MAFF and, without participation by us, exonerated all those involved, as you would expect.

Britain would need more capable and honest officials to run an adaptive management system. We don't have them at the top of the government veterinary service. They are still covering up zoonotic disease spreading to humans..

But Defra's infrastructure of cronies, dependents, dubious charities, libellers, stalkers and supporters is now crumbling.

The very informative 'Pig World' article is here. Be sure to read in full.

Better disease management would have cut £20m from FMD losses

October 21, 2014

The cost of the UK's 2001 foot and mouth outbreak would have been £20 million less if adaptive management methods had been used, accordingto new UK/USA research findings...

Thursday, 23 October 2014

MRSA st398 - As Islay listens. the parallel Bornholm project gets criticism

The Danish Greens are reacting to Denmark Crown's Bornholm project by suspecting a red herring.

The Danish government and pig industry are in desperate trouble with porcine MRSA and antibiotic resistance spreading to the public, exporting infected pigs and pork is also a source of much criticism.

The Greens think the whole scheme to produce antibiotic free pork from healthy pigs on the island of Bornholm for sale at a premium price, is merely an attempt to be seen to be doing something.

That will be part of the explanation, of course, the Danes are indeed desperate to be seen to be doing something.

Britain, and in particular Scotland, is in the same position. They will have to own up to porcine MRSA in the pigs soon, also importing and exporting infected pigs and pork, and need to be seen to do something too.

So not only are the scheme proposed by the writer as the Islay High Health Pig Farm, and the Bornholm scheme very similar, with the same rationale and objectives, they both meet similar political and public health imperatives.

Edinburgh will have noticed and may well be considering asking Danish Crown for help and even investment. Scots, and British generally, eat much Danish pork.

Now, those interested need to read what the writer actually said about the scheme that he eventually labelled "the "Islay High Health Pig Farm." They can ignore the occasional bursts of humour as he was stalked, defamed and harassed.

They need to read the man, not his, now panicky, detractors, who seemed to think they could speak for Islay and turn away employment and prosperity by harassing the proposer.

Much was invented by the Islay birdwatchers in order to try to rubbish the scheme.

It was a high quality safe scientific operation offering good jobs for a wide range of skills on Islay, meeting a need, and expected to generate a profit. The writer has an impeccable business record in start-ups, PLCs, joint ventures with British and EU companies.

The defamations can easily be put to rest, by checking with Companies House.

So the allegation of it being a red herring is wrong in the case of the Islay High Health Pig Farm, whatever may be true in Denmark.

The Danes, in the face of a disaster, are finally getting it right. Scotland can do the same.

Further information on the development of the original proposals for the Islay High Health Pig Farm can be found on the newsgroup

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Danish Crown sell antibiotic-free pork

Now this is a pig business we like - making money from addressing the very real problem of antibiotic resistance sensibly.

Danish Crown are using the remote island of Bornholm (remote from the rest of Denmark it is in the Baltic between Sweden and Poland) to produce antibiotic free pigs and pork.

The customer very sensibly wants antibiotic free pork, and that is what Denmark's major producer is starting to sell, for a premium price.

The writer suggested something similar for the Scottish island of Islay back in April 2012. The demand is there, Scottish pigs have been sick for years and producers are even reduced to bringing breeding stock in from Denmark hoping that they might be healthier than local sources.

Like Bonholm, Islay has the essential remoteness. We found a source of feed, even suggested sources for the finance. The island needs the jobs to keep the next generation home on the island, but the local
birdwatchers objected to the suggestion and we gave up under a barrage of disinformation and harassment.

It all on the newsgroup You can use Google Groups and search for "Islay High Health Pig Farm"

So the Danes take a crown that could have been Scotland's, as well as suffering from MRSA st398, they have also been trying to find some profitable solutions.

But it is never too late, maybe the Islay project could be resurrected by someone else?

As always, read the Danish report in full, here. remembering that it is a mechanical translation.

Danish Crown will sell pork without antibiotics

By Soren Hansen Tobberup

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:16

Five pig farmers on the island trying to antibiotic-free herds.Sick animals are treated and removed.

Danish Crown is now entering in the fight to reduce the levels of antibiotics.

It occurs when the slaughterhouse giant from December 1 launch attempt when five Bornholm pig farmers should produce slaughter pigs without the use of antibiotics. It appears from the DC newsletter.

"The current debate has inspired us to establish partnerships with a handful of pig farmers to gain greater knowledge of what it takes to produce slaughter pigs without the use of antibiotics," says CEO of DC Pork, Jesper Friis.

The five pig on the island include an integrated production and more finishers productions...

Transmission and persistence of livestock-associated MRSA among veterinarians and their household members.

Today, we get more confirmation that veterinarians are a vector for transfer of LA-MRSA.

Readers can find many references to the problem, on this blog, going back years

It underlines the inappropriateness of all the various schemes involving veterinarians visiting multiple pig farms, and globe-trotting to multiple conferences.

All of us have to face up to situations we find uncomfortable. It is about time, at the very least, that the veterinarians started to tackle their responsibilities to their own families.

Covering up and talking down the spread and dangers of LA-MRSA in Britain was really stupid, nasty and self-damaging.

If the veterinarians don't even protect their own families, there is little hope for the animals or the rest of us.

The veterinary profession in Britain are going to have to face up to their past mistakes and institute root and branch reform from the bottom up.

The rebels are there, they need to start to move.  If they get struck off, they will have to be struck back in later at a more senior position in a reformed institution.

Be sure to read the abstract in full here.

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2014 Oct 17. pii: AEM.02803-14. [Epub ahead of

Transmission and persistence of livestock-associated MRSA among veterinarians and their household members...

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Denmark - Pig MRSA - tetracycline use to be halved

This is Danish TV.

It may be the main reason why BPEX, the British Pig Executive, according to the National Pig Association site, have been so forthcoming this morning over the lack of reliable data on antibiotic use in British pigs.

To be frank, there is only so long the Danes and other EU countries will take the constant disinformation and "knocking copy" from Britain, without hitting back.

The British situation on LA-MRSA in its pig herds has always been untenable and was only maintained for so long by vast public relations expenditure, high level support and protection from Defra, the British ministry of agriculture, and very serious criminal activity.

The writer was not playing games when he sought witness protection from both the Speaker of the House of Commons and OLAF - the serious fraud squad of the EU. It was necessary.

Anyway, the Danes are now starting to move, pressed by public opinion.

Britain has to follow.

The full Danish TV report is here, with links. Be sure to read in full, realising that it is a mechanical translation.

Agriculture will halve the worst type of antibiotic

Agriculture is now at war with the antibiotic tetracycline, which more than any other substances responsible for the MRSA problem.

PM. 09:16UPDATED AT. 09:16

Tetracycline can be mixed in water and food and is very popular in agriculture. But now the consumption down, says agriculture. 

By Esben Christensen

Farmers use not only more and more antibiotics, they use more especially of the most dangerous antibiotics.

The consumption of pig production increased by five percent from 2012 to 2013, and the very damaging type called tetracycline accounted for one third of total consumption...

...Tetracycline is a so-called broad-spectrum antibiotic, which means that it promotes antibiotic resistance much...

...Expert: A step in the right direction

One of the foremost experts in the MRSA bacteria is professor of clinical microbiology Hans Jørn Kolmos from Odense University. For years he has raised the alarm over the exact tetracycline.

- It is good news. Tetracycline is by far the worst substance. The risk of having bacteria and the spread will be reduced, if successful, he says.

One half of tetracycline, however, far from solving the MRSA problem, even if successful. With the new rate is not set for a general reduction of antibiotic consumption, and tetracycline can be replaced by other types.

- It is not necessarily bad if you use antibiotics, which do not create resistance in humans. But the best would clearly be a general reduction, says Hans Jørn Kolmos...

...The Minister has the declared goal

The reason that the tetracycline is so popular in agriculture is according His Jorn Kolmos that it can be added to water and feed. This is called group medication and is much easier to give the pigs than antibiotics injection.

Food Minister Dan Jørgensen (S) today as one of its focal points that he will fight the group medication...

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Denmark - The Secret Pigs - Porcine MRSA -The Journalists Fight Back

A long and important article to tell you what is going on in Denmark over porcine MRSA even with arrests of journalists.

The same problem has been covered up for years in the United Kingdom.

Maybe someone will get Britain's corrupt secretive veterinary establishment to see sense.

It may well be Nigel Farage and UKIP that have to do the job of starting the process of removing their pomp, their power, their secrecy, their jobs and their cash, and maybe even, in some cases, their liberty.

Euro-sceptic UKIP are now the feared opposition to the three parties of the British establishment, and a rapidly growing political party for change and reform.

It ought to be all of us, that respect the rule of law regardless of politics, that insist that Porcine MRSA , British cover-ups and toleration of veterinary drug dealing, are dealt with properly and openly.

The full, detailed, Danish report is here
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The secret pigs

In the interests of the rural economy, the authorities have failed to disclose the problem of pig MRSA bacteria, which has now killed four Danes. This is the accusation made by a journalist and a professor of medicine. For example, refuses Food Administration in its third year - due to "special circumstances" - to provide a list of infected farms. "The wool case," says professor of administrative law.  

10.14.2014 | 13:53

Somewhere in the DVFA is a secret list of about 50 pig farms, which have been found MRSA bacteria. Since the May emerged that four Danes in the past few years have died from just the bacterium has the problem been on the agenda. The two journalists Nils Mulvad and Kjeld Hansen has two and a half years trying to get access to the list so that the public could learn about the pig farms that are infected.

After a long struggle, which among other things has passed through the Ombudsman, the two journalists official word on that list with the infected pig farms should be released. Still, the list remains secret. This is because the Food & Drug Administration has made a new decision which is so unusual that two administrative law experts have not seen
the like before. The experts called the decision respectively "strange" and a "wool case."

Journalist Nils Mulvad think that the Food & Drug Administration - and the...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

10 weeks to Christmas - Norway faces an MRSA cc398 flavoured meal.

A strange twist, in Norway, to what seems to be a widespread custom of counting the shopping days or weeks to Christmas.

The Danish government and pig industry must be wincing at being caught between the vociferous Norwegians and determined Danish campaigners both demanding action against MRSA cc398.

One can easily imagine the Danish government would prefer to be like the tight-lipped Germans and French or even the biggest importers of Danish pork: the British.

But the real nightmare is for the British government and their veterinarians. It is in the last paragraph of the Norwegian newspaper report.

Look at it logically. Britain's government says Britain's pigs do not have MRSA, Norway admits some in Norwegian pigs and is dealing with it quite effectively.

The Norwegians also say the EU prevents them from controlling  imports of diseased pork from Denmark.

"EEA Agreement preclude Norway can check imported meat for MRSA bacteria. "

Neither can Britain, officially Porcine MRSA free, and also unable to control imports from Denmark because of the EU rules.

Britain's government and their state veterinarians are now between the devil and the deep blue sea.

They can either own up to MRSA in British pigs or face the prospect of Nigel Farage and his anti-EU UKIP intervening.

We wonder how long before Nigel Farage and his establishment-storming United Kingdom Independence Party finds out about all this?

Not long, we suspect, the clock is ticking as the days roll on towards Christmas followed by a General Election in Britain with UKIP emerging as a serious rival to the established parties.

We give a mechanical translation from the Norwegian. Be sure to read in full here.

10 weeks to Christmas: Begin the ribs imports

Now lowered tariffs on imported Christmas rib. Among other from Denmark, where antibiotic-resistant MRSA bacteria in swine herds are rapidly advancing.

Odd Pihlstrøm

Published: 15.okt. 2014 24:50 Updated: 15.okt. 2014 1:27 p.m.

Grocery chains' strong demand for pork towards Christmas has for years created a shortage of Norwegian ribs, although there has been overproduction of pork.

Use of ribs as cheap bait in price promotions are another important factor.This creates an unpredictable relationship between supply and demand.

Additional import of ribs and lamb ribs

It should not be missing ribs for this year's Christmas dinners...

...From animals to humans

At the same booklet there is a growing concern that the so-called supplementary imports of fresh Christmas ribs can lead to increased infection pressure from an animal associated variant of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA).

Imports have in recent years been particularly Denmark and Germany. As with most of the rest of the EU is struggling both countries are struggling with the spread of these bacteria. In Denmark, MRSA bacteria killed four people in the past.

LA-MRSA is easily spread in animal herds and can be transmitted from pigs and other farm animals to humans. According to media reports in Denmark are germs in over 20 percent of pork in Danish shops.

Campaign against the spread

In Norway, the LA-MRSA now detected in some 20 swine herds. FSA cooperates with agricultural and health authorities to prevent further spread.The national budget is allocated additional funds for compensation for pig farmers must slaughter herds.

In people who already have compromised health can LA-MRSA can cause serious infections. It is therefore particularly important to prevent bacteria from entering the hospital, nursing homes and other healthcare institutions.

EEA Agreement preclude Norway can check imported meat for MRSA bacteria. Therefore, the FSA does not guarantee that imported Christmas rib or other imported meat is free of contaminants. At the same time considering audit risk of being infected with the bacteria that small, if one follows the usual rules for handling raw meat.