Friday, 31 October 2014

Pigs: Bornholm Experiment and proposed Islay High Health Pig Farm.

By chance, we ran across this report, in English, on the farm on Bornholm, that seems to be the centre of Danish Crown's new Bornholm antibiotic-free pig and pork experiment.

It dates back to July 2013: before the Bornholm Experiment was established, but very much after the very similar Islay High Health Pig Farm was first proposed by the writer.

As you can see, there was once a strong connection between Britain and this particular farm.

Obviously both islands, Danish and Scottish, will be picking up on the situation.

As before, we suggest everyone reads what the writer actually proposed, rather than the storm of abuse, stalking and disinformation, designed to exclude Islay and Scotland from an important scientific experiment and the high status employment involved.

The potential human health benefits alone are massive.

Whilst Islay and Edinburgh, Bornholm and Copenhagen ponder the situation, there are many islands lying far enough from pig production, and up prevailing wind, that could offer a suitable site. That would include many off Ireland, Wales, England, and indeed even the Channel Islands.

If Islay wants the investment and the jobs, they may now need to move very quickly. Competition will be biting at their heels.

The original feature published in "Agriculture and Food" is here. Be sure to read in full.

July 2013

Special Feature: Bornholm pigs

Pig Industry Matters went on a fact-finding tour of the island of Bornholm to discover more about the Bornholm pig or 'Bornholmergris'.

It's known as the Sunshine Island and the pigs that are bred on the Danish island of Bornholm, in the middle of the Baltic Sea, would probably agree with this description - at least the pigs that are bred by Kristina and Hans Peter Sonne.

Situated in Rønne, the largest town on the island, the farm, which used to be UK Contract approved, supplies five local finishing farms with 30 kg Bornholm pigs that are subsequently sold to Danish Crown...

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Denmark - How to Counteract Pig MRSA

As you can see Bornholm bubbles to the surface on Danish TV.

At least, Britain got there first with the idea of the Islay High Health Pig Farm on the Scottish island of Islay.

..."One could make Bornholm MRSA-free, and see if the island can be kept free."...                        

It does help mitigate an otherwise disgraceful performance by Britain and its corrupt vetocracy.

Not everyone in Britain was asleep, intimidated or bribed by drug dealers.

The full Jutland TV report is here.



Thursday at 30-10-14. 16:43 - Kristian Vinther Andersen

Antimicrobial consumption must be reduced, the problem of Pig MRSA must be identified and research in this area must be increased. This is the advice of experts like TV SYD has asked for advice.

ALSO READ: Antibiotics are a treat for pig MRSA

Five points to curb the spread of Swine-MRSA. In June, the Minister for Food with a vision for a solution now has TV SYD asked three of the leading experts in the field to come up with their idea of a five-point plan to solve the problem.

The first item on the experts' plan is to get the problem identified completely. 

Then, the pigs are not infected are isolated and it is necessary to examine why they are not infected.

At a consultation of Christian Borg Wednesday estimated the Food Minister that up to 70 percent of the Danish pig herd is infected by

Point three experts plan is to start small experiments designed to test whether it is possible to keep herds free of bacteria.

The last point is to lower the overall consumption of antibiotics while increasing research in this area.

ALSO READ: Up to 70 percent of pig farms have livestock-MRSA

FACTS experts' five-point plan

1. Identify the problem. How many herds are infected, and how many are free.

2. Hold the pigs free, are not infected. And start comparing and researching why the MRSA-free pigs are MRSA-free.

3. There needs to be small-scale experiments in progress, which in practice can test whether it is possible to keep MRSA-free herds. One could make Bornholm MRSA-free, and see if the island can be kept free.

4. There needs to be research in progress that may clarify why we pig MRSA. Pig MRSA is a rather special bacteria. It is one particular clone that has spread from humans to pigs back in the 50s. But what has happened in the meantime so it finally has become this
multi-resistant type, because it is not a natural bacterium for pigs. What is it that has given this bacterium success? It may be the key to stopping it in the future.

5. Antimicrobial consumption must be reduced, as the consumption of zinc. One of the experts believe that the group medication completely should be banned along with the use of tetracycline.

Svend Ellermann-Eriksen, Consultant Physician at the Clinical Microbiology Department. Aarhus University Hospital.
Frank Møller Aarestrup, Professor and Research Director, National Food Institute.
Niels Frimodt-Moller, Clinic Director, Microbiology Department, National University Hospital.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

MRSA st398 - Danish Farmers testing pig herds.

Overnight,  Danish TV reports Danish Farmers are paying to test their pigs for MRSA cc398 independently of the government.

Separately, Danish TV also reports that the organic movement is also doing the same.

What they do with the information gained, one wonders, but they are making the Danish government look pretty bad.

The pressure on Britain ever increases. Her corrupt veterinary establishment have to decide whether to own-up, or try to continue a decade long cover-up of pig disease spreading into the human population.

Either way, they must now be terrified of the consequences. Any normal person would be. They are also very dangerous. Take care if you speak out!

As always, read the mechanical translation in full, here. The reference to the "BBC" is not the British BBC but a mistranslation for Danish TV.

The BBC is not reporting this story, yet.

Pig breeders screener even for MRSA

Fear of resistant bacteria gets pig farmers to test their own herds without the authorities.

By Morten Frandsen

The fear of the resistant swine bacterium MRSA has received a number
of pig farmers to test their herds for MRSA. They simply want to know
if the resistant bacteria in their animals...

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...