Wednesday, December 7, 2016

New antibiotic resistance found in hogs

Researchers at Ohio State University have found bacteria in sows that are resistant to one of the most valuable antibiotics for human medicine – Carbapenem.

That antibiotic is banned from use on farms, so the researchers are puzzled by finding it in fecal samples collected at a 1,500-sow operation.

They speculate that it could be the transfer of a gene that provides resistance to other antibiotics, and mention ceftiofur which is commonly administered to newborns and again at castration.

That type of transfer has been identified in livestock in Europe and Asia, but until now, not in the United States.

Both the researchers and the National Pork Board say more research is required to determine how this Cabopenem-resistant bacteria developed on a pig farm.

The pork board also noted that the discovery was in samples from sows, not market hogs, and insisted that the U.S. pork supply is safe for consumers.

Pretty lame, guys!

Cargill opens Chinese research centre

Cargill has opened a research centre in China to develop foods that appeal to the fast-changing tastes of the country’s consumers.

The team of nearly 50 includes researchers experienced in animal protein, edible oils, sweeteners, starches, cocoa and texturizing solutions.

Called Cargill ONE, the innovation center in Shanghai will seek to create food products and flavours for its customers in China.

Cargill says the center will also be a platform for public education on food safety and nutrition.

Monsanto launches corn seed coated with fungus

Monsanto is using technology developed by Novozymes A/S of Denmark to coat seeds with a performance-boosting fungus.

Monsanto says this is a breakthrough for microbial technology.

Corn crops treated with the new Monsanto-Novozymes microbial -- officially known as Acceleron B-300 SAT -- had better yields than those without the treatment, the companies said in a statement this week.

The product stays on seeds longer and is compatible with other chemical treatments, unlike previous versions, the company says.

It boosts early-stage growth. The companies speculate that it will be used on corn to plant 36 million acres by 2025.

The seed treatment could “become one of the biggest biological products in the ag industry,” said Colin Bletsky, vice president for Novozymes’ BioAg unit.

“Harnessing the power of nature’s microbes, farmers will be able to produce more crops.”

Fungi develop as long strands and are able to transport nutrients from soil to the rhisozone next to roots.

Lawyer named to animal care board

Patricia McQuaid, a Toronto lawyer, has been appointed to a five-year term as vice-chairman of the Animal Care Review Board.

It oversees the policies and operations of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

McQuaid practiced insurance litigation for approximately eight years before leaving private practice to work as a mediator with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO).

Just what we need - another lawyer to tell farmers how to farm!

Kieswetter appointed to Food Terminal board

Larry Kieswetter of Waterloo has been appointed to a three-year term on the Ontario Food Terminal board of directors.

The board's mandate is to acquire, construct, equip and operate a wholesale fruit and produce market, and operate such facility for the transportation, distribution, and handling of fruit and produce.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Anaplasmosis detected in Wellington County

A Holstein cow in Wellington County has tested positive for anaplasmosis.

It’s the first case since 2013 when the disease was detected in Eastern Ontario.

It’s a reportable disease, but the federal government no longer imposes quarantines and other measures. A herd with the disease will be banned from exporting to many countries.

It’s common in the United States, so the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs says it’s likely to show up occasionally in Canadian herds.

Ticks and flies can spread the disease.

The disease can kill, particularly older cattle, and can severely reduce production.

Veterinarians are no longer required to report the disease, but laboratories are.