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Belarus' Government Dissatisfied with Pork Production Restoration Efforts - National Hog Farmer

The Belarusian government is unhappy with the efforts of several regions to restore pork production, Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said at a session of the Presidium of the Council of Ministers on Nov. 25, the Belarusian Telegraph Agency has learned.

In 2014 Belarus will commission a total of eight new pig breeding complexes at Borisov Meat Processing Plant, Bolshevik-Agro (Soligorsk District), Zhabinka Feed Mill, Slutsk Meat Processing Enterprise, Pribuzhie (Brest District), Agrokombinat Zhdanovichi, Zabolotsky (Luban District), Danprod (Volozhin District). The construction of five pig breeding complexes in Korelichi District, Narovlya District, Lelchitsy District, Postavy District and Smolevichi District will be finished in 2015.

By Jan. 1, 2016, the pig population in Belarus is expected to exceed 3.3 million head; the gross production of pigs (live weight) is to amount to 485,000 tonnes. This will be done by using vacant places at existing pig breeding farms and commissioning new farms. The daily gains are to be increased by at least 1.37 lb. by means of using of efficient granulated combined feed.

No ASF virus genome found in over 1200 samples in Belarus - Belarus News (BelTA)

MINSK, 26 November (BelTA) – From 30 October through 20 November the Belarusian State Veterinary Center tested over 1,200 samples for the genome of African swine fever virus with negative results in 100% of the cases, BelTA learned from the agency's Director Alexander Aksenov.

“Within less than a month we have tested 1,255 samples for African swine fever. We have found the ASF genome in none of the samples,” noted Alexander Aksenov.

In his words, a national program to control the residual quantity of harmful substances (antibiotics, hormones and so on) is in effect in Belarus. “This year we have found products made by ten Belarusian enterprises as incompliant. We have detected antibiotics in tested products — poultry and pork,” noted the official. Alexander Aksenov stressed that the violations had been detected and addressed before the animals were slaughtered.

Alexander Aksenov stated that the companies at fault are not the ones, which products Russia has banned recently. “As far as the enterprises the Russian side is unhappy about are concerned, we have tested them as well.

Finland Considers Wild Boar Eradication to Stop Entry of African Swine Fever - National Hog Farmer

Finland is considering drastic measures to stop the entry of the African swine fever pest into that country in order to safeguard continued exports of pork.

The existence of wild boars in Finland is a risk and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Jaana Husu-Kallio told national broadcaster Yle on Nov. 25 that eradication of the Finnish wild boar population is not ruled out.

“If the swine pest enters Finland, then we could forget the visions of exporting Finnish pork to areas outside the EU,” she said. “Even one confirmed infection in the wild boar population would have a decisive impact.”

African swine fever has spread rapidly in recent years to Poland, Russia, Latvia and Lithuania. There have been some cases in Estonia, but none in Finland. Finnish pork producers are looking for new markets outside the EU, in the wake of Russian restrictions.

There are at least 500 wild boars in Finland. They are hunted as a sport. The population is densest in southeastern Finland, near the Russian border. The hunters’ organizations oppose a total eradication.

LSM / Tests confirm more wild boar swine-fever infections / Eng.lsm.lv

African swine fever (ASF), a disease fatal to domestic pigs and wild boar, continues to be found in individual specimens of boar either hunted down or found in Latvia’s inland forests, reported news wire BNS Monday. Altogether Food Research and Safety Institute BIOR laboratories have confirmed 12 new cases in the past ten days, from the Daugavpils district of southern Latgale province as well as from northern Vidzeme province, according to Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) spokeswoman Anna Joffe. This brings the tally so far this year to a total of 167 ASF-infected wild boar. Since September 17, following implementation of strict PVD quarantine and sanitary requirements on domestic pig farms located in the state-of-emergency territories, now expanded almost to the Riga suburbs, no further cases of ASF have been confirmed amongst domestic pigs in Latvia.

DNR, Feds Investigate Oregon Company Shipping Illegal Bait into Michigan - Alaska Native News

A bait supplier in Oregon has pled guilty and paid a $2,000 settlement for shipping uncertified Pacific herring bait into Michigan. The uncertified bait poses a disease risk to Michigan waters as it is a known carrier of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSv).

In May, the Department of Natural Resources’ Great Lakes Enforcement Unit began investigating a tip that a sports shop in Saugatuck, Michigan, had received a shipment of Pacific herring from Crowes Bait in Oregon. Earlier in 2014, Crowes Bait had contacted the DNR Fisheries Division to inquire about Michigan’s requirements to ship Pacific herring into the state. When informed the bait would first have to be treated and certified as VHS-free by Michigan standards, Crowes Bait indicated to the DNR it would be too costly to sell the Pacific herring bait in Michigan.

Australian farmers face increasing threat of new diseases: report - The Conversation AU

A nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease; an invasion of a devastating wheat disease; our honeybees completely wiped out. These are just three possible disastrous scenarios facing Australia; they’re considered in the Australia’s Biosecurity Future report published today by CSIRO and its partners.

Intensifying and expanding agriculture, biodiversity loss, and more people and goods moving around the world are the “megatrends” driving what we have called “megashocks” — new outbreaks of diseases and pests.

These three events alone could not only cost Australia’s economy billions of dollars, but would also devastate our agricultural industries and environment and severely alter our way of life.

How well prepared is Australia, and how would our biosecurity system cope with such a situation?

For example, governments and farmers near Katherine in the Northern Territory are mounting an emergency response to deal with an outbreak of a new disease — Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus — and while this virus is not likely to create headlines, it is devastating crops, severely affecting the NT farming community financially and threatening industries elsewhere in Australia.

An ever-hungrier world

As part of the drive to help feed the world, Australia will have to increase agricultural production — both through intensification and expansion. Both of these processes could expose new biosecurity challenges.

Food security and dairy products - Daily Times

In order to meet the demand for dairy products, the sector needs to access the most advanced technical expertise, products and cattle species available. Till recently, the external source was blocked since, in June 2001, Pakistan had imposed a ban on the import of livestock from BSE (mad cow disease) infected countries. Fortunately, now the ministry of commerce has permitted the import of livestock from the countries that have been declared as having “negligible risk” by the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) and shall be allowed if the animals are only from such herds where no incidence of BSE has been reported for the last 11 years. This fact shall be certified by the veterinary authority of the exporting country concerned. Since Pakistan has been looking for a reliable, one-stop solution provider for the dairy industry in Pakistan, it may be prudent to look at Dutch cattle, which have high international repute.

Bird flu outbreak in Kottayam, Alappuzha - The Hindu

The government has issued a Statewide alert following the confirmation of an outbreak of avian flu (bird flu) in two districts.

Minister for Animal Husbandry K.P. Mohanan said here on Monday that the H5 Avian Influenza virus had been confirmed in samples sent to the High Security Animal Disease (HSAD) Laboratory, Bhopal. The strain spreads between birds and can potentially affect humans.

A communication issued by H.R. Khanna, Assistant Commissioner, Union Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF), directed the State to carry out control and containment operations in the wake of the outbreak. The State has been asked to constitute teams for the purpose. A red alert has been issued in Kottayam and Alappuzha districts where the disease outbreak was noticed in ducks. Four panchayats, Aimanam, Purakkad, Kumarakom, and Thalavadi have been affected.

Kerala On Red Alert After 15,000 Ducks Die of Avian Influenza

Thiruvananthapuram: With lab tests confirming avian influenza to be the cause of mass death of ducks in parts of Kerala, a red alert has been sounded in Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts to restrict movement of poultry and allied products.

The tests of samples of dead birds conducted in Bhopal Hightech Laboratory had confirmed that avian influenza was the cause of the death of over 15,000 ducks in parts of Kuttanad area in Alappuzha District, a top official of state Animal Husbandry Department said.

A team of veterinarians had already been deputed to the affected areas to take necessary measures to contain the spread of the disease, Director-in-Charge of the department, Dr V Brhamanandan said.

Surveillance had been stepped up around 10 km of the areas from where the mass death of ducks had been reported recently.

Also, the transportation of egg and duck meat from these places had been stopped, he said.

Over 15,000 ducks had died at Thalavadi and Purakkad in the Kuttanad area in recent days.

Don't be biosecurity complacent: CSIRO - SBS

A bioterrorist attack or swine flu-like pandemic.

Incursion of a new wheat disease or fruit fly crippling crops.

An outbreak of foot and mouth or bluetongue disease, devastating farmers.

Some scenarios sound like a plot from a Hollywood disaster movie, but these "megashocks" could pose a real threat to Australian biosecurity, the CSIRO says.

In a report into Australia's biosecurity system, released on Tuesday, the scientific body outlines 12 potential megashocks it thinks could hit Australia in the next 20 or 30 years.

The CSIRO wants to spark debate about Australia's preparedness for future threats, saying it can't rely on past success in remaining pest- and disease-free.

The report details five trends that will put pressure on Australia's biosecurity system, such as a growing global demand for food and its impact on production, bigger urban populations, and increased movement of goods and people around the world.

Should it become complacent, Australia risks megashocks similar to the SARS epidemic or the 2001 UK foot-and-mouth outbreak, it says.

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