Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Another hog barn fire. Six hundred animals died in flames.

SD Hutterite Colony loses 600 hogs in barn fire

SALEM, S.D. (AP) — A Hutterite colony in southeastern South Dakota is dealing with the loss of about 600 hogs in a weekend fire.
McCook County Emergency Manager Brad Stiefvater tells The Daily Republic newspaper that the animals died of smoke inhalation when a fire started in a hog barn at the Golden View Hutterite Colony on Saturday afternoon. He says embers from a nearby burn pit likely were sucked into a vent and started the fire in the ceiling of the 5,600-square-foot barn.
Stiefvater says some of the surviving hogs might die later if they develop complications from smoke inhalation.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Liquid manure from pork operations are filled with chemotherapeutics. From the Environmental Science Journal

Sewage sludge and liquid pig manure as possible sources of antibiotic resistant bacteria


Within the last decades, the environmental spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria has become a topic of concern. In this study, liquid pig manure (n=305) and sewage sludge (n=111) – used as agricultural fertilizers between 2002 and 2005 – were investigated for the presence of Escherichia coliEnterococcus faecalis andEnterococcus faecium. Bacteria were tested for their resistance against 40 chemotherapeutics including several “reserve drugs”. E. coli (n=613) from pig manure were at a significantly higher degree resistant to streptomycin, doxycycline, spectinomycin, cotrimoxazole, and chloramphenicol than E. coli (n=116) from sewage sludge. Enterococci (Ent. faecalisn=387, and Ent. faeciumn=183) from pig manure were significantly more often resistant to high levels of doxycycline, rifampicin, erythromycin, and streptomycin than Ent. faecalis (n=44) and Ent. faecium (n=125) from sewage sludge. Significant differences in enterococcal resistance were also seen for tylosin, chloramphenicol, gentamicin high level, fosfomycin, clindamicin, enrofloxacin, moxifloxacin, nitrofurantoin, and quinupristin/dalfopristin. By contrast, aminopenicillins were more effective in enterococci from pig manure, and mean MIC-values of piperacillin+tazobactam and third generation cefalosporines were significantly lower in E. coli from pig manure than in E. coli from sewage sludge. 13.4% (E. coli) to 25.3% (Ent. faecium) of pig manure isolates were high-level multiresistant to substances from more than three different classes of antimicrobial agents. In sewage sludge, high-level-multiresistance reached from 0% (Ent. faecalis) to 16% (Ent. faecium). High rates of (multi-) resistant bacteria in pig manure emphasize the need for a prudent – cautious – use of antibiotics in farm animals.


  • Liquid pig manure
  • Sewage sludge
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Multiresistance
  • Outpatients
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Maternity Pens


Maudlin anthropomorphism when it suits them.

The caged pregnant pig at the center of so much money and vitriol.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

veganelder: Images....

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

NFACC codes for pigs. Eliminating intensive confinement in 2024 (that will have been 22 years from the start of my advocating against them). And even then, the stalls will still be permitted for lengths of time. Boars are also caged individually.


The Ban on Sow Stalls described here: "still be allowed." So, what ban? And Mark Fynn says the sows are in them 28 days. Bullshit. It's month in and month out, followed by the farrowing crate, and then back in.....

Sow gestation stalls restricted in new code
By: Murray McNeill
Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 at 8:07 AM |
Controversial sow stalls are one step closer to being eliminated from Manitoba pig barns after the enactment of a new national code of practice for Canada's hog industry.
The revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs says while conventional stalls will be allowed, all new pig barns built after July 1 this year must also include open areas for sows, which permit much greater freedom of movement and are considered more humane.
Also, after July 1, 2024, conventional stalls will be permitted only if the sows are allowed out of the stalls periodically for exercise. Otherwise, they must be housed either in stalls that allow greater freedom of movement or in open areas with other sows.
A spokesman for the Manitoba Pork Council, the umbrella group for Manitoba hog producers, said Thursday sows are typically housed in stalls during the first 28 days of pregnancy to prevent damage to the fetus.
Mark Fynn, the council's animal protection specialist, said although these "gestation" stalls will still be allowed after 2024, he expects they will eventually be phased out entirely in Manitoba as local producers transition to new barns with open housing systems -- "we are fully committed to that." Animal-welfare proponents such as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies have for years been pushing for a ban on sow stalls, saying they cause extreme stress and frustration in these intelligent, social animals.
It was the CFHS that spearheaded negotiations between animal-welfare, veterinary, hog-industry and government officials that led to the revision of the national code of practice.
CFHS chief executive Barbara Cartwright said the introduction of the revised code is "a watershed moment" in Canada.
"Negotiating significant advancements in animal welfare was an arduous process because the CFHS advocates for only those farming practices that provide good welfare for the animals," Cartwright said. "The elimination of sow stalls is chief amongst these."
The new sow-stall provisions were among a number of changes in the new code of practice. It also bans castrating piglets or removing their tails without any pain relief. That ban takes effective immediately in the case of piglets over 10 days old, and on July 1, 2016 for piglets of any age.
The code imposes an immediate ban on tethering pigs and requires producers to provide their pigs "with multiple forms of enrichment to enhance their physical and social environments."