Antibiotic Free Pork - Catching on in Denmark

 

The Pig Site

15 February 2017

 

DENMARK - More and more people are getting alarmed that many infections are not responding to antibiotics. There is a shortage of new antibiotics and many people are also concerned that too many antibiotics are used in pig production. Consequently many nations are cutting back on antibiotic consumption and Denmark is one of the countries leading the way in terms of reducing the amount of antibiotics it uses in its pig industry, writes Stuart Lumb.

 

Rules about withdrawal periods have to be strictly observed hence traditionally reared pigs do not contain any antibiotics at slaughter. There is an argument put forward that selling/marketing “Antibiotic Free Pork” infers that traditionally reared pigs contain antibiotics, which is patently not the case.

 

Having said that, Danish Crown surveys indicated that there is a demand for Antibiotic Free Pork.

 

Consequently, in 2015 a trial was set up on 2 farms on the island of Bornholm and in 2016 the concept was refined and extended to farms in Jutland.

 

One of the Bornholm farmers, Stine Mikkelsen, is also a nurse and this issue has great significance to her as she looks after patients who are sadly proving to being immune to antibiotics.

 

Stine Mikkelsen and Nicolai Weber have a 500 sow unit, which is SPF but not totally clean. They work a 14 day batch system (previously sows were weaned weekly), sell pigs at 30kg, are 100 per cent AI and mix their own feed. Crucially, no blood products are allowed in the feed.

 

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