USDA ASF Vaccine Shows Promising Results

An African Swine Fever (ASF) vaccine being developed by the United States’ Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been shown to be effective in halting further spread of ASF. Research published in September of 2021 showed that a commercially viable vaccine candidate has been effective against ASF strains from Asia in European and Asian breeds of pigs. The next step will be to establish the vaccine’s efficacy under production conditions, but on the whole, the progress appears promising in offering a solution to the disease that has ravaged pork production globally.

See the rest of the report on the Feed Strategy website here:

Philippines Pauses Cattle Import from Brazil

The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture has called to a temporary suspension of imported 

cattle from Brazil. The ban, covers live cattle, meat, and cattle-derived meat products, is in response to an outbreak of Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), in two Brazilian states in early September. Humans that consume meat tainted with BSE, known colloquially as “Mad Cow Disease,” may be at risk of developing human bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

There is cause for concern regarding the ban, as Brazil is the largest source of imported beef for the country. From January to August of this year, beef from Brazil account for 32.5 percent of imported beef, thanks to much lower prices compared to other countries. This ban will have a pass-on effect to consumers as market demand begins to outpace supply.

Read the rest of the report on Philstar here:

One Health: A Holistic Approach To Health

One Health is a concept that has been around for some time now, but has only recently been given a name. In a nutshell, One Health looks at the holistic relationship between animals, humans, and the environment we all share.

Whether it’s a farm animal, an animal in the wild, or even companion animals, the current pandemic has made it very apparent that these three factors are deeply connected. We at UBC have our sights set on a future with One Health in mind, in all its aspects.

Antibiotic use, artificial growth hormones, and even pesticides have effects that cross species whether directly or through the environment. Learn about the One Health initiative in this article from the CDC.

Report: Chinese Antibiotic Use in Fish Farming

(Previously posted on the UBC Facebook page)

The local supply of seafood is under threat as China, one of out largest sources of imported seafood, continues to use excessive amounts of antibiotics in fish production. Along with generally high concentrations of antibiotics, a study by the Peking University has found a number of prohibited antibiotics in the waters where the fish are raised, raising greater concerns about the quality of fish we end up consuming locally.

Asis Perez, the former director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Rources (BFAR), has noted that “eating fish with antibiotics is potentially dangerous” especially in amounts much higher than the allowable amount. Imported fish from China include tilapia, galunggong, and pompano.

Local fish farms likewise should be aware of the dangers of antibiotics in fish production as the general public becomes more informed about food safety and antibiotic use in their food. UBC is committed to a future free from antibiotic use.…/chinas-overuse-of-antibiotics-in…/

Pork Tariffs Likely to be Amended

Amid complaints that local pork tariffs unduly hurt local production, negotiations have resulted in an expected amendment to EO 128. Senate President Sotto said that a balance between reducing inflation and protecting the struggling local swine industry had to be struck. This also happens not long after the Senate’s investigation of alleged corruption in the Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Customs and the poor handling of African Swine Fever in the country.

Read the whole report by the Philippine Star here:

Egg Production Hits New Record High in PH

Because of a number of factors, egg production in the Philippines reached new record highs in 2020, with an increase in poultry players entering the market. The country reached a production of over 605,000 metric tons, approximately 22,000 metric tons more than 2019.

This happens along with an increasingly scarce supply of poultry, adding pressure to the government to ease importation bans on poultry products. These factors all contribute to higher costs for producers, and a greater need to maximize the performance of existing players to improve product quality despite existing challenges.

Read the rest of the report from Poultry World here: