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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 29th August 2006
Tuesday 29th August 2006
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

This weeks newsletter is being sent today (Tuesday) as yesterday was a public holiday in the UK.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Air Quality and Shelterbelts
By John Tyndall and Joe Colletti, Forestry Department, Iowa State University
Foot Pad Dermatitis and Hock Burn in Broiler Chickens and Degree of Inheritance
By J. B. Kjaer, G. Su, and P. Sørensen, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology and B. L. Nielsen, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences.
Neighbor Friendly Best Management Practices for Poultry Growers
By Kathy Bunton, Area Specialized Agent, Poultry, North Carolina State University.
Balancing genetics, welfare and economics in broiler production
By Matthew Wilson, broiler specialist, Cobb World Technical Support Team.
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* Global Poultry Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

INDIA - In India, a vaccine to prevent avian flu developed by an Indian research institute could soon be available, proving a boon to farmers who have been affected by the epidemic.

US - U.S scientists have developed a detailed Avian Influenza test that takes less than 12 hours, federal health officials said Monday. U.S. health officials have also placed the genetic blueprints of more than 650 flu viruses into a public database, in an attempt to increase flu research and set an example for other nations.

UK - Poultry farmers and people who keep or breed birds are being warned to stay vigilant about the health of their birds over the next few months as migrating birds are expected to arrive soon.

THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch Agriculture Ministry ordered farmers on Tuesday to keep their poultry indoors from Sept. 1 to protect flocks from the threat of avian flu from migrating birds. "During the forthcoming migration period, there is a risk that migratory birds can spread bird flu," the ministry said in a statement.

RUSSIA - Russia has imposed temporary restrictions on poultry imports from the Netherlands because of a bird flu threat, the county’s veterinary watchdog said last week.

BULGARIA - Bulgaria's first suspected cases of bird flu in poultry have been confirmed as Newcastle disease, a low-pathogenic form of bird flu, not related to the potentially lethal H5 or H7 viruses, final test results from the EU reference laboratory showed on Tuesday.

VIETNAM - At least 45 ducks in Vietnam's southern Ben Tre province have been infected with bird flu viruses, local newspaper Youth reported Monday. The Animal Health Department sent task forces countrywide yesterday to prepare localities for an upcoming vaccination phase.

INDONESIA - In Indonesia’s Garut district of West Java province, poultry depopulation is being conducted by culling around 2,000 fowls, as a preventive measure against the spread of avian flu in this area. After the depopulation, vaccination of 70,000 fowls would be done, with further plans for vaccinating 3,000,000 fowls in Garut.

The World Bank urged the Indonesian government last Thursday to increase its budget for the bird flu programme, saying the virus was a severe threat to the country's economy and the health of its people.
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  United States

July Egg Production Up 1 Percent
U.S. egg production totaled 7.64 billion during July 2006, up 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report.

A debate over livestock, rural life
Iowans have long debated how to balance the needs of an important industry - animal agriculture - with quality of life for all Iowans.

Bringing Wetlands to the Farm
Most farmers and ranchers aren't near any wetlands, which are nature's tool for filtering impurities out of waterways - and would help keep excess crop nutrients and livestock waste out of rivers and streams.

More Corn in 2007?
Some Illinois farmers may find switching to more corn profitable in 2007, according to a recent University of Illinois Extension study.

Weekly Outlook: Corn Prices
Necessary incentives leading producers to increase corn acreage in 2007 are likely to be provided by the market, said Darrel Good, U of I Extension marketing specialist.

Biodiesel byproduct fuels growth in broilers
Glycerine, a byproduct of biodiesel production, can be used as a dietary supplement for growing broiler chickens, according to research by University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture poultry scientists.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Up Slightly, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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As Fertilizer Prices Rise, the Manure Option is Looking Better
The ever-increasing cost of natural gas (and commercial fertilizer) is making manure look more attractive to farmers every day.

Poultry growers seen snubbing regulations
Delmarva Peninsula poultry growers have largely snubbed a government settlement offer for air pollution violations by big livestock, dairy and poultry farms.

Poultry war threat to pecking order of US food producers
Pilgrim’s Pride, the second-largest US poultry producer, made a $1.02bn hostile bid last week for Gold Kist, the third-largest producer, in a move that could have developed into a game of chicken.

EPA to begin studying emissions from feeding operations
The EPA has got approval to take the next important step to gather air emissions data from agricultural animal feeding operations (AFOs) and to ensure compliance with environmental laws. This step consists of certain AFOs voluntarily taking part in a nationwide monitoring study to evaluate their air emissions.

Foie gras could become faux pas in New Jersey
Last Tuesday, Chicago began enforcing a ban on Fois Gras. California is phasing it out by 2012, and similar laws have been under consideration in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and Oregon. Even Philadelphia is thinking about outlawing foie gras, reports NorthJersey.

Hormel Foods Reports Third Quarter Results
Hormel Foods Corp. on Thursday reported higher third-quarter results, but a 15% drop in the operating profit of its largest segment weighed on the stock.

Elite Foods Builds New Facility For Air Chilled, Antibiotic Free, All Natural and Organic Poultry
The North Carolina turkey and chicken company, Elite Foods, has announced the opening of its Troy, NC state of the art poultry processing plant.

  United Kingdom

RPA makes electronic version of the Soil Protection Review available
The Rural Payments Agency has made a copy of the Soil Protection Review available on its website, so farmers, who want to, can complete it on screen.

Risk of rising slaughter charges
Small abattoirs could be forced to raise the cost of slaughter or risk going out of business if a Treasury proposal to recover the full costs of veterinary inspections of animals and carcasses is implemented, the Forum of Private Business has warned.
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Scots vets warn diseases could go undetected because of lack of numbers
A stark warning that potentially devastating diseases are set to go undetected until they are well established in the UK's livestock herd, has come this week from Dr Sandy Clarke, SAC vet based at Thurso.

Major retailers respond to food miles campaign petition
Britain’s big supermarkets have responded positively to Farmers Weekly's Local Food is Miles Better campaign by pledging to stock more local food.

Scots snub supermarket meat
Business is booming for Scotland's butchers with claims that customers are fed-up with poor quality supermarket meat. Research has revealed that takings jumped by 8.6 per cent last year. The increase has put an extra £3.5million into traditional butcher shops as people turn to specialist and higher value cuts, according to the Daily Record.

Michaelmas is coming ... the goose is getting.....
Last Christmas goose was a sell-out across most of the country as the popularity of the alternative festive choice grew to its highest level in the past 40 years. But Christmas is not the only occasion associated with the goose.

  European Union

EU project seeks to improve consumers' knowledge of farm animal welfare
An EU funded survey has found that while consumers are generally concerned by animal welfare, many fail to make the link between it and food products in the shops. Some consumers admit to consciously avoiding information on the welfare of animals involved in the production of the food that they purchase.

Unilever signs agreement to sell European frozen foods business
Unilever today announced that it had reached an agreement to sell the majority of its European Frozen Foods business to the Permira Funds for €1.725bn.

Activists fight to secure cage ban
Animal rights campaigners and an MEP are fighting to thwart a campaign to delay a Europe-wide ban on battery-caged hens. The ban on conventional cages under the European Laying Hens Directive 1999 is due to come into force in 2012, but the British Egg Industry Council wants to push the ban back an extra five years.


Hungary - First Half Production and Sales
Hungary's Central Statistical Office reports that the production of poultry and poultry products in Hungary in the first half of this year was 9.8 per cent higher than in the same period in 2005.
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Iraq to Import Iranian Frozen Chicken
Iraq's Agriculture Ministry has authorised the importation of frozen chicken from Iran, according to the IRNA news agency. The Ministry says that Iraq will import a total of 40,000 tons of frozen chicken from various countries, including Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, China, Brazil and Thailand.

  Taiwan, Province of China

Executive Yuan to ban poultry slaughter at markets
The Executive Yuan is planning to prohibit live poultry trade and slaughtering in traditional markets nationwide by 2008 to prevent outbreaks of the H5N1 avian flu strain, an official said yesterday.


‘Bird flu-free’ India resumes egg exports
According to trade sources, egg exports have been restarted in India after declaring itself ‘Bird flu-free’. India dispatched its first egg shipment to Muscat.


China bans import of poultry products from Brazil
China has banned import of poultry products from the Amazonas State, Brazil, said the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture on Monday. Poultry products imported from Amazonas State after the outbreak of the Newcastle disease there should be sent back or destroyed, the ministry said. Brazilian scientists identified Newcastle virus on a farm in Amazonas State on June 21.

  Russian Federation

Chicken Under WTO Spotlight
Thanks to technological advances, a worker can single-handedly care for up to 85,000 chicks, said Igor Lukashov, the chief veterinarian of Domodedovo, Mosselprom's newest poultry farm. The United states biggest export market is Russia, but sales might drop if the US refuses to sign off on Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization, reports The Moscow Times.

Company news

New website targets Avian Pneumovirus
Intervet A new disease based website focusing on avian pneumovirs has been launched by Intervet. The website, which can be accessed at, contains a specific focus – as the name suggests – on providing easy access to information on diseases caused by avian metapneumoviruses infections such as Turkey Rhinotracheitis (TRT) and Swollen Head Syndrome (SHS).

South Africa’s Serfonteijn Kuikens signs for new Smart Incubation System
Pas Reform Serfonteijn Kuikens contracted Dutch hatchery technology company Pas Reform to supply its Smart Incubation system for a new hatchery in Potschefstroom, South Africa.

Soc. Grapolima signs contract for new Smart Incubation System
Following the launch of Pas Reform’s new Smart Incubation System during the World Poultry Show in Hanover, Pas Reform has taken its first order for the new system from Moroccan hatchery company, Société Grapolima.

New appointment puts full-care technical service into Western Europe for Hybro
Dutch broiler breeding company Hybro BV has appointed a highly qualified new technical manager for Western Europe. Mr. Nico Van de Walle takes up his new post from September 1, 2006.

Cobb appoint technical services manager for Asia
Charles Calvert, who has more than 20 years' experience in the Asian poultry industry, has been appointed technical services manager for Cobb in the region.

That's all for this week!


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