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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 4th September 2006

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Monday 4th September 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Important Factors in Water Quality to Improve Broiler Performance
By Edgar O. Oviedo, Broiler Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University.
Direct and Maternal Genetic Effects for Ascites-Related Traits in Broilers
By A. Pakdel, J. A. M. Van Arendonk and H. Bovenhuis, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences and A. L. J. Vereijken, Nutreco Breeding Research Center.
Indonesia Poultry and Products Annual 2006
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - August 2006
By Defra.
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

US - The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior has announced that the presence of low pathogen H5N1 avian influenza subtype has been detected in fecal samples from wild birds in Maryland.

LATIN AMERICA - In order to help prevent a possible outbreak of avian flu in Latin America and the Caribbean and raise public awareness of the threat posed by the disease, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a new handbook for the region’s small-scale poultry farmers.

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has lifted the ban it placed on U.S. poultry after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released results of new tests showing that the H5N1 bird flu it detected in Michigan was low-pathogenic.

EGYPT - The Egyptian Agriculture Ministry on Sunday confirmed a new case of H5N1 bird flu among fowl in Sohag Governorate, some 400 km south of Cairo, the official MENA news agency reported. The ministry said in a statement that a sample taken from birds in various villages and farms in Sohag was tested positive for the deadly avian virus.

VIET NAM - More than 100 ducks have died suddenly in southern Vietnam in a suspected new bird flu outbreak, an official said today. Another 400 ducks were culled and samples were sent to the Ho Chi Minh city regional veterinary centre for testing.

INDONESIA - Four people have been admitted to an Indonesian hospital with bird flu symptoms in an area of West Java that has seen a series of confirmed and suspected cases in humans, officials said on Thursday.

CHINA - Almost 3,000 vendors who slaughter chickens, ducks and geese on demand at traditional markets will need to find new jobs from Oct. 1, 2008, after the Cabinet yesterday announced its new policy to prevent avian influenza. According to official reports a bird flu vaccine for humans developed by Chinese researchers has proven to be both safe and effective.
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  United States

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.

International Egg and Poultry Review
This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry, this week looking at U.S. Poultry Exports To Canada.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Up Slightly, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 2 Percent From Last Year
The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comment on the poultry weights and slaughter levels in their monthly Poultry Slaughter Report.

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.

Iowa farmers ink EPA deals
It was a deal that Iowa hog farmer Shaun Greiner says he couldn't refuse: Pay the government $200 and he'd be protected from much bigger fines for possible violations of federal air-pollution laws.

Basic change in farm policy badly needed
Criticism of existing farm policy is reaching a crescendo as the current farm bill expires. But in the heart of farm country, many are still clinging to the status quo.
See also: Johanns: U.S. must reform farm policy

New loan program offers financing for crop inputs
A new lending program between Farm Credit Services of America, the largest provider of agricultural credit in the Midwest, and the farm supply cooperative FC of Farnhamville will offer farmers financing on crop inputs.

Registration may not stay voluntary
Register voluntarily now and avoid the possibility of being compelled to register later. That is the message anyone involved in animal agriculture in Missouri is being told about participating in the initial phase of the National Animal Identification System.

Farmers: Make animal ID voluntary
Even those who have different ideas on what provisions a new farm bill should contain were unified about one issue Monday at a House Agriculture Committee field hearing in Springfield.

Secretary's Advisory Committee To Hold Public Meeting On Foreign Animal And Poultry Diseases
The Secretary of Agriculture’s advisory committee on foreign animal and poultry diseases will conduct an open meeting Sept. 12 and 13. The meeting will focus on the U.S. animal health emergency management system as well as the foreign animal disease status worldwide and its relevance to the United States.
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  United Kingdom

Scots snub supermarket meat
Business is booming for Scotland's butchers with claims that customers are fed-up with poor quality supermarket meat.

Has My Turkey Been Reared In The UK?
That’s the question a group of NFU members and staff is aiming to make consumers ask this Christmas.

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.

Free range fortunes
Twenty years ago David Brass had his head in the clouds, flying Harrier jets for the RAF. He is a farmer now, with his feet firmly planted on the ground - but his Cumbrian free range egg business is soaring ahead.

Grain supplies dip further
The International Grains Council (IGC) has been forced to lower grain estimates announced last month as conditions in the worldwide grain market worsen.

Traded set-aside could be a time-bomb for farmers
Quota brokers are warning that farmers who have traded their set-aside entitlements, which are not then being claimed against, could be falling foul of EU legislation.

  Belarus

Increase in Poultry Production in Belarus' Mogilev Region
Officials in Belarus' Mogilev region say that local poultry production increased year-on-year in the first seven months of this year, and accounted for 23.4 per cent of Mogilev's total meat production, according to the Interfax news agency.
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  European Union

Unilever signs agreement to sell European frozen foods business
Unilever last week 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.

EU broiler production, consumption forecast to rebound
EU broiler production in 2006 is forecast to be four per cent lower than last year due to the outbreaks of avian influenza (AI), but looks set to rebound in 2007, according to a new report.

  India

‘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

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 last Monday.

China Broiler Weekly
In this weeks China Broiler Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices of China breed broilers in Guangdong and Guangxi continued to move higher in the week ending Aug 30.

American farmers afraid of losing soybean market in China
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article saying that "China's imports of soybeans [have been] a boon for US farmers in recent years." Now the farmers are becoming concerned they will lose their market as China increases its soybean imports from South American countries.

  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.

  Russian Federation

Chicken Under WTO Spotlight
Thousands of tiny chicks scampered around under the green lights of their glassed-in pen. 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.
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  Philippines

Northern Mindanao poultry, swine production up in 1Q of 2006
Some 11,241, 809 heads of chicken was noted in the poultry inventory of Northern Mindanao during the first quarter, this year, up by 35.99% compared to the 8,266,674 heads in the same period of 2005.

  Lithuania

Lithuania'sFirst-Half Poultry Imports Drop Slightly
Statistics Lithuania reports that Lithuania imported 15,559 tonnes of poultry meat in the first half of this year, a year-on-year fall of 4.2 per cent, according to Baltic Business News.

Company news

Hybro Poultry College breeds international collaboration
Now in its third year, Hybro’s annual Poultry College (HPC) is becoming well established as a key event in the poultry producer’s calendar – attracting delegates from leading integrations around the world, to participate in a series of lectures, presentations and organised visits that focus on best practice and emerging technologies in modern broiler production.

New appointment for Hybro Order Desk
In response to growing demand for Hybro products worldwide, the Dutch broiler breeding company has appointed Geert van Rooij as new order desk assistant. Geert will take up his role from September 11, 2006.

Duck-To-Farm invests in SmartSet™ single-stage incubation
Pas Reform Leading duck producer Duck-To-Farm has contracted Dutch hatchery technology company Pas Reform to supply and install the Smart incubation system at its Ermelo Hatchery in The Netherlands, marking the first installation of Smart technology for the incubation of duck eggs.

Vencomatic and Prinzen win awards during VIV Europe
Vencomatic The international trade show, VIV Europe, took place in Utrecht from May 16 to 18. Vencomatic and Prinzen each had booth at the show.

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!

Ed.

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