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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 11th September 2006
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Rearing Parent Stock
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How to control growth to improve economic results
By Brian Fairchild and Mike Lacy, University of Georgia Department of Poultry Science.
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USDA Poultry and Products Annual Reports 2006 Summary
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

CHINA - The Council of Agriculture called yesterday for chicken and pig farms to set up bird-proofing nets as soon as possible in an attempt to keep wild birds separated from poultry and pigs and prevent outbreaks of avian flu. The government also yesterday blamed the "prolonged delay" in sharing bird flu samples on procedural problems faced by the importer designated by the World Health Organization.

INDONESIA - Indonesia recorded a 14-year-old girl, who died in June in South Sualwesi province, positive with avian influenza, Health Minister Siti Padila Supari said in Jakarta yesterday. The number of poultry that died of avian influenza in West Java over the first eight months of this year increased threefold from the previous year, another government official said.

CAMBODIA - Researchers who tested 351 Cambodian villagers after they had extensive contact with avian influenza infected poultry in 2005 found that none had antibodies to the H5N1 virus, suggesting that it doesn't easily spread to humans and that mild cases are rare.

EGYPT - Egypt uncovered new cases of bird flu in domestic fowl, the health ministry said on Thursday. Birds tested positive for the lethal H5N1 strain in locations in the southern province of Sohag and the Mediterranean coastal province of Damietta, the ministry said.

US - Swans fitted with the same global positioning system satellite transmitters used to navigate cars may help scientists better understand the role wild birds play in the spread of avian influenza. Last week, Mallard ducks in Pennsylvania tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus, the USDA said last week, adding to cases detected recently in Maryland and Michigan.

ROMANIA - Chicken consumption in Romania will drop 11% in 2006 because avian flu has diminished the number of poultry at breeders, the Rompres news agency reported on Tuesday.
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WSPA Exports Model Farm Practices To Brazil And China
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has launched an international Farmwatch campaign to improve conditions for farm animals, starting in Brazil and China.

Trade Talks Failure Should Prompt Rethink Of Food And Farming To Combat Obesity Epidemic
The global obesity epidemic cannot be halted by conventional means and demands a radical rethink of farming and food production worldwide, a leading scientist warned last week.

Editorial: The truth on GM is in the middle ground
"Food can polarise opinion more than most issues, but can we please have some balance and debate, rather than mudslinging and crop burning to get to the truth?" asks Stephen Daniells.

  United States

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Up 1%, reports the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Biofuels and Livestock
Research under way in the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences has developed methods for allowing the same field of corn to be used for the production of livestock feed and ethanol.

Weekly Outlook: Soybeans
The soybean market apparently expects a larger production forecast on Sept. 12, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. "Soybean prices declined sharply following the USDA's Aug. 11 Crop Production report, even though the soybean production forecast was nearly 100 million bushels less than expected," said Darrel Good.

Sustainable Food for the World
While major strides have been made in feeding a rapidly growing world population, it is unacceptable to still have 800 million hungry people in the world, said a University of Illinois agricultural economist in a recent article in the Harvard International Review.

Organic poultry farm uses air-cooling and local producers
To cope with the increasing demand for organic poultry products, Elite Foods has opened a 38,000 square foot East-coast processing plant. The sale of organic foods in the US is still a small percentage of the total food market, but it shows strong growth as consumers show increased awareness of high quality meats, along with ethical concerns regarding meat production.

Jury selection to begin Tuesday poultry arsenic case
Jury selection in a lawsuit that claims poultry litter causes cancer is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Relief For Bay Area Farms Hurt By July Heat Wave
Sonoma, Solano and 14 other Californian counties have been designated disaster areas that are eligible for economic assistance because of the heat wave in July. Farmers and ranchers in 16 counties are to be considered for emergency loan assistance after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger requested a disaster declaration. "I applaud Secretary Mike Johanns for expediting this much needed assistance to our agricultural community," Schwarzenegger said.
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  United Kingdom

Views sought on animal feed guidance
The Food Standards Agency has published draft guidance on the labelling of compound animal feeds (feeds with two or more ingredients).

Defra Asks For Views On The Code Of Practice For The Welfare of Poultry At Slaughter
Defra have released a consultation letter on the code of practice on the welfare of poultry at slaughter.
Identity of UK regional produce brands to be protected by EU law
Safeguarding the reputation and quality of the UK's regional produce is a fundamental objective of the Country Land and Business Association's Food Chain Initiative.

Scientists crack secret of tougher egg shells with development of new hen breed
A new breed of hen which can produce eggs with extra-hard shells has been developed by scientists in Scotland. Experts at the Roslin Institute - where Dolly the cloned sheep was created - say they have devised a way of selectively breeding hens to produce eggs with toughened shells.

RPA may need to adjust 19,000 Single Payment Scheme claims
RPA has introduced a new software upgrade to adjust Single Payment Scheme (SPS) 2005 entitlements where changes to the number, value or type/region may be necessary. Around 19,000 SPS claims together with 7,700 claims with horticultural authorisations are being reviewed to verify whether adjustments are required.

Study reveals farmers spend more than they earn
Many farmers across England are spending more money then they earn, according to a Defra study. Farmers took an average of £29,700 from their business in 2004/2005, while they made £28,200, the study of 60,800 farm household incomes found.

HLS making agri-environmental schemes harder to sign up for
Farmers and land agents claim their desires to "go green" by embracing agri-environmental schemes are being thwarted by raised hurdles and suspected budget cuts.

Small producers to be encouraged to colloborate for school meal contracts
Education secretary Alan Johnson has announced a package of measures to improve school meals, one of which could open up a new market for small and local producers.

Chicken prices all-time low
The price of a dressed chicken has touched an all-time low as it is quoted at Rs 38 a kg in the retail market. In the wholesale it was between Rs 32 and Rs 35 a kg. Interestingly, the minimum price of ladoos in the region is Rs 45 per kg.


RP eyes Singapore, EU as new markets for poultry and pork
The government is eyeing bigger market access for the country’s pork and poultry in Singapore and the Europe which seek food safety certifications particularly Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) from Filipino exporters.


Biodiesel plant business case for Mid North
The Southern Flinders Ranges Development Board is to develop a business case investigating building a canola crushing and biodiesel production plant in the Gladstone area.


China's food processing machinery seeing rapid growth
China's food processing and packaging machinery sector has made significant strides and is closing the gap on the products made in other parts of the world, according to a new report.

China Broiler Weekly
China broiler prices were mixed during the week ending Sep 6. The outbreak of disease in pigs affected supplies in some regions. Prices of AA broilers are seen to remain stable moving forward.


Food safety experts launch battle against E. coli bacteria
Food safety experts are meeting in Dublin, Ireland this week to discuss international standards they hope will cut back on the rising number of infections caused by the deadly enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) bacteria.

  Viet Nam

PM calls for stamping out foot and mouth disease
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Thursday asked localities to stamp out outbreaks of foot and mouth disease and revive the livestock breeding industry as soon as possible.
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Scientists look to carrageenans to boost egg white gelling
Adding carrageenans to egg white ovalbumin improves the gelling ability of the egg protein and could spark a "great interest using liquid egg as gelling agents", says research from Spain.


Smithfield targets Romania for expansion into Europe
Smithfield Foods has targeted massive expansion into Romania as the lynchpin of its plans to muscle further into the European market.

  Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Group's First-Half Poultry Production
Russia's Cherkizovo Group meat processor and livestock breeder says it increased its poultry output by 20 per cent year-on-year in the first half of this year.

  Iran, Islamic Republic of

Iran, Iraq sign agreement on veterinary cooperation
Head of Iran's Veterinary Organization Hossein Hassani conferred on Sunday with his Iraqi counterpart Davoud Mohammad Sharif on expansion of mutual cooperation between the two countries.


Brazil starts exporting chicken to Egypt
Brazil has started exporting large volumes of chicken meat to the Egyptian market. According to newspaper Al Ahram, the main paper in the African-Arab country, 20,000 tonnes of frozen chicken, produced in Brazil, arrived in Egypt last week.

Company news

Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus First Hubbard Flex GP In South Africa
Hubbard is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Genetex Poultry Breeders (Pty) Ltd for the distribution of Hubbard Flex PS in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia.

Pas Reform New: SmartPortal&trage; Online Hatchery Support
Defining the future of customer service for the modern hatchery. With a passion for precision and a dedication to the future of hatchery technology, Pas Reform understands how important it is that hatchery managers have access to the help, advice and support they need, when they need it - wherever they are.

Vencomatic Vencomatic opens new office in Bangkok
Vencomatic BV from the Netherlands has opened a new office in Bangkok Thailand per September 1st 2006. The company is already very active in Asia and Oceania and wants to improve customer support with the opening of their new sales office.

New managing director for Cobb Europe
Steve Parsons, who has held senior positions in the poultry industry in South Africa and UK over the past 14 years, is to become the new managing director of Cobb Europe.

That's all for this week!


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