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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 25th September 2006
Monday 25th September 2006
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We have 3 new features this week:

USDA Poultry and Products Annual Reports 2006 Summary
Latest USDA FAS reports from Canada, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Korea, Kuwait and Romania plus previously published reports from many other countries.
Targeting Hidden Meat Yield
By James Young, Cobb World Technical Support Team.
US Poultry Outlook Report - September 2006
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

CHINA - Top influenza scientists warned on Friday of the big possibility of a major bird flu outbreak in China this winter or next spring. Such an outbreak, which would hit poultry and human beings, would probably take place as common flu cases reach their peak, said the chief epidemiology scientist.

SINGAPORE - A severe bird flu pandemic among humans could cost the global economy up to $2 trillion, the World Bank said on Sunday, sharply raising earlier estimates.

INDONESIA - A nine-year-old Indonesian boy has died of bird flu, an official of the health ministry's bird flu information centre said on Sunday, taking the country's death toll from the disease to 51.

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea said last week that five workers who helped cull poultry nearly 3 years ago showed evidence of past infection with H5N1 avian influenza though they had never been ill.

THAILAND - Thailand's continuing political crisis may have contributed to a resurgence of bird flu in the country, according to the United Nations official co-ordinating the global fight against the disease.

VIETNAM - The US Government has set aside US$1.55 million for a new project to fight avian influenza in Viet Nam and Laos, according to a press release issued by the US Embassy in Ha Noi today.

US - While states prepare for the possibility of an avian flu pandemic, the Navajo Nation veterinary program, with its expertise in zoonotic diseases, is the lead agency for H5N1 detection and control in bird species on the Navajo Nation.

NIGERIA - Some 200 health workers will fan out across Nigeria over the next six months to look for cases of avian influenza under a new project launched on Thursday by the European Union and the United Nations.
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UGANDA - Health experts in Uganda are on high alert and ready to counter any outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza, following an outbreak in neighboring southern Sudan.

NORWAY - Last week, Sanofi Pasteur announced the start of the first clinical trial of an H7N1 influenza vaccine, intended to guard against the threat of a pandemic caused by H7 strains of avian influenza.

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International Egg and Poultry Review
This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry, this week looking at the latest in the EU.

EU's food agency battles attempts to hijack science
Science and politics make poor bedfellows. Just ask Herman Koeter, deputy executive director at the European Food Safety Authority, which has felt the push and pull of national politics ever since the agency began operating four years ago.


UQ Research Project Targets Colitis In Pigs And Poultry
A new University of Queensland study aims to improve understanding of a remarkable organism which is an important cause of diarrhoea in animals and humans.

Farming sector fears worst
The present drought is expected to be the most damaging in more than a century and threatens to cut the value of agricultural production by billions of dollars.

  United States

Egg farm faces second investigation
The final word is not yet in on a complaint that the Vermont Egg Farm has violated wastewater rules at their 100,000-hen Highgate Center facility.

Burden versus Boon
A proposed federal animal identification system may seem as simple as piercing a sow's ear, but some area farmers and legislators say it would provide unnecessary safeguards and place undue burdens on the agriculture industry.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 2 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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Commission thanks poultry industry
A television commercial in which members of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission thank poultry farmers and the poultry industry for their efforts in moving poultry litter out of the Illinois River watershed will air soon in Oklahoma, according to a statement released by OSRC Chairman Bill Blackard of Tahlequah.

Iowa Seeks Manure Ban on Soybean Crops
The state's Environmental Protection Commission is closer to implementing a ban on the spreading of manure on land planted with soybeans. The commission met this week and instructed the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to craft a notice that begins the rule-making process for the ban.

Chicken slaughter: Killing them softly
Only five percent of the animals slaughtered in the United States are currently protected by humane slaughtering regulations, leaving the eight billion birds slaughtered yearly unprotected, according to a report on Point Eyes Right.

US Poultry Pollution Lawsuit Split
A federal judge has given 73,000 potential defendants in the Illinois River watershed a break, for now. US Magistrate Judge Sam A. Joyner separated claims the poultry companies filed against 160 businesses and individuals and 150 "John Doe" defendants in the watershed from the main case filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson.

USDA Expands the National Poultry Improvement Program
The USDA announced on Friday 22nd an interim rule that expands the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP), a voluntary cooperative federal, state and industry program designed to prevent the spread of poultry diseases in commercial poultry operations. The expansion of the program is in harmony with international animal health guidelines.

States reach agreement with egg industry over labeling
The egg industry has agreed to permanently drop "Animal Care Certified" logos on egg cartons after animal rights groups and officials from 16 states, including Alaska, said consumers were being misled.

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

  New Zealand

New Zealand Broiler Welfare Standards World-Class
Research into the welfare of commercial broiler chickens in New Zealand has found that welfare standards are equal or superior to that of broilers kept elsewhere.
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Farm incomes only 73% of average industrial wage, says Teagasc
Farm incomes increased on average by 44.4 per cent in 2005 to €22,459 per farm, according to the Teagasc National Farm Survey. Average Family Farm Income was €15,557 in 2004.

  United Kingdom

Smart label indicates accidental freezing
A new label on the market can indicate when temperature sensitive products have been accidentally frozen during transport or storage.

Defra cuts red tape for farmers
Biodiversity Minister Barry Gardner has announced new farmer-friendly measures to help cut red tape and protect the rural environment. The new rules have been designed to protect wildlife and landscape and to make the rules simpler for farmers and land managers.


PSE suspends trading of Poultry Company shares
Last tuesday, the Philippine Stock Exchange suspended the trading of poultry producer Vitarich Corp. after the company filed a petition for corporate rehabilitation.

Davao hog raisers, poultry growers to visit Sulawesi
Poultry growers and hog raisers in Davao Region need to check and see their supply from the source to make sure of safe and quality corn products.

Philippine Poultry Stocks Attracting Investor Interest
Poultry-related stocks attracted some interest yesterday after an announcement that prices of broiler chicken throughout the country had gone up by between 50 and 65 sen.


Chicken market in Egypt moves Brazilian companies
The opening of the Egyptian market to chicken imports is motivating Brazilian companies to negotiate with local industries, increasing exports to the Arab country.
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1st Minsk Battery Farm Receives HACCP Certificate
The 1st Minsk battery farm in Minsk was awarded the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certificate on September 20, according to the Belta news agency.


Hungary Poultry Production Up 9%
Hungary's Central Statistical Office reports that the production of poultry meat in Hungary in the first seven months of this year was 9.2 per cent higher than in the same period in 2005.

Company news

Pas Reform Gerd de Lange named Senior Poultry Specialist for Pas Reform Academy
As part of its ongoing, strategic programme to improve customer service and make further advances in its research activities, Pas Reform has appointed Dutchman Gerd de Lange as Senior Poultry Specialist to the Pas Reform Academy.

Pas Reform Academy hosts Seminar in Bulgaria
The Pas Reform Academy hosted a two-day training seminar for hatchery managers in Pleven, Bulgaria. The training was well attended by the whole of the Bulgarian hatchery industry, with delegates including representatives from Slaviana, Santal, Bovans Bulgaria, Bulagro, Popovo, Nikolov, Aves, Embryo and Gradus - all of whom welcomed the opportunity to share information and discuss the very latest hatchery management techniques.

Vencomatic Koen Boot appointed as general manager of Vencomatic
Vencomatic and Valmena Ltd sign a distribution agreement to represent Vencomatic in the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf Countries. The founder of Vencomatic, Mr. Cor van de Ven, has chosen to take a step back after 23 years of leading the company.

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