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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 2nd October 2006
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USDA Poultry and Products Annual Reports 2006 Summary
Latest USDA FAS reports from Argentina, India, Saudi Arabia and South Africa plus previously published reports from many other countries.
Estimation of Genetic Parameters for Fat Deposition and Carcass Traits in Broilers
By S. Zerehdaran and J. A. M. van Arendonk, Wageningen Institute of Animal Science; A. L. J. Vereijken, Nutreco Breeding Research Center and E. H. van der Waaij, University of Utrecht.
Sources of Campylobacter spp. Colonizing Housed Broiler Flocks During Rearing
By S. A. Bull, V. M. Allen, G. Domingue, F. Jørgensen, J. A. Frost, R. Ure, R. Whyte, D. Tinker, J. E. L. Corry, J. Gillard-King, and T. J. Humphrey.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - September 2006
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

CHINA - An outbreak of bird flu has been identified in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. The national avian influenza laboratory confirmed that the H5N1 virus was found in samples of the dead poultry in Xincheng village, Baotou City.

GENEVA - After 18 months of stalling and repeated calls for cooperation by international health officials, China is expected to deliver a batch of animal virus samples of the lethal avian influenza virus H5N1, senior global health officials say, according to The Washington Times. New drugs are needed to treat the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which has killed at least 148 people, because of the possibility that it could mutate and develop resistance to the most effective anti-viral medicines, a WHO scientist said Thursday.

INDONESIA - A 20-year-old Indonesian man who health officials thought had been part of a family cluster of bird flu cases died of the disease on Thursday, a hospital official said. The man's 25-year-old brother died on Sunday after displaying bird flu symptoms but there has been no positive confirmation he had the disease because no samples were taken for testing.

VIETNAM - Viet Nam has vaccinated approximately 54.4 million poultry and the bird flu epidemic in localities is still well under control, according to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Health Department.

EGYPT - Another case of avian flu in birds has been confirmed in Egypt. Ministry of Health officials and World Health Organisation staff said on Wednesday that a case of H5N1 in birds was detected in a house near Aswan, in Upper Egypt. Animals within a one-kilometre radius of the site of infection have been culled and removed for sterile burial.

UK - An updated and revised strategy to screen wild birds for the presence of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been announced. Defra's targeted surveillance strategy will involve sampling for the disease in areas which have high numbers of migrating waterfowl and larger poultry populations.
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US - Scientists reported yesterday that an experimental vaccine triggered a good immune response to H9N2 avian influenza virus, a type that has caused a few human infections and is considered capable of evolving into a pandemic strain. The USDA said last week it would, under certain conditions, reimburse commercial poultry farms for the cost of stopping low-pathogenic H5 and H7 avian influenza outbreaks.

  United States

Experts: U.S. must protect food supply
The United States needs to continue taking steps to protect its food supply from terrorism just as it would its buildings, airports and other infrastructure, FBI deputy director John S. Pistole said.

Poultry Group Drops Ads Mentioning Oklahoma Official
A poultry company group will suspend controversial advertisements that refer to the Oklahoma attorney general. Representatives for the Poultry Council said that they will suspend the advertisements that refer to the state attorney general until after the November elections to avoid the "appearance of impropriety."

Weekly Outlook: Storing Early Corn
Recent price behavior in the corn market has provided less incentive to store the early harvested 2006 crop, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Ben & Jerry's To Use Only "Certified-Humane" Cage-Free Eggs
Ben & Jerry’s announced last week that the company is making a total transition to egg suppliers who use “Certified-Humane,” cage-free methods to raise their egg-laying hens.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 1 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Johanns touts USDA bioterror prevention efforts
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns keynoted the Second Annual International Symposium on Agro-Terrorism in Kansas City last week. He told a group of several hundred public health, military professionals and ag industry officials the U.S. must defend the food chain from terrorist attack for the good of the entire nation.

Cage-Free Eggs Proposal Would Be First In Nation
A DC Council member is proposing that grocery stores be required to post signs to show whether the eggs they sell are produced by hens that were kept in cages.
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Simmons Foods gets more stringent permit for poultry plant
A poultry plant in Southwest City, Missouri, just east of the Oklahoma-Missouri border is drawing complaints from some Oklahoma landowners.

  United Kingdom

NFU President puts farming in the spotlight
NFU President Peter Kendall hosted a very well attended fringe event at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester at the weekend. Joining Peter were Charlotte Atkins and Secretary of State David Miliband. David Miliband said Defra and the Government as a whole needed to win back the trust of the farming community.

Traffic light food labelling system could harm industry, NFU warns
The traffic light system for labelling food could have potentially dire consequences for the farming industry, the NFU has warned.

RSPCA dismayed by poultry conditions
Many chickens reared for the table are prone to illnesses that could be reduced by better farm standards, according to a report by the RSPCA.

East Anglian farmers see average profits drop 70%
Farmers in East Anglia are making only a third of the profits they made 10 years ago, according to a survey of farmers in the region.

Waste management licence advice service launched
A new advisory service to help growers generate income from spreading waste to land has been launched by Agrogate, the farm business advisory arm of Agrovista.

Rural Payments Agency's latest figures show thousands still waiting for money
The Rural Payments Agency has confirmed that 99 farmers in England are yet to receive a penny of their single farm payment for 2005 and some 7300 claimants are awaiting their top-up payments.

Securities launch is a swine for London Stock Exchange
Investors will be able to take a punt on the price of pigs for the first time tomorrow, following the launch of 29 new securities on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
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Job loss fear at chicken factory
More than 100 jobs could be lost at an Aberdeen chicken processing factory. Grampian Country Food Group has announced it is pulling out of the frozen chicken market.

  Dominican Republic

Meeting To Discuss Poultry Farms Smell Near Dominican airport
The smell affecting the Cibao International Airport by pig and chicken farms located in Uveral section of Licey township will be faced as of this Monday, with joint actions taken by the authorities of Civil Aeronautics and of that municipality, community organizations and the terminal’s operators.


Liquidator appointed to Limerick poultry plant
The High Court has appointed a provisional liquidator to Co Limerick poultry company Castlemahon Food Products.

  South Africa

International Egg and Poultry Review
By the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service - This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry, this week looking at the latest in South Africa.

  Viet Nam

Vietnam's poultry breeding
Every year, Vietnam's poultry breeders produce around 16-17% of the total live weight of poultry and cattle, and 19% of total revenue from livestock breeding. It has been a major challenge for the sector to cope with the recent bird flu epidemic, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has designed a project to restructure the domestic poultry breeding system to encourage sustainable development.


China Broiler Weekly
In this weeks China Broiler Weekly, eFeedLink report that China breed broiler prices were higher in Guangdong and Sichuan provinces, but were lower in Guangxi Zhuang Region during the week ending Sep 27.
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EU silent on quotas for local poultry
Thailand has so far failed to persuade the European Union to give a special import quota on its chicken exports after meeting with the EU's representative under World Trade Organisation rules, according to The Nation.

  Russian Federation

US Wants More Details on Pork, Oil and Siloviks
The Russian delegation is setting off tomorrow for a new round of talks with the United States on Russia’s joining the World Trade Organization. The parties do not expect much progress, though. Old discussions will be continued while debates on Sakhalin-2 and Russia’s domestic situation will surely follow.


Jamaican farmers could pay more for farm feeds
Farmers could be asked to pay higher prices for animal feed as the price of corn, which is the main ingredient used to manufacture the product, spirals out of control in the United States.

  Saudi Arabia

Clean Bill of Health for Poultry
The winning of three internationally recognized awards recently by the Radwa Food Production Company for the quality of management and health secures its position as one of the safest poultry production facilities in the world.

  European Union

EU restricts accession funding to promote agricultural reform
The EU is to place restrictions on aid payments to farmers in Bulgaria and Romania, unless they succesfully complete reforms in their agricutural policy.


Chicken meat import law review prompts health concerns
A peak poultry group says important human health concerns have been ignored in a review of the laws governing chicken meat imports.

That's all for this week!


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