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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 9th October 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Health Implications for Higher Density Broiler Production
By Stewart J. Ritchie and published by The Alberta Agriculture, Food And Rural Development Department.
Biosecurity Basics for Poultry Growers
By Dan L. Cunningham and Brian D. Fairchild, Department of Poultry Science, The University of Georgia.
Avian Influenza – Autumn Migration Signals New Risk
By Dr Stephen Lister MRCVS.
USDA Poultry and Products Annual Reports 2006 Summary
Latest USDA FAS reports from Russia, Japan, Vietnam and the UAE plus previously published reports from many other countries.
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

NIGERIA - The federal government has suspended the payment of compensation to poultry farmers affected by the outbreak of bird flu in the country.

VIETNAM - Vietnam's bid to prevent the reoccurrence of avian influenza has shown progress, as no new outbreaks of bird flu had been reported nationwide since the last December.

US - The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior today announced final test results, which confirm that a low pathogenic H5 avian influenza virus was found in samples collected last month from wild Northern pintail ducks in Montana. This type of avian influenza has been detected several times in wild birds in North America and poses no risk to human health. U.S. preparations against a possible outbreak of the deadly form of the H5N1 avian flu virus are solid, but other countries may not be as ready, a U.S. health safety official warned on Thursday.

INDONESIA - The bird flu virus that's killed one person a week in Indonesia this year hasn't mutated to become more contagious to people, the country's agriculture ministry said, citing an analysis of virus samples. The Indonesian government has teamed up with a Singaporean firm to develop an early diagnostic bird flu test kit for humans, the health minister said on Thursday.

MAURITANIA - The government of Mauritania, considered a high-risk country for AI, has submitted a national prevention plan against the disease to international peers at a conference in Nouakchott. Millions of birds migrate to Mauritania each year from Europe, via the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean and tropical paths through Africa.

CHINA - China on Thursday confirmed another outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza among poultry in a northern region, its second outbreak reported within the last week. The national AI lab confirmed the presence of the virus after about 1,000 birds died in the Henan New Village, near Yinchuan in the Ningxia region, according to Xinhua.

PHILIPPINES - The Philippine Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has warned that the rampant smuggling of poultry products could help spread the deadly avian flu virus.
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  United States

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

Project aims to improve chicken house air
A Salisbury engineering firm has developed a method to remove moisture from chicken excrement and is retrofitting poultry houses at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with technology designed to sharply reduce ammonia emission associated with dank feces.

Support Grows For ID System
Livestock and poultry producers will be offered an opportunity within the next two months to help build a state animal identification program through a series of "listening sessions."

Smithfield Foods Completes Acquisition Of ConAgra Foods Refrigerated Meats Business
Smithfield Foods, Inc. last week announced that it had completed the acquisition of the assets of the branded meats business of ConAgra Foods, Inc. for $571 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.

Gold Kist To Open $70 Million Expansion in Live Oak, Florida
Gold Kist Inc. will celebrate the official opening of the $70 million, 180,000-square-foot expansion of its Live Oak, Fla., poultry processing facility on November 2, 2006 at 10 a.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature a keynote address by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Charles H. Bronson.

Tyson finds gas as humane as electrocution in bird slaughter
Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat producer, says using gas in killing chickens doesn't seem to be more humane than electrocuting them. But the company is seeking further study before changing its practice.

US Retail Food Prices Rise Slightly in Third Quarter
Retail prices for food at the supermarket increased slightly in the third quarter of 2006, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey.

Turning Waste into Power
A recent press release tells us the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute may offer us a glimpse into our energy future. An anaerobic biodigester system researched and developed at PAMI’s facilities in Humboldt has the potential to turn common waste into heat and electricity, with loads of potential for application in Saskatchewan and around the globe.

Maryland project aims to reduce poultry house stench
Ever smell that stink that comes from chicken houses? Blame moisture - and hope that a Maryland university's plan to fix it works. The University of Maryland, Eastern Shore is investing more than US$3 million in a project it hopes will cut down on the aroma that chicken waste yields.
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Chicken traders go bust as Malaysia's government controls prices
eOver 300 chicken sellers in the Malaysian state of Kedah have balked at the government's move to bring down the ceiling price of standard chicken to RM5.40 (US$1.46) from RM6 (US$1.67) per kg last Friday (Sep 29) after the market saw a series of price hikes recently.

  United Kingdom

Harvesting knowledge
As barbecues go, it would be difficult to imagine a more intriguing group of guests. Queuing politely in a bustling farmyard in Wytham was a man who knows a good deal about burgers, or at least the art of selling hundreds of millions of them, Steve Easterbrook, the president and chief executive of McDonald's UK. Major General Peter Davies, director general of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, stood not far behind him, along with Philip Lymbery the chief executive of Compassion in World Farming.

Goose producers look ahead to Christmas
The widening appeal of geese will be the focus of attention when goose producers from all around the UK and Ireland converge on the Symingtons’ farm in Leicestershire for the annual farm walk of British Goose Producers on Wednesday October 18.

Best option for the environment and farming remains ammonium nitrate, says fertiliser research
The findings of a research programme which looked for alternatives to ammonium nitrate fertilisers were published last week by Defra.

Supermarkets accused over organic foods
Supermarkets are putting pressure on organic food watchdogs to lower standards so they can fully exploit a billion-pound industry which is growing by 30% a year, according to leading figures in the movement.

SA Responds To Claims Of Lowering Organic Standards
A BBC Newsnight piece broadcast wednesday claimed that it had 'evidence' that the Soil Association's organic standards and principles were 'slipping' under pressure from major retailers and the growth of the organic market. This claim was repeated in an article in The Guardian, based on the Newsnight broadcast.

Meat and Livestock commision's study indicates growing demand for quality meat
A growing sector of "foodies" is opening up new opportunities for meat producers in the south west, according to new research. Contradicting the widely held perception that people are cooking less in the home, a study by the Meat and Livestock Commission has revealed a growing passion for local, fresh and high quality food.

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 Japan.


France's rooster rising?
An emblem of French nationalistic pride, the symbolic Coq Gaulois or Gallic rooster suffered a massive image blow when bird flu struck the country for the first time this early spring, according to eFeedLink.


China: a victim of trade wars?
If the Chinese government gives in to mounting international pressure to revalue its currency, it could spell the end of cheap exports, a move that many anticipate would have a knock-on effect on raw materials costs for the food industry. But China may prove to be a less ready victim of western bullying than some expect.


Tallegg's Eight-Month Turnover
Tallegg, Estonia's largest poultry producer, recorded a turnover worth EEK336 million (USD27.2 million) in the first eight months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 30 per cent.

  Russian Federation

Optifood to Build New Poultry Complex
Russia's Optifood poultry producer is planning to build a new broiler complex in the Rostov region in southern Russia.
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Belarus Announces Poultry Sales Restriction
The Belarusian government is considering banning sales of poultry and eggs at markets, such that poultry sales would only be allowed in supermarkets and in small grocers' shops.


Livestock cruelty laws: Ontario moves forward
Ontario livestock producers and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) may view the issues of animal welfare and livestock cruelty from very different vantage points, but they agree that the current system of enforcing cruelty legislation is flawed. After looking westward, they think they’ve found a solution.

Company news

Cobb appoints new sales manager for UK
Antony Taylor has been appointed sales manager by Cobb Europe, responsible for the UK and providing sales support for Cobb Ireland. With 14 years' experience of the broiler industry, Mr Taylor is taking over the area from Allan Meldrum who has been working with Cobb for the last 15 years and has decided to continue on a reduced basis and to pursue other personal interests.

Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus Hubbard Returns To Argentina
Good news for the Argentina poultry industry. A young poultry organisation in vigorous expansion "Cabana Avicola Eco de las Aves", member of the CRIAVE group, has signed a contract with Hubbard LLC for the production and distribution of Hubbard broiler breeders in the Argentinean market.

8th CPC Poultry School In Egypt Highly Appreciated
The 8th Poultry School organised by the Cairo Poultry Company, parent company of CPGP and CMPG, distributors of Hubbard breeding stock in Egypt, took place on 2-8 September 2006 in Egypt at Hurghada on the Red Sea.

Intervet Intervet appoints Ellen de Brabander as a member of the company’s Executive Committee
Intervet, Akzo Nobel’s veterinary pharma business, announces that Ellen de Brabander – van den Berg has been appointed as a member of Intervet’s Executive Committee, effective October 1, 2006. Ellen de Brabander will succeed Klaus Olbers in the function of Vice President Research & Development.

That's all for this week!


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