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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 16th October 2006
Monday 16th October 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Effect of Egg Size on Heat Production and the Transition of Energy from Egg to Hatchling
By A. Lourens, Wageningen University and Research Centre, R. Molenaar, H. van den Brand, M. J. W. Heetkamp, and B. Kemp, Wageningen University, and R. Meijerhof, Hybro b.v.
Poultry Drinking Water Primer
By Brian D. Fairchild and Casey W. Ritz, Extension Poultry Scientists, The University of Georgia.
Keeping Meat and Poultry Safe
By Luis Pons, USDA's Agricultural Research Service.
USDA Poultry and Products Annual Reports 2006 Summary
Latest USDA FAS reports from Mexico plus previously published reports from many other countries.
UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to June 2006)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency.
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

THAILAND - The bird flu virus has already developed signs of resistance to oseltamivir, the drug widely used to treat the disease's symptoms in humans, a research study has found.

BHUTAN - Bhutan has lifted an eight-month ban on the import of poultry, eggs and related products from India two months after New Delhi declared itself avian flu-free.

SWITZERLAND - Poultry kept within a one-kilometre radius of major Swiss lakes and rivers must stay indoors from Sunday as part of targeted preventive measures against avian flu.

INDONESIA - The latest bird flu victim in Indonesia, a 67-year-old woman, died Sunday in Bandung, West Java, the Indonesian Bird Flu Information Center reported Monday. The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a senior agriculture ministry official said last week.

ITALY - To speed emergency responses to avian influenza and other animal and plant diseases, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization inaugurated a new crisis management center (CMC) at its Rome headquarters last week.

CHINA - Around three million domestic fowls in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have been inoculated following an outbreak of bird flu, according to local authorities. Nearly 1,000 chickens and ducks were reported to have died suddenly on a poultry farm in the Xincheng Village of Jiuyuan District in Baotou City on September 27.

NEW ZEALAND - A study of New Zealand chicken farms has given the all clear to the highly pathogenic bird flu. Biosecurity New Zealand has completed its first survey of commercial broiler and layer farms.
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Gold Kist Board Rejects Pilgrim Pride’s Offer As Inadequate
Gold Kist Inc. last week announced that its Board of Directors has rejected as inadequate Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation’s unsolicited tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of Gold Kist at a price of $20.00 per share, and strongly recommends that its stockholders not tender their shares.

Poultry Consumption And Antibiotic Resistance In Humans
Antibiotic use as a livestock growth promoter increases the risk of human antibiotic resistance, a Marshfield Clinic researcher and his colleagues have found.

Monthly US Egg Products Report
Shell Eggs Broken Up 1 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 2 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Salmonella test approved for poultry plants
Strategic Diagnostics announced that its new RapidChek Select Salmonella testing product has been approved by the technical committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), a joint effort to improve food safety by industry and the US Department of Agriculture.

Arkansas governor raps Oklahoma A-G in poultry dispute
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is criticizing Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson over a lawsuit Edmondson filed against Arkansas poultry companies.

Poultry processor Amick Farms sold to Illinois firm
Poultry processor Amick Farms, one of the Midlands' largest employers, has been sold to an Illinois meat distributor.
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Weekly Outlook: Crop Size
Typically, the USDA's October production forecast would be the dominant price factor during the harvest season and into the winter months, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Livestock ID program intended to track disease
Should mad cow disease or Avian flu find its way to a Des Moines County livestock herd, the disease could spread to 24 states within five days, said Byron Leu, Iowa State University Extension center livestock field specialist.

Two seeking ag office debate livestock rules
Both candidates for Iowa agriculture secretary said Friday the state needs to do something about foul odors and other pollution from livestock confinements, but they differed on what should be done.

Small farmers may be first in nation with organic co-operative
Three years ago at the Double A Farm, Linda and Ronnie Beale brought home a single litter of pigs to raise and feed their family.

Do Animals Smell?
The EPA recently announced a plan to gather data on air emissions from over 6,000 animal feeding operations (AFOs).

  European Union

EU food production responds to global changes
Closures, restructuring. mergers and the offshoring of production are continuing to change the profile of the EU's food manufacturing sector, according to a report from an European Commission agency.

Commission approves €193 million to fight animal diseases in 2007
The European Commission has approved a financial package of €193 million to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2007.


Production of poultry, livestock high in CV
Despite a boost in the province’s information, communication and technology (ICT) industry and a surge in property development projects, livestock and poultry production has not dwindled, according to an official from the Department of Agriculture (DA) 7.

Philippines to import chicken after typhoon destroys farms
The Philippines will import 3,000 tons of chicken from the US after the recent typhoon destroyed numerous poultry farms.
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  United Kingdom

Newcastle disease confirmed in Scotland
Laboratory results received today have confirmed Newcastle Disease on a poultry holding in East Lothian. The results from Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge follow investigation of suspect disease at the holding in Fenton Barns, Drem.

18,000 birds culled near nature reserve
Around 18,000 birds were culled over the weekend after an outbreak of Newcastle Disease in East Lothian - just five miles from a nature reserve. Although not a health risk to humans, the virus, which was found in a flock of grey partridges at the farm, is a killer among poultry and wild birds.

Poultry farmers call for three-year waiver on IPPC costs
Poultry farmers are set to lobby MPs at the House of Commons to get a three-year waiver on costs for the new Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control regulations.

UK foodborne disease cases fall by 19 per cent
Regulation, training and public information campaigns are having a dramatic effect on the reduction of foodborne diseases in the UK, with the number of cases of people getting sick falling by 1.5 million over the five years to the end of 2005.

Better farm prices are good for the countryside - Peter Kendall
The recent increase in farmers’ prices for products like cereals, oilseeds, beef, pork and poultry is long overdue, and is good news for the rural economy and the environment, NFU President Peter Kendall said today.

NFU warns farmers that there is no escape from cost sharing
Farmers will be expected to make a greater financial contribution towards meeting the cost of things like animal disease management, BSE controls and livestock tracing, as government looks to save money.

  Russian Federation

Russia to lift limits on poultry imports from Pennsylvania
Russia has lifted temporary limits on the imports of live chickens, incubator eggs, poultry, all types of poultry products, chicken fodder and used poultry equipment from Pennsylvania starting from last Saturday, the Agriculture Ministry press service said.


Gov't killed the poultry business - Agriculturalist
An agriculturist and managing director of Sydals Limited William Awuku Ahiadormey has launched a scathing attack on government, blaming it for what he terms the woes of the local poultry industry.
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China Broiler Weekly
Chinese broiler prices were mixed in the week ending Oct 11...


Brazil Cuts Poultry Slaughter By 14% In Q2
Brazil's National Statistics Institute reports that a total of 874 million head of poultry were slaughtered in Brazil in the second quarter of this year, a decrease of 13.9 per cent as compared with the first quarter of this year and 8.0 per cent lower than in the second quarter in 2005.


NSW Minister warns drought will drive up food prices
New South Wales Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald says the price of basic food is set to rise as farmers struggle to cope with drought.

Company news

Aviagen host Chinese visitors
Aviagen was recently host to two companies from the People's Republic of China at its European headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland.

New Ross Advertising Campaign
Aviagen, the world's leading poultry company, have recently launched a new advertising campaign for their Ross brand.

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