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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 23rd October 2006

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Monday 23rd October 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Environmental Factors to Control When Brooding Chicks
By Brian D. Fairchild, Extension Poultry Scientist, The University of Georgia.
Conserve Feed Pellet Quality at the Farm to Improve Feed Conversion and Flock Uniformity
By Edgar O. Oviedo, Broiler Extension Specialist, Department of Poultry Science, North Carolina State University.
In-house Pasteurization of Broiler Litter
By Theresia K. Lavergne, Matthew F. Stephens, David Schellinger and William A. Carney Jr., Ph.D., and published by Louisiana State University.
Does the World Need U.S. Farmers Even if Americans Don’t?
By Mary K. Hendrickson, Harvey S. James, Jr., And William D. Heffernan and published by the University of Missouri.
US Poultry Outlook Report - October 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service.
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* Global Poultry Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

CHINA - A total of 42.6 million domestic fowls in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have received compulsory inoculations following an outbreak of bird flu in the region last month, according to local authorities.

INDONESIA - Indonesia, which has the world's highest number of bird flu deaths, intends to bar city residents from keeping chickens and other poultry in their backyards, ministers said. The number of Indonesian provinces where bird flu is endemic has nearly halved in the last six months, although all areas on heavily populated Java island remain affected, a health official said Saturday.

CAMBODIA - The United Nations has praised Cambodia for its rapid action in preventing the spread of bird flu, which has killed six people in the kingdom. "Rapid action was taken by community groups with the support of government and international organizations and this was a very excellent piece of work by all concerns," said David Nabarro, the UN's senior coordinator on avian influenza.

TAIWAN - Taiwan is covering its poultry and pig farms with nets to prevent migratory birds from infecting local flocks and livestock with the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, an agricultural official said on Tuesday.

US - Researchers in Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences recently were awarded $2.6 million from the Centers for Disease Control to study how interactions between humans and birds may lead to more widespread transmission of avian influenza.

EU - Concerns that bird flu may return to ravage the poultry industry and humans have prompted the EU to invest €28m in new research to better spot and control outbreaks. The European Commission will fund 17 research projects covering a range of subjects, including new vaccines for birds, an early warning system, increased understanding of how the virus works and a network for monitoring migratory birds.

ZAMBIA - Poultry experts in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region have warned of risks of bird flu being spread through poultry smuggling.

SUDAN - Kenyan authorities have issued an alert following a recent outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in southern Sudan. The ministry of health's head of promotive services Nicholas Muraguri said teams of health workers and veterinarians are carrying out tests on people and poultry especially in Turkana and Lokichoggio districts bordering southern Sudan.
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  United States

US City Council officially opposes cage eggs
Earlier this month, Takoma Park City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing the use of cage eggs and urging consumers not to buy them. Takoma Park is the first city in the US to take an official position against housing layers in battery cages.

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

Poultry litter generates heat
There's more than just good chemistry between Oren Heatwole Jr. and the millions of chickens and turkeys that populate the Valley. There's real heat.

As exports decline, Md. poultry industry feels repercussions from Asian flu cases overseas
Incidences of avian flu in far-flung parts of the world have taken a large bite out of Maryland's biggest farm business, poultry production.

How Will Crop Producers and Congress Respond to Higher Prices?
Wheat, corn, and soybean prices, which have moved higher since mid-September, have implications for the production plans of farmers and perhaps for farm policy, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois marketing specialist.

One agency should handle country’s total food safety
Recent widespread outbreaks of E. coli contamination have resulted in the recall of spinach, lettuce and ground beef. Some of the cases were fatal to consumers. The recent problems have sparked calls for a change. One of the suggestions involves giving a single agency responsibility for food safety.

FDA likely to approve meat, milk from clones
The Food and Drug Administration is nearing a decision to approve the sale of food from cloned animals and their offspring.

'Carbon trading' creates questionable deals
As the world grows warmer, poorer nations are helping the rich by reining in heat-trapping gases, in a multibillion-dollar "carbon trade" that is outrunning its U.N. overseers and founding principles and spawning conflicts of interest and possible abuse.
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  European Union

Gradus invests to meet EU poultry demands
Meat Processor Gradus has opened the largest poultry slaughterhouse in South-East Europe as part of its plans to modify its infrastructure to cope with EU requirements.

  Russian Federation

International Egg and Poultry Review: Russia, EU
USDA's AMS looks at the international developments concerning the poultry industry, in Russia and the EU.

  India

The potential of India's food industry
India is the world's second largest producer of food next to China, and has the potential of being the biggest with the food and agricultural sector.

  Zambia

Zambia becoming more competitive in poultry production
Zambia is gradually becoming a competitive country in terms of egg production, the Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ) has said.

  United Kingdom

Experts to meet to discuss salmonella in laying flocks
The Health Protection Agency and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency are today hosting a conference to discuss the results of an EU-wide survey of salmonella in laying flocks.

Poultry farm nightmare as thousands of birds are culled
More than 100 rare birds at a disease-hit game farm at Fenton Barns near Drem have been saved because they are considered globally endangered.

Post-H7N3 Outbreak Chicken Farm On Road To Recovery
Few people would welcome the raucous chorus of 8,000 clucking hens but for Norfolk farmer Simon Dann it is the sound of life getting back to normal.

Noble means no choice, says BFREPA
The creation of Noble Foods means that hundreds of free range producers now have no choice where they market their eggs, says BFREPA.
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Farmers change to survive in NI
Farming is still an important sector for Northern Ireland's economy. In the first of a series of reports from the province, BBC News examines how the business of farming has been changing.

We're not blurring our principles on organic food
Usually, the Soil Association is criticised for setting unrealistically high standards for organic farming and food, says Peter Melchett in a letter. So it was a surprise to read the Guardian's leader column alleging that we were "diluting standards to keep in with the supermarkets".

Further delays seen with farm payments
English farmers can expect more delays next year with a troubled new 1.5 billion pound payment scheme, the National Audit Office said on Wednesday.
See Also: £1bn farm cash fiasco criticised by MPs

New chicken factory plan thrown out
Controversial plans to build a poultry farm in Eye were rejected by town councillors on Wednesday. Applicant Godfrey Ford Ltd wants to build the 100m-long free range chicken shed and feed bin on land off Dragon Hill on the B1117.

  Ireland

Irish Farmers spending 99% of time to earn 6% of income
The Teagasc farm income survey, which has shown that farmers are spending 99% of their time earning one twentieth on their income, highlights the Government’s failure to improve returns from our prime food produce, according to Fine Gael Agriculture and Food Spokesperson, Deputy Denis Naughten.

  China

China Broiler Weekly
In this weeks China Broiler Weekly, broiler prices in China were mixed in the week ending Oct 18.
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  Hong Kong

Hong Kong Government Orders Poultry Rest Day
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has reminded poultry retailers and the public that the next Rest Day falls this Wednesday (October 25).

  Nigeria

700,000 birds culled in Nigeria since Avian flu outbreak, WHO official says
Around 700,000 birds have been culled in Nigeria since the outbreak of Avian flu in February this year, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) official.

Company news

Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus Hubbard Consolidates Its Position in Central America
The 19th Central American and Caribbean Poultry Congress took place on August 23-25, 2006 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Merial Merial, Pfizer Scoop Animal Pharm Awards
Merial and Pfizer led the pack at Animal Pharm's inaugural Animal Health Industry Excellence Awards, held in London's Docklands on October 12th.

Intervet Avian influenza research - Intervet supported by European Commission
This week the European Commission decided to support 17 projects on avian influenza under the EU’s Sixth Research Framework Program.

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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