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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 30th October 2006
Monday 30th October 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Effects of Feeding Grains Naturally Contaminated with Fusarium Mycotoxins on Performance and Metabolism of Broiler Breeders
By M. Yegani, T. K. Smith, S. Leeson, and H. J. Boermans.
Golden Rules For the management of Hybro males
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World Poultry Trade Overview - October 2006
By USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - October 2006
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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!

GLOBAL - Bird flu is likely to remain a health threat to animals, and possibly humans, for the next decade, the U.N. coordinator for avian influenza says. Dr. David Nabarro said October 23 that the AI virus H5N1 "still is a major animal health issue for most of the world and we think it's going to stay that way for five, perhaps 10 years, to come.”

INDONESIA - Indonesia's National Commission of the Bird Flu Control and AI Pandemic Alertness has said that the number of bird-flu infected provinces in the country has dropped to 14 from the previous 30.

VIETNAM - A year ago Vietnam counted its 42nd bird flu fatality and the country was wracked with fears of a further spread of the deadly virus. Today, the Southeast Asian nation is held up as a shining example of how to tackle the disease: its poultry are healthy and there have been no further human cases.

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea's agriculture ministry announced tough measures aimed at preventing a winter outbreak of bird flu. From November through February it will step up quarantine and monitoring to prevent imports of infected birds. The ministry said imports from China and Thailand were already banned since both had reported cases.

UK - GlaxoSmithKline Plc is in talks with the British government about a nationwide bird flu vaccination after signing a similar deal with Singapore. A temporary ban on importing wild birds into the UK to prevent the spread of bird flu should remain in place, conservationists have said. The RSPB claims the ban has saved hundreds of thousands of exotic birds from death or a life in captivity.

EU - Bird flu may return to Europe in the coming weeks, spread by wild ducks, swans and geese carrying the virus south from their Arctic mating grounds. 26 European nations reported initial infections of the H5N1 AI strain in poultry or wild birds in late 2005 and early 2006 after a severe winter in Russia and the Caucasus area pushed migratory birds south and westward.

RUSSIA - Russia said it has fought an outbreak of bird flu among birds in the country, and the infection has not spread to humans. The disease was found in 80 locations in the country, including six poultry farms.

US - The US Departments of Agriculture and Interior last week announced final test results, which confirm that no avian influenza virus was found in samples collected earlier this month from wild Northern pintail ducks in Ohio.

CHINA - The quarantine imposed on an area in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, which was hit by an outbreak of bird flu last month, has been lifted, local authorities announced last Wednesday.
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  United States

Chicken industry faces price cuts amid surplus
U.S. chicken producers face a challenge: cut production or watch breast meat prices fall even further than the seven-year lows notched this week in the wholesale markets, analysts said.

Poultry Industry Challenges Campaign Ad
Poultry industry representatives criticized Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson Thursday for campaign commercials accusing them of using the state's rivers like open sewers.

September Egg Production Up 1 Percent
U.S. egg production totaled 7.42 billion during September 2006, up 1 percent from last year.

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

Chicken-litter lawsuit attorneys seeking stay in remaining cases
Lawyers in a lawsuit alleging that chicken litter causes cancer are asking a Washington County court to stay remaining cases in the suit pending appeal of a verdict in which lead plaintiffs Michael and Mary Green and their son, Blu, did not prevail.

Animal Breeders Association unhappy with anti-cloning petition
The National Association of Animal Breeders has issued a statement regards the filing of a petition to the FDA by a number of activist groups arguing for a moratorium on livestock cloning.

Study identifies potential wild bird flu transmitters
University of Georgia researchers Tuesday said in a release that the common wood duck and laughing gull are very susceptible to highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses and have the potential to transmit them.

Food Safety: From Farm to Fork
Food safety doesn't begin at the grocery store or in the kitchen. It begins on the farm. That’s why the Agricultural Research Service is in its third year of a multiagency USDA effort to routinely track the origins of certain disease-causing bacteria that can occur in meat animal production.

Pilgrim's Pride to Reduce Weekly Chicken Processing by 5% Year-Over-Year by January 2007
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. yesterday said it will reduce weekly chicken processing by 5% year over year, or approximately 1.3 million head per week, by January 2007 as part of its continuing effort to better balance supply and demand amid declining chicken prices and sharply higher costs for corn.

OSU survey explores farmers' opinions of 2007 farm bill
Ohio farmers may have varied opinions regarding polices and issues surrounding the 2007 Farm Bill, but they agree that the continuation of farm programs is important to their overall financial stability, according to an Ohio State University agricultural economic survey.

Animal ID plan angers some farmers
Farmer is worried the government will make it impossible for his 25-year-old son and his two young grandsons to keep the family business going for the generations to come.
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  South Africa

Biodiesel could fuel rural economic revival
Research will be conducted into the use of biodiesel waste in animal feed. The department of science and technology is providing financial support to the CSIR to conduct research into finding more benefits of biodiesel by-products and possible economic benefits for rural agricultural communities.

  United Kingdom

Government decision impacts foreign workers
A result of the government's decision to control Romanian and Bulgarian access to the UK labour market is that from 2008, all post offered under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) must be filled by nationals from Bulgaria and Romania, says the NFU.

Levy board appoints chairman designate
John Bridge had been appointed as Chair Designate of the new UK statutory agricultural and horticultural levy board. He will play a leading role in setting up the new levy board before it assumes its full statutory responsibilities in 2008.

Poultry farmers lobby UK parliament over IPPC
More than 120 poultry producers visited London to lobby MPs at Westminster in an attempt to get a three-year waiver on costs for the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) regulations.

Biosecurity - Protecting Flocks From Disease
Effective biosecurity measures by bird keepers are vital in protecting Northern Ireland against the introduction of Avian Influenza, report Dard.

EU says it will allow full aide for compulsory animal slaughter
Animals that are compulsorily slaughtered in the event of a disease outbreak will continue to receive full compensation, following a change of heart by the EU Commission in Brussels.

UK egg producers well-placed to meet new salmonella controls
Eggs are still considered the most important source of human salmonellosis in Europe, but the UK is well-placed to meet the tough new EU controls which are being introduced following a Europe-wide salmonella survey.
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China lifts poultry export ban on bird flu-hit region
China has lifted a poultry export ban on a region of Inner Mongolia that suffered an outbreak of bird flu last month, state media reported.

Goldman Sachs makes headway in buying Shineway shares
Hopes for the stalled acquisition of Shineway shares by Goldman Sachs Group to proceed on Friday (Oct 23) were raised as the deal received regulatory approval from the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

China Broiler Weekly
In this weeks China Broiler Weekly, eFeedlink report that prices of China breed broilers were largely stable. Strong meat demand in Shandong and Jiangsu due to the increasingly cooler weather and a smaller market release helped prices to rise. In Liaoning, prices were higher on low supplies.


Drought to leave chicken industry and consumers in a foul mood
Chicken prices are likely to increase because high feed costs arising from the drought are savaging processors' costs.

Imported feed grain expected to ease shortages
The Federal Government expects the first imports of feed grain for livestock to arrive in Australia in January to ease looming shortages.

  Czech Republic

Czech Poultry Prices Drop 9%
The Czech Statistical Office reports that the number of poultry on farms in the Czech Republic on June 30 this year was 23.3 million head, an increase of 1.4 per cent as compared with the number on the same date in 2005.


Philippines : Egg and Poultry Review
Typhoon Milenyo which struck Manilla 28th September has resulted in poultry grow-out losses that will take a number of months to recover from, reports the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.
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  European Union

EU and Brazil agree on a new EU poultry meat import regime
The European Commission has concluded an agreement with Brazil on a new regime for imports of salted poultrymeat, preparations of turkey meat and cooked chicken meat into the EU.

Interview with EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel
EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel’s patience with the UK is wearing thin accorging to and interview with Farmers Guardian.


Brazilian meat exports to Kuwait hits US$160 million in 2005
Brazil is now the top exporter of meat and poultry to Kuwait exporting nearly US$160 million worth of the product to the state in 2005.


Jamaica now produces enough eggs to meet demands
Jamaica is now self-sufficient in egg production, with more than 400,000 eggs being produced daily, according to president of the Jamaica Egg Farmers Association (JEFA), Mark Campbell.

  Korea, Republic of

Inspectors to decide whether poultry can return to S. Korea commissaries
Forget the beef, where’s the chicken? Fresh poultry went missing at U.S. Forces Korea commissaries this summer and returned for a short time in September, but now the fowl possibly have run afoul again, according to the U.S. military and its South Korean chicken supplier.


US agrees to buy poultry from Israel
Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon and the US government agreed to advance the inspection of slaughterhouses in Israel in preparation for the coming renewed export of poultry to the US.

Company news

Hybro strengthens technical team in Latin America
The expansion of Hybro B.V’s international team continues, with the appointment of Dr. Hugo Romero Sánchez as technical manager for Latin America, with effect from August 15, 2006.

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