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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 6th November 2006
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Monitoring of Eggshell Breakage and Eggshell Strength in Different Production Chains of Consumption Eggs
By K. Mertens, F. Bamelis, B. Kemps, B. Kamers, E. Verhoelst, B. De Ketelaere, M. Bain, E. Decuypere, and J. De Baerdemaeker.
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

EASTERN EUROPE - Migrating ducks, geese, and swans spread the H5N1 bird flu virus from Russia to Romania, Turkey and Ukraine, researchers said on Thursday. A careful analysis of the spread of the virus from central Asia into eastern Europe in the autumn of 2005 shows that wild birds, especially mallard ducks, were the chief spreaders of the virus.

VIETNAM - The new strain of H5N1 bird flu virus, referred to as the "Fujian-like virus," has yet to be found in Viet Nam, Deputy Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan said in Ha Noi on Wednesday. CARE International hosted a day-long workshop in September on the dangers of avian influenza and how to prevent it. But a warning sign in the hall about not drinking duck blood soup highlights one difficulty of that task.

TAIWAN - The Center for Disease Control has ordered 190,000 doses of avian influenza vaccine to enhance the nation's flu-fighting capability amid renewed pandemic warnings, a senior official said Thursday. The government decided to procure the vaccine from two foreign suppliers after a new resistant strain of the H5N1 virus was found to have spread through Asia.

CHINA - A new strain of the killer H5N1 avian flu virus had emerged and become the dominant strain in southern China and southeast Asia by early this year, displacing previous ones, according to a study published on Tuesday. The strain appeared to be resistant to the current chicken vaccination program and might even be aided by it, according to Peoples Daily Online.

THAILAND - Bird flu killed a dog in Thailand after infecting its lungs, liver and kidneys, highlighting the potential for pets to contract the lethal virus and spread it to humans, researchers in the country said.

SOUTH AFRICA - The European Union on Wednesday lifted a two-year ban on South African ostrich meat imposed after bird flu fears which led to the culling of tens of thousands of birds, the agriculture ministry said.
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EGYPT - Bird flu killed a 39-year-old woman in Egypt, pushing the number of fatalities worldwide this year to 74, as many as reported in the previous two years combined.

UK - More than 300 nature reserves, parks and reservoirs are being added to the list of sites where wild birds are tested for signs of avian influenza, Environment Secretary David Miliband announced today. The sites, owned by wildlife groups, local authorities and private companies, will be patrolled by their staff who will report dead water birds to Defra - enhancing national surveillance of the wild bird population.

International agencies join forces to advise OIE animal health and welfare fund
Five international organizations met in Paris on 20 October 2006 to advise the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on funding to help developing countries meet international standards for dealing with disease outbreaks and related issues.

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Soybeans
With such large speculative interest and a changing demand climate, it is difficult to gauge the potential strength in the soybean market, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Corn and Wheat May be 2007 Choices
Changes in relative prices have caused corn and wheat to project higher relative returns in 2007 compared to soybeans, according to a recent University of Illinois Extension study.

Pilgrim's Pride Extends Tender Offers For Gold Kist Until End of Month
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation last week announced that it has extended its tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Gold Kist Inc. common stock for $20.00 per share in cash.

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

Chlorate Compound Found to Quell Microbes in Meat Animals
A patented compound developed by Agricultural Research Service scientists could help reduce the risk of Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection from meat or poultry products.

International Egg and Poultry Review
This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry, this week looking at the latest in Russia and the EU.
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Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 4 Percent From Last Year
The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service comment on the poultry weights and slaughter levels in their monthly Poultry Slaughter Report.

Salmonella outbreak shouldn't cause a panic
With a recent salmonella outbreak potentially linked to produce, shortly after spinach was taken off the shelves due to E. coli contamination, many people may be wondering if it is safe to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.


Huadu Broiler obtains exemption from export inspections
Last week Beijing Huadu Broiler Company received approval for exemption from inspection by customs authorities, clearing the way for greater exports and providing greater assurance of the company's product.

China Broiler Weekly
In this weeks China Broiler Weekly, eFeedlink report that prices were stable to higher in most regions.

  Viet Nam

Vietnam food market to benefit under WTO
Food processors in Vietnam can expect to see higher quality raw materials and lower prices on imported ingredients as the country becomes a full member of the World Trade Organisation.


Researcher: Dead Ducks Prove Avian Cholera Moving North
More than 3,000 common eider ducks found dead on Nunavut's South Hampton Island this summer were infected with avian cholera, a scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service says.


New bio-agent for parasite control
A new environmentally-friendly treatment to control the tiny parasitic worms which plague the livestock sector is set to become a commercial reality.
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  United Kingdom

Water friendly farming initiative gathers momentum
The key elements of a programme to help farmers tackle the causes of harmful water pollution are now in place, Environment Minister Ian Pearson announced today.

Sport stars support British Egg Week
Top sport stars united to support this year’s British Egg Week in October, making it the biggest campaign yet.

Profitable and environmentally sustainable food chain is needed says NFU President
Food retailers should be rewarding value - not cutting prices - to create a sustainable supply chain and allow farmers to continue their important environmental work.

Animal transporters invited to apply for authorisation
Transporters can now apply for authorisation to carry animals under new rules which become law in January.

Levy payers invited to have their say
John Bridge, the Chair Designate of the new agricultural and horticultural levy board is encouraging all levy payers to make sure they register their views on what they want out of the new organisation.

Countryside paying the price for single payment fiasco says NFU President
The countryside is paying the price for the Government’s mistakes over the single payment scheme at a time when funding for the environment should be a political priority, NFU President Peter Kendall said recently.

Walker slams CAP reform as 'still farming for the subsidy'
European Union agricultural policy reform - billed as a "brave new world" of freedom to farm without red tape - has become a joke, according to Jim Walker.

NFU Farming Outlook: Farming climate changing for the better
Recovery in the fortunes of many of Britain’s farmers is set to continue, according to the NFU’s latest “Farming Outlook” report.

Consumers signposted to gourmet turkeys and gobble ring tones
Consumers wishing to buy a locally produced festive bird can log onto the NFU’s Christmas turkey website:

Genetic 'Noah's ark' strategy launched for the country's farm animals
A plan to conserve the genetic material of the country's farmed animals was launched today. The plan makes recommendations to the industry and Government on how we can improve and maintain the diversity of our livestock's genetic material in the future.

French farmers suffer as food imports increase
French farmers are suffering as the nation’s consumption of imported food increases while exports remain static, according to the French national statistics institute INSEE.


Thai export target of processed poultry dropped
The head of the Producers of Export Poultry Association, Md. Anand Sirimongkholkasem, said the export target of processed poultry for this year has reduced from 300,000 tons to only 280,000 tons. However, the stock has over 100,000 poultries.


Group to study Irish poultry industry
A group is to be set up to examine the issues facing the Irish poultry industry. The Minister of State for Food, Brendan Smith, said the group of experts is being established to ensure that a viable sector in Ireland can continue in the long term.

Expert group to review ‘challenged’ poultry industry
An expert group is being brought together by the Government to guide the poultry industry through what Junior Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith described yesterday as a “particularly difficult juncture”.

  New Zealand

Australian drought pushing up NZ poultry costs
New Zealanders are about to feel the impact of Australia's big drought as grain prices across the Tasman soar by as much as 80 per cent.

  South Africa

EU lifts SA ostrich meat ban
The European Union Wednesday lifted a two-year ban on South African ostrich meat imposed after bird flu fears which led to the culling of tens of thousands of birds, the agriculture ministry said.

Company news

James Bell announces retirement from Cobb
James Bell has announced his intention to retire as president of Cobb, to be effective January 1, 2007. Jerry Moye, currently senior vice president for Cobb, will assume the role of president.

Hubbard LLC appoints Jay Daniels as Director of Operations
Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus Hubbard LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Jay Daniels as Director of Operations for the Americas as of October 1, 2006.

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