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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 27th November 2006

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Monday 27th November 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Establishing new hatchery and GP Poultry Farm
By PAS Reform and Asian Poultry Magazine.
Troubleshooting Egg Production Problems
By Hubbard Breeders.
Preslaughter Mortality in Broiler Chickens, Turkeys, and Spent Hens Under Commercial Slaughtering
By M. Petracci, M. Bianchi, C. Cavani P. Gaspari and A. Lavazza.
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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!

NORTH KOREA - North Korea is stepping up measures to prevent bird flu, its official media said today, following an announcement over the weekend from the South that it had an outbreak of the highly virulent H5N1 strain.

SOUTH KOREA - South Korean quarantine officials are to slaughter 236,000 poultry after an outbreak of the H5N1 form of bird flu at a chicken farm. Despite frequent exchanges between the two countries, the suspected case of bird flu in South Korea is expected to have little impact on Taiwan, a government official said on Thursday.

JAPAN - Japan will temporarily suspend poultry imports from South Korea on concerns over bird flu, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki said recently.

THAILAND - Vaccination of fowl against bird flu has been tabled for consideration again as part of the government's bird flu control policies amid warnings by experts about the country's lack of readiness to handle such a programme.

IVORY COAST - An isolated case of bird flu has been discovered in turkeys in Ivory Coast, the first since the last outbreak in the capital six months ago, health authorities said.

U.S. - Detailed data on clustered human cases of avian flu have experts agreeing that the H5N1 virus is evolving - but in what direction?

THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday lifted an order on keeping poultry indoors, introduced to protect flocks from the threat of avian flu from migrating birds, as fears of a possible outbreak receded.

  United Kingdom

Newcastle Disease Trade Restrictions Lifted
Trade restrictions introduced on 16 October 2006, following an outbreak of Newcastle Disease in Great Britain, have been lifted.
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Rapid growth on farms of non-food crops
A five-fold increase in UK biofuel sales has seen a rapid growth in non-food crop production on farms. That is the conclusion from the two-year progress report ‘Creating Value From Renewable Materials: A strategy for non-food crops and uses’, launched by Defra and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Reviewing delivery of official controls in UK approved meat premises
The Food Standards Agency is currently reviewing how official controls are delivered in approved meat premises in the UK.

Free-range egg scarcity prompts imports
Behind the potentially damaging headlines warning of egg fraud and salmonella scares lie some issues of deep concern for the egg industry, not least of which is the arrival of foreign eggs on retail shelves, according to The Farmers Guardian.

Egg packers agree to interim separation
The UK's two largest egg packers (Deans Foods and Stonegate), whose merger is subject of a Competition Commission investigation, have agreed to partially reverse their integration as an interim measure.

UK Free-Range Egg Producers Furious At Retailer Egg Import Plans
Free-range egg producers are furious that at least one supermarket is planning to import free range eggs from France, reports Farmers Weekly Interactive.

  Ghana

Ghana's poultry organisation clears the air over corn import
Ghana's Dormaa Poultry Farmers Association has denied rumours among maize producers that the government allowed corn imports last year to cause a glut in the market to kick maize farmers out of business.
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  United States

Salmonella bacteria affects chicken meat; infections on the rise
The Unites States Agriculture Department has another worry on its hands – evidence suggests that the salmonella bacteria usually present in eggs has now spread to include chicken meat, according to Earth Times.

Testing Poultry Litter for No-Till Farming
Peter Kleinman plans to take his research on the road this fall. Every month or so, the Agricultural Research Service soil scientist will leave the rolling valleys of Pennsylvania dairy country for corn, crabs and chicken - hallmarks of the Delmarva Peninsula.

October Egg Production Up Slightly
U.S. egg production totaled 7.67 billion during October 2006, up slightly from last year, reports the USDA's NASS.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 3 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Weekly Outlook: Corn Prices
A number of factors indicate that corn prices will remain high, although potentially volatile, through the winter months, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

High corn prices mean tough times for livestock farmers
Corn prices are at their highest in a decade this fall, which means generous profits for grain farmers, but trouble ahead for livestock producers who feed their animals with corn.

Sale of Butterball not expected to change icon of Thanksgiving
When it comes time to talk turkey, generations of Thanksgiving chefs - confused, stressed and downright helpless in the face of their big, frozen bird - have turned to Butterball's Turkey Talk-Line for help.

Factory farms need better regulation
According to a series of studies published last week, regulations haven't kept up with the changes to the modern agriculture industry. There are many problems associated with large concentrated feed lots, but the most serious is the volume of manure generated by all these animals.
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Montana Farm Bureau Federation urges passage of new markets for state-inspected meat and poultry act
Montana's largest agriculture organization, Montana Farm Bureau Federation, is applauding the introduction of legislation that allows interstate shipments of state-inspected meat and poultry.

  Thailand

Poultry farms in Thailand to be Sanitized
The Thailand government has issued a directive to the provincial livestock authorities to ensure all poultry farms are sanitized, as a strategy to prevent potential bird flu that had left an indelible loss to the poultry industry.

  Russian Federation

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.

Russia threatens to ban EU meat exports
Tensions between the European Union and Russia on trade issues have been escalating as the Kremlin threatened to ban imports of EU animal products.

Putin: Polish meat import ban not covering entire EU
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia's ban on Polish meat imports would not expand to the entire European Union. "Disputes with Poland do not spread to the entire European Union," he told a joint press conference.

  China

China Broiler Weekly
In this weeks China Broiler Weekly, eFeedlink report that, with the exception of Sichuan province, prices were higher in most regions.

Worm is 'key to healthier bacon'
A microscopic worm may be the key to heart-friendly bacon. Geneticists have mixed DNA from the roundworm C. elegans and pigs to produce swine with significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids the kind believed to stave off heart disease. Researchers hope they can improve the technique in pork and do the same in chickens and cows.

Eggs import from Hunan to be banned
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) yesterday found that one chicken egg sample from Hunan Province had contained Sudan dye, a cancer-causing substance the mainland has found in some duck eggs earlier.
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  Sweden

Newcastle disease in Sweden
This is a report from OIE on the outbreak of Newcastle Disease in Sweden.

  Serbia and Montenegro

Avian Influenza in Serbia and Montenegro
This is a followup report (No 1) from OIE on the outbreak of Avian Influenza in Serbia and Montenegro.

Company news

Hybro PG+ Meets A New Generation In Venezeula
The roll-out of Hybro's fast-growing PG+ continued last month, with a series of presentations for leading poultry companies in Venezuela. For many of those attending - this was the first time they had met the Dutch breeding company.

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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