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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 4th December 2006
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About Lux and Light
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UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - November 2006
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

GLOBAL - Global efforts to fight bird flu need $1.2-1.5 billion extra funding over the next two to three years, the World Bank said today, advocating more effective compensation for poultry farmers caught in the front line.

SOUTH AFRICA - With Africa seen as the weak link in global efforts to prevent a bird flu pandemic among humans, health experts and donors aimed to secure more funding at a summit last week and thrash out how best to spend it.

THAILAND - A Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives committee is reviewing the pros and cons of using bird flu vaccines to innoculate poultry against possible contagion, and should recommend whether or not to use the vaccine approach by late January.

CAMBODIA - Over the last six years, UNICEF has been collaborating closely with Cambodian monks, nuns and local elders in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Now that collaboration is being harnessed to fight avian influenza.

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea was expected to finish culling nearly 600,000 chickens and other poultry last week in the southern city of Iksan, where recent outbreaks of avian influenza caused millions of dollars in damages, quarantine officials said Sunday. "We have mobilized every available personnel to dispose of some 590,000 chickens and other livestock in the area," an official said.

US - The recent avian influenza outbreak in South Korea demonstrates the need for proper surveillance systems and a quick response, both of which were achieved, a U.S. official said Thursday. Haroldo Toro, a professor in pathobiology, has discovered another vaccine for avian influenza, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

CHINA - China banned the import of poultry from South Korea in six provinces to prevent an outbreak of bird flu from spreading across its borders.

  United States

Government Initiatives to Improve Animals' Health to Drive the Animal Feed Additive Industry
Increasing interest of the government in the health conditions of animals due to the outbreak of bird flu and foot-and-mouth disease has boosted demand for high-quality ingredients in animal feed. This demand is driving the growth of the animal feed additives industry.
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'Salmon-safe' label launched this week
Environmentally conscious shoppers have long made special efforts to buy local, organically grown produce. Now there's a new label that makes it possible to buy vegetables, fruit, herbs, and wine whose production has been certified as "salmon-safe."

FDA readies cloning policy
A pending decision by the Food and Drug Administration could allow the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals. It may solve a long-standing frustration for ranchers who can't now reproduce their best steers, but it doesn't mean you'll find a cloneburger any time soon at the local bar and grill.

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

Judge allows extension for appeal in chicken-litter suit
Fourth Circuit Judge Kim Smith filed an order Wednesday extending the time for plaintiffs to appeal the September jury verdict in a case that alleged chicken litter caused cancer.

Fois Gras Foes Chicken Out
When N.Y.C. Councilman Alan Gerson decided recently to hold off on introducing legislation to ban foie gras, pate fans smoothed their ruffled feathers.

Gold Kist sees green in Orange Chicken deal
Gold Kist Inc. has signed a deal with Chinese fast-food restaurant chain Panda Express to become a key supplier of the chain's most popular entree, Orange Chicken.

Gold Kist Reiterates to Stockholders Not to Tender Shares at $20
Gold Kist last week strongly recommended that stockholders not tender into Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation’s unsolicited tender offer and issued the following statement.

Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 5 Percent From Last Year
The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comment on the poultry weights and slaughter levels in their monthly Poultry Slaughter Report.

Johanns rules out mandatory livestock ID
The Bush administration has ruled out requiring livestock producers to participate in a national animal identification system.

Minnesota livestock producers often hurt by high corn prices
Minnesota livestock producers say the ethanol-fueled rise in the price of corn could drive their businesses into the red, and force them to find other foods with which to feed their cattle and swine.
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Poultry prices
The Georgia f.o.b. dock quoted price on broilers and fryers for this week's trading is 69.00 based on full truck load lots of ice pack USDA grade "A" sized 2 to 3 pound birds.

Poultry industry fight rages on
The overpowering ammonia stench from a barn of chicken waste is enough to make eyes water and stomachs churn.

USDA Secy Says Trade Issues Crucial To 2007 Farm Bill
After negotiations between the U.S. and the World Trade Organization fell apart, the 2007 Farm Bill currently being crafted will be more important than ever for American farmers, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Thursday.


Malta's 3rd Qtr Meat Production Drops 17%
During the third quarter of 2006, total meat production in Malta dropped by 16.8% in comparison to the same period last year.


China detains trader in duck egg contamination
China has detained a man for his role in the sale of contaminated red-yolk duck eggs, said the Ministry of Agriculture.

China toughens control on live poultry trade
China will restrict the number of live poultry markets and will gradually move them away from urban areas in large and medium-size cities in a renewed effort to combat the bird flu reports Yangtze Yan at Xinhua.

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

  United Kingdom

Defra publishes its vision for the future of animal welfare
A strategy for improving animal welfare in England by building new relationships between Government and its key partners, is published for consultation today.

National Fallen Stock Scheme pays £11 million to 41,000 farmers in first two years
The National Fallen Stock Company has distributed over £11million of Government funding to farmers, with 700,000 collections of fallen stock carried out by the 140 collectors, since the beginning of the scheme in November 2004.

Opportunity knocks for biofuels industry
Oil prices have eased in recent weeks on the international markets, but the same cannot be said for agricultural commodities. Feed barley prices have moved upwards, which will add to the costs of the intensive pig and poultry sectors.
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Free range producers 'must excite buyers'
Free-range egg producers are determined to win back consumer confidence following recent allegations of mis- labelling and a dip in sales.

NVZ limits on UK arable land to decrease on 19 December 2006
Defra and the Environment Agency are reminding farmers in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs), that the whole farm organic manure loading limit, for any areas of their farm not in grass , will drop from 210 kg N/ha/yr to 170 kg N/ha/yr on the 19 th December 2006.

Government must live up to promise to cut red tape burden says NFU
The NFU has called for Government to live up to its promise to cut red tape after the Prime Minister addressed the CBI last week.

Ministers want new animal welfare supermarket labels
A label denoting animal welfare standards could soon be appearing on supermarket food, if Ministers get their way, according to Defra's Ben Bradshaw.

New guidelines for poultry vaccination
The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance has published new guidelines on the responsible use of vaccines and vaccination for poultry.

  Korea, Republic of

Size of Korean mass poultry cull feared to sharply increase
The South Korean government is sure to expand the radius of areas for culling bird flu-infected poultry from the current 500 meters to 3 kilometers, affecting some 770,000 livestock, officials said Wednesday.

  Viet Nam

Vietnamese Agriculture Needs Greater Support
Professor Mai Thanh Phung from the southern division of the National Agricultural Promotion Centre spoke with Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) about sustainable agronomy.

Vietnam outlines measures to assist farmers in post-WTO era
Investment in science-technology and personnel training would be the key to sharpen the competitive edge of farming production after Vietnam joins the WTO, the agriculture minister told Vietnam house Friday.


Poultry farmers promote maize cultivation
The Broiler Coordination Committee is working with the Agriculture department to promote maize cultivation in the State.
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Egyptian Poultry output recovering
Egyptian poultry production has recovered to 1.7 million birds a day after hitting a low of 500,000 a day during the peak of a bird flu epidemic earlier this year, the cabinet said.

  European Union

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


Renewed Appetite for Chicken in EU Boosts Brazil Perdigão's Bottom Line
The revenues of food sector company Perdigão, a traditional Brazilian industry in the food sector, recovered in the third quarter of this year, according to figures disclosed by the company.


CP to boost EU chicken exports
Charoen Pokphand Foods said it planned to boost its exports to the EU, after Thailand gained its biggest quota allocation.


Dutch let poultry outdoors as bird flu fears ease
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.


Let them eat turkey, says Polish producer
Turkey-meat producer Indykpol wants to invest R10 million in a plant in Russia or Ukraine.

Company news

Growth prompts strategic restructuring for Hybro
In response to the demands of continuing international expansion - and the forthcoming ascension of new member states to the EU - Dutch broiler breeding company Hybro BV has announced a number of changes in their organization, to take effect from January 1st 2007.

Pas Reform invests in new Global Distribution Centre
Pas Reform As a result of rapid expansion over the past two years, leading Dutch hatchery technology company Pas Reform will open a new Distribution Centre in Zeddam, The Netherlands – home of the company’s European headquarters.
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