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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 11th December 2006
Monday 11th December 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Clean Water Lines For Flock Health
By G. Tom Tabler, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas's Avian Advice.
Cold Weather Breeder Management Review
By Alastair Lewin, Senior Technical Specialist, Hubbard Breeders.
Seeing Through The Hatch Window
By Ron Meijerhof, Senior Technical Specialist, Hybro B.V.
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea's agriculture ministry said today it had found a third case of highly pathogenic bird flu in North Cholla province south of Seoul.

IVORY COAST - Poultry breeders in Cote d'Ivoire have accused the government of inventing two recent cases of bird flu in an attempt to slow down local production and cash in on pricier imported birds ahead of the Christian and Muslim holiday season.

SWITZERLAND - Novartis AG and Sanofi-Aventis SA are among drugmakers searching for new weapons against influenza viruses that evade protection from existing vaccines.
MALI - The people most likely to contract the deadly strain of flu that infects poultry and wild birds are those living in close proximity to the animals, which is why experts are focusing attention on developing countries, according to Reuters.

US - US scientists say they've developed the first egg-injected vaccine to protect chickens against the avian influenza virus. A year ago, headlines were screaming about a looming disaster: the rapid spread of bird flu across two-thirds of the globe. That worldwide pandemic hasn't yet materialized but we may be in for another round of news, reports CNN.


Livestock A Major Contributor to Greenhouse Gas Emissions
According to a new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18% – than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation.

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Exports
There is no evidence yet that the higher prices of U.S. corn and soybeans have slowed the pace of export commitments, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.
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Study says much of US chicken unsafe, USDA disagrees
Eighty-three percent of chicken sold in U.S. grocery stores may contain bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses, a consumer group said on Monday, 34 percentage points higher than the rate it found three years ago.

Pilgrim's Pride will buy Gold Kist in $1.1 billion cash deal
Poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) won its formerly hostile bid to buy rival Gild Kist (GKIS), saying Monday it will pay $21 a share in a cash deal worth $1.1 billion.

Animal ID program criticized
Sharon Zecchinelli raises a couple of pigs, lambs, turkeys and two dozen chickens in her backyard. The 50-year-old chef-turned-farmer says she knows more about her animals' health than she knows about her children's. To her, a federal government plan to require farmers and ranchers to register their animals in a national database goes too far.

Chickens Getting Dirtier
Fresh chickens we buy in stores are more laden with potentially harmful bacteria than they were three years ago, according to Consumer Reports.

'Natural' label to be re-examined by the Department of Agriculture
The Minnesota-based maker of Spam wants to freshen up the word "natural" on meat and poultry labels.

Comparative Genomics used to Manage Marek's Disease
The genetic code for a virulent strain of Marek's disease virus was cracked a few years ago. Now, to determine how best to cripple it and other infectious strains, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are working to decipher the genomes of several nonvirulent Marek's disease (MDV) vaccine strains.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 2 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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US Consumer Reports Tests Chicken Nationwide For Bacteria
Leighton Kunkle has nerve damage in his hands and feet from Guillain-Barré syndrome, a side effect of food poisoning caused by the bacteria campylobacter. He believes he got sick from eating undercooked chicken in a restaurant.

US Sen: Farm Bill To Aid Transition To Cellulose Ethanol
The U.S. farm sector will have to go through transformations as cellulose becomes a viable feedstock for the country's ethanol production and Congress will help that come about when it writes a new farm bill next year, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said Wednesday.

Mushrooms Have a Future in Fighting a Fowl Parasite
Wide use of a mushroom extract to protect poultry against a major parasitic disease is now closer, thanks to an Agricultural Research Service scientist and her South Korean colleagues.

  United Kingdom

Poultry returns to Royal Welsh fair after bird flu scare
Poultry returned to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair after an enforced absence last year when the event was cancelled because of the bird flu scare.

Farmers warned of the dangers of spreading poultry litter
The Veterinary Laboratory Agency (VLA) last week announced new guidelines to help farmers protect their stock from botulism.

EU Commission Approval To Extend The Farm Nutrient Management Scheme (FNMS) Confirmed
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that EU State Aid approval to extend the Farm Nutrient Management Scheme has been secured.

UK Jointed products find favour over whole birds
Increasing numbers of families are opting for jointed products over whole birds. And for a big producer, it is becoming a growing and profitable part of its business.

Outlook bright but fears remain of hidden problems
With the exception of dairying, prospects for UK farming look brighter than they have done for more than a decade - at least on the surface - Anderson, the farm business consultant, says in its latest Outlook review just published.
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Mutilation or Just Management?
One man's minor livestock management operation is another's animal mutilation. That is why operations most livestock farmers carry out as routine, such as castration of calves and lambs and tail-docking of pigs, are criticised by animal welfare groups.


Study Says US Chickens Are Not Safe
A report has found that 83% of 525 chickens tested were infected with either campylobacter or salmonella bacteria.


International Egg and Poultry Review
By the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service - This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry, this week looking at the latest in the Philippines.


China Broiler Weekly
In this weeks China Broiler Weekly, eFeedlink report that prices continued to rise in most regions on higher demand.

  European Union

Brazil poultry quotas agreed
New quotas for imports of poultry from Brazil have been agreed with the EU, with an impressive tariff of more than Euro1000/t (£670/t) for products over quota, says Nan-Dirk Mulder, senior industry analyst at Rabobank. But negotiations are continuing with Thailand, which has yet to agree to its new quotas.

  Hong Kong

Another Rest Day for Poultry In Hong Kong
The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department reminds poultry retailers and the public that the next poultry rest day falls on December 10.
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Irish group will look at help for poultry industry
An expert group is to be established in Ireland to look at the status of the poultry industry and the factors affecting it, including cheap imports.

Coughlan Welcomes Generous Package of Measures for Farmers in Budget 2007
The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., today welcomed the provisions in Budget 2007.

Company news

Hubbard Flex GP Agreement For Korea
Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus Hubbard is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with Maniker Co. Ltd of Korea to handle the sales and distribution of Hubbard parent stock in the Korean Peninsular.

Focus-Test confirms excellent performance DLG test certificate for Big Dutchman guide vane
The higher, the better: air and odour emissions from livestock buildings have to be led away from the buildings as far as possible so that they spread before they start to bother anybody.

Farm Pride Foods invests in welfare friendly table egg production with Vencomatic's help
Vencomatic Poultry company Farm Pride Foods from Australia has equipped their table egg production facilities with welfare friendly, aviary systems of poultry equipment manufacturer Vencomatic.

That's all for this week!


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