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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 18th December 2006
Monday 18th December 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Big eggs give big chicks, don’t they?
By Ron Meijerhof, Senior Technical Specialist, Hybro B.V.
Preventing Salmonella Colonization of Chickens
By Scott M. Russell, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Poultry Science, The University of Georgia.
Environmental Issues Facing the Louisiana Poultry Industry
By the LSU AgCenter.
Vaccine Administration to Poultry Flocks
By P W Cargill, Merial Avian Business Unit, UK and Joey Johnston, Merial Avian Business Unit, US.
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

SOUTH KOREA - Fears are growing that outbreaks of highly contagious avian influenza in North Cholla Province could cripple the region's poultry industry. Vast flocks of chickens are being killed, burned and buried in an effort to stop the bird flu outbreaks, but some are getting a truck drive and a safe haven.

CHINA - Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has urged concerned departments to strengthen bird flu prevention in face of new cases reported in other countries.

SINGAPORE - Poultry farms must be properly screened and protected from small birds such as sparrows, starlings and pigeons which are capable of passing the H5N1 bird flu virus to chickens, an expert said on Monday.

UK - English zoos are to be allowed to vaccinate their birds against avian influenza because of their vital role in global conservation. English zoos wishing to vaccinate their birds can now apply for permission, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

BURMA - The Burmese livestock authorities continued to monitor possible bird-flu-virus carrying migratory bird touching down on a lake in Shwebo, the country's northern Mandalay division, in a bid to prevent reoccurrence of the avian influenza in the country, the local Yangon Times reported Thursday.

  United Kingdom

Cost sharing debate must redefine Defra's relationship with farmers, says NFU
The debate over responsibility and cost sharing for animal health and welfare must bring about a cultural change in the relationship between Defra and farmers, the NFU said.

NFU Report makes the case for 21st century farming
A campaign to explain why farming is becoming more, not less, important to 21st century Britain is being launched by the NFU today.

Glenrath Farms To Build UK's Largest Layer House
Plans have now been lodged to build the largest egg farm in the UK, designed to house 300,000 birds.
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FSA publishes simplification plan
The Food Standards Agency recently published its Simplification Plan, a wide-ranging strategy designed to cut business red tape, reduce the burden on enforcement officers, and improve levels of consumer protection.

Cutting The Cost Of Pig And Poultry Feed
Pig and poultry producers are having to absorb dramatic increases in their feed costs due to the soaring price of fishmeal and feed grains.

UK Dismay at Collapse of Chicken Welfare Talks
The British Government has expressed its dismay at the collapse of talks that have been taking place over several years aimed at improving the welfare of meat chickens in the EU.

Sales of Veterinary Antimicrobials Declining
Statistics on the sales of veterinary therapeutic antimicrobials for 2005, and re-stated sales for 1999-2004, are published in a Government report this week.

Farmers Associations Joint statement on IPPC work
The NFU, the British Poultry Council, the British Egg Industry Council, the National Pig Association, the Environment Agency and Assured Foods Standards have issued a joint statement on the work they are doing regarding the new Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control regulations.

UK Retailer Puts Turkey In Top Christmas Spot With 17th Century Breed
ASDA has reintroduced a traditional 17th century turkey breed this month in a bid to make turkey the nation’s favourite seasonal roast, after a recent survey revealed that it was no longer the favourite choice for Christmas.


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 on the World Grain Situation.

  Hong Kong

More live chickens for Winter Solstice
The daily quota of Mainland live chicken imports will be raised in the seven days before the Winter Solstice on December 22 to meet the surge in public demand, the Health, Welfare & Food Bureau says.
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Views sought on HK poultry-slaughtering plant
The Health, Welfare & Food Bureau is inviting companies to express their interest in implementing the poultry slaughtering and processing plant project exercise. The plant is expected to come into operation in 2009-10.


Beijing closes live poultry market permanently
Beijing has suspended live poultry trade in the market for one year. Will such trade be resumed in future?

  United States

Study Says Chicken Meat Salmonella Illness Rising in U.S.
USDA tests show a type of salmonella found in eggs is turning up more often in chicken meat. From 2000 through 2005, there was a fourfold increase in positive test results for salmonella enteritidis on chicken carcasses.

Weekly Outlook: Production Forecasts
Changes found in the USDA's latest world production and consumption forecast were generally expected, with no surprises observed, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Poultry experts treat avian influenza as foregone conclusion
The dreaded avian influenza outbreak has yet to strike the U.S., but in one of the nation's leading poultry producing regions they talk as if it already has.

Monthly US Egg Products Report
Shell eggs broken down 4 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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

Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
Turkey eggs in incubators down 1%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Poultry Litter Heats Chicken House
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Ethanol industry expansion felt in U.S.
The rapid expansion of the ethanol industry is being felt far from American shores. It's also helping boost Asian imports of distillers grain.
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Ethanol demand raises feed costs, but effect on groceries not direct
Soaring corn prices are squeezing meat and milk producers, but consumers will not necessarily see higher prices at the grocery checkout, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said in an interview last week

Poultry industry slips with export troubles
Worldwide, unrealized fears of an avian influenza outbreak hurt exports of Mississippi poultry, bringing the estimated value of the state’s largest commodity down 10 percent.

  European Union

German promotion programme for poultrymeat accepted
Last week, the European Commission approved an information and promotion programme for poultrymeat, submitted by Germany.

Transitional food safety and veterinary measures agreed for Bulgaria and Romania
Commission proposals for further post-Enlargement food safety and animal health measures for Romania and Bulgaria have been backed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.


Pakistan City Council Approves New Poultry Tax
The City Council, on Tuesday approved to impose tax on more than 5,000 poultry shops in the metropolis, while the Opposition termed this as unjustified and staged a walkout out in protest.


Brazil’s Perdigao Eyes Beef, International Chicken Investments
Brazilian meatpacker Perdigao SA (PDA) said it will likely build a beef packing facility in Goias state in the first semester of 2007, the company’s top executives told a gathering of reporters Tuesday.


Malaysia Detains US FrozenTurkeys
A container filled with 16,953kg of frozen turkeys which was “detained” at the port here when it arrived from the United States on Dec 10 was released on Tuesday night.


Japan urged to buy more Thai processed chicken
Thailand has asked Japan to import more Thai processed chicken, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thira Sutabutr said on Thursday.
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Hungarian Farm gate prices increase 10%
Farm gate prices in Hungary rose 9.9% year-on-year in January-October, 2006, with crop prices increasing 16.5% and livestock and animal product prices increasing 3.9%, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) reported on Wednesday.


Industrias Bachoco and the Mexican Chicken Industry
Like Brazil, South Africa and Thailand, Mexico is still very much a developing country. Its per capita GDP is a mere $10,000 — one-fourth of the GDP here in the United States.


Safefood warning not to wash Christmas poultry
As part of its Christmas campaign, safefood issued food safety advice urging consumers NOT to wash their Christmas bird before placing it in the oven.


Innoculation of chicks going well
The vaccination drive and distribution of vitamin supplements to small scale broiler producers across several regions to combat the stunted poultry growth phenomenon is proving to be successful and is ongoing, the Ministry of Agriculture says.


Bank of India, Suguna Poultry to assist farmers increase production
The Agri-business unit of the State Bank of India has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Suguna Poultry Farm Ltd. to assist contract farmers engaged in poultry-related activities double their production.

Company news

Top award for Suffolk poultry expert
One of the prestigious awards from the British Poultry Council (BPC) has been won by David Perrin whose advice to chicken producers over several decades played a prominent role in the success of UK poultry breeding.

First use of commercial genomic selection
Euribrid announces the first large-scale commercial use of "Genomic Selection" technology in poultry. This is also the first time such a large set of DNA markers has been used in commercial animal breeding. The animals for this application were born on November 22, 2006. Although the basics of this technology are available, large-scale use of this application is still rare.

Hubbard Establishes Its Own (G)GP Operation In Brazil
Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus As part of its global strategy for further expansion and as part of their own production network, Hubbard has established its own (G)GP operation in Brazil and its own subsidiary called “Hubbard do Brasil”.

Baltisa Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary During Prestigious Seminar In St Petersburg
Baltisa hosted their annual technical seminar on October 17-19, 2006 in its own home city St. Petersburg.

That's all for this week!


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