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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 8th January 2007
Monday 8th January 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:

When chicks can't stand the heat
By Ron Meijerhof, Senior Technical Specialist, Hybro B.V.
Ammonia emissions attracting significant attention
By G. Tom Tabler, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas's Avian Advice.
Organic poultry and egg market sees good growth and higher premiums
By Lydia Oberholtzer, Catherine Greene, and Enrique Lopez, Economic Research Service, USDA.
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

HONG KONG - Tests have determined that a dead finch discovered last week in Hong Kong was carrying the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, according to the city's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

INDONESIA - A 14-year-old boy tested positive for bird flu in Indonesia, marking the country's first case in almost two months and its 75th overall, a Health Ministry official said.

THAILAND - Vietnam's latest outbreak of bird flu poses a huge threat to public health, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the country says. Police in Samui have arrested three Bangkok residents on charges of attempting to smuggle 1,800 bottles of H5N1 bird flu vaccine into Thailand from Hong Kong.

EGYPT - Three members of an extended family have died after being infected with H5N1 avian influenza, bringing the human toll in that nation to 18 cases.

UK - Over 3.6 million birds in the North-East are now registered on the Great Britain Poultry Register as part of Defra's programme of measures to help reduce the impact of an outbreak of avian influenza.

CANADA - Poultry workers did not comply with public health recommendations requiring them to wear protective goggles during British Columbia's avian flu outbreak in 2004, a new study suggests.


Think-Tank Says Ethanol Consuming Too Much Corn
Investment in fuel ethanol distilleries has soared since the late-2005 oil price hikes, but data collection in this fast-changing sector has fallen behind, says Earth Policy Institute's Lester R. Brown.

  Viet Nam

Vietnam could lift ban on waterfowl farming
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung admitted it was impossible to impose a nationwide ban on raising these birds for long, especially in the Mekong Delta region where the majority of farmers’ earnings was from poultry.

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UK Opposition Leader Pledges Food Labelling Laws
Tory leader David Cameron has pledged to introduce new laws on food labelling if the Conservatives are returned to government at the next general election.

Rural Payments Agency boss warns 2007 will be another challenging year
The chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency has warned that 2007 is going to be another challenging year.

Climate 'benefits' for UK farming
A project that highlights the economic opportunities, as well as the environmental threats, from climate change is being launched for farmers.

Food labelling campaign launched
Some of the UK's biggest food manufacturers are launching a £4m campaign to promote nutritional labels.

Why commercial farming matters
Speaking as the farmers’ champion at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference NFU President Peter Kendall has put forward the case for why commercial farming matters, calling for modern solutions to today’s modern challenges.

Feed law code of practice published
The Feed Law Enforcement Code of Practice (Great Britain) was published last week.

Can disease cost sharing with government work?
"The cost sharing ‘partnership’ in animal health and welfare between British agriculture and government is, I believe, only a step forward if it is really an equal partnership, not an opportunity for government to shirk it’s responsibility for national food safety," writes Wiltshire farmer Tim Mallett.

1st Turkey Science and Production Conference
The leading conference and meeting point for the European Turkey Industry is being held at Shrigley Hall Hotel, Macclesfield, UK between April 18th - 20th 2007.

In-shell vaccine for chick disease
Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) causes losses of £23.6M a year to the UK poultry industry but scientists are now developing a new way to vaccinate chicks against the disease – one that can be delivered while they are still in their egg.

New welfare during transport rules come into force
New rules relating to the welfare of animals during transport come into force last Friday.

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Australia sees 80% fall in egg production
The South Australian Farmers Federation (SAFF) is warning that the number of locally produced eggs will fall by up to 80 per cent with a flood of egg producers leaving the industry.

Relief for hens, headache for farmers
Australia's $300 million a year egg industry is facing its biggest change in 25 years, which will improve conditions for the country's laying hens but could send hundreds of farmers to the wall.

  United States

Poultry farmers fear their livelihood is at stake
Deep in rural Scott County, where rusted farm equipment and muddied pickup trucks sit among bales of hay, aging farmers fear their livelihood is at stake.

Meat and milk from animal clones are safe, says expert
Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has approved consumption of meat and milk from some species of cloned, food-producing animals.

Approval of cloned animals may prompt 'clone-free' labels
Meat and milk from cloned animals may not appear in supermarkets for years despite being deemed by the government as safe to eat. But don't be surprised if “clone-free” labels appear sooner, reports Siskiyou Daily.

Privacy concerns prompt bill aimed at tracking livestock
A New Hampshire state veterinarian hopes farmers will be more receptive to tagging and registering their livestock if such information is kept private. Out of more than 3,900 farms in the state, only three dozen have signed up for the voluntary National Animal Identification System.

Science Puts a Lot in Your Holiday
Especially at holiday time, U.S. consumers benefit from the work of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Beltsville, Md. For example, the current form of the turkey in the oven and the poinsettia in the hall are owed to scientists at the ARS Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC).

Chicken fat becomes key biodiesel ingredient
Jerry Bagby is typical of the oil men who are prospecting for a fortune in the Midwestern biofuels boom. He's convinced there's oil in these hills and he's found a well that no one else is using. Bagby and a longtime friend have cobbled together $5 million to build a new biodiesel plant on the lonely croplands outside this southeast Missouri town.

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Study: Poultry Antibiotics a Money-Loser
Antibiotics in chicken feed have long been targeted by critics as a health issue, but a new study by Johns Hopkins University researchers says they also are a money-loser for poultry farmers.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 1 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Five of America's Industry Leaders Honored
The American Poultry Historical Society is to honor five outstanding individuals by inducting them into the American Poultry Hall of Fame.

  New Zealand

Resistance to antibiotics worries scientists
More than 26,000kg of antibiotics are fed to New Zealand chickens every year, triggering high levels of antibiotic resistance and worrying scientists.

Loss Of Major NZ Poultry Slaughterhouse Causes Welfare Concern
The recent fire that destroyed Tegel's only South Island poultry slaughterhouse could have serious ramifications for the welfare of hundreds of thousands of chickens, causing SAFE, New Zealand's second largest animal advocacy organisation, serious concerns.


Ukrainian Poultry Production To Jump 20% in 2007
Oleksandr Bakumenko, President of the Ukrainian Poultry Farmers Association, says that Ukrainian poultry meat production will increase by 20 per cent year-on-year in 2007 to 900,000 tons, according to Baltic Business News.

  European Union

Animal welfare in transport: new EU rules enter into force
The new Regulation on animal welfare in transport enters into force tomorrow, 5 January 2007. European Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said: "This important animal welfare legislation aims to reduce the stress and harm that animals can experience during land and sea journeys.

Human campylobacter infection rates overtake salmonella in EU
An EU report announced last month that more EU citizens were infected with campylobacter than salmonella in 2005.


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 Panama.

  Russian Federation

Russia lifts ban on Hungarian poultry
Russia has lifted its ban on Hungarian poultry from January, which will allow Hungarian firms to sell several 100 million forints of poultry to Russia in the coming months, the Hungarian Poultry Product Council has said.


Farm groups fear agri-business wins if CWB goes
Alberta's beef producers already know what happens when multinational food giants dominate the market. Now, with the future of the Canadian Wheat Board in doubt, there are fears of diminished profits if U.S. grain buyers are left to do the same thing.

Company news

Hubbard appoints Mark Barnes as Chief Operating Officer of Hubbard LLC
Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus Hubbard, a leading supplier of breeding stock to the worldwide broiler industry for 85 years, has appointed Mark Barnes as the new Chief Operating Officer of Hubbard LLC. Mark joined Hubbard on January 2nd of 2007 and will take up his new responsibilities with immediate effect.

New director of world marketing at Cobb
Brian Cosgriff, who has been general manager for Cobb Europe for more than three years, has been appointed to the new position of director of world marketing. He has over 20 years' experience of sales and business development in international markets including senior positions with SmithKline Beecham Animal Health.

Cutting through the red tape: First Hybro flock placed in new Brazilian Pure Line Facility
Hybro’s brand new Pure Line farm in Minas Gerais, Brazil has taken delivery of its first pure line birds from the Dutch broiler breeding company.

Hybro conference shares top level insights into the future of Thai export market
Dutch broiler breeding company Hybro B.V. invited leading Thai poultry producers to a special conference in Bangkok in November, to hear from the Dutch Ambassador and other senior officials from the EU and Brazil as they looked ahead to the changes and challenges that face the Thai poultry sector in the future, as well as joining Hybro to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

That's all for this week!


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