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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 15th January 2007
Monday 15th January 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:

Feeding the Yield-Type Broiler for Optimum Performance
By Dr. Michael Hellwig and Dr. James A. Ranson, Hubbard Breeders.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - January 2007
This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.
The Political Situation Surrounding Antimicrobial Use In Agriculture
By Liz Wagstrom, DVM, MS, DACVPM, National Pork Board and published by North Carolina State University.
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

EU - The H5N1 strain of avian influenza is making a seasonal resurgence in Asia and could easily spread to Europe again this year, the World Health Organisation warned on Sunday.

UK - Thousands of poultry workers are to be offered free influenza jabs in an attempt to stop new forms of bird flu emerging.

DUBAI - With the start of the migratory bird season, the authorities have become vigilant to monitor the situation to prevent bird flu related cases from entering the country.

TAIWAN - There is no need for Taiwan to stiffen its precautionary measures against avian influenza for the time being since no suspected case has been reported so far, an official from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

JAPAN - Agricultural authorities began culling thousands of chickens at a southern Japanese poultry farm yesterday after test results found a pathogenic strain of the bird flu virus, officials said amid the nation's latest outbreak of the disease.

INDONESIA - A new cluster of bird flu infections involving at least two members of a family in Indonesia may indicate a change in the virus's ability to sicken people, researchers studying the disease said.

THAILAND - A fresh outbreak of virulent bird flu has been found in ducks in northern Thailand, the first in almost six months, officials said Monday.

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea decided Friday to put a temporary ban on poultry imports from Japan following a suspected outbreak of bird flu in the neighboring country, the government said.

CHINA - Health officials Wednesday reported the first human case of bird flu on China's mainland in six months. The Ministry of Health said a farmer from an eastern province contracted the H5N1 strain of avian flu in December and was cured, China's official Xinhua news service said.

HUNGARY - Following the discovery last year of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in some of Hungary’s poultry stock, processors are finally on the road to recovery, an industry expert has claimed.
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Good agricultural practices: challenge and opportunity for developing countries
Good agricultural practices can help developing countries cope with globalization while not compromising their sustainable development objectives, according to a seminar held yesterday at the FAO’s headquarters.

  United Kingdom

UK Food industry insists its health labels are clear
The food industry hit back last week at claims that its preferred method of labelling was too difficult for consumers to understand.

Organic food is no better, says minister
Organic food may be no better for you than mass-produced farm food, according to the cabinet minister responsible for the industry.

Clones unlikely to feature on UK farms in near future
Cloned animals are unlikely to make it onto UK farms at any point in the near future, despite the December birth of the daughter of a cloned Holstein cow on a UK dairy farm.

Imported eggs from France make up free-range shortfall at Somerfield
The bid by UK retailer Somerfield's to fill the gap in its free-range egg supplies by importing 40% from France is working, said the company recently.

How 50 years of history got farmers hooked on subsidies
Opinions among the farming community on the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy are decidedly mixed. Many generally approve of both, but more think that the industry is becoming increasingly entangled in a web of regulation and bureaucracy, most of which is totally unnecessary, according to The Scotsman.

  United States

Ethanol Boom Divides Farmers, Ranchers
From corn fields to Wall Street, enthusiasm for ethanol is at an all-time high. But not everyone is enthusiastic.

Ag Secretary Johanns Highlights Next Farm Bill
The next farm bill must ensure more equitable support and predictability for farmers and ranchers, while minimizing vulnerability to international challenges on trade issues, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns told Farm Bureau members at the closing general session of AFBF’s 88th annual meeting.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 1 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
Turkey eggs in incubators up 5%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

US Senator Harkin picks renewable fuels for first hearing
Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin officially took up the gavel as Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Wednesday at the outset of a hearing on renewable fuels, the Committee's first of 2007. It’s Harkin's second tour of duty as Ag Committee chair. He also chaired the committee when Congress wrote the 2002 farm bill.

Pilgrim's Pride Completes Acquisition of Gold Kist
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation last week announced the completion of its acquisition of Gold Kist Inc, following its recently completed successful tender offer, which created the world's leading chicken company, the media release says.

Egg Processor Pays $1 Million for Fouling Nebraska Waters
Discharge and dumping of poultry waste into Nebraska waters has resulted in a $1 million fine for M.G. Waldbaum Company, a subsidiary of Minnesota-based Michael Foods Inc.

Feelings mixed on farm registration and identification program
The Ohio Department of Agriculture held a meeting with local farmers Wednesday to discuss a plan for farm registration and animal identification that was met with mixed reactions.


Live Birds: A Dying Industry?
While major companies, including a perennial bt100 all-star, capitalized on last year’s outbreak of avian flu, small retailers, butchers and consumers are still reeling.


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 Israel.

  European Union

EU, New Zealand agree food safety deal
New Zealand and European Union negotiators have agreed a proposal that would have significant economic benefits should New Zealand ever have a serious animal health disease such as Foot and Mouth (FMD).

New rules for captive bird imports to protect animal health in the EU and improve the welfare of imported birds
A draft Regulation laying down strict conditions for the import of live captive birds, such as parrots and macaws, was backed unanimously by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 11 January.
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  Viet Nam

Vietnam Launches Mobile Bird Flu Testing Lab
Vietnam has set up a 2-million-dollar mobile laboratory to test for human cases of deadly avian influenza in preparation for a possible return of the disease in the population, an official said Thursday.

Vietnam successfully produces anti-H5N1 vaccine for poultry
Vietnamese scientists from the Biotechnology Institute have succeeded in producing vaccines against the H5N1 strain of avian influenza for poultry.


Poultry Farming In Swaziland: Market Unsustainable
Recently the market was hit hard by the lack of poultry. Both local and imported poultry could not sustain the market. The demand for this commodity was much higher than the supply and consumers had to pay the price as prices hiked to over E20 per kilo.


Indonesia To Ban Poultry Processing In Residential Area's
The Jakarta administration has pledged its ongoing commitment to formulating and producing an ordinance prohibiting poultry breeding and slaughterhouses in residential areas of the city.


Australia Commits 5 Million Dollars To Fight Bird Flu In ASEAN
Australia has pledged 5 million dollars in aid to the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help boost the region's fight against such infectious diseases as bird flu, an official said Friday.

  Russian Federation

Russia Gives Export License To Chilean Company
Russia’s state veterinary service, Rosselkhoznadzor, says that four Chilean companies have been given licenses to export poultry to Russia following their inspection by Russian veterinary officials, according to the Interfax news agency.
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Company news

Davian’s Russ Larsen to head Pas Reform launch into the USA and Canada
Pas Reform Following Davian’s appointment as Distributor for Pas Reform’s Smart single stage incubation systems and hatchery technologies in the USA earlier this year, Mr Russ Larsen has been appointed to drive operations - as plans for the Dutch hatchery technology company’s expansion into the US and Canada get underway.

Fancom introduces two new feed weigher computers: the F41 EasyBatch and the F42 EasyBlend
Fancom - Complete Poultry Solutions The F41 is especially suitable to control the EasyBatch feed concept. EasyBatch uses a batch weigher between the silo and the hoppers in the house and is intended for situations where feed does not have to be mixed. The F42 is suitable for the EasyBlend feed concept, a batch weighing system which allows two feed types to be mixed or cereals to be added.

Hybro strengthens genetics team
Dutch broiler breeding company Hybro B.V. has further strengthened its genetics team, with the appointment of Ms. Birgitte Ask PhD - effective from January 1, 2007. In her new role, Ms Ask will report directly to Hybro’s chief geneticist Gosse Veninga, who says of the appointment: “We are very pleased to welcome Birgitte to our team.

Aviagen Appoints European Production Planning and Sales Co-ordination Director
Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, have appointed Patrick Cos as European Production Planning and Sales Co-ordination Director.Patrick will be responsible for all the sales and production planning across Aviagen’s European operations in close co-operation with the international sales and production planning teams.

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