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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 29th January 2007

ThePoultrySite Newsletter
Monday 29th January 2007
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Evaluating Uniformity in Broilers - Factors Affecting Variation
By Claude Toudic, Technical Service, Hubbard Breeders - During a technical visit to a broiler farm the topic of uniformity is generally assessed visually and subjectively, as to do the job properly would require individual weighing of hundreds of broilers (in the absence of automatic weighers).
US Poultry Outlook Report - January 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the January 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data.
Effect of Genotype on Slaughtering Performance and Meat Physical and Sensory Characteristics of Organic Laying Hens
By C. Rizzi, A. Marangon and G. M. Chiericato - Slaughtering yields and some meat physical and sensorial parameters of laying hens reared under organic system production were studied.
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JAPAN - The H5 strain of avian influenza has been found on a local poultry farm in the western prefecture of Okayama, Japan, confirming the third outbreak this year of bird flu, according to officials.

VIETNAM - The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday sent three veterinarian teams to the Mekong River delta to intensify the region’s fight against bird flu.

INDONESIA - Poultry farmers in Central Java are threatening huge protests in Jakarta if the government goes ahead with a plan to start mass bird culls to fight the spread of avian influenza.

CHINA - An improved vaccination program and better monitoring have played major roles in keeping China free of bird flu outbreaks for 127 straight days, Minister of Agriculture Sun Zhengcai said yesterday in Beijing.

ASIA - The northern winter has brought with it a resurgence of avian influenza, with quarantine workers this week starting to slaughter hundreds of thousands of poultry after fresh outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 strain in Asia. Experts warned the outbreaks in Asia and the first confirmed case in Europe this year indicated governments had failed to control the virus, raising the possibility of further problems throughout the European winter.

NIGERIA - The Chairman of the Kano State branch of the Poultry Farmers Association of Nigeria has expressed doubts over eradication of bird flu in the country.

HUNGARY - Hungarian officials said last week that a new outbreak of the bird flu strain that can kill humans has been detected on a farm in the south of the country.


BSE News: Canadian Beef Development Fund Helped in BSE Recovery
BSE News Summary Page - Catch up on all the latest news on BSE from the US, Canada, Japan and across the globe. This page provides an overview and links to all the latest BSE news and information and the impact it is having on the global livestock business.
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New bird flu outbreaks require strong vigilance
The FAO last week expressed concern about new flare-ups of avian influenza in China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam but stressed that the number of outbreaks in the first weeks of 2007 has been significantly lower than the epidemic waves of last year.

United States

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

Ethanol production hurts livestock farmers
Part of President Bush's new energy policy is to produce more ethanol to be less dependent on foreign oil. But, in order to make ethanol, you need corn. That reality is putting a premium on the price of corn and squeezing livestock farmers' profits in Michigan.

International Poultry Exposition 2007 - New ideas on display
With 950 exhibitors IPE remains a major event for the US poultry industry and continues to attract a significant number of international visitors, particularly from Latin America, returning to Atlanta to see what is new and progressive for their businesses.
Missouri State control over farming draws protest
The Missouri state government could have the last word in deciding the number and types of plants and animals farmers can raise.

Lawmakers consider bills targeting large livestock farms
Indiana's growing factory-style livestock industry has prompted bills that would impose everything from a three-year moratorium on new farm construction to fee hikes aimed at paying for more inspectors for the sprawling operations.

Alltech researchers study the use of DDGS in animal feed ration
The Alltech North American Lecture Tour made a stop in Springfield, Mo., on Jan. 9. The theme was "How will we feed our animals"?

Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Acreage
Speculation about the magnitude of the shift in soybean acreage to corn for 2007 will continue until the USDA releases its Prospective Plantings report on March 30, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

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 Hong Kong and the Philippines.
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Chickens, Mexico, and NAFTA
Here’s a very interesting little tidbit: Americans never understand their responsibility in the Mexican Immigration to the U.S. debacle. They will blame everyone under the sun, and then some, rather than look inward to themselves as major contributors to the problem. The word is that this NAFTA inspired deal will destroy chicken farming in Mexico, reports the American Chronicle.

International Poultry Exposition 2007 - Strong scientific programme
The event opened with a very strong scientific programme and a new partnering with IFE.

December Egg Production Down Slightly
U.S. egg production totaled 7.78 billion during December 2006, down slightly from last year.

United Kingdom

The Holy Grail of foie gras?
As York city council looks at banning foie gras, the French-named delicacy that comes from force feeding geese, Spanish farmers have perfected an "ethical" version. It's even won an award in France.

NFU condemns 'wrong and perverse' ASA ruling on anti-meat campaign
The NFU has said the Advertising Standards Authority made a wrong and perverse decision in failing to uphold complaints about the animal rights activist group PETA’s advertising campaign in which it claimed feeding meat to children was tantamount to child abuse.

Competition Commission report calls for more evidence from farmers
The Competition Commission has admitted to concerns over the relationship between farmers and supermarkets, but says it has so far received insufficient evidence from farmers to form a conclusion.

Supermarket Inquiry Highlights Farmers' Concerns
Concerns have been expressed at the impact of supermarket power on farmers in an interim report from the Competition Commission (CC). Scotland’s farm union has been heavily involved in the Commission’s grocery market inquiry and has welcomed today’s report.

Illegal poultry disposal in Wales
The discovery of a heap of rotting bird carcasses in South Wales has highlighted the possible disease risk of illegal animal disposal to livestock businesses.

UK Supermarkets attacked for being environmentally unfriendly
Supermarkets are environmentally unfriendly and more should be done to safeguard local food producers, according to a Kent Euro-MP.


Latvian–Israeli Poultry Venture Reports Huge Profits
The Lielzeltini Latvian-Israeli poultry joint venture in Latvia recorded a profit worth LVL750,000 (USD1.38 million) in 2006, nine times the company’s profit in 2005, according to Baltic Business News.
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Russian Federation

Russian Poultry Import Duty Maintained at 2006 Level
The Russian government has decided to extend the level of import duty on poultry in 2006 to the end of this year, according to the Interfax news agency.


Croatia Adds Temporary Ban on Hungarian Poultry
The Croatian government announced on January 24 a temporary ban on poultry imports from Hungary following information from Hungary’s veterinary authorities about suspected cases of bird flu in a flock of geese in the Csongrad region in south-eastern Hungary, according to SeeNews.


Hungary deals with Bird Flu and Swine Fever
The Agricultural Ministry last Wednesday confirmed that the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus has once more been discovered in Hungary, the first time the disease has been detected in the European Union since August 2006.


Toxic meat alert: So what meat is safe?
Pigs are not the only farm animals fattened with banned growth boosters. Beef, mutton and duck meat have also been found to contain beta-agonist in tests conducted by the Universiti Sains Malaysia Doping Control Centre (DCC).

Viet Nam

Agriculture programme fights sector’s setbacks in HCM City
The Agricultural Economic Restructuring Programme has helped HCM City’s agricultural sector maintain growth despite the year’s difficulties.


Philippines aims to be self-sufficient in food by 2010
A top official of the Department of Agriculture outlined on Tuesday the vision of his office to make the Philippines self-sufficient in rice by around 2009 or 2010 and self-sufficient in corn by 2008.


Jakarta To Relocate Poultry Facilities
Authorities in the Indonesian capital Jakarta are preparing to relocate poultry storage and slaughtering facilities to prevent further outbreaks of bird flu during the rainy reason.
Classic from Hubbard

German Broilers frequently infected with salmonella
One in six broiler flocks in German broiler holdings is infected with Salmonella. This is the result of a joint pilot study conducted by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

Company news

Nutreco to sell the animal breeding activities of Euribrid to Hendrix Genetics
Nutreco Holding N.V. and Hendrix Genetics B.V. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the sale of the animal breeding activities “Euribrid”, including its related Animal Breeding Research Centre, to Hendrix Genetics.

DuPont develop faster campylobacter screening test
DuPont Animal Health Solutions DuPont Qualicon has released a new test for detecting Campylobacter in poultry that shortens PCR processing time and introduces quantified results by species. This new assay was designed specifically for the BAX® System Q7 instrument and takes advantage of powerful real-time PCR capabilities.

Hubbard and Metamorphix Announce Alliance To Produce Predictive Markers For Broiler Breeding
Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus Hubbard S.A.S. and MetaMorphix, Inc. announced today the alliance to jointly develop a set of genomic markers to maximize the genetic progress of Hubbard's products.

Intervet opens new production facility for vaccines
Intervet Intervet, the world’s largest producer of vaccines for animals, has just opened a new production facility for vaccines in Boxmeer, the Netherlands. This will strengthen Boxmeer’s position as Intervet’s largest biological production site as well as incorporating the latest technologies and facilities.

Vencomatic appoints area sales manager for Spain and Portugal
Vencomatic Poultry equipment manufacturer Vencomatic is pleased to announce the appointment of Fernando Dinis Paula (66) as area sales manager for Spain and Portugal. He will be responsible for the sales of the Vencomatic products in these countries, and will work in close contact with the Vencomatic dealers and agents in this area.

That's all for this week!


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