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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 12th February 2007
Monday 12th February 2007
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Cooling by spraying
By Ron Meijerhof, Senior Technical Specialist, Hybro B.V.
Poultry producers at environmental crossroads
By G. Tom Tabler, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas's Avian Advice.
The future of molecular genetics in poultry breeding
By G.A.A. Albers, A.P. Rattink and A.L.J. Vereijken, Breeding Research Centre, Euribrid, Nutreco.
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GENERAL - Ninety percent of the people infected with bird flu have been under the age of 40, and 60 percent of them have died, according to the latest analysis from the World Health Organization.

UK - Lorry-loads of poultry products could have been transported out of the British farm which suffered a major outbreak of bird flu, the Government has admitted. Cooked turkey products were exported from the Suffolk site where bird flu was found after the virus had broken out, Hungary's chief vet has also claimed. Lajos Bognar said Bernard Matthews sent some of the food to Hungary - where the UK outbreak may have originated. Ministers have recently defended their decision to allow imports of turkeys from Hungary to continue after the outbreak of bird flu at a British factory farm.

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa has stopped the import of live poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom after an outbreak of bird flu in that country.

HUNGARY - Britain's National Farmers' Union has asked for an investigation into Hungary's measures to combat the spread of bird flu, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

TURKEY - Bird flu has been detected among poultry in a village in the southeastern Turkish province of Batman, with experts still examining whether it is the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, the agriculture ministry said Thursday.

KOREA - The government said Monday that it is investigating the possible link between wild migratory birds and the outbreak of the avian influenza in South Korea.

EGYPT - Six Egyptians were being tested for bird flu in a town south of Cairo on Saturday after displaying flu-like symptoms, state news agency MENA reported.

PAKISTAN - Pakistan confirmed Saturday that the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in samples obtained from a home in the capital Islamabad, reports Xinhua.

INDONESIA - A 20-year-old woman from West Java who tested positive for bird flu died on Sunday, a health official said.

NIGERIA - The Federal Government has been asked to take steps to enhance poultry farmers and sellers’ capabilities to handle the outbreak of bird flu (Avian Influenza) and in particular prevent the transmission of the viral disease from locations where poultry is sold or slaughtered.

Merial Gallimune Flu H5N9
  United Kingdom

Commentary: The aftertaste of cheap meat
Attention has been narrowly focused on the Suffolk farm where the current outbreak of avian flu has occurred. But what do we know about turkey farming - or poultry production in general? How are the birds bred and kept the intensive poultry farms which provide ever cheaper meat for our supermarkets and shopping baskets?

Livestock farmers call for fairer return
Livestock farmers are still struggling to secure a fair return from the market, the latest estimates of average net farm incomes has shown.

UK government at forefront in preparation for outbreak of influenza
The Department of Health is reassuring the public, all poultry keepers and those involved in the slaughter of the 159,000 turkeys that the risk of contracting the H5N1 strain of avian influenza is negligible.

UK Govt. confirms Turkey culling operation complete
Defra's Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer Fred Landeg has confirmed that at 20.36 on Monday 5 February the culling operation was completed.

Latest EU farm income figures hint at a more prosperous future
Already slightly uplifted by rising farm income levels reported by the agricultural departments, farmers and growers may be able to take some added comfort from figures just released by the European Commission directorate general for agriculture and a British bank.

NFU economists forecast arable stability but feed cost pressures for livestock
Farmers and growers in England and Wales can look forward to a year of consolidation, in which most market prices either stabilise or show modest increases at the same time as lower energy prices take some of the pressure off input costs. That is the central projection of the NFU’s economics team, in their latest Farming Outlook report.

Retailers report no drop in poultry sales
Consumers appear to be listening to the advice of the Food Standards Agency and other organisations and showing good common sense in not altering their shopping habits after the avian flu outbreak, according to the NFU.

UK Farmers hopeful of containment
Yorkshire poultry and egg farmers remained optimistic last night, in the face of the first mass outbreak of bird flu in Britain.

'No proof' organic food is better
There is no evidence organic food is better for you than conventional food, minister David Miliband has said.
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List of Countries Banning UK Poultry Grows Rapidly
As details emerge concerning the Avian Influenza outbreak on a turkey farm in the UK, this report looks at the rapidly growing list of countries who are now banning UK poultry products.

How turkey became a fast food
Time was when turkey was rare; a seasonal treat. These days you are as likely to find it bulking out briny hot dogs or pet food, as come across it at Christmas lunch.

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 UK.

Supermarket Campaign To Tackle Consumer Confusion
Scotland’s farming union is asking farmers, their families and the wider public to identify supermarkets that may be confusing shoppers by mixing meat from different countries of origin in the same shelf space.

Did we learn nothing from BSE?
Many shoppers will be surprised to learn that supermarket turkey labelled as originating in Suffolk is not in fact from Britain.

Not made in Britain
It is Sunday afternoon. You have studied the food displayed on the supermarket shelves and made your selection. Price has probably been a factor but, for most shoppers, the primary consideration is quality. What we want is what we see on the packaging: a succulent steak, a pie that is puffed up to perfection, a cake that has the same light, springy texture as the one pictured on the wrapper. And, increasingly, we want to know where it came from.

Turkey waste "was linked to bird flu"
Offcuts and a telltale label led investigators to link outbreak at Bernard Matthews farm with its Hungarian businesses

Bernard Matthews Ltd risks prosecution over safety breaches
Bernard Matthews's company could face prosecution for safety breaches leading to Britain's first outbreak of bird flu, a government minister said yesterday.

Disease policy failings put industry at risk
This bird flu business is beginning to stink, and the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is very unlikely to emerge from the mess smelling of roses, reports The Scotsman.


Cyprus on bird flu alert
The public health services were yesterday on full alert after it emerged an EU citizen displaying flu like symptoms at Limassol general hospital could possibly have avian influenza reports Cyprus Mail.

Albania bans poultry imports from Hungary
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Albania says the country has banned imports of poultry from some regions of Hungary following reports that avian flu had been discovered in the country.


Pakistan Reports New Outbreaks Of Bird Flu
Pakistan authorities have today confirmed more cases of deadly bird flu according to reports from the Press Trust of India (PTI).


Kenya: Disease Pushes Up Cost of Fish And Chicken
Prices of chicken and fish have skyrocketed in most parts of the country as a result of the Rift Valley Fever.

  United States

Arkansas Wants Hearing In Poultry Lawsuit
Arkansas is ready to argue its case to intervene in a federal lawsuit against poultry companies over pollution in the Illinois River allegedly caused by chicken litter spread on fields in the watershed.

Ethanol's Popularity Means Pricier Corn
Forget about oil as the inflation bogeyman we should fear the most. The surging price of corn is the latest threat to Americans wallets, and where it hits them may go beyond the supermarket.

Indiana lawmakers mulling farm bills
A bill that would prohibit large livestock farms within 2 miles of schools, cities and towns drew criticism from a state agricultural official and support from residents who said dust and odors from the farms make them ill.

Large-animal vets are in short supply
Rainbow had the bad luck to try to have a baby on a Thursday. Thursday was her doctor's day off, and there was no one else for miles who could handle a complicated breech birth, not when the mother was a Holstein cow.

Battle lines drawn over farm feed lots
Confined feeding operations are either the future of agriculture production or hazardous operations that threaten Hoosiers’ health.

Ethanol divides corn, livestock interests
The best customers for U.S. corn farmers are U.S. livestock producers, who buy half the corn produced in the U.S. as feed for their cattle, hogs and poultry.

Iowa groups host livestock biosecurity meetings
In the state of Iowa, the livestock industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. The beef and pork industry collectively provide over 100,000 jobs and a total economic activity of over $17 billion.
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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down Slightly, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Monthly US Egg Products Report
Shell eggs broken up 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Counting Eimeria Before They Hatch
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have developed a rapid system for identifying which of several Eimeria species are present on a particular farm. Eimeria are single-celled protozoans that cause coccidiosis, a major intestinal disease of chickens.

Kane County looking for salmonella source
The task often proves futile, but Kane County officials have vowed to work diligently in their quest to pinpoint the source of a recent salmonella outbreak - one that nearly quadrupled in 2006 from an average year.

Meat trade opposes inspection taxes
Government proposals to charge meat processing plants for licensing and inspections are bad for the industry and consumers, according to an influential trade association.

Local growers selling locally good for all
The recent trend of local growers selling their produce, poultry, pork and beef locally, keeping local dollars in the local economy, is gaining momentum and attention.

USDA may allow China to import chickens
The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to allow China, where 14 people have died of bird flu since 2003, to sell chicken to the United States.

Farm bill worries livestock producers
It used to be that farmers only watched the debates over a farm bill to see how much money they would get out of it.

USDA may allow China to import chickens
The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to allow China, where 14 people have died of bird flu since 2003, to sell chicken to the United States.


Japan holds bird flu drill
Japan began a drill yesterday to test its readiness for dealing with a human case of bird flu, with a limping mock patient - wearing a white mask and labelled "Mr A" - being whisked to hospital in an ambulance and tested.

  Russian Federation

Russian province begins vaccination of household poultry
Russia's Maritime Territory on Thursday began vaccination of household birds against bird flu.


Jamaican chickens get pricey
Jamaica’s largest commercial producer of poultry says it will be forced to hike chicken prices as the cost for corn, a key ingredient in chicken feed, continues to rise rapidly on the international market.

  Hong Kong

Saturday the next poultry outlet rest day for Hong Kong
The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department reminds live poultry stall operators and the public that the next rest day will fall on February 10.

  New Zealand

Next step taken by chicken farmers - going organic
Heuvel Farms Ltd’s resource consent to operate its free-range intensive organic chicken farm at Muriwai has now been publicly notified.


Meat, Sugar Scarce in Venezuela Stores
Meat cuts vanished from Venezuelan supermarkets this week, leaving only unsavory bits like chicken feet, while costly artificial sweeteners have increasingly replaced sugar, and many staples sell far above government-fixed prices.


Poultry price hike despite flu outbreak
The price of poultry products is set to rise by 15 per cent in the coming weeks, according to the Irish Poultry Processors Association (IPPA).

  United Arab Emirates

UAE bans Suffolk poultry
Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, the UAE's Minister of Environment and Water, has placed a ban on the importation of live birds and poultry products from Suffolk in the UK, according to the WAM news agency.


Vets to get results on Hungarian-bound turkey meat
Vets received the results last week of tests on meat transported from the UK to Hungary after the British bird flu outbreak, according to reports.

Company news

Aviagen Expands Business in Brazil
Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, has reached an agreement to purchase the poultry breeding facilities and assets from the poultry business unit of the Agroceres Group. A new company, Aviagen do Brasil, will now serve customers in Brazil, the third largest global market, and the export territories of Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia.

Two Brazilians to head Cobb's Latin American region
Two new senior appointments have been made by Cobb-Vantress Inc in Latin America where Jairo Arenazio becomes general manager for the region and Fausto Ferraz sales and technical director.

Hubbard appoints David Harrower as Technical Service Manager in Asia
Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus Hubbard is very pleased to announce that as per February 01, 2007 they have appointed David Harrower (MSc) to support them to increase the focus on technical Service in the Asian region.

Hybro announces winners of ‘HTP+ Awards 2006’
Dutch broiler breeder company Hybro BV has announced the results of its HTP+ Awards programme 2006, for the achievement of outstanding performance with Hybro breeder flocks around the world.

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