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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 26th February 2007

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Controlling your body weight
By Ron Meijerhof, senior technical specialist, Hybro B.V.
Early Management Sets Flock Performance
Edgar O. Oviedo-Rondón. DVM, PhD., Dipl. ACPV., Extension Broiler Specialist. Mike J. Wineland, PhD., Extension Broiler Breeder and Hatchery Specialist. North Carolina State University.
US Poultry Outlook Report - February 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the February 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data.
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  Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

UK - Environment Secretary David Miliband stated that there was no evidence that infected Hungarian poultry had entered the food chain, investigators also showed there was little risk of infection to workers of the Bernard Matthews farm in Suffolk. Dr Chris Ashton, a leading Welsh poultry keeper has criticised Defra's handling of the avian flu outbreak at Bernard Matthews's factory in Suffolk.

RUSSIA - Laboratory test confirmed avian flu in the Dmitrov District of the Moscow Region, bringing the total number of affected districts to nine. Over a million domestic birds around Moscow have been vaccinated in an attempt to stop the spread of the infection.

INDIA - Rajasthan, a haven for migratory birds is putting protective measures in place after neighbouring Pakistan reported bird flu cases. Prabhulal Saini, Rajasthan's agriculture minister is closely monitoring the situation and has encouraged the poultry industry to take precautions.

EGYPT - The Egyptian government plan on spending an estimated $450 million on a new nationwide campaign to vaccinate poultry against avian flu. The plan comes after a second wave of H5N1 infections hit the country, leading to the deaths of seven people since October 2006.

EU - Zsuzsanna Jakab, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has said this week that Europe needs at least two more years to be adequately prepared for a pandemic flu outbreak in humans. Ms Jakab said that while UK, France, Germany and Slovenia, as well as the Nordic countries were better prepared, accession states in central and eastern Europe presented "a bigger challenge".

VIETNAM - Following a flu outbreak at a poultry farm on the outskirts of Vientiane earlier this month, the Laos Public Health Ministry confirmed the country's first suspected human case of avian influenza. The patient has been identified as 15 year old girl who had been employed at a chicken farm in the district.
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  General

BSE News: Mad-cow scrutiny is scaled way back
BSE News Summary Page - Catch up on all the latest news on BSE.

  United States

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler chicks placed up 2%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Weekly Outlook: Corn Exports
Strength of export demand for U.S. corn will be important as U.S. corn production struggles to keep up with domestic demand for ethanol production, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Feds to Toughen Meat, Poultry Inspection
The first major changes to food inspection in a decade will increase federal scrutiny of meat and poultry plants where the danger from E. coli and other germs is high or where past visits have found unsafe practices.

New Meat Byproducts: Avian Flu and Global Climate Change
The growth of factory farms, their proximity to congested cities in the developing world, and the globalized poultry trade are all culprits behind the spread of avian flu, while livestock wastes damage the climate at a rate that surpasses emissions from cars and SUVs.

City implements poultry moratorium
ALBERTVILLE - The Albertville City Council on Monday placed a six-month moratorium on poultry processing plants and poultry plants for the further processing of chickens.

Can Biodiverse Farming Feed The World?
Agriculture is rapidly approaching a time of massive change, says an article in Agronomy Journal. Impacted by the end of cheap energy, depleted water resources, impaired ecosystem services and unstable climates, agricultural industries will have to find new ways to feed a world whose appetite for food crops will grow by around 75 percent over the next 50 years.

Commentary: Cloned Foods
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last December that the agency will likely approve the sale of cloned foods this year.

Push for Biofuels Sparking Changes in Livestock Production
The push for expanding the biofuels industry is driving many changes in animal agriculture and there are still more to come, according to an Iowa State University agricultural economist.
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  United Kingdom

UK Poultry workers call for compensation
Unions and MPs today called on the Government and the European Union to provide compensation to workers at Bernard Matthews after it was announced that at least 130 staff are set to be laid off.

Bernard Matthews to lay off up to 500 workers
Up to 500 Bernard Matthews workers could be laid off after an outbreak of bird flu led to a 40 per cent slump in poultry sales.

No stopping demand for organic feed
Despite record high prices this season demand for organic feed — particularly for poultry production — is continuing to grow, according to Graham Loveday, organic sales manager for Marriages, the Essex-based flour and feed millers.

Turkey sales drop by 30% after bird flu
Turkey sales across Britain have dropped by 30 per cent after the bird flu outbreak, latest figures show.

NFU: Conference 2007 is a sell-out
This year’s NFU Annual Conference has sold out with more than 800 delegates expected to pack into the Birmingham Metropole Hotel on February 26 and 27.

Tories seek country of origin food labels
A campaign calling for clearer country of origin labelling on food is being launched by the Conservatives.

'Supermarkets must back food producers'
Farmers' leader Peter Kendall urged the supermarket giant retailers to back food producers by offering professional long-term supply arrangements.
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  Pakistan

Pakistan poultry prices go up by Rs14 a kg
Stakeholders in the poultry industry have pushed up live broiler rate by Rs14 per kg to Rs86 per kg from Rs72 per kg on Feb 9.

  Turkey

Highly pathogenic avian influenza In Turkey
This is a followup report (No 2) from OIE on the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Turkey.

  Indonesia

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.

  New Zealand

Grain price surge will help NZ farmers
New Zealand dairy farmers will benefit enormously from an inevitable increase in international grain prices, says Irish dairying guru Michael Murphy.

  Hong Kong

Poultry farmer hit by lack of license
A judicial review bid by a Yuen Long poultry farmer over the government's handling of his farm application has stalled in the High Court over factual disputes, though Justice Michael Hartmann strongly hinted that the challenge was likely to fail.

  Kuwait

‘Cheap foreign offers have forced firms to rethink poultry price hike’
The Poultry Companies Union may withdraw its decision to hike the price of eggs by 20 percent and has invited the Cooperative Societies Union to attend a meeting to discuss the issue, reports Al-Watan daily.

  Korea, Republic of

Agricultural exports forecast to grow 6.3 pct
South Korea aims to export US$2.45 billion worth of agricultural and forestry goods this year, up 6.3 percent from last year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said.
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Company news

Aviagen Appoints New Regional Technical Manager for Asia
US - Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, has named Bruce Evans as regional technical manager for Asia.

Meet Hybro's dedicated Asian team at VIV Asia 2007
THE NETHERLANDS - With consistent performance all across the board, PG+ and G+ from Hybro show amazing results and with the PN+ completing our portfolio, Hybro is growing bigger and offering the winning choice for every integration worldwide.

BASF sells animal feed premix sites
BASF is selling its animal nutrition premix business in eight countries to Nutreco, an animal feed group headquartered in the Netherlands. Premixes are mixtures of vitamins and feed additives for animal nutrition. Nutreco is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of animal feed premixes and specialties.

Calling all livestock editors
UK - Due to strong growth across all sectors of our business, the 5M Publishing management team are currently looking for editorial staff to help drive the continuing development of our on-line publications in Pigs, Poultry, Cattle and Aquaculture.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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