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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 5th March 2007
Monday 5th March 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:

Some Reminders on Extralabel Drug Use in Food-Producing Animals
By Dr. David Smith, Associate Professor Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska.
Chickens and Eggs Annual Summary 2006
By the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service - This report looks at the highlights of the US chicken and egg industry over the past year.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - February 2007
By Defra - 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.
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* Global Poultry Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

VIET NAM - In a week that started with the report of the first human bird flu case Laos, it soon became clear that Bird flu had resurfaced in southern Vietnam - two weeks after officials declared and end to the outbreak there. The first human casualty of the virus was announced today, further tests are being performed to confirm if the H5N1 strain was the responsible for the 42 year old woman's death.

UK - Bernard Matthews laid off a further 38 workers at its Norfolk and Suffolk factories. The move was said to be due to a fall in demand of its products. DEFRA announced on Friday that it would lift it's restrictions from the effected area allowing poultry to roam free for the first time in almost four weeks.

KUWAIT - After announcing on Wednesday that no new outbreaks of the virus had been reported for three days, Thursday morning sadly brought the news that two new cases had been found. The total to date is now 49 cases in chicken, falcon and quail. The authorities have taken measures to contain the outbreak one of these being the temporary closure of poultry stores in the country.

MYANMAR - Livestock authorities slaughtered around 1,300 chickens as an initial measure to deal with the latest occurrence of the virus in north western Yangon's Mayangon township. As of today no new outbreaks have been detected within the country although the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) are still urging caution.


Perdigão Profits Fall 8%
Perdigão, the large Brazilian Food Company, had its 2006 financial statements hurt by a weakeness in its key export markets despite encouraging growth in domestic sales.


Egg farmers at breaking point over cost of grain
Australian egg farmers today said they can no longer absorb the skyrocketing cost of grain, caused by the drought, and warned consumers that the price of eggs is soon likely to rise by 20-30 cents per dozen.

Aust farmers to benefit from Chinese urbanisation
New research shows shrinking land availability and a changing diet in China are opening up big opportunities for Australian farmers.
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Poultry farmers criticise proposal to exempt importers of frozen chicken from customs duties
Poultry farmers are concerned that a proposal to exempt importers of chicken and fish from customs duties for six months will have a major negative impact on their businesses, which suffered during last year’s bird flu scare.

United Kingdom

Miliband rejects wider poultry import bans
Farm secretary David Miliband on Monday rejected a suggestion that a wider import ban on Hungarian poultry could have stopped the spread of a deadly bird flu virus to England this month.

Poultry News from the NFU Conference 2007
Here’s a round-up of the top poultry stories from the NFU Conference 2007.

Protect Consumers and Curb Supermarket Power, MPs Told
NFU Scotland has told MPs that the growing power of supermarkets must be better policed in order to protect consumer interests.

UK kids 'think cows can lay eggs'
The average eight year old might know how to email people and use internet search engines, yet millions of British kids don’t know which animals their food comes from, according to new research by Dairy Farmers of Britain. The findings reveal that thousands of today’s 8 year olds think that cows lay eggs.

United Arab Emirates

Domestic poultry faces greatest risk from virus
Prevention of infection of domestic poultry is most important in averting a bird flu outbreak in the UAE, warns a regional bird expert.
United States

Not enough cage-free hens to supply Costco with eggs
The wholesaler has considered a cage-free policy, but it sells about 1.2 billion eggs a year.

January Egg Production Down 1 Percent
U.S. egg production totaled 7.64 billion during January 2007, down 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler chicks placed down 1%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

International Egg and Poultry Review
A weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry.

Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Down Slightly from Last Year
The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comment on the poultry weights and slaughter levels in their monthly Poultry Slaughter Report.

NFU to Congress: Implement COOL
National Farmers Union, along with more than 200 organizations representing a broad cross-section of groups including consumers, urged members of Congress to support mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL). This is the largest coalition letter ever sent on COOL.

Farm Subsidies - Lining the pockets of wealthy farm owners?
What do Ken Lay, Ted Turner, Sam Donaldson and David Rockefeller all have in common? asks Sacha Zimmerman in this months Reader's Digest.


Growth in Brazilian Meat Exports, Animal Feed Industry Drives Demand for Feed Additives
BUENOS AIRES - Brazil's position as one of the most important meat exporters in the world and one of the leading animal feed producers is driving strong growth of its animal feed additives market.
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Broiler prices jump 25% in two months
Broiler prices continue to hit new highs in Pakistan reaching Rs90 per kg on Tuesday up from Rs72 per kg just over two weeks ago, report Dawn.

Milk, poultry, rice & ghee lead price-hike
Price-hike in rice, branded ghee, cooking oil, fresh milk and poultry products dominated last month in terms of putting burden on consumers while there was a bit relief in the prices of pulses, vegetables and flour varieties.

‘Govt all for quality food production’
The government is fully committed to encouraging production of food meeting international quality and safe-food standards. This is in keeping with the president’s vision of value addition to agro and livestock products.


WV still avian flu free
The Department of Agriculture (DA) assured the public of a negative presence of the avian flu virus in the region, particularly in the four municipalities of Capiz, namely, Sapi-an, Sigma, Ivisan and Roxas City. OIC Regional Executive Director Larry P. Nacionales announced during a Management Meeting held at RIARC at Sigma, Capiz, early this week, after dispatching the Regional Task Force on Avian Flu headed by Dr. Oscar Limoso to the said areas.

NMIS assures supply of poultry products sufficient despite ban
Even though the Philippines remains to be free from the avian influenza or bird flu, the government continues to be vigilant in taking precautions against the entry of the virus in the country’s poultry farms.

Viet Nam

Minister requires intensified control over hatching of waterfowls
Farmers can resume their poultry production as the ban on hatching waterfowls will be removed on March 1, announced the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat on February 27.

European Union

EU emergency veterinary team to be established
The European Commission adopted a Decision to establish an emergency veterinary team, to provide the support of European experts if needed to respond rapidly to animal disease outbreaks in the EU and third countries.


Poultry group okays import of breeding stock
The Poultry Industry Association of Malawi (Piam)—an umbrella organisation for poultry stakeholders in the country—said on Monday the legal importation of breeding stock poses no harm to the public amid the poultry import ban to check bird flu.
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Commentary - Chicken production 4.1% lower than a year ago
North American Meat Protien Commentary from Jim Long.

Russian Federation

Tougher Rules Placed on EU Meat Imports
Russia, after recalling its animal health inspectors from the European Union, threatened on Friday to suspend meat imports from some EU countries unless Brussels provides additional quality control guarantees.


Estonia's Tallegg benefits from rising living standards.
Tallegg, Estonia's largest poultry producer, recorded a profit worth EEK6.6 million (USD557,335) on a turnover worth EEK500 million (USD42.2 million) in 2006, according to the LETA news agency.


Transavia sees slight growth despite Brid Flu
Romania's poultry meat and egg producer, Transavia, recorded a net profit worth EUR5.5 million in 2006, as compared with EUR5.4 million the previous year, according to SeeNews.

Company news

DuPont™ Biosecurity Kits Help Prevent, Control Spread of Viruses
DuPont Animal Health Solutions US - Drawing upon more than 40 years of experience in Animal Health Solutions and expert input from a range of disciplines, the DuPont™ Biosecurity Kit has been designed to help prevent and control the spread of viruses in the farm environment. The kit contains Virkon® S, the DuPont disinfectant and virucide with proven efficacy against the Avian Influenza virus in the poultry setting, personal protective equipment and other products that have been carefully selected to help reduce virus spread.

Pas Refrom Hatchery Technologies State-of-the-art hatchery places Hubbard SA for superior GP delivery
SOUTH AFRICA - With the hatchery structure starting to take shape and the building project running according to schedule, the future holds great promise for the team at Hubbard SA.

Fancom - Complete Poultry Solutions "Get Connected" with Fancom at VIV Asia
NETHERLANDS - On the 7th, 8th and 9th of March, Fancom will be exhibiting at the VIV Asia trade fair in Bangkok.

Intervet Intervet sees 6% global growth
THE NETHERLANDS - Revenues at Intervet increased by 3% to EUR 1,125 million boosted by strong autonomous growth of 6% across all regions and product lines.

Margins Improve as Tyson Foods returns to profitability
US - Efforts to return Tyson Foods to profitability are "paying off," senior executives told shareholders at this week's annual meeting.

That's all for this week!


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