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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 12th March 2007
Monday 12th March 2007
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JUST LAUNCHED: The Optimum Egg Quality Handbook.
This new book, which can also be viewed online, describes in detail all the main egg defects, internal and external and looks at the possible causes and corresponding control measures. A comprehensive practical guide to improving egg quality.

VIV Asia 2007 - A New Focus on Aquaculture.
BANGKOK - VIV Asia opened in Bangkok Wednesday with a smartly choreographed, flambuoyant, launch ceremony; something more familiar with a new car launch than to a food industry Expo.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Biosecurity in the Egg Processing Plant
By Doug Kuney, Poultry Farm Advisor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California
Changes in Brown Eggshell Color As the Hen Ages
By A. Z. Odabai, R. D. Miles, M. O. Balaban, and K. M. Portier, University of Florida and published in Poultry Science, Volume 86, Issue 2, February 2007 edition.
Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - October to December 2006
By Statistics Canada - This publication provides data on the production, supply and disposition and value of Canadian poultry meat and eggs for Q4 2006.
Impact of Antimicrobial Usage on Antimicrobial Resistance in Commensal Escherichia coli Strains Colonizing Broiler Chickens
By J. L. Smith, D. J. V. Drum, Y. Dai, J. M. Kim, S. Sanchez, J. J. Maurer, C. L. Hofacre, and M. D. Lee, University of Georgia and published in the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, March 2007 edition.
USDA Poultry and Products Semi Annual Reports 2007 Summary
US - This article provides the poultry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2007 reports.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

UK - Bird flu restriction zones were finally lifted from Suffolk after the outbreak at the Bernard Matthews turkey unit in Holden. Matthews himself began a £7m campaign yesterday in the national press saying his turkey was safe for human consumption after a recent drops in sales.

SOUTH KOREA - A string of new outbreaks has prompted a cull of 35,000 ducks in centre of the country in an attempt to curb its further spread. A quarantine worker is being tested for suspected infection after he became ill during a culling operation.

VIET NAM - Bird flu continued to spread in the region this week as a further 550 chickens died in the Ha Tay province, 20km southwest of Hanoi. Tests showed they were H5N1 positive.

DUBAI - The region is bracing itself for the arrival of the virus on Emirati shores. Recent outbreaks in Kuwait have set alarm bells ringing. Officials though remain optimistic and are confident that if cases can be detected any serious epidemic can be averted.

CHINA - China defended itself this week after a US report claimed its southern Guangdong province was the source of H5N1 - official state run newspapers said the evidence came to the wrong conclusions and lacked credibility. An outbreak in Tibet appears to have been successfully contained after slaughtering 7,000 chickens. Officials took the steps after reports of the virus killing 680 birds in Lhasa's Chengguan village.

United States

NFU Members Lay Out 2007 Farm Bill Priorities
ORLANDO - National Farmers Union members approved a list of provisions the organization would like to see included in the 2007 Farm Bill.

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.

Biosecurity Rules Crack Isle’s Last Egg Farm
MAKAWAO - Sometime late this month, Maui’s last egg farm will close. That will leave only Hawaiian Fresh Egg Farm in Kamuela on the Big Island and one or two egg farms on Oahu.

California Poultry Federation Opposes User Fees
US - Group joins others in rejection of user fees in any Congressional budget proposal.

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

Study finds antibiotic resistance in poultry even when antibiotics were not used
A surprising finding by a team of University of Georgia scientists suggests that curbing the use of antibiotics on poultry farms will do little – if anything – to reduce rates of antibiotic resistant bacteria that have the potential to threaten human health.

USDA survey to assess profit of poultry
For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting a nationwide survey of poultry growers to figure out the cost and return of running a chicken farm.

Egg Farmers Clucking at Cage Ban
HARTFORD - Connecticut egg farmers warned Friday that they could be put out of business if state lawmakers ban cages for hens.

Higher Poultry Prices as Ethanol Demand Hits Corn Supply
Meat and poultry producers are facing rapid increases in the cost of the grain needed to feed their animals, which economists predict will result in higher consumer prices, the chicken industry told Congress today.

AMI - Ease Adjustments Caused by Diversion of Feed to Fuel
Congress must balance our nation’s food and fuel needs and take practical actions to moderate the impact that U.S. renewable energy policy is having on animal feed costs and food sold to consumers, according to American Meat Institute (AMI) President J. Patrick Boyle.

Uniform Compliance Date Set for Food Labeling Regulations.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is establishing January 1, 2010, as the uniform compliance date for new food labeling regulations that are issued between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2008.

Industry calls for rethink on risk-based inspections
The move to a risk-based inspection system could jeopardize consumer confidence in the safety of meat and poultry, according to an industry organisation.

California egg production tumbles
Like Humpty Dumpty, California egg ranchers have taken a tumble. Egg production in the state failed to crack 5 billion in 2006, marking the lowest output since 1958.
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Consultation on changes to the Veterinary Medicines Regulations
New Veterinary Medicines Regulations came into force on 30 October 2005. To keep these regulations and their fees up to date, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) pledged to review, revoke and re-make these regulations annually.

Welfare-friendly food - it matters
It's official: when it comes to what you put in your shopping basket, animal welfare matters.

Resilience in the food industry examined in new report
Britain’s food industry supply chains remain susceptible to a range of disruptive events according to a report undertaken by Cranfield University for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

New salmonella control requirements
New legislation comes into force today on controlling salmonella in breeding flocks of domestic fowl.

Latest agricultural survey - No of poultry fell by 11 per cent
Results from the December 2006 Agricultural Survey, which gives a picture of agricultural activity in Scotland.


Meat Industry Grows as Peso Gains More Value
The Central Visayas meat industry registered growth in many areas, according to the 2006 annual accomplishment report compiled by the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 7.


Newcastle Disease Hits Japan
An outbreak of Newcastle disease has occurred in Tonami City, resulting in the destruction of 8,700 birds.
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Russian Federation

Russian meat-processors may raise prices
Russian meat-processing companies might have to raise prices due to bans on import from U.S., France, Germany, Uruguay, and Brazil, says Good Taste Meatpacking Plant.


Financial aid for poultry sector
Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Fisheries Francis Agius yesterday distributed financial aid to poultry producers, amounting to Lm38,180 (e88,935.48) for broiler producers and Lm127,341 (e296,624.74) for the layers sector.


Egg market plagued by deceptive labels
The free-range egg market in Israel is growing: An increasing number of consumers are willing to pay twice the cost for eggs laid by hens raised in humane conditions, and seven million eggs are marketed as "free-range" every year - 0.4 percent of all eggs sold.

New Zealand

Grain costs to force New Zealand egg prices up
The Egg Producers Federation predicts that the rising cost of grain will force egg prices up within the next few months - due to the Australian drought.

Poultry prices up 7.1 percent
Food prices increased 0.1 percent in the February 2007 month, Statistics New Zealand said today.


Newcastle disease Chaos In Romania
Since the initial outbreak on the 16th of October 2006, in which a massive 54,834 birds were considered susceptible, Newcastle Disease has struck time and time again.
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United Arab Emirates

UAE vows to take fresh measures to prevent entry of bird flu
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has vowed to take a series of fresh measures to prevent the entry of the H5N1 bird flu virus that has been detected in the sister Gulf state of Kuwait, local newspaper Khaleej Times reported on Friday.

Ban on poultry products in passengers' luggage likely
ABU DHABI - A meeting of the National Emergency Committee on Bird Flu yesterday discussed a ban on entry of poultry products with inbound passengers' luggage.

Company news

Vencomatic €asy Nest optimiseds hatching egg collection
THE NETHERLANDS - Vencomatic have launched a new product which it hopes will revolutionise the collection of hatching eggs.

DAHS Introduces Phosphate-free Farm Cleaners into the US Market
DuPont Animal Health Solutions US - DuPont Animal Health Solutions announced today a new line of phosphate-free cleaning products for use in farms, food processing facilities and hatcheries. The cleaners, available as both foaming and non-foaming products, have been formulated to cover a wide range of conditions and specific cleaning challenges.

Hybro shares knowledge at incubation course in Pennsylvania
NETHERLANDS - As part of its continuous investment in sharing knowledge and know-how with customers and partners worldwide, Dutch broiler breeding company Hybro B.V. organized an incubation course in cooperation with Penn State University, Pennsylvania, US.

UK - Imagine producing the perfect egg time after time after time. See the unblemished white and brown and a shell as smooth as marble; plump at the base, perfectly rounded at the top and when you sink your knife across it you know the yoke breaks like sunrise.

That's all for this week!


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