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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 26th March 2007
Monday 26th March 2007
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We have 4 new features this week:

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.
UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to December 2006)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic poultry diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases.
US Poultry Outlook Report - March 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the March 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data.
In Search of the Ideal Water Line Cleaner
By Amanda Hancock, Jennifer Hughes and Susan Watkins, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas and published in Avian Advice
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  Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

BANGLADESH - Bird flu hit the region this week, with outbreaks near the capital resulting in large culls of up to 36,000 infected birds. There are growing concerns that this current outbreak will seriously damage the poultry sector of the area. Although no amounts have been discussed, officials say the compensation process for affected farm owners is under way.

EU - A revolutionary portable bird flu detection device was announced this week. The device, no larger than a small portable television, is capable of testing and confirming the presence of the virus in any potentially infected animals on the spot without the need for lengthy laboratory analysis.

VIETNAM - US aid agencies have begun assisting the Vietnamese government with protective equipment and decontamination units being sent to the high-risk provinces in an effort to limit the further spread of the virus. The countries Ministry of Science and Technology will likely this month take over two projects on vaccine production - the ministry would run large trials of the proposed drug and if successful would start producing large quantities over the next four to five months. Currently the county relies on imported vaccines from China.

INDONESIA - The countries backyard poultry ban is claimed by a senior official to be containing the spread of the virus. A meeting of health officials from 18 nations is being hosted in the region to discuss the sharing of virus samples to aid vaccine development, WHO officials believe that restricting how these samples are shared will slow down research. Indonesia has refused to supply samples unless it has guarantees that they will not be used commercially.

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

EPA wants exemption for livestock farms
WASHINGTON DC - The Bush administration is moving to protect livestock farms from pollution reporting rules and potential liability for manure runoff.

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.

Avoiding Antibiotic Resistance In Turkeys: Use Bacteriocins Instead To Kill Pathogen
A University of Arkansas-led research team has found that an effective way to get rid of pathogenic Campylobcter bacteria in turkeys is to use proteins produced naturally by other bacteria.

Nutrient management has improved, state official says
PA - The director of nutrient management programs for the state conservation commission said tighter regulations in Pennsylvania might be convincing meat processors to expand in neighboring states instead of in the Keystone State.

Push for Biofuels Sparking Changes in Livestock Production
KANSAS - 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.

Tyson Sells Two Commodity Poultry Operations In Alabama To Koch Foods Incorporated
ALABAMA - As part of strategic efforts to reduce the production of fresh, commodity chicken, Tyson Foods, Inc. (plans to sell two of its Alabama poultry plants and some supporting facilities, the company reported.

House approves bill to promote viability of farms
VERMONT - A bill designed to promote the continued viability of the state's farms easily won preliminary House approval Thursday despite concerns about whether poultry slaughtered in uninspected facilities should be served in restaurants.

Feds start surprise poultry farm inspections
DELAWARE - Surprise federal inspections are ruffling feathers on Delaware's poultry farms.

Disagreement over confinement facilities and bird flu
IOWA - A Humane Society official has condemned the poultry industry on for creating large confinements that he said could create "the perfect storm" of conditions to spark a large-scale avian flu pandemic. However, poultry industry representatives say the opposite is actually true - that confinements make a disease outbreak less likely.

February Egg Production Down 1 Percent
U.S. egg production totaled 6.91 billion during February 2007, down 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

  European Union

Consumer’ concerns about animal welfare when shopping vary widely between European countries
Considerable attention is being given to what consumers can do to improve farm animal welfare. Linking improvements of farm animal welfare to what people do as food consumers is essential to realise better animal welfare in Europe.

  United Kingdom

Sainsbury’s to sell 100% UK cage-free eggs
Sainsbury's will be the first of the big four supermarkets to sell only cage-free eggs ahead of 2012, and has received a 'Good Egg' award today from Compassion in World Farming for its commitment to the health and welfare of animals.

Egg fraud could crack consumer confidence
A fraud involving millions of imported caged or barn eggs sold in the UK as free range and organic could cause significant damage to the British industry if not resolved.


Poultry waste can generate 6MW electricity a day
As much as six megawatt electricity can be generated everyday from poultry excrement at Gazipur poultry zone, also known as the 'Poultry capital', experts said at a seminar in Gazipur.

Bangladesh culls 30,000 chickens
DHAKA - Bangladeshi authorities recently culled about 30,000 chickens at a state-owned farm after many died mysteriously, sparking fears of a bird flu outbreak that later proved unfounded, an official and a domestic news agency said Thursday.

Poultry industry faces uncertainty
Leaders of World Poultry Science Association Bangladesh Branch (WPSA-BB) yesterday said the latest outbreak of the bird flu virus will hit hard the export potentials of the country's poultry products.

  Russian Federation

Russia places temporary ban on minced poultry from Germany
MOSCOW - Russia's food safety watchdog has imposed a temporary ban on minced poultry imports from two German enterprises, the watchdog's press office said Wednesday.

Russia Meat Prices Slump Due To Oversupply
Russia's Agriculture Minister, Alexei Gordeyev, has asked President Putin to instruct the government to urgently address problems related to large-scale meat imports into Russia, according to the Interfax news agency.

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  Hong Kong

Experts call for end to HK live poultry markets
Experts renewed calls on Wednesday for a quick end to an age-old practice of selling live poultry in Hong Kong after a baby picked up a mild form of bird flu from a market.


Brazilain Chicken exports up 21% in February
Revenues from foreign sales of the commodity had a 21.48% increase compared with the same month last year. A total of 232,200 tonnes were shipped, 16,76% more than in February 2006. In the accumulated result for the year, the Middle Eastern countries imported US$ 150.87 million in chicken meat, reported by ANBA.


Combining poultry vaccination with other disease control measures to combat H5N1
VERONA - A report from the the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)International conference in Verona, reviewing vaccination methods.


EU takes Greece to court over animal welfare infringements
The European Commission is to refer Greece to European Court of Justice for failing to enforce EU animal welfare rules, particularly over problems in transport and at slaughter.

Merial Gallimune Flu H5N9

RP demand for US poultry, eggs ‘increasing’
There is increasing demand in the country for poultry and egg products from the United States, an official of the US Poultry and Egg Export Council (USPEEC) said.

Company news

Aviagen on the Road in Finland
UK - Aviagen, the world's leading poultry company, recently held a series of seminars at venues in Finland to support its distributor in the region, Suomen.

Aviagen Kft Hold Second Successful Broiler Breeder Seminar in Serbia
UK - Aviagen Kft, the Hungarian operation of Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, recently held its second annual seminar at the Novi Sad Park Hotel in Serbia. This event follows on from the success of the first meeting last year.

Aviagen’s Bangkok Office part of the Aviagen Global Network
BANGKOK - After two years of operation, Aviagen’s Bangkok Office is playing an increasingly pivotal role in coordinating the supply of Aviagen products and customer support throughout South East Asia.

Hybro Success at VIV Asia - Your Partner in Breeding
NETHERLANDS - March 7-9. 2007 proved an excellent venue to demonstrate the great strides Hybro has taken in recent years.

Hybro Asia holds 3rd Counterparts’ Seminar Series
NETHERLANDS - From March 5-6, 2007, twenty modern hatchery and production managers from poultry companies in Asia gathered and participated in the 3rd offering of the Counterparts’ Seminar Series at Montien Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, organised by broiler breeding company Hybro B.V. The focus and theme for this year’s programme was “Managing an invisible, living, meat-yielding chick” and attracted participants from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and India to participate in this interactive course on modern hatchery management.

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