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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 2nd April 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Online Growth Control as an Advance in Broiler Farm Management
By Ö. Cangar, J.-M. Aerts, E. Vranken and corresponding author D. Berckmans, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
A Survey of Commercially Available Broilers Originating from Organic, Free-range, and Conventional Production Systems for Meat Yield, Composition, and Relative Value
By Ryan Husak, Graduate Research Assistant; Joseph Sebranek, University Professor of Animal Science
Feeding Broiler Breeders for Chick Quality
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Breeding For Meat Quality And High Products
By Dr Danny Lubritz, Cobb geneticist
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - March 2007
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

MYANMAR - Multiple outbreaks of bird flu across five townships in Yangon occurred this week. A single farm in the Mingaladon Township alone lost a total of 929 chickens to the virus before a further 6,633 were culled to prevent further spread. This series of cases has prompted neighbouring Mizoram to prohibit import of chicken, pig fodder and rearing equipment.

KUWAIT - 40 new outbreaks of bird flu in the region have given officials the need to cull over 1.1 million chickens in and attempt to stop further spread of the disease. The resulting loss of birds is severely hitting its egg production with over 60 percent of its total layer chickens killed.

INDONESIA - WHO officials and the Indonesian Ministry of Health have to come to an agreement on sharing samples of the virus. After initial concerns that commercial companies would profit from vaccine development.

BANGLADESH - Bird flu continued to spread but World Bank and UN bodies have assured the government than financial and technical assistance will be made available to them. The ADB (Asian Development Bank) has also announced its support for the further development of Dhaka's virus testing facilities.

United Kingdom

Silver anniversary for British Goose Producers
Goose producers are planning to make 2007 a special year — celebrating the 25th anniversary of the formation of their own association.

Organic feed shortage crisis on farms
Organic farmers in South Lakeland could lose thousands of pounds, if a feed shortage forces them to decertify their produce.

State Veterinary Service to become Animal Health
From 1 April the State Veterinary Service (SVS), an executive agency of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will change its name to Animal Health.

Barn eggs out of favour
Glenrath Farms, Britain's second-biggest egg producer, has seen profits dip as ethically-aware shoppers turn away from traditionally produced "barn" eggs.

Success of 3.5m egg campaign
Since the launch of a £3.5m marketing campaign in January, the Lion egg marketing campaign, led by the “Fast food and good for you” advertisements, has made an immediate impact on consumers.

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United States

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.

High fertilizer prices drive poultry sales
MO - High commercial fertilizer prices are creating more interest in using poultry litter to grow crops from grass to corn.

Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Basis
URBANA - Based on expected fall supplies of corn, widespread use of temporary storage facilities will be required again this year, but overall use will probably not be more extensive than in recent years.

NH House votes against bigger cages for chickens
N.H. - A move to guarantee egg-laying hens cages big enough to allow them to spread their wings died in the House on Tuesday.

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

Proposed Animal ID Program Alarms Livestock Owners
Livestock and horse owners are confused and concerned about the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) voluntary participation program, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

NCC Encouraged by Report on Corn Planting Plans
WASHINGTON - Bill Roenigk, senior vice president and chief economist of the National Chicken Council, said Friday that while the Council is encouraged by the USDA Prospective Plantings report that acreage planted in corn this year will increase 15 percent over 2006.

Farmers see air study in two different lights
Hundreds of Alabama farmers are among 14,000 nationwide who signed up for a program expected to produce the first national study of air quality at large livestock operations.

Chicken Producer Shares Up on Corn View
NEW YORK - A U.S. Department of Agriculture report showing farmers intend to plant 15 percent more acres of corn this year boosted shares of chicken producers Friday.

Industry Roadmap: Building the Fresh Foods Supply Chain of the Future
As anyone who has been involved in the selling and tracking of random-weight or variable-measure products (such as poultry and red meat) can tell you, the current tracking system is inadequate.

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Chicken sales decline after bird flu report
People in Rawalpindi and Islamabad have reduced chicken consumption following the health ministry’s report on bird flu in the twin cities.

‘Livestock budget being increased to Rs 1.15b’
Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi said on Wednesday that special attention was being paid to strengthen the livestock sector and that the government would increase its budget to Rs 1.15 billion.

Dominican Republic

Dominican chicken farmers reduce production
Last year Dominican chicken production was so high that the Government in several occasions touted as its accomplishment that consumption had increased to 15 million units monthly average.


High feed cost hits poultry industry
The poultry industry, which is still recovering from last year’s bird flu crisis, is now feeling the pinch of high cost of feed. Poultry feed accounts for over 70 per cent of the cost of production of broilers and eggs.

Saving the poultry sector without harming public health
The poultry industry of the country is facing difficult times following detection of the dreaded avian flu virus among chickens in some farms in Savar and Gazipur.

Egg prices likely to go up in April
Retail prices of egg, currently sold at Rs 28-32 a dozen, are likely to increase further early next month owing to higher cost of inputs like maize, the main poultry feed.


Fancom gives MTT presentation in China
Patrick van Dijk, Product Manager Poultry and Mr Lim, Fancom's distributor in China, gave a presentation during a 2-day symposium on the invitation of Beijing Dafaun Poultry Breeder.

Russian Federation

Russia seeks compromise, not ban on EU meat
Russia will not ban meat imports from European Union countries on April 1 and is seeking a compromise with Brussels on food safety issues.

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Norwegian Poultry Meat Production up 10% in 2006.
Statistics Norway has reported that poultry meat production in the Country totalled 62,518 tonnes carcass weight in 2006, up from 56,472 tonnes in 2005 and 54,236 tonnes in 2004.


Bird flu slashes poultry sales in Bangladesh by 20 percent
Avian influenza has slashed sales of poultry and poultry products by 20 percent in Bangladesh, the local daily The Financial Express reported Monday.

Saudi Arabia

NHA bans import of frozen chicken, eggs from Saudi
The National Health Authority has banned imports of all frozen chicken from Saudi Arabia.


Simple procedures ensure safe, natural eggs
The Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) today assured consumers that the egg industry takes food safety very seriously following reports of salmonella outbreaks in north-west Tasmania.


Union formulates strategy to control prices at cooperatives
The Union of Con-sumer Cooperative Societies has formulated a strategy to control the prices of goods in cooperative societies, thwart attempts of traders to manipulate the prices of commodities and prevent the monopoly of goods to protect the interests of the consumers.

New Zealand

Supermarkets to continue selling battery-laid eggs
Egg producers and supermarkets say there are no plans to follow British supermarkets and phase out the sale of battery-laid eggs.

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Company news

Aviagen VP named VIV Asian Poultry Breeder of the Year
THAILAND - Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, is pleased to announce that Dr. Wy Chee Chiang, senior vice president for Asia, has been named the VIV Asian Poultry Breeder of the Year by International Hatchery Practice.

Aviagen Names New Technical Manager
US - Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, has named Gary Hogue as technical manager for the western region of the USA. In this role, he is responsible for providing technical service to Aviagen customers within this region and will work closely with Shannon Burasco, regional business manager, in developing and implementing the company's action plans.

Aviagen Customer Group Enjoys Trip To VIV Asia
THAILAND - A visit to Bangkok by a group of Aviagen's Eastern European customers proved to be an enjoyable and successful event.

Hybro launches upgraded Technical Performance Feedback System (HTP+)
THE NETHERLANDS - In further support of global expansion and a vigourously growing customer-base, Dutch broiler breeding company Hybro B.V. has launched a new upgrade of its much-acclaimed Technical Performance Feedback System (HTP+) for customers worldwide.

Vostermans latest creation: the five blade Multifan 130
NETHERLANDS - The Multifan 130: 5-blade version is Vostermans latest editioin to cutting edge greenhouse ventilation technology, promising a performance it says, competitors simply cannot match.

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