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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 10th April 2007
Tuesday 10th April 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

The ABC of male behaviour
By Ron Meijerhof, senior technical specialist, Hybro B.V.
Wild Bird Control: Why and How
By Frank Jones, Associate Director - Extension, Centre of Excellence for Poultry Science - University of Arkansas and published in Avian Advice.
EU-wide survey on Salmonella levels in broiler meat flocks
EFSA has published a survey on the levels of Salmonella detected in broiler flocks (chickens reared for meat) across the European Union in 2005-6.
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  Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

VIETNAM - Began the week with fresh reports of bird flu striking poultry farms in the south of the country, killing 65 birds and forcing the slaughter of a further 20. WHO representatives praised the government's efforts in controlling the virus, stating the country is a model example of an effective and efficient containment programme.

BANGLADESH - Bird flu continues to spread in the country - 3000 chickens were culled near the capital of Dhaka on Sunday and a farm located in Companiganj upazila of Noakhali yesterday reported 1000 of its 1800 chickens had died due to infection. This brings the total of infected farms in the region to six and the total number of birds killed over 60,000.

INDONESIA -A team assessing the bird flu risk in the North East of the region were critical of the amount of poultry trading on the Bangladesh and Myanmar borders. The team felt that the States needed to do a lot more to enhance their preparedness in the event of an actual outbreak of bird flu.

USA -25,000 turkeys were culled at West Virginian poultry farm following the discovery of a low-pathogen strain of avian flu at the property. Four countries have temporarily restricted imports from the area. Recent Inspections of commercial flocks within a six mile radius of the farm have shown no further infections.

  United Arab Emirates

Live poultry shops closed in UAE
The Minister of Environment and Water, Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, has ordered the closure of all live poultry shops in the UAE as a precautionary measure, following reports of an outbreak of bird flu in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, recently.

Erring poultry farms may be shut down
The Ministry of Environment and Water in the UAE has said poultry farms which are not abiding by rules and regulations will be forced to shut down.

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Eggs act pricey for poultry farmers
The healthy egg has been gathering heat unnoticed. Though the morning breakfast of an egg-lover may not have become cheaper, a sharp drop in the price of eggs over the past 10 days has brought in unexpected losses for poultry farmers in the region.

  United States

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

Weekly Outlook: Corn Supplies
URBANA - Some caution should be exercised in anticipating 2007 yields, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Pilgrim's Pride to go ahead with cutback
TEXAS - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation today said it remains committed to maintaining its previously announced production cutback, despite encouraging news last week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that corn acreage is expected to increase sharply this year.

Livestock Farms Bill Before Senate
JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers take up proposal that would affect large operations and their regulation

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 Thailand.

Demand for corn-based ethanol fouls up chicken production
Weaning the United States from oil is creating quite a stir down on the farm.

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US Egg Prices Up This Easter
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Retail food prices at the supermarket increased slightly in the first quarter of 2007, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items in the first quarter of 2007 was $41.34, up about 4 percent or $1.65 from the fourth quarter of 2006.

Statement By Ag Sec Regarding The Free Trade Agreement With Korea
Korea Free Trade Agreement is a historic and significant opportunity for U.S. agriculture that will create new export opportunities for farmers and ranchers.

Monthly US Egg Products Report
Shell eggs broken down 4 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Burning Poultry Litter Yields Energy, Reduces Pollution
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are working to perfect a method for disposing of poultry litter that could save energy costs to heat poultry houses and reduce water pollution from manure applied to fields as fertilizer.

Kind announces legislation to expand meat markets
HUDSON - U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) has announced new legislation he introduced to expand the markets for meat processing businesses in western Wisconsin and across the nation.


Poultry Producer CEO Upbeat Despite Lower 2006 Profits
Perutnina Ptuj, Slovenia's largest poultry producer, faced bird flu and rising costs of fodder in 2006.

Food Industries Association Calls for Consolidation
Slovenian meat industry is facing price cuts and fierce competition and will soon have to consolidate and increase cooperation with the government and retail chains.

  European Union

'Salmonella risk' in chicken flocks
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a survey on the levels of Salmonella detected in broiler flocks (chickens reared for meat) across the European Union in 2005-6.

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  Serbia and Montenegro

€2 mln to be invested in veterinary medicine twinning project
Coordinator of the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Predrag Bubalo said today that €2 million will be invested in the next two years in realisation of the twinning project "Institutional capacity building of the Veterinary Medicine Directorate".

  Saudi Arabia

Bid to boost Saudi poultry exports
According to a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Annual Report, despite generous government subsidies and a rising population, Saudi Arabian poultry producers are facing robust competition from imported frozen chickens.


Ukrainian Food Group to Build Turkey Meat Plant.
The Ukrainian Food Group Ltd. (Chernivtsi region) is planning to construct a plant in the Chernivtsi region to process the turkey meat it produces at its farm there, reports Baltic Business News.


Bird flu could prompt further import bans
The trade minister of Kuwait is expected to ban poultry imports from Saudi Arabia, following growing fears in the GCC over the persistence of the bird flu virus among the region's poultry.


Saudi Arabia resumes import of baby chickens from Jordan
Saudi authorities have lifted their ban on the import of baby chickens from Jordan a month after suspending the purchase of chicks bred in the Kingdom, an Agriculture Ministry official said on Saturday.

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MEXICO - Recently Vencomatic signed a dealership agreement with Proyeccion Tecnica Agropecuaria SA de VC from Mexico. The company will represent Vencomatic in the Central American area, specially in the countries Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

Aviagen Hosts WVPA'S Belgian Branch
SCOTLAND - The Belgian branch of the World Veterinary Poultry Association was in Scotland last month for their annual convention.

That's all for this week!


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