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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 16th April 2007
Monday 16th April 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Balanced Breeding for Optimum Broiler Performance
By Santiago Avendaño, Senior Geneticist, Aviagen
Avoiding Antibiotic Resistance in Turkeys: Use Bacteriocins Instead to Kill Pathogen
By Dan Donoghue, The Food Safety Consortium
The Effect of Low-Density Diets on Broiler Breeder Development and Nutrient Digestibility During the Rearing Period
By H. Enting, A. Veldman, Schothorst Feed Research, M. W. A. Verstegen, Wageningen University and corresponding author P. J. van der Aar.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

BANGLADESH - Surveillance was increased on the regions borders this week, in an attempt stem the further spread of the virus in the southern part of the country. Compensation packages have been announced for effected farms after by the Bangladesh authorities - who claimed yesterday the outbreaks had been contained but stressed vigilance be enforced across the country to prevent further spread. Two further farms were reported today to be infected, bringing the total 32 farms across eight districts since March 22nd.

EGYPT - Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif announced the allocation of $42 million to combat bird flu in the country. The new budget will "improve veterinary laboratories, provide the necessary equipment and preparation for immunizing the birds, and for the training of 1,200 veterinary doctors," said Ayman Alkaffas, spokesman for the Supreme National Committee to Combat Bird Flu.

INDIA - Alarmed by the outbreaks in neighbouring countries, the government has issued alerts to all states bordering the country - stressing vigilance of their poultry sectors. "There have been no bird flu cases in the country. We have asked authorities to take precautionary measures in those areas which are close to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar," said health minister Anbumani Ramadoss.

United Kingdom

Turkey processor sheds 400 jobs
Four hundred jobs are to go at a turkey slaughtering and processing plant in Abergavenny, in Monmouthshire, it has been confirmed.

Markets are back in action
The poultry industry has seen its problems in recent months and this has resulted, on occasions, in sales of live poultry being cancelled on the orders of Defra.

Bernard Matthews re-employs workers
Poultry giant Bernard Matthews which temporarily laid off about 270 workers after a bird flu outbreak, is taking on 32 employees, it has been announced.

Much-In-Demand Organic Meat Being Held Up By Shortage Of Feed
Demand for organic food is on a steady upward course, but the supply of organic animal products is being held up by shortages of feed, including grass, says the Soil Association.

Garden hens rule roost in suburbia
The chicken has crossed another road. It has gone from being a rural necessity for poor families to becoming the latest chic accessory for the middle classes in the suburbs.

ADAS to discontinue poultry research in UK
ADAS has announced that it will be ceasing poultry research from the end of September 2007, but it will continue its poultry consultancy service.

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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.

California egg production falls
CALIFORNIA - As California's agricultural heartland becomes increasingly suburban, the state's egg production has fallen to its lowest level in 50 years.

Veterinary scientists explore poultry virus as cancer cure
Virologists in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) at Virginia Tech are looking at how a genetically modified variant of Avian Newcastle disease virus (NDV) can treat human prostate cancer.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Up 1%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Biodiesel Byproduct Effective in Swine and Poultry Feed
With the rapid expansion of ethanol and biodiesel production in Iowa, there are questions about possible uses for what remains after these alternative fuels leave the plant.

Streamlining Wastewater Treatment In Poultry Processing
COLUMBUS - With the steady increase in poultry processing rates there has been a corresponding increase in wastewater pollutant concentrations.

US moves to risk-based inspection
The US Department of Agriculture will begin testing risk-based inspection in the meat industry this summer.

Dash for green fuel pushes up price of meat in US
The price of meat is set to rise in America as the nation’s helter-skelter dash to convert corn into road fuel begins to take its toll on the supply of food.

Solving The Corn Supply Problem
As corn prices swell, a livestock feed and ethanol by-product could help farmers who are feeding their livestock less.

‘Real World’ Experience with New Poultry Depopulation Method
On April Fool’s Day, April 1, at 8:30 in the evening, University of Delaware Poultry Specialist George “Bud” Malone received a phone call. A turkey farm in West Virginia confirmed the H5N2 Avian Influenza (A.I.) strain on the farm. Could he please bring his equipment to foam the house for depopulation.

Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
Turkey eggs in incubators up 4%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

US Hatchery Production: 2006 Summary
Broiler-type chicks hatched were down 1%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Respiratory disease found in chickens
A respiratory disease in chickens has been found on several poultry farms in southeastern North Carolina.

Merial Gallimune Flu H5N9

National policy soon for development of poultry sector
Fisheries and Livestock Adviser CS Karim yesterday said the government will formulate a national poultry policy soon for sustainable development of poultry sector in the country.

New Zealand

Grant will help fund Campylobacter research
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), together with the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) have been awarded $735,000 to help further research into Campylobacter, a leading cause of foodborne illness among New Zealanders.

Russian Federation

Russia Places Partial Ban on Meat Imports
In apparent response to questions about the safety of meat imports, Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision has announced a partial ban on meat imports from the United States, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Uruguay.


Noveko and Monitrol sign distribution agreement
MONTREAL - Noveko International Inc. announces that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Monitrol Inc., a North American leader in ventilation management software and hardware for farm buildings.


Sabah 90pc sufficient in poultry
The State Government wants the people to fully use their idle lands for integrated farming.


Egg processing plant soon to be completed
The new egg processing plant being built by the Jamaica Egg Farmers Association (JEFA) should be completed in three weeks, according to the president, Mark Campbell.

Paracox-5 Coccidiosis vaccine

Meat Board to be set up in 2 mths
The proposed National Meat and Poultry Board, which would be responsible for the development and promotion of the sector, is likely to be set up by June this year, government on Wednesday said.


Hungry Market For Hungary's Poultry
The agricultural producer prices rose by 11.6% year on year in February, falling from a growth of 14.3% in January, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) has reported on Thursday.


Ireland's egg industry declared Salmonella free
A regulatory effort to reduce Salmonella contamination throughout Ireland's food chain is beginning to pay off in the egg sector.


Egg industry probe reveals illegal operations
A crackdown on north-west Tasmanian egg producers has uncovered an illegal operation.

Move to ban battery hens
The Act will become the first Australian state or territory to ban battery egg production if new laws being drafted by the ACT Greens are adopted by the Assembly next month.

Which comes first, Ethanol or the Egg?
Managing Director of the Australian Egg Corporation, James Kellaway has today demanded that ethanol producers stop their calls for more government subsidies.


Chicken prices in Barbados remain stable
Local poultry producers have decided to absorb the latest increase in feed prices, to ensure chicken prices don't rise in Barbados.


New Ostrich Farm Opening in Tirana
The Albanian-Dutch Ostrich Company (ANOC) was scheduled to open an EUR900,000 (USD1.2 million) ostrich farm breeding 100 ostriches near Tirana on April 13, according to SeeNews.

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Hong Kong

HK resumes UK poultry import applications
The Center for Food Safety of Hong Kong announced Friday the processing of applications for importing poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom, except the county of Suffolk, was resumed with immediate effect.


Dutch let poultry outdoors as bird flu fears ease
The Dutch Agriculture Ministry will lift an order on April 15 to keep commercial poultry indoors, which was introduced to prevent a possible bird flu spread, the ministry said on Friday.


Live chicken to go back on sale
The Supreme Committee for Combating Bird Flu will soon declare Kuwait free of the disease and lift the embargo imposed on poultry farms where some infected birds were found.

That's all for this week!


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