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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 23rd April 2007

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FOR SALE - Complete "Staalkat" Selecta egg grading and packing line
GERMANY - Troostwijk Auktionen GmbH & Co KG, are selling a complete "Staalkat" Selecta egg grading line belonging to the company Juchem Eiprodukte GmbH & Co. KG.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Applied Broiler Research Farm Report: Propane Usage Before and After Renovation
By G.Tom Tabler, Manager, Applied Broiler Research Unit, University of Arkansas
The importance of light and lux to reproduction
By Hybro B.V.
US Poultry Outlook Report - April 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service
More on Arbor Acres, part of Aviagen
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

MYANMAR - After three weeks with no fresh reports of avian flu, Yangon finally lifted its restrictions on poultry sales this week. A series of major outbreaks earlier this month forced the region to impose the ban to prevent further spread of the virus. The International community has praised the swift and efficient handling of the situation by the authorities.

UK - DEFRA announced this week that they were unable to identify the source of the outbreak at the Bernard Matthews site in Suffolk earlier this year.
'Bearing in mind that there must have been a serious failure of bio security at the Bernard Matthews plant, many people will be absolutely astonished that no one will be held responsible for the outbreak,' said shadow environment secretary Peter Ainsworth. £600,000 will be paid out in compensation for livestock lost in the containment of the virus.

EU - The results of a large scale research project studying 36 genomes of the avian flu virus were published this week. The study which looked at samples collected from Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMA) and Vietnam confirmed that not only that the virus had only recently spread from Asia but that two of the new western strains had

Russian Federation

Cherkizovo signs MoU to acquire Russia's Chicken Kingdom
Russian meat producer Cherkizovo Group OJSC said it has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire the holding company of OAO Chicken Kingdom.

Russia tightens food import regulations
Russian veterinary services have recently imposed a number of bans on imported meat, poultry and fish, causing all kinds of accusations - from protectionism to the use of trade for political ends.

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United Kingdom

Crisis as farm earnings crash
A huge drop in farm incomes during 2006 is revealed in the first estimates for the year from the National Assembly Government.

Supermarkets' Power 'Destroying Farmers'
Farmers are effectively subsidising consumers and supermarket giants, according to Roger Williams, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for food and rural affairs at Westminster.

Biofuel threat to poultry businesses
Sky high cereal prices and compounders being forced to import half of their cereals from the other side of the world for poultry feed. One German researcher believes this is set to come true if the EU pushes ahead with its ambitious biofuel policy.

Zoonoses legislation… Use eggs for confirmation, says BEIC
With new salmonella regulations due to be introduced by the EU next year, the UK egg industry is fighting to ensure that producers are not unfairly penalised by environmental sampling techniques.

CC Requires Stonegate Sell Off
The Competition Commission (CC) has confirmed that Noble Foods Limited (Noble) must sell Clifford Kent Holdings Ltd, parent company of Stonegate Farmers Limited (Stonegate).

Organic Egg Prices set to rise
Hard-pressed organic producers who have had to absorb unprecedented hikes in feed costs are finally in line for an egg price increase.

Supermarkets Crack Egg Merger
A merger that created Britain's biggest egg processor is to be unscrambled in a move widely viewed as another victory for supermarket retailers over the farming community.

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India

107 poultry cooperatives to create 10,000 jobs
With a view to promote commercial poultry cooperatives in the state 107 projects have been sent to National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) for financial assistance.

Suguna Readying To Tap Retail Revolution
COIMBATORE - The Rs 1400-crore Suguna Poultry Farm Ltd is waiting in the wings for market opportunities the emerging retail revolution in the country is likely to offer.

Japan

Japanese poultry import ban lifted
The Centre for Food Safety will resume processing applications for importing Japanese poultry and poultry products, except from the prefectures of Miyazaki and Okayama.

Guyana

Govt to match grants to farmers as extra incentive
A matching grant system to boost productivity and investments in the agriculture sector is to be added to the other schemes and incentives given to farmers by government.

United Arab Emirates

Dubai Cooperative Society reports 35 per cent increase in net profits
Dubai Cooperative Society, the holding company of Al Islami Foods, which is the leading provider of Halal food products in the Middle East, today reported 35 per cent growth in net profits for 2006.

Hong Kong

April 25 Rest Day For Poultry Outlets
The Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has reminded poultry retailers and the public that the next Rest Day falls on Wednesday (April 25).

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United States

Weekly Outlook: Soybean Consumption
URBANA - If the 2007 soybean crop lives up to its potential, some further weakness in soybean prices can eventually be expected, particularly in prices for the 2007 crop, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

ConocoPhillips And Tyson Alliance To Create Fat Fuel.
ConocoPhillips and Tyson Foods, Inc. will announce a strategic alliance to produce and market the next generation of renewable diesel fuel - made from beef, pork and poultry by-product fat - to create a transportation fuel.

NFU: Study Shows Ag Market Concentration Increasing
Agricultural market concentration is rising steadily, according to a study released today by National Farmers Union.

Animal Welfare Should be Based on Reason, Science and Experience
Speaking to the North American Agricultural Journalists meeting, Kay Johnson, Executive Vice President of the Animal Agriculture Alliance said that improvements in animal welfare should be based on reason, science and experience, not on the opinions of activists who have absolutely no vested interest in farm animals or those who believe it is wrong to raise animals for food.

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.

Livestock Market Oversight Must Change
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Competitive livestock markets and a transparent agricultural marketplace are vital to sustaining the livelihoods of U.S. farmers and ranchers, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress today.

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

Cautious Approach To Livestock Market Reforms Warranted
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Ranking Republican Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, yesterday heard testimony from witnesses representing various interest groups and national livestock organizations during a committee hearing on competition in livestock markets.

AMI: Meat Packing Industry is Dynamic and Competitive
American Meat Institute President J. Patrick Boyle today told the House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry that the U.S. meat packing industry is dynamic and competitive and that the industry will oppose legislative and regulatory efforts to restrict livestock marketing and meat packing procurement opportunities.

Small-Enterprise Chicken Study 2007
In July and August 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health

New power plant will use chicken waste as fuel
Wind and solar power, everyone's heard of. But lights fueled by chicken waste? That's something else.

AMI Urges Congress To Minimize Impact of Ethanol Policy on Animal Ag
Congress and the Administration should consider tax incentives and other legislative vehicles to support energy-based opportunities for animal agriculture.

New Arkansas Egg Production Aquired By Cal-Maine And CCF
ARKANSAS - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today announced that the Company and Country Creek Farms, LLC, a major egg marketing company, have reached an agreement with George’s, Inc., a major poultry producer, to acquire the assets of its shell egg division located near Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

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Company news

Pas Refrom Hatchery TechnologiesNew Business Development Manager for Pas Reform in the Middle East
NETHERLANDS - Pas Reform’s international expansion continues in the Middle East, with the appointment of respected poultry sector veteran Maciej Kolanczyk to the key role of business development manager throughout the region.

Ukraine's Mironovsky chooses Pas Reform state-of-the-art hatchery automation
UKRAINE - Ukraine’s leading integrated poultry producer, Mironovsky Hliboprodukt, has contracted Dutch hatchery technology company Pas Reform to supply new equipment and training for a major new expansion project over the next two years.

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Company Veterinarian For Cobb Europe
UK - South African veterinary surgeon Allan Ball has joined the Cobb Europe Quality Assurance Department as Company Veterinarian and Quality Manager.

Taiwan Hubbard GPS Farm recognised for their long-term partnership with Hubbard
TAIWAN - At the last VIV Asia in March 2007 Frederic Grimaud, President of Group Grimaud La Corbière, presented a plaque to Mr. A. H. Chuang, President of Taiwan Hubbard GPS Farm Co. Ltd, recognizing their long-term partnership with the Hubbard Company.

Aviagen Holds First Poultry Management School in China
US - Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, recently completed a week-long poultry management course in Beijing. The school brought participants from all across China together to learn the latest information in all areas of poultry science and its practical application to managing successful breeder and broiler operations.

Ross Anadolu visit Aviagen
TURKEY - Aviagen were delighted to welcome Burak Kaleli and Bulent Tanyildizi, Sales Managers for Ross Anadolu of Turkey, to their Newbridge office at the beginning of April.

Aviagen Appoint Regional Technical Manager
TURKEY - Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, have appointed Michael Garden as Regional Technical Manager for Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. In this role, he is responsible for co-ordinating the provision of technical service to Aviagen customers within this region and will work closely with Tom Exley, Business Manager for the area, in developing and implementing the company's action plans.

Alpharma Expands Presence in China
US - Alpharma Inc., a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, announced it has acquired the assets of Shenzhou Tongde Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd ("Tongde") in Shenzhou City, China.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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