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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 8th May 2007
Tuesday 8th May 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Feasibility of On-Farm Broiler Litter Combustion
By Thomas A. Costello,P.e.,Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Arkansas.
Maximising performance using the broiler breeder’s own agenda
By Ron Meijerhof, Senior Technical Specialist, Hybro B.V.
The Influence of the Season and Market Class of Broiler Chickens on Breast Meat Quality Traits
By M. Bianchi, M. Petracci, F. Sirri, E. Folegatti, A. Franchini (Corresponding author) and A. Meluzzi, Department of Food Science, University of Bologna.
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* Global Poultry Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

VIETNAM - The Vietnamese Health Ministry reported a fresh outbreak at a duck farm in the center of the country. This is the first reported case in the region for over a month. Hoang Van Nam, vice head of the bureau, said the epidemic was likely to recur on a small scale in flocks of fowl that have yet to be inoculated. But he reassured that all scattered epidemic zones would be contained.

GHANA - A series of bird flu outbreaks this week have brought the regions poultry industry to a stand still. With mass culls and a ban on poultry exports from the area, the government have announced compensation packages for effected farmers. The executive secretary of the Ghana Poultry Farmers Association Kofi Agyei confirmed that farmers will receive between 50 and 90-percent of the available market price of any destroyed birds.

BANGLADESH - Officials said last month that around 66,000 birds at 22 farms had been destroyed after the disease spread in other parts of the country. This week Large culls in the Dakar and Savar regions of the country have yet to prevent spread of the virus - a suspected case has arisen in North Bengal, it is currently being investigated by officials who are awaiting blood test results to confirm the cause of death.

  United Kingdom

NFUS And Advocates For Animals Clash Over Animal Welfare Investigation
SCOTLAND - NFU Scotland claimed today that Advocates for Animals acted irresponsibly and compromised bio-security in an undercover investigation into animal welfare breaches at the headquarters of Scotlands largest independent egg producer.

Poultry Sector Gets Environmental Boost
Consumer concerns about the environment are beginning to outweigh animal welfare and organic issues, according to grocery analysts.

Eggs Top NFU Agenda
Poultry health and welfare will top the agenda at tomorrow evening's meeting of the National Farmers Union's regional poultry board, at the NFU regional office in York.

Waste Disposal: Ash Exempt But Only if you Register by July
New regulations covering agricultural waste must be in place by 15th May. The use of farm dump/tips, burning of materials such as plastics and packaging and spreading incinerator residues was outlawed in May 2006, and farmers have had 12 months to comply.

Consumers Benefit While Farmers Struggle
Food prices may be on the rise but there is little sign of the increase in consumer spending percolating back down the chain to farmers.

Green Poultry Sector Sets Sights On Gold Standard
Members of the British Poultry Council convened Tuesady for their AGM and Annual Lunch, as well as a short conference on ‘Environment Impact: Policy, Practicality and Perception’.
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  United States

US Poultry Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 7 Percent from Last Year
The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comment on the lower poultry ready-to-cook weights in their monthly Poultry Slaughter Report.

FDA/USDA Trace Adulterated Animal Feed to Poultry
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have learned that byproducts from pet food manufactured with contaminated wheat gluten imported from China have been used in chicken feed on some farms in the state of Indiana.

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.

Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling— Will It Benefit Customers
Demands for mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for some retail food products have sparked considerable controversy.

FDA: No Threat From Tainted Chicken Feed
Almost 3 million chickens may have eaten feed containing small amounts of pet food contaminated with melamine, but the health risk to consumers is minimal, federal officials said Tuesday. Court Rejects Arkansas' Entry into Poultry Suit
OKLAHOMA - A second federal court has rejected an Arkansas attempt to interfere in Oklahoma’s poultry pollution lawsuit, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.

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

Possible Listeria Contamination In Coloradan Turkey Produce
DENVER - The Consumer Protection Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently learned that Diestel Turkey Ranch, located in Chinese Camp, California is voluntarily recalling approximately 6,907 pounds of ready-to-eat turkey products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
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George’s Plans To Focus On Broilers
Springdale poultry producer George’s Inc. will shed its consumable egg business near Siloam Springs to focus on expanding its broiler production, a top official with the company said last week.

Animal Identification: Overview and Issues
Livestock industry groups, animal health officials, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been working to establish a nationwide identification (ID) system capable of quickly tracking animals from birth to slaughter, in order to combat a serious animal disease and/or to satisfy foreign market specifications.

Bill would allow sale of uninspected chickens
A bill to allow poultry farmers who sell fewer than 1,000 birds a year to avoid facilities inspections was endorsed Thursday by the state Senate.

Pilgrim's Pride? $40ml Loss in 1st Quarter
TEXAS - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (NYSE: PPC), the world's largest chicken company, today reported a net loss of $40.1 million, or $0.60 per share, on total sales of $1.99 billion for the second quarter ended March 31, 2007.

Banning Antimicrobials Not Effective, Study Says
GEORGIA - A team of University of Georgia scientists suggest that curbing the use of antimicrobials on poultry farms will do little to reduce rates of infection with antimicrobial-resistant bacteria that have the potential to threaten human health.

20 million chickens held because of feed
WASHINGTON - Federal officials on Friday placed a hold on 20 million chickens raised for market in several states because their feed was mixed with pet food containing an industrial chemical.

Foster Farms Products Safe
CALIFORNIA - Foster Farms is committed to producing the safest, most wholesome, highest quality and delicious poultry and poultry products.

U.S. Chicken hold, California turkey recall causes poultry problem
California poultry producers are awaiting an announcement from federal officials today addressing whether 20 million American-raised chickens that may have consumed feed mixed with a dangerous chemical will impact state poultry supplies.

Monthly US Egg Products Report
Shell eggs broken down 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Pork, Chicken Products OK To Eat Despite Tainted Feed, U.S. Officials Say
Pork, chicken and egg products from animals that were given feed tainted with melamine do not pose a health risk to humans, U.S. officials said Monday.

NFU: Smithfield-Premium Merger Harmful to Rural America
The Justice Department today announced their approval of plans by Smithfield Foods Inc. to purchase Premium Standard Farms Inc.
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Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China
As American food safety regulators head to China to investigate how a chemical made from coal found its way into pet food that killed dogs and cats in the United States.

Firm In Pet Food Case Mislabeled Exports
Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co listed its wheat gluten as non-food products to evade Chinese inspections


Indians Prefer Chicken Over Red Meat, Eggs
NEW DELHI - India appears to be turning more and more health conscious with people preferring chicken, fruits and vegetables over red meat and eggs.

Poultry Forum Takes Wing
Over 1,000 poultry farmers from across Assam met yesterday to discuss the threat posed by big names in the business that are making forays into the state

  South Africa

Chicken Stock On The Boil
Investors making a grab for a stake in the R13-billion industry


WTO Fails To Recognize Canadian Egg, Poultry And Dairy Trade Position
The challenges paper issued Monday in Geneva by the Chair of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agriculture Negotiations is a disappointing document that fails to reflect the Canadian position on trade.


Farmers: Price Hike In Poultry Feed Bites
The high price of poultry feed has prompted a group of farmers from Navua to raise its concerns because they are finding it hard to feed their livestock.

  European Union

EU Poultry Labelling Plans Dumped
Plans for a labelling scheme for poultry that meets higher EU standards have been dumped because of member countries’ opposition.

Animal Welfare on the Farm - Laying hens
Council Directive 1999/74/EC, adopted in 1999, distinguishes three types of rearing systems for laying hens:

Producers Squawk As EU Backs Bigger Chicken Pens
European Union agriculture ministers have approved a law to guarantee minimum welfare standards for chickens reared in pens for meat, a regulation European poultry producers say will increase costs.

  New Zealand

NZFSA Moves To Screen Food Imports From China
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority is moving to screen food imports from China because of a food scare in the United States involving the deaths of pets.
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New Study Shows Egg Breakfast Significantly Improves Diet Results
Consuming two eggs a day significantly enhances weight loss efforts, according to the results of a new study released this week.


Stakeholders assure ample supply of corn for livestock,
Private stakeholders in the corn industry assured of a stable supply of corn at market levels that would enable hog and poultry growers to maintain the retail prices of meat and chicken at current levels.

  Korea, Republic of

FTA with EU to hurt S. Korea's meat, dairy sectors: report
SEOUL - A free trade pact with the European Union (EU) is expected to hurt South Korea's alcoholic beverage, meat and dairy sectors, a report said Monday.


Sun Exports Again After 3-Year Break
Sun Group, an integrated poultry business, has resumed exporting chicken meat after a three-year suspension due to bird flu.

Company news

Aviagen Supports Iranian Customers
Aviagen THE NETHERLANDS - Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, recently held a training course designed specifically for Iranian customers in the Netherlands.

Broiler Seminar Israel
ISRAEL - A broiler seminar has been organised in Israel by Hapach Metal Industries and AgroTop. Several companies were invited to tell about their innovative housing equipment for broilers.

Dieter Lutticken Award Winner
UK - The annual Dieter Lütticken Award, has been granted to Dr Mark Stevens from the Institute of Animal Health, United Kingdom for his commitment to advancing the 3R concept – reducing, refining or replacing the use of animals in research.

New Technical Advisor For Hybro Asia
THAILAND - Hybro has confirmed that from June 1 onwards, Mr. Krisda Kasivivat will join its well-performing Asian ‘A-Team’ as technical advisor.

That's all for this week!


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