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Welcome to this week's newsletter

It's the UK's Pig and Poultry Fair this week, being held at the National Agriculture Centre in Stoneleigh on the 12th and 13th May. As usual we will be there so if you're attending please feel free to drop for a chat at Stand 335 in the Pig Hall.

* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in the UK, where British chicken producers are extremely disappointed by the RSPCA campaign launched recently. “The RSPCA has come out with a jumble of points that will seriously mislead and confuse consumers,” said Peter Bradnock, Chief Executive of the British Poultry Council.

The BPC also claims that while UK poultry production and food manufacturing companies are subject to rigorous environmental protection requirements, there are no such requirements on the 120,000 tons of poultry meat imported from third countries sold alongside UK poultry meat. This is resulting in unfair competition from cheaper imports, according to

One of Norway’s largest poultry producers, Prior Norge, has become the first processing plant in the world to use controlled-atmosphere stunning systems on chicken, turkeys, and ducks at the same plant. Helge Rognerud, production manager at Prior said they had installed the new systems largely because of welfare considerations, but they also said it improved the meat quality.

In the US, Delaware State agriculture officials held a public hearing Friday on new poultry regulations, scheduled to take effect next month, that are designed to protect the state's $543 million industry from avian flu. The regulations will require all poultry growers to register with the state and will penalize those who don't follow proper sanitation procedures.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to establish Jan. 1, 2008, as the uniform compliance date for new food labeling regulations affecting meat and poultry establishments, that are issued are issued between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2006. “Establishing a compliance date will ensure that changes will take effect on a timely basis, but that companies will not have to respond separately to each change”, said the Agency.

Each year, slaughterhouses and processors voluntarily recall millions of pounds of meat and poultry because of possible bacterial, viral or parasitic contamination. But only about half of it is returned, a new study has found. The study co-author Neal Hooker says the findings suggest the food safety system isn't working well enough.

The USDA last week announced it would spend $18.8 million to begin a three-stage process for setting up a national animal identification system to help contain animal disease outbreaks. This is in addition to the proposed USDA budget for fiscal year 2004 of $33 million for the system, officials said.

US Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman has announced the launch of a national awareness campaign to educate non-commercial bird owners about avian health and poultry diseases. “We must be vigilant in educating producers on how to better protect their birds so that future outbreaks of serious poultry diseases such as exotic Newcastle disease are eliminated,” said Veneman.

Research from the University of Missouri's Glenn Grimes confirmed this week that domestic U.S. meat demand is "smoking", with demand indexes for January to March showing broiler demand is up 5.8%. However, the curious item in the demand picture is turkey, which is down 4.2 percent domestically in the first quarter.

In Canada, it could be next March or later before the Fraser Valley poultry industry is back in full production after recovery from the avian flu crisis, an Agriculture Ministry official said Friday. Three-quarters of the Fraser Valley's poultry industry has been depopulated so far to try and stop the avian flu that hit in February.
See also:BC Bird Cull Continues

A tiny genetic difference in the avian flu virus infecting the Fraser Valley flocks has made it a big killer, B.C. scientists have discovered. Importantly, though, they also concluded the H7N3 virus that's killing chickens in massive numbers has never come into contact with any human genetic material.

Chile is the world’s fourth main exporter of turkey, behind the US, France and Brazil, according to the Poultry Farmers Association of Chile. The performance of Chilean turkey farmers can be described as spectacular beginning in 1993 with overseas sales of US$52,000 reaching 33,800 tons and an income of UD$36,3 million in 2003.

In Vietnam, Birdflu has broken out again, a month after an outbreak that killed 16 people was declared over. The latest outbreak of the deadly H5N1 birdflu virus was found on a farm in the south of the country and has been successfully contained, reports Reuters.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

In this new regular newsletter section we aim to provide a brief overview of the new Feature articles that have been added to the site over the past week.

We have 3 new features this week

Breakout Analyses Guide for Hatcheries
By Joseph M. Mauldin, Extension Poultry Scientist at the University of Georgia - To improve the performance of a hatchery breeder operation, the baseline quality must first be determined. This bulletin outlines the most productive quality procedures that can be implemented in a quality control program -- the breakout analyses.

Manure into Energy and Ash - New Gasification Technology
By Theo van Kempen, Swine Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University - Animal Science swine waste researchers at North Carolina State University has been evaluating gasification technology. The primary purpose was conversion of animal manure into an energy source and mineral ash that could be used as a feed ingredient for pigs.

Contract Broiler Production: Questions and Answers
Prepared by Dan Cunningham, Extension Leader, Poultry Science, University of Georgia - This article answers a series of questions regarding the contract broiler production industry and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the contract system for growers.

That's all for this week.

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