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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 29th May 2007

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Tuesday 29th May 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:

US Poultry Outlook Report - May 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service
About crocodiles and chickens
By Hybro B.V.
Ethanol Expansion in the United States - How Will the Agricultural Sector Adjust?
By Paul C. Westcott, a report from the Economic Research Service, USDA.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

UK - A low pathogenic strain of the bird flu virus was confirmed this week at a farm in Conwy, North Wales. Health officials stressed that this was not the more virulent H5N1 variant of the disease. Two people living on the small holding have shown flu symptoms and locals that have come into close contact with the pair have monitored for symptoms.

VIETNAM -Since the beginning of May, 10 areas, including 8 provinces and 2 cities have been struck by bird flu. The latest was detected May 25 in Ninh Binh where 248 water fowl tested positive for H5N1. The prime minister has urged local authorities to take all available measures to prevent it from spreading - particularly keeping close control of poultry imports.

PAKISTAN- Avian flu has been discovered on the outskirts of Islamabad according to government officials. 2,500 chickens died at three poultry farms over the last week, tests confirmed the presence of the H5N1 strain prompting the further culling of 10,500. A close watch is being kept on the situation but officials are confident that the spread has been halted.

United States

The 2007 Farm Bill and Beyond
The 2007 Farm Bill is hardly small potatoes. Over the last five years, farmers have received an average of $20 billion a year in subsidies and other payments.

NFU and Coalition Urge Farm Bill Inclusion of Competition Reform
National Farmers Union organized a coalition of 63 nationwide organizations today to lend their support for the Competitive and Fair Agricultural Markets Act of 2007 (H.R. 2135), introduced by House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Chairman Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa.

US Senator Wants Tougher Line On China Food Safety
WASHINGTON - On the eve of high-level talks between U.S. and Chinese officials, a U.S. senator urged President George W. Bush and a top food safety official on Monday to strengthen measures to guarantee Chinese imports pose no health risks.

Perdue's International Division President To Retire
SALISBURY – Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue has announced that Bob Turley, president of the international division of the poultry company, will retire effective June 1.

April Egg Production Down 1 Percent
U.S. egg production totaled 7.43 billion during April 2007, down 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report.

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.

Pumped-Up Poultry Not ‘Natural,’ Says CSPI
Statement of Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson

Kentucky Chicken Processing Plant Resumes Operations
KENTUCKY - Operations have resumed at a chicken processing plant in western Kentucky where work was suspended last week after an inspection.
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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler chicks placed up 4%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Pollution suit targets Cargill, Pilgrim's Pride
ROCKINGHAM - Two Rockingham County poultry plants face lawsuits over allegations that they repeatedly pollute the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

Alabama Employers For Immigration Reform
ALABAMA - Groups representing Alabama construction companies and the poultry industry are backing a coalition to promote legislation that will enable them to continue hiring Hispanics to fill jobs.

Opponents To Tyson-ConocoPhilips Deal Lining Up
LITTLE ROCK — Plans by Tyson Foods Inc. and ConocoPhillips to produce and market diesel made from beef, pork and poultry fat and take advantage of a tax credit are perverting the purpose of the credit, opponents argue.

US House May Prevent States From Protecting Food Supply
The United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture has begun the process of writing the 2007 Farm Bill.

ISDA to Develop Livestock Program
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is moving forward with plans for the Certified Livestock Producer Program, a voluntary certification program to recognize progressive livestock producers who go above and beyond regulated requirements.

Congress Blatantly Misled by Meat and Poultry Promotion Coalition
WASHINGTON – R-CALF USA is urging Congress to not be misled by a letter from the “Meat and Poultry Promotion Coalition” that purports to represent the interests of “a vast majority of the livestock, poultry and meat producers in the U.S.”

Sanderson Farms Earnings Jump, Shares Rise
CHICAGO - U.S. poultry producer Sanderson Farms Inc. (SAFM.O: Quote, Profile , Research) reported much better-than-expected earnings on Thursday as higher chicken prices more than offset higher feed costs, sending its shares and those of other poultry companies higher.

Family Farmers, Ranchers to Receive Disaster Assistance
Family farmers and ranchers affected by weather-related losses received a lifeline today as President Bush signed legislation containing $3 billion in emergency agricultural disaster assistance.

US: Robust poultry prices boost Sanderson
Rising poultry prices have driven first-half profits at US meat processor Sanderson_Farms.

Del. Farmers Protest New Security Rules
DELMARVA - Homeland security regulations set to take effect next month would require tens of thousands of businesses, including poultry growers, to register everything that could be considered a security hazard, even relatively small propane tanks.

Tyson Foods Finalizes Sale Of Alabama Poultry Plants For Undisclosed Terms
Late Friday, largest meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. announced the completion of the sale of its Alabama poultry plants and related support facilities for undisclosed terms.
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Philippines

Philippines To Export Poultry To EU, Middle East
The Philippines' Agriculture department is currently in talks with representatives of the European Union, Middle East, China and other Southeast Asian economies to allow entry to the country's chicken exports.

Capiz Livestock, Poultry Count Bared
ROXAS CITY - About 264,000 heads of various livestocks have been recorded by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) - Capiz in view of its livestock and poultry inventory as of January 1 this year to determine the status of farm animals in the province.

India

Nest Egg From Poultry Plans
BHUBANESWAR - First the focus was on mineral industries, power and IT, but now the state is zeroing on poultry as a vital sector for employment and income for unemployed youth and rural poor.

Egg, Chicken Prices Go Up Due To Bird Flu
MUMBAI - Egg and chicken meat prices are rising in India on production shortfall due to last year's bird flu outbreak, when farmers had not placed layer chicks, industry officials said.

Poultry Farm Closed Down Near Calcutta After Unusual Deaths Of Chickens, Official Says
Authorities closed down a poultry farm in eastern India after hundreds of chickens died, and samples have been sent to a federal laboratory to determine whether they were infected with bird flu, a top official said Friday.

NDC Meet To Focus On Farming
NEW DELHI - The National Development Council meeting here tomorrow is expected to witness a brainstorming session involving the Centre and the states at the highest level to thrash out a robust strategy to push up the current sluggish agriculture growth to a healthy 4 per cent per annum during the Eleventh Plan (2007-12).

India Seeks Lifting Import Ban On Poultry Items In UAE
India on Monday asked the UAE government to lift ban on import of poultry products and allow public sector banks to open branches in the Emirates, besides seeking removal of other trade barriers.

European Union

EU project offers herbal therapy to farmyard animals
Natural alternatives to growth-promoting antibiotics in livestock feed may soon be on the menu for pigs, poultry and fish in Europe, thanks to research conducted by REPLACE, an EU-funded project.
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Canada

Nutreco Aquires Canada's Leading Animal Nutrition Business
Nutreco Holding N.V. announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Canada's leading animal nutrition business from Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

United Arab Emirates

Al Islami Foods Plans To Double Sales This Year
DUBAI - Al Islami Foods, a leading UAE-based halal meat and poultry firm, expects to double its sales this year from Dh180 million in 2006, the company's chief said.

Japan

Japan Poultry Import Applications Resumed
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) today (May 22) announced that the processing of applications for importing poultry and poultry products from Miyazaki and Okayama Prefectures of Japan would resume with immediate effect.

United Kingdom

GangaGen, University of Nottingham Research Campylobacter
GangaGen Life Sciences Inc. and the University of Nottingham today announced they are engaging in a major research project to develop a bacteriophage-based treatment for the control of Campylobacter bacteria in poultry.

Confirmation Of AI In North Wales
Chief veterinary officer for Wales Dr Christianne Glossop has confirmed a case of avian influenza (bird flu) on a hobby farm in North Wales.

Tesco 'mis-sold' premium brand chickens as 'corn fed'
Tesco has apologised after it sold premium-priced "corn-fed" chicken that had not consumed enough maize to meet minimum requirements.

South Africa

Fair Or Fowl: Stock Picking For Chickens
Chicken is becoming big business in South Africa, with structural income gains pushing increasingly more consumers towards a protein filled diet, and health consciousness piquing the appetite for chicken amongst the well-heeled.

China

Soaring Prices Of Pork And Eggs
Prices of pork and eggs kept soaring over past weeks on Chinese market due largely to tightened supply and increasing production cost.

Pakistan

3 poultry-feed makers agree to shift out of city
LAHORE - Three out of five units that manufacture poultry feed in the city told the government on Wednesday that they would shift their units away from the city.

Poultry output to be raised: PM okays policy
ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Friday approved the new poultry development policy aiming to increase the annual growth of poultry sector from the present 10-12 per cent to 15-20 per cent using modern technologies in production and processing of poultry.

Several Poultry Farms Unwilling To Cull Birds
ISLAMABAD - A number of poultry farms operating in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have shown their unwillingness to cull their birds infected by avian influenza after facing long delays in getting the compensation money from the government, sources told Dawn on Saturday.
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Bangladesh

Poultry marketing cooperative assoc supplying dead chickens to hotels
Former leaders of the city's largest poultry marketing co-operative association yesterday alleged that its current committee has been supplying some 200 to 300 dead chickens to hotels and restaurants in the capital at a cheaper rate daily.

Russian Federation

Russians Say Salmonella Was Found In Finnish Chicken Wings
Food Authority head says salmonella found in Russia could not have come from Finnish poultry.

Serbia and Montenegro

Agroziv to Open New Poultry Plant.
The Agroziv meat processor in Pancevo in Serbia is planning to build a new EUR10 million poultry processing plant in order to improve its export business, according to SeeNews.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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