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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 4th June 2007
Monday 4th June 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:

Cannibalism by Poultry
By Sheila E. Scheideler, Extension Poultry Specialist and Sara Shields, Research Technologist. This NebGuide summarizes the causes, control and prevention of cannibalistic behavior displayed by poultry.
The Use of Refused Tea as Litter Material for Broiler Chickens
By N. S. B. M. Atapattu (Corresponding author) and K. P. Wickramasinghe , Department of Animal Science, University of Ruhuna. Published in Poultry Science, Volume 86, Issue 5, May 2007 edition.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - May 2007
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.
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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 - Bird flu continues to spread in the area, claiming its 13th province since the beginning of May. Quang Nam Province was latest reported outbreak, killing 400 ducks on a farm in Duy Vinh Commune. Local authorities culled the remaining ducks at the site and disinfected the area. Health Minister Tran Thi Trung Chien yesterday urged relevant authorities to take urgent measures to prevent the outbreak of the epidemic among both poultry and humans.

INDIA - Orders were issued in different districts of Mizoram to prevent the import of chicken from neighbouring Bangladesh and Myanmar in the wake of an avian flu scare. A state level committee on bird flu urged its rapid response teams to be more vigilant in its search for potential breaches in the ban.

UK - A new Scottish centre of excellence, based at Edinburgh University, will be at the forefront of global efforts to prevent an avian flu pandemic in the future. £4.3 Million has been invested in the research laboratory, which will draw experts from Universities in Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews. Scientists will use super-computers to predict changes in the virus create models of outbreak scenarios and carry out research into the causes of the disease and the factors that lead to its spread.

United States

Homeland Security Rules Coming Down Hard On Poultry Farms
DELMARVA - Yet another unintended consequence has emerged from federal homeland security regulations, and this one threatens the daily well being of the huge Delmarva Peninsula poultry industry.

Weekly Outlook: New Soybeans High
URBANA - The soybean market appears to be offering an early opportunity to price a portion of the 2007 crop, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

AMI Critiques Claims by Country-of-Origin Labeling Advocates in Letter to Key Lawmakers
In a letter to key lawmakers, the American Meat Institute (AMI) late last week affirmed the safety of U.S. meat and poultry and made clear that mandatory country-of origin labeling (COL) is an anti-import law, not a food safety program.

Poultry Farm Says Solution To Odor On Way
RIVERSIDE - The owner of a poultry farm near Lake Mathews that has triggered dozens of complaints from nearby homeowners about foul smells asked for more time Tuesday night to complete an odor-control system.
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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler chicks placed up 3%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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.

Federal Agencies Call For Views On Melamine Issue
Comments are being requested by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regarding their recent conclusions that hogs and chickens from farms identified as having purchased or otherwise received pet food scraps that contain melamine and melamine-related compounds are safe for human consumption.

First San Francisco Retailer To Ban Eggs from Caged Birds
SAN FRANCISCO - In honor of May's National Egg Month, East Bay Animal Advocates today hailed Rainbow Grocery Cooperative as the first San Francisco-based retailer to announce its exclusive cage-free egg policy.

Are Corn Prices too High or Too Low?
DAKOTA - Just two years ago, U.S. corn farmers were chastised for overproducing and collecting government support because of depressed prices. We had just harvested the second largest corn crop of 11.1 billion bushels; prices averaged $2 per bushel; and farm support payments rose.

Fowl Electricity
CALIFORNIA - A bill making its way through the state Legislature would see more electricity made from manure. By John Upton

US Poultry Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 2 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.

Distillers Grains Seminar To Focus On Pork, Poultry Industries
As the ethanol industry expands in Nebraska, pork and poultry producers, and their allied industry representatives, may be wondering how to best take advantage of the ethanol co-product distillers grains in feed rations for their animals.

April Poultry Numbers Up Slightly From A Year Ago
The United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that during April 2007 the amount of poultry certified wholesome was 3.376 billion pounds, compared to the revised total for March 2007 of 3.436 billion and the April 2006 figure of 3.307 billion.

Tyson Touts Biodiesel Tax Credit In Face Of Opposition
Tyson Foods says scrapping a tax credit would spoil efforts to expand production of more environmentally friendly fuels.
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Philippines Lifts Ban On Japanese Poultry Imports
MANILA - The Philippines on Monday lifted a temporary ban on all live bird and poultry imports from Japan, saying risk of avian influenza (bird flu) contamination was negligible.


Meat, Eggs and Seafood From China
In his May 28 letter, "Checking Chinese Exports," Richard Raymond claimed to "correct misinformation" in Harold Meyerson's May 23 op-ed about food safety.


Animal Activists Argue With Big Business Over Animal Slaughter
Animal protectionists are winning the agriculture public relations battle said former Congressman Charlie Stenholm at House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry hearings in May.


Egg, Fresh Chicken Prices Likely To Ease
Egg and fresh chicken prices are expected to ease in the local market as poultry supplies from the neighboring Saudi Arabia are expected to begin within a day or two.

United Kingdom

Why We'll Carry On Selling Battery Eggs - Asda
based supermarket giant Asda today defended its decision to ignore calls to ban all battery eggs from its shelves. The news comes as Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons joins the ethical race to end the sale of caged eggs.

DEFRA offers £1.6 million for health and welfare planning
Funding of over £1.6 million has been awarded by Defra to projects across the country to help farmers improve farm animal health and welfare.

Russian Federation

Russian Competition Office Restricts Meat Imports From Europe
Russia's food safety competition office said Tuesday it had imposed temporary restrictions on meat imports from some European Union producers over health risk concerns.


National Poultry To Roll New Meat Production Line Soon
National Poultry Company (NPC) will soon be rolling a new meat production line in addition to slaughtering and marketing chicken, producing chicken feed and operating poultry farms.


Hungary Poultry Ban Lifted In Hong Kong
The Centre for Food Safety has resumed processing applications for importing poultry and poultry products from Hungary.
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Indian Egg Prices Move North By 15-30%
Egg prices have moved up by 15-30 per cent in various parts of the country in May primarily due to a decline in production. Prices are expected to move up by a minimum 5 per cent in the coming months.


NSAC Clucking About New Poultry Centre
BIBLE HILL – A new poultry research centre is a lot of things but it’s not a barn, says Philip Hicks.

South Africa

Afgri May Seek Poultry Merger
Afgri is considering the combination with rivals, including Country Bird Holdings and Sovereign Foods, to help lure investors


Broilers Proposes Power 'Wheeling' Plan
A section of the Jamaica Broiler's plant in St. Catherine. The poultry producer is hoping to 'wheel' electricity toall its plants from the electricity it generates at Spring Village.

European Union

Food Safety Fears Over Animals Fed To Animals
Tests to allow the remains of animals to be reintroduced into farm feed for the first time since the BSE crisis are being carried out by European scientists, The Times has learnt.
Company news

Family Triumph In New Polish Broiler Award
Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders POLAND - The Dekert and Taszarek family is the first winner of the trophy for the best broiler flock in Poland awarded by Cobb Germany. Iliana Dekert and Anna Taszarek not only beat the breed target but also benefited from a lower cost diet with their flock of 124,000 Cobb 500 broilers on the farm at Gospodarstwo Rolne.

Russian Project Heads For Four Million Cobb Parents A Year
RUSSIA - Construction of a major new farm and hatchery complex near Moscow will enable Cobb to begin supplying the Russian market with parent stock early in 2008.

That's all for this week!


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