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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 11th June 2007
Monday 11th June 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:

Best practice guidelines for using poultry litter on pastures
By Neil Griffiths, District Agronomist, Extensive Industries Development and published by NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - January to March 2007
By Statistics Canada - This publication provides data on the production, supply and disposition and value of Canadian poultry meat and eggs for Q1 2007.
Opinion of the Scientific Panel AHAW related with the vaccination against avian influenza of H5 and H7 subtypes in domestic poultry and captive birds
By European Food Safety Authority.
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  Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

UK - A low-risk strain of bird flu was discovered at a small holding in Merseyside. A swift cull of the farm's birds was instigated as a preventative measure. A restriction zone has been set up surrounding the area whilst Defra prepare to trace the animal's movements and possible contact with other infected animals.

INDONESIA - Plans have been put in place to prevent import of poultry from Malaysia after an outbreak of H5N1 was discovered in chickens near the capital city Kuala Lumpur. "We are processing the import ban decree, but Malaysian products on the way will automatically be banned," Musny Suatmodjo, director of animal health at the ministry, told reporters.

MALAYSIA - After a series of outbreaks this week, Malaysian government workers and volunteers have confined the virus to three farms near the capital. The culling of all poultry in these areas is thought to have stopped its spread at this time. "All precautionary measures have been taken, bird flu has been localized," said Lim Thuan Seng, a state health official.

  United States

Animal Emergencies Illustrate Need For Disease Traceability System
Recent cases of pseudorabies in Wisconsin swine and a weather emergency in Colorado have demonstrated in real life how premises registration can protect livestock producers, their animals and the livestock industry.

R-CALF Accuse AMI Of Crying Wolf Over Labeling Reforms
BILLINGS – According to an accusational press release from R-CALF, the nation’s largest meatpacking trade association, the American Meat Institute (AMI), which represents the interests of importers of large volumes of foreign meat and livestock, continues to masquerade as a representative of U.S. farmers and ranchers in order to further its political agenda.

Weekly Outlook: Corn Storage
URBANA - Storage capacity issues in some areas of the Midwest, excepting Illinois, may not be any more severe than in the past three years, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.
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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.

Recall: Possible Listeria Contamination In New York Chicken
WASHINGTON - The Really Cool Food Company, a Syosset, N.Y., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 140 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

Congessional Hearing Examines Welfare Of Farm Animals
WASHINGTON - Witnesses from the AVMA and other organizations testify about current concerns

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler chicks placed up 3%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Meat Institute Requests PreProposals
The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) has released its 2007-2008 Request for Pre-Proposals. The topics covered in the request are based on AMIF’s research priorities as defined by the AMIF Research Advisory Committees. These committees are comprised of industry, academic and government officials.

Monthly US Egg Products Report
Shell eggs broken up 4 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Ventilation System Improving Profits In Chicken Houses
When it comes to producing a better chicken for less money, Jan Ray is open to all the help she can get. As part of a University of Georgia study, she's seeing paybacks through equipment that's new to poultry houses.

Producers Divided On Government In Livestock Markets
With a handful of Senate bills of late that address concentration in livestock markets, producers were in Washington recently to speak their piece to the Senate and House ag committees.
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  United Kingdom

Test results positive for low pathogenic H7 avian influenza near St Helens, England
Tests have provided positive results for low pathogenic avian influenza in poultry on a non-commercial small holding near St Helens, Lancashire, England.

Conversion Solution To Feed Grain Shortages
The UK does not produce sufficient organic grain (cereals and pulses) to supply the needs of organic livestock producers and millers and has to rely on imports to make up the shortfall.

Ban On Shocking Farm Animals Hailed By Welfare Groups
IRELAND - animals will no longer be given electric shocks to immobilise them and make them easier to handle.

Over Half Of Eggs In UK 'Will Be Free-Range Within Five Years'
More than half of eggs produced in Britain will be free-range within five years, experts predict.

Bug 'Found In Organic Chicken'
A higher proportion of organic chickens sold by the "big four" supermarkets contain the most common food poisoning bug then factory farmed poultry, according to a television investigation.

  European Union

Call For Review Of Ban On Use Of Animal Remains In Feed
A review on animal remains in farm feed is being called for by the European Union’s advisory Economic and Social Committee.

A Different Perspective Of Newcastle Disease
This is an Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Animal Welfare regarding a request from the European Commission to review Newcastle disease focusing on vaccination worldwide in order to determine its optimal use for disease control purposes.

EFSA Opinion On Avian IIfluenza Vaccines In Domestic Poultry
The Animal Health and Welfare Panel (AHAW) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has produced an opinion on currently available avian influenza (AI) vaccines for poultry, such as chickens and ducks.


Pakistan's Poultry Sector Seeks Interest Free Loans
The poultry sector has asked the government to grant interest free loan for the small farmers, as they cover around 75 percent of the sector in the country.
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As Pork Price Drops, Egg Price Increases
The price of pork in China dropped 0.2 percent due to an increase in supply last week, the Ministry of Commerce announced on Wednesday.


Ishida Provides Speed And Flexibility For Poultry Packing
Ishida Europe has installed a model from its latest multihead weigher range to speed up and provide greater flexibility for the packing process at leading poultry processor Europa Cuisson of Wauthier Braine Belgium.


Farm prices continue climbing
OTTAWA – Prices farmers received for their commodities rose 9.4 per cent in March from the same month a year earlier, as most crop, livestock and animal product prices increased.


Hendrix Genetics Acquires Animal Breeding Activities Of Euribrid
Today, is a good day for Hendrix Genetics. It marks the re-unification of Euribrid (Broiler, Pig and Turkey Breeding) and Hendrix Genetics (Layer Breeding and Commercial Layer Distribution) in one, complimentary animal genetics group.

  Russian Federation

New Russian Poultry Plant Opens
Poultry production in Russia is to exceed 1990 levels for the first time this year reaching 1.8 million tonnes. Poultry meat production this year has risen by 16 per cent on 2006 levels when it was 1.55million tonnes.


DA Lifts Ban On Imports Of Live Birds From Japan
The government has lifted the ban on the importation of live birds and poultry imports from Japan, following an evaluation made by Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) showing no risk of possible contamination of the dreaded avian influenza.

  South Africa

Remgro Still Has Designs on Rainbow
Poultry producer Rainbow Chicken would remain listed on the JSE after an offer by Remgro to buy out its minority holding fell through yesterday, the investment holding company said.

Afgri Needs R410m For Poultry Unit To Fly
CAPE TOWN - Diversified farming group Afgri plans to spend as much as R410 million on capacity extension at its poultry business but it has not yet decided how to raise the funds.
  United Arab Emirates

UAE Lifts Ban On Indian Poultry Products
DUBAI - The UAE has lifted a ban on import of eggs and other poultry products from India.


Indonesia To Bar Malaysian Poultry
Indonesia plans to halt poultry imports from Malaysia after an outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus was found in chickens near the capital Kuala Lumpur, an agricultural ministry official says.


Company news

Merial Jose Barella To Succeed Jerry Belle As Executive Chairman of Merial
DULUTH - The Board of Directors of Merial Ltd., one of the world's leading animal health companies, announced that Jose Barella will succeed Jerry Belle as Executive Chairman of Merial, effective June 1st.

Aviagen Aviagen Supports Future of Research for the Poultry Industry
UK - Aviagen recently held a meeting with their sponsored PhD students at their headquarters in Newbridge, Edinburgh. The students all participated in a seminar where they updated Aviagen's research, veterinary and technical teams on their research plans and progress to date.

Pas Reform New Representative For Pas Reform in Sri Lanka
SRI LANKA - Pas Reform’s unprecedented international expansion continues in Sri Lanka, with the appointment of Mr. Palitha Balasuriya of BAP Agri (Pvt) ltd. as the leading Dutch hatchery technology supplier’s country representative.

Pas Reform Future-Proofs new GPS Hatchery For Krasnayarugsky Broiler Expansion
RUSSIA - Building on the success of previous projects, Dutch hatchery technology company Pas Reform has been contracted to build a new GPS hatchery for Krasnayarugsky Broiler, a subsidiary of Prioskolje, the fastest growing broiler integration in Russia.

That's all for this week!


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