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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 25th June 2007
Monday 25th June 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Attic heat recovery in broiler houses
By Jody Purswell, PhD, Agricultural Engineer, USDA-ARS, Poultry Research Unit, Mississippi State and published in MSU Poultry Dept. Spring Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 1.
US Poultry Outlook Report - June 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the June 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.
Litter Management During VLT Outbreak
By Casey Ritz, Extension Poultry Scientist, Louise Dufour-Zavala, DVM, Georgia Poultry Diagnostic Laboratory, The University of Georgia.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

VIETNAM - A northern Vietnamese province was removed from the list of bird flu infected areas on Sunday after going three weeks with no new infections. Fifteen provinces and cities remain on the list, mostly in the north, but many of these are expected to be declared free of infection later this week.

GERMANY - The deadly strain of the bird flu virus has resurfaced in Germany in the bodies of at least three dead birds found in the state of Bavaria, Germany's first confirmed cases this year, officials said on Sunday. A quarantine zone has been set up in the affected area, imposing a 21 day ban on bringing poultry into or out of the region whilst tests are carried out to determine the exact strain of H5N1 responsible for the outbreak.

SOUTH KOREA - The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has classified South Korea as free of avian influenza. No avian flu outbreaks have been reported for the past three months which now allows the nation to resume its poultry exporting.

United States

Weekly Outlook: USDA Reports
URBANA - Even though acreage estimates will be important in upcoming USDA reports, yield prospects will continue to dominate corn, soybean, and wheat prices, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

NFU To Congress: Don’t Let WTO Negotiations Dictate Ag Policy
The National Farmers Union board of directors today urged that members of Congress look after the well-being of America’s family farmers and ranchers by developing a farm bill beneficial to rural America and not trade negotiators.

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.

All Tyson Go All Natural
In response to broadscale consumer demand, Tyson Foods, is now producing all of its Tyson® brand fresh chicken from birds "Raised Without Antibiotics," the company will announce at a news conference here today.
Hatchery automation systems from Pas Reform
Foie Gras May Cause Rare Disease
TENNESSE - Pate de foie gras may transmit a dangerous little-known disease known as amyloidosis that can affect various organ systems in the body.

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

Flies Suspected In Transmitting Deadly Disease
Laboratory testing shows that flies exposed to a food source infected with “exotic Newcastle disease” (END) can pick up the virus and carry it for several days, perhaps later passing it on to chickens that eat it.

Researchers Take Aim at Pathogen’s Antibiotic Resistance
IOWA - Some samples of the pathogen Campylobacter coli showed resistance to antibiotics that were intended to protect swine from diseases, tests performed at Iowa State University revealed.

Researchers Develop Portable Biosensor That Rapidly Detects Avian Flu
ARKANSAS - An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Yanbin Li, professor of biological engineering in the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, has developed a portable biosensor for in-field, rapid screening of avian influenza virus.

Court Rejects Humane Society Lawsuit On Hen Cages
SAN FRANCISCO - A bid by the Humane Society to end a California sales tax exemption for small cages used to house egg-laying hens was rejected by a state appeals court in San Francisco today.

Special Canada Geese Hunt Proposed
LITTLE ROCK - Wildlife managers for the state Game and Fish Commission on Thursday proposed a special hunt to reduce the number of Canada geese in parts of the state.

Prebiotics Could Help Combat Meat Pathogens, Says USDA
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have reported a new method of developing prebiotics from certain crops, which could have the potential to help combat the incidence of salmonella and E. coli in animals slaughtered for their meat.

May Egg Production Down 1 Percent
U.S. egg production totaled 7.58 billion during May 2007, down 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report.
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United Kingdom

Animal Welfare Delivery Strategy; Defra Publishes Summary Of Consultation Responses
A draft strategy for improving animal welfare in England by building new relationships between Government and its key partners, was published for consultation in November 2006.

Boot-iful: Matthews Turkey Row
Poultry tycoon Bernard Matthews faced fresh criticism last night over a video which allegedly shows one of his workers repeatedly kicking turkeys.

WTO Deal Cannot Be Achieved At Any Cost
As World Trade Organisation negotiations approach a critical stage NFU President Peter Kendall has expressed his concerns about recent calls for a deal on agricultural issues at any cost.

UFU Set For Animal Health Talks With DEFRA
The Ulster Farmers’ Union will attend crunch talks next week with DEFRA, to discuss Government proposals that farmers should contribute to animal health costs. UFU President Kenneth Sharkey said there could be no deal on animal health cost sharing proposals unless farmers were given a proper input into animal health policy making.

Plans For Farm Animal Welfare
Following years of scientific research, the RSPCA is poised to pioneer a new way to improve the lives of farm animals.

MRSA Bug Discovered In Meat And Livestock
A superbug similar to the MRSA which affects thousands of hospital patients has been found in farm animals and meat.

NFU Cymru Warns DEFRA On Cost Sharing
NFU Cymru President Dai Davies today issued a warning that discussions between DEFRA and representatives of the farming industry on cost and responsibility sharing for animal disease look doomed to failure.

Chicken Meat That Is 'One Third Water'
The food watchdog is investigating thousands of tons of imported chicken being served in the UK that has been pumped up with water and proteins to make it appear heavier and bigger.

New Zealand

Campylobacter Cases Down
The poultry industry thinks that measures introduced last year to reduce the level of campylobacter infection on chicken farms and in processing plants may be starting to have an impact.


Can Hen Lay Red Eggs?
With Byadagi chillies used for the extraction of Oleoresin, a natural colour, the small town of Byadagi has shot into instant fame. Lokeshvarappa N gives a first hand account.

Poultry Revolution To Boost Rural India
He could be just another passionate septuagenarian, except for the unusual subject of his passion: eggs. Vinod Kapur , chairman of Kegg Farms, is the architect of the Rs 300-crore poultry revolution in the rural India, with its high-yielding poultry stocks, the Kuroiler.
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Quebec's Quibble Over G4 Dairy And Poultry Plans
QUEBEC - While a major meeting is being held between trade ministers of the G4 countries - the United States, European Union, India and Brazil - and in light of the latest proposals by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which are very harmful to them, the Quebec dairy, poultry and egg sectors are challenging the Government of Canada.


With Avian Flu Behind Brazil's Chicken Exports Grow 85%
Brazil exported around US$ 400 million in chicken meat during the month of May, an increase of 84.9% over the same month last year, according to information disclosed in São Paulo yesterday, June 18, by the Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association (Abef).


Virtual Fences For Real Livestock?
BRISBANE - A virtual fence for livestock that allows better use of pasture, protects the environment and reduces labour, is being developed by the CSIRO Food Futures Flagship using satellite technology.

Daily Egg Consumption can Reduce Risk of Macular Degeneration
With Macular Degeneration Awareness Week to be held from 25 June to 1 July, Australians should be reminded about simple ways to reduce their risk of developing the condition, the leading cause of blindness in Australia.


Chicken Deaths at Vilniaus Paukstynas.
Lithuania's State Food and Veterinary Service reports that a failure of the ventilation system at the Vilniaus Paukstynas poultry farm in early June resulted in the deaths of 13,562 chickens, according to Baltic Business News.


Tainted Food Company Admits Mislabeling Domestic Chicken Meat As Brazilian
A local food processing company, under fire for mixing pork with minced beef used for croquettes and other food, admitted Thursday that it also mislabeled domestic chicken meat it had shipped as Brazilian meat.

Czech Republic

Disease Unlikely To Affect Czech Poultry Consumption
PRAGUE - Czech poultry breeders and processors alike think the occurrence of the first case of bird flu at a poultry farm in the Czech Republic will not have a great effect on poultry meat consumption in the country, CTK has learned from them.

Viet Nam

Incubation Farms Need More Gov’t Support
Duck egg incubation farms in the Mekong Delta need further support from all levels of government as only 10% of them are legally qualified to operate, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says in a report.


China Says To Crack Down On Sale Of Spoiled Meat
BEIJING - Spoiled meat and meat which has been injected with water to add weight is finding its way on to the Chinese market, the government said on Friday, warning it would crack down on this latest violation of food safety rules.

The Truth About Dead Chickens
China consumes 4.7 billion chickens a year, most of them raised in battery farms. But what are the health consequences for birds and humans? Gaoming Jiang and Aimin Tang investigate the shady underbelly of China’s poultry industry.
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Local poultry, swine raisers urged to expand market
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Arthur Yap said Ilonggos should take advantage of the opportunity to provide different areas in the city and same time export poultry and hog products as the country remains free from bird flu and foot-and-mouth disease.

European Union

Licence Launch For Poultry Export
Companies importing and exporting cooked and partially prepared poultry from Brazil and Thailand will be required to have licences from 1 July, otherwise they will have to pay full duty.

Company news

Aviagen Hold Successful Ross Distributor Meeting In Turkey Aviagen
TURKEY - The event was designed to meet the demands of the Middle East and Africa marketplace and over thirty technical representatives of Ross Distributors from the Middle East and Africa attended.

Inaugural Slovenian Flock Awards a Great Success
SLOVENIA - The broiler awards are based on the best performing flock and the best quality carcass produced.

Seminar Follows Salmonella Scare In Jordan Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders
AMMAN - Following alarm caused by an outbreak of salmonella poisoning in Jordan, involving 300 people, the Jordanian Ministries of Agriculture and Health quickly organised a seminar in Amman for table egg and broiler producers.

New Technical Manager For Central / Eastern Europe
GERMANY - Patrick van Trijp has joined Cobb as technical manager responsible for supporting Cobb Germany, franchise distributor for central and eastern Europe and Broiler Budoshego, franchise distributor in Russia.

That's all for this week!


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