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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 30th July 2007
Monday 30th July 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Importance of Proper Blackout Housing
By Michael J. Wineland, Extension Poultry Specialist, North Carolina State University
Biofuels and Poultry Production
By Nicholas M. Dale, Extension Poultry Scientist, the University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension Service.
Poultry Production in England
A Farm Business Survey by the University of Reading. This report is one of a series being produced based on the results of the Farm Business Survey (FBS) for England.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

INDIA - Confirmation of an outbreak in the remote north east of the country on Friday was the first case reported in the populous Asian nation in a year. Government workers immediately placed a 5-km quarantine zone around the affected farm in Manipur state. A cull of up to 150,000 poultry is planned.

BHUTAN - In response to the Indian outbreak, an indefinite ban has been placed on all poultry and poultry products. Although the duration of the ban is not finalised, Dr. Sither from The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) said that the ban would be on for at least three months. He said that the BAFRA's 'rapid response team' has been activated at all entry points all over the country and informed them to step up the surveillance.

VIETNAM - A fresh outbreak of bird flu hit the central region of the country this week. More than 200 ducks were found dead on a farm in Cam Thuy Commune, Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Province and tests confirmed they were infected with the deadly H5N1 virus. Local veterinarians and authorities culled the remaining ducks, nearly 3,000, and disinfected the site.

United Kingdom

Farm Gate Prices Will Have To Rise As Feed Costs Soar.
UFU President Kenneth Sharkey has highlighted the need for farm gate prices to rise as feed costs soar. Mr Sharkey said; “While we are pleased to see returns improving for the arable sector, there are serious concerns emerging about the economics of producing pigs, poultry, winter finished cattle and indeed all livestock production in the year ahead.

Commission Demands Italy Drop Law On Poultry Labelling
Italy's compulsory law requiring poultry meat and related products to carry country-of-origin labelling has been deemed illegal by the European Commission.

NFU Offers A Guarded Welcome To Meat Hygiene Regulations
The NFU has welcomed the Food Standards Agency board's decision to align meat hygiene regulations more closely with the regulation of the rest of the food chain but has expressed concern about the implementation of both full cost recovery and cost sharing.

Swimmer Sharron Davies Under Fire For Poultry Firm Promotion
Food campaigners and an animals rights group today raised eyebrows at swimmer Sharron Davies' decision to promote poultry firm Bernard Matthews.

Meat Inspection To Be Transformed
The meat industry could face a higher cost burden following the Food Standards Agency’s decision to ‘transform’ meat inspection standards.

Consultation On Meat Labelling
The Food Standards Agency on Wednesday launched a consultation on amendments to the current rules on the labelling of certain meat products.

Number Of Livestock Inspections To Be Reduced.
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew’s initiative to reduce the number of inspections on livestock farms in Northern Ireland.
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United States

June Egg Production Down 1 Percent
U.S. egg production totaled 7.36 billion during June 2007, down 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report.

FAO Publishes Study on Marker-Assisted Selection
The biotechnology tool of marker-assisted selection (MAS) has raised high expectations for increasing genetic progress through breeding.

Paper on Animal Production Gets An "F"
The National Chicken Council has responded to today’s release of a paper attacking the cattle, hog, dairy, egg and broiler industries by an activist group, calling it a "term paper" that should be graded "F." The NCC statement follows:

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.

Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection Goes Public
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will hold public meetings August 8-9, 2007, to discuss issues related to handling of data and public health based inspection.

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

Farm Emissions Ruling Sparks Outrage
Environmentalists are fuming over a federal court decision that they say means more misery for Iowans and other Americans living near livestock farms - and a free pass for the operations to pollute without penalty for the next two years.

The True Cost Of Food Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Report Reveals How Pending Trade Agreements Will Worsen Imported Food Safety Problem by Increasing Food Imports While Replicating Limits on U.S. Food Safety Policy From Past Trade Deals

Congressman Smokes Out Truth Of CO2 Meat Treatment
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers think it is deceptive and several supermarket stores have taken it off the shelves, yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has failed to withdraw approval for carbon monoxide-treated meat. So, members of Congress have stepped up efforts to address the problem.

NFU: House Passes Landmark Farm Legislation
National Farmers Union commended House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the House of Representatives today following House passage of the 2007 Farm Bill.
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Heightened Focus On Poultry Sector Development
Development of the local poultry sector is among the administration’s primary focus as part of its agricultural diversification thrust and in this regard, several initiatives are currently being implemented.


Blaze At Burnbrae Kills 40,000 Chickens
Authorities are investigating the cause of a million-dollar plus fire that razed a barn and killed 40,000 chickens at Burnbrae Farms in Lyn, headquarters for Canada's largest egg company.

Research Unscrambles The Egg-Cholesterol Myth
After 40 years, the egg-cholesterol myth still has legs, albeit they're a little shaky. Recent research has shown that there is no limit to the number of eggs a healthy adult can eat in a week.

Canadian Fund For Poultry Biosecurity
The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced 3 million dollars to help Canadian poultry farms and processing plants protect their flocks against serious diseases such as avian influenza.


China Bans Imports From Germany, Czech, Virginia
BEIJING - China on Wednesday banned the imports of poultry and poultry products from Germany, the Czech Republic, the State of Virginia of the United States as well as the imports of swine products from the Republic of Georgia.


Poultry Sector Demands Incentives For Small Farmers
KARACHI - Poultry sector of the country has asked the government to provide incentives to the small farmers for the import of environmentally controlled housing for broilers and layers, as they cover around 75 percent of the sector in the country.

European Union

GMO Zero Tolerance Devastating For EU Livestock Feed
Coceral, the European grain and feedstuffs traders and Fefac, the EU compound feed manufacturers welcome the new EU Commission report on the economic impact of unapproved GMOs, which concludes on the “need to take urgent action to avoid negative implications for EU livestock production and agriculture overall”.
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‘Affix Expiry Date On Eggs Served With Noon Meal’
INDIA - The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed the State Government to affix the expiry date on the eggs supplied to school children under the free noon meal scheme.

Egg body calls for poultry zoning
The National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) has renewed its demand that the government immediately put in place a process of zoning poultry farming areas in the country. The demand follows a case of avian influenza (bird flu) being detected in Manipur.

Poultry Industry To Seek Creation Of Specific Farming Zones
The agricultural ministry will examine Monday a proposal to create special poultry farming zones so that the industry as a whole does not suffer when the birds are hit by diseases in a small isolated area.

NECC Asks Farmers Not To Reduce Egg Prices
Fearing huge losses to the poultry industry due to outbreak of bird flu in Manipur, National Egg Coordination Committee has asked the farmers in northern region not to be influenced by traders's demand of reduction in prices.


Drought, Disease Push Fowl Price Up, Pork Down
Prices of poultry products remain high while the price for pork dipped slightly as the prolonged dry spell and hog cholera continue to plague the agriculture sector.


Newcastle Disease at Poultry Farm?
Estonia's State Food and Veterinary Service has announced a suspected case of Newcastle disease at a poultry farm in Abja village in Viljani county, according to the LETA news agency.

Hong Kong

Voluntary Notification Scheme For Meat Importers To Hong Kong
Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety is going to launch a pre-statutory voluntary notification scheme for game, meat and poultry meat importers and distributors on August 1.
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Company news

New Ross Performance Standards Unveiled
Aviagen GLOBAL - Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, has unveiled revised performance standards for the Ross brand, with the emphasis on close communication with customers and consistency of information across the world.

New L.I.R. Performance Objectives
GLOBAL - Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, has unveiled new editions of its Lohmann Meat performance objectives for both breeder and broiler products for their L.I.R. brand. Using a common strategy worldwide, these objectives were produced with an emphasis on close communication with customers and consistency of information across the world.

Smart Investment Pays Dividends For Wasikowski Hatchery In Poland
Pas Reform POLAND - Since opting for the use of single stage incubation processes with Smart Technologies from Pas Reform last year, Specjalistyczne Gospodarstwo Rolno Drobiarskie (SGRD) owner Jan Wasikowski in Czarne, Poland, is reporting significant increases in production.

Schering-Plough Animal Health Expands Poultry Portfolio With Addition Of Aviguard
Schering-Plough Animal Health GLOBAL - Schering-Plough Animal Health has confirmed that it has secured agreement with Microbial Developments Ltd (MDL) to become sole supplier of Aviguard, the leading natural gut flora product for poultry.

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