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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 28th August 2007
Tuesday 28th August 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Behavior of Backyard Flocks
By Claudia Dunkley, Extension Poultry Scientist, University of Georgia.
The Influence of Stocking Density on Body Weight, Egg Weight, and Feed Intake of Adult Broiler Breeder Hens
By B. J. Mtileni, K. A. Nephawe, Livestock Business Division, Agricultrual Research Council, South Africa; A. E. Nesamvuni, Department of Agriculture and K. Benyi, University of Venda for Science and Technology, South Africa.
US Poultry Outlook Report - August 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

GERMANY - Officials slaughtered 160,000 geese after discovery of an H5N1 outbreak at a farm in the south of the country. Authorities discovered the bird flu virus late last week at a poultry farm in Wachenroth, Bavaria, near the city of Erlangen.
A quarantine zone has been established in the area while health officials continue their investigation into the source of infection.

VIETNAM - Bird flu has spread to another Vietnamese province, with an H5N1 outbreak hitting a flock of young ducks on a Mekong Delta farm, the animal health department in Hanoi said Monday. 150 ducklings were infected with the virus, leading to the culling of the entire flock of 450 unvaccinated waterfowl in Tra Cu district, Tra Vinh province.

This is the fourth outbreak over this past week. Cao Bang near China and the northern mountainous provinces of Thai Nguyen and Dong Thap faced similar culls as the virus continued its resurgence in the area.


Bali Bans Poultry From Java After Bird Flu Death
Authorities in the Indonesian resort island of Bali bans the entry of at least 10,000 chickens and ducks from the main island of Java over the past week after the death of a woman caused by bird flu, an officer said Monday.


Poultry Farming Must Be Re-Examined: WHO - Summary
The nature of poultry farming needed to be re- examined the head of the World Health Organization, WHO, said Thursday.

United States

Turkeys Raised Up 4 Percent from 2006
The preliminary estimate of turkeys raised in the United States during 2007 is 272 million, up 4 percent from the number raised during 2006, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Chicken Farmers Gearing Up To Protest Homeland Security Rules
Are chicken houses the next battleground in the war on terror?

State Enforces Permit Laws At Auction
Poultry sellers are adjusting to new state enforcement of biosecurity rules at the Westminster Livestock Auction, which require full compliance by Sept. 6.
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Small Farms Can Sell Chickens Locally Without USDA Inspection
As part of the Agricultural Viability Act of 2007 signed into law on May 11, small farms are now allowed to sell up to 1,000 farm-raised and farm-processed birds (chickens or turkeys) without a USDA inspection at farmers' markets and to restaurants.

37 Years Of Food Safety
The first step toward ensuring a safe processed food is to ensure the basic ingredients are safe as well.

July Egg Production Down 1 Percent
U.S. egg production totaled 7.57 billion during July 2007, down 1 percent from last year.

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.

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

Cage-free chicken compromise offered in Yucaipa
Yucaipa city officials have found a way to allow a longtime chicken rancher to convert to a potentially more lucrative cage-free operation that should mean less odor and flies in the North Bench neighborhood.

More Than 23,500 Join Fight For Truthful Labeling
More than 23,500 members have joined the Truthful Labeling Coalition (TLC) in hopes of drawing attention to the mislabeling of pumped-up chicken.

New Deputy Administrator of USDA Poultry Programs.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the selection of Rex A. Barnes as the new Deputy Administrator of AMS’ Poultry Programs.

Fresh New Label Warns You When Meat Is Spoiling
A new device has been created to warn consumers when there meat is spoiling. It comes in the form of a label attached to the packaging and changes colour when it detects the internal bacterial count increasing.


$300 Per Family - A Costly System For Consumers
As the commission on the future of Quebec's agriculture and agrifood sector begins its hearings, the Montreal Economic Institute is estimating that supply management of milk, eggs and poultry costs at least $300 extra per year for a family of four. This amounts to $575 million for everyone in Quebec.

BC egg marketing board appoints new General Manager
Al Sakalauskas is the new general manager of the B.C. Egg Marketing Board (BCEMB), replacing Arlene Lannon, who left the position earlier this year. Mr. Sakalauskas takes over his new position next Tue. Sept.. 4.
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Poultry Firms Cry Foul At Compensation Failures
The Ministry of Finance allocated a budget of KD 12.8 million to the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) more than a month ago for the compensation of poultry companies that incurred huge financial losses due to the bird flu outbreak experienced earlier in Kuwait, reports Al-Wasat.


Egg Packer Fined $270K For Faking Organic
The organic sector has welcomed a fine handed down to an egg packer, which substituted organic for conventionally produced eggs.


"Special war" Launched To Raise Quality
The government Wednesday declared a four-month "special war" against poor product quality and supervision after a spate of safety concerns over Chinese products worldwide.

US Act On Poultry Reflects 'Protectionism'
A recent US act that blocks China's poultry exports to the US market smacks of "trade protectionism" and will affect 20 million Chinese farmers, according to the poultry industry.

European Union

Baader Group Acquires Interest In LINCO Food Systems
The German based supplier of food processing technology, the Baader Group, acquires a controlling interest in the Danish manufacturer of poultry processing equipment, LINCO Food Systems.

Microbiological Analysis Advice For Meat, Eggs
A new publication, focusing on microbiological analysis, advises meat and egg processors on how to use the technology to prevent contamination and food-borne illnesses such as salmonella.

Hong Kong

August 24 Next Poultry Rest Day
The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department reminds poultry stall operators and the public that the next poultry rest day falls on August 24.

Voluntary Notification Set For Poultry Importers
The Centre for Food Safety will launch a pre-statutory voluntary notification scheme from September 1 for live food animals and live poultry importers and distributors.
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United Kingdom

NFU Seasonal Turkey Poult Survey 2007
Christmas may seem like a lifetime away - but it's an important time for members to complete the NFU's seasonal poultry survey form.

NFU Welcomes Move In Egg Prices.
The NFU has welcomed a move by Tesco to increase the price it pays its egg suppliers by an average of 4p/dozen.

The Man Who Made A Million From Diseased Chicken
A businessman who sold unfit meat to hospitals, schools and supermarkets has been jailed for six years after spending four years on the run.

The agonies of agflation
Sharing pain is usually deemed a good thing. So advocates of dishing out agony will be gladdened that the wallet-crunching pangs of car drivers filling up with petrol are now equalled by the wince-inducing stabs felt by shoppers piling up their supermarket trolleys.

Meat Prices Set To Rise As Feed Costs Soar
Retailers look set to raise meat prices as soaring feed costs and the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease threaten the survival of the livestock industry, consultants Deloitte said on Tuesday.


Icelanders Choose Chicken Over Lamb
For the first time, Icelanders bought more poultry than lamb and mutton over the last 12 months. Sheep has been the most popular source of meat in Iceland since the settlement in 874, but Icelandic consumption habits appear to be changing.


Poultry Product Prices Skyrocket
Ban in import of parent chicks from countries suspected of bird-flu and their dwindling number in the country has triggered a shortage of chicken and eggs, sparking a fresh price hike in poultry products.


Country to import 3M kilos of chicken
The country will import millions of kilos of chicken to make up for a production shortfall that could raise its price, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) said Wednesday.

Roxas Fears Chicken Supply Shortage During Christmas Season
MANILA - There could be a shortage of chicken this Christmas if the Department of Agriculture (DA) does not address the poultry shortage now, Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said Tuesday.

Chicken Eggs To Be Sold Per Kilo In The Philippines
Eggs in the Philippines might be sold by the kilogram instead of being sold per egg because of an increase in poultry feed prices.

Korea, Republic of

Safety Standards Keep Fresh Chicken At Bay
Commissary shoppers in South Korea are still asking: "Where’s the fresh chicken?" as the Defense Commissary Agency continues to stock and sell only those products that come from DoD-approved sources.

Chicken Processor Plans to Open Poultry Farms In NK
Maniker Co., a South Korean food maker, said Friday its executives will visit North Korea next month to finalize the company's project to set up chicken farms there.
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Ukraine Government, President Spar Over Meat
The Ukraine government said on Thursday it planned to boost meat output and stop imports next year.

Give-And-Take Schemes Keep Taking Despite Ban
"Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) — As of now, meat resources importing companies continue shipping these products to Ukrainian territory on give-and-take schemes despite Cabinet ban (effective until Sept 1, 2007), reported Petro Verbytskiy, Deputy Ministry of Agrarian Policy, on briefing.


Retailers Flock To Promote Quality-Assured Chicken
About 400 retail outlets are taking part in a nationwide campaign to encourage consumers to look for the Bord Bia quality mark when buying chicken.


Broiler farming in Orissa State needs a push
Broiler farming in Orissa has seen a 20 percent rise over the last three years.


Damage By 'Dean' Hurting Poultry Farmers
The damage incurred by small independent poultry farmers during the passage of Hurricane Dean has already impacted on the country's poultry sector.

Company news

Aviagen Aviagen Holds Series of Successful Events in Latin America
UK - Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, recently held a series of educational events in Latin America. The three seminars, held in Venezuela, Chile and Peru, brought together more than 400 attendees to learn from Aviagen professionals on various aspects of poultry management.

Aviagen Holds Production Management Course
ALABAMA - Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, recently completed its annual production management course. This four-week workshop brings participants from around the world together to learn the latest information in all areas of poultry science and its practical application to managing successful breeder and broiler operations.

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