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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 10th September 2007
Monday 10th September 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:

Lighting Programs For Backyard Egg Production
By Brian Fairchild, Extension Poultry Scientist, University of Georgia. There are many factors that can influence the egg production of back yard flocks.
Management of “out of season” broiler breeder hatches in open-sided housing in areas of the world at and above 30º from the equator.
By Dr. Patricio Liberona DVM, Alastair Lewin NDP. Technical Services, Hubbard Breeders.
Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - April to June 2007
By Statistics Canada - This publication provides data on the production, supply and disposition and value of Canadian poultry meat and eggs for Q2 2007.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

GERMANY - Fears a bird flu outbreak could spread lead to the culling of 180,000 ducks at a farm in the Hofing region of Bavaria. This comes shortly after a slaughter of 28,000 animals in the neighbouring village of Nittenau.

Both farms had business links with the source of the original outbreak in Wachenroth that was identified in late August. Authorities said the culls were purely precautionary measures in a pre emptive attempt to stop further spread

BANGKOK - A United Nations official has confirmed a fresh outbreak of avian influenza in the southern state of Mon, which borders Thailand in the south of the country.Burmese officials claim the outbreak is under control after the slaughter of five hundred chickens at the infected site.

A second outbreak was also reported in Pa-An township in neighboring Karen State.

EU - Samples from 350,000 healthy wild birds in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas have tested negative for bird flu, offering further proof that spread of the virus is mostly contained in domesticated poultry, the United Nations says.

But experts at a three-day workshop on the issue said increased and better coordinated surveillance of wild bird populations was necessary, given that individual birds from 90 species have been found to carry the deadly H5N1 virus. Most of those were either sick or dead birds.

United States

Poultry Group Warns Against Resolution
The Florida Poultry Federation has sent letters to all Florida cities warning them against approving resolutions that advise residents not to purchase eggs from caged chickens.

Poultry Innovations Give Breathing Room In Summer
GEORGIA - Heat waves used to result in millions of chicken casualties.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler chicks placed up 2%, 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.

Feds Prodding Farmers To Tag And Track Animals
Even Noah didn’t have to count every single farm animal in existence before the floods floated away his critter-filled ark.

Raising Poultry The New-Old Way
The idea of pastured chicken - birds that actually run around outside, on grass - conjures a romantic vision of smiling farmers gaily tossing corn to the flock in a pristine green field while baking a cake and reading to the children.

New 'Farm Bill' Would Stop Federal Meat Inspection
WASHINGTON - The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) today announced strong opposition to provisions in the House "Farm Bill," H.R.2419 that would end federal meat inspection.

Monthly US Egg Products Report
Shell eggs broken down 3 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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United Kingdom

Back British Pig And Poultry To Secure Future Supplies
At a time when the world's food supplies are coming under unprecedented pressure because of a combination of climate change and soaring demand, the NFU and the National Pig Association are joining forces to campaign for sustainable prices for pig and poultry farmers.

Fairer Farm Prices Plea
A campaign for fairer prices for pig and poultry producers will be launched by farmers' leader Peter Kendall in London today.

MEP To Fight Feed Ban Lift
An MEP has vowed to fight "ethically wrong" EU proposals to lift a ban on feeding animal remains to livestock.

Harvest Crunch Pushes Up Price Of Meat
The price of bread, pork, chicken, eggs and beer is set to soar because of poor harvests.

Free Range And Organic Outstrip Caged
Organic food and drink sales in the UK nudged the £2 billion mark for the first time in 2006, with a sustained market growth rate of 22 per cent throughout the year.

Bacteria Inside Red Mites Could Control Poultry Pests
Bacteria which live symbiotically inside the blood-sucking pests called red poultry mites could be a new and effective target to prevent the spread of Salmonella and similar pathogens in chickens, turkeys and other table birds, according to scientists speaking today (Wednesday 5 September 2007) at the Society for General Microbiology’s 161st Meeting at the University of Edinburgh, UK, which runs from 3-6 September 2007.

Tesco Price Increase For Poultry And Pork.
Supermarket giant Tesco has announced a significant increase in the price paid to pig and poultry producers, just days after the NFU and NPA held a national launch to raise awareness of impending crisis within the industry.

Sampling Scheme Aims To Cut Salmonella Infection
A programme aiming to protect public health by updating controls of salmonella in poultry has gone out to consultation. Wales Minister for Rural Affairs Elin Jones announced the Welsh Assembly Government consultation yesterday and said the proposed regulations provided a framework for the national control programme of sampling and testing.

‘Unsustainable Situation’ Leads The NFU Poultry Chairman To Reconsider
NFU poultry board chairman Charles Bourns has admitted he is considering his own future as a poultry producer, as feed costs hit his business hard.

South Africa

Retailers And Producers Happy to Be Friends Of A Feather
Have you ever noticed how many adverts there are in the press at the end of the month for discounted chickens? Behind this seemingly innocuous fact lies an interesting story about the often tense relationship between supermarkets and the broiler-chicken industry, published recently by Vunani Securities.

New Zealand

'Too Early' to Discuss Carbon Footprint - UK Farmers
Efforts by New Zealand meat and wool industry officials to engage British farmers in the food miles and "carbon footprints" debate appear to have failed.

Poultry-Rearing Scheme Launched
A new self-employment scheme titled ‘Poultry Rearing in Your Courtyard,’ offered jointly by the Department of Rural Development and the Kerala State Poultry Development Corporation, was launched here on Monday.

Mechanised Chicken De-Feathering May Not Be A Favour For All
Rasheda Khanom, a homemaker from Taj Mahal Road, Mohammadpur, bought eight chickens from the Karwan Bazar kitchen market and got them de-feathered mechanically to save her time.

Broiler Prices Hit The Roof
Though inflation for the week ended August 18 stood at a 15-month low (3.94 per cent), the prices of broiler chicken in the domestic market have touched an all-time high.

Emu Farming Takes Off In Favourable Climate Of Gujarat
Bird able to adjust well with climate in arid regions of State; reason for thriving business is increasing demand for bird’s meat, oil


Turkish Egg Exports To Break Record
Turkey earns 36.7 million USD from exports of eggs.


Broilers' Core Business Profit Improves
All segments of Jamaica Broilers' operations, excepting its newly formed energy division, saw an improvement in profit margins on higher sales during the July quarter, when compared to the corresponding three months in 2006.


Graphic Chicken Cruelty Ads Make Their B.C. Debut
A controversial TV ad depicting graphic images of crippled and distressed chickens, many destined for fast-food buckets, began airing in Vancouver yesterday, narrated by a sombre-looking Pamela Anderson, the B.C.-born pinup celebrity and animal-rights activist.
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Partial Ban on U.S. Imports Sets Off Food Fight
SHANGHAI - In blocking shipments of chicken feet, pork ribs and other food products from major American companies, China has escalated a food fight with the United States, heightening the tense trade relations between the two nations.

U.S. Poultry Industry Chief Urges Fair Deal For China
A recent U.S. provision that effectively blocks China's poultry exports to the country leaves an impression that it was "made on political grounds," a top American poultry industry representative said on Friday.

European Union

Europe's Livestock Farmers Threatened By Higher Costs And Import Tide
Pig, cattle and poultry breeders across Europe are struggling to stay afloat, weighed down by soaring feed prices but powerless to pass costs on to consumers.


City Council Okays Poultry Bylaws Amid Uproar
The City Council’s proceedings on Thursday, though marred by uproar and walkouts, saw the approved of the Karachi Poultry Farm (Surveillance and Discipline) Bylaws 2007 while the resolution condemning a dispute between the KPT and the city government on parkland in the Boating Basin area was kept on the backburner.

Hong Kong

Sept 10 next poultry rest day
The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department reminds poultry retailers and the public that the next rest day falls on Monday.


Dealers Say Difficult To Sell Chicken At Ceiling Price
The Perak Poultry Dealers Association is insisting on selling chickens during the upcoming festive season at RM6 per kg in defiance of the ceiling price of RM5.60.

Tanzania, United Republic of

Livestock Breeds Extinction Threat: How Prepared Is Tanzania?
The recent announcement by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) that the world is now facing extinction of indigenous livestock breeds is a warning to countries with huge animal populations such as Tanzania.
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Company news

Aviagen Welcome Iranian Ross Distributor To UK Headquarters
Aviagen UK - Members of the Ross Middle East Team and Aviagen's Senior Management Team were delighted to welcome high-level representatives of Kowsar Agricultural Holdings of Iran to Scotland at the beginning of August.

Aviagen Holds Inaugural L.I.R. Association Meeting
HANOI - Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, recently held the inaugural L.I.R. Association meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam. This meeting brought together Aviagen's major L.I.R. distributors and customers from around the world, providing them with a platform to share information and experiences and, most importantly, to develop strategies to successfully promote the growth of the L.I.R. brand globally.

Michael Longley Joins Aviagen's Technical Services Team
GLOBE - Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, have appointed Michael Longley to join the Technical Services Team.

VIV Russia 2007 - Big Dutchman-Technologies Generate Interest
Big Dutchman RUSSIA - At VIV Russia 2007 (May 21 – 23, Moscow) Big Dutchman once again displayed an ample range of innovative products for modern pig and poultry management. Both the multi-tier broiler cage Avimax and the modular climate and production computer Viper generated a considerable amount of interest among poultry producers.

That's all for this week!


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