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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 24th September 2007
Monday 24th September 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:

Brooding: balancing temperature for performance
By Ron Meijerhof, Senior technical specialist, Hybro B.V. Birds are warm blooded. This means that they have a specific body temperature at which their metabolic processes function at optimum level.
Animal Welfare Obligation or Opportunity - An Egg Producer’s Perspective
By Mark Oldenkamp, Valley Fresh Foods Inc. and presented at the 2007 Banff Pork Seminar. I have been in the egg business all of my working life and have experienced some of the best and some of the worst economic cycles in this sector.
Poultry Outlook Report - September 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the September 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

VIETNAM - Viet Nam has not had a bird flu case in the last 21 days, said the Animal Health Department on Thursday.

The National Steering Committee for Avian Flu Control and Prevention, however, said the risk of new outbreaks is still high as the disease typically strikes in the winter when the country's poultry breeding and transportation activities are much busier.

CHINA - Local authorities are keeping a close eye on the bird-flu situation in the Panyu district of this South China city.

The bird-flu outbreak was reported early this month after more than 9,000 ducks died within days of each other. The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory later confirmed the virus was a sub-type of the H5N1 strain.

The local government responded by immunizing all poultry and sterilizing all farms in the district.

European Union

Any Negative Effects Of GM Foods Yet To Be Uncovered
Scientific reseach has yet to uncover significant negative health effects from GM foods, despite ongoing public concern that such foods maybe harmful, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, Professor Patrick Cunningham, told the ASA conference.


Poultry From Guangdong Banned
Hong Kong yesterday imposed a 21-day ban on imports of live and frozen poultry from H5N1-infected farms in Panyu District, Guangdong Province.

Macao Imposes Partial Ban On Mainland Poultry
Macao has imposed a partial ban on poultry imports from Panyu district of Guangzhou city in the Chinese mainland, according to an official press release issued Tuesday.


Shifts In Global Meat Production Brings Disease
ROME - Livestock producers should invest more in biosecurity and disease monitoring
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Row Over Milk And Eggs Ends
T'PURAM - The ‘milk and egg scheme’ of the City Corporation for school students which was caught up in financial rows has finally found redemption.

‘Declare Livestock Sector As A Farm Activity’
The need to declare the livestock sector as an agricultural activity was emphasised at a two-day symposium on ‘Livestock Industry - A Key Driver of Agriculture’ organised by the Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association (CLFMA) which concluded here on Tuesday. Association Chairman C. Vasanth Kumar told press persons that it was now neither being treated as an industry nor an agricultural activity.

United States

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.

Poultry Industry Leaders Celebrate Labratory's Renovation
WILLMAR - More than 150 poultry industry leaders, poultry producers, local residents and state and local officials toured the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in Willmar last week. The lab celebrated the completion of a four-month renovation.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler chicks placed up 1%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Enhanced Traceability Controls Outbreaks
COLORADO - Traceability has emerged as a key component in protecting markets from the potential fallout of animal disease - enabling diseases to quickly be found, controlled and eradicated before paralyzing markets.

Poultry Growers Want More Money
Hit by skyrocketing expenses, poultry growers are pushing for an increase in what they are paid from poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

August Egg Production Down 1 Percent
U.S. egg production totaled 7.57 billion during August 2007, down 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report.

Competition Title Needed To Ensure Fair Play
US - Any day now, the Senate will get busy on its version of the 2007 Farm Bill. The only thing certain is that senators will do little good and much harm and be as hypocritical as they can be in the process, but there is a possibility, slim but real, that they will have to get serious with a group of bills that, taken together, make up what is called the Competition Title.

New Restrictions On Packaging Introduced in House
US - A bill that would mandate new user fees for imported food, require labels for meat and poultry packaging utilizing reduced oxygen formats and limit ports where food can be imported to 13 locales in close proximity to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labs has been introduced in the House.
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United Kingdom

British Turkey Climbs Aboard Red Tractor
Buying the best British turkey has just got easier! Simply look for the familiar Red Tractor logo when you shop.

Egg Supplies in Crisis
UK egg industry producer and packer representatives have called for an immediate rise in egg prices to avoid a shortage of eggs this Christmas.

Pressure On Livestock Farmers Intolerable
NFU Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to recognise the unprecedented anger and frustration currently being experienced by Scottish livestock farmers as a result of the fall out from foot and mouth and either deliver further relaxations immediately or explain why they cannot be granted.

Poultry On Parade Despite FMD Restrictions
A successful rare breed auction at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway mart in Carlisle went ahead last Saturday and marked a step in the right direction for farmers hit by the latest movement restrictions.

Underpaid, Easy To Sack: UK's Poultry Workforce
The government will face a challenge from unions tomorrow over the impact of migration on Labour's core working-class voters. The use of agency workers, most of them migrants, to drive down the pay and conditions of British workers is the sort of contentious issue the Labour leadership hoped to prevent being aired at the annual party conference but unions have decided to force the issue with a "contemporary" resolution demanding action.

Brunei Darussalam

Poultry venture delayed by certification issues
The 200 million pesos (B$6.6 million) poultry project in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), South Philippines - a joint venture project between investors from Brunei Darussalam and the Philippines - could not start on time because of the delay by a private certifying body to issue certification compliant with Malaysian standards.


German Statistics Agency Says Meat Prices To Rise Next Year
German consumers will see the price of meat rise next year after grain became more expensive on rising demand from abroad, said Dietmar Weiss of German statistics agency ZMP.
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New Zealand

Egg Industry Celebrates Training Graduates
At a recent national conference of New Zealand egg producers, graduates Sandra MacKenzie and David Rich were recognised for their attainment of the National Certificate in Poultry Production – Egg Production Level 2. They are among many people seeking professional careers in the poultry industry who have the support and encouragement of their farm owners.

Hong Kong

Chicken Price Rises May Dampen Festivities
Hong Kongers must dig deeper into their pockets if they want steamed chicken on the dining table to celebrate next week's Mid- Autumn Festival.


Nema Benefits From Poultry Farming
Poultry farming has registered major success in the village of Kiang Nema in the Lower River Region, thus generating a major income to farmers in the village. The poultry farm which came into existence as a community based initiative in 2001 by the Nema Kaira Kaffo is now supplying hotels.

Russian Federation

Russia lifts restrictions on Italian poultry
Russia has lifted temporary restrictions on the imports of poultry products from Italy, imposed in August following an outbreak of bird flu, Russia's agricultural watchdog said Thursday.


Poultry sector calls for increased agro investments
The poultry sector has called on the government to invest heavily in production of corn, coconut oil and molasses to address the rising cost of commodities.

P200M Poultry Project In Armm Yet To Start
The establishment of the P200 million poultry project in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao hinges on the region's readiness to issue certification compliant with Malaysian standards.


Protection Needed For Poultry Sector
Bahamian poultry producers are cautioning the government as it considers lowering duties on chicken imports, suggesting that would wring the life out of their industry if coupled with the removal of another key protection.
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Genome Sequence Of Stable Campylobacter Strain DecipheredIntervet
NORWICH - Scientists of the Institute of Food Research and their collaborators at the veterinary pharmaceutical company Intervet have deciphered and published the complete genome sequence of a strain of Campylobacter jejuni.

That's all for this week!


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