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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 8th October 2007
Monday 8th October 2007
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We have 4 new features this week:

UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to June 2007)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic poultry diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.
The Commercial Egg Industry Should Consider Controlled Atmosphere Stunning for Spent Hens
By A. Bruce Webster, Poultry Scientist. University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension Service. Unlike the broiler industry, where individual companies maintain ownership of flocks through farm production and processing, commercial egg flocks sent for slaughter are sold to a fowl processing company.
The benefits of modern broiler housing
This article, written by Big Dutchman, reviews the benefits of two newly constructed broiler parent houses in Neulehe, Germany, which were opened earlier this year.
China Poultry and Products Annual 2007
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Annual 2007 report for China. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has put another Saskatchewan chicken farm under quarantine this week, but says the move is only a precautionary measure.

The small farm is less than three kilometres away from the Pedigree Poultry operation near Regina Beach where last week's H7N3 outbreak was confirmed leading to the slaughter of 50,000 birds.

The CFIA said the quarantine measures are standard given the close proximity of the two farms. It said the 20 chickens tested on what the agency calls a "small backyard operation" have shown no signs of disease.

MOSCOW - Hundreds of thousands of birds at a poultry farm in Russia's southern Krasnodar Territory were destroyed following an outbreak of bird flu.

It was confirmed that 22,000 birds were slaughtered, but officials believe that by the time the operation ends upwards of 248,000 chickens will be culled to prevent further spread of the virus.

Officials consider Russia's Krasnodar Territory at higher risk for bird flu because it is on the route migrating birds take. However, the World Health Organization says most of the spread of bird flu is through poultry and the poultry trade.

United States

Bill Would Reduce Meat Inspections
WASHINGTON — As one of the largest meat recalls in history unfolds, Congress is considering legislation that would reduce required federal inspections for meat that is produced by small companies and then shipped to another state.

Californian Egg Producers Defend Consumer Choice
SACRAMENTO – California egg producers said today that animal activist groups from Washington D.C. were attempting to mislead California consumers and voters about farming practices in the state and trying to take away Californians’ rights to making their own grocery purchasing decisions.

Watt Publishing Company Relinquishes MeatProcessingXChange
OHIO - BNP Media has announced the acquisition of the MeatProcessingXchange (MPX) from Watt Publishing Company.

Meat Industry Showing Signs Of Larger Problems
This summer, almost 6 million pounds of beef were recalled due to E. coli contamination.
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Animal Groups Push to Restrict Confinement
LIVINGSTON — Nineteen million chickens in California produce about five billion eggs a year — making them the nation's fifth-largest supplier of omelets and scrambled eggs.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-type eggs set in 19 selected states 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.

Tyson Lifts Per-Pound Pay For Poultry
Tyson Foods Inc. has begun to raise per-pound payments for a group of contract chicken farmers who supply processing plants in Green Forest and Berryville, company officials said.

APHIS Restricts Poultry From Saskatchewan
APHIS Permits Entry of Hunted Wild Birds and Details Restrictions on Poultry Products from the Saskatchewan Province in Canada

Welch Named Chairman of National Chicken Council
Mike Welch, president and chief executive officer of Harrison Poultry, Bethlehem, Georgia, was installed today as Chairman of the National Chicken Council, the trade association for the chicken production and processing industry.

Second-Largest U.S. Meat Recall Sinks Topps
NEWARK - Topps Meat Co. on Friday said it was closing its business, six days after it was forced to issue the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history and 67 years after it first opened its doors.


Japanese Poultry Import Ban 'A Shame'
The president of the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council has called the Japanese reaction to the discovery of avian flu at a Saskatchewan farm “a shame,” despite the fact that exports to Japan account for less than 10 per cent of total Canadian poultry production.

Iran, Islamic Republic of

1580 Tons Of White Meat To Be Produced In Gilan
During the first six months of current year One Thousand 580 Tons of white Meat valued at 22.8 Billion Rials was produced in the poultry farms of the city Anzali and went into the consumption market.
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United Kingdom

Co-operative Sources All Meat From Britain
The Co-operative is extending its support to British farmers by converting all its own-label fresh chicken to British sources from today.

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. Organisations representing both cage and free range egg producers have warned that, without an immediate significant increase in egg prices, there is a real threat that farmers will choose to leave their laying houses empty, reports Farming UK.

FTA Launches Animal Transport Web Network
The Freight Transport Association has launched a new web discussion group specifically serving operators involved in the transport and welfare of animals.

Movement Restictions Sees Mounting Anxiety
MONTGOMERYSHIRE - NFU Cymru members meeting in Newtown this week expressed their anxiety and anger at what has turned into a disastrous sequence of events for the livestock sector, with the blame placed squarely at the Government’s door.

FSA Seeks Contractor To Devise Training For Poultry Catchers
The Food Standards Agency is looking to appoint a contractor to devise and deliver a biosecurity training and education programme to poultry catchers in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Price Of Chickens Goes Up By 50 Per Cent In Singapore
The price of chickens has risen by 20 to 50 per cent here since last week, caused by the wholesale price hike from Malaysia, among the factors, according to media reports.


Hungarians World Leaders In Egg Eating
Hungarians, with consumption of 300 eggs per person a year, are among world leaders in egg eating, the national poultry organization in Budapest said.
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New Weapon In The Fight Against Campylobacter
A Queensland University of Technology researcher has developed a new technique that can help scientists and clinicians quickly and cheaply diagnose the bacteria which causes the most common bout of food poisoning in Australia.

Australia Lays A Golden Egg
The Australian Egg Industry has been recognised as the best in the world by an international judging committee.

RSPCA Wants Surprise Inspections Of Intensive Farms
The RSPCA is considering lobbying the South Australian Government to allow surprise inspections of intensive farms.

New Zealand

Grain Prices Set To Boost Cost Of Eggs
Egg prices are set to rise on the back of soaring worldwide grain prices.

Think-Tank Wants GE Food Assessment Process Re-Jigged
A Wellington think-tank wants the Government to formally opt out of a trans-Tasman food regulator's decision to approve for human consumption a corn genetically engineered for use as stockfeed.


Chicken And Egg Prices To Increase In Azerbaijan
Local producers have recently cut chicken and egg prices in Azerbaijan while it is predicted that the prices will go further up, said Aydin Valiyev, Chairman of Azerbaijan Poultry Society.

European Union

Probiotic Growth Promoter Approved By EU
As of today, October 4, Chr. Hansen’s probiotic growth promoter, GalliPro® is approved and ready for use for commercial broiler producers all over Europe.


Poultry Industry Will Help Farm
Saskatchewan's poultry industry will provide some financial assistance to the farm where avian influenza was discovered last week, says the chief executive of the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan.
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Cobb 700 Broiler Sets New Standard For High Yield
Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders GLOBE - The latest breed from Cobb — the Cobb 700 broiler breeder — is aimed at the rapidly expanding demand for breast meat for premium value-added products.

That's all for this week!


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