ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 15th October 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:
USDA Poultry and Products Annual Reports 2007 Summary
Latest USDA FAS reports from the Ukraine and Venezuela plus previously published reports from many other countries.
Economic Approach to Broiler Production
By Aviagen. Expressed in its simplest form, the profitability of broiler production is the value of the end product minus the input costs to produce that product.
How Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) Has Affected World Poultry-Meat Trade
By Fawzi A. Taha, Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA. In 2003, outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus had a major negative impact on the global poultry industry.
Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)
VIETNAM - Bird flu returned to southern Vietnam this week after an absence of two months, and officials warned farmers of more outbreaks as the weather cools.
Tests performed at a laboratory for the Mekong delta region confirmed the H5N1 virus in the samples taken from ducks at a farm in Tra Vinh province, the Agriculture Ministry said in a report on Thursday.
The infection emerged last week when five ducks died among 300 at the farm. None of the ducks had been vaccinated against the virus, the report said.
SOUTH KOREA - Korea plans to tighten oversight and enforce countermeasures to prevent the outbreak of bird flu during the winter months, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry reported today.
The plan, which goes into effect on November 1st and will be enforced through February, focuses attention on getting poultry farmers to exercise greater caution in protecting their feed and birds. The four-month period coincides with the arrival of migratory birds that have been cited for causing the avian disease.
The New National Chicken Council Executive Committee
New elected members of the National Chicken Council’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors were announced at the trade association’s Annual Conference here today.
Demand For Animal Fat Plumps Up Pricing
Millions of Americans are trying to avoid fat, but not Jason Christiansen. He seeks it out every day - whether it's pork fat, beef fat, chicken fat, even French-fry fat.
Monthly US Egg Products Report
Shell eggs broken up 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
USDA Alert Issued On Potpies
ConAgra Foods Inc. voluntarily stopped production yesterday at the Missouri plant that makes its Banquet potpies after health officials said the pies might be linked to 139 cases of salmonella in 30 states.
Foodborne Campylobacteriosis - and How to Safeguard Against It
The Institute of Food Science & Technology, through its Public Affairs and Technical & Legislative Committees, has prepared the following Information Statement, prepared by its Professional Food Microbiology Group.
Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Up 4%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
PITTSBURG - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (NYSE: PPC) today announced the pending retirement of Clifford E. Butler as vice chairman of Pilgrim's Pride. Mr. Butler also has advised the company that he will not stand for re-election as a director at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders scheduled for January 2008.
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.
Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
Turkey eggs in incubators up 1% slightly from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Intas Animal Healthcare Unit May Acquire Poultry Unit
The Rs 1,000 crore, Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a major player in the Indian pharmaceutial industry is set to acquire a poultry drug manufacturing unit for its animal healthcare division - Neovet.
Farmers Take Their Frustrations To The Streets
Tens of thousands of farmers could take to the streets this week in Edinburgh, Cardiff and London unless the UK government takes a more proportionate approach to the handling of the foot-and-mouth outbreak in Surrey.
British Egg Week Hoping To End Market Gloom
UK egg producers are hoping that this year’s British Egg Week (8-14 October), which will celebrate 50 years of British Lion eggs, will lift the gloom surrounding the industry’s current battle to cope with rising costs.
Sustainable Food Procurement Improves, But World Markets Are Changing
A third of local education authorities (LEAs) buy more than 75 per of their meat from local suppliers, according to a survey commissioned by the MLC to monitor attitudes to sustainable procurement of food.
Changing The Face Of Supermarket Shelves
The NFU and the British Chamber of Commerce have organised a debate at the European Parliament ahead of the publication of EU food labelling proposals which could change the face of supermarket shelves.
Retailer Boosts The Best Of British
The Co-operative is offering its customers quality British-sourced food in an autumn harvest that will feature all own-label fresh meat and poultry being sourced from British farmers.
Savings Coop Invests sh50m In Poultry Project
BORN-Again Pentecostal (BAP), a savings, credit and cooperative society (SACCO), has started a sh50m poultry project aimed at alleviating poverty among members.
Committee To Ensure Chicken Feed Is Halal
A committee has been formed to ensure that the chicken feed used by commercial farms in the country is free from pig enzyme.
Poultry Import Ban Lifted
Hong Kong will fully resume imports of live poultry and birds and their products from Guangdong tomorrow.
World Eats Chicken Again and Brazil Earns 52% More Exporting Poultry
The largest foreign market for Brazilian chicken continues to be the Middle East. The Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association (Abef) informed this Tuesday, October 9, that 718,000 tons of the product were shipped to that region from January to September this year.
Chinese Blockade On Brazilian Meat Stalls Bilateral Trade
China’s restriction on Brazilian meat is one of the main obstacles to increased trade between the two countries, the executive-secretary of the Brazil-China Business Council (CEBC) told Macauhub.
Jamaica Livestock Association Limited To Build Chain Of Super Stores
The Jamaica Livestock Association Limited (JLA) is investing $50 million to diversify its product offerings at its Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland store, saying it would be modelled off the operation at Linstead.
Sweden and Finland in Farm Subsidy Spat
Sweden has called for an end to national farm subsidies in Southern Finland. Finland's Agriculture Minister, Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, says the Finnish government believes that Sweden, too, should be able to extend national subsidies.
Scientists Develop Microbe Purifier For Livestock Waste
Local scientists have developed a highly effective microbe treatment to process contaminated livestock wastewater, a state-run laboratory said Thursday.
COOL Gets Chilly Reception in Canada
Canadian livestock groups want their country to put more pressure on the U.S. Congress to change the country-of-origin-labeling provisions by threatening a potential trade case against the U.S.
Shell Hardening Research Takes An Interesting Twist
Michelle Daniel’s research into finding new ingredients to harden egg shells has taken an interesting twist.
Philippines Becomes Latest Country To Ban Sask. Poultry
The Philippines became the lastest country Thursday to temporarily ban imports of bird products from Saskatchewan as the result of an avian flu outbreak on a farm three weeks ago.
'Fake' Chickens Rattle Consumers
Consumer faith in food safety is once again in peril after chicken mislabeled as "Nagoya Cochin," a popular variety of chicken, was shipped to Aichi Prefecture and areas around Tokyo.
Import Of Low Quality Wheat For Poultry Feed Suggested
ISLAMABAD - Officials of food and agriculture ministry have suggested importing fodder quality wheat to release pressure on available wheat stocks in the country that are being used as poultry feed apart from human consumption.
EFSA Assessing Nanoparticles And Cloned Meat
Developing a methodology for assessing the risk of nanoparticles and the meat of cloned animals are part of the ongoing work of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the organisation's head told EU parliamentarians this week.
DuPont Pledges $250,000 For Water Conservancy
DuPont today announced a pledge of $250,000 to The Nature Conservancy in an effort to improve water quality in vital Midwestern watersheds and to further reduce excess nutrient runoff from agricultural fields.
New US Southwest Regional Sales Manager
US - Bob Ickes has been appointed Southwest regional sales manager for Cobb-Vantress covering Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and the West Coast regions.
That's all for this week!