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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 22nd October 2007
Monday 22nd October 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:

The Benefits of Building New Facilities
By David Schmidt, Canadian Poultry magazine. What do you do when your poultry or dairy facilities get too old to carry on? Generally, you have two choices: quit or build new facilities.
USDA Poultry and Products Annual Reports 2007 Summary
Latest USDA FAS reports from Brazil, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea plus previously published reports from many other countries.
Daylength for broiler breeders – have we got it right?
By Dr Peter Lewis, Consultant. Research suggests that the right lighting pattern for egg-laying hens will not necessarily get the best results from breeders.
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VIETNAM - Poultry breeding and waterfowl hatching establishments are now banned in urban areas following a Prime ministerial decision announced this week.

Establishments are also required to be registered and ensure the quality of their eggs and dead fowls are disposed of in accordance with the law.

Local people's Committees were asked to increase their people's awareness about the issue and gradually abolish scattered waterfowl breeding establishments.

CANADA - The burial of all birds and all litter from barns on a "depopulated" southern Saskatchewan poultry farm was completed this week. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency made its official announcement last Thursday.

The burial, however, doesn't spell the end of a province wide ban on movement of live birds out of the province, or on permits needed to move live birds or hatching eggs from outside Saskatchewan across the province to other parts of the country. Those restrictions, and others within three and 10 km of the infected area, remain "as a precaution," CFIA said in a statement.

United States

Weekly Outlook: Corn Exports
Large U.S. corn exports will help offset the slowdown in domestic feed and residual use of corn and a somewhat slower rate of increase in corn used for ethanol production, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Cases Of Salmonella Poisoning Continue
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported recently on a Salmonella outbreak. 165 people in 31 states, including Missouri and Kansas, have been affected as of October 11, 2007.

AMI Launches New Consumer Information Initiative ‘Meat Matters’
The American Meat Institute (AMI) announced a new consumer outreach initiative called “Meat Matters,” a series of brochures that can be downloaded and printed from a new, centralized web site

Two New Animal Identification Devices Approved
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today announced the approval of two new animal identification devices: a visual tag with radio frequency identification (RFID) from Leader Products and the first approved injectable transponder from Digital Angel.

Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim Named Honorary Life Member
US - Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, senior chairman of Pilgrim´s Pride Corporation, was elected an Honorary Life Member of the National Chicken Council Board of Directors at the board meeting held in conjunction with the recent NCC Annual Lonnie Conference, as a tribute to his many years of service to the industry and to NCC.
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Congress Tells USDA to Change Misleading Labeling Laws
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a strongly worded letter to Chuck Connor, the acting-Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). In the letter, dated Thursday, October 11th, these forty Members of Congress – representing nine states – expressed their serious concerns over a severely flawed USDA policy that allows for the mislabeling of fresh poultry.

New Campylobacter-Detecting Medium Licensed
A quicker, simpler way to distinguish between Campylobacter species has now been licensed for manufacture by two U.S. companies. The new culture medium called Campy-Cefex is specifically designed to detect and differentiate C. jejuni and C. coli mixtures of food-contaminating microbes. These two bacteria are important causes of foodborne illness.

Flies Could Transmit Exotic Newcastle Disease Between Poultry
CALIFORNIA - Laboratory testing shows that flies exposed to a food source infected with exotic Newcastle disease (END) can pick up the virus and carry it for several days, perhaps later passing it on to chickens that eat the food.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler chicks placed up 3%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

US Announces Boost For FAO’s Bird Flu Programme
The United States will support FAO’s avian influenza control and prevention programme with an additional US$38 million, FAO announced today. The United States is one of the biggest donors to the agency’s programme.

United Kingdom

Let Your Chickens Roam Free
The latest from the UK plc poultry farm: a new experiment has found that allowing employees to work in a ‘free-range’ environment, ie. kitting them out with mobile technology, is good for both the workers and your business.

Cost-Driven Retail Prices Could Upset Organic Poultry Potential
- Organic egg and poultry meat production offer real potential for farmers seeking new enterprises offering a relatively high return on capital invested.
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Chickens Lay Disease-Treating Eggs
SCOTLAND - A team of scientists from Scotland have recently engineered special kind of chicken, which lays eggs with disease-treating properties.

Supermarkets Accused Of Displaying A 'Criminal' Lack Of Understanding
For months, egg producers have been having sleepless nights over feed prices; yet still it seems that the supermarkets have failed to grasp the full extent of the problems that the industry is currently trying to contend with. UK Farming asks how can retailers fail to appreciate the gravity of the situation, when the stark economic facts of the feed price crisis are known by all?


UPM Shelf Life Guard Keeping an Eye on Packaged Foods
HELSINKI - UPM has developed a smart packaging solution that aids consumers and the food industry to monitor and self-assess their produce's shelf life. The company will introduce UPM Shelf Life Guard at the PacTec 2007 fair held at the Helsinki Fair Centre from 16 to 18 October 2007.

Russian Federation

Belarus To Introduce Meat Quotas
MINSK - Belarus intends to introduce the assignment of quotas and licensing for exports of meat and dairy products, a source close to the Belarussian government told the Prime-Tass economic news agency on Wednesday.

Russia Plans Ban on U.S. Meat Plants
Russia plans to ban products from dozens of U.S. meat plants and cold-storage facilities, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said Friday.


Philippines: The Latest Country to Ban Saskatchewan Poultry
The Philippines became the latest 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.
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Sri Lanka

The First Ever ‘Sri Lanka Poultry Show’
The first ever Poultry Show – Sri Lanka Poultry Show 2007 will be held on 22nd and 23rd October at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Conventional Centre (SLECC) Colombo under the auspicious of the World Poultry Science Association, Sri Lanka Branch (WPSA) and the Ministry of Livestock Development.


Brazil's Perdigao In Merger Talks With Local Rival
SAO PAULO - Brazilian poultry and pork producer Perdigao SA and local rival Eleva Alimentos SA are in talks about a potential merger, the companies said late on Thursday.

Viet Nam

Viet Nam Meat Must Meet Japan Specs
Viet Nam can export processed meat to Japan provided it satisfies the country’s new draft regulations, reports the Viet Nam Trade Office, Tokyo.


30,000 Chickens Daily Smuggled From Morocco To Algeria
Thousands of chickens have been smuggled from Morocco to Algeria since the second week of the fasting month of Ramadan. Because of that, chicken prices increased, according to reliable sources.


Poultry Feed Mixed With Pig Meat Case Goes To Pakistan's Supreme Court
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Rana Bhagwandas and Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan will resume the hearing of pig-meat-mixed poultry feed case today.


Chicken Firm Inspected Over Mislabeling Meat, Eggs
The Akita prefectural government inspected a food processing company in Odate, Akita Prefecture, on suspicion of selling mislabelled smoked chicken meat and eggs, prefectural government officials said.
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Big Dutchman Booth Attracted Many Visitors Big Dutchman
BRAZIL - At the Latin American Poultry Congress and show end of September 2007 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Big Dutchman product range once again attracted a lot of visitors.

Aviagen Italia Debut at ForliAviagen

ITALY - Aviagen Italia was proud to make their debut at the 45th Fieravicola Poultry Show which was recently held at the Forli Exhibition Centre in Italy.

Ross Technical Team On The Road In Zambia
ZAMBIA - Ross Breeders Zambia Ltd, an important Ross distributor in Africa, and Aviagen recently held a Technical Seminar for 70 customers from the broiler industry from Zambia and neighbouring countries.

That's all for this week!


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