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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 5th November 2007
Monday 5th November 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

E. Coli an Opportunist that Causes Enteritis
By Vijay Durairaj and F. Dustan Clark, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas. Published in Avian Advice, volume 9, number 3.
Colony-type housing increases efficiency and reduces costs
By Kristy Nudds, Vencomatic. Published in the Canadian Poultry magazine.
Russian Federation 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 the Russian Federation. 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)

BANGLADESH - This week 6,000 chickens were culled after an outbreak infected more than three farms in the northern part of the country.

"The chickens were buried over the last two days after H5N1 virus was detected at three farms in Dinajpur, Jaipurhat and Lalmonirhat districts," an official of the livestock department said.

Bird flu was first detected near the capital in March and has since spread, mostly to northern districts.

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency this week lifted most of the restrictions on movement of poultry in and through Saskatchewan after testing found no more cases of avian influenza H7N3 in the province.

The agency said in a release Wednesday that this brings an official end to the avian flu response operation in this case. Live birds, including pets, can now be moved freely, as can poultry meat and eggs, throughout the province, ending restrictions that were placed on the whole province while birds near the farm, as well as representative birds from across Saskatchewan, were tested.

"However," the agency noted in a release, "some countries have imposed import restrictions that are being addressed on a case-by-case basis."

United States

Chilean Poultry Comes To Roost In The US
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced that the country of Chile will be allowed to export poultry and poultry products, processed in certified establishments within Chile, to the United States effective December 3, 2007.

A New Trend: Computerised Livestock Management
Lawson Software has expanded its partnership with Norwegian IT specialist Mercatus to use IT to manage livestock and fish. A new system is also planned for launch in the US, South American and Pacific rim.

Schafer Named Agriculture Secretary
WASHINGTON - President Bush has nominated Edward Schafer, a former two-term Republican governor from North Dakota, to lead the Agriculture Department.
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NCC Sees Little Impact From Chilean Exports
The U.S. chicken industry expects no more than minimal impact from the action of the U.S. government in allowing Chile to ship poultry and poultry products to the United States.

Chicken Price$ Rise Election Day
Chicken prices have gone up by more than $1 per kilogramme.

Selling Of 'Enhanced' Poultry Has Congress Crying Foul
Poultry producers, Congress members and regulators are tussling over the classic Shakespearean question: "What's in a name?"

Making A Statement About Canadian Meat Safety
Below is a statement published by the United States Department of Agriculture by Dr. Richard Raymond. It regards increased testing and re-inspection of imported meat and poultry products from Canada


More Production + Better Weather = Lower Poultry Prices
LAHORE - Poultry prices in the city have shown a decline in the last couple of days and may fall in the coming days due to healthy production of chicken and ideal weather for breeding, poultry experts told Daily Times on Tuesday.


Movement Restrictions Lifted In Saskatchewan
OTTAWA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has lifted most remaining movement restrictions on birds and bird products in Saskatchewan. The move follows extensive testing of birds within the province. No additional cases of avian influenza were found. This brings an official end to the avian influenza response operation, which began on September 27, 2007.
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United Kingdom

Poultry Spreads Its Wings At The Winter Fair
WALES - Some 247 classes and special awards have been scheduled for the Royal Welsh Winter Fair poultry show at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, next month.

Grampian back from the brink
Meat processor Grampian Country Foods has announced pre-tax profits of £5.1m for the year to 30 May after record losses forced it to restructure its business.

Survey Asks How Much Meat In Meat
Food Standards Agency guidance to manufacturers on the calculation and declaration of meat content in products, such as pies and sausages, is delivering results, according to a new survey by the FSA.

Why Our Food Is A Political Hot Potato
Yesterday's interim report by the Competition Commission regarding the power, potential to attract customers and the ability to exercise market forces on the part of the major supermarkets in the UK threw up no real surprises.


Livestock Producers Worried Over Grain Supplies
Feed grain users say they are facing a two million tonne shortfall in eastern Australia this year.

Summit On Australia's Grain Supply Squeeze
A feedgrain summit in Canberra today between the major livestock feedgrain user groups, Federal Government officials and other industry stakeholders has highlighted the unprecedented factors that are driving grain prices to record highs and causing food inflation.

New Cage Standards To Improve Welfare For Layer Hens
Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald, said changes have been made to rules governing the size of layer hen cages to enhance the welfare of layer hens in NSW.

European Union

EU Approves New GM Corn For Feed
The European Union Commission has announced that it has approved two biotech corn products for food, feed, import and processing jointly developed by DuPont and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company.

Zoonosis - Know The Rules
The approaching zoonosis legislation has become one of the biggest talking-points in the industry at the moment. It is important for producers to understand exactly what is required of them, and in order to understand why they are being asked to take these steps it may help to look back at the context against which the new rules are being brought in.
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Definitive Land Use Plan For Farm Sector Sought
The poultry sector is calling the government to come up with a definitive “land use” plan to ensure the security of tenure of agricultural, poultry and livestock farms.


Meaty Boost To Business Options
If you are a die-hard non-vegetarian and have been furrowing your brow over the prices of meat and dairy products, your worries may be about to end.


Enormous Poultry Bazaar Takes Off In Baiyun
BAIYUN - Commercial operation of a large and modern specialist poultry wholesale bazaar formally commenced in Guangzhou on Wednesday, strengthening the southern metropolis' status as a major trading center for domestic fowl on the mainland.

Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical Receives Award for Avian Coccidiosis Vaccine Project
Skystar Bio- Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a leading bio-pharmaceutical company in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"), today announced that the Company was awarded the National High Technology Industrialization Pilot Project ("NHTIPP") for its DLV avian coccidiosis vaccine ("ACV").


Vencomatic RED-L Patent Upheld in Germany
the German Bundespatentgericht (Federal Patent Court) in Munich dismissed Big Dutchman GmbH's nullity complaint against the German part of the European Patent 0 904 690 B1 (DE 698 09 520 T2) covering Vencomatic's RED-L aviary system for layers.

Taiwan, Province of China

Taiwan Helps Boost Poultry Production
Training to boost productivity in poultry livestock farming is the priority in a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) and the Ministry of Agriculture.

New Zealand

Survey Provides Insight Into Consumers’ Thinking
Results of a survey on the perceptions of food safety in New Zealand suggest that more than half (53%) of all those questioned believe food safety standards have improved during the past few years.
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Company news

Ross 2007 Eastern European Flock Award winnersAviagen
HUNGARY - Aviagen announces Ross 2007 Eastern European Flock Award winners.

EU Expansion On The Menu In Hungary
HUNGARY - Aviagen Kft, part of the Aviagen Group, recently held its annual Central European Customer Seminar at Lake Balaton, Hungary. Nearly 200 delegates from across the region attended the two-day event and enjoyed a varied and interesting business and social programme.

Aviagen Czech and Slovak Roadshows
CZECH REPUBLIC - Aviagen customers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia recently had the opportunity to attend roadshows organised specifically to support broiler growers in the region.

Fort Recovery Equity starts Producing Cage-Free EggsVemcomatic
US - The 13,000 hens roam the barn floor, spread their wings and duck into nest boxes covered by red plastic flaps to provide a dark area that encourages egg-laying.

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SOUTH KOREA - StuffNix now also installed in South Korea

That's all for this week!


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