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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 12th November 2007
Monday 12th November 2007
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We have 4 new features this week:

Backyard Flock Tip: Egg Laying Behavior
By Bruce Webster, Extension Poultry Scientist, University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension Service. Many people enjoy gathering eggs from their backyard flocks of chickens to use in their own kitchens, give to friends, or even to sell in local markets.
Effect of Flock Size on Dioxin Levels in Eggs from Chickens Kept Outside
By A. Kijlstra, Animal Sciences Group, Wageningen University, in collaboration with W. A. Traag and L. A. P. Hoogenboom of the RIKILT-Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen University. Published in Poultry Science, Volume 86, Issue 9, September 2007 edition
Japan 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 Japan. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.
A new Animal Health Strategy for the European Union (2007-2013) where “prevention is better than cure”
By The European Commission. The new Animal Health Strategy provides the framework for animal health and welfare measures over the next six years. Given the devastating impact that serious disease outbreaks can have on farmers, society and the economy, the new strategy is based on the principle that “prevention is better than cure”.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

NIGERIA - No fewer than 1.3m birds have been slaughtered so far in the country to control and contain the spread of Avian Influenza.

Dr Abba Ruma, the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, disclosed this at the presentation of equipment for the control and prevention of the disease.

Speaking while receiving the equipment, Ruma said the Federal Government had paid N560 million as compensation to 2,610 poultry farmers, whose birds were killed.

VIETNAM - Bird flu has spread to a sixth province in Vietnam, the government said on Friday. The H5N1 virus had killed around 40 ducklings on a farm in the Mekong delta province of Ben Tre, the national animal health department said.

Also affected are the provinces of Cao Bang, Nam Dinh and Ha Nam in the north, Quang Tri in the centre and Tra Vinh in the south.

United States

Producers Can't Keep Up With Chicken Demand
Chicken has been in high demand for the past two weeks and the demand is now putting a strain on poultry producers across the country, said Robin Phillips, president of the Poultry Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

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.

Feathers Fly Over `Natural' Chicken Labeling:
Pumped up salt-water chickens are on the regulatory menu in Washington as advocates for "natural" food demand labels that reflect what the product actually contains.

Producers Slam Tougher U.S. Tests For Canadian Meat, Poultry
The United States is imposing tough new restrictions on Canadian meat and poultry exports after concerns were raised about inspection practices at an Alberta packing plant believed to be the source of an E. coli outbreak in eight states.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler chicks placed up 4%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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First-Ever Online Farm Source Verification System For Poultry
NEW YORK - It is almost time for Thanksgiving dinner ... do you know where your turkey or chicken have been? Consumers can't ask their poultry what it was fed or where it traveled from.

No New Active TB Cases At Decatur Poultry Plant
A state Department of Public Health administrator said none of the 165 Wayne Farms poultry workers who tested positive for tuberculosis show signs of active TB.

Tyson Hearing Continued Until Next Month
U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier said he will continue a hearing next month in which attorneys for Tyson Foods are seeking to prevent an economist from testifying that hiring illegal immigrants depressed wages at eight poultry plants.

Korea, Republic of

South Korean Chicken Farm In North Korean Territory
A South Korean food company said Tuesday it will start building a chicken farm in North Korea later this year as part of its efforts to produce chickens using the North's cheap labor.


Cebu City Gets Tough On Cruelty
CEBU CITY - This city is the first local government unit (LGU) in the country that has passed an ordinance against cruelty to animals using forced oral drenching method before slaughter even before RA 8485 otherwise known as the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 has been enacted.
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United Kingdom

TFTA Steps Up Quality Standards For Its Christmas Turkeys
There will be an extra guarantee of quality for turkeys sold under the Golden Promise label this Christmas.

Tesco Faces Battery Of Protest Over Eggs
Tesco will this week endure a series of protests outside its stores over the sale of eggs from caged hens.

Outrage Over Plans To Change IPPC Thresholds
The poultry industry has been thrown into turmoil by European Commission plans to reduce the IPPC 40,000 bird threshold.

Why Chickens Are Getting Cheaper
Shoppers are the winners of a kosher poultry price war which has led prices to plummet in stores despite an increase in wholesale prices at abattoirs.

Future Of Bernard Matthews
Standfirst Norfolk turkey producer Bernard Matthews has had a torrid couple of years and last week it was revealed £42m had been wiped off its value. But with Christmas on its way, can the firm turn things around? Sam Williams investigates.

Free As A Bird: UK Hens Escape The Cage
Lord Rooker, Minister for Sustainable Food and Farming and Animal Health, announced at the Egg and Poultry Industry Conference this week that the UK ban on barren battery cages will go ahead, despite opposition from many in the egg industry.


Belgium's meat, fish and poultry market on the rise, says new report
The world's largest market research organisation - Research and Markets - has added a detailed analytical report on the Meat, Fish and Poultry market in Belgium to 2010 to it's on line library. It says the sector is growing steadily every year and this new publication makes very interesting reading for anyone involved in the food industry.
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Russian Federation

Russia Not Abolish Prohibition On Polish Meat
Russia keeps prohibition on import of Polish meat due to political reasons, Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, the Polish Agriculture Minster, said currently visiting Baku, Azerbaijan. Ardanowski will take part in the Polish national exhibition.

Russia, EU Inspections Nothing To Do With Meat - Official
MOSCOW - Inspections of Polish meat production companies by Russian and EU experts have nothing to do with meat exporters, a diplomat at the Polish embassy in Moscow said on Wednesday.


CAU Providing Chicks At Subsidised Rate
The Central Agricultural University (CAU), Iroishemba is providing chicks of Giriraja and Girirani breeds to trained farmers at subsidised rate.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Bans Canadian Poultry
Saudi Arabia's Agriculture Ministry has banned the importation of live chickens and poultry products from Canada due to reports of bird flu being present in the country, according to the Saudi Press Agency.


NCGA Applauds New Trade In Peru
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) applauds the House of Representatives in its 285-132 passage of the Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA). NCGA will now work toward immediate Senate consideration of the agreement.

Hong Kong

Central Plant To Supply Fresh Chicken
The government will wheel out freshly slaughtered chicken as well as chilled chicken from a central plant in a bid to appease the food trade, it was announced yesterday.
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Neglected Chickens Confiscated
The SPCA confiscated about 900 chickens from vendors in Philippi last Thursday.


Newcastle Disease at Tallegg Poultry Farm.
The Tallegg poultry producer in Estonia has confirmed an outbreak of Newcastle disease at its Tellivere-Kulli farm near Tallinn, according to the LETA news agency.


Poultry Farmers Shift Price Blame
Don't blame us! That's the cry from small and medium-sized chicken producers struggling to break even and make a modest profit from whole chicken sales at an average $3.50 per pound.

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Ministry Of Agricultural Jihad Purchases 1150 Tons Of Live Chicken
Since the start of agreed purchase and offering chicken and egg, 1150 tons of living chicken have been purchased from the growers of the province Ilam.

Company news

Appointed To US Technical Services Team
Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders US - Chance Bryant has joined the Cobb US team as a technical service representative for North Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Aviagen On The Road In South Africa
Aviagen SOUTH AFRICA - Aviagen joined forces with Ross Poultry Breeders (pty) Ltd, the Ross distributor in South Africa, to host a series of seminars to offer management advice and support to customers in the country

That's all for this week!


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