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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 19th November 2007
Monday 19th November 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Chicken Welfare: From The Farm...To The Slaughterhouse
This feature is taken from the Avec Annual Report for 2007. A link to the full report is also provided. Poultry welfare is one of the major challenges for the European poultry industry.
Food Outlook Global Market Analysis - Poultry Meat
By FAO. Rebounding demand together with tight supplies and rising production costs sustain meat prices in 2007
Nipple Drinkers for Brooding Turkeys
By Jesse L. Grimes, Department of Poultry Science, NC State University; Summer Russell, Prestage Farms, Inc and published in the North Carolina Poultry Industry Joint Area Newsletter - Fall 2007. The use of nipple drinkers for rearing broilers has become common.
South Africa 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 South Africa. 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)

UK - More than 28,000 birds have been slaughtered this week following an outbreak of H5N1 in East Anglia.

Investigations are continuing into whether there is any connection with outbreaks in southern Germany and the Czech Republic this summer. The Suffolk strain of H5N1 is almost identical to that found on the continent.

Imported one-day-old ducklings from the Netherlands are thought to have possibly carried the infection. Even though these chicks were not reared at the initial effected farm, it is possible that the virus was transported in the vehicles or crates containing the ducks.

Another theory is possible infection from migratory birds. Lax bio - security at the infected farm allowed turkeys, geese and ducks to mingle with wild birds. Experts say however that this is looking increasingly doubtful as the source of the outbreak.

Many poultry farmers are calling for stricter rules on outdoor farmed birds in light of this potential hazardous breach.

United States

Farmers: Lawsuit Is Attack
The Poultry Community Council on Thursday accused Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson of trying to destroy the poultry industry.

Pilgrim's Pride; Bruised But Strong.
Despite record sales and a profit of $32 million, Pilgrim's Pride failed to meet Wall Street expectations. Share prices have dropped substantially in response to this disappointment.

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.

Target Seeks To Label Treated Meat
WASHINGTON - Target Corp., under pressure from congressional Democrats, is seeking government approval to add a consumer warning to labels of meat treated with carbon monoxide to keep it looking red and fresh.

Tyson Foods Turns Profit, Sees Weakness in '08
Tyson Foods Inc, the world's largest meat company, on Monday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter profit compared with a year-earlier loss, but a gloomy forecast for fiscal 2008 sent its shares lower.

K-State Poultry Expert Talks Turkey
The type of turkey that is on sale at your local grocery store today is not the turkey your grandma used to buy -- but her "old-fashioned" bird may be making a comeback, according to a Kansas State University poultry researcher.

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Poultry Officials Discuss Water Conservation
An official of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association said water conservation in the poultry industry has taken on a new importance because of the drought.

Groups Attack California Veto on Cloned Food Labeling
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to veto a bill that would have required the labeling of foods from cloned animals has attracted fierce opposition from consumer groups.

United Kingdom

Winner For Pfizer Poultry Trainee Of Year
A new award worth £2000 for the Pfizer Poultry Trainee of the Year has been won by Christopher Rees, who manages a broiler breeder farm in Cambridgeshire for Moy Park.

Livestock Hangs In The Balance Of Farmgate Prices
Record increases in feed prices driven by a tightened balance in supply and demand rather than exchange rate fluctuations threaten the long-term viability of some livestock sectors unless farmgate prices adjust accordingly, the NFU Economics Department's latest quarterly Farming Outlook says.

Flu Vaccinations For Poultry Workers: Vein Promises?
Avian Influenza has come to the fore yet again. One constructive measure that came out of the general panic last year was that the government decided, for the first time, to provide free flu vaccinations for all poultry workers, says Farming UK.

First Global Animal Health Conference
The first Global Animal Health Conference, jointly organised by the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) and the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), in conjunction with the Drug Information Association, (DIA), will take place at the EMEA on 15-16 November 2007 in London, UK.

EU Applies Control measures On UK Poultry
Following confirmation of an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in a flock of turkeys at the border of Suffolk and Norfolk in the UK, the Commission has today adopted a Decision defining the risk area and confirming the control measures in place.

Soil Association Speaks Out About Flu Outbreak
The outbreak has so far has been isolated to a free-range farm in Suffolk producing turkeys, geese and ducks.

Crisis Meeting For Egg Producers
Rising feed prices and increased regulation were the main topics under discussion at a recent crisis meeting organised by the NFU for egg producers in Yorkshire and the North East.

Farmers' Anger At £40m Disease Control Levy
Farmers face having to pay an extra £40 million a year to the Government to offset the costs of dealing with animal diseases such as foot and mouth, bluetongue and bird flu, it has been confirmed.
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Chicken Falls Prey To 'Palengke' Mechanics
Consumers may expect an ample supply of chicken for the holidays, but the local broiler industry has said that it cannot control unwarranted price increases in the wet and retail markets.

FNRI Says Native Chicken Better Than Commercial
A recent study done by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) showed that native chicken, locally known as Darag, is more nutritious than commercial broilers.


Zambian Poultry Attracts World Market
The Zambian poultry industry is poised to grow by more than 50 per cent in the next two years due to increased demand for the products on the international market.

Viet Nam

Vietnam Seeks Ways To Develop Poultry Industry
Vietnam is likely to zone off concentrated breeding areas, and apply advanced technologies in breeding for the sustainable development of its poultry industry, local newspaper Vietnam News reported Tuesday.


Poultry Farmers On A Roll
Winter generally increases the gap between demand and supply of eggs, more so in Northern India. And the poultry farmer in Hyderabad now sports a snug smile with egg production reaching its crescendo this year.

European Union

EU Poultry Report - 1 Step Back And 2 Steps Forward
AVEC, a voluntary, non-profit association representing and promoting the interests of the European poultry sector, has recently released its annual report for 2007.


Brazil Co Pena Branca: In Due Diligence With Tyson
Privately held Brazilian chicken company Pena Branca is in the final stages of due diligence with U.S. Tyson Foods (TSN) for a possible joint venture, Pena Branca's director told Dow Jones Newswires on Wednesday.
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The Egg Shortage
Egg is fast becoming a scarce commodity across the country. Out of five grocery shops in a neighbourhood, only one of them is likely to have eggs for sale. And that is not enough to meet the soaring demand.


Russian Vets Inspect Polish Meat Plants
The inspection of a Polish dairy plant by Russian veterinary inspectors on Wednesday was successful, Poland's Deputy Agriculture Minister Marek Chrapek said Thursday.


Estonia Reports Its Largest Outbreak Of Newcastle Disease
Estonia have confirmed the largest outbreak of Newcastle disease in its history. Ago Partel, Estonia’s Chief Veterinary Officer and head of Estonia’s Food and Veterinary Board reported that 237,000 chickens and 1.65 million eggs will be destroyed at that facility and a quarantine of 10 km surrounding the facility is in place. The European Commission has yet to react to the outbreak.


Lessons From Turkey's Bird Flu Outbreak
Rapid response by Turkey's health authorities and key health personnel were critical in bringing the 2006 bird flu outbreak under control, according to research published in the BMC Public Health.

United Arab Emirates

'Suspicious' Samples led to ban on Saudi poultry
A UAE official revealed that the detection of suspicious samples among products that were imported from Saudi Arabia led to the ban on all poultry products from the kingdom several days before the official announcement of the bird flu attack.

South Africa

Ostrich Meat Loses EU Status
The EU health and consumer protection directorate has recommended that South Africa be removed from the EU's list of exporters of ostrich meat, poultry, milk, honey, pork and beef, after failing to provide an approved residue monitoring plan. The recommendation - which could lead to an outright ban - was made in June.
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Company news

Aviagen Participates in Grand Opening of New GPS Farm in Malaysia
Aviagen MALAYSIA - Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, recently celebrated the grand opening of the first new grandparent farm in Malaysia in 20 years.

Efrat Broiler Holds Technical Seminar In Cyprus.
CYPRUS - The event provided Efrat with an opportunity to thank their customers with a trip away from the day-to-day routine of their business. The delegates enjoyed a variety of presentations on a range of technical subjects, including the new Ross Performance Objectives, nutrition, genetics, veterinary, hatchability and incubation updates. A lively question and answer forum rounded up this two day event.

Life Begins At 40 For Nippon Chunky
JAPAN - Aviagen were delighted to celebrate the 40th birthday of Nippon Chunky, Aviagen's Ross distributor in Japan, at their Okayama Headquarters recently.

Virkon® S Effective Against Super-Resistant Salmonella Strains
Dupont UK - Researchers at leading Danish and British veterinary laboratories have shown that despite concerns of growing Salmonella persistence amongst Danish poultry houses, market leading poultry disinfectant - DuPont™ Virkon® S - is not associated with the development of resistance¹.

Hybro Appoints New Manager Technical Service
GLOBE - Mr. Hermann Klein-Hessling has joined Hybro B.V. as Manager Technical Service from November 1, 2007 onwards.

That's all for this week!


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