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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 3rd December 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Modern Aviary Design
Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePoultrySite looks at the new aviary design system for laying hens from Big Dutchman.
Improving Energy Efficiency for Broiler Farms
By Edgar O. Oviedo, DVM. Phd. Dipl. ACPV. Assistant Professor/ Extension Specialist, Department of Poultry Science, North Carolina State University. Published in the North Carolina Poultry Industry Joint Area Newsletter - Fall 2007.
Labelling of Poultry Meat: What's At Stake
This feature is taken from the avec Annual Report for 2007. avec represents a large majority of poultry interests in the European Union.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - November 2007
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.
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* Global Poultry Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

A new report has outlined the dangers lurking in a bird flu pandemic. Despite significant advances to deal with the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu in the past two years, countries need to maintain their vigilance and cooperate in the face of a possible pandemic, says a joint United Nations and World Bank report.

This week has seen new outbreaks of HPAI in Romania, Saudia Arabia, Hong Kong, Viet Nam and Indonesia, who are refusing to share virus samples with WHO. Additionally, more birds have been culled in the UK.

South Korea has repoted an outbreak of H7 avian influenza resuting in Japan and other countries banning South Korean poultry imports.

Finally, Polish authorities have found the virus in turkey meat with EU officials expressing concern the virus may become entrenched throughout parts of Europe

  United States

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler chicks placed up 4%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

International Egg and Poultry Review
US - By the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service - This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry.

Feeding Distilled Corn To Turkeys
US - For a group of researchers stationed in the outskirts of Rosemount, Minn., Thanksgiving has nothing to do with football or stuffing, and it comes five times a week.

Poultry Provision Wrongly Defeated
US - Three Alabama congressmen teamed with USDA and poultry officials to defeat voluntary arbitration in production contracts.

Meet Paul, the New Vice President at US Poultry
ATLANTA - The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has announced the addition of Paul Pressley as vice president, Poultry & Egg Institute.
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Groups Claim Foie Gras Unfit for Consumption
US - The Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary, Animal Legal Defense Fund, NYU Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and several individuals filed a legal petition with the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service calling on the agency to issue new regulations declaring foie gras a diseased product that is unfit for human food under the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA).

Grape Extract: the New Preserve of Meat
US - Grapeseed extract is a viable natural alternative to synthetic ingredients that preserve meat quality, according to a new University of Illinois study published in the Journal of Food Science.

Considering Pros And Cons Of A Poultry Litter Plant
US - The county of Montgomery seems to be next in line to jump on the latest bandwagon of poultry litter power plants. The emergance of this renewable technology has seen a rapid increase over the last few months, cited for its environmental rewards. However, the drawbacks of the technology can be seen and smelt by the local community.

Panhandle Ranch To Become Prairie Chicken Preserve
US - The Nature Conservancy has purchased a 6,000-acre ranch in the South Plains to help protect the state's struggling population of lesser prairie chickens.

Poultry Fat Spill Causes Va. Wrecks
ACCOMAC - A waste truck leaked poultry fat along 20 miles of roadway Tuesday, causing at least four crashes and making a stinky mess.

  United Kingdom

Reliance On Meat Imports Grows
UK - Manufacturing industries in the UK have been in decline for many years, with the economy increasingly focused on the financial sector.

BEIC Welcome Decision To Move Free Range Indoors
UK - The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) has welcomed Defra’s decision to order free range birds inside within a limited area on the Suffolk/Norfolk borders, as both appropriate and timely to protect flocks from the risk of bird flu.

Broiler Waste Causing Botulism in Cattle
UK - There has been an increase in the number of cases of botulism in cattle in Northern Ireland in recent years.

Suffolk Avian Flu Epidemiology Report Published
UK - Defra has today published the initial epidemiology report into the H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in Suffolk.

Supermarkets Awarded for Animal Welfare
UK - Marks & Spencer has been named Compassionate Supermarket 2007 at an award ceremony in London by leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming.
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  New Zealand

Biosecurity Important to New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND - Animals, diseases, and pests have no respect for national boundaries, Biosecurity Minister Jim Anderton said today.

Greens See Red Over Transport Conditions
NEW ZEALAND - The Green Party is calling on the Government to address the inhumane conditions suffered by animals during transport to export markets.

Student Exposes Bugs in Chicken
NEW ZEALAND - A Christchurch teenager's school science project has exposed multiple antibiotic-resistant bugs in fresh chicken sold in supermarkets.


Poultry Schools to be Established In Ghana
GHANA - Bio-security schools would soon be established in poultry concentrated areas in the country to help to update poultry farmers in basic cultural practices to avoid the spread of poultry-related pests and diseases.


Soaring to Dizzying Heights with New Thai Plant
TOKYO - A new state of the art poultry processing plant, recently opened in Thailand, has an estimated production capacity of a whopping 30,000 tonnes when its second phase is complete.

Japan Temporarily Bans Poultry from South Korea
JAPAN - According to local officials, Japan has temporarily halted poultry imports from South Korea because of a bird flu outbreak among ducks.


Christmas Turkeys to Cost 25pc More
IRELAND - The sharp lift in food prices this year will be carried through to the Christmas table, as poultry producers insist that turkeys for the festive season will be far dearer.


Australian Investors Eye Chicken Farms in Malaysia
MALAYSIA - Two Australian investors are eyeing the potential of Malaysia's East Coast Economic Region (ECER) as a poultry hub, local media reported on Tuesday.
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Poultry Farms' Needed Maize to be Supplied
IRAN - The needed amount of Maize for the poultry farms of the province Khuzestan will be supplied by the Private Sector with public Tariffs.

  South Africa

Early Bird Catches The Worm
SOUTH AFRICA - Festive season revellers will have to think twice about having a braai, as meat prices are expected to soar.


Feather Shortage Leaves Pillow Makers Flat
HUNGARY - A good night's sleep on luxury Hungarian down pillows is likely to become a rarer experience as Hungary's poultry sector declines in the face of mounting problems.

  Hong Kong

Hong Kong Speaks Sense On Food Safety
HONG KONG - A common international platform for an electronic health-certificate system enabling food tracing with laser precision should be developed, Secretary for Food & Health Dr York Chow says.


Egg Prices Hot Up On Winter Chill
NEW DELHI - The winter time demand has pushed up prices of eggs in North India, especially Nee Delhi.

Chicken May Cost More, Blame It On Soyameal
INDIA - Relishing non-vegetarian food may pinch consumers more as the prices of chicken, which was already over Rs 100 a kg (dressed), are likely to go up further by Rs 20 due to rising cost of one of the main poultry feed soyameal.


Pig And Poultry Bare Brunt Of Finland's New Subsidy
FINLAND - Finland and the EU reached an agreement on the future of domestic agricultural subsidies through the year 2013 on Tuesday. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Sirkka-Liisa Anttila met with EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel in Brussels to discuss continuing the support for farmers in southern Finland.


Marel Foods To Aquire Stork Food Systems
NETHERLANDS - Marel Food Systems hf., announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Stork Food Systems division of Stork N.V. The acquisition price is EUR 415 million on a debt and cash-free basis.
  European Union

EU’s Zero-Tolerance Stance Could Spell Ruin
EU - The EU has come under growing pressure to relax its attitude toward GM crops after ministers warned the current system threatens to ruin the livestock industry.

EC Approves €187 Million to Fight Animal Diseases in 2008
EU - The European Commission has approved a financial package of €186.57 million to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2008, including Salmonella in Poultry and BSE.


An Eggs-am Head Starter
AUSTRALIA - Eggs contain nutrients that have been shown to improve concentration and memory


Canada Welcomes USDA Decision to Lift Heightened Inspection of Canadian Meat Exports
OTTAWA - The Government of Canada has welcomed the United States Department of Agriculture's return to standard testing levels for Canadian beef, pork and poultry products.

Livestock Industry Legislation Streamlined
CANADA - Alberta has taken another step toward a more effective and efficient livestock industry with the introduction of Bill 47, the Livestock Commerce and Animal Inspection Statutes Amendment Act.

  United Arab Emirates

Ban On Eggs Hits Hard
ABU DHABI - There is an acute shortage of eggs in the market, leading to a rise in prices, market officials have said.

Company news

Aviagen Aviagen Holds Successful Seminar in Brazil
BRAZIL - Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, recently held a successful seminar in Brazil to discuss trends in the poultry industry and prospective issues.

Alpharma Animal Health Alpharma To Present At Lazard Fourth Annual Healthcare Conference
NEW YORK - Alpharma Animal Health’s senior management were to provide an overview of the company’s business at the Lazard Fourth Annual Healthcare Conference at The New York Palace on Wednesday.

That's all for this week!


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