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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 7th January 2008
Monday 7th January 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Elevated Risk of Carrying Gentamicin-Resistant Escherichia coli among U.S. Poultry Workers
By Lance B. Price, Jay P. Graham, Leila G. Lackey, Amira Roess, Rocio Vailes, and Ellen Silbergeld researchers at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Antimicrobial use in food-animal production is an issue of growing concern.
UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to September 2007)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency. The report monitors trends in the major endemic poultry diseases in the UK to September 2007.
Fertilizing With Poultry Litter
By Joni Ross, Agronomy Specialist, University of Missouri Extension. With the cost of commercial fertilizer increasing, more farmers are starting to look for a less expensive source of nutrients.
US Poultry Outlook Report - December 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the December 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

Israel was investigating a fresh outbreak of avian flu after 18 contaminated birds were found dead on Thursday

The H5N1 bird flu virus has been detected in another poultry farm in northern Bangladesh

Bird flu has hit two more poultry farms in southern Vietnam

The Egyptian government has culled 1,599 domestic birds in its continued efforts to stem the spread of the deadly bird flu virus

United States

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.

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

What Does Natural Really Mean?
As Americans hunger for healthier food, new efforts to define the term turn messy

U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary to Speak at IPE / IFE 2008
ATLANTA - The 2008 International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo will feature a presentation from U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez.

Cage Eggs Best for the Environment?
While some animal rights organizations have been campaigning to ban traditional cage eggs in the U.S., it turns out that these eggs may be best for the environment.

CTB Acquires Uniqfill
MILFORD – US pig and poultry production systems manufacturer, CTB Inc, completed the acquisition of Dutch based Uniqfill International B.V. ( on 2 January.
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US: Exports Vital for US Meat Industry, Says Report
The US meat industry should continue to pursue growth overseas, according to a report on outlook for the North American food industry this year.

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.

Chicken Fat - Those Birds Just Keep Growing
New research has concluded tht American chickens have been piling on the pounds, as new production methods take effect.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler chicks placed up 5%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).


Botulism in Duck Foie Gras
French authorities are investigating a case of botulism contamination in a batch of Foie Gras.


Ukrainian Poultry Producer gets Loan for Upgrade
The Ukrainian poultry integrator and processor CJSC Landgut Broiler has been granted loans worth Euro 2 million and UAH 9.165 million (Hryvnia) for five years to finance new equipment and an upgrade to its poultry production facilities.

United Kingdom

Poultry house is approved
The UK's leading egg marketing company has been given permission to build a free range poultry house for 12,000 hens.

Eggsellent New Website in Schools
Lion Quality egg producers have launched an innovative new website aimed at developing schoolchildren’s understanding of the role that eggs can play in a healthy diet.

NFU - World's Food Supply Balance on a Knife Edge
National Farmers' Union (NFU) president Peter Kendall has warned that the world's food supply is balanced on a knife edge between sufficiency and shortage.

RSPCA Calls for End to Cruelty to Chickens
The British Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has launched a new campaign to improve the welfare of chicken bred for meat.

The End for Cheap Food
The era of cheap food may be over.
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Celebrity Chefs Campaign for Chicken Welfare
Two of Britain's top celebrity chefs are launching a campaign get consumers to eat more welfare friendly reared chicken by revealing some of the welfare issues in poultry production.

M&S Bird Imports 'a One-Off'
Marks and Spencer has said it is not looking to import turkeys next Christmas after it came in for criticism from farmers for stocking Brazilian birds in 2007.

What Are We Eating?
So you only eat free-range eggs, and spend the extra on organic sausages. But what's life really like for the animals that end up on your plate? And how can you be sure that the meat in your shopping bag is cruelty-free? Rob Sharp investigates

Dispelling the Myth of Battery Production
Chickens reared for meat are not 'battery' farmed and poultry producers in the UK are fed up of hearing the claim repeated - that was the message from the NFU and British Poultry Council today as they attempted to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions regarding the production of poultry meat.

EU Rule Change puts UK in a Fluster
EU - Small traditional poultry producers and growers who use glasshouses could find their businesses under threat from EU rules lumping their businesses into the same pollution control bracket as power stations, the NFU warned today.

Russian Federation

U.S. chicken passed fit for Russian consumers
Russian vets have added seven U.S. companies to their approved list of the country's poultry suppliers.


Bank Issues Guidelines on Poultry Financing
The State Bank of Pakistan has issued ‘Draft Guidelines for Poultry Financing’ to banks, Financial Institutions (FIs) and other stakeholders for their feedback and comments.


DA ready for incidence of animal diseases during rainy days
In anticipation of the outbreak of diseases during the onset of rainy season, the Department of Agriculture has been taking measures and has come up with steps to address such concerns, reports the PIA.

Philippines Bans Poultry from South Korea
The Philippine Department of Agriculture on Monday reimposed a temporary ban on poultry products from South Korea on hearing the re-surface of bird flu virus in the country.
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Local Egg Supply to Increase by Mid-’08 in Qatar
The supply of local eggs is expected to considerably increase by the middle of this year as the Arab-Qatari Company for Poultry Production has embarked on a massive expansion project.

Viet Nam

Official Urges Tighter Control on Poultry Trading over New Year
The deadly H5N1 virus has been identified to cause a child’s death in northern Viet Nam recently and may trigger another bird flu outbreak, especially during this holiday season when demand for poultry is at its peak, said a senior official.

Chicken Prices Falling in Vietnam
Several months ago, only several companies in HCM City imported chicken for domestic consumption, and they imported some 2,000 tonnes a month only. Currently, there are dozens chicken importers in the city, which import more than 5,000 tonnes a month.


Perdigao Acquisition of Eleva
Brazilian poultry producing and processing giant, Perdigao, has delayed its acqusition of Eleva Alimentos S.A.


Ban Maize Exports by Pvt Trade: Poultry Sector
The poultry industry, alleging that private traders and exporters have cornered huge quantity of maize (corn) for speculation, has demanded the Government to ban all maize exports by private trade. It has instead urged the channelising of the maize exports through State agencies such as state trading corporation.

"Branded Eggs Gaining Currency"
The concept of branded eggs is slowly gaining currency, but supply shortage has led to their prices surging by 75 per cent in the last two years, industry officials said.

Partner for Chicken Dressing Plant Needed
The Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board is looking for a joint venture partner to set up a Rs.60-crore chicken dressing plant in the National Capital.


Chile Buys Into Peru, Big Time
The major Peruvian supermarket chain, Wong, has been acquired by Chilean Cencosud during December. The deal should be completed by end of January.
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China Changes Tax Regulations To Rein In Food Inflation
China's Ministry of Finance has said it will tax selected grain exports for one-year in a bid to halt escalating inflation.

China Places Quotas on Grain Exports
The Chinese goverment has started a temporary quota policy on the export of wheat, corn and rice powder in a bid to maintain an adequate domestic supply.

That's all for this week!


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