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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 14th January 2008
Monday 14th January 2008
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UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - January 2008
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.
Zoonotic Infections in Europe: Trends and Figures
By J Denny of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden, F Boelaert of European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), Parma, Italy, B Borck of EFSA’s Zoonoses Collaboration Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark, OE Heuer of EFSA’s Zoonoses Collaboration Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark, A Ammon pf the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden, P Makela of European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), Parma, Italy. The following report is a summary of the EFSA-ECDC annual report.
Meat Products: Competition from Low Cost Countries
By Peter van Home and Robert Hoste for the FAO. The EU is a leading exporter of meat: net exporter for pork and poultry and net importer for beef.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

Iran has banned bird hunting in its southwestern province to prevent the possible outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu

Egyptian poultry sellers are ignoring the ban on live poultry sales

UK has an outbreak of H5N1 confirmed in wild swans

The EU endorsed the control and eradication measures taken by Germany and Poland during their recent avian flu incidents

European Union

European Commission Report Confirms Benefits of Ban on Battery Cages
There is substantial evidence that banning the use of conventional battery cages for laying hens could considerably improve the health and welfare of these birds, according to a report published by the Commission.

United Kingdom

All Eggs to be Free-Range Within Two Years
Shoppers could be able to buy only free-range eggs from major supermarkets within two years.

Cargill's Sun Valley Acquires UK Poultry Business
Cargill has expanded its poultry operations in the UK with the acquisition of Freeman's of Newent Ltd, a primary chicken processing business in Gloucestershire. The acquisition was completed on 4 January.

Soil Association says its Poultry are Free as a Bird
The Soil Association has applauded the recent UK poultry welfare campaign and have added that their own poultry welfare standards make them the 'leaders in the field'.

Media in a Flap on Poultry Welfare
This week the UK poultry industry has come under massive scrutiny from the British media after the launch of several programs that highlight poultry welfare lapses across the whole production system.

Wild Bird Flu Breakout in Britain
It has been confirmed that three mute swans in Dorset have tested positive for the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu. The Department for Environmental Food and Rural Affairs (defra) have issued a statement saying that the birds were found dead and tested following their routine surveillance programme.

Govt Help Required on Battery Ban
The 2012 EU ban on battery cage egg production will be worse than useless in improving chicken welfare if the same standards are not applied to imports, warns the NFU and it has called on the Government to set an example in its own food procurement policies.

TraceAssured Launches World First from Northern Ireland
In a ground breaking world first, TraceAssured Ltd has tlaunched a new online food chain traceability initiative aimed at providing the global food industry with the ability to trace the source and content of all food product ingredients instantly.

Chicken Sales Up Despite Jamie Oliver Effort
Chicken sales have increased this week despite fears that they would slump following a campaign by celebrity chefs against the treatment of the birds.
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United States

Md. Poultry Farmers Face More Regulations
Maryland farmers say they are concerned about Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to make new regulations on poultry farms.

Turning up the Heat on Transport Requirements
WASHINGTON, US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has put forward plans for new regulations on animal transport requirements.

Monthly US Egg Products Report
Shell Eggs Broken Down 1 Percent from Last Year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

When Supplies are low Prices are Cracking
MANHATTAN, US - In his work as a poultry specialist with Kansas State University Research and Extension, Scott Beyer often fields questions about eggs and nutrition, but recently another topic has been popping up.

Indiana Recognizes Outstanding Producers
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is currently developing a Certified Livestock Producer Program (CLPP) as a way to recognize livestock producers that go above and beyond in their farm practices and procedures.

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

Officials Balk at Poultry Permits
Eastern Shore lawmakers blasted the state's plan for a permit system for large poultry farmers as invasive legislation led by "chicken police" in a meeting of delegates Friday.


China Claims Bird Flu is Controlled
A bird flu outbreak in Turpan city in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has been brought under control, the municipal government said Monday.

Buying Habits Will Alter US Export Market
USDA is advising US exporters to invest in market research before launching new products into China. Although Chinese Customs reports a total agriculture, fisheries and forest product imports of over $40 billion for 2006, and imports of consumer-oriented agricultural products of almost $5 billion, buying habits are changing. There have been set backs fro traditional commodity products such as beef, pork and poultry.

United Arab Emirates

Al-Meera Stores Selling Eggs at ‘Subsidised Rate’
The Al-Meera chain of co-operative stores is offering a tray of 30 eggs at QR15.75 with a view to resolving the current shortage in the supply of eggs, says a report published in a local Arabic daily.
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Think Tank on Agriculture
A three-day Think Tank for leaders in Germany’s agriculture – the DLG “Wintertagung” - is this week addressing key issues facing European farming within a world market.

Russian Federation

Rush for Chicken Eggs on Kamchatka
Owners of small trade pavilions have increased prices for chicken eggs to 80-100 roubles per dozen on the Kamchatka Peninsula thus provoking a rush for this product.

Viet Nam

Nearly 5% of Poultry in Vietnam Bear Flu Viruses
The Chinese news agency Xinhua have claimed that nearly five percent of 15,000 samples from healthy poultry in different cities and provinces in Vietnam have been tested positive to bird flu viruses.

The Black Market of Tainted Vietnamese Meat
The Vietnamese news agency, Vietnam Bridge, has reported that Low quality meat, preserved by toxic chemicals, are slipping through the border province of Lang Son.


Ban on Saudi Eggs Stays
DOHA - There is no decision yet to lift the ban on poultry products from Saudi Arabia, according to a senior official from the National Health Authority.


Ukraine Lifts Ban on Russian Poultry
Ukraine has lifted the ban, which was imposed in 2007 on the import from Russia's Moscow region of poultry, raw materials and products made of it, as well as pork.


Hot and Bothered Hens at Their Best
Startling new research from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aarhus University has concluded that the immune system of hens is affected by heat. Knowing this means that a slight change of temperature can dramatically improve hen health to the benefit of producers and consumers.
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Ireland on the Lookout for Bird Flu
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food's National Disease Control Centre (NDCC) Management Committee met this afternoon to discuss the confirmation of the presence of high pathogenic H5N1 avian 'flu in three dead wild mute swans in Dorset, England.

Shoppersface 20pc Chicken Price Rise
The cost of chicken meat is set to soar by up to 20pc over the coming weeks.

A New Solution Emerges from Poultry Waste
Moy Park, O’Kane Poultry, and Glenfarm Holdings have announced details of a collaborative project to develop a new green electricity plant, producing energy from waste poultry litter and meat and bone meal. Consultation on New Animal Diseases Bill
The Northern Irish agriculture ministry has launched a consultation on proposed new measures to prevent and control animal and poultry diseases.

Northern Ireland Coldstore Prosecuted
A meat coldstore in County Fermanagh has been found guilty at Magherafelt Magistrates Court of offences under food hygiene legislation following a lengthy investigation and two trials.


No Pathogen Risk in Litter Reuse
Preliminary results from a Poultry CRC project being undertaken by DPI&F Queensland examining the reuse of chicken litter across broiler cycles have indicated that levels of food-borne pathogens are not any higher in re-used litter than those found in single-batch rearing.

RSPCA Australia Rallies Against Chicken Cruelty
After a week of media protests and a celebrity led campaign to improve the welfare of broiler chickens in the UK, the Australian Royal Society for Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has joined the rising call for improved welfare conditions.


Indonesia Records 117 Bird Flu Patients
JAKARTA - A 16-year-old Indonesian girl from an outskirts city of Jakarta has been infected by avian influenza, putting the total number of cases in the hardest-hit country to 117 with 94 fatalities, the health ministry said here Friday.


Nutreco to Buy Spanish Feed and Meat Operations
Nutreco is set to buy the feed and meat assets of Copaga in Catalonia, Spain.
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Suspected Bird Flu Outbreak in Eastern India
NEW DELHI - There is a possible outbreak of bird flu in eastern India as some 10,000 backyard poultry have died in West Bengal's Birbhum district over the past 10 days, the Indian Express reported Monday.


Farmers Seek Poultry Feed Subsidy to Save Industry
Poultry industry players want the government to subsidise imported feed ingredients in the face of a surge in poultry feed prices.

Company news

Informative Report on Big Dutchman Customer
Big Dutchman POLAND - When considering the situation of Polish agriculture, you can easily recognise that only few farmers decide for new investments and thus an increase in production. But some of them take the risk and this often with great success.

“Filières Avicoles” Reports About Major Project in France
FRANCE - The idea for the project came up in the year 2003 - and today, only four years later, the dream is complete. Now 26 and 27-year-old layer farmers Mickaël and David Joubier from Taupont in Brittany recently inaugurated their newly built farm for 150,000 layers with an open day.

Cobb Vantress and Hendrix Form Alliance
GLOBE - Cobb-Vantress and Hendrix Genetics have recently announced an alliance that will strengthen Cobb's leading position in the broiler breeding industry and Hendrix's leading position in egglayer, turkey and swine genetics, enabling the two companies to explore other joint venture opportunities.

That's all for this week!


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