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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 21st January 2008
Monday 21st January 2008
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We have 3 new features this week:

Netherlands Poultry and Poultry Products- Opportunities on the EU Poultry Meat Market
By USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. This report is the result of collaboration with the following FAS colleagues: Xavier Audran from FAS Paris covering France; Bob Flach from FAS The Hague covering the Benelux; Mike Hanley from FAS Dublin covering Ireland; Hasse Kristensen from FAS Copenhagen covering Denmark; Sabine Lieberz from FAS Berlin covering Germany; Yvan Polet from FAS Brussels U.S. Mission to the EU.
What is Behind Welfare Friendly Production?
By Chris Harris, Senior editor of ThePoultrySite. The debate between extensive and intensive poultry farming has come under close public scrutiny in recent weeks.
US Poultry Outlook Report - January 2008
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the January 2008: 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)

India faced a week of virus outbreaks, prompting mass culls and global concern.

Further swans were tested positive for the virus in the UK

Japan banned poultry imports from Iran

New Zealand

New Code of Practice for Poultry Processing Sector
New Zealand Food Safety Authority and the New Zealand Poultry Industry Association have developed a new code of practice (COP) specifically for poultry processing. See also Poultry Guidelines Must be "meaningful"

United States

Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
Turkey eggs in incubators up 1% from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

IDFA Voices Concern Over Cloned Foods
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) President and CEO Connie Tipton has issued a statement after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released its draft report on animal cloning.

Weekly Outlook: Prices High and Stocks in Short Supply
URBANA, US - When corn and soybean prices rally as strongly as they are now, it is useful to keep a watchful eye for developments that might suggest a waning of the fundamental support for prices, says Darrel Good, University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Credit Guarantees for Exports Except Poultry For Russia
WASHINGTON, US – The US Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of the following credit guarantees for sales of US agricultural commodities under the Commodity Credit Corporation's Export Credit Guarantee Program for fiscal year 2008.
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Helping Hungry Homes Feeds Meat to a Million
SAVANNAH, US — Not even the “Queen of Southern Cuisine” could envision providing one million servings of meat to the nation’s hungry. But, with the help of Smithfield Foods and America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network, Paula Deen, a US celebrity chef, will deliver enough food to do just that.

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 5%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Tyson Probe Welfare Allegations
Following recent allegations of animal cruelty in two of Tyson's poultry plants an investigation has been launched by the meat company's Office of Animal Well-being

Energy Needs Up Cost of Food, Meat Exec Says
Thanks to rising energy and grain costs, higher food prices are probably here to stay, an executive from the world's largest processor of beef, chicken and pork said Thursday at the University of Tulsa.

Atlanta Celebrates Long-term Convention Success
ATLANTA, US – In the past five years, the International Poultry Expo (IPE) has brought nearly 94,000 attendees and $100 million in economic impact to Atlanta, Georgia in the USA.

Tyson Shareholder Lawsuit is Settled
A shareholder legal case against some current and former directors of US poultry processing giant Tyson Foods and the Tyson Limited Partnership has been settled.


Thailand to Host Bird-Flu Conference
BANGKOK - Thailand will host an international conference from Jan. 23-25 on avian influenza aimed at finding the best solution to dealing with and preventing outbreaks of the bird flu virus.

Taiwan, Province of China

Ban Set for Sale and Slaughter of Live Poultry in Markets
With less than three months to go before a ban against slaughtering live poultry in traditional markets goes into effect, the policy change is gathering opposition from poultry farmers who say their livelihoods are threatened by the move.
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United Kingdom

Positive Reaction to 'What's on Your Plate?"
SCOTLAND, UK - Scotland’s farming union has said that a national food policy has massive potential to boost the nation’s health, environment and rural communities.

Positive Balance Between Environment and Production
WALES, UK - Positive change across the whole agricultural sector was the forecast of John Lloyd Jones, during the National Farmers' Union (NFU) Cymru Meirionnydd annual general meeting. Despite the troubles of 2007, he has confidence in the industry and holds firm his belief that prospects will improve over the coming years.

Vaccinating Free Range; is it a Cure?
Following the recent bout of bird flu in the UK the Organic Research Centre has declared that all organic and free range poultry in the UK should be vaccinated against the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain.

Sainsbury's Compassionate Commitment
UK supermarket Sainsbury's have recently committed to improve the lives of 70 million chickens a year by moving away from stocking the most intensively farmed chickens. Animal welfare group Compassion in World Farming has applauded this action, labelling it as a "huge step forward for animal welfare".

Supermarkets Prepare for Consumer Backlash
Supermarkets are preparing for paltry poultry sales due to the impact of the latest ‘trials by TV’ that hit the airwaves earlier this month.

Restrictions in Place for at Least Three Weeks
Restrictions on poultry farms will be in place in the area around the outbreak until mid-February at least.

Further Swan Positive for Bird Flu
The British Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed that a fifth mute swan collected on 14 January as part of wild bird surveillance from the same area has tested positive for highly pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza.

Eves Review consultation summary
The British Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs is to strengthen its animal health and welfare enforcement regulations.

Organic chickens fly after Jamie Oliver's fowl deed
Sales of organic and free range chickens have soared following a controversial Jamie Oliver television programme which showed disturbing scenes of chickens being slaughtered using battery-farming methods.

Multi-million plan for energy plant fuelled by chicken waste
A Norfolk poultry firm is pressing ahead with plans for a multi-million pound renewable energy plant fuelled entirely by chicken waste that would be the first of its kind in the UK.
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Kuwait Bans Export of Eggs to Curb Price Hike
Minister of Trade and Industry Falah al-Hajri issued Tuesday a decision banning the export of domestic eggs and the re-export of imported eggs to reduce the high prices of eggs by providing greater quantities of eggs in the domestic market.


Massive Cull Begins in West Bengal
WEST BENGAL - India's West Bengal Wednesday began a massive operation to kill poultry birds in two districts affected by the H5N1 strain of bird flu, according to the Indo-Asian News Service.

Neighbour State Bans Poultry from West Bengal
Orissa has banned poultry imports from the neighbouring state of West Bengal following confirmation of the outbreak of the deadly H5N1 virus of bird flu in that state.

Bird Flu Situation Being Closely Monitored
As per latest information received, a total mortality of 61,075 poultry birds has been reported from Birbhum, Dakshin Dinajpur and Murshidabad districts of West Bengal.

'No impact on egg consumption'
The bird flu outbreak in West Bengal is limited to just two districts, Birbhum and South Dinaipur, and has had no impact on the consumption of chicken and eggs across the country, according to Anuradha Desai, chairperson of the National Egg Coordination Committee and chairperson of Venkateshwara Hatcheries Ltd, country's largest poultry processing company.

Eggs worth $560,000 stranded at Indian sea
The Indian poultry industry is reeling under the impact of bird flu in West Bengal state. Eggs worth over Rs22m ($560,000) that were being exported from the state to the Gulf countries are lying stranded in the sea.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong has Many Eyes on Poultry Smuggling
To ensure the foods available in Hong Kong markets are free of hazardous substances - including the avian influenza virus - the Government has set out stringent health measures and standards on locally produced food items and those imported through proper channels.


China Moves to Steady Prices Amid Inflation Concerns
BEIJING - China is to take legal, economic and the necessary administrative measures to stabilise prices in the face of concerns over growing inflation.


Hands Off Eggs Again
Egg prices are likely to soar again as Qatar yesterday decided to re-impose the ban on the import of poultry and allied products from India after avian flu cases were confirmed there.


No Compromise on the EU Hen House
Reports out of the European parliament last month have made it clear there will be no softening of the 2012 deadline for implementation of new Enriched caging systems.
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Ukraine Blocks US Poultry Imports
Ukraine has blocked exports of poultry meat from the US by removing all privileges granted to poultry processing companies in the Free Economic Zones (FEZ).

Company news

New European President for Aviagen
Aviagen EU - Aviagen Appoints Val Mendeleev as President, European Operations.

Aviagen Appoints Vice-President of Projects
UK - Aviagen has announced that Ian Hamilton has been appointed to the new position of Vice-President Projects. In this role, Ian will take on specific projects supporting the Aviagen Turkey operations, the Hatching Egg Business and Acquisitions.

That's all for this week!


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