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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 28th January 2008
Monday 28th January 2008
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We have 3 new features this week:

Turkey Sector Regaining Market By Communication Toward Consumer
This feature is taken from the Avec Annual Report for 2007. A link to the full report is also provided. Highly pathogenic virus H5N1 is still going around and occurs sporadically in turkey breedings.
Chile Poultry Livestock and Products Production 2008
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry Livestock and Products Production 2008 report for Chile.
Pest and Disease Occurences - Update on the European Animal Situation
By USDA FAS GAIN Files. Foot and Mouth Disease, Bluetongue and Avian Influenza have developed beyond expectations in 2007. The impact on markets has, however, been limited to mostly smaller, temporarily intra-EU disruptions. These disease outbreaks run counter to the Animal Health Strategy 2007-2013. This report consolidates reporting on these animal disease developments in the EU from all EU FAS offices.
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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)

This week India continued to suffer with the continued spread of bird flu in its country.

Bangladesh began to report cases and has sealed its border with a view to containing spread of bird flu from the Indian state of West Bengal.

Avian flu returned to Thailand's lower northern province and was also reported in Turkey.

A sixth swan in the UK also tested positive for the virus.


Poultry Producers Fear Costs May Clip Its Wings
PHILIPPINES - If all goes well, United Broiler Raisers’ Association may expect a hefty 15 to 20 percent growth for the industry this year.

Philippines Lifts Poultry Ban
PHILIPPINES - The Philippine Department of Agriculture has lifted a temporary ban on imports of poultry and poultry products from the Nebraska in the US.

United States

Lessons Learnt from Bird Flu Outbreaks
US - The US poultry industry and the authorities need to learn the lessons from the outbreaks of low pathogen avian flu in Virginia and West Virginia last year, ThePoultrySite Senior Editor Chris Harris reports from Atlanta.

Pilgrim's Pride Honoured by Forbes
TEXAS - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, one of the world's largest chicken companies, has been named one of the 400 Best Big Companies in America by Forbes.

Millennium Promise and Tyson Foods in Partnership
NEW YORK, US - Millennium Promise and US poultry giant Tyson Foods are joining forces in the fight against poverty by launching a six-month corporate service fellowship.

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.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler chicks placed up 4%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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Examining Excess Fat in Chickens
US - Obesity is a problem for many American consumers—and now even chickens are getting fat. As a result, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have been looking for ways to help growers efficiently produce chickens of optimal weight while minimizing excess fat.

December Egg Production Down Slightly
US - U.S. egg production totaled 7.76 billion during December 2007, down slightly from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report.

Collaboration Creates Cost Effective Tests
TEXAS, US - A meat processing company and a technology company have teamed up to create a new range of tests aimed at faster, cost-effective animal health and food safety. Luminex Corporation and Tyson Foods, Inc. announced their collaboration today.

Pfizer Launches Poultry Health Division
US - Global animal health specialists, Pfizer, launched a new poultry health division at the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta.

Tyson Court Victory over Poultry Competitors
US – US poultry giant Tyson Foods has won a court victory over several poultry industry competitors who it says were seeking to disrupt the company’s retail chicken advertising programme.

United Kingdom

2 Sisters Food Group Buys Lloyd Maunder
UK - One of the leading UK and European poultry processing groups, 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd, has bought South West poultry firm Lloyd Maunder Ltd with plans for future investment.

Report States Caged Eggs Better than Free Range!
UK - A recent study at Cranfield University has been investigating the environmental "footprint" of 10 different farming systems using a life cycle assessment (LCA) model and has come up with some interesting results.

Cracking Egg Sales
UK - Sales of eggs are rising at their highest level for 15 years, according to research released this week by market research specialists, TNS. The latest figures for the whole of 2007 show egg sales volume up 2.5% and egg sales value up a whopping 16% on the previous year.

Organic foods market held back by supply problems - Mintel
UK - Mintel Analysts say expansion of the UK's organic food market is being held back. Forcasters say the sector could grow by half its size again within the next five years but it is hampered by supply problems.

New Organic Label Cause Confusion
UK - The EU Commission has agreed a new organic logo which will be required for use on all pre-packaged organic food products packaged or labelled in the EU from 1 January 2009.
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Extinction Threat to India's Country Chicken
INDIA - The indiscriminate culling of country chickens in the wake of the bird flu outbreak in the state might soon lead to their disappearance or even extinction, warn scientists and experts, reports The Times of India.

Indian Egg Exports Crash by 40% in Five Days
INDIA - With the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) putting India on the bird flu-affected countries list on 16 January following outbreak of the avian flu in West Bengal, Indian egg exporters have started feeling the pinch, says The Financial Express.

Maize Prices Increase Poultry Production Costs
INDIA - With the maize prices soaring, poultry industry is also reeling under big problems. Maize, a main content in the feed, cost will add to the production cost of the poultry industry, which is already under threat from the bird flu spreading in West Bengal districts, reports Commodity Online.


Chicken Exports Hit $ 5 billion
BRAZIL – Brazil exported 3.3 million tonnes of chicken last year, an increase of 21 per cent compared with 2006.

Perdigao Completes Share Offering
BRAZIL - Brazilian poultry giant Perdigao and the bank Credit Suisse have completed the primary offering of 20,744,200 common shares at R$45.00 (raeis)per share.

European Union

Draft EESC Opinion Welcomes Animal Health Strategy
EU - A new EU animal health strategy, focusing on the prevention of animal disease has been ratified by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).


Thailand Hosts Int'l Bird Flu Conference
THAILAND - A world meeting on avian influenza opened here on Wednesday, drawing some 500 researchers and academics from over 40 countries to exchange experiences on bird flu vaccine research in humans and animals.


Bird Flu Flares Up Around the Globe
ROME, ITALY – Recent avian influenza outbreaks in 15 countries demonstrate that the H5N1 virus remains a global threat and requires close monitoring and strong control efforts, FAO said today.


Johor poultry farmers in a price bind
MALAYSIA - Poultry breeders in Johor are facing a dilemma following the increase of the price of chicks, chicken feed and medicines, reports Gladys Tay, The Star. <
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New Zealand

Weak Code Wont Tackle Campylobacter
NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand Food Safety Authority has missed a vital chance to stem this country's campylobacter-related epidemic, the Green Party says.


Mainland Assures HK, Macao of Grain, Livestock Supplies
CHINA - The Chinese government has moved to assure Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions (SARs) that it can guarantee stable grain supplies and ensure livestock supplies.

Trinidad and Tobago

Egg prices increase Monday
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - Table Eggs will cost 85 cents more per dozen or seven cents more per egg from Monday – the direct result of a nine percent hike in feed prices, reports Roxanne Stapleton-Whyms, Trinidad and Tobago's News.


Prolonged winter season brings poultry prices down
PAKISTAN - Prolonged winter season coupled with some other compelling factors, has brought prices of poultry products substantially down in the city during the past one month bringing unexpected relief to a large number of consumers, according to the Daily Times.
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Company news

Cobb and Sasso in Partnership
Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders US - Leading primary broiler breeder supplier, Cobb, has joined forces with French breeder of traditional farm poultry, Sasso, it was announced at the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia in the US.

That's all for this week!


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