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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 11th February 2008
Monday 11th February 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Keys to Successful Company-Grower Relations
By Jim Plyler, Turkey & Health Specialties, LLC., and Susan Watkins, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas and published in Avian Advice Winter 2007 Vol 9 No. 4.
Genetic Fix for Sick Chicks
From the USDA Animal Research Service Healthy Animals Newsletter, Issue 32, January 2008.
Can Salmonella be Eliminated from U.S. Poultry Flocks?
Published in Poultry Health Report - Fall/Winter 2007 a National Institute for Animal Agriculture Publication. Dr. C. Stephen Roney, veterinary medical officer for the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS)
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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 in outbreaks of avian flu in Bangladesh had spread to 37 of its districts.

Absence of bio security measures at poultry markets in Pakistan are claimed to threaten the containment of the virus.

Bulgaria's chief veterinarian is concerned the country is venerable to bird flu because of its abundance of backyard poultry and its exposure to migratory birds.


Chia Tai Group Invests in Shanghai Poultry Sector
CHINA - Chia Tai Group will establish three large modernized breeding bases in Shanghai before the 2010 Shanghai World Expo opening ceremony. Xie Guomin, the chairman of Chia Tai Group announced.

Deep Freeze May Thaw Out Disease
CHINA - The Chinese government has urged localities to be on the alert for possible animal epidemics as the snow disaster may have so weakened livestock that they may be vulnerable to epidemics like avian influenza and blue-ear pig disease.


‘Poultry Sector Suffers Over Rs 20m Loss in One Week’
PAKISTAN - Poultry farming, an important sub-sector of livestock, has suffered a loss of over Rs20 million in one week due to reduction in prices as well as low consumption of poultry meat due to fear of bird flu in the province.

Poultry Rate Up After Balochistan Factor
PAKISTAN - With the increasing demand from Balochistan the poultry rate has gone up by at least 30 per cent in the local market, it is learnt here.


Agri-Produce Trading Centre for Malasiqui
PHILIPPINES – Arthur Yap, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA) has opened the Malasiqui Bagsakan Centre, Pangasinan. The project is part of a programme designed to increase the profitability of farmers and fish producers.

Philippines Lifts Ban on Poultry from U.S. States
PHILIPPINES - The Philippines has lifted a ban on imports of U.S. poultry from two states imposed because of fears of infection from bird flu, an official at the Philippines mission to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Monday.
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Russian Federation

Small Village Gets Big US Interest
RUSSIA - It is quite possible, that a large modern poultry-farming complex will appear in the Russian village of Yanishpole. American investment fund, which inflow in economy of Russia have already exceeded 1 billion dollars, has shown its interest to the village.

United States

A Glance at the Proposed US Ag Budget
WASHINGTON, US - Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has released details of President Bush's FY 2009 U.S. Department of Agriculture budget.

U of M Eyes Willmar for Possible Poultry Research Facility
US - The University of Minnesota is exploring the possibility of moving its metro-based poultry research facility to Willmar.

Beefs About Poultry Inspections
US - The USDA wants to change how it inspects poultry, focusing on microbial testing. Critics say the move could pose serious public health risks

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.

Chicken Feed Additive May Pose Danger
US - A chicken feed additive containing arsenic and used to produce pinker, healthier, bigger-breasted birds could cause human disease, according to a study headed by a Duquesne University researcher.

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

New Act Needed to Act Against Vet Shortage
ILLINOIS, US - The president of the nation's largest veterinary association appeared before a Congressional subcommittee and urged the United States Department of Agriculture to implement a long-standing, but dormant, program that would help address a critical shortage in the number of veterinarians who protect the country's food supply.


Testing Feathers to Determine Chick Sex
GERMANY — Scientists in Germany are reporting development of test that can answer one of the most frustrating questions in the animal kingdom: Is that bird a boy or a girl? Their study is a potential boon to poultry farmers and bird breeders.
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New Report Says Ethanol is Not the Solution
AUSTRALIA - A new Parliament of Australia report has confirmed concerns that ethanol has debatable fuel security, trade, environmental and regional development benefits.

The Race to Stop Bird Flu Dead in its Tracks
AUSTRALIA — Researchers at Griffith University Institute for Glycomics, Queensland led by Professor Mark von Itzstein have developed a technique to 'crack-the-code' of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus.

Real Reason Revealed for Necrotic Eneritis
AUSTRALIA - Researchers from Monash University and CSIRO Livestock Industries have demonstrated for the first time that alpha-toxin protein, long thought to be required for necrotic enteritis to develop, is not the main cause of the chicken disease.

Southern Hemisphere Spins into the Future
AUSTRALIA - Baiada Poultry, Australia, and HatchTech Incubation Technology signed a contract for the most modern large-scale hatchery of the Southern Hemisphere.

United Kingdom

Intensive Egg Production and Salmonella
UK - According to the the Soil Association, a recent government survey shows that organic laying hen farms have a significantly lower level of Salmonella, a bacterium that causes one of the commonest forms of food poisoning worldwide.

Egg Advert That Uses Children is Banned
UK - An egg advert that uses children's voices has been banned by the advertising watchdog

Legislation Supports Salmonella Control
UK - Legislation in support of a Salmonella National Control Programme (NCP) in laying flocks of domestic fowl has come into force in the UK.

NFU: 3 Red Lines to Cross on Cost-Sharing
UK - The National Farmers' Union Deputy President Meurig Raymond has spoken out against Government plans to charge farmers for animal disease control

Leg Study: Hobbling to Greater Welfare
BRISTOL, UK - A Bristol University paper on leg disorders in Broiler Chickens has been released today. The project, funded by Defra, claims to have revealed that more than 25% of broiler chickens have difficulty walking. This is due to the consequence of modern breeding practises of intensively-reared birds that has resulted in a huge increase in growth rates.

£1.99 A Chicken: Are Animal Rights on Sale?
UK - The UK's largest supermarket Tesco is selling chicken for £1.99 just weeks after two of their competitors Sainsbury's and Co-op promised to end the sale of cheap chicken.

EU Labels Tell Only Half the Story
UK - EU proposals on food labelling are a mixed bag for British farmers and growers, according to the NFU.

NFUS Try to Bring Life to Stagnant GM Approvals
UK - The European Union’s process for authorising the use of new GM varieties is paralysed and livestock farmers and consumers are set to suffer the consequences, according to National Farmers' Union Scotland(NFUS).
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Hong Kong

HK back to Processing Saskatchewan Applications
HONG KONG - The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong announced Wednesday that applications for import poultry from the province of Saskatchewan, Canada would resume with immediate effect.


SBI to Encourage Poultry Farming
INDIA - State Bank of India will recruit 6,000 business representatives and Marketing and Recovery Teams (MRTs) to assess the business potential of farmers engaged in poultry farming, tissue culture (banana) and oil palm, said SBI Visakhapatnam Zone Chief Manager (Technical) J Krishna Rao.

Fowl Sale Ban to be Reviewed
INDIA - The state government will review the ban on poultry meat and egg sales on February 12.

40 Poultry Farms: The Proof of Youth
INDIA - Forty new commercial private poultry farms by trained youths have been established in Islamabad district, while the number of poultry farms has reached to 237 this year from 37 in 2005, a spokesman of Poultry Department Islamabad said.

United Arab Emirates

Egg, Poultry Prices Fixed as Body Steps In
UAE - Demands from poultry companies to increase prices by up to 37% have been rejected by the UAE’s Higher Consumer Protection Committee, the body said on Wednesday.

‘Eggs-iting’ News in the UAE
UAE - Union Cooperatives in the UAE are going to import eggs directly from the Netherlands and the first lot will be available from February 15, Khaleej Times has learnt.

New Zealand

Mixed Response to Poultry Code
NEW ZEALAND - Tegel is welcoming a new code of practice in the poultry industry aimed at lowering the incidence of campylobacter and bringing consistency to the slaughtering process.


Poultry Meat Exports Soar in 2007
ARGENTINA - Exports of poultry meat from Argentina rose by 26 per cent in volume last year to 145,760 tonnes, according to the food safety and quality agency SENASA.
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Dominican Republic

Dominican Poultry Farmers Pressure Govt
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Dominican poultry farmers will stage an indefinite stoppage in two provinces and a limited strike at the capital's port to increase pressure on the government, according to sources from the sector.

Company news

DuPont Pledges $1 Million to World Food Prize
Dupont US - DuPont has made a $1 million contingent donation to fund the establishment of a permanent home for the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. The donation will support the transformation of the former Des Moines Public Library into the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates and will be administered through DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred.

Vencomatic UK Opens Its Doors
Vencomatic UK - Three months after moving into new headquarters at Thirsk, North Yorkshire, Cor van de Ven, owner of the Ven-Groep, officially opened the premises, which are now fully operational.

Team Changes Will Speed Development
WORLDWIDE - Natural feed additive specialist Kiotechagil has created two new positions to boost product development, speed up delivery to industry and improve the company's processes and customer servicing. The roles have brought to two key management changes.

That's all for this week!


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