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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 18th February 2008
Monday 18th February 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Feather Loss in Chickens
By Dan Cunningham Extension Poultry Coordinator, The University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension Service. A common complaint received from owners of backyard flocks relates to feather loss with their birds.
US Poultry Outlook Report - February 2008
By U.S.D.A, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the February 2008: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
Significance of Phytase as a Dietary Supplement
By Chris Harris Senior Editor ThePoultrySite. The significance of phytase as a supplement to the diet of both broiler chicken and laying hens was one of the central themes in presentations to the recent International Poultry Scientific Forum in Atlanta, Georgia.
Gut Management, Microbiota and Enteric Disease
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor ThePoultrySite. The bacterial population of the gut in poultry is affected by what the bird is fed.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

This week Bird Flu has continued its spread through Bangladesh with over 100,000 birds culled in its capital city, Dhaka.

Hong Kong markets were closed and disinfected after the discovery of a dead wild bird suspected to have been infected with avian flu.

Fresh outbreaks were reported in Laos

United States

Injuries at Poultry Plants Go Unreported
US - In an industry rife with danger, House of Raeford Farms depicts itself as a safe place to work. Company records suggest relatively few workers are injured each year as they kill, cut and package millions of turkeys and chickens.

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.

Egg Money Becomes Important Once More
US - Don’t be surprised to see hens scampering about farms and acreages these days - farm-fresh eggs are making a comeback.

Veterinary College Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Poultry Virus as Human Cancer Treatment
US - Researchers on the Blacksburg and College Park, Maryland, campuses of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine have been awarded a new grant from the National Institutes of Health to support innovative work that seeks to develop a treatment for cancer from a common avian virus.

Poultry Company Hits Back at Newspaper Allegations
US - US poultry processor House of Raeford Farms, Inc. is investigating allegations by the local newspaper, The Charlotte Observer, critical of the company's workplace safety practices and hiring programmes.
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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler chicks placed up 3%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

IPE / IFE Surpasses Attendance From Previous Year
ATLANTA - The 2008 International Poultry Expo/International Feed Expo drew more than 20,000 people from more than 100 countries to see the latest products, services, and technology offered by 894 exhibitors.

Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
US - Turkey eggs in incubators up four per cent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Meat, Poultry Groups Against the SAVE Act
US - The meat, poultry and livestock sectors came together this week to inform Congress that the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act, introduced by Representative Heath Shuler and Senator Mark Pryor in November of 2007, would cause serious issues in the meat and poultry industries.


Isolated Kuala Balah Set to Become Major Chicken, Egg Producer
MALAYSIA - Kuala Balah, in Kelantan’s interior, is set to become the East Coast’s biggest chicken and egg producer.
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Poland Lifts AI Restrictions
POLAND - The Polish Veterinary Authorities have announced that because of a lack of new outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) since 22 December last year, there is no longer a need for any restrictions on the flow of poultry from Poland to other EU member states.


EW Group Acquires Majority Shareholding in Aqua Gen
EW GROUP GmbH, the holding company of the world's leading poultry genetics companies, has taken ownership of Aqua Gen AS, the Norwegian-based world market leader in salmon and trout breeding.


Danes Focus on Camplobacter Prevention
DENMARK - Campylobacter is the most common bacterial cause of human gastrointestinal disease in Denmark. It is estimated that imported chilled broiler meat contributed to approximately 80% of the human campylobacteriosis cases related to consumption of chicken meat in Denmark in 2006.


Bengal Lifts Ban on Poultry Sales
INDIA - The authorities in the Indian state of West Bengal have lifted a ban on the sale of poultry and eggs according to reports from the region.

Poultry Farmers Petition Government over Bird Flu Fears
GUWAHATI – The All Assam Poultry Farmers’ Association (AAPFA) has called on the State Government to help quash unfounded fears regarding bird flu.

Concern Remains over Buying Chicken
INDIA - Poultry consumers in India are nervous about buying chicken, despite the lifting of the ban on sales by the Bengal authorities.

Bengal Poultry Producers Call for Aid
INDIA - Poultry producers in West Bengal have called on the state government for aid to cover their losses following the outbreak of avian influenza in the state.

Poultry Import to Resume Soon
INDIA - In what could bring in some good news for the languishing poultry industry in the State, the ban on poultry import in Assam is likely to be lifted in the next few weeks. The decision on the ban would be reviewed at a high-level meeting tomorrow.
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United Kingdom

Council Bans Battery Hen Eggs
UK - Eggs from battery reared hens have been banned from schools and council buildings in a local council in the Liverpool area of the UK.

Bristol Chicken Leg Study Findings Already in Practice
UK - The findings of a Bristol University paper on Leg Disorders in Broiler Chickens published this month is already being p[ut into practice by the British poultry industry, according the the British Poultry Council.

Supermarket Doubles Availability of Free Range Chicken
UK - British supermarket chain Tesco has doubled its order for premium chicken – including Free Range, Willow Farm, Finest and organic chicken available for shoppers.

Go-ahead for Free Range Poultry Unit
UK - Lake District National Park planners have given the go-ahead for a free range poultry unit in Lowick Green.

Cracking Idea - Council Bans Battery Hen Eggs
UK - EGGSELLENT news - Wirral is going battery hen free.


Farm at Centre of Salmonella Inquiry Named
AUSTRALIA - The poultry farm at the centre of a recent salmonella investigation in Tasmania has been named as Pitt Poultry.

Growing Push for Egg-Farm Closure
AUSTRALIA - A veterinary pathologist says closure of an egg farm linked to salmonella is the safest option, while another vet says public health must take priority over business.

Trinidad and Tobago

Chicken Price Set to Rise Again
TRINIBAD AND TOBAGO - Consumers look out. There is likely to be an increase in the price of chicken soon.
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Company news

Aviagen's Ross EPI Largest Single Stage PS Hatchery in Western Europe
Aviagen To accommodate its plans for further expansion, Parent Stock hatchery Ross EPI, part of the Aviagen Group, has completed a comprehensive refurbishment of its Dutch hatchery operations.

That's all for this week!


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