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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 25th February 2008
Monday 25th February 2008
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We have 4 new features this week:

US Broiler Health Shows Slight Decline
Published in Poultry Health Report - Fall/Winter 2007 a National Institute for Animal Agriculture Publication. In his broiler industry update presentation at the recent meeting of the US Animal Health Association (USAHA), Dr. Scott Westall, Pilgrim’s Pride, reported that US broiler flock health has seen a slight decline over the past year, according to yearly Agristats data for field condemnations, seven-day mortality and total mortality.
Maintaining Gut Integrity
By Dr. Harish V. Dharne, head of Avitech’s Business Promotion and Knowledge Resource Centre. Nutrition and gut health are closely related in commercial poultry production.
News Reports from the National Farmers Union Conference in London 18 - 19 February
This week the UK's National Farmers Union (NFU) celebrated its centenary by holding a two day conference in London. But rather than dwelling on the last one hundred years of farming practise the conference, 'Growing for Another Century', peered into the future of the agricultural sector.
Opportunities and Challenges Ahead for Poultry Industry
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePoultrySite. Global trends indicate a continuing growth in demand for poultry products around the world.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

This week Bangladesh faced more culls at 10 poultry farms in Savar totalling around 48,000 fowls and at least 150,000 birds were destroyed in the capital city of Dhaka as the virus continued to spread across the region

Pakistan confirmed a new outbreak near the southern city of Karachi.

India announced that no compensation would be offered to violators of last months poultry ban.


Eggs Unblemished After Salmonella Scare
AUSTRALIA - The egg farm that had been implicated in the recent salmonella outbreak in Tasmania has been vindicated this week as an inquiry into the product supplied revealed that no contamination was found on any of the eggs tested.

Poultry Farm Blamed for Salmonella
AUSTRALIA - Health authorities have confirmed Pitts Poultry is to blame for a recent salmonella outbreak

Bad Batch: Salmonella Eggs And Welfare
AUSTRALIA - The Tasmanian Greens, who claim to be the world's first Green party, today released a report commissioned by Deputy Leader and Consumer Affairs spokesperson Nick McKim MP, and authored by veterinary pathologist Dr David Obendorf, which links unsatisfactory animal welfare standards with the entry of salmonella contaminated eggs into the foodstream.

Victoria Hosts Sustainable Development Conference 2008
AUSTRALIA - The current and future directions and frameworks for sustainability will be the focus of Victoria's Sustainable Development Conference 2008


Poultry Industry in Dire Straits
BANGLADESH - Fowls and eggs have dropped off the household menu due to heightened incidence of bird flu. Many restaurants, especially the wayside food vending shops are suspected to be selling curry made of cheaply bought off sick chicken to poor consumers.
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700 Companies to Attend 1st Intl. Poultry Veterinary Confab
IRAN - Some 700 companies from Iran and 15 other countries are to take part in the First International Poultry Veterinary Conference in Tehran from February 19-20.

United States

Pilgrim’s Pride Themselves on 'Ecomagination'
US - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation recently received an 'ecomagination' award for achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, waste solids, and water usage at its El Dorado, Arkansas facility.

Fighting Salmonella with Live Feed
US — According to researchers from Arkansas University, there is a new way to reduce Salmonella in poultry before they go to the processing plant: use probiotics instead of antibiotics for treatment of the birds.

A Letter to Congress Against “User Fees”
US - AMI and 28 food and agricultural groups co-signed a letter to all members of the House and Senate Tuesday in opposition to “user fees” proposed by USDA to pay for meat, poultry and egg products inspection.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler chicks placed up 4%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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.

The Nanobots We Feed to Poutry
US - Poultry is big business in South Carolina and Clemson University scientists are using nanotechnology to keep the birds and consumers healthy.

USDA: Ethanol Still Second to Livestock in Total Corn Usage
US - U.S. 2008-09 corn planted area is estimated at 90 million acres and production is seen at 12.81 billion bushels, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which released its grains and oilseeds outlook Friday at its annual Agricultural Outlook Forum.

Trinidad and Tobago

Poultry, Meat Producers Face All-Time Low Lenten Sales
TRINIBAD AND TOBAGO - Demand for chicken and other meats drops around this time but the decrease became noticeable months before the Lenten season started, a top poultry producer said on Monday.


Castro's Resignation Could Boost Poultry Exports
CUBA - With Cuba as the sixth-largest market for U.S. poultry exports, Georgia’s agricultural and poultry community is hopeful that a change in Cuba’s leadership is a good sign for growth.
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United Kingdom

UK’s Biggest Poultry Firm Served Up for Sale
UK - Grampian, the biggest supplier of meat and poultry to Britain’s supermarkets and one of the country’s oldest food groups, could soon pass into foreign hands.

Bird Flu Monitering in Dorset to Merge
UK - Defra has confirmed that from today the Wild Bird Control Area and Wild Bird Monitoring Area in Dorset will merge.

Feeding Phytase Offsets Phosphate Prices
UK - According to Danisco Animal Nutrition, adding more phytase to feed presents pig and poultry producers with an opportunity to help offset some of the recent increase in feed phosphate prices.

Shared Responsibility to Meet Threats
UK - By Chris Harris ThePoultrySite Senior Editor. Farmers and the Government have a shared moral responsibility to make the most of the potential of British farming, in a world increasingly threatened by food shortages and climate change.

Conservative Leader Warns over Food Crunch
UK - By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePoultrySite. Food security must be a priority, Conservative Party leader David Cameron told the NFU's centenary conference.

Giving Customers What They Want
UK - By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePoultrySite. Giving customers what they want and demand is a lesson the farming community needs to heed, was the message from Lucy Neville-Rolfe, executive director at Tesco.

Finding a Role Battling Climate Change
UK - By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePoultrySite. Farmers have a large role to play in combating climate change, according to energy minister Malcolm Wicks.

European Union

Poultry Farmers Set to Benefit from Bronchitis Survey
EU - A major European animal drug company has launched a new quarterly survey of infectious bronchitis strains across Europe, with the aim of helping producers plan for any increases in risk.

Failure on GM Crops Could Ruin Livestock Industry
EU - Europe's livestock industry could be decimated without greater use of genetically modified crops, farmers warned yesterday after European Union agriculture ministers failed yet again to agree whether to allow imports of five biotech crops intended for animal feed.
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Market Report Counts China's Woes
CHINA - China's feed market experienced a hard time in 2007. Hog farms suffered a substantial reduction of hog inventory. Demand for Feed reduced largely and feedstuff price surged on a high level.


State Lifts Ban on Poultry Imports
GUWAHATI, INDIA - The State Government has lifted the ban on the import of poultry and poultry products from the rest of the country, barring West Bengal.


Philippine Agriculture Expands
PHILIPPINES - Philippine agriculture expanded 4.7 per cent in 2007, an improvement from the 3.8 per cent growth in 2006 and between the official 4.5-5.0 per cent expansion target for the year, according to data from the local Bureau of Agricultural Statistics.

Viet Nam

Vietnamese Suspected to be Infected
HANOI, VIETNAM - Vietnam's Preventive Medicine and Environment Department has said some people hospitalized recently are suspected of having contracted bird flu, local newspaper Youth reported on Friday.


Bird Flu Washed Out of Valley
PAKISTAN - The Valley is free from Bird Flu and consumers need not to worry on this count as the thousands of samples collected randomly from the local poultry farms, backyard poultry, wetlands and incoming poultry stocks have tested negative for the dreaded disease.


Task Force Reviews Veterinary Service
CANADA - A task force will begin reviewing all facets of veterinary services in Manitoba, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk announced today.
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Company news

New US Farm to Expand Cobb Production for World Markets
Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders US - Cobb-Vantress, Inc. has purchased a Texas farm complex which will go into full production in 2009 to meet the increased demand for Cobb products worldwide.

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