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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 3rd March 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

US Chickens and Eggs Annual Summary 2007
By the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service - This report looks at the highlights of the US chicken and egg industry over the past year.
Treatment of Histomonosis in Turkeys with Tiamulin
By David Burch¹, Stuart Young² and Eamon Watson³. Since the withdrawal of products such as the nitroimidazoles (dimetridazole), there has been no medication available in the UK to treat histomonosis (blackhead) in turkeys, caused by Histomonas meleagridis.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - February 2008
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data.
Re-Invention for Feed Formulation
By Jane Jordan, ThePigSite Editor. Livestock producers are struggling within the green revolution, but help may be at hand through biotechnology and nutrigenomics. Feed formulation needs an overhaul now that traditional ingredients are becoming scarce, expensive and routed to bio-fuels or the human food market.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

This week India was commended by the FAO for its successful efforts to control its recent outbreaks of avian flu, but was warned that many high risk areas should remain under surveillance.

Fresh outbreaks were reported in Bangladesh leading to more culls.

China faced an outbreak of the virus on its south western border.

And an 11th bird was confirmed positive for H5N1 in the UK.


Eurotier: Record Sales 9 Months Early
GERMANY - With more bookings and more foor space than ever before, the International DLG Exhibition for Animal Husbandry and Management, EuroTier 2008 reports record exhibitor participation from Germany and other countries.

United Kingdom

Animal Health Launches News Alert Service
UK - Animal Health on Wednesday launched a free news alert service to help people on the move keep in touch with the latest developments on notifiable animal disease.

Festival Bid to Go Free Range
UK - Cambridge Folk Festival could go free range next year after civic leaders pledged to stop using battery-farmed chickens and eggs.

Free Range Chickens Flying off the Shelves
UK - According to research carried out by G2 Data Dynamics, nearly two fifths of consumers have switched to free-range chicken since last month's media coverage of intensively farmed birds.

1,726,400,000 Free-Range Birds?
UK - What if we all went organic? The anti-battery farm brigade have got to do the maths, reports Martin Samuel.
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United States

Weekly Outlook: Acreage and Yield
URBANA, US - The corn and soybean markets need to offer the right incentives for corn and soybean acreage in 2008, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

100 Leaders Join Salmonella Initiative Meeting
US - More than 100 poultry industry leaders, representing 53 different companies or industry affiliated associations, convened Feb. 19 in Atlanta for a meeting organized by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association to discuss the recent Food Safety and Inspection Service Federal Register Notice on the Salmonella Verification Sampling Program.

The Green Generation: Fact of Fiction
US - Sustainability, custodians of the environment and the efficient production of food have been the by-words of modern agriculture since the first Green Revolution tried to find ways to feed the world's poor.

Food Industry: Give FDA New Recall Power
WASHINGTON - With grocery stores pulling tons of tainted meat out of their freezers, a food industry spokesman urged Congress to radically strengthen food regulators' powers.

Flight Path of Bird Flu Mapped for Intervention
US - Several strains of the bird flu virus that raged across southern China were blocked from entering Thailand and Vietnam, UC Irvine researchers have discovered.

US Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 7 Percent from Last Year
US - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comment on the poultry weights and slaughter levels in their monthly Poultry Slaughter Report.

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 Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Up Two Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

New Plant Opens Out East
ST. LOUIS, US — Animal health and nutrition company Novus International,has opened a new animal feed input plant in China. The 23,000 square foot facility, in Shanghai will strengthen its market position in Asia and will help expand overall production capacity.

Egg Products: Shell Eggs Broken Up 8 Percent from Last Year
US - Report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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OIE Urge Co-op With Chinese Disease Control
CHINA - Bernard Vallat, Director General of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has, according to this story, extolled China's efforts in animal disease control and prevention and called for more cooperation with China in the field.


Biosecurity: the Barrier Against Avian Influenza
CANADA - Implementing recommended biosecurity measures can go a long way toward protecting poultry from avian influenza and other diseases.

Where Will the Meat Come from in 2030
CANADA - The world’s population is increasing by 78 million each year, and by 2030, more than eight billion people will inhabit the Earth.


Troops Fight for Chickens in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, IRAQ – To some, it might be laughable that the economic welfare of an entire community relies on thousands of birds, but in the farming communities of southern Baghdad, chickens represent a significant way ahead.

Viet Nam

Ostrich Tourism in Vietnam
VIETNAM – After over 10 years since being introduced into Vietnam, ostriches are now doing their part to promote domestic tourism.


Bulgaria Poultry Farmers Stage Protest
BULGARIA - Bulgarian poultry farmers from the northeastern region of Dobrich stage a rally on Tuesday, protesting over the lack of subsidies for their products.


Cafe Turns to Government over Salmonella Claim
AUSTRALIA - The proprietor of a cafe in Tasmania has called on the State Government for some formal recognition of the impact on her business from a recent salmonella outbreak.

Egg Corp Dismisses Call to End to Battery Hen Farming
AUSTRALIA - The Australian Egg Corporation has rejected calls for battery hen farming to be banned.

Organic or Factory: All Just Tastes Like Chicken
AUSTRALIA - A new taste test conducted by CHOICE, an advice organisation, has found that foodies can’t tell the diffrence between free range, organic and factory chooks.
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Poultry Ban Lifted
PUNE - The Pune state government’s ban on import of poultry products and feed from outside Maharashtra has now been lifted according to reports in the Times of India.

Poultry Unit Owners Get Relief
INDIA - The Reserve Bank of India has directed the banks to extend the time limit on loan repayment, for borrowers owning poultry units, by the end of April.

Crude Duty Benefits Dairy And Poultry Industry
INDIA - The Indian Finance Minister, Shri P.Chidambaram has proposed a reduction in the custom duty on crude and unrefined sulphur from 5 per cent to 2 per cent, in order to support domestic fertilizer production.


HK Ruokatalo and Saarioinen Deal on Sourcing Chicken Raw Material
FINLAND - Finnish meat processor, HK Ruokatalo Oy is to focus on boned chicken products and the processing of boned chicken raw material at its Eura production plant.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Prepared for H5N1
HONG KONG - Following the confirmation of the suspected human case of avian influenza H5N1 in Haifeng, Shanwei in Guangdong Province by the Ministry of Health, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government ( HKSARG ) would from today ( February 26 ) suspend live poultry import and their products from the zone of 13-kilometre radius of possible source of infection for 21 days.


Pakistan Lifts Ban on Poultry Import
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday lifted ban on the import of poultry hydrolyzed protein, raw materials from poultry slaughter and flavoring substances for pet food from BSE (Mad Cow disease) infected countries like United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Falkland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland, Spain and Alberta Region of Canada, reports Sajid Chaudhry.

Poultry Farms Registration Launched
PAKISTAN - A country-wide campaign for the registration of poultry farms has been launched with an aim to provide maximum security against bird flu outbreak.

No Appropriate Guidelines for 2nd Largest Industry
PAKISTAN - Despite being a major source of revenue for the government, the poultry industry faces a loss of billions of rupees following the recent bird flu scare and is being run without proper guidelines or rules and regulations.

Saudi Arabia

Brazilian Produce: Saudis Want it All
SAUDI ARABIA - In meetings with representatives of the Arab Brazilian Chamber and the Ministry of Agriculture, yesterday, in Riyadh, Saudi leaders stated that the liquidity coming from oil and the local consumer habits are boosting the demand for foods. As the country is reducing local plantations to economise water for human consumption, it plans to import more from Brazil.
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Company news

Merial's SAPO Licence Restored
Merial Merial Animal Health has been given the go-ahead to restart making vaccines to protect animals from foot and mouth and bluetongue disease at its Pirbright Centre in the UK.

Well visited Infoday in Germany
Vencomatic GERMANY - At February 21st VENCOMATIC and SCHULZ Systemtechniek organised an Infoday with the theme ‘Future of laying hens’ at the headoffice of SCHULZ in Visbek.

Hendrix Genetics B.V. sells Plumex B.V. to its founder J. de Lange
WORLDWIDE - Hendrix Genetics and Poultry Concepts signed an agreement in which Poultry Concepts acquires an 80% shareholding in Plumex, effective from 1st January 2008.

Senior Appointment Underpins Pas Reform Expansion in Asia
Pas Reform MALAYSIA - Pas Reform has further underlined its commitment to the Asian Hatchery sector, with the appointment of a new Sales Director for the region and the opening of a new subsidiary office in Malaysia.

That's all for this week!


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