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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 10th March 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Health Issues Facing the US Turkey Industry
Published in Poultry Health Report, August/Winter 2007, a National Institute for Animal Agriculture Publication. The lack of approved efficacious drugs continues to be a top challenge facing the U.S. turkey industry.
Turkey Meat Supplement for Athletes
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor ThePoultrySite. British athletes at the Beijing Olympic could be given a boost by the British turkey industry.
US Meat Exports in 2007
By Shane Ellis, Iowa Farm Outlook. Trade data for all of 2007 has recently become available, so it is an appropriate time to look at the current US meat trade situation.
Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade
By the USDA Economic Research Service and Foreign Agricultural Service. The 2008 fiscal year export forecast is raised to record $101 billion while the forecast for imports has increased to $76.5 billion
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

Last week bird flu hit the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. This raised the total number of the nations infected regions to nine.

In Russia health experts warned the threat of avian flu virus is growing due to poor implementation of disease control measures.

And Defra lifted its wild bird control area in Dorset, UK.

United States

Hormel Foods Announces New Goal for Growth
US – Hormel Foods Corporation, one of the US’s largest manufacturers and marketers of consumer-branded meat and food products, has set a new goal for growth through innovation.

Keokuk Council to Look at Chicken Regulation
US - Should Keokuk citizens such as Celia Malm be allowed to raise chickens on their property?

Firms Recall Chicken Over Bacteria Scare
US - A New York company recalled nearly 7,000 pounds of chicken and meat products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced yesterday.

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.

Grain Production Growing in Russia
US - Grain prices in Russia rose sharply in February, says a monthly GAIN update from the US Department of Agriculture.

Frisco to Host Easter Eggstravaganza
US - Spring will be off to a hopping start in Frisco on Saturday, when more than 10,000 are expected to attend the 16th annual Easter Eggstravaganza.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Up 1 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

New Chief Executive Officer for Pilgrim's Pride
TEXAS, US - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, the world's largest chicken company, today said its board of directors unanimously elected J. Clinton Rivers as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Rivers, 49, previously served as chief operating officer.
Merial Gallimune Flu H5N9
Carey Named Texas A&M Poultry Science Department Head
TEXAS – Dr. John Carey has been appointed head of the Texas A&M University poultry science department.

Room to Roost in Iowa
IOWA, US - Iowa turkey production increased between 1996 and 2006 and has the potential for more growth, according to a report on the industry produced by the Iowa State University economics department.

The Sun Sets on Sunrise Feed Mill
US - Viterra, a livestock feed marketing company, has said that it is pleased to announce that Unifeed Hi-Pro Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary doing business as Hi-Pro Feeds has concluded its purchase of Sunrise Feed, LLC in Cheyenne and Elk City, Oklahoma.

National Breeders Roundtable Set for May
ATLANTA - The 57th Annual National Breeders Roundtable is to be held on 8-9 in St Louis.

United Kingdom

100% Veg Fed Chooks
UK - With the ongoing drive towards towards a more 'naturally' reared chicken, Draper Valley Farms claims that their Natural Chicken is now being raised to a whole new higher standard.

North MLAs seek GM feed imports
NORTHERN IRELAND - Northern Ireland farmers must be allowed to import genetically modified (GM) animal feed to help them survive in the face of spiralling grain costs, Assembly members have claimed.

National Standing Committee Launched For Farm Animal Genetics
UK - Defra on Tuesday launched the National Standing Committee designed to encourage the sustainable use and protection of the nation’s rich diversity of livestock breeds.

Poultry Firm Follows Chefs’ Free Range Tips
UK - Scotland's biggest chicken producer aims to double its weekly output of free range birds, thanks in part to a campaign by Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

NFU Livestock Board Gets a New Chairman
UK - Alistair Mackintosh has been elected chairman of the NFU's national livestock board.

BPC Asks "What is the Cost of Taking Responsibility?"
UK - Members of the British Poultry Council convened for a high level seminar this week on the proposals to share the cost and responsibility for animal diseases between government and the livestock sectors.

Egg Producer Calls for Stocking Density Rule
UK - John Bowler believes that UK producers should go continental with their stocking densities on the range, if the home market is not to be flooded with imports, writes Mike Parker in the Farmers Weekly Interactive web page.

Poultry Sector Flying High in Scotland
SCOTLAND - Scotland's Chief Statistician today published results from the December 2007 Agricultural Survey, which gives a picture of agricultural activity in Scotland.

Icy Reception to Levy Board Criticism
UK - The NFU has expressed its deep disappointment at the livestock associations who have criticised its stance on the role of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board, accusing them of misrepresenting its position and creating unnecessary and potentially damaging controversy.

Salmonella – A Tough Egg to Crack
UK - As the new EU salmonella controls begin to bite, a specialist in this field highlighted the toughness and sheer adaptability of the salmonella bacteria.
Paracox-5 Coccidiosis vaccine

Free Info for Backyard Flocks
ABBOTSFORD, CANADA - The Canadaina Food Insection Agency have announced that they are inviting owners of small or backyard poultry flocks to attend a free information session on how to help prevent and detect poultry diseases, such as avian influenza.


Environment and Livestock Find a Single Voice
AUSTRALIA - With climate change and greenhouse gas emissions two of the biggest issues facing agriculture Meat & Livestock Australia has bolstered its ‘green’ credentials by employing one of Australia’s leading experts in the field.

Poultry Consumption Rising in Australia
AUSTRALIA - A recent survey has revealed that Australia's annual per capital poultry meat consumption is set to rise by more than one kilogram per head per year, to 40.5kg by 2012-13.

Animals and the Next Great Social Justice Movement
AUSTRALIA - Increasing concern for animal welfare and consumer demand for organic and free range products— backed up with stricter food labelling requirements—is, according to this story, likely to trigger the next great social justice movement in Australia, according to the latest edition of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s journal Reform, launched in Sydney today.

Poultry Enquiry Refused
AUSTRALIA - Primary Industries Minister David Llewellyn has declined to call an inquiry into animal welfare or salmonella concerns at Pitt's poultry farm despite calls in Parliament yesterday to do so.

‘The Good Egg’
AUSTRALIA - In October 2007, the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) commissioned the most comprehensive nutritional analysis of Australian fresh shell eggs ever undertaken.

Poultry CRC Introduce Improved Welfare Standards
AUSTRALIA - New National Animal Welfare Standards for the Chicken Meat Industry have been developed and are now being made available to industry. Now, a new Poultry CRC project builds on an earlier RIRDC project A Welfare Audit for the Chicken Meat Industry undertaken through the Department of Primary industries in Victoria in 2001.

Russian Federation

Russia Extends Meat Imports Controls Deadline
RUSSIA - The Russian Federal Customs Service (Customs) has published a new order that extends the implementation date of the revised list of approved entry points authorised to handle meat imports to 17 April.

Russia Lifts Restrictions On Polish Poultry
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - The Federal Veterinary And Phytosanitary Monitoring Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) has lifted restrictions on the import of poultry products from Poland.


Specialists Converge on Brazilian Symposium
BRAZIL – Supply and demand of the international market of grain is one of the subjects to be debated during the IX Symposium South Brazil of Poultry farming – IX SBSA - that will be carried out from 01 to 03 of April in Chapecó, SC - Brazil.

Marfrig Takes Control of Two Poultry Companies
BRAZIL - Brazilian meat processor Marfrig has bought a controlling interest in DaGranja Agroindustrial and Pena Branca - the leading poultry company in the Sao Paulo district.
Fluxx Breeder from Big Dutchman

Bird Flu Beneath the Microscope: A Physicians View
INDONESIA - Physicians from countries affected by the deadly H5N1 influenza virus have presented case reports about antiviral use in patients infected with H5N1, including treatment with the oral antiviral TAMIFLU(R) (oseltamivir).


OIE and China Cooperate on Disease Prevention
CHINA – China is moving to strengthen its international cooperation on the prevention and control of animal diseases in order to comply with OIE standards, according to the Director General of the OIE, Dr Bernard Vallat.

South Africa

Poultry Falls on High Feed Costs
SOUTH AFRICA - Poultry producers, said to be in an industry with long-term growth potential, stumbled on higher maize feed costs and some oversupply, Country Bird and Sovereign Foods have said.

European Union

EC: Simple, Clear, Modern Feed Marketing Rules
EU - The European Commission adopted today a proposal for a Regulation which considerably simplifies the existing procedures for labelling and marketing animal feed and pet food, while making the overall system more efficient and maintaining the same high level of protection of animal health, animal welfare and public health.

Medical Inspection to Measure 2003 CAP Overhaul
EU - Last week Members of Parliament's Agriculture Committee gave a green light to the broad themes of the Commission's "CAP health check".


Agricultural Income Increased by 10 Per Cent
FINLAND - Agricultural income in Finland increased by almost ten per cent last year compared to the previous year, according to MTT Agrifood Research Finland. In 2007, agricultural income reached € 988 million, while in 2006 it amounted to about € 900 million.


Poultry Recovery Slows in France
FRANCE - French agricultural statistics agency Agreste has just published poultry production figures covering calendar year 2007: the national flock for poultrymeat marked a 9.8 per cent recovery from the avian flu crisis two years ago, although this rate of recovery is slower than 2006's 11 per cent.

French Debate National Animal Welfare
FRANCE - French farm minister Michel Barnier has nominated three working group chairmen for France's national animal welfare plan Animals et société.


Bird Flu Vaccines Produced Locally
PAKISTAN - Three types of strains (H5, H7 and H9) exist in the country. However, H5 and H7 are considered highly pathogenic. The Sindh Poultry Vaccine Centre is producing vaccines against these strains, which are isolated from local poultry farm, said its executive director Dr Shafqat Fatima Rehman.
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Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Poultry Firm Defiant in Face of Court Order
SRI LANKA - Sri Lankan poultry firm Bairaha Farms has said its chicken sales will not be affected by a court order that suspended production at its slaughter house as it has enough stocks, reports a recent news story.


Study Shows Salmonella Rise in Fattening Turkey Stocks
GERMANY - In two studies conducted jointly by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the control authorities of the federal states, German turkey flocks and fattening pigs were tested for Salmonella.

Company news

Big Dutchman Agriculture (Thailand) Has Moved
Big Dutchman THAILAND - Big Dutchman has given proof of its deep determination to further strengthen the favourable relationship between the German poultry and pork equipment supplier and its Asian clients: At the beginning of the new year the Big Dutchman office in Thailand moved into new premises, thereby considerably expanding its spatial capacity.

Informative Report on Big Dutchman Customer
POLAND - When considering the situation of Polish agriculture, you can easily recognise that only few farmers decide for new investments and thus an increase in production. But some of them take the risk and this often with great success.

Aviagen Strengthen L.I.R Team
Aviagen GLOBE - Aviagen are pleased to announce the appointment of Jonny Lester as Technical Service Manager for their L.I.R. brand. Jonny joins the L.I.R. team after spending the last year undertaking an intensive technical training programme on Aviagen’s and customer facilities worldwide.

Aviagen Kft Continues to Invest in Hungary
HUNGARY - Aviagen Kft, part of the Aviagen Group, recently celebrated the opening of its latest grandparent farm, Ásványráró, situated in north-west Hungary. Over 120 people from Aviagen Kft's customer base in Hungary and surrounding countries, as well as local and regional dignitaries gathered at the farm prior to the first placement of chicks, which takes place at the end of March.

That's all for this week!


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