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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 17 March 2008
Monday 17th March 2008
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Due to the Easter break next week's Newsletter will appear on Tuesday March 25.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Turkey Coronavirus and Astrovirus in Britain
A study into the prevalence of turkey coronavirus and astrovirus in Britain found that the disease was most common in young birds aged between three and 18 weeks, writes Chris Harris, Senior Editor for ThePoultrySite.
Maintaining Egg Shell Quality
This is a three-part series of articles analysing egg shell quality. It was written by Dr Lokesh Gupta, Regional Technical Manager, Avitech.
Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - October to December 2007
By Statistics Canada - This publication provides data on the production, supply and disposition and value of Canadian poultry meat and eggs for Q4 2007.
Peoples' Republic of China - Poultry and Products Semi Annual Report 2008
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2008 report for the Peoples' Republic of China. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.
* Global Poultry Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

BIRD FLU LATEST: (Click here for all this week's bird flu news)

This week a swannery at the centre of the bird flu outbreak in the UK reopened to the public. Outbreaks among ducks have spread in Viet Nam, where a half fulfilled vaccination programme is posing further risks. In Japan scientists are developing a new vaccine and further outbreaks have been notified in West Bengal.

  United States

Poultry Waste Hearing Wraps Up Seventh Day
US - An environmental engineer says officials shouldn't focus on poultry litter as the only pollutant in the Illinois River watershed.

Pilgrim's Pride Leaves Turkey Sector Behind
US - The world's largest chicken producer, Pilgrim's Pride, has announced that it is selling up a turkey production facility in New York due to disappointing movement in the sector.

Production Prospects Will Become the Focus in Crop Markets
By Darrel Good, Extension Economist, University of Illinois.

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.

Space Shuttle Studies Danger of Salmonella
US - An unlikely study is being carried out on an American space shuttle, Endeavor, to try and determine why bacteria such as Salmonella are more likely to cause disease in space.

Ethanol: The Fuel of Meat and Poultry Prices
US - The soaring meat and poultry prices are being fueled by the US ethanol policy drive, says the preliminary results of a recent analysis.

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

Poultry Litter Hearing Completed
US - The judge does not rule immediately on the state's request for a preliminary injunction.

Sanderson Predicts a Shrinking Chicken World
US - The chicken industry will see a consolidation process, small producers will be pushed out by big industry players and chicken farms around the country will slowly disappear, or at least this is the view of Joe Sanderson, Sanderson Farms chief executive.

Unravelled Chicken Genome Unarms Marek's disease
US - Researchers in Michigan, Delaware and Texas are using the chicken genome sequence to develop vaccines to combat Marek's disease, a highly contagious, cancer-causing viral disease which costs the poultry industry $1 billion a year worldwide.

A Nanotechnology Biosensor for Salmonella Detection
US - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published a handbook called the Bad Bug Book which provides basic facts regarding foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins.

Pilgrim's Pride Fly Away from Poultry Problems
US - Having just announced its departure from the turkey sector, Pilgrim's Pride has now issued a press release confirming the closure of one chicken processing plant and six of its 13 distribution centres across the United States.

Poultry Producers Win Lawsuit Against OK Monopoly
US - After five long years embroiled in a class action law suit about 300 poultry farmers in LeFlore County, Arkansas, won a $21.1 million award against OK Industries for violations of the Packers and Stockyards Act.
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  Brunei Darussalam

Brunei Studies Export Prospect Of Poultry
BRUNEI - Poultry production in Brunei has been steadily on the rise over the past 15 years, giving rise to talks about exporting chicken.

  Viet Nam

National Park Civets Die of Bird Flu
HANOI, VIETNAM - Specimens from four Owston's palm civets in Vietnam's Cuc Phuong National Park, which died in February, have been tested positive to bird flu virus strain H5N1, Chinese newspaper, Pioneer, reported Tuesday.

Vietnam Keeping Watchful Eye on Bird Flu
HANOI, VIETNAM - The Vietnamese government has instructed ministries, sectors and localities nationwide to prevent potential bird flu outbreaks among people and contain current outbreaks among poultry, according to local newspaper People on Friday.

A Gift from the OIE - 20 Million Doses of Flu Vaccine
VIETNAM - It's been a long time overdue, but by next week, if all goes to plan, some good news will be arriving in Vietnam in the form of 20 million doses of bird flu vaccine.

  New Zealand

McDonauld's Domination Takes a Peck at Chickens
NEW ZEALAND - McDonauld's says that there is no reason why it cannot be the world's number one destination for chicken, having confirmed their position as the number one destination on burgers.


Taking Broiler Cruelty to Government
TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA - The Tasmanian Greens, an Australian political party, have proposed a 'Restructure and Re-brand' make over on the national battery hen farming system. They plan to air their opinions in a house of assembly bill.

Giant Turbine Installed on Chook Farm
AUSTRALIA - Nichols Poultry in Australia plans to install a giant wind turbine to blow itself into the future of environmental sustainability.

AACT: Pitt Hides Beneath Shell of Deceit
AUSTRALIA - Claims made in defence of a battery hen farm, which is at the centre of Salmonella outbreak and allegations of animal cruelty, have been branded as untrue and delusional by opponent Shane Dalgleish, Spokesperson for Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania (AACT).

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New Financial Guidelines for a New Poultry Sector
INDIA - India's National Bank has issued new ‘Guidelines for Poultry Financing’, in order to encourage greater investment in the sector.

Outbreak Wreaks Havoc in West Bengal
INDIA - The Indian Department of Animal Husbandry has announced fresh poultry deaths in Jiaganj and Raghunathganj-II blocks of Murshidabad district of West Bengal. Later examination confirmed that the birds had died from a H5 infection.

Fixing Poultry Price Fixes Woes in Kashmir
INDIA - Participating in an interaction on poultry diseases, farmers from central Budgam district today questioned the wisdom of fixing prices of poultry and poultry products on the basis of prices in Amritsar Mandi, demanding an end to the practice which they said was patently anti Kashmir farmer.

  European Union

Tasting the Consequence of GM Animal Feeds
EU - A new report on the use of genetically modified organisms in animal feed has been published in a scientific journal.

More Time for Marel Acquisition
EU - The European Commission has extended its enquiry deadline for Marel Foods 415milliom Euro acquisition of Stork NV's food systems to April the 21st.

2012 Cage Free Deadline: An Egg that Won't Hatch?
EU - Plans to eliminate conventional cages in egg production throughout Europe ave been met with scepticism due to confusion over the proposals.


One-Egg-Per-Child Programme Could Fight Rural Poverty
UGANDA - Eggs are nutritious, and in a bid to increase the consumption of eggs, the Poultry Association of Uganda (PAU) is calling upon the Government of Uganda to introduce eggs into the school feeding programme.

  United Kingdom

Co-operative Raises Chicken Standards
UK - British supermarket, The Co-operative, has headed to the concerns of over 100,000 citizens by raising the welfare standards of the chickens sold on its shelves.

Proposals for UK Animal Disease Institute
UK - A recent review of the way that the UK government handled its Foot and Mouth outbreak last year has prompted calls to set up a scientific institute to tackle any future threat of exotic animal diseases.

QMS to Schools: A Taste of Quality
GLASCOW, UK - A pilot scheme to get Glasgow kids cooking with quality red meat has been voted a success by the schools involved.

Jet-Setting Farmers Inspired By New Zealand Trip
UK - After an exceptionally difficult year in livestock farming, the prospect of leaving it all for two weeks to visit the vast and sunny climes of New Zealand was a welcoming one.

Cracks in the Giant Eggs Plant Plan
UK - Last December an Egg plant in Scotland was given the go-ahead to expand to a capacity greater than any other in Europe. But the news was not welcomed by everyone, and now local tension is rising to new heights.

Tesco Food Miles and Miles and Miles
UK - Tesco's 'food miles' ethics have been brought into question after it was found that the supermarket giant has been shipping Scottish meat into Essex for processing and then shipping it back again.
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Bhutan Baker Breaks the Egg Ban
BHUTAN - The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) slapped a fine of Nu 25,000 on a baker for attempting to illegally import 50 cartons of eggs through Bhutan Gate in Phuentsholing.


Terrena Buys into Unicopa Poultry Capacity
Giant French agricultural co-operative Terrena is to acquire the bulk of Unicopa's fresh poultry processing capacity.

  Russian Federation

Russians Seize Chicken Products
RUSSIA - The Russian food safety authority Rosselkhoznador has seized 20 tonnes of chicken products from the US.


Bird Flu Fears Hit Restaurant Demands
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Demand for poultry meat in Indonesian restaurants has seen a large drop recently as the consumer fears of Avian Flu is brought to market.


Chinese Slaughter Heading for a Fall
CHINA - According to a new report, China's livestock slaughter industry is about to take a fall, as the pig industry shrinks under pressure and the poultry industry is sickend with flu.

Bird Flu at Chinese Market
CHINA - The Chines Ministry of Agriculture has reported another bout of deadly H5N1 bird flu, this time at a market in the South Province of Guandong.


Focus Asia Celebrates Most Successful Event Yet
BANGKOK, THAILAND - The 3rd Pig and Poultry Focus Asia and the 1st Dairy Focus Asia technical conferences that were recently held at the prestigious Imperial Queen's Park hotel in Bangkok, Thailand were a great success with over 600 delegates from over 30 countries from around the world attending.

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Aviagen Aviagen Strengthens Eastern European Technical Team
EU - Aviagen are pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Clark as Technical Services Manager for Eastern Europe and the CIS. Neil moves from Aviagen’s Western European Technical Team and will report to Jonny Harrison, Regional Technical Manager.

That's all for this week!


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