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The PoultrySite Newsletter - 25th March 2008
Tuesday 25th March 2008
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We have 3 new features this week:

UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to December 2007)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic poultry diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.
US Feed Outlook
By Allen Baker, Edward Allen, and Heather Kmak, ERS USDA. This monthly report examines supply, use, prices, and trade for feed grains, including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Focuses on corn; also contains information on sorghum, barley, oats, and hay.
US Poultry Outlook Report - March 2008
By U.S.D.A, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the March 2008: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
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* Global Poultry Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

Last week Bangladesh culled over 200,000 fowls to stop the further spread of bird flu in the region.

Fresh outbreaks were reported in several of Vietnam's provinces.

The UN stated that efforts to contain bird flu in Indonesia were failing and fears it could spark a pandemic.

United States

Weekly Outlook: Focus On Soybean Oil
Grain and oilseed prices have been in a sharp up trend since the fall of 2007. Some of the price strength is clearly related to “traditional” supply and demand factors. These include large-picture items of increasing demand, reduced world wheat production, and declining stocks, says Darrel Good, Extension Economist, at the University of Illinois.

Large Chicken Farms Ruffle Feathers
US - The poultry industry in Somerset County in Maine is due to meet the county commissioners this week to discuss ongoing problems with large chicken farms in the county.

Genetic Signpost Points Way to Poultry and Human Cures
US - The old adage ‘a bird in hand is worth two in the bush’ may very well apply to a new vaccine project underway in the lab of ASU School of Life Sciences Professor Roy Curtiss, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at the Biodesign Institute.

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.

Pfizer Acquires Genomics Companies
NEW YORK, US - Pfizer Animal Health today announced it will acquire two market-leading livestock genomics companies.

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

Salmonella Flying by Fly
US - It seems that Salmonella has a new form of travelling around poultry houses; and it's quickened by the wings of flies.
Merial Gallimune Flu H5N9
Feed Prices Whipping up a Perfect Storm
US - All those in hope of some relief on food prices this summer can think again as feed prices continue their relentless increase.

Cal-Maine Soars as Egg Profits Boil Over
US - Cal Maine Foos Inc. have recently reportd a five-fold increase in the last year due to a cracking egg market.

USDA Sees Challenges For Egg, Beef, and Pork Sectors
US - USDA issued its latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Wednesday. The report suggested challenges and opportunities for the entire sector in the year ahead, reports Peter Shinn, Brownfield.

USDA Reports Could Be Important For Crop Prices
US - Three upcoming USDA reports will provide valuable fundamental information for crop markets. These include the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report on March 28 and the Quarterly Grain Stocks and annual Prospective Plantings report on March 31, says Darrel Good, Extension Economist, University of Illinois.

Schafer Names His Egg Board
WASHINGTON, US - The US Agricultural secretary, Ed Schafer, has appointed nine new members to the American egg board including nine new alternatives each to serve two year terms. The board will administer egg research and promotion.

Taiwan, Province of China

Ban on Slaughter of Poultry at Traditional Markets Postponed
TAIWAN - The government is expected to postpone a ban on poultry vendors slaughtering live chickens and ducks at the traditional markets originally planned to go in effect on 1 April, according to Legislator Ting Shou-chung of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT).


Bird Flu Circling Indonesia Could Spiral into Pandemic
INDONESIA - The high prevalence of readily circulating bird flu in Indonesia may have much more serious implications than simply affecting farmers and trade. Earlier Today the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), warned that a situation such as this could lead to mutation and a possible human pandemic
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Poultry and Pork Production Key to Prices
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture expects levels of pork and poultry production and the volumes of meat in cold storage to be key factors influencing live hog prices during the remainder of 2008, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Olymel and Westco Join Forces
CANADA - Major Canadian pig meat and poultry company, Olymel, is to join forces with Groupe Westco - a major poultry production group in New Brunswick.

Viet Nam

Foreign Chicken Invade Vietnamese Industry
VIETNAM – Vietnamese chicken farmers have become the latest victims of a global market that allows cheap foreign labour and resources to destroy local businesses. In a pattern that is becoming familiar across the country many chicken farmers have narrowed their production scale or closed up shop altogether due to heavy losses.


DUC Returns to Profit
FRANCE - French integrated poultry company DUC has seen a sharp turn around in fortunes over the last year recording a profit of €4.8 million compared to a loss of € 2.9 in 2006.

New Zealand

Chop Chop! Canned Chicken Cuts Camplobacter
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand has the highest rate of Camplobvacter in the whole world, affecting 75,000 Kiwis annually, but now their problems may be over, after a company which cans its chicken says this method cuts campylobacter also.

Roosters Removed from Rural Haven
NEW ZEALAND - A district that claims to have the best rural lifestyle in New Zealand is planning to outlaw roosters altogether due to the racket they make.

United Kingdom

Carbon Calculator Will Help Calm Your Emissions
UK - Carbon accounts are the latest criteria required by farm businesses, says the Country Land and Business Association, And it'ss pioneering a Carbon Calculator that could become as important as a balance sheet in future years.

Helping Develop Michaelmas Goose Market
NORFOLK, UK - An 'easy start' scheme to help goose producers take advantage of the Michaelmas market without needing to process small numbers of birds is being launched by Norfolk Geese in partnership with Gulliver Geese.

Free Range Eggs Sales Grow
UK - Britain's biggest egg producer, reports that for the first time more households are buying into free-range eggs than caged eggs.

2Sisters believed to have agreed Tesco deal
SCOTLAND - Although no official confirmation has been received from Mitchell of Letham's parent company, 2 Sisters Food Group, it is widely believed locally that agreement has been reached with Tesco that the Angus factory will supply poultry products to the national retailer.
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Source of H5N1 Leads Back to China
CHINA - The transmission of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus to Southeast Asian countries triggered the first major outbreak and transmission wave in late 2003, accelerating the pandemic threat to the world.

Poultry Vendors hit bird flu outbreak restriction
GUANGZHOU - Poultry of dubious origin has been banned from local markets to prevent a new outbreak of bird flu, officials from the city's administration for industry and commerce have said.


Kashmir Thrives in Bird Flu Rot
KASHMIR, INDIA - An incredible story is unfolding from the chaos of Bird Flu stricken Kashmir. Not only are poultry dealers still making profit, but they have posted a huge increase in sales.


Bangladesh Bank Gives Poultry Farmers Wings
BANGLADESH - Due to the devastation wreaked by bird flu to the Bangladesh poultry sector, the national bank has asked commercial banks to provide fresh loans to rehabilitate the industry.


Pakistan Govt. assists bird flu-affected poultry farms
ISLAMABAD - Poultry farm owners are understood to have been paid Rs 55 million in the recent days as compensation after the recent outbreak of bird flu.


Singapore Markets Avian Flu Detecting Chip
SINGAPORE - Following successful trials of a new chip that can detect bird flu within a couple of hours, Singapore's biomedical firm, Veredus Laboratories, have taken the product to market.


Filipino Livestock Farmers Acquire a Cutting Edge
PHILIPPINES - Good news is just around the corner for livestock and meat exporters of the Philippines, says Agricultural secretary Arthur Yap.
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Company news

State-Of-the-Art Hatchery Places Hubbard SA for Superior GP Delivery
Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus SOUTH AFRICA - With the hatchery structure starting to take shape and the building project running according to schedule, the future holds great promise for the team at Hubbard SA.

That's all for this week!


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