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The PoultrySite Newsletter - 31st March 2008
Monday 31st March 2008
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We have 4 new features this week:

Health Update on U.S. Table Egg Layer Flock
"The overall health of the national table egg layer flock is very good," reported Dr. Eric Gingerich, University of Pennsylvania, who spoke at the US Animal Health Association (USAHA) annual meeting in Reno in late October. His report was published in the National Institute for Animal Agriculture Publication: Poultry Health Report.
Philippines Poultry and Products Market Trends and Developments 2008
By Pia Abuel-Ang, USDA FAS GAIN Report.
Darwin Was Wrong About the Wild Origin of the Chicken
Charles Darwin maintained that the domesticated chicken derives from the red jungle fowl, but new research from Uppsala University now shows that the wild origins of the chicken are more complicated than that.
Testing Gait Scoring Systems
As it becomes increasingly important for welfare conditions on farms to meet consumer and legislative demands, new systems are being devised to ensure that animal health is recognised as a priority, writes Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePoultrySite.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Agriculture warned of a potential outbreak in the countries southern provinces, particularly the Mekong Delta region.

A fresh outbreak of Avian Flu was reported in Jalpaiguri, India and the first case for two years was discovered in Switzerland.

United States

Grilled Chicken - The New American Diet
US - An objective Weber GrillWatch Survey, which was conducted by third-party Greenfield Online, is the nation's first and most comprehensive study on what, where, when, why, and how Americans cook outdoors. Suprisingly, the statistics reveal that Americans are burning the pounds by grilling poultry meat.

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

Chicken And Eggs
US - By the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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.

Uniting in the Name of Welfare
US - The United Egg Producers (UEP), a trade association representing most U.S. egg farmers and companies, has recently teamed up with the Denver-based American Humane Association, in an attempt to improve poultry welfare standards.

Human Salmonella Differs From Animal Salmonella
US - A recent study that analysed the strains of human salmonella strains and those of animal origin has come to the suprising conclusion that they are distinct. Now scientists are hoping that this discovery could open doors to new treatments for foodborne illnesses.
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The Bad Egg List: Exposé on Contaminted Chicken
WASHINGTON, D.C., US - A new report names and shames those chicken producers who have consistantly failed to meet federal standards on Salmonella control. The report, published by Food and Water Watch is an update and follow up of their 2006 report

Environment Chicken Package; a Gift for Earth Day
US - Chicken processor, Murray's Chickens, have repackaged their chicken products, ridding them of the environmentally unfriendly foam trays. The move is set to coincide with Earth Day on April the 22nd.

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.

Corn Returns May Top Soybeans in 2008
URBANA, US - Corn may be a more profitable crop for Illinois producers in 2008 than soybeans, according to a new University of Illinois Extension study.

Burger King Hungry for Welfare
US - Burger King has been praised for reaching objectives in sourcing chickens and eggs from chickens raised in cage free eggs. In doing so they help increase welfare standards nationwide.

Egg Products: Shell Eggs Broken Up 8 Percent from Last Year
US - By the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture.


More Government Aid goes to $Multi-Million Storm Losses
GUANGDONG - As of 4 March , Guangdong's agricultural and livestock industries had lost more than 3 billion yuan ($423 million) to the snowstorms. In addition, the province's aquaculture sector lost more than 6 billion yuan, according to figures from the Guangdong agriculture department.
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The End of Slaughter in Chinese Marketplace
CHINA - A ban on poultry slaughter in traditional markets will take effect 1 April as originally scheduled, the Chinese National Science Council Chairman, Chen Chien-jen, said yesterday.

Chinese Agricultural Boost to Beat Inflation
CHINA - China is to increase financial support for agricultural production in a bid to cool inflation, which has been blamed on food shortages.


North Kivu Egg Project Provides Food for Thought
CONGO – The UN refugee agency and an implementing partner have hatched a pilot project aimed at improving the nutritional needs of displaced Congolese in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC).


Germany Flies Free of Bird Flu
GERMANY - Last night, to the relief of many, the German government announced that the country was entirely free of bird flu. The announcement comes after three months without any discovery of the deadly H5N1 strain in wild birds or in commercial poultry.

United Kingdom

Report: Meat in the Hands of Supermarket Giants
UK - The National Farmers' Union has releaseed a report examining the £7 billion industry of UK meat retail sales. It focuses on the 76 per cent market domination of the top four supermarkets - Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda.

Cracking Down on Layer Flock Salmonella
UK - The Welsh Assembly Government has announced a crackdown in laying flock salmonella.

Tesco Told: "Stop Being Rotten to Chickens"
UK - Three Tesco stores in Sheffield in the UK will be the target of protests next week in an effort to persuade the supermarket giant to improve animal welfare policies.

Eggs Don't Hatch Heart Disease
UK - After a study involving 10,000 individuals researchers have come to the conclusion that there is no link between eating eggs and developing heart disease.

Chips Could Speed Up Detection of Livestock Viruses
UK - Some of the worst threats to farm workers and farm animals such as bird flu, foot-and-mouth disease and other emerging viruses could soon be quickly identified by using a simple screening chip developed by scientists from the Institute for Animal Health, scientists will hear today (Monday 31 March) at the Society for General Microbiology’s 162nd meeting being held this week at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Female Vets Love Pets but Shun Farm
UK - A recent increase in the trend for female vets to choose careers looking after domestic pets has left the livestock industry high and dry... And also in fear of a major, uncontrollable outbreak.

New Chief Executive for NFU Scotland
UK - NFU Scotland has appointed James Withers as its new Chief Executive. James has been with NFUS for eight years and has progressed through a number of roles, starting as parliamentary adviser in 1999. He has headed up the Union’s Communications Department for five years and has been Deputy Chief Executive since 2005.
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World Bank Donates to Cambodian Bird Flu Cause
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - On Wednesday the World Bank approved a $6 million donation to help tackle the growing threat of bird flu in Cambodia. It is said that the money will be invested on improving current health systems.


Lifestock Shook in Earthquake Struck Uri
URI, INDIA - Like other sectors in Uri tehsil, livestock development has been abysmally poor. Add to it the losses of livestock suffered in October 2006 earthquake the process of its development has received a serious setback.

Viet Nam

Park Free of Bird Flu but Fears Remain
VIETNAM – After reports of dead civets in Vietnam's National Park, local authorities have been under continuous commercial pressure to eliminate any threat of bird flu, whilst anxiously awaiting diagnostic results.


Wood Shavings, Robust Guts and Marek's Disease
AUSTRALIA - A Poultry CRC-funded epidemiological survey of Australian broiler flocks has indicated that one of the protective factors against Marek's Disease virus may be the use of wood-based litter.


Norwegian Poultry Production Flying High
NORWAY - Last year 297 000 tonnes of meat from domestic animal production were approved for the market in Norway. According to Statistics Norway this accounts to an increase of 4 000 tonnes from the year before.

European Union

Outside Poultry Imports Gets EU in a Fluster
EU - An Irish MEP has called upon the European Commission to address the issue of white meat imports into the EU that are not of EU origin. He says that the foreign pressure is causing the home market to dwindle.


Rising Temperatures Cool Off Bird Flu Outbreak
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - With the rise of temperature, bird flu that battered the growing poultry industry in Bangladesh now started to ease off, an expert of the Livestock Department said Sunday.
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Back to School - Aviagen in Beijing
Aviagen BEIJING, CHINA – Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, recently completed a week-long poultry management course in Beijing. The school brought participants from all across China together to learn the latest information in all areas of poultry science and its practical application to managing successful breeder and broiler operations.

That's all for this week!


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