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The PoultrySite Newsletter - 14th April 2008
Monday 14th April 2008
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We have 4 new features this week:

Chick Anaemia Virus - The Hidden Menace
It is widely accepted in many parts of the world that chick anaemia virus (CAV) can have a serious economic impact on the poultry industry through direct clinical and potentially even more damaging, sub-clinical disease, writes Dr Stephen A Lister from Crowshall Veterinary Services.
EU 27: 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 EU. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.
Use of Vaccinations and Other Veterinary Treatments in Organic Livestock Farming
Farmers (in Australia), who wish to certify their farm’s produce as ‘organic’ must in the first instance meet the requirements of the National Standard for Organic and Bio-dynamic Produce, according to Robyn Neeson, Organic Farming Liaison Officer, at Systems Research, Yanco Agricultural Institute, New South Wales. This article was published in the February 2008 Primefacts newsletter.
Role of Feed Mill Laboratory Towards Improving Feed Quality
The goal of feed manufacturing is to produce feed that meets intended specifications in nutritional composition. writes Sunil Chauhan, a post graduate in chemistry working with Avitech Animal Health Pvt. Ltd as a lab technical officer.
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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)

Russia's agriculture ministry confirmed a an outbreak of avian flu in the far east region of Primorye.

The bird flu situation in Vietnam was reported to be worsening.

Fresh outbreaks were als0 reported last week in India and South Korea.


Keeping Poultry Flocks Healthy
CANADA - Uncontrolled visitors can pose serious biosecurity risks such as introducing diseases like avian influenza into backyard poultry flocks, says Dr. Gerald Hauer, assistant chief provincial veterinarian with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

Pathway to Virulence Uncovered in Salmonella
CANADA - An anti-virulence factor in Salmonella has been identified by researchers at the University of British Columbia. It is now believed that this new insight could be used to design improved Salmonella vaccines.


Arab Market Expanding for Paraná Poultry
BRAZIL - Recent figures supplied by the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade have reported that 67 per cent of exported Paraná poultry was destined for the Middle East and North Africa alone in 2007. This makes the Arab market easily the biggest consumer of poultry produced in the southern Brazilian state.

United Kingdom

600 Scientists to Tackle Livestock Disease
UK - A new consortium is to be launched in Scotland that will join the forces of over six hundred scientists to help streamline research into animal diseases.
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Dreary Forecast for the UK Meat Market
UK - Meat is an integral part of the UK diet, consistently accounting for nearly a quarter of total household expenditure on food. According to National Statistics, UK consumers spend more on meat than on any other category of food, with the exception of fruit and vegetables, yet, in spite of this, the meat industry growth is expected to remain low.

Green, Free-Range and Noble Eggs
UK - New Eco friendly eggs have been launched by producer Noble Foods that combine both free range eggs and recyclable egg packaging. The eggs will go under the label 'Ecowise'.

Reducing Phosphorous Levels is a Tricky Business
UK - Feed phosphate is in high demand around the globe. The current shortage is forcing many producers to cut back on the dietary levels that they supply to their birds. However, reducing phosphate can have serious repercussions that need careful attention to be handled successfully.

NFU Hit Back on Livestock Carbon Footprint
UK - The National Farmers' Union for the United Kingdom have retaliated over the widely held view that livestock production has a huge environmental footprint that could be eliminated by cutting out meat and milk from dietary habits.

Keeping Chooks in Top Condition
UK - Producing high quality male breeders and reducing injuries at feeding were two key topics at the recent DSM conference.

United States

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down Slightly, report the 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.

Human Hope Held in Hand of Poultry Vaccine
ARIZONA, 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, says Joe Caspermeyer.

Veterinary Void Finds a Voice
US - When Dr. Brad Leuwerke graduated from Iowa State University veterinary school in the summer of 2006, he was pleased to learn that he was a hot commodity.
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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down Slightly, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Pilgrim's Pride Plan Plant Closure
US - Pigrim's Pride Corp. is thinking about scaling back business by closing another processing plant. The plant in question, said to have consistently lost money, is situated in El Dorado and currently employs over 1600 people.

Chile Gives Nod to US Chooks
WASHINGTON, US - Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today announced that Chile's Livestock and Agricultural Service approved the U.S. inspection, control and certification systems for poultry, allowing these products to enter the Chilean market effective immediately.

Should GM Be Used on Farm Animals?
US — A recent workshop, organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) opened up a platform to begin developing and exploiting new treatments on farm animals. Amongst these are genetic modification and RNA interference.

Cagle's Cut Down as Consumers Cut Chicken
US - Cagles's Inc, an Atlanta-based chicken processor, is hoping that Americans will start to eat more chicken so that the company can get its expenses in line and improve financially.


Indian Egg-layers Escape the Cage
INDIA - An Indian egg producer has come under a shower of praise this week for being the first ever to label its eggs as 'cage-free'.

European Union

Antimicrobial Treatment Draws EU Concern
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - EU poultry producers and their cooperatives at COPA-COGECA have responded unfavorably to a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion released last week that made light of the possible effects of four antimicrobial treatment substances.

AVEC Rejects Chemical Treatment of Chickens
EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Scientific Committee on Environmental and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) have published their opinions on the possible effect of the four antimicrobial treatment substances on the emergence of antimicrobial resistance through the environment.

New EU Technologies Boost Health of Livestock
EU - A range of new technologies including genetic modification (GM) and RNA Interference are being deployed to improve the health of farm animals in a series of European and global initiatives. The ground was laid for a European platform to develop new treatments that exploit these technologies at a recent workshop organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF).

Production Control Begins in the Egg
EU - A series of technical meetings were held across Europe this week to spread the word of poultry production, specifically - growth misconceptions and treatments.
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Brunei Poultry Success in Singapore
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM - Brunei Darussalam's gross agricultural production in 2007 surged by $28 million, thanks to an $81.21 million contribution from the poultry industry.


Eggs: The Sign of Fertility
AUSTRALIA - A new study confirms that men require a source of folate in their diet in order to keep their sperm healthy. According to nutritionalists, eating egg based diets, such as quiche, fulfil the daily requirements ideally.

Viet Nam

Foul Eggs
VIET NAM - Buying eggs from some retailers in Ho Chi Minh City can be risky as suppliers often fail to follow sterilization and testing procedures.


Food Safety for Olympic Sailors
CHINA - The Chinese authorities have launched a system to ensure food safety for the Olympics in Qingdao, the venue for Olympic sailing competition.

Sri Lanka

New Wing
SRI LANKA - Poultry breeder Three Acre Farms Limited (TAFL) plans to relocate some of its operations to a facility, which is being fitted with modern farming equipment and infrastructure, the company said.
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Company news

Study Proves Virkon® S Misting's Superior Value
DuPont Animal Health Solutions US - A team of leading researchers in the USA have found that directed misting of a four per cent solution of disinfectant Virkon® S can successfully reduce environmental bacterial contamination, such as Staphs and Salmonella, to extremely low levels - significantly lower than many other disinfectant could achieve.

Goodspeed Gets Going on Smart Expansion
Pas reform ASIA - Goodspeed International, Pas Reform's Representative in Thailand, has geared up for further expansion in Asia with an intensive program to train the company's growing number of technicians and support personnel.

Mosselprom Fuels Growh Width With Dutch Technologies
RUSSIA - Agro-Industrial Complex (AIC) Mosselprom is poised for massive expansion, with plans to ramp-up poultry production by more than 42 per cent, to increase outputs from 35,000 to 50,000 tonnes of poultry meat per annum.

That's all for this week!


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