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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 21st April 2008
Monday 21st April 2008
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Regulations Coming to Control Salmonella in Turkeys
Directives and regulations from the EU have been driving to control zoonotic infections in livestock and in particular poultry as part of the improved food hygiene legislation, writes ThePoultrySite Senior Editor, Chris Harris.
The Benefits of Single-Stage Incubation to Food Safety
Typically, papers on single-stage incubation focus on the benefits of all-in-all-out incubator management from the points of hatchability (number of chicks) and uniformity (chick quality), according to PAS Reform.
Russian Federation: Poultry and Products Semi Annual Report 2008
Domestic poultry production will continue to increase in Russia even though demand for biofuels is contributing to rising feed costs and hurting profits, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. The Russian government continues to search for a middle ground between protecting domestic poultry producers and protecting consumers from rising food prices.
US Poultry Outlook Report - April 2008
By U.S.D.A, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the April 2008: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

Bird flu continued its spread in South Korea. A total of 3 million chicken and ducks have so far died/been culled since the outbreak began.

Indonesia continues to withhold bird flu samples - U.S hopes the issue can be resolved.

United States

Network of Lab Robotics Stop Livestock Disease
MANHATTAN - The US is preparing to protect itself against any future exotic animal diseases with a network of diagnostic laboratories. K-State is preparing itself also, with a showing of its latest lab robotics to the technicians of tomorrow.

Hot, Hot Egg Prices Begin to Cool
US - American egg prices are beginning to moderate again after the heavy Easter demand was magnified by farmers who held back on egg supplies.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler Chicks Placed Up 1 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Weekly Outlook: Corn: Fundamentals Still Looking Strong
US - Corn prices dipped in the third week of March, but recovered following the USDA reports of March 31. The uptrend that began in early October 2007 is still in place. Last week, December 2008 futures traded to a high of $6.285, says Darrel Good, Extension Economist, University of Illinois.

Antibiotic Truths
US - For more than half a century, farmers have used numerous antibiotics to improve the health and productivity of pigs, chickens, cattle and other livestock.
Incubators from Pas Reform
The Avian Flu Antibody Library
US - An international group of research scientists, led by Sea Lane Biotechnologies, has created the first comprehensive monoclonal antibody libraries against avian influenza (H5N1) using samples from survivors of the 2005/2006 "bird flu" outbreak in Turkey.

Pilgrim's Pride Cuts Production
US - US chicken producer and processor Pilgrim's Pride is to reduce weekly chicken processing by about five per cent in the second half of the 2008 financial year.

Cargill Reports 86 per cent Rise in Earnings
MINNEAPOLIS – US agrifood, animal feed and meat processing company Cargill has net earnings of $1.03 billion in the third quarter of the 2008 financial year, up 86 percent from $553 million in the same period a year ago.

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.

Officials See a Way for Pilgrims Pride
US - Poultry processor, Pilgrims Pride, recently announced concerns for the future of three plants in El Dorado after poor returns were revealed.

Chilling Chicken: Immersion or Dry-Air?
US - Chilling is an important step in processing poultry carcasses before marketing of the birds, and there are different ways to do it. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the Richard B. Russell Research Center in Athens, Ga., recently compared two chilling methods to determine which better suits processors' needs.

Tyson Close Processing Plant
US – US poultry giant, Tyson Foods, is to consolidate some of its prepared foods business, as part of its effort to improve production efficiency.

An Organic Alternative in Maryland
MARYLAND, US - Not very long ago, it seemed that Bobby Prigel's northern Baltimore County dairy farm was about to go out of business.

United Kingdom

Campylobacter Strains Jump and Join
UK - A recent publication has shown that two campylobacter food bugs are jumping the species barrier and merging.

Discovery Shines Light on Wheat Nutrition
UK - A study, conducted by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Queen’s University (QUB), has revealed potential improvements in the analysis of the nutritional value of wheat for broiler chickens.
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Wheat Plant Breathes New Life into Livestock
MANCHESTER, UK - The opening of Cargill's redeveloped Manchester wheat processing plant will provide benefits for the livestock and dairy sectors as well as arable farmers, the chairman of the NFU's combinable crops board said today.

Rolling Out Biosecurity Measures in Broilers
UK - Legislators have been working to minimise the prevalence of Salmonella with the introduction of the National Control Programme, being rolled out this year.

Flexibility Needed in Meat Hygiene Reform
SCOTLAND, UK - Plans to transform the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) into a more efficient organisation were ratified in 2007, but now the National Farmers' Union for Scotland (NFUS) is calling for flexibility in the current reform of the MHS to allow for the unique situation within Scotland.

Hellman's: The Free Range Mayonnaise
UK - Mayonnaise manufacturer, Hellman's, has made the decision to use only free range eggs in its product starting as early as June 2008.

Future of Grampian Held in the Balance
UK - Grampian Country Food Groups, the largest supplier of poultry meat in the UK, still has its future in doubt after being riddled with concerning debt problems.

GM Hypocrisy in the EU Damages UK Industry
UK - Hypocrisy in the EU, is destroying British pig and poultry industries due to their handling of genetically modified feed, say industry experts.


Poultry Farmers Congregate in Cuba
CUBA - It has been announced that Cuba will be the location for the 21st Latin American Congress on Poultry Farming. The hosts proceedings will be preceded by several international events.

Saudi Arabia

Egg Prices Trigger Boycott Call
SAUDI ARABIA - Posters on an online forum behind a series of campaigns to boycott local products are now targeting eggs, whose prices have risen in recent months from around SR7 to as high as SR18.

New Zealand

New Zealand and the Survival of the Fittest
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's meat industry will have to make some big adaptions in order to keep pace with the rapidly evolving global meat industry, a new report has warned.
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Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Doubles Income
RUSSIA - Russian integrated pig and poultry meat producer Cherkizovo has seen its net income more than double over the last year.

Russia Cuts Meat Imports
RUSSIA - Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov has announced Russia's intention to cut down on the amount of poultry and pork imports into the country.


Imminent Strike in Malaysia
MALAYSIA - Livestock farmers in Malaysia have this week been threatening to go on strike if the government continues to pay no heed to their price woes.


Philippines Lifts Italian Poultry Ban
PHILIPPINES - The Philippine Department of Agriculture today lifted a ban on poultry products from Italy, following reports that the European country has tested free of avian influenza over the past 18 months.

Korea, Republic of

S. Korea Confirms its Twenty Fifth Outbreak
SOUTH KOREA - On Saturday the South Korean government confirmed yet another outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu. Since late March they have now confirmed 25 outbreaks across the country. In response the government recently upgraded the alert status to the second highest grade.

European Union

Concerns Reproducing on Antimicrobial Resistance
EU - The use of antimicrobial agents in feed and livestock is contributing to a rapidly evolving and diverse range of antimicrobial resistant bacteria which can be passed on to humans through the food chain, says the European Food Safety Authority’s BIOHAZ Panel.


Myanmar Relinquishes Bird Flu Shackles
MYANMAR - Myanmar was declared Sunday by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) as a bird-flu-free country, the Myanmar government's Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) quoted an announcement of the OIE as saying.


Oman Poultry Traders Urget to Hike Output
MUSCAT - The chairman of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), Khalil bin Abdullah Al Khonji, met with representatives of the Oman poultry industry on Sunday to urge an increase of egg and poultry meat production


Cash Boost for Argentine Animal Health and Food Safety
ARGENTINA - The Argentine food safety authority, Senasa, is to receive US$300 million from the government and Inter-American Development Bank to strengthen its quality control processes.
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Company news

Alpharma Announces ActiShield™; the Liquid Insecticide
Alpharma Animal Health US - Alpharma, a leading global animal health company, has announced today the availability of ActiShield™ a broad-spectrum pyrethroid pesticide for use by poultry and livestock producers.

Aviagen Italia Host Successful Technical Seminar
Aviagen ITALY - Aviagen recently held a three day workshop for their entire European Technical Team at Lake Orta, near Milan in Italy. Over thirty members of staff from Aviagen’s European operations attended the event and discussed topics such as Managing the Ross 708, Veterinary Trials and Research programmes and Implications of Rising Feed Costs.

Aviagen Strengthens Team Italia
ITALY - Aviagen are pleased to announce the appointment of Lorenzo Rossi as Technical Service Manager for Italy, reporting to Claudio Ambrogio, General Manager, Aviagen Italia.

Grimaud and Newsham Form Strategic Alliance
US - Newsham Choice Genetics and Groupe Grimaud have entered into an agreement to form a long term strategic alliance.

Transparency with Internet-Based Technology
Big Dutchman GERMANY - The Jungsthöfel family recently introduced their newly built broiler farm to the public on the occasion of an open day. The farm is located in Gehlenberg (rural district of Cloppenburg, Germany) and is furnished with Big Dutchman equipment.

2 New Chicken Breeds Launched at Fair
Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders UK - Two new chicken breeds for the ‘welfare friendly’ sector of the market are to be launched by Cobb Europe at the British Pig and Poultry Fair at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, on May 13 and 14.

That's all for this week!


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