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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 6th May 2008
Tuesday 6th May 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Chillin’ Chickens - Which Method Works Best
By Sharon Durham, Agricultural Research Service Information Staff, United States Department of Agriculture. Chicken processing is big business with almost 9 billion broiler chickens being produced in the United States last year.
Livestock and Poultry World Markets and Trade
China and the European Union are expected to be net broiler meat importers again in 2008 on the basis of continued strong demand, higher domestic prices, and strengthening currencies, writes the United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service.
Alternative Bedding for Broiler Chickens
Poultry bedding availability issues are arising rapidly in the broiler industry that may alter the type and quality of bedding available to broiler growers, writes Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePoultrySite.
CAFOs Uncovered - The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding Operations
The Union of Concerned Scientists looks into the costs of confined animal feeding operations.
Hatchery climate contol from Pas Reform
* Global Poultry Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

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

South Korean bird flu outbreak continues to spread, with reports that it has now reached the capital, Seoul.

North Korea begins inoculation of poultry against the potential threat from its neighbour.

The Tamil Nadu Government in India plans to set up a sterile zone, free from the avian flu virus to resume poultry exports.

United States

Weekly Outlook: Soybeans: Crush Slows, Exports Remain Large, And Basis Strengthens
US - A small U.S. soybean crop in 2003 resulted in a year-over-year decline in the domestic soybean crush. Since then, the size of the domestic crush has grown each year, from 1.53 billion bushels in 2003-04 to 1.806 billion last year. For the 2007-08 marketing year, the USDA projects the domestic crush at 1.84 billion bushels, 1.9 percent larger than the crush of a year earlier.

Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 1 Percent from Last Year
US - Report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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.

Department of Agriculture Speaks on Salmonella
US - The Poultry & Egg Institute of the US Poultry & Egg Association has added the deputy under secretary for food safety at the US Department of Agriculture Dr Scott Hurd to the speaker lineup for its forthcoming Poultry Processor Workshop.

A New Deal Coming for Livestock and Meat?
WASHINGTON, DC, US - Farm and consumer groups today urged the Farm Bill conference committee to preserve the livestock market and contract reforms in the Livestock Title of the Senate version of the Farm Bill, especially in light of a new expert panel report on the negative impacts of industrial farm animal production.

IFAP Damned on Health, Welfare & Environment
US - Industrial Farm Animal Production methods, which are rife in the US have been criticised by a report today for unacceptable risks to public health, the environment and the welfare of the animals themselves.

Egg Products: Shell Eggs Broken Down 3 Percent from Last Year
US - Shell eggs broken totaled 163 million dozen during March 2008, down 3 percent from March a year ago, but 7 percent above the 152 million broken last month.
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Report Sees Impending US Food Safety Crises
US - A news report developed by the Trust for America's Health has lambasted the US food safety system, claiming to have uncovered major gaps in state regulations that leave Americans unnecessarily vulnerable.

Swine, Avian Flu Genes in Same Virus
US - An unknown pathogen isolated from infected pigs at two midwestern swine production facilities in 2006 has proved to be a new strain of H2 influenza virus, similar to the one that caused the 1957 flu pandemic, the USDA Agricutural Research Service reports in the May June issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

Cargill Will Not Rebuild Fire-Damaged Plant
US – US poultry, beef and pork processor Cargill has said it will not be rebuilding the Cargill Value Added Meats (CVAM) plant in Booneville Arkansas damaged by fire on Easter Sunday.

Meat and Poultry Recalled
NEW YORK - Due to possible contamination with the bacteria known as Listeria monocytogenes, Queens-based food company Gourmet Boutique is recalling more than 286,000 pounds of meat and poultry.

Tyson to Suspend Chicken Ad Campaign
US - Marketing campaign at US meat processor set to be dismantled as federal appeals court rules US meat processor Tyson to comply with an order to remove misleading advertising from 8,500 stores, says FoodNavigator-USA.

Indiana Egg Industry Impacted by High Prices
US - Already, the average price for a dozen large eggs is $2.16 in the first quarter of 2008. The American Farm Bureau Federation reports that's an increase of 55 cents more than the fourth quarter of 2007, writes Laureen Fagan.

Weekly Outlook: Corn Production Prospects Remain Uncertain
US - The USDA’s Prospective Plantings report released on March 31 provided much of the fuel for the spring rally in corn prices. Corn producers reported intentions to plant only 86.014 million acres of corn, nearly 7.6 million fewer acres than planted in 2007. Intentions were well below expectations and well below the magnitude of acreage needed to allow corn consumption to continue at the current rate of 13.11 billion bushels per year.

FSIS Issues Notice on Verification of Carcasses
US - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued FSIS Notice 35-08, “Verification of Carcasses That An Establishment Further Processes Without An Official Inspection Legend.”

Massive Meat Recall Stems from New York
US - A New York meat firm has voluntarily recalled approximately 286,320 pounds of fresh and frozen meat and poultry products due to possible Lysteria contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

Pilgrim's Pride Falling from Dizzying Heights
TEXAS, US - America's largest chicken producer yesterday posted a second-quarter loss greater than that of one year ago, accounting the downfall to higher feed costs and restructuring charges.
Merial Trovac AIV H5
United Kingdom

90 Jobs Secured at Grampian
UK - 90 jobs at a Grampian Country Food Group plant have been saved after new business was recently secured.

Free Range Poultry Flying with Demand
UK - Noble Foods, the UK's largest supplier of free-range eggs has predicted a bright future of growth in its chosen sector. They forecast a growth rate as high as 10 per cent in 2008.

Huge Processing Factory in Northamptonshire
UK - Due to a £3 million investment a factory in Northamptonshire will become one of Europe's largest chicken-processing plants.

Competition Report Welcomed
UK - British farmers have applauded the findings of a Competition Commission report, which they believe will improve relations between the big supermarkets and producers.

BOOK REVIEW: Guide to antimicrobial use in animals
UK - In summary, this is an excellent book, earnestly trying to cover a difficult and complex subject, which politically, is a very active area for debate.

New TFTA Chairman Seeks Brand Recognition
UK - Suffolk farmer Mick Binder, who has been producing Christmas turkeys for more than 20 years, is the new chairman of the Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association (TFTA).

Scottish Assurance: a Shining Example
UK - A new report has specifically picked out Scotland's Quality Assurance scheme as a prime example of good animal welfare methods and traceability throughout the world.

Tesco Receives Rotten Egg Award
UK - Animal welfare activists Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) have branded UK Supermarket, Tesco, their '2008 Rotten Egg'. They claim that Tesco have failed to make any commitment to end the sale of eggs from caged hens, despite many other global food companies are switching to free range eggs.

The Price of Welfare: Can We Afford It?
UK - The latest in the increasingly popular BVA (British Veterinary Association) Animal Welfare Foundation discussions takes place this on Tuesday 20 May which will debate modern issues regarding animal welfare.

Free-Range Hen Unit: The Perfect Match for Pig Unit
UK - When looking to add another income stream to their pig and arable unit, the Sanderson family decided free-range egg production would be ideal, reports Angela Culvert.

Count Down to the Great Yorkshire Show
UK - With the number of weeks to the Great Yorkshire Show now into single figures, livestock entries already received make it clear that one of the country’s premier farming events, the Great Yorkshire Show, will again combine quality with quantity in the show rings.

Poultry's Light Environmental Footprint
UK - A major carbon footprint study in the UK comparing environmental burdens and resource use in production of beef, sheep meat, poultry meat, eggs and milk, has declared poultry meat the clear winner.
Optisec; High-capacity manure drying tunnel for a 
maximum dry-matter content
New Zealand

Risk Management Welcomed in New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND - An independent international review of New Zealand Food Safety Authority’s (NZFSA) approach to ensuring food safety for consumers has found it to be aligned with best practice in comparable authorities internationally.


Ontario Renews Partnership with University of Guelph
CANADA - The partnership between the Ontario government and the University of Guelph that resulted in the Omega-3 egg is being renewed and improved.


Microflora Optimises Bird Performance
AUSTRALIA - An advanced microbiological technique that provides a “snapshot” of the bacterial population in the chicken’s gut is being used to determine the right balance of bacterial species for the bird's gut health.

Ozzie Opinions Urged on Transport Welfare
AUSTRALIA - The Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) is urging North Queenslanders to have their say on proposed Australian Standards and Guidelines for the Welfare of Animals for the Land Transport of Livestock.

Russian Federation

Wide Ranged Conference at VIV
The first Special Edition of VIV Europe takes place in Moscow from 27-29 May.


Poultry Exports Rise
ARGENTINA - Argentine exports of poultry meat reach $59,751,000 for the first quarter of the year, according to figures released by the National Service for Health and Agro-alimentary Quality (Senasa).


Bird Flu in Denmark
STOCKHOLM, DENMARK - Bird flu virus has, according to this story, been detected on a farm in Denmark's central Fyn island, the country's veterinary department announced Monday.

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

North Korea's Emergency Bird Flu Body
NORTH KOREA - Yesterday North Korea announced that it had set up an emergency bird flu unit to tackle the event of widespread outbreaks such as those that are occurring in the neighboring country of South Korea.

Bird Flu Watch Posts Peer Out from N Korea
NORTH KOREA - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is taking a wide range of measures to prevent avian flu from spreading into the country whilst an outbreak causes havoc in neighboring South Korea, the official news agency KCNA said Monday.


Grain Drain: A Chinese Affair with Meat
CHINA - A change in Chinese meat consumption habits since 1995 is diverting eight billion bushels of grain per year to livestock feed and could empty global grain stocks by September 2010, according to a new study from Biofuels Digest.


Going Off Poultry in Jamaica
JAMAICA - The inflating price of food in Jamaica have set consumers searching for smaller packages of poultry in supermarkets. This knock-on effect is hurting producers such as the Caribbean Broilers, who have seen their sales drop.


The Future of Health in GM Livestock
NETHERLANDS - In the coming years, innovation in Animal Husbandry will partially stem from knowledge on the role and functioning of hereditary material in animals.
Paracox-5 Coccidiosis vaccine

Pork and Chicken Price Changes Differ
THE PHILIPPINES - According to ABS-CBN, while the price of pork goes down, chicken prices take a leap.


French Abatoirs Deemed Scandalous
FRANCE - It has been reported that almost half of the slaughterhouses in France fail to conform to European standards of hygiene, as per a memorandum from the Directorate General of Food (DGAL).

Company news

Infectious Disease Control at VIV Europe
Merial RUSSIA - A product range at the forefront of infectious disease control will be the theme for a presentation by Dr Stéphane Imbert at this year's VIV Europe trade fair in Moscow.

Broiler Ventilation Seminar in Brno, Czech Republic
Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders CZECH REPUBLIC - More than 80 professionals from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Germany attended the broiler ventilation seminar organised by Cobb Germany and AGE Company at the Czech Tech Agro Fair.

Vostermans Ventilation nominated for Award
Vostermans NETHERLANDS - Every year, the employers’ organisation, Koninklijke Metaalunie, offers an Award to the company, in the small- and medium sized business, which distinguishes oneself positively in a certain field. This year the Metaalunie offers this opportunity to companies which focus on the renewal of their labour process.

Successful Dealer Meeting Vencomatic and Prinzen
Vencomatic NETHERLANDS - From April 23rd till 26th, Vencomatic and Prinzen organised their international Dealer Meeting in the Netherlands. The big event was focussed on the 25th anniversary of both sister companies. Over 110 attendants from 37 countries attended the meeting, which took place in Aalten and Eersel.

Welfare, Quality and Performance Make Hubbard No.2
Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus UK - With pride Hubbard announces that they have become the 2nd largest broiler breeder supplier into the UK market. This success follows Hubbard’s strategy set out many years ago.

Aviagen Welcome Lilydale, Canada, to the UK
Aviagen UK - Aviagen were delighted to welcome their Canadian customer Lilydale to their UK headquarters last week.

That's all for this week!


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