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The PoultrySite Newsletter - 12th May 2008
Monday 12th May 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Optimum Humidity for Ostrich Incubation
By Pas Reform. Ostriches are indigenous to Africa, although today it is not uncommon to find them being farmed commercially around the world for meat and leather production.
Reducing Energy Use with Solar Transpired Walls in Poultry Houses
By Sanjay Shah, BAE Dept., North Carolina State University Bob McGuffey, North Carolina Solar Center, published in the North Carolina Poultry Industry Joint Area Newsletter. The Energy Information Administration reported that in North Carolina, wholesale propane prices increased by a whopping 67% to $1.67/gallon in January 2008 compared to January 2007.
Transplantation and Cryopreservation of Chicken Gonads
By Dr Fred Silversides and Dr Yonghong Song, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and presented by the Canadian Poultry Industry Council.
Automated Measurement of Foot Pad Lesions
By Welfare Quality®, Science and Society Improving Animal Welfare. This article was published in Update8 e-zine. The scoring of foot pad lesions in broiler chickens is one of the parameters of the broiler welfare assessment system that is currently being developed in Welfare Quality®.
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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)

In the past week bird flu resurfaced in Bengal, prompting a cull 42 villages in the Darjeeling district.

Thai officials monitor migrating birds to prevent possible outbreaks.

South Korean officials in the capital Seoul investigated an open air market after 4 birds were discovered to be contaminated.

United States

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.

Chicken Price Bubble Still Rising in US
US - Another American food inflation is on the way and this time it is being headed by rising prices for chicken and pork likely to come from higher prices for chicken and pork.

US Poultry in a Flap Over EU Trade Issues
US - Recent failures to resolve issues of poultry trade from the US to Europe have been met with criticism by the US poultry industry, who say that there will never be a conclusion to the debate whilst the European Union keeps seeking a 'scientific impossibility'.
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A One-Health Concept for Animal Disease
US - Antimicrobial resistance, avian influenza, and climate change are among the topics that illustrate interconnections among human, animal, and environmental health.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler Chicks Placed Down 2 per cent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Governor Bids to Improve Poultry Plant Conditions
US - North Carolina governor Mike Easley is to put forward $1 million to increase inspections of poultry plants and assure proper working conditions.

Farm Bill Blueprint Begins to Materialise
US - The US Farm Bill came close to completion this week, as the principal negotiators announced that they have reached an agreement.

Considering Layer Hens in Furnished Cages
US - The type of housing and stocking densities of egg laying hens has become a growing concern for the egg laying industry and a point of interest for animal welfare conscious consumers.

Deception in Plumped up Poultry
US - Many companies plump up poultry meat by injecting them with a broth to make them taste tastier and more tender, but this practice also adds water weight and sodium.

What Do Chicken Labels Really Say?
US — Buying chicken these days is not like it used to be. With labels like “100 percent natural,” “organic,” “grain-fed,” and “free range,” many consumers don’t really know what they’re buying.

Manure Management Webcast Coming Soon
US - A live webcast for those interested in adding to the bottom line by implementing certain manure management practices will be broadcast on May the 16th.

United Kingdom

UK Poultry Industry to Cut Out Nicarbazin
UK - The incidence of Nicarbazin in chicken livers has been drastically cut in recent years, but the routine surveillance by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate continues to find a small number of samples with detectable levels of nicarbazin.

UK Hen Rustlers on the Up
UK - The craze for keeping poultry, boosted by TV chefs such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver, has prompted a new rural crime wave – hen rustling.

FSA Lay Egg Hygiene Plan on Farmers
UK - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has begun to seek views and comments on new draft guidance plans that aim to enforce a higher degree of hygiene regulations on egg production sites in the United Kingdom.

EU Poultry Feed Plan Rejected
UK - According to a North East scientist, the EU's plans to allow the use of pig remains as poultry feed could stir up another BSE-style crisis.
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NFU Call for Support on UK Free Range
UK - British poultry farmers cannot meet the rapidly growing demand for free-range eggs because of over-strict RSPCA standards on stocking density, industry experts have warned.

NFU Start Countdown to Pig and Poultry Fair
UK - The pig and poultry calendar's flagship event takes place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Contributing to Global Warming
UK - While ruminants can be blamed for significant emissions of methane and nitrous oxide into the earth's atmosphere, vegetable and cereal production also contribute to global warming.


Unhygienic Feed and Waste Disposal Alarms Critics
PAKISTAN - Preparation of unhygienic poultry feed, improper disposal of poultry waste and absence of legislation concerning feed ingredients and medication pose a serious threat to human health, environmentalists and veterinary experts say.

European Union

US Poultry Pressure Backfires in EU
EU - Recent pressure from the US urging the European Commission to allow American poultry back on the market came close to backfiring yesterday as European officials contradicted claims that the dispute was almost resolved.

Feeding Animals to Animals: EU May Lift Ban
EU - It is believed that if the EU go ahead with contraversial plans to relax current safety measures on pig and poultry feeds, which outlaw animal proteins, then vast amounts of money could be saved by EU farmers.

EU/Russia Meat Row Erupts
EU - The European Union's executive arm yesterday said that a Russian ban on European meat was disproportionate and should therefore be alleviated.

Hypocrisy of EU Poultry Cleaning
EU - European poultry producers have been using the same chlorine-based washing process on exported chicken that led to the ban of American sales in the EU for eleven years.

Viet Nam

Bird Flu Fowl Bring Woe to Can Tho City
VIETNAM - The number of affected localitites in Vietnam rose to three this week with the discovery of stricken fowl in the Southern city of Can Tho, reported Vietnam's Department of Animal Health earlier today.


KFC: Colonel Sanders Turns to China
SHANGHAI, CHINA - KFC has set its sights on China to help increase sales as a US recession looms round the corner. The Chinese KFC menu will offer fried dough and preserved egg porridge alongside the usual helping of Kentucky fried chicken.

Government Helps China Feed Itself
CHINA - The government of China have declared a new initiative giving support to farmers around the country in the latest bid to meet the population's ever increasing food demand.
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N Korea Intensifying Anti-Epizootic Campaign
NORTH KOREA - As bird flu has spread through most of South Korea since early April, North Korea is intensifying its measures for prevention of the sickness, the North's news outlet said.


Misr Arabian Poultry Sets Sights on Rival
EGYPT - Ismailiya Misr Arabian Poultry has tabled a E£426m ($80m) takeover bid for rival chicken producer Ismailiya Misr Poultry. The bidder is part of the Dallah el-Baraka group of companies, a Saudi Arabian conglomerate owned by Sheikh Saleh Kamel.


Inflation Pressure Reveals Bad Eggs
INDIA - Increasing prices of maize and soyameal are showing knock-on effects to the Indian egg industry as farmers are forced to cut corners on poultry feed and production.


Help Needed for Surviving Livestock of Cyclone
MYANMAR - An emergency veterinary team from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is on stand-by in Thailand awaiting authority to enter cyclone struck Myanmar to assess and then relieve the suffering of thousands of animals that human survivors depend on for food and their livelihoods.
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Company news

Hubbard Get a New Technical Manager
Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus FRANCE - Hubbard S.A.S. is very pleased to announce that Jacky Michard has joined the Hubbard technical team in April 2008.

On The Road: Aviagen Supporting East Europe
Aviagen GENERAL - As customers face the challenges of elevated feed prices and increasing production costs, Aviagen KFT, part of the Aviagen Group, have recently organised a successful series of seminars in Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia, working with their customers and industry partners to provide technical support and topical advice focusing on broiler nutrition and management.

Breeding Companies Unite on Genomics Programme
GLOBE - In an unprecedented collaboration the leading poultry breeding companies Aviagen, Hy-Line International and Lohmann Tierzucht have committed to a combined initiative to evaluate and implement a new genetic technology - Genome Wide Selection - in their respective breeding programs.

That's all for this week!


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