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The PoultrySite Newsletter - 2nd June 2008
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We have 4 new features this week:

How to Gauge Optimum Timing for Pulling Day-Old Chicks
Chicks should be pulled from the incubator when they are ready, not according to the clock, says hatchery technology company, Pas Reform.
Preventing Lameness in Broiler Chickens
This research was executed within the third sub-project of Welfare Quality®, which focuses on the development of practical strategies to improve farm animal welfare.
Chicken Health and Dietary Patterns
An extract from a report entitled 'Food, Health and Nutrition: Where Does Chicken Fit?' by the Smart Foods Centre, University of Wollongong and the Animal Research Institute, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries for Queensland, Australia.
EU Moves Towards Compartmentalisation
At the World Poultry 2008 conference in London last week, Maria Pittman, from DG SANCO at the European Commission in Brussels, explained how compartmentalisation could help maintain market flow in case of an outbreak of avian influenza (AI), writes Jackie Linden, ThePoultrySite Editor.
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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)

The complete genetic coding sequences of 150 different avian influenza viruses were released Friday by U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists and government, industry and university collaborators.

The Philippine Department of Agriculture this week lifted the ban on poultry imports from Saskatchewan, Canada. An evaluation by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) showed there was no longer any evidence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in poultry and wild birds imported from the Canadian province.

United States

Weekly Outlook: Assessing Corn and Soybean Market Fundamentals
US - Corn and soybean prices continue to be supported by a broad range of fundamental factors. These include strong domestic and export demand and a fair amount of concern about the potential size of the 2008 crops in the U.S.

The Mathematical Machine Battling Bird Flu
US - A pair of Los Alamos National Laboratory theorists have developed a mathematical tool that could help health experts and crisis managers determine in real time whether an emerging infectious disease such as avian influenza H5N1 is poised to spread globally.

Climate Change to Bring Storm to US Livestock
WASHINGTON, US - A new report released yesterday has signalled dangers posed to the US livestock industry if climate change continues to wreak havoc on weather, land resources and biodiversity across the globe.

Winn-Dixie Urged to Report Welfare Progress
US - An animal welfare group renowned for changing the policies of many companies with shareholder resolutions has now set its eye on Winn-Dixie to reduce the suffering of the chickens and pigs it purchases.

A Change Coming to Poultry Improvement Plan
WASHINGTON, US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend sampling and testing procedures for participants in the voluntary national poultry improvement plan (NPIP).
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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler Chicks Placed Down 1 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 11 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.

AMI Releases Request for Pre-Proposals
US - The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) has released its 2008-2009 Request for Pre-Proposals.

Report Counts the Impact of Foreign Animal Disease
US - As more is learned about the impacts of foreign animal-disease outbreaks, questions arise regarding the efficacy of existing animal disease-impact models for capturing the array of effects across many economic sectors and time.

New Fly Larvae Control System Bolsters Farm Hygiene
US - A new product has been developed which will help producers control fly larvae on pig, cattle, horse and poultry operations. The products manufacturers claims it will halt larval growth and prevent adult fly development improving hygiene on the farm.

Researchers Allay DDGS Food Safety Fears
US - Fears that using dried distillers grains (DDGS) as feed would cause harm to animals and also have a detrimental effect on the safety of its meat have been contradicted by new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

FSIS Updates New Technology Table
US - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has updated its Technology Table, which is the latest summary describing some of the new technologies received and reviewed by FSIS and approved for use in establishments.

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.

Food Prices Predicted to Stay High and Grow Volatile
US - Food prices will remain high in the coming decade, with meat prices forecasted to rise rapidly, according to the latest latest Agriculture Outlook from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
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Egg Products: Shell Eggs Broken Up 13 Percent from Last Year
US - Shell eggs broken totaled 177 million dozen during April 2008, up 13 percent from April a year ago, and 9 percent above the 163 million broken last month.

Poultry Operation Investigated for Illegal Immigrants
US - A poultry operation in South Carolina is being investigated for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

US Agricultural Exports to Hit $108.5 Billion
US – US agricultural exports are expected to reach a record $108.5 billion for fiscal year 2008, according to the US quarterly forecast for.


Vets Finally Gain Access to Myanmar Livestock
MYANMAR - A WSPA disaster assessment and response (DART) team today received permission to enter Myanmar and begin delivering aid to the animals that communities rely on so heavily.


Forward Trading: a False Economy for Indian Poultry Farmers
INDIA - The National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) of India has reiterated its call to ban soya and maize futures because they believe that the majority of Indian farmers do not possess holding capacity to derive benefit from forward trading.

Animal Disease Lab Coming to India
INDIA - Jammu and Kashmir will soon have a Level-II Bio-security Laboratory at the Institute of Animal Health and Biological Products for diagnosis of new and emerging animal diseases having bearing on human health.


Livestock Pushing Pakistan's Economic Growth
PAKISTAN - The livestock sector in Pakistan has recently been praised for its importance by the former federal finance minister Sartaj Aziz. He described what a key role it is playing in the country's growth, contributing over 50 per cent to agriculture GDP, and over 11 per cent to the national GDP.
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Small Steps: EU to Propose Lifting Ban on US Poultry
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - If everything goes to plan today will be the day that the EU finally proposes to end an import ban on US poultry washed in chlorine, a proposal which will come in the face of fierce opposition from member states, consumers and farmers.

European Union

Modified L-valine Given Green Light by EFSA
EU - The European Food Safety Authority have recently decided that the feed supplement L-valine, with a 98% degree of purity is safe for target animals, consumers, users and the environment.

After 11 Years EC Submits to US Poultry
EU - The European Commission has today submitted to US pressure to allow poultry imports onto the European market, despite the fact that US carcases have been treated with antimicrobial substances.

No Second Thoughts on EU Cage Ban Deadline
EU - The 2012 European conventional cage ban has come under scrutiny in recent months due to what many see as an implausible goal, but the EU Health Commissioner is in doubt that the targets can be achieved and will not turn back on the proposed timeline.


Help at Hand for Small Flock Owners
CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is teaming up with provincial governments to deliver information sessions aimed at helping small flock owners prevent and detect disease in their birds.


Malaysian Chicken Burst Through Ceiling Price
MALAYSIA - A sudden increase in the price of live chicken meat has taken trader by surprise by exceeding the ceiling price..

United Kingdom

Are Supermarkets Profiteering from Egg Price Hike?
UK - British Supermarkets have been accused of profiteering from the huge increase in prices of eggs which has taken place over the last year.

BPC Claims Hugh is Misleading Consumers
UK - The Chief Executive of the British Poultry Council, Peter Bradnock, has responded to the latest television campaign efforts of celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.


China: The Impact of a Modest Love for Meat
CHINA - World food prices are being destabilised by China's rising middle class and the desire to eat meat, but in comparison to the West the Chinese are only modest meat consumers.

Viet Nam

Health Institute to Begin Human H5N1 Vaccine Trials
VIETNAM - A Vietnamese health institute has, according to this story, asked for permission from the Health Ministry to test its bird flu vaccine among humans, after it worked successfully on animals.
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Company news

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Appoints Heads of Global Poultry
Schering-Plough Animal Health US – Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health appointed the Heads of Global Species teams for the swine, the poultry and the aquaculture segment.

Respiration Problems: "Common Signs are Common"
Dupont GLOBE - Respiratory disease is not uncommon in poultry production and can be associated with significant clinical signs and morbidity. The exact nature of the clinical signs and the level of subsequent mortality can be determined by a variety of factors.

That's all for this week!


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