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The PoultrySite Newsletter - 9th June 2008
Monday 9th June 2008
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We have 4 new features this week:

Spanish Poultry Sector Needs to Make Changes
Spain is planning a radical shake-up of its poultry sector, according to Pablo Bernardos Hernàndez, head of poultry within the Spanish ministry for the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, writes ThePoultrySite Editor, Jackie Linden.
Development of Management Tools for Reducing Phosphorus Availability in Animal Manures
By Dr Valtcho Jeliazkov, Mississippi State University and presented by the Canadian Poultry Industry Council.
Understanding the Physiology of Lighting for Broiler Breeders
By Mike Wineland, Departmental Extension Leader, Poultry Science, NC State University and published in the North Carolina Poultry Industry Joint Area Newsletter Winter 2008.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - May 2008
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

This week the H7 strain of Avian Influenza was discovered in the UK. All poultry at the site were slaughtered as a precautionary measure.

H5N1 was discovered in a Hong Kong street market. Authorities closed down the poultry market after samples confirmed it was the virus.

US based Tyson foods announced this week a flock of its breeder hens tested positive for the presence of H7N3 antibodies. None of the birds have been reported as showing any signs of the virus.

United Kingdom

Flying Against the Wind of Climate Change
UK - According to a new survey, poultry producers in the UK are embracing new measures to combat the effects of climate change.

Bird Flu Back in Britain
UK - The Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, has today confirmed Avian Influenza in chickens on premises near Banbury in Oxfordshire after preliminary tests were positive for the H7 strain. All birds on the premises will be slaughtered as a precautionary measure.

FDA Publish Cloned Animal Research Report
UK - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published research into the views of the UK public about cloning animals, and cloned animals, their offspring and their products (such as milk and eggs) entering the food chain.

New Poultry Board Delegate for NFU Cymru
UK - Tony Burgess of Birchgrove free range eggs in Trawsgoed near Aberystwyth has been appointed as the new Poultry Board Delegate for NFU Cymru.

Tesco Want Hugh to Cough up £86,000 Chicken Bill
UK - TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been told he must pay Tesco £86,000 to put his concerns about chicken welfare to the supermarket's shareholders.
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United States

Inside the Egg: Chicks Born with Healthy Bacteria
US - The conventional wisdom among scientists has long been that birds acquire the intestinal bacteria that are a necessary for good health from their environment, but a new University of Georgia study finds that chickens are actually born with those bacteria.

Weekly Outlook: CRP Critical Feed Use Initiative
US - Beginning yesterday, June 2, 2008, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants with certain established vegetative cover may request a voluntary modification to contracts to utilize certain land, or lease the privilege to others, for critical feed use including haying or grazing (A fact sheet outlining the program is at USDA’s Farm Service Agency web site).

US Pledge Another $5 Million to Fight Bird Flu
US - The United States Department of Agriculture yesterday pledged a further $5 million in the continuing battle against the global spread of bird flu. The Avian Influenza Coordinated Agricultural Project (AICAP) will now be run for another three years.

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.

Tyson Rips Off Antibiotic Free Chicken Label
US - Tyson has backed down this week after having its antibiotic free chicken claims rejected over the course of the last year. Instead the company has asked the United States Department of Agriculture to consider initiating a public process to bring more clarity and consistency to labeling and advertising rules involving antibiotic-related product claims and all raising claims in general.

AFBF: 'Real Solutions' Needed at Rome Summit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Farm Bureau Federation this week is participating in the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Summit on food security, climate change and renewable fuels, which is being held in Rome.

H7N3 Creeps in to Tyson Breeder Flock
US - A flock of Tyson breeder hens have been exposed to a low pathogenic strain of avian influenza (LPAI). The USDA and the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission are trying to manage the flock and so far there have been no reported cases that any of the birds have the virus. However, Preliminary tests have indicated the presence of antibodies for H7N3 avian influenza.

CME: Companies Decline as Much as 6% in Shares
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 3rd June, 2008.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler Chicks Placed Down 2 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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US Poultry Show Support on Foreign Efforts
US - The US poultry industry this week came out in praise of the efforts made by the the U.S. government to resolve the longstanding issue of the European Union banning U.S. poultry. By making this trade issue a priority agenda item for the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), it is apparent that top government officials believe resolution is possible.

FDA Gain Greater Insight into Animal Feed Safety
US - The American Food and Drug Administration have decided to take a more methodical approach to the issue of food safety in animal feed. Under the new initiatives the administration will look into producing a system that focuses on risk assessment and preventative measure.

An Eco-Friendly 'Clearwater' Solution
US - A new barley that benefits the environment as well as farm animals has been developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues.

“Talking Turkey” on Facebook
US - Washington, D.C. - To mark June as Turkey Lovers’ Month®, the National Turkey Federation is giving Facebook users a chance to “talk turkey.”

AVMA Put Animal Welfare on the Web
US - To help veterinarians and the general public understand the complexity and passion behind animal welfare issues, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has launched its first Web section devoted entirely to animal welfare information.

7 Cases Identified as Salmonella Spreads from Chicks
US - State health officials have identified seven cases of salmonellosis in recent months that are associated with handling chicks or ducklings, prompting them to remind Minnesotans to wash hands thoroughly after handling baby poultry.


Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics January - March 2008
The information here details egg and poultry values and production rates in Canada, as published by Statistics Canada.

KFC Canada Commit to 100% CAK Meat Purchase
CANADA - KFC Canada this week became the first major restaurant chain ever to commit to sourcing all of its meat exclusively from controlled-atmosphere killing slaughterhouses, albeit with a little pressure from PETA.

Bird Flu Surveillance Programme to Start in Canada
Farmer poultry organizations support the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) surveillance programme for low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) but they do not think farmers get adequate compensation if flocks must be depopulated.

Clean Water Essential to Avoid Serious Diseases
CANADA - Since contaminated water can transmit serious diseases to birds, poultry owners should always provide good quality water for their flocks.

Canadian Regulations Prove too Tough to Swallow
CANADA - Nine months after it took effect, farmers and elected officials in Powell River are still fighting against the Ministry of Health’s new Meat Inspection Regulation (MIR).

Bird Watch: Manitoba Survey Wild Bird Health
CANADA - Manitoba will continue to monitor the health of wild birds to ensure the study of avian influenza (AI) in the province remains active, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk said today.

Manitoba Chicken Producers Support Hog Producers
CANADA - Manitoba Chicken Producers is backing the call for the withdrawal of proposed legislation that would ban hog industry expansion in much of Manitoba, writes Bruce Cochrane.
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Mood Nutrients in Eggs may Answer Winter Blues?
AUSTRALIA - According to the latest research from the Australian Egg Corporation Limited eggs may well provide an easy well to beat the winter blues. With the onset of winter in Australia many people may feel the affects of Seasonal Affective Disorder, but due to the 'mood nutrients' found in eggs, many of these issues may be last year's problems.

Viet Nam

A Tight Spot: Vietnamese Poultry Feels the Squeeze
VIETNAM - As long as feed prices in Vietnam continue to skyrocket, losses for poultry producers will keep piling up. Now, producers are wondering where to turn next.

Compensation Due to Vietnamese Livestock Owners
VIET NAM - Raisers of poultry and cattle which have been culled to prevent the spread of such diseases as bird flu, foot-and-mouth and "blue ear," are to receive state compensation equal to 70 percent of the selling price of the culled animals.


Lending an Ear to the 76th Annual OIE Session
PARIS, FRANCE - Approximately 600 participants representing the 172 OIE Member Countries and organisations took part in the 76th Annual General Session of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The session discussed the global progress of animal health and food safety, whilst evaluating the success of the initiatives undertaken in over last twelve months.

European Union

Developing Agriculture Needed in Developing Countries
EU - In adopting a resolution on rising food prices in the EU and the developing countries, MEPs say that priority should be given to investment in agriculture, aquaculture, rural development and agribusinesses in developing countries.

Experts Cry Out for More as Zoonoses Spread
EU - Zoonoses, diseases that are transmitted between vertebrate animals and humans, are on the rise and the meat industry is having to pay the price.

EU Vets Reject US Poultry Plans
EU - National experts from the EU's member states have thrown out Commission plans to lift a ban on imports of chicken treated with chemicals, reviving trade tensions between the EU and the US ahead of a major summit next week (10 June).

Generation Gap in EU farmers Worries MEPs
EU - While food production in the future is likely to rise, the future of the next generation of farmers is uncertain. At present just 7.6% of farms in the European Union are run by people under 35.


DA Endeavors to Stabilize Meat Supply and Prices
MANILA - The Department of Agriculture (DA) has been taking concrete steps to stabilize the domestic supply and prices of chicken and pork amid the double whammy of escalating production costs and tightening global supplies, according to reports from top DA officials.

Philippines Confiscate Danish Poultry Shipments
PHILIPPINES - Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) quarantine officers and inspectors at all major airports and sea ports in the country to stop and confiscate all incoming shipment of live birds, poultry and poultry products from Denmark.
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Food Summit Calls Out for More Ag Investment
ROME, ITALY – The Summit on soaring food prices, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has concluded with the adoption by acclamation of a declaration calling on the international community to increase assistance for developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and those that are most negatively affected by high food prices.

Hong Kong

H5N1 found in Hong Kong Market
HONG KONG - Hong Kong health authorities closed down a poultry market here Saturday after excrement samples collected from hencoops at the marketplace were confirmed infected with the deadly strain of H5N1 avian influenza virus, writes Du Guodong, Xinhua.

Company news

DuPont Positions Itself for Long Term Growth
Dupont NEW YORK, US - At an investors’ conference here today, DuPont Chairman and CEO Charles O. Holliday, Jr., said the company is accelerating growth through DuPont innovation that addresses global macro trends related to food, safety and security, and renewable energy.

New Sales and Administration Manager for Aviagen
Aviagen NEW ZEALAND - Following the establishment of Aviagen Australia and Aviagen New Zealand (Aviagen ANZ), Burak Kaleli has been appointed to the new post of Regional Sales and Administration Manager.

Focus on Feed Costs at Cobb Conference in Greece
Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders GREECE - More than 200 poultry farmers and technical advisers representing over 70 per cent of the Greek and Cypriot broiler industries attended a conference on breeder management at Ioannina in northern Greece.

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