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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 16th June 2008
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How Effective is Your Hatchery Cleaning and Disinfection Programme?
By Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies. Cleaning and disinfection are fundamental to effective hygiene in the hatchery. Cleaning can remove up to 85 per cent of micro-organisms, preventing their development by removing their food sources, or "dirt". Any remaining micro-organisms can then be eradicated by disinfection.
Application of MS Live Vaccine (MSH) in Layers
Significant advances in the control of mycoplasmosis have been achieved since the introduction of the mild, effective Mycoplasma gallisepticum vaccine, ts-11, according to a paper by Teruaki Ouchi of Nippon BioLogicals, Inc, Yasuhisa Munakata of Nippon Zenyaku Kogyo Co., Ltd and Hiroshi Sakamoto of Nippon BioLogicals, Inc.
Scandinavians Focus on Food Safety and Welfare
Representatives of the Danish and Swedish poultry industries highlighted food safety in their presentations at World Poultry 2008 conference organised last month in London by Agra Informa, writes ThePoultrySite editor, Jackie Linden.
FAO Reports on Global Avian Influenza Situation
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published its latest 'HPAI Situation Update'. Outbreaks in commercial poultry were reported in Egypt and Bangladesh (one outbreak each), Republic of Korea (22) and Vietnam (6).
US Feed Outlook
Allen Baker, Edward Allen, and Heather Lutman, ERS USDA. This monthly report examines supply, use, prices, and trade for feed grains, including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Focuses on corn; also contains information on sorghum, barley, oats, and hay.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

There were encouraging signs this week that the Oxfordshire avian flu outbreak had been contained to the one premises, within the UK.

Health authorities in Hong Kong announced on Wednesday that they would slaughter all live chickens in the retail markets following further reported cases of H5N1 infections among the poultry on the market. Whilst over in Canada the government has said that it is committed to protecting the health of Canada’s domestic poultry flocks from avian influenza (AI) viruses.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released results of a study suggesting that some North American avian influenza A H7 virus strains have properties that might enhance their potential to infect humans as well as their potential to spread from human to human.

  New Zealand

Despite Success, Campylobacter Remains Focus for Industry
NEW ZEALAND - The poultry industry is continuing to maintain the confidence of New Zealanders in the quality of the chicken they eat.


Bill 17: Ruffling Feathers in Manitoba
CANADA - Manitoba Egg Producers is urging the provincial government to abandon plans to ban hog industry development and instead focus on recommendations proposed by the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Government Debates Chicken Processing Legislation
CANADA - Quebec Agriculture Minister Ron Ouellette may drop legislation prohibiting chickens from crossing the Quebec border after receiving an offer from a company to build a slaughterhouse in the province.
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  United States

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler chicks placed are down one per cent, reports the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Weekly Outlook: Rapidly Changing Crop Market
US - Last week there began to be some discussion about the end to the higher price trend in corn and soybean prices. Ironically, that discussion was followed by a move to new contract highs in both markets.

Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
US - Turkey eggs in incubators down 4%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Clipped Wings: US Poultry Industry Falls
US - Poultry industries across the US took a big fall yesterday, with stocks in Pigrim's Pride, currently the largest US poultry industry, taking a fall of 12.4 per cent.

Darkling Beetles: a New Solution to an Old Problem
US - A solution has been offered to the on-going problem of darkling beetles to the poultry industry, and it comes in the form of an insecticide.

Constructing an Egg that Fights Cancer
US - Imagine the chicken and eggs you eat could be cancer-fighting food. Researchers at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center say they could be on their way to doing that. Here's the best part - they're only using a natural plant extract, and a little time.

Lesser Prairie Chicken Numbers in Decline
US - Lesser prairie chickens have been reduced to just a fraction of their once booming population across a handful of states, prompting a group of conservationists to crank up the pressure on the federal government to provide more protection for the rare bird.

Bill to Cut Down Ethanol Tariff Announced
US - Senators Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, and Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, introduced legislation this week (S. 3080) to lower the tariff to on imported ethanol to bring it in line with U.S. ethanol blending subsidies, which a recently enacted farm bill lowered to 45 cents per gallon from 51 cents per gallon.

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

FSIS: Update on Turkey Microbiological Baseline Data
US - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday issued the Nationwide Young Turkey Microbiological Baseline Data Collection Program-Update.

US Running Out of Corn
US - According to the latest figures from the US feed grains outlook, American producers are going to see tough times ahead. Lower production, strong domestic demand and lower ending stocks are going to set a trend of tight corn supply and point towards upcoming shortfalls

Poultry Industry Fired up by Biofuel Support
US - The United States’ poultry industry is concerned by a recent letter that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer and U.S. Secretary of Energy Sam Bodman sent to Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., stating their respective department’s continued support for biofuels. Bingaman is the chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
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HSI Tour Opens Eyes to Free Range Production
INDIA - An animal welfare organisation has just returned from a week long trip, showing Indian poultry producers around some of the best cage-free facilities across the United States. The aim of the tour was to show the producers a more humane way of breeding poultry.

Poultry Power to Light up Panchkula District
INDIA - 7.5 MW electricity will be generated for the Barwala-Raipur Rani area in a year’s time; proposal awaits final nod from the Haryana govt


GM Livestock Experiments to Begin in Uganda
UGANDA - Ugandan scientists are to begin experimenting on genetically modified farmyard animals that they say will be healthier, more productive and more efficient, boosting meat and dairy production in the country.

  European Union

Commission Propose New Rules for By-products
EU - The European Commission adopted today a proposal that will facilitate the efficient management of animal by-products, while preserving at the same time the current high levels of protection against risks to public and animal health and the environment.

Mandelson: EU Should Lift Ban on US Chicken
EU - European Union member states should lift their 11-year ban on US poultry washed in chlorine, since scientific evidence shows that it does not pose a health threat to consumers, EU External Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Tuesday, reports Deutsche Presse Agentur

EU Food Chain Action Welcomed
EU - The European Commission is to hold the first high level group meeting among food producers, industry and legislators on competitiveness in the food industry.

EU Compound Feed Production Still Rising
EU - Recent figures have revealed that last year's EU compound feed production had its highest annual growth rate in almost twenty years.
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  United Kingdom

Hugh's Going to Support the Chicken Campaign?
UK - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is calling for support on his latest campaign to improve the welfare of commercially bred chickens.

Stricter Salmonella Legislation on the Way
UK - Egg producers are facing new legislation aimed at reducing the already low prevalence of salmonella in eggs.

Inventing a Poultry Powered Car
UK - Inventor and chicken farmer, Harold Bate, has successfully used droppings from chickens to power his car.

VION to Takeover Grampian
UK - Europe's largest meat processing company, VION has signed an agreement to acquire Grampian, one of the UK's largest food companies.


Corn Prices Could Make Chicken More Expensive
JAMAICA - Already having to cope with rising food prices, consumers are warned that the cost of chicken could go up again.


Chicken Prices Fly High in Malaysia
MALAYSIA - Chicken sellers have increased their prices despite a 60 sen per kilo drop in ex-farm prices, says Federation of Livestock Farmers Association of Malaysia (FLFAM).


Stirling Products Signs Term Sheet for Insecticide
AUSTRALIA - Stirling Products has signed an agreement in principle with the private Western Australian company Cocky Smart Pty Ltd for the Australian and international rights to its novel parasiticide for the prevention of flies and ticks primarily with applications in livestock.
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Company news

Hy-Line International Hy-Line Technical Services Team Add Nutritionist
US - Dr. Kristjan Bregendahl will join Hy-Line International in July 2008 as a member of the global technical service department.

Bug Dutchman Big Dutchman's Poultry Trip to Middle East
EGYPT - Big Dutchman CEO Bernd Meerpohl, accompanied by sales representative poultry Gerard Ter Avest, recently visited the Middle East to take a look at the 'impressive' poultry systems in operation.

Aviagen Aviagen Names International Technical Manager in Asia
NEW ZEALAND - Aviagen has named Mark Wright as an international technical manager for the Arbor Acres brand in Asia.

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