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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 23rd April 2008
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We have 4 new features this week:

Biosecurity - Do You Need to go to a Higher Level?
In a previous poultry tip it was concluded that there is no good way to depopulate a large cage layer house to contain an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian disease, writes A. Bruce Webster, Extension Poultry Scientist for the University of Georgia Cooperate Extension Service.
Litter Management
By Dr Ken Macklin, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University and presented at the 2008 North Carolina Broiler Supervisors Short Course, North Carolina State University.
Lessons Learned from an AI Outbreak
The full impact of the 2007 outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), at a farm belonging to the country's leading turkey company, has been published in a report by Jeremy Hall of Bernard Matthews, reports Jackie Linden, ThePoultrySiteEditor.
US Poultry Outlook Report - June 2008
By U.S.D.A, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the June 2008: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
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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)

Vietnam's central Quang Ngai province was struck by bird flu. The virus has killed 690 chickens since its discovery in the Son Tinh district.

Hong Kong continues to battle with the virus after it was detected in one of the countries many wet markets. After the initial cull of 2,700 birds the virus appears to have spread further into the islands poultry population prompting mass slaughters to control its spread.

Chinese state press have said that authorities in Guangdong province have begun destroying poultry after bird flu was detected to stop the disease from spreading. Nearly 3,900 ducks have died and a further 17,000 birds have been culled due to fears that they could be carrying the virus.

  United Kingdom

TV Chef Takes on Retailer in Bid to Improve Broiler Welfare
UK - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's campaign to improve the welfare of intensively reared broilers sold in supermarkets has taken a step forward, thanks to a Northampton investment company.

Retailer Under More Pressure on Welfare
UK - A celebrity chef's push to get Tesco to improve broiler welfare standards has received support from an influential corporate governance consultancy.

Brown Says GM Animal Feeds are Key to Food Crisis
UK - Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of Britain, has called upon the European Union to relax rules on imports of genetically modified animal feed in order to prevent a world food crisis.
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  United States

USPOULTRY Web Site Gets New Look
ATLANTA - The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has launched a new Web site. The new pages at have a new user-friendly look. The site provides online visitors with dramatic improvements in navigation, uniformity, appearance, and accessibility.

Weekly Outlook: Rationing the 2008 US Corn Crop
US - The USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board lowered its expectation of the size of the 2008 U.S. corn crop from 12.125 billion bushels in May to 11.735 billion in June. Extensive flooding in parts of the midwest suggest that production potential may be declining even further.

Antibiotic-Resistant Campylobacter Persists in Poultry
US - Iowa researchers have found that antibiotic-resistant campylobacter strains grow more successfully in the intestinal tract of poultry than a non-resistant strain, even in the absence of antibiotics.

CME: A Look at the Corn/Food Price Relation
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 16th June, 2008.

Arkansas Meeting on Furnace Systems and Legal Issues
US - Poultry Partners will hold its next meeting in Siloam Spring on 24 June 2008.

CME: USDA Reports Bring About a Busy Week
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 17th June, 2008.

Cereal and Meat Prices Beat Forecasts
US - According to Bloomberg, rising costs for grains and fuel will impact the prices of poultry, cereals, baked goods and sweets more than predicted just one month ago.

Cutbacks Coming on Back of Corn Inflation
US - Meat Industry leaders collected on Thursday to warn the public of upcoming cutbacks as corn prices make production unmanageable.

GE Animals Full of Promise in Brave New World
US – Genetically engineered (GE) animals provide innovative technologies that are transforming public health through biomedical, food and environmental applications, according to a scientific report released yesterday at the BIO 2008 International Convention.

CME: USDA Monthly Cold Storage Report
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 20th June, 2008.

Agricultural Funding Measure Approved
US - The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture unanimously approved the financial year (FY) 2009 funding measure for the Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.

Meat Price Bubble in Wake of US Flood
US - A week on from the disastrous Midwest floods in the United States and corn and soybean prices have already soared, but now consumers have another issue to worry about as the knock-on affects pass to the meat, egg and dairy industry.
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Hyderabad Man Breeds Exotic Chickens
INDIA - A poultry breeder has developed an exotic variety of Polish chicken without feathers on its neck.

Poultry Industry's Attempt to Ban Maize Exports Fails
INDIA - Government will not impose a ban on exports following industry concerns about a shortage.

Forward Trading is Harming the Egg Industry
INDIA - The National Egg Co-ordination Committee has asked the government to ban forward trading in maize and soya.

  Viet Nam

Scientists Work Together on Bird Flu
VIET NAM - More than 100 domestic and foreign scientists gathered at an international conference in Hanoi on 16 June to find ways to prevent and control bird flu.

Consumers Warned off Poultry and Shrimp
VIET NAM - Experts have warned people in two wards of Bien Hoa City in the southern province of Dong Nai not to eat locally produced food as local water supplies are polluted by extremely high levels of Agent Orange and other dioxins.


"Product of Canada": Farmers Welcome Label Guidelines
CANADA - The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) has responded enthusiastically to the federal government’s new “Product of Canada” and “Made in Canada” label guidelines. The CFA and its member organizations have been calling for updates to labeling rules for several years. The organization says new guidelines are very much in keeping with farmers’ requests under the CFA’s “Grown in Canada” proposal.

OIMP and Homegrown Ontario Join Hands
ONTARIO - Ontario Independent Meat Processors (OIMP) has joined the Homegrown Ontario program. Homegrown Ontario is a brand that launched in June 2007 to help consumers clearly identify meat products from Ontario. Currently the logo, a red barn with a trillium in the centre, can be found on pork, veal, lamb and turkey products that meet the Homegrown Ontario criteria.

Hallmark is Vancouver's Fourth Largest Water User
CANADA - Hallmark Poultry Processors used almost half a million cubic metres of water last year.


Hog and Poultry Industries See Hope
THE PHILIPPINES - Despite escalating chicken and pork prices, prospects for the hog and poultry industries are bright as the agriculture department has been taking concrete steps to stabilize domestic supplies.
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  New Zealand

Poultry Industry Should Come Clean
NEW ZEALAND - Companies becoming more transparent will help reduce campylobacter but the strategy is not without risks.

Illegal Farm Closed Down
NEW ZEALAND - An illegal poultry farm in Papakura has been shut down in a joint operation between the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), the Police, Environment Waikato, Franklin District Council and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.


AVEC General Assembly Looks at Competitiveness
POLAND - Competitiveness in a fast changing world will be the theme of the general assembly of AVEC, the European poultry industry organisation, in October.


FAO Urges Bird Flu Vigilance in Cambodia
CAMBODIA - FAO and Cambodia's Ministry of Agriculture have warned people to be on the alert in case of a recurrence of avian flu.

Cambodia Remain Vigilant on Bird Flu
CAMBODIA - It is important for Cambodia to remain vigilant for possible re-occurrence of avian influenza, as Cambodia shares borders with Vietnam and Thailand where outbreaks of the pathogenic virus continued to occur, said a statement on Tuesday.


Bird Flu Hits Guangdong Province
CHINA - State press have said that authorities in southern China have begun destroying poultry after bird flu was detected to stop the disease from spreading, according to The Straits Times.

Chicken Sellers May Quit
CHINA - Poultry traders have said they are considering getting a one-off compensation from the government and quitting the business for good.


Boost for Poultry Farming
NIGERIA - Poultry farmers in Borno state have been asked to liaise with the directorate of veterinary services of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources for professional advice on avian flu.


Poultry Industry Hampered by High Feed and Energy Costs
PAKISTAN - The poultry industry has been hit not only by high costs but also government policy on imports of parent birds, day-old chicks and poultry meat.
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Authorities Approve Avian Flu Vaccine
AUSTRALIA - CSL has received approval to register Panvax for humans

  Hong Kong

Live Chicken Labelling as AI Measure?
HONG KONG - Vendors have suggested using labels for live chickens

Bird Flu Infections Force Ban on Imports
HONG KONG - Imports of live poultry and other products from Xinhui, Jiangmen in Guangdong have been suspended for 21 days.

Hong Kong Sets Safeguards Against Bird Flu
HONG KONG - Hong Kong's top health official has said that the risk of avian influenza spreading is low thanks to the city's safeguards against the disease following a bird flu outbreak at a duck farm in neighboring Guangdong Province.

Government to Take Over Chicken Trade?
HONG KONG - Poultry workers are demanding three billion compensation for the withdrawal of live bird licences.

  European Union

EFSA Panels Find Feed Enzyme Safe and Effective
EU - European Food Safety Authority panels have found Econase XT P/L feed enzyme (ABF Ingredients) to be safe and effective for chickens, turkeys and weaned piglets.

EU Parliament Against Proposal on US Poultry Imports
EU - Strong opposition from member states, consumers and farmers has led the European parliament to attack plans by the European Commission to lift an import ban on US poultry washed in chlorine.


Poultry Farmers Call for Price Rise
MALAYSIA - The Malaysian Federation of Livestock Farmers' Association has called for a price increase to cover rising costs.

  Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

North Korea in Denial Over Bird Flu
NORTH KOREA - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday denied allegations of a bird flu outbreak in the country.


Two More Human Deaths from Bird Flu
INDONESIA - World Health Organization has received official reports of two more human fatalities from avian flu, bringing the total so far this year to 26.

Company news

Hubbard Technical Seminar in Morocco: A Confirmation of Success
Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - The Hubbard technical seminar organised for the Moroccan hatcheries and producers held in April 2008 used the theme: "Better production to gain more". The seminar gathered the vast majority of the hatcheries and producers resulting in many fruitful discussions.

Manure Drying Tunnel Doing a Good Job
Bug Dutchman GERMANY - Generating power from renewable energies is becoming increasingly important in Germany as well as on the international level. Thus, it is not surprising that the number of biogas plants is steadily increasing as are wind power plants and solar plants.

That's all for this week!


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