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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 30th June 2008
Monday 30th June 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Red Hocks in Day Old Chicks or Poults
A day old chick is considered to be of good quality if it has the capacity to grow and mature in line with its genetic potential.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - June 2008
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data.
Commercial Egg Tip...Difficult Phosphate Situation
As has been obvious to everyone, the price of feed phosphates has undergone an almost incredible increase, write Nicholas M. Dale, Extension Poultry Scientist at the University of Georgia, Athens.
Probiotics for Turkeys
By Jesse L. Grimes PhD, Professor of Poultry Science and Nutrition, Extension Turkey Specialist, Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University and published in the North Carolina Poultry Industry Joint Area Newsletter.
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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)

This week bird flu outbreaks in Pakistan prompted a cull of nearly 2000 birds.

Hong Kong continues to face avian flu problems, with the sales of live chickens set to resume on July 2nd, only a third of poultry stalls across the regions 64 marketplaces met the hygiene requirements put in place by the government.

Uganda has received an International Development Association (IDA) credit from the World Bank to finance a four-year Avian and Human Influenza Preparedness and Response project

  United Kingdom

Celebrity Chefs Cause Free-Range Boom
UK - Consumer concern at the conditions on some intensive broiler farms has prompted a massive increase in the number of free-range birds being bred in Scotland.

University Receives Grant to Reduce Feather Pecking
UK - Bristol University's Animal Behaviour and Welfare Group has been awarded £850,000 to find ways to reduce feather pecking and in free-range layers.

RSPCA Excludes Farm from Welfare Scheme
UK - A free-range egg farm in central Norfolk has been suspended from a welfare scheme after an investigation found dead and neglected chickens in overcrowded surroundings.

Hens Seek New Lease of Life
UK - Ferne Animal Sanctuary is seeking donations.

Bernard Matthews Stops Selling Imports
UK - Turkey producer Bernard Matthews has announced that it is to stop selling imported turkey meat.

UK Protection Zone to Lift
UK - The British Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has lifted the Protection Zone put in place as part of control measures for the H7N7 avian influenza outbreak in Oxfordshire.

Hugh's Welfare Proposal Rejected by Tesco
UK - Celebrity television chef, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's, recent proposal to stop Tesco selling conventionally reared chicken in its stores was rejected by Tesco shareholders.
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  United States

Polk's Generosity Noted
US - Corporate America gets the blame for everything from global warming to the rising prices yet their good deeds are often overlooked.

Nabarro: Avian Flu Not Yet under Control
US - United Nations (UN) influenza co-ordinator has commented that the situation is improving but there is a need for continuing vigilance and action.

Sanderson Settle Up on Donning and Doffing
US - Following on from Tyson's recent decision, Sanderson Farms have announced that they have reached an approved settlement agreement in the so-called donning and doffing litigation.

May Egg Production Down One Per Cent
US - Report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture.

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. In this issue, HPAI in Hong Kong and US poultry exports to China and Hong Kong.

Consumers Angry about Chicken 'Raised with Antibiotics'
US - Now that Tyson's 'raised without antibiotics' campaign has been suspended by a federal ruling, consumers in several states have colluded to file a lawsuit against the producer.

Cal-Maine Acquires Zephyr
US - America's largest egg producer and distributor has acquired Florida-based Zephyr Egg Company.

University Develops Wash to Kill Food Pathogens
US - University of Georgia researchers have developed an effective technology for reducing contamination of dangerous bacteria on eggs, poultry, meat and other foods.

Butterball To Reduce Operations at Longmont
US - Butterball will reduce turkey placement and slaughter operations at its Longmont facility.

Sanderson Poultry Complex on Back Burner
KINSTON, US - Sanderson Farms has delayed construction of the company's poultry complex in Kinston due to adverse economic conditions, including the costs of feed ingredients.

CME: USDA 'Grain Stocks' and 'Acreage' Reports
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 26th June, 2008.


Marfrig Buys OSI in Brazil and Europe
SAO PAULO - Marfrig Frigorificos e Comercio de Alimentos S.A., one of the largest producers of beef and beef products in Latin America, is to acquire OSI Group's businesses in Brazil and in several European countries.

Brazilian Chicken Farmers Exhibit at Chinese Fair
BRAZIL - The Brazilian Association of Chicken Producers and Exporters (ABEF) will be present at the China International Foodstuff Exposition (CIFE).
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  Hong Kong

Live Chicken Sales To Re-start
HONG KONG - Providing that daily cleansing is implemented at each retail site, live chicken sales may soon resume.

Poultry Industry Offered One Billion in Compensation
HONG KONG - Government's final offer could spell an end to the live chicken trade.

HK Traders Look More Likely to Accept Deal
HONG KONG - Poultry traders are moving closer to accepting a government compensation offer to give up their licences amid pressure from retailers who are close to agreeing a similar deal.

Overnight Live Poultry Retail Outlawed in Hong Kong
HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government gazetted Friday the Food Business Regulation 2008 which requires no live poultry be kept at retail outlets overnight to protect public health and further reduce the risk posed by avian flu.


Israel To Help the Industry in Cameroon
CAMEROON - Two million Israeli chicks of a special Israeli breed resistant to high temperatures and disease are due to be commercialised next year.


Wal-Mart May Sell Branded Eggs
INDIA - Suguna is planning a tie-up with the world number one retail chain.

Eat More Eggs!
INDIA - Eggs are good for you and their consumption should be encouraged by government.


Industry Consolidation: an Ominous Trend?
CANADA - A member of Vancouver Humane Society raises concerns about mergers and acquisitions in the poultry industry.

There's Hope for Feed Grain Price Relief
CANADA - A Winnipeg-based grain market analyst says the bright light for livestock producers right now is the anticipated large global wheat crop expected to be harvested during 2008, writes Bruce Cochrane.
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Wholesale Egg Prices Set to Rise
JAPAN - The country's largest egg distributor will raise prices on 1 August.


Arkansas Poultry Ban
MEXICO - The Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Livestock has banned the import of poultry from Arkansas.


Price Increase Not Enough to Cover Costs
FIJI - A recent price rise does not cover producers' increased feed costs.


Jayapura Poultry on Verge of Collapse
INDONESIA - Poultry producers in Jayapura are verging on bankruptcy as competition flares up at a time of high feed costs and low returns.


Nutrition Firm Expands into Asia
SINGAPORE - Spanish based Norel and Nature Nutrition has opened its first representative office in Asia.


Free Range and Stale
AUSTRALIA - A recent test on free-range eggs has revealed that over a third are officially stale in compliance with an international freshness scale.

Could Chickens Help Ease Poverty?
AUSTRALIA - Professor David Farrell from the University of Queensland is one of the organizers of the World Poultry Congress being held in Brisbane this week.


Chinese Practices Putting Millions at Risk
CHINA - The top vet in China has claimed that the illicit practices used in many agricultural farms is putting the health of millions of consumers at risk.
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Company news

Aviagen Holds Seminar in Czech Republic
Aviagen CZECH REPUBLIC - More than 100 customers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia gathered in Mistrin, near the Czech-Slovak border, for the annual Aviagen seminar. The two-day event was aimed at broiler and breeder farmers and offered practical management advice on how to get the best from their Ross products.

Cobb Technical School's Value in 'Solving the Puzzle'
Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders US - Over 40 customer companies from 19 countries attended the Cobb-Vantress annual world technical school at the global headquarters in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA.

Pas Reform Launches New Manufacturing Partnership
Pas Reform - future-focused hatchery technology BRAZIL - Pas Reform and Brazilian poultry businessman José Antonio Campos Fracasso, president of Hygen Genética Avícola Ltda, have announced a new venture to manufacture.

That's all for this week!


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