ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 7th July 2008
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Drying Digestates from Biogas Plants
By Dipl.-Ing. agr. Janett Peschel, Big Dutchman International GmbH. Generating power from renewable energies is becoming increasingly important in Germany as well as on the international level.
Leg Health in Large Broilers
Leg health is one of the most prevalent causes of culling and late mortality during grow-out of heavy broilers according to Edgar O. Oviedo-Rondón, DVM, PhD., Dip. ACPV Department of Poultry Science North Carolina State University.
Economic Organization of US Broiler Production
U.S. consumption of chicken averaged 86 pounds per person in 2006, more than triple the 1960 level, writes James MacDonald in a USDA Economic Research Service, Report Summary.
Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)
This week an international conference in Brisbane has been told that it is unlikely a deadly strain of the bird flu virus will ever reach Australia.
Live chicken sales resumed in markets across Hong Kong Wednesday after a 21-day ban on poultry imports and sales following a bird flu outbreak.
In Japan a Kyoto university professor has developed a technique to create a large amount of antibodies for avian influenza using an ostrich egg
Urban Chickens Outlawed in Otago
NEW ZEALAND - A New Zealand Council have passed a bylaw which bans the keeping of poultry in urban areas.
US Chicken Processor Opens Up in Lebanon
US - A US chicken meat supplier has announced that it is to open a new processing facility in Lebanon.
Weekly Outlook: Stocks and Acreage Exceed Expectations
US - The USDA’s June Grain Stocks and Acreage reports revealed larger numbers than generally expected. The estimates were initially quite negative for corn prices, but provided some support for soybean prices.
Egg Products: Shell Eggs Broken Up 1 Percent from Last Year
US - Shell eggs broken totaled 178 million dozen during May 2008, up 1 percent from May a year ago, and 1 percent above the 177 million broken last month.
Ready-to-Cook Weight Up Slightly from Last Year
US - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comment on the slightly higher poultry ready-to-cook weight in their monthly Poultry Slaughter Report.
Smithfield and Campofrio Agree to Merge
US - It was announced yesterday that Groupe Smithfield Holdings, S.L., has agreed to merge with Campofrio Alimentacion, S.A., the largest processed meats company in Spain.
NFU Seek Assistance for Independent Producers
WASHINGTON, US - The National Farmers Union Board of Directors, meeting in St. Louis last week called on Congress to take action to assist independent livestock producers struggling with higher production prices. The board also called for relief for the less fortunate to confront rising food costs and high home heating costs this coming winter.
US - Smithfield Foods Inc. on Monday announced it has entered into an agreement with COFCO Limited, China's largest national agricultural trading and processing company, for the sale of 7,000,000 shares, or 4.95 percent of Smithfield's common stock.
Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - Broiler Chicks Placed Down Slightly, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
WSPA Put Humanely Labelled Food to the Test
US - To help consumers find and make more humane food choices at the supermarket, the World Society for the Protection of Animals has released a survey ranking 23 U.S. grocery store chains by the availability of humanely labeled food on their shelves.
US Prohibits the Extralabel Use of Cephalosporin
US - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will publish a final rule that prohibits the extralabel use of cephalosporin antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, including cattle, swine, chickens, and turkeys.
Urban Chicken Vote Postponed in Colorado
US - Fort Collins residents who might be envious of Doesken's chickens will have to wait another two months before the City Council votes on a proposed ordinance that would allow residents to have up to six chickens per household within city limits.
Campbell's All natural Chicken and Beef Stocks
US - New Jersey based Campbell Soup Company announced plans to roll out a line of all-natural cooking stocks in both beef and chicken varieties within the next year.
Ethanol Mandate Considered 'Undue Hardship'
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The price of corn is just about as hot as the Wingstop fast-food chain's "atomic" chicken wings. The company feels the need to do something about this entire situation.
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.
Cracks in the Australian Free Range Label
AUSTRALIA - A new survey by consumer group Choice has reinforced the need for stricter labelling and regulation for free range eggs in Australia.
Scientists to Eradicate Food-Borne Pathogen Myths
AUSTALIA - The Australian Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries is set to bust global poultry myths this week, with new research on food-borne pathogens.
XIII WPC Report:
AUSTRALIA - This years prestigious Poultry Science Association award has gone to Australia's Poultry Cooperative Research Centre. The award, handed out at the 2008 World's Poultry Congress in Brisbane earlier today, makes Poultry CRC the leading poultry research body in the world.
Television Chefs Receive Welfare Awards
UK - As Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall took Tesco to task today about chickens at the company's Annual General Meeting (AGM), the RSPCA is presenting him with an award for his efforts to improve chicken welfare across the UK.
NFUS: Defra Debate on Cost Share is a Waste of Time
SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland has said that any talks with Defra on sharing the cost and responsibility for animal health issues are a complete waste of time for Scotland. The comments come following a final meeting of a UK consultative forum which NFUS believes has been anything but a consultation.
Big is Beautiful: Clarence Court Goes Very Large
UK - As the British food consumer becomes increasingly conscious of quality, egg producer, Clarence Court, has announced a new range of large eggs from old, pure bred hens.
Controversial Taste-Test Ruffles Welfare Feathers
UK - Controversy broke out this week when scientists claimed that a blind taste-test of eggs revealed that the public preferred battery-farmed chicken eggs to their free-range counterparts.
Brazilian Chicken Exports Grow 13%
BRAZIL - According to recent figures released by the survey Statistics of Animal Husbandry of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, chicken, milk and egg production grew in Brazil in the first quarter of this year.
Tyson Moves to India with Joint Venture
INDIA – Tyson officials today announced they have acquired majority ownership of one of the leading poultry processing businesses in India.
IFA: Dangers of Mandelson's WTO Deal Accepted
IRELAND - Addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture on the morning of the 3rd of July, IFA Deputy President Derek Deane outlined the 21st of July as D-Day for Irish farming and the food industry.
Burundi: Untreatable Disease Kills 1000 Chicken
BURUNDI - Food security in Burundi's Kayanza province is under threat because of an untreatable disease that has killed more than 1,000 chickens in one commune, according to a senior official.
Collusion Scandal in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), expressed shock yesterday at the latest 'collusion scandal' to befall the poultry industry.
Chinese Food Safety Under Eye of BAX® System
CHINA - The inspection and quarantine administration of China has announced that Dupont's BAX® system will be used as an official method for pathogen detection in food imports and exports.
CPC School Supports Results of Hubbard Classic
EGYPT - The 11th CPC Poultry School took place at the Club Azur resort at Hurghada. Many Hubbard customers attended the seminar and during this 6 days event heard presentations on breeding, incubation, management, nutrition, physiology and veterinary issues and also enjoyed camaraderie.
Vaccination in Focus in Romania
ROMANIA - Aviagen responded to customer feedback in Romania by hosting a veterinary seminar in Bucharest aimed at providing support and advice for effective vaccination for flock health.
Aviagen Appoints Global Head of Technical Systems
GLOBAL - As part of the Global Technical Operations Structure, Aviagen has announced that Dr John Ralph has been appointed to the post of Global Head of Technical Systems.
Alliance: Cobb-Vantress and Hendrix Genetics
GENERAL - Cobb-Vantress and Hendrix Genetics are forming an alliance that they believe will strengthen Cobb's leading position in the broiler breeding industry and Hendrix Genetics' leading position in egglayer, turkey and swine genetics.
Hy-Line Held Technical Seminar in Mexico
MEXICO - In June 2008, Hy-Line International teamed up with Hy-Line de Mexico and held a technical school in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico.
That's all for this week!