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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 24th July 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Effects of Setting Eggs with Small Ends up on Hatchability and Chick Performance
Eggs are incubated in setter trays for most of the incubation period. Three days before hatch, the eggs are transferred to hatcher baskets, writes Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies.
US Poultry Outlook Report - July 2008
By U.S.D.A, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the July 2008: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to March 2008)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic poultry diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.
World Agricultural Production - July 2008
This report prepared by the USDA FAS International Production Assessment Branch reflects official USDA estimates released in the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE-460) 11 July 2008.
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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 dead and dying crows in UK road triggered an investigation by environmental health officers

Indonesia refuses to share bird flu virus samples because scientists and laboratories repeatedly violated UN guidelines on sample sharing.

Hundreds of chickens at a poultry farm in southern Vietnam died of avian influenza even though the owner of the farm reported the birds were vaccinated against the disease.

  United States

Extension to Use of Synthetic Methionine for Organic Poultry
US - It has been proposed that synthetic methionine may continue to be included in feeds for organic poultry.

BioResource Intl Co-founder Receives WPSA Award
US - Dr Jason Shih, co-founder and chairman of BioResource International, has been awarded the World’s Poultry Science Association Research Award.

USDA Recall Product Plan Flawed, Says AMI
US - American Meat Institute (AMI) is opposing the latest USDA plan to list retail stores receiving recalled meat and poultry products, citing consumer confusion.

CME: Corn and Feedstock Futures
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 14 July 2008.

More Cuts and Changes at Pilgrim’s Pride
US - Pilgrim's Pride is to consolidate its tray-pack business from El Dorado with the loss of 600 jobs, and to close it distribution centre in El Paso.

Control the Dragon to Beat Avian Flu
US - A newly described 'dragon' protein could be key to cure and prevent avian flu in humans.

Tyson's Latest Investment in China
CHINA - Tyson Foods has announced plans to invest in Chinese poultry processor, Xinchang Group.

New Web Site for National Turkey Federation
US - The National Turkey Federation has updated its web site to include new design features, recipe collections and items of interest for users.

Construction of $127 Million Poultry Complex Postponed
US - Sanderson Farms Incorporated in Laurel, Mississippi has postponed its plans to build a feed mill, poultry processing plant and hatchery in Kinston, North Carolina.
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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - The number of broiler chicks placed was down one per cent, reports the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Keystone Foods Invests
US - Keystone Foods has announced it will expand its operation in Gadsden, Alabama.

Antibiotics in Animal Feed Pose Urgent Threat
US - The Pew Environment Group has spoken out against the use of antibiotics in animal feed, calling the decision a key public health priority.

CEO Criticises KFC for Weak Sales and Lack of Ideas
US - Poor sales at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) have led to a series of criticisms from the chief executive officer of parent Yum! Brands.

Weekly Outlook - Corn and Soybean Prices - Now What?
US - December 2008 corn futures increased about $2.00 per bushel during the month of June, topping out just under $8.00. During the same period, November 2008 soybean futures rallied more than $3.00, peaking at just under $16.37.

Winn-Dixie: New Animal Welfare Plan
US - Five months after receiving a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Winn-Dixie Stores has announced plans to improve farm and slaughter conditions for some chickens and pigs in its supply chain.

Egg Prices Up because Laying an Egg Costs More
US - Egg prices were reported to be high in March, peaking above $2.25 per dozen at the grocery store. Although prices have since come down, they are still well above the low prices consumers enjoyed a couple of years ago.

KFC is First Partner in 'Showcase of Chicken'
US - The National Chicken Council (NCC) announced that KFC is the first company to join NCC's newly-launched 'Showcase of Chicken'.

Herbruck Invests in Organic Production
US - Herbruck Poultry Ranch is investing $13 million to expand its organic egg operation.

CME: Improvement in Corn and Soybean Conditions
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 21 July 2008.

Alpharma Donations Aid Flood Hit Communities
US - Animal health company, Alpharma Inc, a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, is to donate a portion of all US livestock product sales recorded in July to help fund flood relief efforts throughout the Mississippi River valley.

New NCC Promotion Plans Revealed
US - The National Chicken Council (NCC) has outlined its plans to promote chicken consumption both year-round and during the traditional 'September is National Chicken Month' campaign.

June Egg Production Down Slightly
US - U.S. egg production totaled 7.37 billion during June 2008, down slightly from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report.

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.

USDA Awards $5 million for Avian Influenza Research
USDA has renewed the Avian Influenza Coordinated Agricultural Project (AICAP) with another $5 million for three years to the University of Maryland-College Park to study the prevention and control of the disease.

AFBF: Conversations on Animal Care Initiative Launched
US - To address consumer concerns about the care provided to farm animals in the production of meat, milk and eggs, the American Farm Bureau Federation has launched the Conversations on Animal Care initiative.

Fire at Pilgrim’s Pride Protein Plant
US - A fire broke out at a Pilgrim's Pride protein conversion plant in Mount Pleasant, Texas, late on 21 July.
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Indonesia Ends Ban on US Poultry
INDONESIA - The temporary ban on the import of poultry from the USA has been lifted.


Emergency Response Plan Praised
CANADA - The poultry industry in Alberta has received praise for its plan for a quick reaction in case a serious disease is discovered in birds.

Disease Protocols for Animals and People
CANADA - Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) has developed new biosecurity protocols to assist veterinarians and farmers to prevent and manage disease outbreaks.

Chicken Carcass Contamination Study
CANADA - A baseline study conducted by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development's Food Safety Division (FSD) has determined that the presence of food-borne pathogens and bacteria in Alberta chicken carcasses is similar to that found in other areas.


New Poultry Farm for Kazakhstan
KAZAKHSTAN - An Israeli company has started to develop an intensive poultry farm.

  Russian Federation

Russia Restricts Meat Imports
RUSSIA - Temporary restrictions have been imposed on meat imports from eight countries due to banned substances and/or to help domestic producers.

  European Union

EFSA Publishes Advice Biological Feed Hazards
EU - Biological hazards in animal feed are a constant threat to livestock producers, but now the European Food Safety Authority has published its latest prevention advice to help tackle the problems they face.

Commission Refers Italy to Justice Court
EU - Commission has referred Italy for not complying with labelling legislation and marketing standards for poultry meat.

EU Considers Ban on South African Ostrich Meat
EU - The European Health and Consumer Protection Directorate has raised questions about residue monitoring in South African ostrich meat.

  United Kingdom

Flu-Hit Farm Fights Back
UK - The Oxfordshire farming family involved in the recent avian flu outbreak is calling for an improved insurance scheme and for the development of a vaccine.

New Training Scheme on Poultry Health
UK - A leading veterinary practice is now offering essential training to producers and consumers.

Extending Use of the GB Poultry Register
UK - After public consultation, Defra (Animal Health) and the Welsh Assembly Government today announced changes in the use of personal data held on the GB Poultry Register in England and Wales. The changes will come into effect on 1 August 2008.

Success with Dry Alternative to Water Scalding
UK - Sheepdrove Organic Farm is using a new dry scalding system, which is proving to be effective whilst improving hygiene and the use of water and energy.

Government Extends Nitrate Vulnerable Zones
UK - The regions of England that will be designated Nitrate Vulnerable Zones are to be significantly increased following the announcement of a new Nitrates Action Programme by the British government.

Sun Valley Re-branded
UK - Poultry company Sun Valley has been re-named Cargill Meats Europe, and it is actively looking for new broiler growers.
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Ukraine's PM Demands Poultry Price Cuts
UKRAINE - Prime Minister Tymoshenko has sent an ultimatum to poultry producers to cut prices for consumers.


Danish Salmonella Outbreak Approaches 400 Cases
DENMARK: There has been a large outbreak of salmonella infection since February and the number of cases is now approaching 400.


No AI Vaccination for West Bengal Poultry
INDIA - The Indian government has decided not to allow vaccination against avian influenza until vaccine efficacy has been proved.

Record-Breaking Egg
INDIA - An egg weighing 162 grammes has been laid by a Lohmann hen at a farm near Chandrigarh.

Egg Industry Hit by Inflation
INDIA - Egg producers are being squeezed by rocketing feed costs and only slightly higher consumer prices.


Chicken Exports to Middle East up 69% in Value
BRAZIL - Poultry meat exports are up by 19% for the first half of this year compared to 2007.

Brazil to be World Number 2 Producer
BRAZIL - By the end of 2008, Brazil is expected to overtake China in terms of chicken meat output, taking second position behind the US.

  Viet Nam

Southern Province Hit by Avian Flu
VIET NAM - Reports are coming in of chickens infected with avian flu in a southern province.

Vaccinated Chickens Died of Avian Flu
VIET NAM - Chickens have died of H5N1 bird flu despite being vaccinated.

Farm Animal Disease Warnings
VIET NAM - Several outbreaks of avian flu, PRRS and Foot and Mouth disease have occurred over the last two weeks.


Latest Report on Bird Flu
CHINA - OIE has received a new report regarding an avian flu outbreak on 17 June at a large duck farm.


Chicken Litter is a Valuable Fertiliser
BARBADOS - For many it is an malodorous waste or an environmental problem but one specialist sees litter as a valuable fertiliser.


Georgia Poultry Output Rising
GEORGIA - The Georgian poultry industry is doing well despite difficulties in other agricultural sectors according to the latest production figures.


New Poultry Association Formed
ZIMBABWE - Farmers have formed the Poultry Farmers Association to promote the growth of the local industry.


Farmers Warn of Poultry Industry Collapse
NIGERIA - A poultry association warns that the industry faces imminent collapse over feed shortages.

Flu-Hit Farmers Received N626 Million Compensation
NIGERIA - The federal government has paid 626 million naira (NGN) as compensation to those whose birds were culled following the avian influenza (AI) outbreak in 2006.
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Third Council Takes Stand against Battery Eggs
AUSTRALIA - Launceston City Council has become the third in Tasmania to ban the use of battery eggs in its catering.

CSIRO Opens Rapid Response Animal Disease Centre
AUSTRALIA - The Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr, officially opened CSIRO Livestock Industries’ Diagnostic Emergency Response Laboratory (DERL) at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong today.

Chicken Farmers React against Celebrity Chef Show
AUSTRALIA - Farmers are crying 'foul' over a new documentary showing TV chef Jamie Oliver slaughtering poultry.


Egg Output Increased by Six Million
TAJIKISTAN - Sixteen poultry farms have increased egg output by 22 per cent in the first half-year compared to the same period last year.


CPF: New Investment in Grain Terminal
THAILAND - Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF) plans to develop its animal feed operation in Nakhon Ratchasima as a grain terminal in order to benefit from plentiful maize production in the north-eastern provinces.

  Korea, South

Monitoring for Avian Flu Now Year-Round
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea will start monitoring wild birds and poultry farms for bird flu year-round.


Farmers Forced to Raise Prices
UGANDA - Consumers will have to dig deep into their pockets to keep chicken and eggs on their menu as prices surge. The shortage and high price of chicken feed have forced farmers to increase prices of poultry products.


Bahamas Poultry Suffering High Feed Prices
BAHAMAS - The country's only large-scale chicken producer has been left with little more than hope as a means of coping with a 40 percent hike in feed prices, opting to pass only a fraction of those expenses onto customers.

  Sri Lanka

Poultry Industry Faces Crisis
SRI LANKA - The government’s delay in increasing the maximum selling price of chicken has cut poultry industry output.

  Hong Kong

No Change to Poultry Licence Buy-back
HONG KONG - Secretary for Food & Health Dr York Chow has no plan to lower the 85 per cent retail trader participation target for launching the live poultry trade buy-out scheme.

Poultry Deal Goes to the Wire
HONG KONG - Just about one-third of poultry retailers have come upon an agreement to surrender licences three days prior to the deadline.

Deadline Today for Live Chicken Trade
HONG KONG - Steven Wong Wai-chuen, chairman of the Hong Kong Poultry Wholesalers and Retailers Association, has made a call for poultry dealers to surrender their licences.


Bulgarian Egg and Poultry Producers Cartel Fined
BULGARIA - Several Bulgarian poultry and egg producers have been fined a total of BGN 293,000 over illicit cartel agreements by Bulgaria's Competition Protection Committee.

Company news

Aviagen Welcomes Iraqi Ross Distributor
Aviagen IRAQ - Two senior members of Vano Group, Rasun Grand Parents Poultry Ltd, the latest addition to the Ross distribution network in the Middle East, recently visited Aviagen’s Edinburgh office.

New Sales Manager for Cobb Europe
Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders EU - Paul Brochard has joined Cobb Europe in a joint role as sales manager for Cobb products in France and Italy and to manage sales of the future Cobb Sasso breeds worldwide.

New House for 150,000 Layers in Spain
Bug Dutchman SPAIN - Grupo Avicola la Cresta, one of the most important Spanish egg producers, has increased its bird number in a spectacular way: 150,000 laying hens distributed on seven rows and impressive twelve tiers with two intermediate ceilings.

Big Dutchman Anniversaries: Company Hosted 450 Guests from Around the World
GERMANY - The company's recent 5th International Agents’ Meeting celebrated the double anniversary of 70 years of Big Dutchman worldwide and 50 years of Big Dutchman in Germany and Europe.

Pfizer Revenues Rise
GLOBAL - Pharmaceutical and animal health company Pfizer has reported revenues of $12.1 billion, for the second quarter of the year, an increase of nine per cent compared with $11.1 billion in the quarter a year ago.

That's all for this week!


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