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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 31st July 2008
Thursday 31st July 2008
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We have 6 new features this week:

Marek's Disease: Important Lessons Learnt
Two sectors of the poultry industry emphasise the importance of minimising the risks of Marek's disease in this report from
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - July 2008
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data.
US Feed Outlook July 2008
By 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.
Study Shows Effects of Feed Particle Size on Laying Hens
It is well known that a reduction in cereal particle size within processed diets improves productive performance of poultry by increasing nutrient digestibility although little work has been carried out in laying hens.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates
This report, released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), adopts U.S. area, yield, and production forecasts for winter wheat, durum, other spring wheat, barley, oats and also livestock, poultry and dairy.
Venezuela Poultry and Products Annual Report 2008
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Annual 2008 report for Venezuela. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

This week Nigerian authorities reported a fresh outbreak of bird flu virus in the northern states of Katsina and Kano

The discovery of two dead birds at the Olympic equestrian venue in Hong Kong has raised the ugly spectre of bird flu as the games build-up continues.

An investigation is under way after dozens of dead and dying seabirds were found on Orkney, UK

  United States

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - The number of broiler chicks placed was up slightly, while eggs set were down 2 per cent, reports the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

COOL Workshops Scheduled
US - The American Meat Institute, in partnership with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the United Fresh Produce Association, will present a series of workshops in August to explain how to comply with new country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws, set to come into effect on 30 September 2008.

Top Poultry Companies are Hurting
US - Rising prices for maize and soybeans are putting even the large poultry companies in Virginia and on the Delmarva Peninsula under pressure.
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Tyson Foods: Third Quarter and Nine Months Results
US - Tyson Foods Inc. reports third quarter 2008 sales of $6.8 billion compared to $6.6 billion for the same period last year. The Chicken segment remains under pressure from high input costs.

US Poultry Slaughter Report for June 2008
US - Ready-to-cook weight was up two percent compared to last year, reports the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Pilgrim's Pride Reports Q3 Results
US - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation has reported a net loss from continuing operations of $48.3 million, or $0.69 per share, on net sales of $2.2 billion for the third fiscal quarter ended 28 June 2008.

New Biofuel By-Product Has Potential as Layer Feed
US - A Penn State researcher sees potential in feeding camelina meal to laying hens to raise omega-3 ftty acids in eggs.

Alliance for Abundant Food and Energy Established
US - Leaders from across the agriculture value chain have joined together to form the Alliance for Abundant Food and Energy.

Interim Final Country-of-Origin Rule Released
US - USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) yesterday put on public display an interim final rule regarding mandatory country-of-origin labeling of meat products. The new requirements take effect from 30 September 2008.

FSIS Allows Bacteriophage Treatment of Salmonella on Poultry
US - OmniLytics has announced USDA/FSIS allowance of bacteriophage treatment of salmonella bacteria on the feathers of live poultry before processing.

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.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
US - The numbers of eggs set and broiler chicks placed were each down three percent compared to last year, reports the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).


Bird Flu Preparedness Taken to Grassroots in Laos
LAOS - In the People's Democratic Republic of Lao, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working to ensure that the grassroots - the people on the front line - are prepared to respond rapidly in the case of outbreak.
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  United Kingdom

Defra: Opening the Box on UK Animal Imports
UK - The Annual Review of Controls on Imports of Animal Products for the period April 2007 to March 2008 was published yesterday.

New Brand Identity and New Product Launched
UK - In the coming few months, Bernard Matthews will relaunch the brand with a new identity, supported by a series of new product launches in response to the growing demand for healthier, convenient and affordable food.

  Russian Federation

Russia May Raise Duty on Poultry Imports
RUSSIA - First Vice-Premier Zubkov has announced that the government is considering raising the duty for off-quota poultry imports to 90 per cent.

Shipment of US Poultry Halted
RUSSIA - Rosselkhoznadzor has halted a shipment of chicken legs in Orel Region.


Calls for Livestock Waste Control
CHINA - At the first environmental protection meeting for rural areas, Vice-Premier Li declared that livestock waste utilisation is to rise to 10 per cent.

Meat Prices Rising Steeply
CHINA - Meat and poultry prices have risen by more than 27% in the last year.


Korver Receives Poultry Nutrition Award
CANADA - University of Alberta poultry nutrition expert, Dr Douglas Korver, was recognised for his professional achievements by the Poultry Science Association this week.

Maple Leaf Foods Reports Q2 Results
CANADA - Maple Leaf Foods' report to 30 June 2008 includes adjusted earnings (loss) per share of ($0.01) compared to $0.13 last year, as higher grain and fuel costs outpaced price increases. Restructuring of protein operations are on track, with Brandon plant expansion ahead of plan. Benefits from restructuring, stabilization of commodity markets and pricing are expected to improve earnings in the second half of 2008.


Increased Production Pushes Poultry Prices Down
NEPAL - Despite fluctuations in imports of parent chicks in recent months, a rise in production has pushed the prices of poultry products down.

  Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Industry Hit by India's Maize Export Ban
SRI LANKA - After India banned maize exports, the Sri Lankan poultry industry was faced with a crisis, reported the All Island Poultry Association (AIPA). AIPA Chairman, Dr D.D. Wanasinghe, predicted that if the authorities fail to come up with a solution to the problem, the industry will collapse.
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Minister Urged to Resolve Poultry 'Crisis'
LAHORE - Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has been urged by the Punjab Poultry Association to resolve the serious threats to the industry due to uncontrolled increases in feed prices.


Indian Industry Faces Egg Sales Problems
INDIA - Steep raw material price rise and the diversion of maize for the production of bio-diesel and beer is causing even bigger problems for the egg industry.

Compartmentalisation of Poultry Production Planned
INDIA - Tamil Nadu is to go in for compartmentalisation and zoning of poultry production, according to Minister for Rural Industries and Animal Husbandry Pongalur N. Palanisamy.

Kashmir Valley's Poultry Business Thriving
INDIA - The new breeds of poultry introduced by the Department of Animal Husbandry Department have boosted the production of eggs and the number of broiler chicken in the Kashmir valley.


Agriculture Ministry Bans Import of Live Chickens
MALDIVES - The Ministry of Fisheries, Agriculture and Marine Resources has banned the import of live chickens unless for its eggs and meat.


H5N1 Found at Two Markets in Nigeria
NIGERIA - Animal health officials have reported finding the H5N1 avian influenza virus at two live bird markets.


First Poultry Vet Lab Opens
OMAN - Muscat Pharmacy & Stores has opened the first private sector veterinary diagnostics laboratory for poultry and large animals in Oman in the wilayat of Barka.


Hungarian Poultry Processor Under Pressure
HUNGARY - Poultry processor Hungerit Zrt. may be forced to cut staff by more than 10% this year as the result of high feed prices, the strong forint (HUF) and a campaign by an animal rights group.


Zimbabwean Farmers to Import Feed
ZIMBABWE - Members of the Zimbabwe Poultry Farmers' Association (ZPPA) are being encouraged to import feed from Botswana and South Africa to ensure their industry's viability.

  Trinidad and Tobago

Chicken Prices on the Rise
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - President of the Central Pluck Shop Association, Rasheed Karim, claims that pluck shop owners are masking the price increase of chicken by using inflated pluck and gut charges.


Perdigao's Q2 Sales Grow by More Than 80 Per Cent
BRAZIL - Perdigao closed the second quarter of 2008 with gross sales of 3.3 billion real (BRR), 81.2% more than the same period in 2007.
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Dalton Receives Distinguished Poultry Industry Award
Merial US - Don Dalton, retired president of the US Poultry & Egg Association, was honoured by the Poultry Science Association as the recipient of the Merial Distinguished Poultry Industry Award.

That's all for this week!


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