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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 2 April 2009
Thursday 2nd April 2009
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Editorial: Information and Misinformation

ThePoultrySite editor, Jackie Linden, attended the annual meetings of the British Society of Animal Science and the UK Branch of the World's Poultry Science Association this week. The somewhat disappointing attendance did not detract from the high standard of many of the papers, several of which we will report in the coming weeks.

ThePoultrySite has learned of two new web-based resources introduced in the last week. The first is a multimedia tool from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, aimed at helping farmers and veterinarians discover more easily what is ailing their birds. And is a new web site set up by the International Egg Commission to provide information to consumers on the benefits of eating eggs - and more.

And on the subject of information and misinformation, there is a report from Africa this week expressing concerns of the local industry about the import of what is described as 'genetically modified' chickens. Whilst it is understandable for a local poultry official to voice concerns about lower-priced imports threatening the livelihood of local farmers, it must be made clear that genetic modification is NOT a technique used in commercial poultry farming. Such false statements - whether ill-informed or misreported - only add to consumer concerns about eating chicken for no reason at all.
Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Bird Flu is Top Disease Concern in Asia
Interviews with some of the leading exhibitors in the special show sector, Eggs!, at VIV Asia in Bangkok in March revealed that avian influenza remains top of the list of disease concerns in Asia, reports Jackie Linden, editor of ThePoultrySite.
Effect of Feed Costs on Egg Costs Dan Cunningham, extension poultry scientist at the University of Georgia, shows how rising feed costs have affected the costs of egg production in the March 2009 issue of the University's Poultry Tips. remains top of the list of disease concerns in Asia, reports Jackie Linden, editor of ThePoultrySite.
Russian Federation Poultry and Products Semi-Annual Report 2009
Domestic poultry production is forecast to increase 8.8 per cent in 2009 compared to a 15.5 per cent jump in 2008, according to the latest GAIN reports from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Mexico Poultry and Products Semi Annual Report 2009
Mexico's poultry production is forecast to decline slightly for 2009, according to the latest GAIN Report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Effect of Feed Costs on Egg Costs
Dan Cunningham, extension poultry scientist at the University of Georgia, shows how rising feed costs have affected the costs of egg production in the March 2009 issue of the University's Poultry Tips.
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* Company News

Hubbard: New Southeast Technical Service Representative
US - Hubbard LLC is very pleased to announce that William “Billy” Tyson has been named as the new US Southeast Technical Service Representative.
Broiler Management on the Agenda for Ross Iraqi Customers
IRAQ - Rasun Ltd, a leading poultry company, part of the Vano Group and based in Erbil, Iraq, and Aviagen recently joined together to host a seminar for Ross Iraqi customers.
Aviagen Holds Seminars in Slovakia, Czech Republic
EU - Over 150 Aviagen customers and suppliers came together in Slovakia and the Czech Republic last week for two separate seminars held by Aviagen.
Poultry Specialist Joins Pas Reform in Hungary
HUNGARY - Hungarian poultry specialist, Dr László Korösi has been appointed to represent Pas Reform as the Dutch hatchery technology company expands further into Eastern Europe.
Vencomatic Sets Foot in Spain
SPAIN - Poultry equipment producer Vencomatic from the Netherlands announces to open a new operation in Spain, Vencomatic Iberica s.l.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » Click here for this week's bird flu news.
 » New Web Site for Egg Consumers Launched


 » Production Forecast to Decline Slightly in 2009

   United Kingdom

 » Poultry Feels the Squeeze
 » Poultry and Diabetics at Gas Gangrene Bug Risk
 » Farm Unions Slam Meat Inspection Charge Proposals
 » Plans for Independent Animal Health Body
 » BSAS 2009 - UK Science Meeting Opens with Discussion on Food Security
 » WPSA, UK - Professor Jones Presents Gordon Memorial Lecture
 » Consultation on Welfare of Meat Chickens
 » Gold Standard for British Lion


 » OIE Confers on Animal Identification and Traceability
 » International Egg and Poultry Review


 » Microbial Ecosystems Affected by Antibiotic Spread
Fort Dodge - Leading the way in IBD Protection
   United States

 » Chicken Plant Purchase will Boost Foster Farms
 » Leaner and More Healthful Chicken
 » Tyson Foods to Close Ponca City Plant
 » Foster Farms Attacks Salt Water Plumping
 » USDA to Purchase Pork and Turkey to Aid Sectors
 » APHIS Amends National Poultry Improvement Plan
 » New Resource for Poultry, Human Health
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » RTC Weight Down Eight Per Cent from Last Year
 » Weekly Outlook: Friendly Reports
 » Shell Eggs Broken Down Two Per Cent from Last Year

   European Union

 » EC Ups Budget for Animal Disease Control
 » Council Makes Progress on Animal Welfare
 » Agreement Boosts EU-Canada Live Animal Trade
 » EFSA Studies MRSA Link of Humans and Livestock


 » Salmonella Source in Finnish Feed Found
More on Ross Breeders, part of Aviagen

 » Chicken Prices to Go Down Again Tomorrow
 » Chicken Price Stays High in Sabah


 » Lao Province at Risk of Bird Flu Outbreak


 » Turkish Establishments Approved to Export to EU


 » Kenya Pledges Support to Poultry Farming


 » CFIA Launches Feed Investigation
 » Boosting Agri-Food Profitability and Innovation


 » Concern over Imports of GM Chickens

   Viet Nam

 » Ministry Calls for Tariff Cut on Feed

   Russian Federation

 » Yasnogorskaya Switches from Turkeys to Broilers

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