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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 28 May 2009

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Thursday 28th May 2009
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Editorial: Tough times for the US poultry meat industry

Several news items this week illustrate how the US poultry meat industry is undergoing substantial change. Its National Agricultural Statistics Service reported a seven per cent drop in poultry ready-to-cook weights produced in April 2009 compared to the same month a year ago. Figures from the same source indicate the number of broiler-type eggs set was six per cent lower than last year, and six per cent fewer chicks were placed. Those figures illustrate how much the industry is having to change.

Meanwhile, top executives from the leading US poultry companies have highlighted that tough economic times are forcing consumers to trade down from more expensive red meats to poultry, and from chicken breast to whole birds, thighs and drumsticks.

Evidence of the resilience of the avian influenza virus has emerged from work at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Researchers found that the H6N2 virus remained infectious up to 600 days in municipal landfills. This was the chosen disposal option for the culls of the 2002 bird flu outbreak in Virginia, but the new science suggests this disposal option may not be a wise choice for the future.

And in an unusual move, the European Union has agreed to support Denmark's requirement for all imported eggs to be guaranteed free of Salmonella.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Milk & Meat in Our Diet: Good or Bad for Health & Wealth?
Professor Ian Givens of the University of Reading outlined the evidence concerning the health benefits (and otherwise) of animal products in the human diet in the 21st century at this year's meeting of the British Society of Animal Science. Jackie Linden summarises his main points for ThePoultrySite.
Animal Antibiotics, Resistance and Human Health
Antibiotics are a vital component to rearing healthy livestock, but many researchers argue that mismanaged use is having a detrimental effect on the industry, writes Adam Anson for ThePoultrySite.
How Much Moisture Do Brooders Add to Poultry Houses?
Y. Liang and G.T. Tabler from the University of Arkansas report their study into the the contribution to moisture in the broiler houses from different sources, and from heaters of both the standard type (unvented; propane or natural gas) versus vented biomass heating systems. They reported their experiment in the Spring 2009 issue of the University's Avian Advice.
New Technologies for New Poultry Meat Products
As the poultry industry looks for ways to drive chicken consumption and improve profitability, scientists at the University of Alberta, Canada, are experimenting with new technologies that may help on both fronts.
Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - January to March 2009
By Statistics Canada - This publication provides data on the production, supply and disposition and value of Canadian poultry meat and eggs for the first quarter of 2009.
* Company News

Cobb Vantress Brasil Selects Smart Incubation
BRAZIL - Cobb Vantress Brasil has selected Smart incubation from Pas Reform for its great grandparent (GGP) facility.
Krasnoyaruzhskiy to Double Capacity with Smart
RUSSIA - Russia's ZAO Krasnoyaruzhskiy Broiler is investing in further grandparent stock hatchery capacity from Pas Reform.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: Click here for this week's bird flu news
 » FAO: Animal Welfare Web Portal Launched

   Chile

 » Study on Campylobacter in Chilean Poultry Plants

   Denmark

 » PCR Method Validated for Meat Salmonella Screening
 » Danish to Import Only Salmonella-Free Eggs
Vencomatic - Complete Solutions in Poultry Equipment
   United States

 » Pilgrim's Sells Plant, Pays off DIP Finance
 » Business Opportunities to be Found in Poultry Litter
 » Tough Times Change Consumers' Chicken Choices
 » Processor Workshop Targets Top Topics
 » Sharp Drop in US RTC Weight in April
 » Bird Flu Viruses Can Survive 600 Days
 » US Egg Production up One Per Cent in April
 » International Egg and Poultry Review
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » CME: Too Much Emphasis Laid on Corn Planting Dates

   Russian Federation

 » Miratorg to Acquire Sadia's Share in Russian JV
 » Russia Pushes Domestic Chicken Output

   Viet Nam

 » Four New Bird Flu Outbreaks in Viet Nam

   Iraq

 » USGC Helps Build Successful Partnership in Iraq

   Philippines

 » RDCC-10 Conducts Planning Workshop on AI
 » Farmers Push to Increase Egg Intake
Fort Dodge - Leading the way in IBD Protection
   China

 » New Publication on Challenges of Avian Influenza

   United Kingdom

 » Farmer Highly Commended for Marketing Award
 » NFU Continues Fight against Pollution Rules

   South Africa

 » Pioneer to Boost its Broiler Business

   Korea, South

 » S Korea on Alert over Residues in Duck Meat

   France

 » Climate Change and Disease Challenges Linked

   Bulgaria

 » Bulgaria Reports Two New Cases of ND

   Brazil

 » Middle East Tops League for Brazil's Chicken Imports

   Mongolia

 » H5 Bird Flu Found in Mongolian Swans
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That's all for this week!

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