ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 4 June 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter
Editorial: OIE at 85 tackles challenging issues
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has celebrated its 85th anniversary with a commitment from the delegates for greater transparency over animal disease outbreaks – a most welcome step forward. And at the OIE's General Assembly, fifty-eight per cent of the member countries identified at least one emerging or re-emerging disease in their territory that they believe to be associated with climate change.
Following unwarranted attack in the UK popular press, Professor Marion Stamp Dawkins, Professor of Animal Behaviour of Oxford University, has put the record straight with regard to her research into duck welfare. ThePoultrySite also has a report on the research paper by Professor Dawkins and her co-workers.
And finally, researchers from Norway have helped shed light on how feed can be contaminated with Salmonella. It appears that some serovars have a strong affinity with the biofilms that may build up in feed mills. The work may help to reduce the risk of this foodborne pathogen entering the food chain in future.
We have 5 new features this week:
Showers, Troughs as Good as Ponds for Duck Welfare
Duck welfare is related to the nature and extent of their access to water, according to a paper published by University of Oxford researchers, Tracey Jones, Corri Waitt and Professor Marian Dawkins. Growth was not affected by treatment but the eyes, nostrils and feathers were in better condition when water was provided in addition to nipple drinkers. Troughs and overhead showers were found to be good alternatives to ponds. Jackie Linden summarises the results for ThePoultrySite.
Implications of Changing Conditions on Welfare Explored
Developments in the industry sometimes move ahead before the implications on bird welfare have been fully explored. Editor of ThePoultrySite, Jackie Linden, summarises two papers presented at this year's annual meeting of the UK Branch of the World's Poultry Science Association. One investigated the effects of broiler selection on feeding behaviour, and the other compared the production and welfare of two strains of hens in enriched cages.
How Does Taste Influence Water Consumption in Broilers?
A review of our understanding of the sense of taste in broiler chickens by F.T. Jones and S.E. Watkins from the University of Arkansas. They recommend monitoring water usage by the flock day-by-day so that problems can be solved before profits are lost. The article was published in Spring 2009 issue of the University's Avian Advice.
Strategies for Prevention, Monitoring and Control of Avian Influenza at Farm Level
Dr Barbara Grabkowsky of Vechta University presented the results of a recent study into the implementation of biosecurity measures in European poultry farms at the International Egg Commission (IEC) London 2009 Conference. It is clear that some farmers are lax, even over the simplest biosecurity measures.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - May 2009
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data.
Ten-Year Celebration for Cobb 500 in Ukraine
UKRAINE - Cobb Germany has marked 10 years of Cobb 500 in Ukraine.
Marc Larson new International Sales Director
US - Mark Larson has joined Big Dutchman USA’s team in the capacity of International Sales Director effective on 15 April 2009.
» BIRD FLU: Research Sheds New Light on Bird Flu
» AMI Says Industry Made Progress on Food Safety
» 85th OIE Anniversary Marked with New Transparency
» Tyson's Chicken Segment Improves; Supports Brazilian Suppliers
» Africa's Industry Warned of Return of Bird Flu
» A Click Away from Happy Eggs
» Erysipelas in Layer Flock Noted in Monthly Report
» Register for European Poultry Nutrition Symposium
» Ducks, Water and Distorted Science
» Salmonella's Sugar Craving Paves Way to Vaccine
» Egg Industry Welcomes M&S Ad Campaign
» Council Publishes Report on Welfare at Slaughter
» Acids, Extracts & Irradiation Beat Foodborne Bugs
» Sanderson Farms Has Returned to Profitability
» CME: What's H1N1 Doing to the Meat Industry?
» CME: US Meat Sector Sees Another Tough Week
» Shell Eggs Broken Down Six Per Cent from Last Year
» Marketing the 2009 Soft Red Winter Wheat Crop
» City Threatens to Sue over Idled Poultry Plant
» Tyson Foods Names Two New Top Executives
» International Egg and Poultry Review
» NFU Renews Call for Support of COOL
» Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
» Ministry Recommends Consortia for Egg Exports
» Opening of Chinese Market to Boost Brazil's Exports
» Tyson Do Brazil Sees End to Difficult Conditions
» Top Russian Official Defends Ban On US Meat
» Cherkizovo Publishes 2008 Annual Report
» First Certified Meat Plant Opens in Kazakhstan
» Study Finds Clue to Salmonella Persistence in Feed
» Costly Feed Blamed for High Consumer Prices
» Kerala Govt Hatches Plan for Poultry Farmers
» Maple Leaf Introduces New RTC Poultry Products
» Better Traceability Benefits Producers and Buyers
» Food Traceability Not a Food Safety Issue
» Use of Hatchery Waste in Poultry Feed Proposed
» Costs Too High in Pakistan for Exports to Saudi Arabia
» Producers Call for Return of Duty on Imported Meat
» China Gets Tough Over Food Safety
» Register Now for Australia's Nutrition Conference
» Pace Set on EU Poultry Slaughter Policy
» Egg Producers Thrive, Chicken Broilers Deprived
» Small and Medium-scale Farmers Given Incentives
» Laos Tightens Defences against Bird Flu
» Ag Department Moves to More Integrated Approach
» Pluck Shops Threatened by Poultry Meat Imports
That's all for this week!