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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 13 August 2009
Thursday 13th August 2009
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Editorial - Bird Flu Update & Chicken Welfare

The World Health Organization this week updated the human toll of H5N1 influenza cases. Since the first outbreaks in 2003, 438 people are reported to have become infected with the disease, of whom 262 have died. Cases have been recorded this year in Egypt – which has been particularly badly hit with 32 cases including four deaths – as well as China and Viet Nam. Of course, it is likely that many other cases go unrecorded, especially in countries with poor medical services.

As if the immediate effects of H5N1 were not bad enough, evidence emerged this week that the virus may have long-term implications for human health. Researchers at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis have found that at least one strain of the H5N1 avian influenza virus leaves survivors at significantly increased risk for Parkinson's disease and possibly other neurological problems later in life.

"This avian flu strain does not directly cause Parkinson's disease but it does make you more susceptible," commented Dr Richard Smeyne, the paper's senior author, describing its effect in their studies in mice.

The welfare of male 'layer' chicks has hit the headlines in South Africa this week with allegations of poor procedures for the disposal of the unwanted males at one of the country's larger egg producers. The revelations have been picked up by animal welfare campaigners there.

But a solution may be in sight for this welfare issue. University of Georgia researchers are working on ways to skew the chicken's gender ratio in favour of males for broiler production and of females for the egg and breeding sectors.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Aspects of Management Discussed at Turkey Science Meeting
Three presentations at the 3rd Turkey Science and Production Conference held at Macclesfield, UK, in April 2009 covered the general topic of management. The papers - on foot pad dermatitis, brooding and water quality - are summarised by Jackie Linden for ThePoultrySite.
New Opportunities for Small Flock Poultry Producers
Casey Ritz, Extension Poultry Scientist at the University of Georgia explains how small-scale producers can target or customise their production and marketing to capitalise on growing consumer trends in the July issue of the University's Poultry Tips.
Climate Change and Poultry Production
Poultry flocks are particularly vulnerable to climate change because birds can only tolerate narrow temperature ranges. Poultry farmers need to consider making adaptations now to help reduce cost, risk and concern in the future, according to this report from UK-based Farming Futures in its Climate Change series.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - August 2009
According to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the World Agricultural Outlook Board, weak demand for cattle, hogs and broilers is pressuring prices.
Issues and Prospects in Corn, Soybeans and Wheat Futures Markets
The past five years have seen large increases in trading of corn, soybean, and wheat futures contracts by nontraditional traders, a trend that coincided with historic price increases for these commodities, says a report from the Economic Research Service, USDA.
* Company News

Merial: Combine Vaccination with Parasite Control
US - Even if producers vaccinate correctly, they may be throwing that investment away if they do not control parasites and monitor nutrition.
Midway Chix Signs Agreement for Hubbard Flex
SOUTH AFRICA - Midway Chix (Pty) Ltd. and Hubbard SAS recently have signed a distribution agreement for the placement of Hubbard Flex Grand Parents and the production of Hubbard Flex Parent Stock in South Africa.
Aviagen's Training Programme Continues
HUNGARY - Aviagen Kft, Aviagen's Hungarian business unit, has organised a series of road shows throughout the country.
Training Accolade for Workplace Qualifications
UK - Twenty five employees of Cobb Europe received National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) certificates in poultry production in a large group presentation at Easton College, near Norwich, achieving its highest ever success rate in Poultry Production NVQs.
Sparkling Climax to Cobb's Bulgarian Seminar
BULGARIA - More than 90 per cent of the Bulgarian broiler breeder sector took part in a seminar organised by Cobb Germany's representative in Bulgaria, Agroconsult Engineering, at Calista Hotel, situated in a beautiful forest region near Stara Zagora.
Schering-Plough Shareholders Approve Merger With Merck
US - Schering-Plough Corporation has announced that its shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the merger with Merck.
Hung Farm Inaugurates Impressive New Broiler Facility
VIET NAM - Eighteen broiler houses with Big Dutchman equipment have been opened at Hung Farm, a partner of CP Vietnam.
Registration Open for VIV China
CHINA - Registration is now open to attend VIV China 2009, which will be in Beijing on 19 to 21 October.
Biomin Launches on YouTube
AUSTRIA - On 10 August, Biomin launched the Mycotoxin Channel on YouTube.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Bird Flu Virus Linked to Inflamed Brains


 » Govt Support for Jammu and Kashmir Poultry Farmers
 » India's Branded Egg Market Shows Strong Growth
 » New Animal Health Lab for Chennai


 » Poultry CRC Awarded Funding for Another 7.5 Years
 » No End in Sight to High, Volatile Feed Grain Prices
 » Poultry CRC Receives Major Funding Boost

   United Kingdom

 » Death of Much Respected Poultry Scientist
 » Calls for Rethink on Farm Veterinary Service
 » Call for More Imports of GM Feed Ingredients into EU
 » BEIC Warns about Salmonella in Imported Eggs

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   Viet Nam

 » Viet Nam Starts Production of H5N1 Poultry Vaccine


 » Chinese Investor Eyes Thai Poultry Project

   United States

 » Researcher Looks at Adjusting Poultry Sex Ratios
 » Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Persist in Manure
 » CME: August Corn Yield Estimate Expected to be High
 » Perdue Announces Senior Management Appointments
 » NBAF: Safe, Secure and Vital to Nation's Interests?
 » Weekly Outlook: US Wheat Exports Off To A Slow Start
 » Chemaphor and Elanco End Relationship
 » Buhr Receives Broiler Research Award
 » First Members Elected to Meat Industry Hall of Fame
 » Industry Concentration not Blamed for Food Price Rises
 » AFBF: Report Bearish for Corn, Neutral for Soybeans
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Salmonella Regulation Will Cost Egg Industry $81m


 » Ample Feed Grain Supplies Expected this Winter
 » Feed Barley Supplies Likely to be Tight this Winter


 » Pakistan's Poultry Sector has Forex Earnings Potential

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 » Demand for Poultry Stays Strong in Peru


 » Growth Expected in Colombia's Beef, Chicken Output


 » Tough Times for Venezuelan Meat Industries

Merial Trovac AIV H5

 » Mongolia Reports Bird Flu in Wild Population


 » Research Sheds Light on Mycobacterium Pathogenicity

   South Africa

 » Welfare of Male Layer Chicks Hits Headlines

   Korea, South

 » International Egg and Poultry Review

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Sees Poultry, Pork Sales Rise

That's all for this week!

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