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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 19 November 2009
Thursday 19th November 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Significant Development in the Great GM Debate

Until this week, received scientific opinion has been that feeding genetically modified (GM) feed ingredients has no impact on the meat or eggs of the birds eating that feed because all the components are either digested and assimilated or excreted exactly as for any non-GM feed ingredient. In short, there is no danger of any 'GM residue' in the poultry product.

But this week, a court ruling in New Zealand casts doubt on that received opinion. Inghams Enterprises (NZ) has received a warning from the Commerce Commission for claiming in advertising material that its chickens are 'GM-free'.

The ruling is based on an expert report, in which Professor Heinemann concluded: "The cumulative strength of the positive detections reviewed...leave me in no reasonable uncertainty that GM plant material can transfer to animals exposed to GM feed in their diets or environment, and that there can be a residual difference in animals or animal-products as a result of exposure to GM feed."

This decision could have significant implications in the future for the poultry industries in other countries, particularly those – in the EU, for example – where there is already strong opposition to GM foods and feed ingredients.

Last week, the 16th World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Congress was held in Marrakech, Morocco. It was a most successful event, attended by a record number of participants – more than 1,400 delegates from 85 countries across the world. The attendance is a reflection of the growing importance of poultry health around the world – as well as the attraction of the location.

And finally, statistics published for meat production in Germany have revealed record poultry meat output during the third quarter of 2009 – five per cent higher than the same period last year.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Study Finds Variation in Costs for Animal Disease Prevention
A new report Cost of National Prevention Systems for Animal Diseases and Zoonoses in Developing and Transition Countries commissioned by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has been published recently. The main conclusions are summarised by Jackie Linden for ThePoultrySite.
Small-Scale Egg Handling - 3
This is the third and final part of this publication Small Scale Egg Handling by ATTRA, the US National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. It covers egg storage and distribution, site facilities, egg products, government regulations and grading, and special considerations for organic egg producers.
Multi-Flock Comparison of Broiler Feed Ticket Weights and On-Farm Feed Weights
The Applied Broiler Research Farm (ABRF) at the University of Arkansas has the ability to weigh the feed broilers consume on a daily basis and thus can compare feed-ticket weights with on-farm feed weights for 100 flocks of birds. Contract growers should retain feed tickets and maintain accurate records, recommends Dr G.T. Tabler in an article in the University's Avian Advice.
Probiotics in Poultry and Pig Nutrition: Basics and Benefits
An introduction to the topic by Dr Tobias Steiner of Biomin Holding GmbH, including mode of action and examples of how probiotics can affect poultry and pig performance.
US Poultry Outlook Report - November 2009
Broiler production for the third quarter has shown the first rise for more than a year, while table egg production has increased marginally, according to the USDA Economic Research Service November 2009 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook. The long-term decline in turkey output is expected to slow in 2010.
US Feed Outlook - November 2009
Global competition has reduced US corn export prospects for 2009/10, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Feed Outlook for November 2009.
* Company News

Hy-Line Technical Service School Largest to Date
US - Hy-Line International held its fifteenth bi-annual Technical Service School in June 2009, in Des Moines, Iowa.
New Appointments in Aviagen's TMEA Team
GLOBAL - Aviagen has announced the appointment of Michael Garden as Business Manager for the Turkey, Middle East and Africa (TMEA) region as part of the company's ongoing investment in customer service.
Maternal Antibody May Explain Success of In Ovo Vaccination
US - New research suggests that low maternal antibody concentrations at day 18 (E18) or day 19 (E19) of incubation may be one reason why in ovo vaccination is so successful, and holds the key to the future development of new vaccines for chickens, according to Pfizer Poultry Health.
VIV China Reflects Development of Chinese Industry
CHINA - The success of the recent VIV China exhibition has been attributed to the growing professionalism of China's livestock industries.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Why Bird Flu Has Not Caused Pandemic
 » Tyson Group on Fact-Finding Visit to EU

   Papua New Guinea

 » Demand Can be Met by Local Production in PNG


 » German Output Breaks Another Record
 » More German Pork, Poultry Meat; Less Beef
 » Lohmann Tierzucht Celebrates 50th Anniversaries

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maximum dry-matter content

 » Yuhe Reports Increased Sales, Profit for Quarter

   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Reports No Salmonella in Poultry Meat
 » Poultry Company Falls Fowl on GM-Free Claim


 » Brasil Foods Sees BRR210 Million Third Quarter Profit


 » CP Sees Profits Soar

Hatchery automation systems from Pas Reform
   Czech Republic

 » Czechs Find LPAI in Wild Duck

   United States

 » Smithfield CEO to Address Sustainability Summit
 » Weekly Outlook: Higher Soybean, Lower Corn Crop Forecasts
 » Mixed Fortunes for US Turkey Producers
 » Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
 » Iraq Delegation Studies International Grain Trade
 » Weekly Outlook: Crop Prices Remain Firm
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US Trade with Caribbean
 » CME: September Broiler Exports Lower Than a Year Ago
 » CME: USDA Announces Workshop Dates and Topics
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

   United Kingdom

 » Danisco Acquires Sorbial
 » Humphrey Feeds Expands its Poultry Feed Team
 » Welfare Accreditation for Cherry Valley
 » Cherry Valley Awarded Freedom Foods Accreditation
 » Jobs Losses Loom at Poultry Plant


 » One-Third of Campy Outbreaks Traced to Poultry


Merial Trovac AIV H5  » WVPA Congress: Record Attendance at Global Health Meeting


 » U of M Calls for Global Food Safety Standards
 » Animal Health Awareness Campaign Launched

   South Africa

 » Astral's Poultry Shows 73 Per Cent Profit Increase


 » Industry Pressured by High Prices, Cheap Imports


 » France Reports New Outbreak of LPAI
 » First Step to Global Standards in Vet Training

   European Union

 » More Drug Resistance in Zoonoses, Warn Health Groups
 » Commission to Tackle Anti-Microbial Resistance


 » Sanovo Launches New Corporate Identity


 » Meyn Introduces New WLD Whole Leg Deboner


 » More Newcastle Disease in Belgian Pigeons


 » Dioxin Causes Duck Flock to be Destroyed

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