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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 23 December 2009

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Wednesday 23rd December 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Progress on an EU Welfare Labelling System

In the last week, progress was discussed in the development of a labelling scheme describing animal welfare at an EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting. The feasibility study on animal welfare labelling showed that the best option for EU action empowering consumers to make informed purchasing decisions is a Community Animal Welfare Label modelled on the EU organic label.

Turning to science, researchers in Ireland have identified genes in chickens that are responsible for the bird's immunity to Campylobacter, paving the way for a new technique to help reduce food-borne illness.

From 1 January 2010, the organic component in UK organic poultry diets will increase from 90 to 95 per cent. A leading poultry feed specialist there, Humphrey Feeds, has implemented their organic diets to 95 per cent whilst maintaining the nutritional standards of their diets. The company warns that, for the unwary, the change to 95 per cent organic can unbalance the diet, leading to an oversupply of non-limiting or non-essential amino acids, which can cause hock burn, pododermatitis and behavioural abnormalities.

Because of the coming holidays, there will be no newsletter from ThePoultrySite next week although we will endeavour to keep you up to date with news on the web site. The next newsletter will be on Thursday 7 January.

Warmest seasonal greetings and best wishes for 2010 to you all.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Brown Eggs Out-Number White by Three to Two
Brown egg layers accounted for around 60 per cent of all the laying hens in 33 countries reporting laying flock statistics to the International Egg Commission (IEC) in 2008, writes Terry Evans for ThePoultrySite.
Laying Patterns Studied in Alternative Management Systems
The laying pattern of individual hens can now be recorded in alternative management systems, according to Dr Wiebke Icken, a geneticist with Lohmann Tierzucht GmbH. He explains how and why in the latest issue of the Company's Poultry News.
Important Nutritional Diseases that Affect Laying Hens
Claudia Dunkley, extension poultry scientist with the University of Georgia advises on the causes and prevention of rickets, cage layer fatigue and fatty liver syndrome in the latest issue of the University's Commercial Poultry Tips.
Attempts to Develop a Cell Line for ILT Vaccine Production
A scientist from Arkansas explains attempts to develop a cell line for the production of a vaccine against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) virus as an alternative to producing the vaccine strain in eggs.
Investigating Hatchery Practice - Assessing Fertility
In the second article of this series, Dr Steve Tullett, consultant for Aviagen specialising in incubation and fertility, explains how to assess egg fertility. The article forms part of a recently published Ross Tech publication.
US Poultry Outlook Report - December 2009
Output of chicken meat has been revised downwards, and turkey production is significantly down from last year, according to the USDA Economic Research Service December 2009 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
Canada - Poultry and Products Annual 2009
Canada's output of meat production from both broilers and turkeys is expected to increase in 2010, according to M.J. Thoren in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Cobb 700 - The new standard in high yield
* Company News

Hubbard Appoints New Manager in Latin America
GLOBAL - Hubbard LLC has appointed Dr Arnoldo Ruiz as Latin American Sales and Technical Manager.
Aviagen Announces Retirement of Ian Panton
US – After 40 years of service in the Primary Breeding industry, Ian S. Panton has announced his retirement from Aviagen, effective 31 December 2009.
Serbian Symposium Overcame the Odds
SERBIA - More than 300 participants took part in the annual Serbian poultry congress, where Cobb Germany and its distributor Iradia, overcame the impact of harsh weather and a power cut at a venue in the Tara mountain region during a symposium about the latest developments from Cobb.
First Digital Open Door Day
NETHERLANDS - Vencomatic has organised the first digital 'open door' day for a newly equipped poultry farm.
AHFA Asia 2010
THAILAND - NEO is introducing an exhibition dedicated to animal health and the feed additive business in Asia. AHFA Asia 2010 will take place on 1 to 3 March 2010 in Bangkok.
How DON Affects the Gastrointestinal Tract
FRANCE - A scientist from INRA shares how the mycotoxin DON cripples the immune system by targeting the animal's first line of defence – the intestine.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: New Medicine Fights Bird Flu Better
 » World's Poultry Veterinarians Celebrate 50 Years
 » International Egg and Poultry Review - North America

Vencomatic - Complete Solutions in Poultry Equipment
   United States

 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Poultry Processor Fined over Safety Violation
 » Poultry Industry Hit by Economic Crisis
 » Processor, Farmer to be Sued over Water Pollution
 » Egg Processing Plant Carts Can Harbour Bacteria
 » Guidelines for Feeding Mouldy Corn
 » USDA Chickens and Eggs Report - November 2009

   Netherlands

 » Vaccine Supply Problems in Netherlands

   Australia

 » Animal Influenza Diagnosis and Surveillance Improved
 » Report Highlights Complexity of Food Safety Rules

   Mali

 » Eating More Eggs, Poultry Meat Would Boost Health

   Bhutan

 » Plentiful Supplies of Local Eggs in Bhutan

Fort Dodge - Leading the way in IBD Protection
   Viet Nam

 » OIE Reports Two More HPAI Outbreaks in Viet Nam

   European Union

 » Submissions Called for on Broiler Health, Welfare
 » Council Discusses Animal Welfare Labelling Scheme
 » Acquisition of Seara by Marfrig Approved in EU

   Ireland

 » Future Foodborne Disease Control by Breeding?
 » €1.185M Funding For Animal Welfare Organisations

   United Kingdom

 » NFU Lobbies Against Environment Agency Price Hikes
 » HSA Opens Welfare Award Nominations
 » Scotland Plans to Devolve Health, Welfare Budget
 » Organic Component of Poultry Diets to Increase
 » Web Site Launched to Meet Food Security Challenge
 » New Learning Centre Opens for 2 Sisters
 » Breakthrough: FCR under 1.59

   Pakistan

 » Poultry Prices Stabilise

Aviagen, Ross Breeders, Arbor Acres, Nicholas Turkeys, L.I.R.
   Malaysia

 » Watching TV Boosts Egg Output

   Zambia

 » Cassava Replaces Costly Maize in Zambian Feeds

   Nepal

 » Training Programme Offered to Nepal's Producers

   France

 » European Poultry Conference 2010

   Russian Federation

 » Positive Development Trends in Russian Production
 » Russia Cuts Poultry, Pork Import Quotas

   Belgium

 » High-Capacity Breaking Machine Introduced
 » New President for Kemin Agrifoods
 » New ND Outbreak in Belgian Pigeons

   Canada

 » Revised Manure Initiative More Able to Fulfill Mandate
 » Drug-Resistant E. Coli Found in Poultry Litter

   Thailand

 » CP Foods to Focus on Overseas Operations, Exports

   Philippines

 » Agriculture Department Optimistic for 2010

   India

 » Maize Procurement Scam Uncovered



That's all for this week!

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