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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 18 February 2010
Thursday 18th February 2010
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Editorial - First Call to Delay EU Battery Cage Ban?

Animal welfare is on the agenda for the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels next week (22 February). On the published agenda is an exchange of views on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy regarding market management measures in the years after 2013 as well as how to improve consumer information on animal welfare.

One matter that will be of great concern to egg producers in some EU Member States is that Poland is said to be presenting to the Council a proposal that the ban on conventional battery cages for laying hens is postponed by a further five years to 2017.

It will not only be UK welfare campaigners, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that will be lobbying its representatives to oppose the Polish proposal.

With producers in some EU countries apparently so slow to replace their soon-to-be-outlawed battery cages with one of the variety of alternative housing systems, the proposed postponement comes as no big surprise. One can only hope that the Council and the national governments give this matter their urgent attention so that a fair solution is found quickly for producers in all the Member States.

And finally, Egypt is bearing the brunt of the latest reported outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in its poultry as well as the human toll. The country has to date had 99 confirmed victims of the disease, 30 of whom have died.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Extending Knowledge on Feeding DDGS to Chickens
Several groups reported their findings on the use of the ethanol by-products, distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and glycerol, at the recent International Poultry Scientific Forum (IPSF 2010), writes Jackie Linden, editor of ThePoultrySite. The papers covered the effects of feeding DDGS (with and without enzyme supplements) to broilers and laying hens, as well as feed milling issues.
Shade Made Little Difference to Use of Paddocks by Free-Range Hens
In his presentation at the 8th European Symposium on Poultry Welfare, P. Glatz from the Pig and Poultry Production Institute at Roseworthy in South Australia reported that providing shade only slightly increased the use of the range area by laying hens, and there were no advantages in terms of egg output or feather score.
Turkey - Poultry Situation
A review of the current state of Turkey's poultry meat and egg industries by Samet Serttas and published as a GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. The report refers to the agreement between Russia and Turkey over the export of poultry products from the latter to the former country following health certification of Turkish poultry plants.
Investigating Hatchery Practice - Interpretation of Quality Control Test Results
In the ninth article in this series, Dr Steve Tullett, consultant for Aviagen specialising in incubation and fertility, describes how to interpret the results of a hatchery investigation, following the previous article in the series, which covered how to carry out the investigation. The article forms part of a recently published Ross Tech publication, Investigating Hatchery Practice.
US Feed Outlook - February 2010
Profitable operations for ethanol producers have encouraged increased ethanol output, raising prospects for higher corn use for ethanol in 2009/10, according to this month's Feed Outlook Report from USDA Economic Research Service. The report is by A. Baker, E. Allen and H. Lutman and is entitled Corn Use for Ethanol Increased This Month.
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* Company News

Avian Scientists Discuss Gumboro at Merial Summit
US - The Merial IBD Summit 2010 brought together experts and industry leaders from North America, Latin America and Asia to share information about infectious bursal disease (IBD; Gumboro disease) control and novel vector vaccine technology.
Aviagen Focused on the Future at IPE 2010
US - Poultry industry professionals from around the world recently gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in the International Poultry Expo (IPE). The Aviagen exhibit was a tremendous draw as customers and attendees came to get the latest product information on the company’s Ross, Arbor Acres and L.I.R. product brands.
Local Interest in New Aviary for 30,000 Layers
FRANCE - A new Big Dutchman aviary for 30,000 laying hens has been inaugurated by a farmer in the Nantes region.
Bright Skies over VIV India 2010
INDIA - The organisers of VIV India 2010 report a highly successful event in Bangalore earlier this month.
De Beucker Joins Kemin Agrifoods
BELGIUM – Kemin is pleased to announce that Jan-Jeroen De Beucker has been appointed Marketing Director of Kemin Agrifoods worldwide, based in Herentals.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Avian Influenza - Situation in Egypt - Update 30
 » Methionine Market to be Worth US$3 Billion by 2015
 » Towards a More Sustainable Livestock Sector

   United States

 » Gainco Displayed New Debone/Trim System at IPE
 » Snow Collapses Poultry Houses
 » Cagle's Reports Improving Results
 » Turkey Breeders Infected with H1N1 Flu During AI
 » AVMA Seeks Input to Strategic Plan
 » Plant Buffers Limit Spread of Antibiotics in Manure
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn, Soybean Export Progress
 » CME: December Sees Modest Rise in Broiler Exports
 » Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » New NTF Chairman Optimistic for the Future
 » Perdue Receives USDA Process Verified Seal
 » MSU Considers How to Deal with Budget Cuts

 » New Funding for Research into Antibiotic Resistance


 » Inghams Will Re-Build Fire-Damaged Plant
 » Lenard's Poultry to Open 30 New Stores


 » Another Case of Low-Path Avian Flu in Taiwan


 » Nutreco Reports Strong Second Half-Year 2009
 » DLG Opens Office in the Netherlands


 » West Bengal Reports New Case of H5N1 Avian Flu
 » Exports of Eggs to Start Soon
 » New Entrant to Processed Chicken Market
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 » Boost to Exports to Japan Foreseen by San Miguel

   United Kingdom

 » Union Says Information Lacking on EU Hen Welfare Rules
 » Advice for Hobby Chicken Farmers
 » Newspaper Investigates Welfare of Imported Meat
 » Liverpool Uni to Help Ethiopia Fight Poultry Disease


 » Global Egg Industry Leaders to Meet in Paris


 » Egg, Poultry Meat Markets Hit by Bird Flu Fears


 » Record Pork and Poultry Production in 2009


 » Brazilian Companies Well Represented at Dubai Show


 » International Egg and Poultry Report: Turkey
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   Cote D'Ivoire

 » Govt Puts Ivorian Industry on Road to Recovery


 » Trials Completed on Antimicrobial Enzyme against NE


 » Haid Group to Build Three New Feed Plants

   European Union

 » Next Ag Council to Discuss Postponing Layer Cage Ban
 » Animal Welfare Action Plan Needed for Sustainable Future


 » More Pigs, Poultry in Croatia But Fewer Cattle

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