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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 25 February 2010

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Editorial - EU Stood Firm on Battery Cage Ban

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU this week turned down Poland's request to postpone the date banning the use of conventional battery cages for laying hens for a further five years.

At its recent meeting, the Council took note of a request made by the Polish delegation to postpone the date imposing the prohibition of unenriched cages for laying hens by five years. The Commissioner in charge of Health and Consumer Policy rejected the request, and proposed to the Polish authorities to use existing rural development programmes to bring poultry holdings into line with the new standards by the deadline of 1 January 2012.

The prospect of the EU ban on battery cages has sparked fears that supplies of non-cage eggs will be inadequate to meet demand and that eggs from the very same systems that would be illegal in the EU will be imported from other countries to make up for the shortfall. It seems that scenario has occurred in Germany, where the ban on battery cages has already been introduced. A report in a German newspaper this week highlights that battery cage eggs have been imported because local producers have either left the business or cut back on production as they switched to alternative hen housing.

Among our new articles this week is one reporting a study into the welfare of hens in different housing systems. Interestingly, that work revealed that the highest welfare scores were achieved by hens kept in cages of the enriched or furnished design.

This is exactly the type of good science that is needed to make important policy decisions.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Atlanta Meeting Took a New Look at Litter
With conventional litter material getting ever more expensive and scarce, the search is on to look for alternatives. Several groups of researchers are looking into this area, and reported their findings at the International Poultry Scientific Forum (IPSF) in Atlanta last month, writes Jackie Linden, editor of ThePoultrySite.
Future of the CAP Beyond 2013
With talks on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in full swing, Charlotte Johnston, ThePoultrySite junior editor, spoke to Tom Hind, Head of Economics and International Affairs for the National Farmers' Union (NFU) to find out what CAP holds beyond 2013.
Furnished Cages Offered Best Hen Welfare in UK Trial
The welfare of hens in the system with furnished (enriched) cages was better than that of hens in other systems, concluded Professor Nicol of the University of Bristol in her paper to the European Symposium on Poultry Welfare last year.
Investigating Hatchery Practice - Effects of Nutrition
In the tenth article in this series, Dr Steve Tullett, consultant for Aviagen specialising in incubation and fertility, outlines the effects of nutrition on infertility, embryo mortality and hatchability. The article forms part of a recently published Ross Tech publication, Investigating Hatchery Practice.
A Sustainable Future for British Chicken 2009
Recent extreme volatility in UK agricultural inputs has highlighted the exposure of the British broiler industry structure. The NFU Poultry Board and NFU Chief Poultry Adviser, Robert Newbery, along with many British growers have come together to obtain an independent report from Savills on the broiler industry, analysing the grower's position with regard to risk and investment.
Tests for Identifying New Strains of Newcastle Disease Virus
Research carried out by Dr Claudio L. Afonso at the USDA ARS Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Georgia on diagnostic tests, new assays and the release of viral genomic sequences is helping to tackle exotic Newcastle Disease, according to this US Poultry & Egg Association report.
US Poultry Outlook Report - February 2010
Broiler meat production in 2009 was 35.5 billion pounds, down 3.8 per cent from the previous year but the outlook for this year is for an improvement, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) February 2010 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook. Turkey meat production is forecast to be lower this year, while table egg output will be up slightly.
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* Company News

Aviagen's Serbian Seminar a Resounding Success
SERBIA - More than 100 Aviagen customers from Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia recently attended a broiler and parent stock management seminar in Novi Sad.
International Visitors Insight into Latest Cobb Research
US - Leading poultry producers from Europe, Asia and Central and South America were given an insight into latest research of Cobb-Vantress during a visit to Arkansas following the IPE poultry exhibition at Atlanta.
Egg Conference to Feature at VIV Europe
NETHERLANDS - For the first time at VIV Europe, there will be a two-day conference on all aspects of egg production and processing. VIV Europe 2010 takes place in Utrecht on 20 to 22 April.
Opportunities for Production, Processing in Asia in 2011
THAILAND - The organisers of VIV Asia 2011 say the show will offer world class opportunities for animal production and processing.
Meriden Stamps Mark of Commitment
UK - "Our commitment is to you," announces Meriden Animal Health Ltd, launching its mark of commitment.
Biomin Builds on Mycotoxin Channel's Success
AUSTRIA - Offering the first-ever mycotoxin webinar series on YouTube, Biomin aims to build up this unique database with a wider range of speakers and topics in 2010.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: Bird Flu Kills Hundreds of Indonesian Chickens
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Global Petersime - Incubator Innovator
   United States

 » End in Sight for Oklahoma Poultry Case
 » Weekly Outlook: Soft Red Winter Wheat Update
 » CME: Frozen Meat, Poultry Stocks Remain Low
 » NCC Requests Review on Hatching Eggs for Processing
 » Meeting Presents Facts on Use of Antibiotics
 » Sanderson's Results Reflect Market Improvement
 » Smithfield Appoints First Chief Sustainability Officer
 » Pressure on USDA to Tighten Policy on 'Natural' Label
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

   Russian Federation

 » Bank Backs Russian Company to Raise Output
 » Policy of Self-Sufficiency Pushes up Meat Prices
 » End in Sight to Stalemate over US/Russian Poultry Trade

   Canada

 » Sofina Foods to Acquire Lilydale
 » Saskatchewan's Heated Truck Cuts Chicken Losses
 » Maple Leaf Reports Much Improved Quarterly Results

   Egypt

 » Good Performance Predicted for Egypt's Poultry Sector

   Belgium

 » More Newcastle Disease in Belgium's Pigeons
   Germany

 » EuroTier 2010 Inspires Strong Demand from Exhibitors
 » Cage Eggs Imported into Germany to Meet Demand

   Denmark

 » Govt Grant for Tracing Salmonella Sources

   Sweden

 » Study Finds Salmonella-Contaminated Feed Ingredients

   Australia

 » Spent Hen Renewable Energy Solution

   United Arab Emirates

 » Middle East Focus for French Poultry Exports

   Brazil

 » Brazilian Exports: Poultry Falls, Pork Rises
 » Marfrig Talks to Globoaves over Plants

   European Union

 » Call for Ag Council to Stand Firm on Cage Ban
 » EU Council Agrees in Principle on Better Welfare Labels
 » Ag Council Rejects Call to Extend Battery Cage Deadline

   Netherlands

 » Better Coccidiosis Control
   South Africa

 » Industry Denies Market Abuse

   India

 » Bird Flu Blamed for Consumer Price Hike

   Myanmar

 » Another Bird Flu Outbreak in Myanmar

   Korea, South

 » Asia's First ND Test Centre in Prospect

   United Kingdom

 » NFU CONFERENCE - Farming for the Future
 » NFU CONFERENCE - Fighting the British Corner in Europe
 » NFU CONFERENCE - Opposition Launches New Agenda for Agriculture
 » Farmers on Get IPPC Help from SAI Global

   Turkey

 » Poultry Prices to Remain Level, Says Minister

   Bhutan

 » Bhutan Reports New Bird Flu Outbreak Hatchery automation systems from Pas Reform
   Thailand

 » CPF Reports Net Profit Increase of 226 Per Cent



That's all for this week!

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