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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 4 March 2010

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Decision Time for the EU

In the last week, some significant decisions have been reached in the EU.

Firstly, MEPs on the Agriculture Committee backed a plan to launch a new European quality logo, which would be reserved 'exclusively for agricultural goods resulting entirely from production in the EU'. This will allow producers to display 'their commitment to quality, food safety and respect of all European standards'.

The MEPs were debating a number of European Commission proposals to modernise food labelling amid a future overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy. MEPs also supported, with reservations, a mandatory 'place of farming' indication. This is equivalent to a Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) scheme.

And after years of discussion, disagreements and procrastination, the European Commission has finally come up with a proposal on genetically modified organisms: it is proposing to pass the decision to individual Member States! However, the EC did approve five GM crops for cultivation, which paves the way for the growing of GM crops within the EU for the first time, subject to national government approval.

In Moscow, talks have resumed between Russian and US delegations on the future of poultry meat trade. When Russia introduced a ban on chlorine treatment of poultry carcasses from 1 January, US exports to Russia were, in effect, banned. Although no agreement has yet been reached, the talks are still in progress.

And finally, several new outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Bhutan, Viet Nam and Bangladesh.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Solutions for IBD Control Discussed in Marrakech
Every seat was taken in the hall for an evening seminar at the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Congress 2009 organised by Merial and entitled 'A Unique Solution for IBD Control'. The high level of participation was a reflection of the difficulties encountered by farmers and veterinarians in the control of Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD; Gumboro disease) and their thirst for knowledge on new solutions, reports Jackie Linden for ThePoultrySite.
Investigating Hatchery Practice - Appendices
In the final article in this series, Dr Steve Tullett, consultant for Aviagen specialising in incubation and fertility, offers tips on egg collection, selection, disinfection. fumigation and storage. It forms part of a recently published Ross Tech publication, Investigating Hatchery Practice.
Successful Development of a New Candidate Turkey Influenza Vaccine
Drs Chang Won Lee and Yehia M. Saif of Ohio State University describe how their work has led to the development of a new vaccine in a report from the US Poultry & Egg Association.
Direct-Fed Microbials Take Another Step Against Salmonella
Research at the University of Arkansas poultry health lab has identified a combination of spore isolates from Bacillus species that are effective at reducing Salmonella enteritidis in chickens and turkeys, explains Dr Hargis in the latest newsletter from Food Safety Consortium.
Cannibalism in Free-Range Flocks Linked to Perches, Early Range Access
Vent pecking and cannibalism were observed in about one quarter of the UK free-range and organic laying flocks surveyed, and these behaviours were associated with early access to the range and the provision of perches and nipple drinkers, according to S.L. Lambton of the University of Bristol in a paper presented at the European Symposium on Poultry Welfare last year.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - February 2010
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data. It includes data to December 2009.
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* Company News

Single-Dose Vaccine Effective against Variant IBDV Strain
US - Researchers at the University of Georgia and Merial Select report in the latest Avian Diseases that a single-dose recombinant herpesvirus of turkey infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) vaccination was effective against a variant IBDV strain.
Hy-Line Begins Sales Kyrgyzstan
KYRGYZSTAN - Hy-Line has begun sales in the region through Three T of Kyrgyzstan.
Dutrion Launches New Drinking Water Concept
CANADA - Dutrion North America Ltd. launched a new concept for poultry drinking water at the International Poultry Exposition (IPE) 2010: DutriClean.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: Indonesia Says Bird Flu Under Control

   United Kingdom

 » NFU CONFERENCE - Call for Fairer Farm Gate Prices
 » Scheme Cuts Red Tape of Environment Regs
 » Govt Seeks to Use More British Food
 » Competition Opens for Best Slimmers' Egg Recipe
 » Free-Range Eggs Do Well in New Purchasing Survey
 » Industry Award for Happy Egg
 » Union, Supermarket Cooperate on Working Conditions Aviagen, Ross Breeders, Arbor Acres, Nicholas Turkeys, L.I.R.
   United States

 » RTC Weight Down Three Per Cent from Last Year
 » Chicken to Become Georgia's Official State Bird?
 » MSU Combines Computers, Biology to Track Flu
 » Chickens and Eggs - 2009 Summary
 » US Monthly Egg Products Report - February 2010
 » USDA Chickens and Eggs Report - January 2010
 » NCC Releases Revised Programme on Animal Welfare
 » Tyson Foods Set on Integrating Acquisitions
 » Townsends Appoints New Senior Management Team
 » Strong Demand Makes Wings Price Fly
 » New Case Alleges Pollution by Poultry Farms
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US
 » Progress in Combatting West Nile Virus
 » First Case of Myocarditis Associated with Reovirus
 » Extended Downtime, Raised Biosecurity Beat ILT
 » Businesses Bouncing Back
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » CME: US Broiler Industry Still Facing Challenges

   European Union

 » Agriculture MEPs Back Study into New Quality Logo
 » Commission Says Members Can Choose over GM Crop Cultivation

   Barbados

 » Super Centre to Boost Chicken Sales

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo to Double Production at Penza
 » Russia, US Resume Poultry Meat Trade Talks
 » Russians Positive about Poultry Trade Talks

   France

 » Canada Donates to OIE for Animal Health Activities
 » OIE Chief to Deliver Keynote Address at IPC Meeting
 » OIE DG to Address IEC Conference
   Peru

 » Peru Reports New Outbreak of Newcastle Disease

   Brazil

 » Brasil Foods' 2009 Profit Reached BRR360 Million

   Australia

 » Australian Agriculture Must Adapt to Climate Change

   Viet Nam

 » Bird Flu Outbreaks Linked to Live Bird Traders, Markets
 » Seven New Bird Flu Outbreaks Hit Viet Nam

   Saudi Arabia

 » Arasco Delegation Visits UK Feed Mills

   South Africa

 » Acquisition Boosts AFGRI Foods' Poultry Output
 » Importers, Producers Bicker over Poultry Trade Cobb 700 - The new standard in high yield
   Dominican Republic

 » Import Tax Cut to Benefit Dominican Farmers

   Bhutan

 » Latest Bird Flu Outbreak in Bhutan

   Mexico

 » Cancun Congress to Highlight World Livestock Report

   Bangladesh

 » Bangladesh Reports 14 HPAI Outbreaks

   Congo, Democratic Republic

 » Hopes for New Poultry Project in DR Congo

   China

 » Yuhe Completes Latest Construction Project

   Netherlands

 » GD Opens New Master Class in Poultry Health

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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