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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 25 March 2010

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Thursday 25th March 2010
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Editorial - Our Industry's Involvement in Global Issues: Setting the Record Straight

News has emerged this week on the poultry industry's involvement in some of the biggest issues currently facing human kind. And, for once, the news is not all bad.

Firstly, on zoonotic diseases, an international task force from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is concerned over declining support for monitoring H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), despite disease persistence and spread.

Commenting on the report, Juan Lubroth, FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer, said: "Unfortunately, H5N1 may have slipped off the radar screen for some people but it continues to be a major problem, especially in Egypt and parts of Asia, where it is having a huge impact on food security and the livelihoods of farmers and local communities."

Whilst in no way responsible for the emergence of bird flu, the poultry industry must continue to take its share of the responsibility in controlling the disease in poultry and protecting workers and the wider community.

There is welcome news for the industry in the other two big news stories this week, however.

It appears that a key report on climate change through the production of greenhouse gases (GHG) may have considerably overstated the role of the livestock industries. The criticism has been accepted by the FAO, it appears. Professor Frank Mitloehner of the University of California-Davis, who analysed the original report, has stated at a scientific meeting that cutting consumption of meat and milk will not affect GHGs.

German poultry producer, Wiesenhof, has made its first calculation of the carbon footprint of poultry production: one kilogram of chicken meat equates to 3.2 kg of carbon dioxide.

And finally, a Purdue University animal scientist has spoken out in support of the proper use of antibiotics in livestock production. Professor Paul Ebner said: "Antibiotics are used in two basic ways: one use is to treat a specific disease but they also are used preventatively. This is to prevent disease in general." He went on to explain that animal feeds are not 'laced with antibiotics' and how their use is very strictly controlled.

We can only hope that these two reports achieve the media attention that they deserve and bring a balance back to these important debates over the role of animal agriculture in climate change and in the antibiotic resistance in human pathogens.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Beak-Trimming Discussed at WPSA Welfare Meeting
The need to carry out beak-trimming of Muscovy ducks was investigated and reported by a French group at the European Symposium on Poultry Welfare in Italy last year, and two posters were presented relating to beak-trimming pullets destined for the laying flock. Editor, Jackie Linden, summarises these papers for ThePoultrySite.
Brazil Now Second in Turkey League
Brazil is now the country producing the second largest volume of turkey meat – with the US still way out in front – but output from many countries has fallen, writes Terry Evans for ThePoultrySite.
Chicken House Attics Can be Tapped to Warm Broilers
Reducing the cost of keeping broiler chickens warm could result from research by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and university cooperators.
On The Trail of Avian Influenza
An international task force from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is concerned over declining support for monitoring H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), despite disease persistence and spread.
Poultry and Pig Sectors in Argentina: Husbandry Practice and Animal Welfare
Following a study of pig and poultry producers in Argentina, there seems to be considerable scope for farmers to raise the welfare standards – particularly for sows and laying hens, according to a new report from the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) of Wageningen University. The authors, led by Peter van Horne, suggest that there would be a ready market in the European Union for such high-welfare animal products, providing that appropriate standards are set and can be verified.
US Poultry Outlook Report - March 2010
Broiler production in 2010 is expected to slightly exceed year-earlier levels with an upward price trend, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) March 2010 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook. Both turkey production and inventories are sharply down from a year ago, while strong egg product exports should maintain wholesale egg prices.
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* Company News

Aviagen Boosts Technical Support in Eastern Europe
EASTERN EUROPE - Increasing customer demand for Aviagen products leads to three new appointments.
New Cobb Technical Appointment in Italy
ITALY - Veterinary surgeon Dr Andrea Pizzabiocca has been appointed technical services manager for Cobb Europe in Italy.
World Premiere of Petersime BioStreamer Incubators
EU - The first of Petersime's BioStreamer incubators have been installed with Het Anker in the Netherlands and Western Brand in Ireland.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Insurance Plan for Bangladesh's Bird Flu-Hit Poultry Sector
 » African Observers for Food Safety and Animal Health
 » FAO Report Warns of Continued H5N1 Danger


 » Wiesenhof Reports its First CO2 Footprint


 » Cuban Egg Production Recovering after 2008 Hurricanes

   Sri Lanka

 » Sri Lanka's Poultry Industry Squeezed


 » Jakarta's Poultry Sellers to Relocate

   United Kingdom

 » NFU Poultry Board Re-Elected
 » Waste Rules Could Save Farmers £4 Million


 » Agromek Show Turns to Alternate-Year Cycle
 » Danish Chicken Free of Salmonella, Says Minister


 » LEI Publishes Report on Poultry Welfare in Argentina

   United States

 » CME: Chicken Prices Steady; Pork, Beef Prices Up
 » Revised US Food Safety Law Predicted This Year
 » Maize Surge Unlikely in 2010
 » Projects to Help Prevent, Reduce GHG Emissions
 » Joint Climate Change Prediction Research Programme
 » USDA Chickens and Eggs Report - February 2010
 » Weekly Outlook: Decline in Soybean Consumption
 » Subway Phases out Battery Eggs
 » Cutting Meat, Milk Intake Will Not Lower GHGs
 » Clean Water Awards 2010
 » CME: Growth in US Total Meat, Poultry Amount
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US
 » Flies May Spread Drug-Resistant Bacteria from Farms
 » Proper Antibiotic Use Prevents Livestock Disease
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » New Ingredient to Reduce Foodborne Bacteria in Meat
 » Idaho Passes Bill to Restrict Farm Size
 » FAO Admits Flaw in Meat and Climate Change Report


 » International Entrepreneur to Speak at IEC Event


 » Cooperation Improves Food Safety in Johor Baru


 » FSAI Advises Leak-Proof Poultry Packaging


 » Armenia's Farmers Complain about Cheap Imports


 » CPF Invests to Diversify Product Range

   South Africa

 » Sovereign Reports Difficult Half-Year of Trading


 » HK Govt to Review Need for Slaughtering Centre

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 » Vanuatu Govt Investigates Free Trade Deal


 » Spain Declares Country ND-Free


 » New Drawer System for Live Bird Handling
 » Chicken Genome Thesis Shows Gene Clustering

   Viet Nam

 » Five New Bird Flu Outbreaks in Viet Nam


 » Philippines Leans on Pork as Chicken Price Flies


 » Two-Year Newcastle Disease Study Starts at VARC


 » Govt Invests in Food Safety for Turkey Industry

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