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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 6 May 2010

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Thursday 6th May 2010
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Editorial - It's International Respect for Chickens Month!

According to animal welfare campaigners, United Poultry Concerns (UPC), May is International Respect for Chickens Month, and 4 May was International Respect for Chickens Day. UPC held a peaceful demonstration in front of the White House, urging people to show compassion for chickens by choosing a vegan diet.

But it's not only welfare groups that have been discussing animal welfare this week.

In the EU, more frequent inspections and tougher penalties will be needed to enforce the next EU Animal Welfare Action Plan following a resolution adopted by Parliament yesterday. The current 2006-10 plan has reportedly worked well, in particular the measures taken to reduce antibiotics in animal feed, but there is still room for improvement, say Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

In a significant international move on animal welfare, major non-governmental organisations have signed an innovative declaration to set up the Transatlantic Animal Welfare Council (TAWC), which brings together the world's two largest trading blocs – the EU and the USA – ensuring the highest standards of welfare are achieved.

In the US, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced that it is to begin issuing press releases announcing the outcome of enforcement actions that it has taken in response to violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The 'name and shame' measure is intended to encourage companies to comply with current legislation.

And finally, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has launched an iPhone App that it says puts humane food options in the hands of consumers. The App provides the general public in the US with information on the most animal welfare-friendly products in their local supermarket or restaurant.

Jackie Linden

Petersime - Incubator Innovator
* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Nutrition Was Key Topic at UK Turkey Conference
Five papers at this year's Turkey Science and Production Conference covered the most important topic of nutrition. For ThePoultrySite, editor Jackie Linden, selects the highlights.
Global Challenge of Food Security
Food security is one of the key global challenges today, writes ThePoultrySite senior editor, Chris Harris.
IEC Paris 2010 Conference: Looking after the World
The key messages from the recent International Egg Commission Meeting were that eggs can feed the world and help to look after it with a low carbon footprint.
Holistic Approach Needed to Solve Costly PSE Problem in Turkeys
Losses due to pale, soft and exudative (PSE) meat may exceed $200 million per year by the turkey industry, according to scientists in a report for the Poultry Science Association.
Spinal Abscesses in Male Broiler Breeders
The pathogenesis of vertebral osteoarthritis (also known as spinal abscesses) in male broiler breeders caused by Enterococcus cecorum was investigated by M. Martin and colleagues at North Carolina State University, and described in a report for the US Poultry & Egg Association.
Reservoir of Genetic Diversity Provides Basis for Exciting Future
In this second interview, Dr John Hardiman, new Cobb chief scientific officer, talks to Roger Ranson about the most immediate gains from genomics and looks ahead to the next 25 years. The interview is published in the latest Cobb Focus.
* Company News

Ling Joins Hubbard as China Country Manager
CHINA - Hubbard is very pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Ling as Country Manager for China.
Aviagen Participates in London Event
CANADA - Aviagen, Inc. recently participated in the 53rd Annual Poultry Industry Conference & Exhibition (PICE) that took place in London, Ontario, at the Western Fair Entertainment Centre on 14 to 15 April 2010.
Aviagen Italia Holds Seminar with World Expert
ITALY - Aviagen Italia recently held a half-day seminar on ventilation in Bologna with world-renowned ventilation expert, Dr Mike Czarik.
Broiler Producers 'Missing out on Profitability'
UK - The emphasis on improving efficiency and bird uniformity in the modern high-yielding broiler will be featured by Cobb Europe on its exhibit at the British Pig and Poultry Fair at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, on 11 to 12 May.
Cost of Production - Not EPEF - is the Vital Factor
BELGIUM - Many broiler producers are missing out by focusing on bird performance – rather than the actual cost of producing meat, Pelayo Casanovas, Cobb Europe sales and technical director, told a two-day customer seminar in Brussels.
Cobb Germany to Repeat Popular Seminars
GERMANY - Cobb Germany is to follow up its successful seminars last autumn in Glandorf with two further events in Germany to highlight how to achieve top results with the increasingly popular Cobb500 broiler.
New General Manager for Cobb Asia
ASIA - Duncan Granshaw, who has more than 30 years' experience in the global poultry industry, has joined Cobb as general manager of its fastest growing Asian region.
Ceva Opens New Vaccine Facility
HUNGARY - Ceva celebrated its tenth anniversary with the opening of a new bacterial vaccine facility at its European biological centre of expertise.
VIV Europe 2010: the Best of a Turbulent Situation
NETHERLANDS - VIV Europe 2010 was a remarkable success despite air travel disruptions, with more than 10,000 visitors from 96 countries and 85 per cent of exhibitors making it to the event in Utrecht last month.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Bangladesh Bans Indian Chicken
 » Transatlantic Animal Welfare Council Formed
 » Agriculture Important for Latin America, Caribbean

Merial Gallimune Flu H5N9
   United States

 » Meat, Poultry Groups Urge End To Ethanol Subsidies
 » APHIS to Issue Animal Welfare Enforcement Information
 » Campaigners to Honour Respect for Chickens Day
 » US Monthly Egg Products Report - April 2010
 » AFIA Names Vice Chair of Feed Regulatory Committee
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn Demand Improving
 » U of M Meeting Focuses on Nutrition
 » WSPA Launches iPhone App for Better Welfare
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

   Viet Nam

 » Three More Outbreaks of Bird Flu in VN


 » Maple Leaf Sees Sales Fall and Earnings Increase
 » Minister to Defend Supply Management System
 » Govt Works with Egg Producers on National Traceability


 » China's Ministry Explains New Tariff for US Chicken
 » High-Level Talks for Tyson's in China


 » How Genes Affect Salmonella Resistance in Chickens
 » EPC 2010 Registration is Open


 » Bad Times Last Year for Zambian Industry

Cevac Transume IBD

 » Brazilian Poultry Industry Has New Association


 » New Chairman of Animal Welfare Council


 » Cambodia Reports One New Outbreak of Bird Flu


 » TRQ for Poultry Products under Mexico-Japan Deal
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Mexico

   United Kingdom

 » Poultry Scholarships to be Launched
 » IPPC Drop-In Centre at Pig & Poultry Fair
 » New Guidelines on Ammonia Assessment


 » New Lab for Meat Quality Testing

   European Union

 » EU Ag Committee Seeks Fairer Food Market
 » EFSA Approves Avatec for Turkeys
 » Animal Welfare Vote Will Push EC into Action
 » Farmers Unite Against Mercosur Trade Talks
 » EU Makes Progress on Animal Welfare

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   Russian Federation

 » Strong First Quarter for Cherkizovo

   Sri Lanka

 » Chicken Shortage Marginal and Temporary, Says Assoc

   South Africa

 » Sovereign Foods Back in Profit


 » Germany Reports Newcastle Disease in Pigeons

That's all for this week!

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