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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 10 June 2010

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Thursday 10th June 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - ThePoultrySite Focuses on the Asian Chicken Meat Industry

This week on ThePoultrySite, we are starting the first of a brand-new series of articles entitled Global Poultry Trends. Over three weeks, Terry Evans, an experienced and respected industry-watcher, will analyse the recent trends and future direction of chicken meat production in Asia, the region that has shown the greatest potential for growth in output over recent years, and now accounts for 35 per cent of world production. Within Asia, China is the leading producer, accounting for 44 per cent of the region's output.

Who would have thought that chickens could help to mitigate the environmentally damaging oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? It has been reported this week that researchers at the University of Delaware have developed a method to mitigate oil spills using chicken feather fibres. Professor Richard Wool has discovered that when the fibres are cut to an optimal size, surface tension forces drive them to form networks that attract and trap oil spilled on a water surface. Preliminary tests have yielded promising results and a provisional patent has been filed.

And to prove that you cannot please all of the people all of the time, the announcement this week about significant grants going to Scottish egg producers so they can invest to prepare for the coming battery cage ban in the EU was initially welcomed, also because it would bring more jobs to rural areas. But shortly afterwards came complaints from the industry that the additional production would unbalance the market.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Asia Leads the World in Chicken Demand
With a growing human population and rising incomes, Asia is the region leading the growth in world chicken meat consumption, writes Terry Evans. This, the first of a series of special features entitled Global Poultry Trends for ThePoultrySite, covers the production of chicken meat in Asia.
Basic Guide for the Backyard Chicken Flock
A guide to raising a small, backyard chicken flock by Dr Derek L. Barber, Livestock & Natural Resources Extension agent for Columbia County Extension at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.
Welfare of Organic Poultry
Some aspects of organic farming increase welfare of poultry, according to Dr E. Zeltner and V. Maurer of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland. In their paper at the European Symposium on Poultry Welfare in Italy last year, they suggested welfare could be further improved by attention to suitable pullet rearing systems, maximising range use, genetic selection and parasite control.
* Company News

Ross Distributors Focus on Maximising Performance
TURKEY - The fifth annual Ross Distributor Customer Focus Team (DCFT) meeting, involving distributors and Grandparent customers from Turkey, the Middle East and Africa, recently took place in Antalya, Turkey.
Aviagen Export Manager Named ATA Official
US - Aviagen has announced that Kelly Wheeler, the company's export manager, has been elected vice president of the Animal Transportation Association (ATA), a non-profit international organisation devoted to the safe handling and transportation of all animals worldwide.
New Appointments for UK Pig, Poultry Sectors
UK - Two new appointments have been made by Pfizer Animal Health for the pig and poultry industries.
Kemin AgriFoods: New Hires, Promotion in N America
US - Kemin AgriFoods welcomes three new employees and promotes Sheldon Spratt to East region sales manager.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: WHO: Human H5N1 Toll 31 This Year
 » USGC to Japan and Philippines: Why Not Sorghum?
 » Project Set up to Reduce Disease in Ethiopian Villages
 » International Collaboration on Coccidiosis Vaccines
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   United States

 » Agreement Reached in 'Donning and Doffing' Case
 » Allen Sells Poultry Complex, Feed Mill to Amick
 » NIAA Annual Meeting Focused on One Health
 » Weekly Outlook: Will Crop Prices Recover?
 » Settlement Reached in Maine Cruelty Case
 » Vaccine Production Breakthrough at UC Davis
 » Applications Open for Education Funding
 » Partial Settlement Reached over Egg Price Fixing
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Chicken Feathers Could Mitigate Oil Spill
 » PSA Announces Awards, Fellows Ahead of Meeting
 » FDA Must Use Risk-Based Approach to Food Safety

   Malaysia

 » RT-Biofarm to Raise Chicken Output
 » Glon Moves to Produce Halal Products in Malaysia

   France

 » New Strategic Plan Adopted at OIE World Assembly
Cobb 700 - The new standard in high yield
   European Union

 » Europe Beefs Up Support to Global Food Security
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: EU
 » Unions Agree on Future of CAP, Mercosur Trade
 » EC Calls for Tenders to Evaluate Poultry Sector

   Russian Federation

 » Farming Lobby Forces Delay in US Poultry Imports

   Saudi Arabia

 » Investment Brings Self-Sufficiency for Saudi Industry

   Korea, South

 » Low-Path Bird Flu Spreads in S Korea
   United Kingdom

 » WI Fights for Better Meat, Fish, Poultry Labelling
 » Joint Commitment Made to Tackle Climate Change
 » Symposium on Alternative Systems for Poultry
 » Scottish Farmers Prepare for Battery Cage Ban
 » TV Chef Fronts British Egg Week Campaign
 » Grants May Upset Already Fragile Scottish Egg Market
 » FSA Strategy to Focus on Campylobacter
 » Open Farm Sunday

   India

 » Poultry Companies Invest to Meet Projected Demand

   Ireland

 » Intensive Farming Left Out of Nitrates Plan
 » Govt Criticised over Poultry Meat Purchasing

   Thailand

 » Betagro Invests in Provinces, Processing, Feed
   Brazil

 » Prestigious Sustainability Award for Walmart Brazil

   Viet Nam

 » VN's Bird Flu Control Measures Largely Successful

   Belgium

 » New Outbreak of Newcastle Disease in Pigeons

   Australia

 » New Chapter in Poultry Research, Education
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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