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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 24 June 2010
Thursday 24th June 2010
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Editorial: Farms Flocking to Assurance Scheme

More than three quarters of farms able to join the UK's Pig and Poultry Assurance Scheme have chosen to take part since its launch in April this year.

The scheme allows farmers with a high level of compliance with their Environmental (IPPC) Permit to receive one annual inspection by a certification body trained by the Environment Agency instead of two Environment Agency visits, saving them around £850 a year.

In Northern Ireland, the farm minister, Michelle Gildernew, has introduced the new Welfare of Animals Bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

US meat processing giant, Smithfield Foods, has made an offer to buy its joint venture partner's 51 per cent ownership interest in the turkey operation, Butterball, and its partner's related turkey production assets for approximately $200 million.

However, Smithfield could face a counter offer from its partner.

A deal is expected by September this year and if Smithfield becomes the owner, it will have to settle Butterball's $215 million debt.

In the US the National Chicken Council thanked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for USDA’s purchase programme for dark-meat chicken that has become necessary because of the long dispute with Russia over chicken meat exports.

Under normal circumstances, companies in the US chicken industry sell more than 700,000 metric tons of chicken legs to Russia every year – about 1.5 billion pounds. Russia closed its market to chicken imports from the US on 1 January 2010, ostensibly because Russian officials objected to the fact that American chicken processing plants use chlorinated water in processing chickens.

Last week the USDA revealed a new rule that changes the way that livestock and poultry are marketed and procured by processors in the US. However, the new rule has become the target of criticism from many of the meat packers' and processors' organisations.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Opportunities for Duck Production
Seen from a global perspective and in comparison to chickens, ducks are not an important source of food, but the duck is an important provider of both meat and eggs in Asia and particularly China, according to Richard Bird. Jackie Linden, editor of ThePoultrySite, reports on his prediction that the growth of Chinese duck production will soon impact the industry and eating habits in western countries.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Rising Human Population and Per Capita Consumption in Asia Boost Total Chicken Demand
In the final part of our series of special features entitled Global Poultry Trends about Asia for ThePoultrySite, Terry Evans explains that within five years, 60 per cent of the world's people will live in Asia. Combined with a growing demand for all meats there, this region will account for an increasing share of global chicken meat output.
Economic Aspect of Agriculture in 2010 and Beyond
The economic aspect of agriculture for 2010 shows more stability compared to the economic outlook for 2009, according to an annual joint report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Develeopment (OECD) entitled Agricultural Outlook 2010-19. Rachel Ralte, Junior Editor of ThePoultrySite, provides a brief outline of the Outlook.
US Poultry Outlook Report - June 2010
As a result of ongoing trade issues, broiler exports to Russia in April were zero, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) May 2010 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
* Company News

Aviagen’s Polish Seminar a Roaring Success
POLAND - Aviagen EPI was delighted to welcome representatives from all sectors of Poland’s poultry industry to a three-day technical seminar in the spa town of Dzwirzyno.
Petersime Sells 1000th S-line Incubator to Gallus KTF
HUNGARY - Only a couple of months after the introduction of the S-line, Petersime is proud to announce that it has already received orders for over 1,000 machines of this latest generation of state-of-the-art single-stage incubators.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: OIE Update on Myanmar AI Situation
 » Regulation of Food Markets Desirable
More on Ross Breeders, part of Aviagen
   United States

 » High-Yield Agriculture Slows Pace of Global Warming
 » Smithfield Foods Cuts its Losses
 » Smithfield Bids for Full Control of Butterball
 » GIPSA Proposes Changes in Livestock, Poultry Rule
 » NCC Grateful for Chicken Purchase Programme
 » Weekly Outlook: Upcoming USDA Reports
 » USDA Chickens and Eggs Report - May 2010
 » Processors Endangered by New Regulatory Costs
 » CME: GIPSA's Livestock and Poultry Marketing Rule
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Benefits of Chicken Litter for Cotton Growers


 » No New Outbreaks of HPAI in Mongolia


 » Bangladesh Reports One New HPAI Outbreak
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   United Kingdom

 » NFU Lobbying Success on Food Labelling
 » Irish Egg Sector Funding will Create Disadvantage
 » Targeting Innovations for the Food Chain
 » Minister Introduces New Animal Welfare Bill
 » Bringing Back the Real Egg
 » Pig, Poultry Scheme Off to a Flying Start
 » Practice Nurses Find Time for Eggs
 » New Opportunities for Farmers in South West


 » Egypt: Ban on Live Poultry to Go Nationwide


 » Study: More Dioxins in Free-Range Eggs


 » Willingness to Establish Broiler Economy Voiced

   Trinidad and Tobago

 » Pluck Shop Poultry Prices Keep Fluttering

 » Tamil Nadu Offers 8-Day Poultry Training Programme


 » Minister Touts Removal of Chicken Import Permit


 » Poultry Farmers in Kampala to Receive Services


 » GFPT JV Gearing Up to Process Chickens


 » No New H5N1 Outbreaks Reported in Myanmar


 » A/H1N1 Issue Hinders Exports of Poultry Products


 » 15 July: Abolition of Retail Licence for Chicken
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Philippines


 » Northern NSW Poultry Industry Faces Fee Turmoil


 » Fomca: Buy Less Chicken to Bring Prices Down
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