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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 12 August 2010

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Thursday 12th August 2010
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Editorial - Russian Drought Could Squeeze Producers This Year

An abnormally hot and dry summer in the wheat-growing area of Russia – and indeed, across eastern Europe – is pushing up feed prices again – unwelcome news for poultry producers.

Anticipating a domestic shortage of wheat following the drought, the Russian president has imposed a ban of all wheat exports.

Under normal conditions, Russia is one of the world's leading wheat exporters, so a ban would significantly cut the amount of wheat available on world markets. (And to add to the problem, wheat stocks are low this year.)

Because wheat is likely to be in short supply worldwide, prices have been rising fast: in Paris, for example, the wheat price rose from €150 to €207 between early July and the beginning of August and prices in the US have hit near a two-year high, with Chicago Board of Trade wheat standing at $254.7 per tonne last week, some $75 higher than a month earlier.

Buoyed up by these prices for wheat, so too are those for other feed ingredients, including barley and soya.

And speculators on the commodity markets are suspected of fuelling the price hikes.

Whatever the reasons for the feed price increases, poultry producers' margins will be squeezed once again.

Our third series of articles in the series Global Poultry Trends starts this week with a review of chicken meat production trends in Europe by industry watcher, Terry Evans. Between 2000 and 2008, the average increase in output from Europe was just over three per cent annually. This is lower than other regions of the world and most of the increase has occurred in just one country – Russia.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Slow Growth Forecast for Europe's Poultry
Our third series of articles in the series Global Poultry Trends covers the chicken meat sector in Europe. Writing exclusively for ThePoultrySite, industry watcher, Terry Evans, focuses on production trends in the region. With an average increase of just over three per cent annually between 2000 and 2008, output is growing more slowly in Europe than other regions, and most of the increase is achieved in just one country, Russia.
Stress: It Affects Poultry and Pigs Too
Researchers in the ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit in West Lafayette, Indiana, talk about their studies on stress in poultry and pigs to Sharon Durham in the latest issue of Agricultural Research.
South Africa - Broiler Production and Consumption
Annual growth in broiler production in South Africa slowed down in 2009 but an increase of three per cent to 957 million broilers or 1.290 million tons of poultry meat is expected in 2010, according to Dirk Esterhuizen in the latest GAIN report for USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
More on Nicholas Turkeys, part of Aviagen
* Company News

Italian Customers Visit Aviagen's UK Operations
UK - Aviagen Italia recently invited representatives from La Pellegrina, a Ross customer for over 12 years, for a behind-the-scenes tour of Aviagen's Scottish facilities.
Be More Competitive, German Broiler Producers Told
GERMANY - More than 200 participants took part in two broiler seminars organised by Cobb Germany where the focus was on increasing the competitive position of German production.
New Guidelines on Aspergillosis Management
US - A new brochure provides guidelines for the control of aspergillosis in poultry.
Temporary Halt to DSM's Vitamin E Output
SWITZERLAND - DSM is to shut down vitamin E production for four weeks.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: WHO Reports Human H5N1 Cases Reach 504
 » CME: Russian Heat-Wave May Spark Wheat Crisis
 » Wheat Prices Set to Remain High for a Decade
 » USDA, Israel Sign Agreement on Research
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   European Union

 » EFSA Evaluates Factors Leading to Campylobacter
 » Action Needed to Stop Speculation on Cereals Market

   China

 » No Epidemics Despite Bad Weather in China
 » Ag Ministry: Egg Prices Continue 11-Week Rally

   India

 » Strong Growth Predicted for Livestock Sectors
 » Lohmann AH, Suguna Form JV in India
 » Thai Poultry, Pork Processor Looks to India

   United Kingdom

 » Opinions on Improving Farm Regulation Wanted
 » Demand for Better Christmas Turkeys Spurs Growth
 » Copas Turkeys Attract Christmas Shoppers
 » Moy Park First to Support Courtauld Commitment
 » IPPC Directive Review Clause Explained
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   Thailand

 » Govt Orders Feed Manufacturers to Drop Prices
 » EU, Japan Import More Thai Chicken Products

   Netherlands

 » Animal Feed Industry 'At Risk' Says Rabobank

   Japan

 » More Farmers Using Rice as Feed

   Pakistan

 » Floods to Cost Poultry Sector PKR4 Billion
 » Flooding Puts Karachi on Alert for Diseases
   Nepal

 » Industry Calls for Poultry Health, Feed Labs

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Approves More than 100 US Plants
 » Strong Performance in All Segments for Cherkizovo

   United States

 » More Animal Disease Traceability Public Meetings
 » Seminar to Focus on New Era of Antibiotic Use
 » Ditches Solve Phosphorus Run-Off Problem
 » UV Light Cuts Salmonella on Eggshells
 » Tyson Foods Reports Improved Chicken Results
 » FSIS Proposes Changes on Donning and Doffing
 » Weekly Outlook: Focus on Crop Production Report
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US
 » Sales Volume up and Costs Down for Cagle's in Q1
 » FASS Updates List of GM References
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

   Brazil

 » ParanĂ¡ Leads Chicken Exports to Middle East
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   South Africa

 » AFGRI Buys into Full Integration

   Zambia

 » Prospects Improve for Zambia's Broiler Industry

   Australia

 » Shoppers to Shell out More for Eggs

   Ireland

 » Ag Minister Urged to Look at Anaerobic Digestion
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That's all for this week!

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