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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 28 October 2010

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Thursday 28th October 2010
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Editorial - Battery Cages Are Not All Bad

According to a recent survey by the International Egg Commission, about 85 per cent of eggs worldwide are produced in traditional cages. Thirty of the 35 countries surveyed had more than half of their eggs produced in modern cages, and 15 of the 35 countries produced more than 90 per cent of their eggs in cages.

The president of United Egg Producers in the US commented that despite pressure from some animal rights groups, 95 per cent of American consumers continue to prefer regular eggs from modern cage housing systems to cage-free.

Price may play a role in their choice. In the US, eggs from traditional (battery) cage housing systems were 87 cents per dozen last week, compared to $2.62 for cage-free and $4.06 for organic free-range eggs.

A senior official with Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA added that hens in cage housing systems tend to have fewer diseases, lower mortality, require fewer medications, produce the cleanest and best quality eggs, with the smallest carbon footprint, and at least cost for consumers.

And in research published recently, it was found that aerobic bacterial counts were lower on eggs from hens housed in battery cages than those kept on the floor and with wood shavings as litter. According to this new research from Georgia in the US, the transmission of Salmonella and Campylobacter between hens was also higher where the birds were kept on the floor with shavings than on slats or in cages.

On the other hand, if 85 per cent of the world's eggs are produced in battery cages, 15 per cent are not. Whilst a good proportion of the latter will come from backyard farmers in developing countries, that still leaves non-cage eggs as at least a significant niche market in some developed countries. As consumers there show they are prepared to pay more to cover the additional costs to produce non-cage eggs, it goes to show that the market can take a range of different production methods to give the public a choice. Let us make sure it is an informed choice.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Global Turkey Meat Consumption Flat
The US is well ahead of the rest in the world league table in turkey meat consumption, writes Terry Evans in this article exclusively for ThePoultrySite. A steady increase in uptake, however, has only been recorded in Mexico and Brazil in recent years.
Lower Salmonella, Campylobacter Transmission in Caged Hens
Eggs from hens housed in cage-free environments with wood shavings had higher eggshell aerobic bacteria levels than those from conventional cages, according to new research from Georgia. Transmission of Salmonella and Campylobacter was higher where hens were kept on the floor with shavings than on slats or in cages. No differences were observed after the eggs were washed.
Genetic Screening Technique Detects 700 Antimicrobial-Resistance Genes
Using an advanced genetic screening technique, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators have detected, for the first time, more than 700 genes that give microbes like Salmonella and E. coli the ability to resist antibiotics and other antimicrobial compounds.
Past and Present in Poultry Disease Control
Vaccines based on molecular biotechnologies will dramatically change the way we control infectious diseases in future, said Yannick Gardin, DVM, Scientific Director for Poultry Vaccines for Ceva Santé Animale in France, speaking at the Vector Vaccines Symposium organised by Ceva Santé Animale in San Diego earlier this month.
US Poultry Outlook - October 2010
Broiler production is expected to be higher at the end of third-quarter 2010 and moving into the fourth quarter, while year-to-date turkey production continues to be lower than a year earlier, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service. The trend of higher egg production is expected to continue.
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics - October 2010
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data. It includes data to September 2010.
Plus the following reports from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service:

Brazil - Poultry and Products Annual 2010
China - Poultry and Products Annual 2010
Ukraine - Poultry and Products Annual Report 2010

* Company News

Largest Cobb Worldwide Distributor Conference
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ICAN 2010
MALAYSIA - The International Conference on Animal Nutrition was first organized in 2004 and takes place every two years.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » New Research Explores Egg Shell Quality, Food Safety
 » Meeting Held to Boost Confidence in NSW Industry
 » Training Material on Egg Production for Teachers

   United States

 » Poultry Farm Converted to Solar Energy
 » Employment Eligibility Training Programme Released
 » Cargill Recognised for Welfare, Environmental Efforts
 » USDA Chickens and Eggs Report - September 2010
 » CME: Increase in Overall Beef, Pork, Poultry Stocks
 » How Many Acres of Corn, Soybeans Needed in 2011?
 » RTC Weight up Five Per Cent from Last Year
 » Senator Calls for Action over Chinese Tariffs
 » NTF Convention Attracts Top Food Safety Official
 » Registration Now Open for 2011 AMI Expo
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » CME: Corn, Soy Price Rises Hit Poultry Production
 » USPoultry Offers Curriculum for High Schools


 » First Poultry 'Estate' for Orissa
 » Seasonal Rises Expected in Poultry Product Prices
 » Venky's Plans to Expand in 25 Countries
 » Indian Poultry Company Buys English Football Club
 » Poultry Litter-Based Power Project for Haryana


 » Sales, Margin Improve for Bachoco in Third Quarter
 » Figap/VIV America Latina in Full Swing
 » Bachoco Announces CEO Retirement


 » Positive Prospects for Irish Food & Drink Exports

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   Russian Federation

 » New Rules on Transit of Russian Poultry Meat in EU
 » Strong Performance by Cherkizovo in 2010


 » Malta Urged to Improve Salmonella Control


 » FVO Warns Italy Unprepared for Battery Cage Ban


 » EU Body Calls on Bulgaria to Improve Welfare


 » Singapore Says Malaysian Eggs, Poultry Are Safe

   United Kingdom

 » Chain Must Reward Producers, Says NFU
 » New Chairman for British Goose Producers
 » British Christmas Turkeys Online
 » Government Axes Some Defra Bodies
 » VLA: Fowl Cholera in Free-Range, Backyard Flocks


 » Floods Cause Widespread Losses


 » Chicken Retailers Told to Clean up Their Act


 » China Welcomes WTO's Final Ruling on US Trade
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: China


 » Competition Commission Investigates Feed Mills


 » Nutreco Reports Quarterly Revenue up 11 Per Cent


 » IEC Report: 85 Per Cent of Eggs from Battery Cages

Only from Big Dutchman

 » Govt Cracks Down on Livestock Transport Violators

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