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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 16 December 2010

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Thursday 16th December 2010
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Editorial - European Parliament Talks Tough over Coming Battery Cage Ban

Any attempt to evade the EU ban on battery cages for laying hens due to take effect in January 2012 must be resisted, says a European Parliament resolution approved today (16 December).

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) want the Commission to take 'urgent action' towards Member States to ensure that egg producers comply with the ban. National action plans with 'dissuasive sanctions' should be put in place, they say.

As eggs that are produced from conventional battery cages cannot be marketed in the EU after 2011, MEPs raised concerns that egg supplies may be cut by up to 30 per cent as some Member States are unable to comply with the ban in time. Nevertheless, Parliament opposes any postponement of or derogations to the ban, since this 'would seriously harm the welfare of hens'.

Also on hen welfare, the Farm Animal Welfare Council in the UK has published its Opinion on osteoporosis and bone fractures in laying hens. FAWC raises concerns about the extent of bone fractures experienced by laying hens in all production systems and the impact on the hens' welfare.

Last week, a report was published by the US Food and Drug Administration on the use of antimicrobial drugs in the country's livestock and poultry in 2009. Among those highly critical of the situation is the Union of Concerned Scientists, which describes the amounts as 'massive'.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that in the Netherlands, vets must register all antibiotic use for poultry from next month as resistance to antibiotics has become such a hot topic in the country and in the EU.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Recycling and Depolluting Phosphorus in Livestock Waste
Phosphorus – an ingredient in agricultural and household products such as fertiliser, detergents, etc – when released in excessive quantities to the environment, contributes to the development of algae and micro-organisms that pollute water, thus impacting on fishing, fish farms, swimming areas and drinking water.
In-Ovo Technology Grows in France
Free-range chicken producers in France are looking to extend the market for in-ovo vaccination thanks to more than a decade of proven success with the technology, according to a leading poultry vet, speaking at a technical poultry symposium held last month, supported by Pfizer Poultry Health.
Control of Cellulitis in Commercial Broiler Flocks
Many broilers with leg bone degeneration are also at high risk to be affected by cellulitis lesions, according to Dr Andrew Olkowski of the University of Saskatchewan in a report for the Poultry Industry Council of Canada.
Feeding The Animals That Feed Us
Feeding the animals that feed us is a report by the Soil Association, which opens the debate on how we can move away from feeding our farm animals grains and imported proteins, and promotes more sustainable alternatives such as increased grazing and use of home-grown feed.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - December 2010
Forecasts for 2010 and 2011 pork production have been raised, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. The turkey production forecast for 2011 is unchanged from last month, while the egg production forecast is lowered slightly in 2010 but is unchanged for 2011.
Feed Outlook - December 2010
Lower forecast corn yields this month reduce U.S. corn production 124 million bushels to 12.54 billion, according to the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
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* Company News

Welcome for Lab Trainees on Winter Course
UK - Aviagen recently welcomed a new group of customers to its laboratory facility in Scotland to participate in best practice training.
Aviagen Inc Hosts Canadian Young Farmer
US - Aviagen, Inc. has recently hosted Laurens Van Der Rijt of Lilydale, the recipient of the Canadian Broiler Hatching Egg Producers Association's (CBHEPA) Young Farmers Program, to the company's facilities in Alabama.
Almarai Builds Major Broiler Hatchery
SAUDI ARABIA - Almarai Company has chosen Petersime for a major new broiler hatchery.
New Big Dutchman Representative Office in HCM City
VIET NAM - Big Dutchman is pleased to announce the opening of its representative office in the Ho Chi Minh City.
Big Dutchman to Open Indian Subsidiary
INDIA - Next year, Big Dutchman plans to set up a subsidiary in India.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Avian Flu Deadliest in Indonesia
 » UAE Firms Invest in Pakistan
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: World
 » China Focuses on Raising Veterinary Standards
 » Ukraine Lifts Ban on Poultry Imports from Brazil

Cevac Transume IBD
   United Kingdom

 » More Broilers, Fewer Turkeys in June 2010 Census
 » New Brand Image for British Free Range Goose
 » Infectious Coryza Found in Hobby Flocks
 » NFU Responds to Govt Animal Health Plans
 » Independent Report on Animal Health Published
 » New Image for British Free Range Goose
 » FAWC Raises Concerns over Hens' Bone Health
 » Welfare Group Supports MP over Beak Trimming Ban

   United States

 » Pilgrim's Announces Price of Senior Unsecured Notes
 » Tight Supplies of Corn, Cotton and Soybeans
 » CME: Year-End Stocks for Corn and Soybean
 » Weekly Outlook: January Important for Crop Prices
 » AMI 2010 Meat and Poultry Facts Now Available
 » Strong 4th Quarter Marks Good Year for Sanderson
 » Pilgrim's Completes Offering
 » FDA Publishes Report on Antibiotic Use
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
 » CDC: 1 in 6 Sick from Foodborne Illnesses Each Year
 » Webinar on Antibiotics Available On-Line
 » Antimicrobial Use in US Livestock, Poultry 'Massive'

Intestinal Health

 » Situation Improves for Poultry Farmers as Year Ends
 » Globion Seeks Licences for New Poultry Vaccines
 » Info Via Mobile, Net Helps Farmers to Best Deal


 » Breed, Feed Important for Taste in Organic Eggs

   Korea, South

 » Lotte Mart Folds Cheap Chicken Venture
 » South Korea Reports Two More Wild Birds with HPAI


 » Reduction of Dust Levels in Livestock Barns
 » 'Bird Flu Farm' Quarantined
 » Welfare Not Necessarily Legislation-Ensured


 » Fall in Retail Prices for Poultry Meat


 » New Plant for Poultry Meat Exports to Japan


 » Skinless Chicken Helps Long-Term Weight Control


 » Dutch Vets Must Register Antibiotic Use from January


 » Pakistan Lifts Ban on Chinese Poultry Meat


 » Expect the Best with AMINODat 4.0

   Russian Federation

 » Broiler Farm Bankrupt – Birds Slaughtered


 » Reduced Tariffs on DDGS Spell Opportunity for US

   European Union

 » EFSA: No Extra Authorisation for Additives in Water
 » Parliament Demands Action on Battery Cages

That's all for this week!

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