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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 10 February 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - International Co-operation on Disease Strengthened

Announced just this week is a new online mapping tool to track animal diseases. Health experts from a wide range of human and animal health organisations have publicly launched a web-based, open-access map to help governments and health agencies track emerging infectious diseases across the world. Announced at this week's International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance (IMED) in Vienna, Austria, www.HealthMap.org/PREDICT delivers real-time intelligence from a number of sources to give users in more than 20 countries a comprehensive view on the current global state of infectious diseases and their effects on human and animal health.

Pathogens do not respect boundaries and so all tools to improve international co-operation – particularly for zoonotic diseases – are welcome. The news of the launch of this disease tracking system was released within a day of an announcement from the World Health Organisation that a young girl had died from H5N1 influenza in Cambodia. The same virus has resulted in the culling on thousands of poultry on farms in Japan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia since the start of the year.

According to the South Korean government, migratory wild birds are mainly responsible for the most severe outbreak of avian influenza (AI) to hit the country. Seoul confirmed its first outbreaks of the virulent H5N1 strain on 31 December 2010 after some poultry farms reported sudden deaths of animals earlier in the month. It has since ordered the culling of more than 5.41 million birds to stop the spread of the highly contagious disease.

Turning to welfare, New Zealand's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has released a proposed new welfare code and is seeking public submissions. MAF estimates that the annual cost of switching from cage production to 'colony housing', barns or free-range systems would be about $15 million, which would lead to higher prices paid by consumers, it warns.

Animal welfare lobbyists are reported to be outraged by the proposal, which leaves open the possibility of allowing colony systems with enriched cages as well as barns and free-range systems to replace conventional battery cages for layers. A final decision will not be made until after the public consultation, which closes on 25 March.

And finally, some good news for the egg industry: eggs are even better for you than previously thought. The American Egg Board has released information on a study by the USDA Agricultural Research Service, which shows that large eggs are 14 per cent lower in cholesterol and 64 per cent higher in vitamin D than previously recorded.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Broiler Welfare Can Be Improved Through Nutrition
Based on a paper presented at the European Poultry Conference (EPC) 2010, changes in the diet can reduce the severity of pododermatitis in broilers, writes Jackie Linden, senior editor of ThePoultrySite.
Cost of Hatching Eggs Could Reach New High in 2011
Work in hatcheries and on breeder farms has increased in value, said poultry economist, Mike Donohue, at the Hatchery-Breeder Clinic organised in conjunction with the International Poultry Expo (IPE) 2011 in Atlanta, US. He added that the cost per dozen hatching egg could reach new high this year.
Identifying Genes That Enable Birds to Perform Better
Helping to identify genes that enable a broiler to perform better in a commercial environment is just one of the exciting opportunities offered by genomics, Dr Mitch Abrahamsen, Vice President of Research and Development at Cobb tells Roger Ranson in the latest issue of Cobb Focus.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - February 2011
Broiler, turkey and egg production forecasts have been raised, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
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* Company News

Aviagen Shows Customers How To...
GLOBAL - Aviagen has released a series of 'How To...' guides looking at the hatching and incubation process. This series is designed to be a practical tool for hatchery workers and features the latest technology, research and techniques gathered by Aviagen's Hatchery Support Team.
Brian Cosgriff Joins Aviagen
ASIA - Aviagen has announced that Brian Cosgriff has accepted a position with Aviagen as Director of Regional Marketing in Asia.
Pfizer Appoints Andrews to New Poultry Vet Post
UK - Stuart Andrews has been appointed veterinary manager for Pfizer Poultry Health for the UK and Ireland – a new position following the company's acquisition of Fort Dodge.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: Situation in Cambodia: Girl Dies
 » Growing Economies Provide Opportunities in SE Asia
 » Talks Held over Russian Poultry Exports to EU
 » US to Fight Mexico's Anti-Dumping Investigation

   Bangladesh

 » Bangladesh Reports One Outbreak of H5N1 Bird Flu

   Swaziland

 » Swazi Minister Calls for End to Beef, Poultry Imports

   United States

 » Sustainability is Important to Poultry Industry
 » Watts Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
 » Tyson Reports First Quarter Sales Up 15 Per Cent
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn Consumption Still Progressing
 » Energy, Grain Prices Lead Challenges; Exports Grow
 » Eggs Are Now Even Better For You
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Delamarva Industry Fights to Keep Roxarsone
 » CME: Grain Markets Worry Livestock, Poultry Farmers
 » Online Mapping Tool to Track Animal Diseases
 » EPA GHG Regulations ‘Double Economic Jolt’ to Ag

   Australia

 » Australian Egg Sales Break Record
 » World Experts to Tackle Infectious Disease Threats
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   China

 » US Corn and DDGS Under Discussion in China

   Sweden

 » Sweden Reports Newcastle Disease Outbreak

   Myanmar

 » Myanmar Reports Bird Flu Outbreak

   Japan

 » Japan Finds Seven Wild Birds Positive for H5N1
 » Japan Reports Four New HPAI-Positive Farms

   Mexico

 » Bachoco Sales Up More Than Six Per Cent in 2010

   Pakistan

 » Exhibition Exceeds Expectations
 » Quail Meat Processing Plant to Open Shortly
 » Poultry Industry Calls for Tax Break

   Bahamas

 » Poultry Company Under Pressure

   Armenia

 » Less Tax for Armenian Poultry Companies for 2010

   New Zealand

 » Conditional Sale of Tegel to Asian Equity Co.
 » New Hen Welfare Code Gets Mixed Reception

   Czech Republic

 » Fewer Cattle & Pigs, More Poultry in Czech Republic
   United Kingdom

 » Egg Sales Up Five Per Cent in Last Quarter
 » New Web Site Helps Consumers with Egg Cookery
 » Cockerel Comb Being Assessed as Novel Food
 » Retailer Suspends Duck Supplies

   Israel

 » Israel Reports Another Six ND Outbreaks

   Cambodia

 » Cambodia Reports First Bird Flu Outbreak

   European Union

 » New EU Rules Required for GM Feed
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: EU

   South Africa

 » Excessive Brine Injection Revealed

   Hungary

 » Poultry Council Proposes State Intervention on Maize
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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