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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 21 April 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Eradication of Bird Flu – a Long Haul

Stamping out H5N1 avian influenza could take decades, according to a new report from FAO.

Eliminating the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus from poultry in the six countries where it remains endemic will take 10 or more years, according to the report, and long-term commitments are required to eliminate virus in countries where it persists. Engaging farmers and other private-sector stakeholders in H5N1 risk reduction efforts was highlighted as key to success.

In the last week, further outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu have been reported among poultry in Viet Nam, cases on several ostrich farms have caused South Africa to ban all poultry product exports and wild birds with the virus have been found dead in Mongolia.

The use and over-use of antibiotics in farm animals has been in the news in the last week, following the publication of a paper that reported high levels of Staphylococcus aureus in meat samples across the US, many of the strains showing multiple drug resistance.

In response, American Meat Institute Foundation President, James H. Hodges, commented: "Despite the claims of this small study, consumers can feel confident that meat and poultry is safe. Federal data show that S. aureus infections in people that are caused by food are uncommon. CDC data also show that foodborne illnesses as a whole are declining due to our growing scientific knowledge about how to target and destroy bacteria on meat and poultry."

According to the published paper by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium linked to a wide range of human diseases, are present in meat and poultry from US grocery stores at unexpectedly high rates.

Nearly half of the meat and poultry samples – 47 per cent – were contaminated with S. aureus, and more than half of those bacteria – 52 per cent – were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics, according to the study.

At a press conference, the paper's author, Dr Lance Price, called for a dramatic reduction in antibiotic use in food animals.

A spectacular success has been achieved in the UK, with a reported 14 per cent increase in sales of corn-fed chickens. This and a four per cent rise in whole chickens sold was attributed largely to strong in-store promotions.

In Russia, Prime Minister Putin has promised poultry and pig producers additional government funding to the tune of nine billion rubles.

Owing to several public holidays in the UK over the coming two weeks, the next newsletter from ThePoultrySite will be mailed to you on Thursday 5 May.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 9 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Growth in Americas Boosts World Egg Total
Rising egg production in the Americas is helping to push up the world egg output, writes industry watcher, Terry Evans in the first part of a new series of special articles for ThePoultrySite on egg production on the American continent.
2011 Trade Forecast Update: Pork Higher; Beef and Broiler Meat Stable
Production of chicken meat is expected to rise while global trade remains virtually unchanged, according to the latest Livestock and Poultry World Markets and Trade report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Review Finds Varying Low Salmonella Prevalence for UK Eggs
Salmonella Typhimurium was not often isolated from table eggs and contamination of table eggs with Salmonella Enteritidis and other Salmonella serovars was more frequent, according to a review by researchers at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA).
GB Emerging Threats Report: Safeguarding Public and Animal Health - Avian Diseases
No emerging disease threats are reported in this report, previously known as the UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report from the VLA. This report covers the period October to December 2010. Unusual events reorted include Salmonella pullorum in a hobby chicken breeding flock and lead poisoning in ducks.
Accuracy of Genomic EBV Using an Evenly Spaced, Low-Density SNP Panel in Broiler Chickens
Genomic selection using evenly-spaced low-density marker panels is a cost-effective choice for implementation of genomic selection, according to Chunkao Wang and co-workers in Iowa State University's Animal Industry Report 2011.
Innovative Concept Also Saves Money
Two years ago, one's of Big Dutchman's customers planned and built his two poultry sheds in such a way that he could start work with a good feeling every morning.
Understanding the Multiple Variables of Commercial Incubation
Incubation on a commercial scale involves numerous variables, explains Roger Banwell, senior incubationist, in the latest newsletter from Pas Reform. He continues by outlining how control over these variables can be be achieved.
Australian Poultry Science Symposium 2011
Proceedings of the Symposium, which was held at the University of Sydney on 14 to 16 February 2011.
US Poultry Outlook - April 2011
The forecast for US broiler meat production in 2011 was decreased slightly to 37.4 billion pounds, 1.4 per cent higher than in 2010, with the reduction coming in the first quarter, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA’s Economic Research Service.
Fluxx Breeder from Big Dutchman
* Company News

Dutch Seminar Focuses on Achieving Broiler Potential
NETHERLANDS - More than 60 members of the Dutch and Belgian poultry industries joined Cobb Europe for a technical seminar in Vught in central Holland.
Best Appointed Distributor for ISPAH Turkey Lines
US - Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health (ISPAH) has appointed Best Veterinary Solutions, Inc., as its marketer and exclusive distributor for turkey products in the United States.
Client Advised to Adjust Set Point to Match Incubator
NETHERLANDS - A set point working well in a particular brand of incubator will not automatically do so in another type of machine, advises Pas Reform's Tiny Barten.
VIV Russia 2011 to Stage Dairy & Poultry Forum
RUSSIA - The ‘Russian-Dutch Agribusiness Forum on Dairy and Poultry’ will be held at VIV Russia 2011. The trade show takes place on 17 to 19 May at the International Crocus Exhibition Center in Moscow.
Merial & Animal Science Products Collaborate
ASIA - Merial and Animal Science Products have collaborate for a series of seminars on 'Best Vaccination Practices' across Asia.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: Stamping out H5N1 Avian Influenza Could Take Decades, Says FAO
 » Marfrig Sets Up Two New JVs in China

   Mexico

 » Major Poultry Health Conference in Mexico
 » Mexico Bans Poultry Products from Polk County

   Zimbabwe

 » Zimbabwe Bans Poultry Imports from South Africa

   South Africa

 » Plant Acquisition Planned by Astral
 » South Africa Suspends Poultry Meat Exports
Intestinal Health
   United States

 » Rising Corn Prices Squeeze Chicken Firms
 » CME: Could Corn for Livestock Feeds be Rationed?
 » Staph Contamination Found in US Meat and Poultry
 » Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
 » First Poultry Litter-Biogas Plant for NC
 » ‘Staph Report’ Author Calls for Cut in Drug Use
 » CME: Wheat Feeding, Impact on Corn Demand
 » Chicken Industry Urges Congress to Cut Ethanol Mandate
 » Federal Data Show Meat & Poultry Safe, Says AMI
 » Corn & Soybean Prices Reflect Uncertainty
 » CME: Significant Appreciation of Commodity Prices
 » US Poultry Exports Climb in February
 » Salmonella Less Prevalent in Organic Chicken
 » AFBF Welcomes Developments on Panama FTA
 » CME: Consumers Spend More on Meat and Poultry
 » OSHA Cites Tyson Nebraska Plant over Safety

   Brazil

 » Brazil's Quarterly Chicken Exports up Eight Per Cent

   United Kingdom

 » EU and Defra Fail to Support British Farmers
 » Animal Welfare Award for SAC Researcher & Colleague
 » Goose Eggs in Strong Demand
 » Corn-Fed Chicken Sales Boost Reported
 » Retailer Stands behind the Lion
 » Positive EP Vote on Country of Origin Labelling

   Argentina

 » XXII Latin American Poultry Congress: Deadline Nears

   China

 » Chief Vet Confirms Need for Modernisation
 » Strong Local Demand Boosts Anhui's Duck Business
 » NDRC Expects Food Prices to Stabilise
Mintrex
   Denmark

 » Danish Chicken Found to be Salmonella-Free
 » Rose Poultry Partially Closes Padborg Plant

   European Union

 » MEPs: EU Countries Should be Able to Ban GMOs
 » Ag Ministers Discuss Product Quality Schemes
 » MEP Calls for Tougher Controls on Animal Antibiotics
 » Committee Sets out Clearer Labelling Rules

   Finland

 » Infectious Bronchitis Reported in Finland

   Japan

 » Bird Flu Movement Restrictions Lifted
 » Feed Producers Step up Output to Meet Demand

   Ukraine

 » MHP Reports Increases in Quarterly Chicken Sales
 » Egg Companies Told Not to Increase Prices for Easter

   Kenya

 » Farmer Introduces Simple Candling Box

   Viet Nam

 » Viet Nam Reports Seven New HPAI Outbreaks
 » Viet Nam Reports One New Bird Flu Outbreak

   Turkey

 » USGC Pursues Solutions to Turkey’s DDGS Restrictions

   Thailand

 » Ministry Moves to Hold Down Egg, Pork Prices
 » Egg Exports Banned But Pork Exports to Continue

   Canada

 » Taking Advantage of Strong Crop, Livestock Markets
   India

 » Dutch Input to Boost Meat Processing

   Philippines

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Philippines

   Mongolia

 » Bird Flu Kills Wild Swans in SE Mongolia

   Russian Federation

 » Producers to Receive More Funding

   Armenia

 » Egg Firm to Appeal Anti-Monopoly Agency's Decision

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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