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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 26 May 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – Europe Has a New Centre of Excellence for Poultry Research

A €820,000-project has been set to improve the competitiveness of the Austrian and Hungarian poultry industries, focusing especially on nutrition, health and food safety.

A collaborative agreement governing a three-year cooperation was signed earlier this week between the Vetmeduni Vienna and the Georgikon Faculty of the University of Pannonia. The collaboration does not just relate to common research and consultation activities but also aims at helping poultry producers and improving food safety.

Entitled 'Centre of Excellence' for Poultry, the initiative is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and its objective is to establish a knowledge centre to foster the activities of businesses in the border region to improve their efficiency and to ensure the production of safe poultry products.

In Australia, one of the leading broiler companies is launching an ad campaign aimed at dispelling a common myth about broiler production.

Steggles has launched a new print advertisement, which will run nationally for 12 weeks and is part of an ongoing public education campaign that the comapny launched last year to inform and educate Australians about local chicken farming practices.

The new ad was created by M&C Saatchi and depicts an egg on a white background with the words 'This is the only time a Steggles chicken is kept in a confined space. We have no cages, just big barns' handwritten across the front.

Also in Australia, the Food Authority of the state of New South Wales has launched a new egg safety programme, taking a 'paddock to plate' approach.

News of the programme came the week after an article in the leading Sydney newspaper, which referred to the rising number of egg-related Salmonella outbreaks in Australia between 2001 and 2008.

NSW Food Authority CEO, Alan Coutts, said the article raises some important points regarding food safety.

He continued: "In recognition of the risks associated with certain foods, the NSW Food Authority has developed a number of industry sector requirements including one specific to the egg industry.

"The Authority operates with an integrated approach to improving understanding and safety of raw eggs and raw egg products right across the food chain, from farm to retail."

Across the Tasman Sea, the Royal NZ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has called for a ban on all types of cage for laying hens, including enriched cages.

Jackie Linden

OVN - Good for Animals

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Effects of Nutrition on Water Intake and Litter Moisture on Broiler Chickens
Dietary metabolisable energy, balanced protein, mineral content, feed physical quality, feed form and feed restriction can significantly influence litter moisture, litter quality and/or water intake of broilers, according to K.H. Huang (Aviagen Inc.) and C. Kemp and C. Fisher (Aviagen Ltd). The paper was presented at the Australian Poultry Science Symposium 2001.
Hubbard Celebrates its 90th Anniversary – by Looking Forward
Hubbard was founded in the US in 1921. How has the company changed over that time and where will it be another decade? Hubbard's top management answered these questions in an interview with Jackie Linden, senior editor of ThePoultrySite as their anniversary year started.
Bacterial Re-Colonisation of In-House Composted Broiler Litter Studied
After seven weeks of composting, bacterial levels were similar in composted and non-composted litter treatments, according to new research from USDA-ARS.
Reconciling Maternal (Flock) Age and Chick Quality
Marleen Boerjan of Pas Reform explains how the age of the female breeder can affect chick quality.
Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - January to March 2011
By Statistics Canada – This publication provides data on the production, supply and disposition and value of Canadian poultry meat and eggs for the first quarter of 2011, and complete data for 2010. The value of poultry products was lower in 2010 than in the previous year.
More on Arbor Acres, part of Aviagen
* Company News

Aviagen Opens Cutting–Edge Vet Lab
UK - Aviagen has completed the construction of a new, cutting-edge veterinary laboratory facility near its UK headquarters in Edinburgh.
Belorussian Seminar Focuses on Chick Quality
BELARUS - Aviagen and its Grandparent (GP) customer, PPR Broiler, recently teamed up to host a seminar for Belorussian Parent Stock (PS) customers.
Interest in Cage-Free Systems at Fima Ganadera
SPAIN - Between 15 and 18 March, Vencomatic attended the Fima Ganadera exhibition in Zaragoza.
DSM Announces Plant Shut-Down for Maintenance
SWITZERLAND - DSM has announced the temporary shutdown of its Vitamin E plant for maintenance.
Grimaud Freres Sets Up Grand-Parent Pekin Duck Unit
SOUTH KOREA - Grimaud Freres Selection has reached an agreement with the Korea Duck Association to set up a Grand-Parent STAR Pekin duck unit in South Korea.
Pfizer Pig & Poultry Trainee Awards Enter Fifth Year
UK - Employees in the pig and poultry industries are invited to enter the competition for the fifth Pfizer Trainee of the Year Awards with their £2,000 training grants and prestigious presentation ceremony in London in the autumn.
Novus Changes Structure to Focus on Growth
US - Novus International, Inc. has announced a number of changes in the company's organisational structure, and the promotions of a select group of its executive team.
ASP Announces Addition to Tech Services Team
US - Animal Science Products (ASP) has announced the addition of Yuxin (Jane) Shao as Formulator and QA.
ASP Held Seminar for International Distributors
THAILAND - Animal Science Products, Inc. (ASP) held a seminar for its Asian and Middle East distributors in conjunction with VIV Asia.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   Australia

 » New Egg Safety Programme Launched in NSW
 » Steggles Ad Campaign Aims to Dispel Broiler Myth

   Turkey

 » Turkey Considers End to GM Import Ban
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   Peru

 » USGC Revives Sales of DDGS to Peru

   China

 » China's Farm Produce Prices Up

   United States

 » CME: Daily Livestock Report
 » CME: March Pork, Chicken and Beef Demand Strong
 » Corn Prices Causing Uncertainty and Volatility
 » Corn Market Continues Focus on Production Prospects
 » NFU to Congress: GIPSA Rule Should Go Forward
 » Strong Start to Alltech Symposium
 » Online Air Quality Tool Can Help Lower Emissions
 » USDA Chicken and Eggs Report - May 2011
 » Vilsack Urged to Withdraw Proposed GIPSA Rule
 » Sanderson Farms' Results ‘Reflect Market Conditions’
 » APHIS Seeks Comments on Vaccine Labelling
 » CME: Increase in Meat and Poultry Inventory
 » Alltech Symposium: Great Debate Examines Change
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » RTC Weight Down Two Per Cent from Last Year
 » Future of Harrisonburg Plant Goes to Trial
 » Industry Says On-Board Recorders Unnecessary

   European Union

 » Vet Week Highlights Responses to Food Crises
 » Centre of Excellence for Poultry Research Formed

   Pakistan

 » Call for No Tax on Poultry Feed
 » GST Threatens Halal Food Export Potential

   South Africa

 » Avian Influenza Hits Business Continuity
 » Earnings Boosted at Rainbow Chicken

   Ghana

 » Support Programme to be Established for Farmers

   Viet Nam

 » High Prices Encourage Meat Imports

   Mexico

 » WVPA Congress Approaches

   Netherlands

 » VION Annual Report Highlights Partnership Approach

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Reports Increased Quarterly Revenue
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   General

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Global

   United Arab Emirates

 » Fresh Poultry Meat Supplies Tight in UAE

   New Zealand

 » SPCA Calls for Total Ban on Layer Cages
 » High-Welfare Label Introduced for Free-Range Chicken

   United Kingdom

 » Draft Bill for Supermarket Watchdog Announced
 » NFU: Government Should Stop FSA Plans
 » Aviagen Launches Scholarship with SAC

   Slovenia

 » Slovenia Increases Livestock Slaughter

   India

 » Government Promotes Coloured Poultry

   Morocco

 » Council Advances Meat & Poultry Work in Morocco

   Germany

 » Vets Concerned about Welfare
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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