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ThePoultrySite Newsletter 30 June 2011

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Editorial – Looking for Sustainability in the Poultry Industry

With the prices of feed ingredients remaining high, poultry meat and egg producers in all corners of the world are facing a huge challenge to balance their books and stay in business.

Economics is one vital element of sustainability and this week, it was combined with another essential factor – that of the ethical issue of animal welfare – at a two-day conference in Portsmouth, UK, organised by the University's Federation for Animal Welfare. The theme of the event, ‘Making animal welfare improvements: Economic and other incentives and constraints’, attracted more than 200 participants from over 20 countries. You will see reports from this conference on ThePoultrySite in the coming weeks.

Staying on the subject of welfare, campaigning organisation, Eurogroup for Animals, has welcomed the vote earlier this week by the Dutch Parliament which makes stunning prior to slaughter, including for religious slaughter, obligatory in the Netherlands.

This is a step forward for animal welfare as it ends the exemption for religious slaughter where animals are killed fully conscious without stunning on religious grounds and this will alleviate the suffering of up to one million animals in the Netherlands, says Eurogroup. It adds that the Bill, which received overwhelming support in the Parliament (116 out of 150 votes), is based on the strong scientific consensus that animals rendered unconscious prior to slaughter suffer less than animals bled while fully conscious.

Turning to the environmental aspects of sustainability, one poultry company is Germany has announced it has almost halved its carbon footprint over the last year.

Wiesenhof says it has strengthened its commitment to sustainability following the revelation that producing one kilo of its chicken meat emits 1.8kg of carbon dioxide, down from 3.2kg the previous year.

The company says the GHG emissions calculated relate to all production stages: feed production, parent stock husbandry, hatcheries, rearing farms and processing plants, including logistics to our trade customers. In the initial calculation based on figures from 2008, this product-specific carbon footprint, also known as Product Carbon Footprint (PCF), equated to 3.2kg of carbon dioxide per kilo of net slaughter weight.

Peter Wesjohann, Chairman of the PHW Group/Wiesenhof, said: "The previous figure and the data compiled from the relevant plants provided an excellent starting point for optimising our production and transport processes even further."

And finally, animal health has been recognised as vital to global food security by the G20 Agriculture Ministers.

Their meeting concluded with an 'Action plan on food price volatility and agriculture' to be submitted to world leaders in November this year.

The meeting concluded that global food security and sustainable agriculture production must be the ultimate goal of any effective agriculture policy, at global and national level. Delegates clearly identified animal health as a critical component of this goal.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

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Global Warming: How Does It Relate to Poultry?
Knowing your carbon footprint or energy use can help you reduce the amount of energy you use and improve your bottom line, according to Claudia S. Dunkley, Extension Poultry Scientist at the University of Georgia's Poultry Science Department.
GB Emerging Threats Report - Avian Diseases - January to March 2011
Among the highlights of this report - previously known as the Quarterly Surveillance Report from VLA - are a new condition affecting eggshell quality, the finding of a new pathogen associated with infectious coryza and fowl cholera was diagnosed in a free-range layer flock.
VLA Annual Horizon Scanning Report: Parasitology
The Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) in the UK has just published its annual report giving a summary of papers on this topic published in 2009. There is a section on coccidiosis in poultry.
OECD/FAO Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020
Global commodity prices are expected to fall from their 2010/2011 levels but the markets are also expected to remain volatile, according to a new report from the OECD and FAO prepared for the G20 meeting in Paris this month.
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* Company News

New Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory
US - Aviagen's leadership in poultry breeding and its commitment to meet increasingly demanding domestic and international poultry health requirements continued to advance as it opens a new diagnostic and research laboratory in Elkmont, Alabama.
Central European Seminar Breaks New Records
HUNGARY - Aviagen Kft, Aviagen's Hungarian business unit, recently held their 5th seminar for Central European (CE) Parent Stock customers in the famous thermal resort of Heviz, near Lake Balaton.
Moye Named Industry Leader by Poultry Federation
US - Jerry Moye, President of Cobb-Vantress, Inc. was named '2011 Industry Leader of the Year' by The Poultry Federation during the 52nd Annual Poultry Festival, which was held on 17 to 18 June in Rogers, Arkansas.
Cobb Welcomes Czech Visitors to World Headquarters
ARKANSAS, US - A visit to the Cobb-Vantress headquarters in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA, provided Pavel Visek and Milos Zima from the Xavergen group in the Czech Republic with an insight into how the company is expanding to meet growing demand for the Cobb 500.
Merck Announces New Name for Animal Health Division
GLOBAL - Merck's animal health division, formerly known as Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, announced that effective today it will begin using the new name, Merck Animal Health. It will be known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada.
New Use for CID Lines' Product
UK - Virocid is being used to disinfect chopped straw/shavings at a number of chopped straw plants supplying major UK poultry integrators.
Interest in Vencomatic Innovations in Istanbul
TURKEY - Vencomatic exhibited at VIV Turkey, a well attended trade show held in Istanbul in early June.
Chu Joins Ceva's Global R&D Team
US - Ceva Santé Animale is excited to introduce Dr Steve Chu as its new Vice President, Global Biology Research and Development.
Groundbreaking Premix Facility Opened in Tatarstan
TATARSTAN, RUSSIA - DSM Nutritional Products, a subsidiary of Royal DSM N.V. (The Netherlands), the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences Company, and Tatenergo JSC (Republic of Tatarstan) have opened the first premix plant in Russia under a newly created affiliate, DSM Nutritional Products Rus.
Partnership to Expand Enzyme Solutions
US - The enzyme solutions available to nutritionists, producers and others looking to optimize nutrition in poultry, pork, beef, dairy, aquaculture and companion animals will be expanding as the result of a strategic collaboration announced yesterday between Novus International, Inc. and Verenium Corporation.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   Pakistan

 » BIRD FLU: Bird Flu Control Programme to be Devolved
 » Vigilance & Prevention Keep Pakistan Bird Flu-Free

   United Kingdom

 » Egg Prices Rise but Producers Receive Less
 » New Powers for Groceries Adjudicator
 » NOAH Revises Advertising Code of Practice
 » Premier's Visit to Boost Poultry & Pork Exports to China
 » Poultry Trade to Reopen to China
 » Poultry Board Report to NFU Council
 » All Meat to be COOL
 » UK Farming Needs to Produce More Not Less
 » Case for Groceries Code Adjudicator Presented to MPs
 » Poultry Update for NFU Board & Minister

   Chile

 » Chile Holds Promise for US Co-Product Exports

   European Union

 » MEPs Vote to Maintain CAP Budget
 » EC Adopts Regulation to Control GM in Feed
 » FEFAC Welcomes EU's GM Solution

   United States

 » George's Agrees to Invest in Harrisonburg Plant
 » Perdue Restructures to Grow
 » CME: Highlights of Latest Cold Storage Report
 » Pilgrim's Pride Reaches Agreement with Banks
 » ISU Researchers to Study Heat Stress in Poultry
 » Few Consumers Accept Organic Eggs' Health Benefits
 » Tyson JV Supplies Renewable Jet Fuel
 » RTC Weight Up Eight Per Cent from Last Year
 » CME: Recent Days Witness Pullback in Grain Futures
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Simmons Cuts Jobs in Siloam Springs
 » Perdue Launches National TV Advertising Campaign
 » Industry Warns Congress of GIPSA, RFS Consequences

Aviagen, Ross Breeders, Arbor Acres, Nicholas Turkeys, L.I.R.
   Botswana

 » Chicken Sales Receive a Boost

   Hungary

 » Master Good Invests in Expansion

   Ukraine

 » Ukraine's Meat Production Forecast to Grow in 2011

   General

 » G20: Ministers Agree to Fight Volatility of Ag Prices
 » Aus-NZ Companies Develop New Drugs for Vets
 » New Strategic Framework on Food Security
 » G20: Animal Health Important for Global Food Security

Intestinal Health
   Netherlands

 » Low-Path Bird Flu Found in Free-Range Poultry
 » Low-Path Bird Flu Found on Turkey Farm in Flevoland
 » End to Slaughter without Stunning Welcomed

   Uganda

 » Farmers Struggle with Rising Feed Prices

   Bangladesh

 » Farmers Call for Govt to Impose Fixed Prices

   India

 » Govt Seeks to Control Egg Quality

   Egypt

 » Call for End to Law on Live Transport & Trade

   Germany

 » Wiesenhof Strengthens Commitment to Sustainability

   Malaysia

 » Malaysia Looking to Produce Poultry Vaccines

   Philippines

 » DA Sets Emergency Meet with Chicken Producers
 » DA Shelves SRP, Import Orders for Chicken
 » New Order Raises Concerns over Meat Imports

   Japan

 » Japan Declared Free of Avian Influenza

   Timor-Leste

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Timor-Leste

   Russian Federation

 » Construction Starts on Cherkizovo's Elets Complex

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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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