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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 13 October 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – EU Agriculture Policy Does Not Address Welfare

Welfare campaigners, Eurogroup for Animals and Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), have expressed their extreme disappointment that the European Commission has missed the opportunity to address the animal welfare problems caused by intensive systems of agricultural production in its proposals for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) published this week.

Eurogroup says that these systems cause distress to millions of farm animals and go against the concerns of Europe's citizens who expect their food to be produced without animal suffering.

The legislative proposals, despite repeated calls by both stakeholders and the general public, do not recognise in their objectives animal welfare as a public good, says Eurogroup. Instead the objectives are limited to delivering viable food production, sustainable management of natural resources and climate action, and balanced territorial development.

The improvement of animal welfare could well be promoted through these broader objectives, but it remains to be seen how in practice this will be taken into account as well as other public goods such as biodiversity conservation.

Eurogroup adds that it will work with the European Parliament and the Council to ensure animal welfare is incorporated more robustly in the CAP and the proposals are debated over the coming months.

Peter Stevenson, CIWF's Chief Policy Advisor commented: "We are deeply disappointed that current provisions have been very substantially weakened. Under the Commission proposals for the CAP, after 2013, almost none of the €55 billion of CAP funds handed out each year will be used to help farmers move away from industrialised farming to more humane, higher welfare farming."

In the US, Congress has ratified the free trade agreements between the US and Colombia, Panama and South Korea, which are expected to offer beneficial trading conditions for US poultry meat exporting companies.

Turning to news of bird flu, Iran has reported its first outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza for three years in two flocks of village ducks in the north of the country. The World Health Organization reports that there have been 50 human cases of H5N1 flu so far this year, 26 of whom have died.

To close on a positive note, tomorrow (Friday 14 October) is World Egg Day. Please celebrate and help support our industry!

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

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Broad Range of Topics Addressed by IEC in Washington
Corporate Social Responsibility and the latest in the fight against avian influenza were just two of the hot topics discussed at the recent International Egg Commission (IEC) conference in Washington.
Higher Levels of DDGS May be Used in Laying Hen Diets
Laying hens can be fed levels of up to 15 per cent dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and perhaps up to 25 per cent, without adverse effects, according to researchers at the University of Nebraska. They added that the resulting increase in yolk colour may be an advantage in some markets.
CAP Proposals: Changes to Direct Payments
Commissioner Dacian Ciolos has set out European Commission proposals for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). ThePoultrySite looks at what changes are been proposed to farmers' direct payments.
Venezuela - Poultry and Products Annual - 2011
Controlled consumer prices continue to be a major problem for domestic producers by compromising their profit margins, according to Clara Nuñez in the latest GAIN Report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics – September 2011
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data. It includes data to August 2011.
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* Company News

Hy-Line International Honours Uganda Distributor
UGANDA - Biyinzika Enterprises was recently honoured by Hy-Line International and received an award recognising five years of serving as the Hy-Line distributor in Uganda.
Aviagen's European Technical Team Breeds Success
EUROPE - Aviagen's European Technical Team recently held its twice-annual meeting to share information from across 38 countries.
Petersime Customer Centre Officially Inaugurated
BELGIUM - Petersime has recently officially inaugurated its brand new Customer Centre as well as its extended and modernized production facilities, located at the headquarters in Zulte (Olsene).
Venezuela's Agrobueyca Chooses Smart
VENEZUELA - Agrobueyca, the country's leading integration and feed manufacturer, is to expand operations with a brand new Smart single-stage hatchery from Pas Reform, capable of producing 1.3 million day old chicks per week.
Biomin Recognised for Environmental Management
AUSTRIA - Animal health and nutrition company, Biomin, was recently recognised for its efforts related to environmental sustainability through the award of the internationally recognised ISO 14040 certification.
Biomin at SPACE 2011
FRANCE - The 25th SPACE, held in Rennes from 11 to 16 September 2011, ended on a highly successful note in terms of exhibitor numbers, visitor attendance and, above all, the very positive atmosphere for business throughout the show.
Biomin.net Now Available in Japanese
JAPAN - Biomin has now launched a Japanese version of the corporate web site.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: WHO Reports 50 Human H5N1 Cases So Far This Year
 » Unique Chance for Europe to Reform Farm Support

   Ireland

 » Technique in ME Assays Explained
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   Australia

 » New Broiler Farm Planned for Rankins Springs
 » Consumers Misled by 'No Hormone' Claims
 » CP Expanding Australian Operations

   Pakistan

 » Heavy Rains Destroy Farms in Sindh

   United States

 » USPoultry Seminar Focused on Health & Performance
 » CME: Ethanol Bill Reduces Corn Usage
 » CME: 'Freed-Up' Corn May Still Go To Ethanol
 » Revisiting Recent Corn Stocks Estimates
 » Cargill Reports Fall in Earnings
 » IPE 2012 to Examine Future of US Poultry Industry
 » Next Step in Environmental Campaign Completed
 » Passage of Currency Reform to Make FTAs Fairer
 » CME: USDA Release Latest Grain Estimates
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

   United Kingdom

 » Egg Company Compensates Early-Depleted Flocks
 » Farmers Concerned about Rose Energy Delay
 » AHVLA Changes its Delivery Network
 » Government Urged to Ban Illegal Eggs
 » NFU Calls for Ban on Illegal Egg Trade
 » Egg Company Continues Innovation
 » Compassion Condemns EU Decision on Illegal Eggs
 » Market Report Forecasts Modest Poultry Growth
 » Call for Intervention on Cost Recovery Plans
 » Chefs Share Recipes for British Egg Week
 » Essex Farm Hosts Goose Walk
 » Supermarket to Source More Food from UK
 » CAP Reforms Fail Europe's Farm Animals, Says CIWF
 » Campy Research Included in New Govt R&D Funding
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   Malaysia

 » Leong Hup Takeover Moves Ahead

   Jamaica

 » No End in Sight to High Chicken Prices

   Ukraine

 » Avangardco Ownership Moves to Ukrlandfarming

   Brazil

 » BRF Performs Well in Shareholder Awards

   Oman

 » Wide National Recognition for A'Saffa Brand

   European Union

 » All-Island Disease Surveillance Report Launched
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: EU
 » Proposals Focus on Greening the CAP
 » CAP Fails to Consider Animal Welfare
 » Member States Respond to CAP Reform Proposal

   Argentina

 » Argentina Emerges as New Global Player

   China

 » China's Farm Produce Prices Up Slightly Last Week

   Rwanda

 » Newcastle Disease Vaccination to Start in Rwanda

   Iran

 » Iran Reports First Bird Flu Outbreaks
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That's all for this week!

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