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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 3 November 2011

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Editorial – US Conference Tackles Antibiotic Use

The issue of antibiotic use in food animals and its effect on antibiotic resistance in humans were discussed at a two-day conference in Chicago, attended by Chris Wright, senior editor of ThePoultrySite.

The symposium, 'Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose', was organised by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.

Dr Scott Hurd from Iowa State University set the stage by saying that the presence of a hazard creates concern but concern is not risk. Human health risk requires sufficient exposure that will result in actual harm.

He stated that risk management interventions at various points along the causal chain are intended to minimise and contain antimicrobial-resistant food-borne bacteria to ensure public health and food safety.

Dr Hurd concluded that alternative risk of sub-optimal animal health may be higher than the risk of on-farm antibiotic use.

Dr Mike Lormore, Director of Dairy Veterinary Operations for Pfizer Animal Health, summed up the meeting by addressing the issue of consumer perceptions. It is clear that the American public is against the use of antibiotics use as growth promoters, he said.

He added that communicating with consumers about our common values is more important than communicating scientific understanding. "People need to know that you care before they care that you know," he said.

In the UK, the throughput of eggs through packing stations in the third quarter of 2011 was 4.2 per cent down on the same period of last year, while the average price for the quarter was up almost five per cent.

Also in the UK, there is good news for the best farmers. Those with the best track records on environmental protection and animal welfare standards could soon earn the right to operate more freely, says Agriculture Minister, Jim Paice. Among the proposals are ways of cutting red tape, fewer inspections, and simplifying complex environmental requirements.

And finally, two independent reports evaluating the European Union's legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) conclude that there is broad support for the legislation's objectives and show that recent legislative Commission initiatives are heading in the right direction, whilst noting that some adjustments will be necessary if the EU is to meet the objectives of the legislation.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Addressing the Challenges of Alternative Housing Systems for Poultry
Welfare concerns about conventional intensive poultry systems stimulated the development of the new so-called 'alternative' housing that is becoming more popular in developed countries. It is clear that these new systems do not automatically deliver better bird welfare but present producers with new challenges, writes Jackie Linden, senior editor of ThePoultrySite.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Europe's Share Boosted by Russia's Growth
Chicken meat output for the whole of Europe has grown slightly ahead of the world average but the region's national industries continue to develop at different rates, according to experienced industry watcher, Terry Evans. Strong growth in production in Russia and the Ukraine, for example, contrasts with modest increases or even contraction in some EU member states.
Investigating Losses from Smothering in Commercial Poultry Flocks
A recently published study offers an overview of the problem of smothering in laying flocks, which may account for a substantial proportion of overall mortality.
Effects of Air Quality on Broiler Performance Investigated
Carbon dioxide concentration in the house did not affect the performance of broilers aged 28 to 49 days in recent experiments in Mississippi. The researchers commented that ventilation rates to control moisture will usually exceed that required to maintain carbon dioxide concentration at reasonable levels.
Ways to Replace Antibiotic Growth Promoters
Angela Riemensperger of Biomin explains the mode of action and benefits of the company's product, which includes an organic acid blend, a phytochemical and a perforising substance.
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics – October 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 September 2011.
South Africa - Poultry and Products Report 2011
Total broiler production for 2010 amounted to 969 million broilers or 1.3 million tons of meat, four per cent more than the 931 million broilers or 1.25 million tons of meat produced in 2009, according to the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. In 2011, broiler production is expected to reach 980 million broilers or 1.315 million tons of meat, representing a one per cent increase from 2010.
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* Company News

Baiada Livestock Managers Visit Aviagen UK
UK - Aviagen hosted Mike Govers and Jim Barr from Baiada Poultry Pty Limited of Australia on a visit to review flock management practices in the UK.
Headquarters to be Rebuilt after Snow Damage
US - The exceptional snowfall last winter is causing Cobb-Vantress to reconstruct the oldest part of its headquarters building at Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Formaldehyde for Disinfection of Hatching Eggs
SPAIN - The conclusion of a meeting in Madrid was that there is no safe and effective alternative to formaldehyde for hatchery disinfection, according to CID Lines.
ORKA Goes to IPE 2012
US - ORKA Food Technology – better known as – will participate in International Poultry Expo 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, from 24 to 26 January at booth 2149.
Next-Generation Hatchery HVAC Goes Online
NETHERLANDS - Pas Reform has introduced enhanced operation for HVAC systems throughout the hatchery, with a dedicated Siemens HVAC web server that provides fully remote control and monitoring via the internet.
Innovative Tray for Duck Eggs of All Sizes
NETHERLANDS - Pas Reform's innovative SmartTrayTM design is now available for use with duck eggs of any size, large and small, in the hatchery.
DSM Grants Nutrition Award 2011 to Dr Yves Nys
TURKEY - Royal DSM has announced that the DSM Nutrition Award 2011 for research on Animal Nutrition has been granted to Dr Yves Nys at the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition 2011 in Cesme (Izmir).
Biomin Romania at International Fair in Bucharest
ROMANIA - Between 19 and 23 October 2011, Biomin Romania has participated in the biggest and most important annual, international fair in the country, INDAGRA 2011.
Indbro Develops Lines for Low-Input Poultry Systems
INDIA - The Government of India is encouraging the private sector to undertake pure line breeding work within the country, with the aims to reduce dependency on imports and the health risks associated with importation, as well as to develop the technological capability of the country to export breeding stock.
Cevac Transume IBD
* Global Poultry Industry News


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   United States

 » Poultry Byproducts Important for Pet Food
 » CME: Chicken Supplies Trending Downwards
 » Conference Tackles Antibiotic Use
 » US DDGS Sales Summary
 » Poultry Litter: Solid Gold as Pasture Fertiliser
 » Pilgrim's Records Quarterly Loss
 » Good Biosecurity Important for Livestock Health
 » Crop Prices Treading Water
 » Dorada Foods Celebrates Grand Opening
 » USPOULTRY Extends Pre-Proposal Research Deadline
 » CME: World Broiler Production Forecast to Grow
 » Ag Appropriations Bill: a Step in the Right Direction
 » Salmonella Control Programmes for Meat Products
 » Cargill Reduces GHG Emissions at US Plants
 » FTAs: Good News but May Not End Bankruptcies
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » US Egg Products Report – October 2011
 » IPE Introduces International Rendering Symposium


 » Maple Leaf Profits Rise
 » Low-Pathogenic Bird Flu in Wild Birds


 » Southeast Asia Posts “Eye-catching Advances”
 » Bachoco Makes its First International Acquisition
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Global
 » FAO Food Price Index Down in October
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   United Kingdom

 » New Members of Animal Health and Welfare Board
 » Get Ready for 2012 Oxford Farming Conference
 » NFU Frustration on Preventative Meds
 » Support the Troops This Christmas, Says NFU
 » NFU: Farmers Will Not Sit in Silence on GM
 » Better Farmers to Have Fewer Inspections
 » Illegal Egg Imports May Hit Scottish Produce
 » UK Egg Statistics – Third Quarter 2011
 » AHVLA Scanning Surveillance Report - July 2011


 » Opportunities to Invest in Nigeria's Industry


 » Bachoco Focuses on Cost Controls


 » Dutch Declare Low-Path Bird Flu Resolved


 » Emerging Industry Needs to Form Poultry Club

   Russian Federation

 » Increased Sales Reported by Cherkizovo

   European Union

 » Step in the Right Direction for GMO Legislation


 » Brasil Foods' Income Soars in Third Quarter


 » Venky's Chicken Joints Planning to Go Global
 » Venky's Opens Second Fast-Food Outlet in Hyderabad


 » USGC Re-engages in Evolving Algerian Market


 » Nakuru Council, Chicken Traders Differ on Abattoir
More on L.I.R., part of Aviagen

 » Sierad Expands Poultry Breeding Business


 » Farm Produce Prices Fall for Third Week


 » Japan Raises Meat Import Restrictions


 » Poultry Farming Attracts Taplejung Farmers


 » Ministry and CP Provide Public with Cheap Eggs


 » Top Chicken Processor to Expand Capacity

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