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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 17 November 2011

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Editorial – EU Battery Cage Ban: No Way Back

At the Agriculture and Fisheries Council this week, the Commission warned member states of the negative consequences of non-compliance over the ban on conventional battery cages for laying hens, and reconfirmed its determination not to postpone the ban and to act firmly against cases of non-compliance.

At the meeting, Ministers were briefed by the Commission on the implementation of directive 1999/74 on the protection of laying hens.

Most delegations were in favour of sticking to the deadline of 1 January 2012 to implement the directive on the protection of laying hens because they considered producers had made huge efforts on this important animal welfare issue and delaying implementation would be unfair on these farmers.

Some other member states, in which the directive is not fully implemented, indicated that they will accelerate the process in order to comply with the directive.

The Commission informed the Council that implementation is still incomplete in some member states and information is still partly missing. A previous meeting had been convened to find practical solutions to prevent the illegal circulation of eggs not produced in compliance with the law, in order to avoid potential disruption of the egg market at the end of this year.

The UK is considering imposing an import ban after the New Year on eggs from hens kept in battery cages to protect domestic producers.

Food Minister, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, said that while most UK egg producers will comply with the new rules, many EU countries, like Spain and Italy, are not expected to be ready. This has raised fears of a flood of cheap imports of eggs and egg products into the UK.

The German poultry industry has been criticised this week following the revelation that almost all birds on chicken farms in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia are fed antibiotics to keep them healthy.

This can cause lasting resistance to medicine in humans, according to Johannes Remmel, North Rhine-Westphalia's consumer protection minister. The study he commissioned – the first of its kind in Germany – shows 96 per cent of the more than 10 million birds in the state have been treated with antibiotics.

The German Farmers' Association and the German Poultry Association, which represent producers, have launched an initiative to reduce antibiotic use in chickens by 30 per cent over the next five years.

In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a pair of long-pending petitions from consumer and other groups to limit the use of several antibiotics in farm animals, saying a voluntary approach the agency proposed last year will lead to more 'judicious use' of the drugs in agriculture.

After a quiet period, South Africa's veterinary authorities have reported finding H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus at three ostrich farms in Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces between 31 August and 20 September. Farms tested positive on serology during routine surveillance although they tested negative on PCR and no virus could be found. One new outbreak of H5N1 was reported at a poultry farm in northern Viet Nam a week ago.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Europe to Become a Net Chicken Meat Importer
The weakness of the Euro is helping to boost chicken meat exports from the European Union and, while the volumes are no longer increasing, Russia is one of the countries of the region that imports the most product, according to Terry Evans in the latest in his series of articles exclusively for ThePoultrySite.
Setting Health and Safety Standards for the World
International standards for food safety and animal health and welfare can be and often are contentious issues, writes ThePoultrySite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
Food Outlook: Meat and Meat Products
High feed prices, adverse weather, disease outbreaks and livestock herd rebuilding have kept meat prices at record levels in 2011, according to the latest Food Outlook report from FAO.
Feed Outlook - November 2011
US feed grain production estimates have been lowered for 2011/12, according to Tom Capehart and Edward Allen in the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
Pre-Storage Incubation: a Matter of Routine?
The advantages of pre-storage incubation are explained by Dr Marleen Boerjan of Pas Reform and she offers advice to help managers decide if this is a suitable technique for their hatchery.
Something to be Thankful for: Real Turkeys Make a Comeback
A Thanksgiving story: American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) has teamed up with Slow Food USA to encourage the growth of the heritage turkey population - and achieved some success by boosting the heritage turkey breeder population 10-fold.
Japan: Poultry and Products Annual Report 2011
Recovery of domestic broiler meat production from the previous year's decline is overshadowing Japan's 2012 import outlook. Total imports are expected to decline, impacting mostly high-priced imports from Brazil, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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* Company News

Aviagen Turkeys Acquires Holly Berry Hatcheries
EU - Aviagen Turkeys Ltd. are pleased to confirm the acquisition of Holly Berry Hatcheries Ltd. Aviagen Turkeys, under the Hockenhull Turkeys banner, have a growing presence in the Farm Fresh and Specialty sector of the Turkey supply chain and the inclusion of Holly Berry further enhances this position.
Ross Seminar & Flock Awards Big Hit with Customers
RUSSIA - The annual Ross Russian Technical Seminar and Flock Awards Ceremony recently took place in the Tsargrad Resort, located in the southern Moscow region. Over 100 delegates attended the event and were given presentations and the opportunity to visit Aviagen's Yasnogorsk hatchery.
Seminar Forecasts Bright Future for Poultry Industry
NOVI SAD, SERBIA - More than 100 people from Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia took part in the Cobb annual seminar for the region of former Yugoslavia held in Hotel Park in Novi Sad.
Petersime Expands Management Team
BELGIUM - In order to support its worldwide growth and to strengthen its customer relationships, leading incubator supplier Petersime has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Hugo De Ruyck as International Sales and Marketing Manager.
Big Dutchman Considered 'Outright Image Leader'
GERMANY - Big Dutchman has an outstanding reputation amongst agriculturalists in Germany.
Agreement on STAR Duck Breed Distribution
AUSTRALIA - The French company Grimaud Freres Selection, a world leader in duck genetic selection and breeding, has reached an exclusive agreement to supply Pepe's Ducks with the Grimaud STAR duck breed in the Australian market for 10 years.
XXII Latin American Poultry Congress 2011
ARGENTINA - From the 6th through the 9th of September the 2011 XXII Latin American Poultry Congress was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   China

 » BIRD FLU: Virus Mostly in South China Poultry Markets
 » Bird Flu Virus Found in Poultry Markets

   Viet Nam

 » One New Bird Flu Outbreak Reported

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   European Union

 » Imposing Animal Transport Enforcements
 » €214M Earmarked to Protect Human & Animal Health
 » Commission Warning over Cage Non-Compliance
 » Need for a More Flexible and Productive CAP

   United States

 » Perdue & Helgeson to Speak at Sustainability Summit
 » US Corn Yield Projections Lowest Since 2003
 » CME: Corn & Soybeans Have Modest Yield Reduction
 » CME: What Drives Seasonal Price Variations?
 » USGC Begins Lower-Oil DDGS Education Efforts
 » USDA Corn Crop Estimates Down
 » New Turkey Feed Helps Producers Gobble Up Profits
 » Crisis Response and Crisis Communication
 » CME: Beef, Pork & Broiler Production Down
 » Corn & Soybean Prices Continue to Struggle
 » Dynamic Fuels in Initial Commercial Flights
 » FDA Denies Pleas to Ban Antibiotic Use
 » Myths Surrounding Processed Meats Addressed
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
 » US Egg Farm Compensates Salmonella Victims
 » Fight Following Ag Appropriations Conference Report
 » Subjects of Turkey Production Research

   Korea, South

 » Pork and Chicken Lead Spike in Meat Prices

   United Kingdom

 » Consumers Urged to Check for Illegal Eggs
 » Battery Caged Hens Egg Import Ban Considered
 » CAP Plans Fail to Make Farming More Productive
 » Sectors Awarded for Contribution to Animal Welfare
 » Don't Be Afraid to Cook a Goose for the First Time
 » Measures Vital to Minimise Risks at Poultry Farms
 » Bernard Matthews Announces Renewable Project

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   Namibia

 » Breeding Stock for Mega Poultry Plant Arrives

   Mexico

 » Steady Livestock Growth Over Past 10 Years

   General

 » Caribbean's Poultry Industry Under Threat from US
 » Voicing an Opinion: Battery Cages, the EU and Beyond

   Pakistan

 » Farmers Advised to Adopt Global Gap Principles
 » Pakistan Imports Poultry Vaccines Worth PKR6 Billion

   New Zealand

 » Welfare Group Urges Authorities to Close Egg Farms
 » Egg Industry Urged to Stop Cage Cruelty
 » NZ Cage Egg Producers Warned of Protests

   Australia

 » Australians Spend A$5.6 Billion on Chicken Each Year
 » Positive Outlook for Aussie Grains Industry
 » Poultry Company Wins Extension to Court Injunction

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

 » IDAL Suspends Subsidies on Egg Exports

   Canada

 » Govt Helps Raise Ontario's Agricultural Profile Abroad

   Israel

 » Two Newcastle Disease Outbreaks Reported in Israel

   South Africa

 » Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu in South Africa

   Brazil

 » Marfrig Posts 45 Per Cent Increase in Net Revenue
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Brazil

   Germany

 » Poultry Antibiotic Use Widespread in NRW

   India

 » Hotel Earns Praise for Leadership in Animal Welfare

   Indonesia

 » Indonesia on Track for Economic Growth



That's all for this week!

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