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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 8 December 2011

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Thursday 8th December 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – EU and US Take Different Stance over Antibiotic Use

Are the US and EU on a collision course over antibiotics in animal agriculture, asks editor-in-chief, Chris Harris, in an opinion piece on ThePoultrySite this week.

He explains that in the EU, the European Commission has introduced an action plan detailing 12 concrete actions to be implemented in close cooperation with the Member States.

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli has said: "We need to take swift and determined action if we do not want to lose antimicrobial medicines as essential treatment against bacterial infections in both humans and animals.

The Action Plan specifically states that more action should be taken to ensure that antimicrobials are used appropriately in animals. It also calls for improved monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial use.

In the US, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has refused two long-standing petitions to limit the use of antibiotics on farms, explaining it will opt for a voluntary code for the reduction in the use of antibiotics and adding that to ban them could lead to lengthy and expensive litigation.

The FDA's stance comes in the face of research from Tufts University School of Medicine, calling for stricter regulation of the practice of using antibiotics for non-therapeutic reasons.

It is this dichotomy between the stance being taken by the FDA in the US and the stricter stance of the European Commission that could lead to potential troubles.

With the EU tightening its controls on antibiotic use, having already banned their use as growth promoters, it would seem that a head-on collision between the EU and the US is inevitable and the fall-out could be considerable and costly.

Greening of farming often makes farmers see red, which appears to be the case with the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) proposals. Earlier this week, a panel representing the EU, environmentalists and farmers debated the 30 per cent greening element. Charlotte Johnston, ThePoultrySite editor, reports.

At the British Poultry Council (BPC) annual awards in London this week, four of the industry's long-standing supporters were honoured and scholarships were awarded to two outstanding young researchers, reports ThePoultrySite senior editor, Jackie Linden.

On bird flu, the South African veterinary authority has reported finding evidence of infection with the H5N2 sub-type of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus at four more ostrich farms in Western Cape province in October. Initially, no clinical signs or mortalities were seen and although the birds were HI-positive, no PCR-positives have been found.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 11 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Africa & Oceania Imports Climb
Worldwide, the quantities of fresh/frozen chicken meat exported amount to around 11 million tonnes but the volumes traded in Africa/Oceania are small. The total imported into Africa in 2009 amounted to 763,000 tonnes or about seven per cent of the global figure, while Oceania imported a mere 43,000 tonnes, according to Terry Evans in his analysis of broiler meat trade in these two regions.
Investigation of Eggshell Apex Abnormalities in Great Britain
Eggshell Apex Abnormalities (EAA) have been reported in the Netherlands, Italy and recently also in the UK. According to Defra in a review of current knowledge in this area, EAA lesions have been associated in the field with infection by certain strains of Mycoplasma.
Animal Welfare and Health in the EU
An overview of the developments in poultry health and welfare regulations in the European Union from the 2011 annual report of avec, the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU Countries.
Organic Diets for Organic Pigs and Poultry
A study conducted by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Aarhus University shows that in future the feed for organic pigs and poultry will be 100 per cent organic and it will be quite a challenge to meet the demand for, particularly, protein-rich feeds.
When and How to Transfer Eggs to the Hatcher
Advice on maintaining optimal climatic conditions for eggs of various setting dates and the newly emerging chicks from Gerd de Lange of Pas Reform.
Molecular and Antigenic Survey of H5N1 Bird Flu Virus in Indonesian Ducks
A molecular and antigenic survey by CSIRO researchers of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus isolates from smallholder duck farms in Central Java, Indonesia during 2007-2008 reveals that multiple genetic variants were present simultaneously within poultry populations and that ducks are more likely than chickens to survive infection and represent a long-term host for H5N1.
Pasture Poultry Production Target of Study
The Center for Food Safety is participating in a grant project that will determine the food safety risk of small on-farm poultry processing systems - known as pasture poultry production - and evaluate other aspects of their operations.
Optimising Protein Utilisation in Broiler Feeds - Role of Protease Enzymes
For economic, ecological and animal health/welfare reasons, there is an increasingly important need to improve the utilisation of dietary protein and to minimise nitrogen output, according to Dr Adam Smith of DSM Nutritional Products.
Poultry Production: How Probiotics Can Play a Role
An overview of new scientific insights on the effects of probiotics to balance the gut microflora and to protect young chicks, their interactions with therapeutic antibiotics and how they help control necrotic enteritis by Biomin's Michaela Mohnl.
NAB Rural Commodities Wrap - November 2011
Australian agricultural commodity prices are weakening in the face of the global financial crisis, while production is increasing, writes Michael Creed, National Australia Bank's Agribusiness Economist, in his November Rural Commodities Wrap.
Argentina: Poultry and Products Annual Report 2011
Broiler production is forecast to reach a new record at 1.85 million metric tons in 2012, according to Kenneth Joseph and Andrea Yankelevich in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Intestinal Health
* Company News

Hy-Line Hosts Important Visitors from Brazil
US & BRAZIL - In early October, Hy-Line was honoured with the visit of Amauri Pinto Costa and Elcio Mendes Vilanova e Silva of Ovos Iana, Matto Grosso, Brazil.
Shanghai: Perfect Setting for RMEAA Annual Review
CHINA - The spectacular growth and success of Shanghai was chosen as an ideal setting for the meeting of the Ross Middle East and Africa Association (RMEAA) grandparent distributors to review the past year and provide stimulus and ideas to succeed in the near future, explained John Maguire, International Sales Manager for Turkey, Middle East and Africa.
Success for Cobb North American Technical Seminar
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - More than 90 participants from 30 customers in eight countries took part in the second annual North American technical seminar organised by Cobb and their Caribbean distributor Cobb Caribe in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Ukrainian Clients Gain Insight into US Industry
UKRAINE - Three guests from the largest poultry producer in Ukraine, Mironovskiy Hlebproduct, were given an insight into the US chicken industry when they visited Cobb-Vantress in Arkansas.
Ceva Achieves Best Performance
GLOBAL - Ceva achieved its best performance in history last year with sales up by 18.5 per cent, a 60 per cent margin - up by 24.6 per cent - and an operating profit of €66 million.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Nepal Chicken Prices Affected; HPAI Found in SA Ostriches
 » Rabobank Report: Outlook 2012 'Down, but not Out'
 » US and EU on Collision Course over Antibiotics?
 » RVC: Symposium on Protozoal Infections in Poultry
 » Cargill Cuts Global Workforce

Evonik - A fresh perspective on our Masterpieces
   United States

 » Short Supply & Elevated Prices Common Themes
 » Pre-Harvest Food Safety Conference Scheduled
 » CME: Corn Prices Lower, Good News for Producers
 » Poultry Groups Express Concerns in NAS Report
 » CME: Mixed Picture for Meat Protein Supply
 » Anticipating Crop Prices in 2012
 » FSIS Proposes Rule to Expand Generic Label-Approval
 » Standard for Responsible Egg Farming Set
 » Global Warming: Meat Production Impact Challenged
 » Producers Urge Action Against RFS
 » CME: No Change Expected in Grain Supply
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Treating Organic Layers for Parasitic Worms
 » Special Fee for Growers Visiting IPE 2012

   United Kingdom

 » Figures Reveal Farming's Crucial Value to Economy
 » NFU: Agriculture Part Of Climate Change Solution
 » Govt Plans to Tackle Battery Hen Egg Imports
 » Food Poisoning Risk from Chicken Livers
 » Minister Visits Institute for Animal Health in Pirbright
 » Country Unites to Keep out Eggs from Battery Cages
 » BPC Awards for Long-Term Dedication, Young Scientists
 » Improved Hygiene Measures on Poultry Farms
 » NFU Takes Supermarket Battle to Brussels
 » Minister Gets Tough on Laying Hens Directive
 » EU Battery Cage Ban: One Month to Go, Warns CIWF
 » Turkey Show Celebrates 50th Anniversary


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 » Poultry Culled in Kathmandu on Bird Flu Fears
 » OIE Reports Outbreak of HPAI in Nepal

   Viet Nam

 » 108 Tons of Rotten Chicken Legs Re-exported to India

   Korea, South

 » Korea Reviews Animal Drug Residue Levels
 » Food & Agriculture Exports Jump to New High


 » France Opposes Use Of Animal Meal

   Russian Federation

 » Solid Performance for Cherkizovo
 » Govt Can Continue Ag Support after WTO Accession


 » Three Newcastle Disease Outbreaks in Victoria

   South Africa

 » More Ostriches H5N2-Positive in Western Cape


 » Ag Minister Outlines Main Features of 2012 Estimates


 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Ukraine

   European Union

 » To Green or Not to Green?
 » Greening of CAP Essential


 » Experts Discuss Intestinal Health without Antibiotics

That's all for this week!

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