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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 22 December 2011

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Thursday 22nd December 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – Looking Ahead to 2012 and Beyond: Will the Chinese Economy Power the Global Meat Industry?

Is the Chinese bubble about to burst? For some time now, the growth rate in China has been the most rapid of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). China's growth has also been dragging the rest of the world economies along behind it, shining as a beacon to the faltering economies in Europe and the US, wrote ThePoultrySite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.

Tthere has also been growth in wealth and in the middle class in China and the population has been moving to an urban way of life. These developments have also brought about changes in eating habits: meat and protein diets are replacing cereals and crops. Meat consumption in China reached around 59kg per head in 2010, and the processed and pre-cooked product markets are growing.

The International Monetary Fund forecasts that China's economy that spiked at over 14 per cent growth about four years ago, has now settled to a growth rate of about nine per cent. And the meat industry there is virtually keeping pace with it. An IBIS World report, published this month, forecasts that the industry will develop at a rate of 8.3 per cent a year, reaching $82.38 billion in 2016.

Revenue from the meat processing industry in China this year is expected to have risen by 13 per cent year on year to $55.24 billion. On average, since 2006 the industry has seen a 22.5 per cent rise in value.

Prospects for the future depend on how and whether the Chinese government can keep a cap on inflation. The latest figures show it running at 4.2 per cent in November, down from the July figure of 6.5 per cent.

If inflation is kept in check and the economy continues to expand, meat consumption is expected to increase and the meat processing industry will develop further – albeit at a slower place than over the past decade.

Turning our attention from Asia to North America, Canada pledged to support free and open trade at the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting. However, there was no mention of Canada's protected poultry or dairy industries, wrote Charlotte Johnston, editor of ThePoultrySite.

At the meeting in Geneva, Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway said that free and open trade is the best way to create jobs and economic growth for people around the world.

But while over the last five years, Canada has pursued an ambitious and active free trade plan to open doors for Canadian businesses around the world and is on the way to becoming the first tariff-free zone for manufacturing imports in the G-20, back home, the situation is quite different: the poultry and dairy industries are protected by supply management systems. Canada is coming under criticism from abroad over this apparent anomaly in its trade policy.

However, Mike Dungate, Executive Director of Chicken Farmers of Canada, responded to the article, saying Canada's trade policy is misunderstood. While Canada has a great deal of export interests in agriculture (world's 4th largest exporter), Canada is also the 6th largest importer of agricultural products.

He stressed that Canada is not a closed market for dairy and poultry: it is, in fact, the 16th largest importer of chicken in the world and the 3rd most valuable market for US chicken exports.

"We stand alone in providing clean, consistent and transparent access to our market, while other countries hide behind phony non-tariff barriers. While many countries have implemented protectionist measures in the past two years, Canada has maintained the access it has always provided to its chicken market – access that is almost twice our WTO commitment," said Mr Dungate.

European Union Commissioner John Dalli says that action has already begun at European level to punish Member States who have made little or no effort to conform to new hen welfare laws in the EU. The ban on conventional battery cages for egg production in the region comes into force on 1 January 2012. Those producers who have invested in alternative housing systems for their hens fear that their local markets will be flooded with 'illegal' eggs produced in other countries where little investment and effort have been made to comply with the directive.

Turning to bird flu news, the discovery of one dead wild bird in Hong Kong last week with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza led to the immediate closure of live bird markets when infected carcasses were discovered at a market and authorities across China are now on alert. There have also been four new outbreaks of H5N1 in poultry in Bangladesh and two more human victims have been reported in Egypt, one of whom has died.

With the holidays coming up fast, the next newsletter from ThePoultrySite will be mailed out on Thursday 5 January.

In the meantime, all good wishes for the festive season and 2012 from all of us at 5M Publishing.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

Key Points on Bird Flu Control Outlined at WVPA Meeting
Avian influenza viruses have been and remain important public and animal health due to economic and human fatalities that cause, according to Dr Alejandro Garcia of Laboratorios Avilab in Mexico. Chris Wright, senior editor of ThePoultrySite, reports.
Marketing Standards - Labelling of Poultry Meat in the EU
The current status and likely devleopments in labelling are reviewed by avec, the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU Countries, in its annual report for 2011.
S. aureus Penetration of Eggs Facilitated by E. coli
When eggshells were contaminated with both organisms simultaneously, the penetration of E. coli O157:H7 preceded that of S. aureus and facilitated the invasion of the latter, according to new research from Jordan.
Molecular Epidemiology of Campylobacter Isolates from Poultry Production Units in Southern Ireland
There are multiple sources from which Campylobacter can be transmitted on broiler farms and following their introduction into broiler flocks, the spread of Campylobacter is influenced by many host and environmental factors, including thinning, according to researchers in the Irish Republic.
Broiler Production Systems in Georgia: Costs and Returns Analysis 2011-2012
A guide for producers to understand the long-term business potential of the financial commitments before building a new broiler house in Georgia by Dan L. Cunningham and Brian D. Fairchild, Extension Poultry Scientists at the University of Georgia, US. Included in the calculation is the value of the manure.
US Poultry Outlook - December 2011
Sharply lower broiler chick placements and slower growth in bird weights have lowered the fourth-quarter 2011 broiler meat production estimate by 25 million pounds to nine billion pounds and resulted in decreased estimates for the first and second quarters of 2012, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).
The Relevance of Hatchery Climate Control
While optimising climate inside the incubator best supports the needs of growing embryos, accurate climate control elsewhere in the hatchery also makes an important contribution to overall efficiency, writes Derk Pijnenburg of Pas Reform.
Mycotoxin Control as an Effective Tool for Successful Demedicalisation
Nutrition is now being more widely used as a practical solution to maintaining animal health, according to Radka Borutova of Biomin.
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* Company News

Aviagen Supports World Poultry Science Association
CZECH REPUBLIC - Aviagen has provided significant support to the Czech branch of the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) at the organization's 15th annual conference in Brno.
ORKA Instruments Measure Egg Quality
US - Instruments manufactured by ORKA Food Technology are gaining world market share based on their versatility, cost and reliability.
Pas Reform Commissioned for New Smart Hatchery
RUSSIA - Pas Reform has been commissioned by Kurskiy Agrokholding, part of Belay Ptica group to install a new hatchery in Gorshechnoye in the Kursk region.
Pavlovskaya Plans Expansion with Pas Reform
RUSSIA - After working for several years with Pas Reform, Pavlovskaya poultry farm, a Russkoe Pole-managed company, has announced plans for further expansion with Smart single-stage incubation from the Dutch hatchery technology company.
Worry-Free Ventilation for Constant Chick Quality
NETHERLANDS - Several years ago, Martin Barten, senior hatchery specialist, was involved in reviewing the incubation programme for a newly constructed hatchery in the humid tropics.
New Poultry House for Organic Egg Production
GERMANY - In northern Germany, Iduna and Bernd Sachtjen from Friedeburg showcase their new Big Dutchman organic poultry house.
Trainee Says Foreign Internship Was Worthwhile
NETHERLANDS - "Every trainee who gets offered such a chance should take it!" Carolin Schlömer was absolutely thrilled when she recently returned to the Netherlands from Malaysia where she completed a foreign internship. Goes Online
FRANCE - CEVAC TRANSMUNE, the innovative vaccine for the control of Gumboro Disease, used in more than 50 countries is now online.
Evonik Invests in Methionine Plant in Singapore
SINGAPORE - Evonik has announced a major investment in Singapore: a new methionine production complex for roughly €500 million with start-up scheduled for 2014.
Centrifugal Fan Shutter Available
ITALY - Always following the principle of high quality, high efficiency, low maintenance and energy saving Termotecnica Pericoli is pleased to introduce to the market their innovative centrifugal system.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Singapore Monitoring Bird Flu; Hong Kong Bans Poultry Sales; Shanghai Strengthens Checks; Four New Outbreaks in Bangladesh
 » Campaign for Humane Treatment of Farm Animals
 » US/China Trade Dispute over Chicken Feet
 » Fear over Controversial Flu Studies

   United States

 » Dr Glisson to Lead USPoultry Foundation Research
 » NCSU Announces Poultry and Feed Courses for 2012
 » Mississippi Ag Commodities Post Record Values
 » Poultry Stays No. 1 in Mississippi State
 » Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
 » Broiler Prices Hold Steady
 » Demand Pushes Meat Exports to Record Levels
 » Legislation Considered to Ban Arsenic in Feed
 » Ground Turkey Production Resumes at Cargill Plant
 » Call for Federal Action on Antibiotic Use
 » CME: Drop in Domestic Meat Consumption Expected
 » Pilgrim's Pride Announces Rights Offering
 » Alternatives to Antibiotics for Broilers Reviewed
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Challenging Year Sees Loss for Sanderson Farms

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   New Zealand

 » Poultry Industry Trainees Achieve Top Awards

   Viet Nam

 » US Corn Mission Sees Potential in Viet Nam


 » Canada's Hypocritical Trade Stance
 » Sunnymel to Hire 250 People for Chicken Plant
 » Supply Management: Clear, Consistent & Transparent

Evonik - A fresh perspective on our Masterpieces

 » Egg Production is Environmentally Sound, Says AECL
 » Shade Encourages Better Free Range Use
 » Free-Range Poultry Growing in Australia


 » Farmers Secure Supermarket Deal
 » Minister Awards Funding to Animal Welfare Groups

   Hong Kong

 » Wild Bird Found Dead with H5N1
 » Bird Flu Alert in Hong Kong; Ban on Live Poultry Sales


 » Chinese Meat Industry & Economy Continue to Grow


 » Strong Demand for Yakitori Chicken Boosts SMFI
 » Poultry Industry Claims Losses from Illegal Imports

Intestinal Health
   European Union

 » Ag Council Discusses Welfare, Food-Borne Pathogens
 » €236 Million Reallocated for Disease Control
 » Dalli Threatens Legal Action over Battery Cages
 » Agricultural Income Per Worker up 6.7 Per Cent


 » Thirteen New Newcastle Disease Outbreaks


 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Kazakhstan


 » Poultry Farmers Urged to Comply with Standards


 » Chicken Meat Prices on the Rise


 » Four HPAI Outbreaks in Dhaka and Khulna


 » Dam Row Pushes up Chicken and Egg Prices
 » Groups Warn Poultry & Dairy Sectors 'Face Disaster'


 » Q3 Processed Chicken & Pig Meat Hit a New Record


 » Application for Partial Change to Egg White Labelling

That's all for this week!

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