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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 5 January 2012

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Thursday 5th January 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – EU Extends Derogation over Non-Organic Feed Ingredients for Organic Poultry

In what is thought to be a unique case, the EU has decided to extend the derogation allowing five per cent non-organic feed ingredients in organic diets for poultry and pigs.

Until the end of last year, producers were able to feed five per cent of non-organic feed to organic pigs and poultry.

However, on 1 January 2012, European legislation was set to come into play which would have meant that all organic poultry and pig producers would have to have fed 100 per cent organic feed.

Instead, the European Commission has said that it will extend the derogation after the industry expressed concerns for animal welfare.

Ruth Mason, Food Chain Advisor at the National Farmers' Union (NFU) in England, said that there is not sufficient quantity or quality organic feed to allow producers to feed a 100 per cent organic diet.

Feeding animals lower quality diets could lead to stress on nutritional requirements, which would significantly impact animal welfare, as well as potentially damage the organic brand.

Legislation to extend the derogation has not yet been passed; it is expected to be completed at the end of February/early March 2012 and will be applied retrospectively.

It is likely the extension will be until the end of 2014, giving producers another three years until 100 per cent organic diets are mandatory.

In the US, controversy is brewing over the size of laying hen cages. Several farm organisations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, have signed a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee calling for the rejection of additional, costly and unnecessary animal rights mandates proposed by the Humane Society of the United States.

In Australia, several states are on alert for Murray Valley encephalitis, following the finding of the infection in sentinel flocks of chickens in the last few days. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and can infect several animal species, including humans, in which a small proportion of cases may have life-threatening symptoms.

WHO reports that there have been 58 cases of H5N1 flu in humans in 2011 (to 21 December), 31 of whom have died. Most of the victims have been in Egypt (37 cases; 14 deaths) but there were also 11 cases in Indonesia, eight in Cambodia and two in Bangladesh. The annual totals are higher than for 2010 but they are well below the peak in 2006. These latest figures bring the totals affected with H5N1 flu since 2003 to 574 human cases, of whom 337 have died.

And finally, next week, in the January edition of ThePoultrySite Digital, we will be giving a full preview of the events at the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta later this month, together with the latest Global Poultry Trends for the turkey industry and a look at moulting methods for laying hens.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 12 new features this week:

A Closer Look at Coccidiosis Control
Subclinical coccidiosis can be very tricky, but it affects the bottom line of broiler operations, especially if the break occurs late in the growth cycle, writes Chris Wright, senior editor of ThePoultrySite.
Murray Valley Encephalitis (MVE)
Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) is a rare disease in humans in the Murray River valley region of Australia, according to a factsheet from the New South Wales government. It is spread by mosquitoes, and while usually causing only mild symptoms in humans, a small proportion of those infected develop a severe brain infection. The infection is also found in horses, kangaroos and birds, including chickens.
Avian Intestinal Spirochaetosis
UK - The term avian intestinal spirochaetosis (AIS) refers to disease in chickens and sometimes other avian species associated with the presence of Brachyspira species spirochaetes in the large intestine, according to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency in their Veterinary Information Note.
Changing Farming Practices Accompany Major Shifts in Farm Structure
Changing production practices, including adoption of labour-saving innovations, have contributed to and been affected by increases in both agricultural productivity and the concentration of production, write Erik O'Donoghue, James MacDonald, Utpal Vasavada and Patrick Sullivan of USDA Economic Research service in the latest issue of Amber Waves.
Tools for Science and Selection: Numerical Genomics
An overview of the reasons for genomic analysis and software tool development from the final scientific report from the EU group, Sustainable Animal Breeding (SABRE) subtitled 'Cutting Edge Genomics for Sustainable Animal Breeding'.
Feed-Grade Sodium Bisulphate in Broiler Diets Improves Feed Efficiency
Dietary supplementation with sodium bisulphate could improve broiler productivity and may be used as a component of a pre-harvest strategy to improve poultry product safety, according to new research from Texas A&M University.
Potential Spread of HPAI Virus via Dynamic Contacts between Poultry Premises
After developing a simulation model of the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus between farms serviced by catching companies and surrounding geographical areas, researchers based at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland stress the importance of retaining up-to-date data on poultry premises so that control measures can be effectively prioritised in case of an outbreak.
Starting Single-Stage Incubation
Advice on hatchery management changes when starting single-stage incubation from Henry Arts of Pas Reform.
Turkey Production in the EU
An overview of the industry by avec, the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU Countries, in its annual report for 2011. The organisation focuses on Salmonella testing of turkey meat and on foot pad scoring as a measure of animal welfare.
Russian Federation: GOR Ag Development Forecast for 2012-2014
An overview of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development's macroeconomic assumptions and sector-specific production forecasts on grain, sugar, oilseeds, meat, poultry, dairy, fishery, forestry, and food retail/catering in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Soil and Broiler Litter Testing Basics
Nutrient management planning and sampling of soil and litter are covered in this factsheet from Mississippi State University.
NAB Rural Commodities Wrap - December 2011
Agricultural commodities are weakening as the result of the Euro sovereign debt crisis and rising production prospects, according to Michael Creed, Agribusiness Economist at the National Australia Bank in the Economic Report for December 2011.
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* Company News

Disease Prevention in Chick Embryo & Young Chick
CHINA, INDIA, NETHERLANDS & US - Under the auspices of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Scheme, Merial UK Head of Avian, Helen Houghton, completed a study tour of China, India, the Netherlands and the United States.
Seminar for Korea Grand Parent Breeder Customers
SOUTH KOREA - Korea Grand Parent Breeder, Plc and Arbor Acres co-hosted a successful technical seminar in October attended by 40 customers on the latest technical advice and continued improvement of parent stock management at the Westopia Golf and Resort in Boryeong, Korea.
Seminar Confirms Ross Commitment in Iraq
IRAQ - The growing poultry market has seen increasing demand for Ross products in the country as Aviagen invests in service, product quality and technical, veterinary and nutritional support.
Iranian Ross Distributor Zarbal Opens $10M Hatchery
IRAN - Zarbal Grandparent Company, the Iranian Ross distributor, recently completed the construction of a state-of-the-art $10 million hatchery in Rasht, near the coast of the Caspian Sea.
Smart Expansion for Ross Breeders Anadolu
TURKEY - In response to continuing growth, Aviagen-owned Ross Breeders Anadolu (RBA) is to step up its domestic production of parent stock chicks next year, with the commissioning of a new Smart single-stage grandparent stock hatchery from Pas Reform.
Re-think Your Newcastle Disease Protection
US - At the forthcoming IPE show in Atlanta, Ceva will share with the poultry industry the outstanding results achieved through the use of Vectormune® HVT-NDV in different parts of the world.
Biomin India: Strong Presence at Local Trade Shows
INDIA - Kicking off in November, the annual Hyderabad Poultry Show is becoming widely recognised as the major event for the Indian poultry industry.
Forum on Demedicalisation of Monogastric Feed
FRANCE - BIOMIN France organized a BIOMIN Forum, on the hot topic of demedicalization. It was held on December 8th at the Institut Supérieur des Productions Animales et des Industries Agroalimentaires (ISPAIA), in Ploufragan (France).
* Global Poultry Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » OFC - Concern over Battery Cage Eggs Raised
 » OFC - CAP Reform to Meet Increasing Food Demand
 » OFC - UK Punching Above its Farming Weight
 » Survey: Public Do Not Understand Battery Cage Law
 » Top Award for Red Tractor Assurance Chairman
 » Funds to Protect Wildlife & Manage Flood Risk
 » Green Food Project Gets Underway
 » Report on Education, Communication & Knowledge Application
 » Scottish Shoppers Urged to Buy British Eggs
 » Egg Industry Launches Judicial Review Proceedings
 » UFU President Outlines Priorities for 2012
 » Registration for Turkey Science & Production Meeting
 » VION Food UK Increases Graduate Intake


 » BIRD FLU: Malaysian Govt Assures Chicken Products Free of Bird Flu; Govt Declares India Free of Bird Flu
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Global
 » Africa: What do Livestock Add?
 » OIE Extends Risk Prevention Activities
 » Russia Lowers Meat Import Quotas
 » Saudi Govt Lifts Ban on Turkish Poultry Imports


 » Egg Prices Boil as Consumption Jumps
 » Cold Snap Heats up Egg Prices to Record High
 » Broiler Production up 10 Per Cent, USDA Reports
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: India
 » MP's Kadaknath Introduced in City Poultry Farm

Cobb 700 - The new standard in high yield

 » Research Funds Boost Fight against Pest Animals
 » Health Alert for Murray Valley Encephalitis
 » Sentinel Chickens Spark Human Disease Warning
 » 2012 - Australian Year of the Farmer

   European Union

 » €14M for EU Reference Laboratories in 2012
 » Commission Publishes 2010 AI Surveillance Reports
 » Agricultural Incomes - Not as Bright as They First Appear
 » EC Publishes Latest Bird Flu Surveillance Report
 » EU Extends Organic Diet Derogation
 » Cautious Outlook for EU Meat Industry from Rabobank
 » NFU: Industrial Emissions Directive Reviews
 » Cage Ban Increases Risk Of Salmonella

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 » China Suspends Supplies of Live Poultry to HK
 » Mainland Suspends Supply of Live Poultry to HK
 » Bird Flu Virus Identified in South China

   Hong Kong

 » Flu Scare Sparks Mass Bird Cull in Hong Kong
 » Black-Headed Gulls Test Positive for H5 Virus


 » Jamaica Broilers' Profits Stifled by Imports


 » Regulation to Benefit Competitiveness Welcomed
 » Layers to be Culled with New Animal Welfare Rules
 » EU Rules Reprieve Could be on Cards for Producers

DSM Vitamin News

 » Keep Food Safety Top of Mind During Holidays

   United States

 » Farbest to Build New Turkey Plant
 » End of Ethanol Tax Credits Affects Feed Market
 » Park Farms' Sale Pending
 » Holton Named Seaboard Foods' President and CEO
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Cal-Maine Appoints Holladay VP & General Counsel
 » Strong Sales Boost Cal-Maine's Q2 Results
 » New Rules for Commercial Drivers from February
 » Iowa Plant Processes Hens' Feet for China
 » Final Egg Safety Rule Guidance Issued by FDA
 » US Egg Products Report - December 2011
 » CME: 2011 Market Reflection
 » Livestock & Egg Industry at Odds Over HSUS Deal
 » CME: Meat Demand Maintains Annual Increase
 » USPOULTRY Updates Logo and Website
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » FDA Issues Order Restricting Cephalosporin Use
 » Animal Agriculture Alliance's 25th Anniversary
 » Removing Air Pollutants & Reducing Energy Use
 » Controversy Brewing over Layer Cage Size


 » Using Natural Enemies against Resistant Bacteria
 » Major European Genomics Report Published
 » Growth Set to Challenge Dutch Agricultural Sector


 » Call to Conduct Research on Poultry Diseases
 » Prices of Eggs & Chicken Register Sharp Rise

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

 » Kenya Turns to Uganda for Eggs Due to Feed Costs


 » Smart Moves, Locations Protect TFG's Chickens


 » Arab Farmers Hatch First Official Israel Egg Licence
 » Four New Newcastle Disease Outbreaks
 » Newcastle Disease Outbreak Affects Turkeys

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Joins WTO - A 'Win-Win'?
 » Poultry Output up 11 Per Cent, Says Minister


 » Certified Soya Shortage Worries ZNFU


 » Ukraine Extends Licensing of Poultry Meat Imports


 » Brazil Company to Expand ME Chicken Exports

   Czech Republic

 » Czech Ag Census 2010 Confirms Largest Farm Size


 » Fewer Salmonella Detected on German Poultry
 » Germany Takes a Look at 2012 Prospects


 » Organic Feed Fraud Uncovered


 » Meat Processing Plant for Ilocos Sur

   Korea, South

 » Seoul to Expand Help for Fishing & Ag Sectors

That's all for this week!

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