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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 12 January 2012

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – FDA Tightens Antimicrobial Use

USDA Food and Drug Administration's recent decision to ban 'extra-label' or unapproved uses for certain antibiotics is a small step in the direction towards reducing the potential risk of antibiotic resistance in humans.

The order from the FDA, which comes into effect on 5 April this year, prohibits certain uses of the cephalosporin class of antimicrobial drugs in cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys.

The FDA says it is taking this action to preserve the effectiveness of cephalosporin drugs for treating disease in humans and prohibiting these uses is intended to reduce the risk of cephalosporin resistance in certain bacterial pathogens.

The Administration stressed that antimicrobial drugs are important for treating disease in both humans and animals. This new order takes into consideration the substantial public comment FDA received on a similar order that it issued in 2008, but revoked prior to implementation.

However, the new order only bans cephalosporin drugs at unapproved dose levels, frequencies, durations, or routes of administration and it prohibits using cephalosporin drugs in cattle, pigs, chickens or turkeys that are not approved for use in that species, e.g. cephalosporin drugs intended for humans or companion animals, and also bars the use of cephalosporin drugs for disease prevention.

Veterinarians will still be able to use or prescribe cephalosporins for limited 'extra-label' use in farm animals, provided they follow the dose, frequency, duration, and route of administration that is on the label. They may also use or prescribe cephalosporins for 'extra-label' uses in minor species of food-producing animals such as ducks or rabbits.

Even Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who is leading a campaign to prohibit the use of drugs that could cause antibiotic resistance in humans, described the FDA move at "a modest first step".

CME has upgraded the economic outlook in the US in 2012. Economist, Blu Putnam, says US economic improvements in 2012 will start with real GDP forecast to grow around 3.5 per cent to 4.0 per cent.

Poultry meat prices in Argentina are forecast to rise as the government ends subsidies on chicken and flour.

On 31 December 2011, the government of Argentina stopped paying subsidies to the poultry and flour milling industries – subsidies that were intended to keep prices at an acceptable level when they were introduced in 2007.

While the impact of the end of the subsidy on the price of chicken has yet to be determined, some estimates say that it will rise by 14 per cent. Producers feel they have no choice but to raise prices.

And finally, turning to this week's bird flu news, the H5N1 sub-type of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in poultry in Odisha state in India, just days after the government announced the country was free of the disease. The same virus type has been found in poultry in Bhutan as well as wild birds in Hong Kong, while a low-pathogenic form has been found in Taiwan. A new report from the French agency, CIDRAP, stresses the need for vigilance to control bird flu in Africa.

Jackie Linden

The Poultry Site Digital - IPE Special Edition

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 12 new features this week:

Global Poultry Industry Coming to Georgia
The global poultry industry will be making its way to Atlanta, Georgia, this month where the International Poultry Exposition has been held for the last 63 years.
IPE Week Expands Education Programme
The entire week in which the International Poultry Expo will be held has been officially designated as 'IPE Week', with an emphasis on educational programmes rounding off the week-long event.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Slow Growth Forecast for Turkey Meat
Since 2000, there have been years when global turkey production has expanded and others in which it has contracted, hence over the period to the estimates for 2012, the industry has recorded only slow growth averaging well below one per cent per year, according to industry watcher, Terry Evans, in his latest update on the prospects for the global turkey industry.
Different Moulting Methods for Laying Hens Compared
Moulting diets comprising soybean hulls provided acceptable egg production post-moult, according to researchers in Brazil seeking an alternative to the usual method of complete fasting for laying hens. All moulting methods adversely affected bone quality, they noted.
Perspectives on Poultry World Markets 2011-2012
An overview of the prospects for the global meat industry in general, with a focus on the EU poultry industry from avec, the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU Countries, in its annual report for 2011.
Linking Expressed Genome to Environment: Epigenetics
An overview of the importance of epigenetics in animal breeding and research to characterise epigentics from the final scientific report from the EU group, Sustainable Animal Breeding (SABRE) subtitled 'Cutting Edge Genomics for Sustainable Animal Breeding'.
Social Network Data and Avian Influenza Control in the British Poultry Industry
In contrast to previous epidemiological analyses, researchers from the University of Glasgow found significantly different connectivity patterns across the country when network estimates incorporate the more demographically representative information provided by the national poultry register.
Finding Optimum Incubation Temperature
Advice on establishing the optimum temperature in the incubator from Marleen Boerjan of Pas Reform.
Reduction of Lameness in Poultry: Could Probiotics Have an Impact?
New research from the University of Arkansas reveal that the prophylactic feeding of a probiotic to broilers reduced significantly the incidence of lameness, according to Michaela Mohnl, product manager for probiotics at Biomin Holding GmbH.
Performance Enhancement with Sodium Diformate in Broilers World-Wide: a New Approach for Poultry Production
Sodium diformate offers a new approach for broilers production worldwide, according to Christian Lückstädt and Sarah Mellor of Addcon.
Low-Input Birds Meet Needs of Developing Countries
Indbro Research & Breeding Farms Pvt. Ltd has developed a low-input broiler strain which, the company says, thrives in the growing conditions in India and meets the demands of the local market.
Lighting Myths and a New Understanding
Poultry-specific LED light bulbs will revolutionise the future of energy efficiency for producers and improve performance, according to John Matcham, Head of Agriculture Glo Agrilamp. He dispels a number of widely held misconceptions about light and its effects on poultry.
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* Company News

Romanian Distributor Honored by Hy-Line
ROMANIA - Recently, Hy-Line's Romanian distributor, Agrimon, Ltd., was awarded a plaque recognizing them for five years of service.
Aviagen Puts Winter Ventilation at Top of Agenda
CZECH REPUBLIC - Aviagen's central and eastern European technical team recently organised two events for Xavergen and Mach Drubez, two of the key players in poultry production market in the Czech Republic.
Good Attendance at Ross/San Hwa Seminar
SOUTH KOREA - Excellent attendance and participation was experienced at the recent Sam Hwa and Ross hosted seminar at Duck San Spa Castle Resorts, located in the central west region of South Korea where Sam Hwa is a long standing Ross distributor.
Hatchery Excellence Focus For Iran
IRAN - Following the recent opening of their new hatchery, Ross distributor Zarbal together with Aviagen recently held a number of events in Iran, highlighting the latest developments in hatchery best practice.
Interactive Hygiene DVD Launched
US - CID Lines (manufacturer and worldwide marketeer of hygiene chemicals, IPE booth 1817) is launching the US version of its 'Interactive Hatchery Hygiene' DVD, which is available through its US importer, BVS (Best Veterinary Solutions Inc.).
Petersime's Brochure on Embryo-Response Incubation
BELGIUM - Recently, world leader in incubation equipment Petersime has published a scientific brochure on embryonic development.
Big Dutchman Co-Founder Passes Away
GENERAL - Jack DeWitt, who founded Big Dutchman in 1938 with his brother, Dick DeWitt, passed away at his home in Zeeland, Michigan on January 6th, 2012.
Gainco Distributes Viking Masek Equipment
US - Gainco, a manufacturer of yield management, packing and distribution systems for meat and poultry processors, has reached an agreement with Viking Masek Global Packaging Technologies, in which Gainco has been named the exclusive authorised distributor and reseller of Viking vertical form-fill-seal packaging machinery and systems to the poultry processing industry in the US.
New in-ovo Technology at IPE
US - Thanks to the development of a new compact device, the benefits of in ovo vaccination are now within the reach of many more hatcheries worldwide and visitors to the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta this month will be able to learn more about the technology behind the Inovoject m.
Probiotic May Reduce Lameness in Broilers
US - The latest research findings from the University of Arkansas revealed that the prophylactic feeding of a probiotic to broilers reduced significantly the incidence of lameness, according to Michaela Mohnl, product manager for probiotics at Biomin Holding GmbH.
Lighting Myths and a New Understanding
GLOBAL - Poultry-specific LED light bulbs will revolutionise the future of energy efficiency for producers and improve performance, according to Glo Agrilamp, which also dispels a number of widely held misconceptions about light and its effects on poultry.
Low-Input Birds Meet Needs of Developing Countries
INDIA - Indbro Research & Breeding Farms has developed a broiler line that thrives under local conditions and contributes to feeding the growing human population.
Having the Right Key to Unlock Your Potential?
US - What is the point of having a Ferrari but the wrong key to use it, or worse, not being able to afford the right type of fuel to get the performance that you would like?, asks Danisco.
Broiler Performance Enhanced with Sodium Diformate
GERMANY - Sodium diformate offers a new approach for broilers production worldwide, according to Christian Lückstädt and Sarah Mellor of Addcon.
World Poultry Show Returns to EuroTier 2012
GERMANY - EuroTier will be held once again this year, including a special exhibition, World Poultry Show. The show will be on 13 to 16 November 2012 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   European Union

 » EC Allows Part-Organic Pullets in Organic Production

   General

 » BIRD FLU: Bird Flu Declared in East Garo Hills; Hong Kong Downgrades Alert; Live Poultry Sales Resume
 » OFC - Reduce Waste to Meet Food Demand
 » New All-natural Brine System for Poultry

   United Kingdom

 » Spelman: Alliances Will Shape CAP That Fits
 » Sainsbury's Outlines Commitment to British Farming
 » Animals Unlikely Source of Antimicrobial Resistance
 » NFUS Slams Stats on Laying Cage Ban Compliance

Only from Big Dutchman
   United States

 » CME: 2011 Year of Adjustments for Meat Sector
 » NPFDA 2012 Achievement Award to Jim Sumner
 » NCC Concerned over Restrictions on Cephalosporins
 » CME: Relationships that May Impact Corn Prices
 » AVMA Responds to Order Limiting Use of Antibiotics
 » Antibiotic Rule - a Small Step and a Sad Indictment
 » CME Economist Upgrades 2012 US Outlook
 » CME: 2011 USDA Corn Yield Estimates Down Again
 » IPE 2012 Smart Phone Application
 » Non-Profit Processing Plant Opens for Business
 » Waging War Against Salmonella
 » USDA: Focus on South American Weather
 » Case Farms Faces Fines over Ammonia Leak
 » Farmers Disappointed at USDA Closures
 » Cargill Earnings Fall Sharply
 » Webinar: Pleasures & Profit of Raising Poultry
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

   China

 » Govt to Ease Quotas on Live Chicken Sales
 » China's Food Safety Suffers 'Feeble Foundation'

Intestinal Health
   India

 » Eggs Remain Unchanged as Prices Already High
 » Filariasis Serum Fear Hits Chicken Sale in Kerala
 » Tests Confirm Bird Flu in Odisha

   Hong Kong

 » Wild Birds Confirmed Positive for H5N1 Virus
 » Hong Kong Resumes Sales of Live Poultry

   Korea, South

 » Seoul Steps Up AI Quarantine Efforts

   Brazil

 » Company Looking to Sell Slaughter System to Arabs
 » Brazilian Poultry Exports Increase
 » Industry Union Sees Positive Outlook

   Israel

 » Egg and Poultry Subsidies to be Maintained

   Argentina

 » Sales of Poultry and Pork Products Increase
 » Chicken and Flour Subsidies End in Argentina

   Taiwan

 » Low-Pathogenic Avian Flu Alert in Taipei

   Bhutan

 » H5N1 Bird Flu Confirmed in Bhutan

   Germany

 » Resistant Bacteria Found in Poultry Meat
 » Poultry Farmers Respond to 'Superbug' Accusations

   Chile

 » Poultry Association Denies Collusion

   Switzerland

 » Switzerland Reports Newcastle Disease Outbreak

   Russian Federation

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Russia

   Australia

 » Eggs Suspected in Ballarat Salmonella Case
 » Less Red Tape to Aid Agricultural Exports



That's all for this week!

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