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Thursday 2nd February 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Europe Must Hold Firm over Battery Cage Ban

In the last week, Spanish farmers issued a plea to their ministry of agriculture to intercede on their behalf to gain time with the European Commission (EC) to switch to enriched cages or other alternative housing for laying hens.

The farmers in Spain want a two–year moratorium on the EC changes banning battery cages for laying hens and demanding the installation of new larger cages giving hens more room and environmental enrichment. They also want the Spanish government to give them soft loans to help them pay for the upgrades.

The farmers estimate that the cost of installing the new cages on an average sized farm of 40,000 birds will be about €720,000 and they believe that if they are not given assistance, up to 40 per cent or about 400 farms will go out of business.

Spain is one of 14 countries that have not met the new EC regulation, and there is now great concern across Europe that a two-tier egg sector could be established.

The Danish presidency last month said that it was going to demand strict compliance with the new regulations and the EU Health Commissioner, John Dalli, was reported to be sending letters to member states, warning them of legal action if they fail to comply with the battery cage ban.

However, there are major fears among the farming community in other EU countries that the EC could concede to requests such as those from Spain and give a two-year moratorium. What will happen to those eggs that are still being produced in illicit cages?

Most producers, who are complying with the regulations, say there should be no leeway, no moratorium and no assistance to farmers who have not already complied. They argue that 12 years have already elapsed, in which every farmer could have upgraded the production systems and they have already made considerable investment in order to upgrade their own systems.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published pioneering guidelines laying out, for the first time, a standardised methodology for the risk assessment of animal welfare.

The methodology, which follows a step-by-step approach, is designed to be applicable to all animal species and all factors that affect animal welfare, including housing, transport, stunning and killing. The development of the guidelines supports EFSA's commitment to ensure that all its work on animal welfare is underpinned by a strong scientific approach.

EFSA has also published guidance in the last week for the risk assessment of food and feed derived from GM animals and on related animal health and welfare aspects.

There has been a seasonal rise in bird flu lately. Outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in the Indian state of Tripura, which have led to significant poultry culls. Fears of an outbreak in Sri Lanka were allayed when the flock's mortality was found to have another cause. A second person has died in Viet Nam as a result of the infection in a month. A duck farm in the Australian state of Victoria has been slaughtered as the result of the discovery of low-pathogenic avian flu during routine surveillance.

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Modelling Marek's Disease Virus Infection: Parameter Estimates for Mortality Rate and Infectiousness
More virulent strains of the Marek's disease virus (MDV) had a higher viral shedding rate, and killed chickens more rapidly, according to a multinational group of scientists. While vaccination enhanced host life expectancy, they found it did not significantly reduce the shedding rate of the virus.

Aviagen, Ross Breeders, Arbor Acres, Nicholas Turkeys, L.I.R.
Effects of Broiler Breeder Genetic, Diet Type and Feeding Programme on Maternal Antibody Transfer and Development of Lymphoid Tissues in Chicken Progeny
Researchers based in the US and Brazil have demonstrated that the feeding programme and diet fed to broiler breeders can impact the immune system of the progeny.

DSM Vitamin News
Optimal Weight Loss Profile During Incubation
Marleen Boerjan of Pas Reform explains how to achieve the correct weight loss for optimum hatchability by controlling relative humidity during incubation.

Vectormune HVT NDV
Andersons 2012 Poultry Outlook
The Andersons 2012 outlook studies the consequences of the past year on the poultry industry in the UK and identifies the key issues that await us in 2012.

Cobb 700 - The new standard in high yield
Cooperative Model for Success in Canada
In a country where the pattern of poultry production contrasts with the high level of integration in neighbouring United States, La Coop fédérée is showing how a cooperative approach can provide an alternative route to success, according to an article in the latest issue of Cobb Focus.

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Frequency and Persistence of Faecal Shedding Following Exposure of Laying Hens to Different Oral Doses of Salmonella enteritidis
Oral exposure dose significantly influenced both the frequency and duration of S. enteritidis shedding into the environment via the droppings by infected laying hens, according to USDA ARS researchers in Athens, Georgia.

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What Next for the UK Poultry Industry?
If the industry is to keep its competitive power in the consolidating EU market, it will need to improve efficiency, according to a new report from Rabobank.

Scandinavian Producers Share Insights at Aviagen Customer Event
SCOTLAND, UK - A group of Aviagen SweChick customers enjoyed a customer meeting at the home of the Ross brand as part of an initiative to develop a mutually beneficial customer network in Scandinavia.
Corporación PIPASA Building Success in Costa Rica
COSTA RICA - 'Exceptional and exemplary performance' — that's the description Cobb gave to Corporación PIPASA of Costa Rica in ranking the company top within its Mexican, Central America and Caribbean market and ninth country in the world on breeder results.
MSD/Merck Animal Health Headquarter in New Jersey
US - MSD Animal Health, known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada, yesterday announced that it intends to centralize certain functions at the existing Merck Campus in Summit, New Jersey, USA.
ThePoultrySite Launches New iPhone App at IPE
US – At the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, ThePoultrySite launched its new redesigned web site, as well as its new application for the iPhone, writes Chris Wright, senior editor of ThePoultrySite.
Ceva Organizes Gumboro Symposium in Budapest
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - The city was selected to host the symposium as recognition of the huge contribution made by Hungarian scientists such as József Marek, Aladar Aujeszky and Domokos Derzsy to veterinary biological research and development. These scientists were all members of the Phylaxia Research Institute, the origins of Ceva's current European biotech campus, which is celebrating its 100 year anniversary.
First Product Candidate Moving Toward Commercialization
US - Novus International Inc., a leading manufacturer of animal and human nutrition and health products and Verenium Corporation, a leading industrial biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of high-performance enzymes, has announced the selection of a next-generation phytase as the first enzyme candidate from the two companies' strategic collaboration to advance toward commercialization.
Novogen Enters Market with Tom Barron Ltd
UK & IRELAND - Novogen and Tom Barron Limited are very proud to announce that they have entered into an agreement to distribute the NOVOgen Brown and NOVOgen White layers into the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.


BIRD FLU: HPAI in SA Ostriches; Australia Culls 24,000 Ducks; Dead Birds Test Positive in HK; Second Victim Claimed in Viet Nam; Bird Flu No Longer Suspected in Sri Lanka; Bangladesh Destroys Birds, Eggs
North America: Where's the Snow?

   Hong Kong

Goose Carcase in Sham Tseng Positive for H5N1

   United States

IPE Conference Addresses Poultry Industry Concerns
Over 20,500 Attendees and 895 Exhibitors at the 2012 IPE and IFE
Jennie-O Turkey Store Faces Fines over Safety
Jim Sumner Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Building a Culture of Sustainability
New US Poultry & Egg Association Chairman
NFU Will Not Support Legislative Changes to COOL
AFBF Files for Judgment in Chesapeake Bay Case
Consumers Support National Legislation Sought by Egg Farmers
Symposium Focuses on Quality in Rendered Products
CME: Is Drought Still a Problem?
Proposed Amendment to Acquisition Regulations Opposed

   Russian Federation

Russia to Reduce Meat Imports in 2012
Cherkizovo Launches New Natural Poultry Product Line
Cherkizovo Pork, Poultry Sales Volume Up in 2011
Russia Suspends Feed Additive Shipment from China

   United Kingdom

Farm Income Forecasts a Mixed Bag
Bag £1,000 with ABN Innovation Award
New Deli Fillers from the Happy Egg Co
Govt Looks to Increase Food Exports
How to Make Better Vaccines for Humans & Animals
Last Two Members Join Animal Health & Welfare Board
NFU & DEFRA Meet to Discuss Organic Feed Regulations


Philippine's Agriculture Sector Grew by 2.34% in 2011


More Cases of Bird Flu in Humans


Pathways to Agriculture
OIE: LPAI Outbreak in Australia
Newcastle Disease Breaks Out in Melbourne
Egg Industry Worried About Oversupply Problems
Avian Influenza on Victorian Duck Farm Not a Risk to Humans

   European Union

EFSA Guidance for Food & Feed from GM Animals
Guidelines for Risk Assessment of Animal Welfare
Salmonella Cases Reduced by Almost One-half
Why Should Spain Call for Moratorium on Layer Rules?


Kerala Keeps Vigil Against Poultry Diseases
OIE: Further HPAI Outbreak in Tripura


Eggs and Chicken Prices Up 50% in 10 Months


Canadian Poultry Producers Optimism at All Time High


Jamaica Broilers Buys 1,700 Acres for Future Plans

   New Zealand

Poultry Scores Well in Dietary Guidelines

   United Arab Emirates

UAE Sets Rules on Poultry and Meat Imports

   South Africa

Manipulation of Statistics Noted in Chicken Antidumping Case
HPAI Reported in Commercial Ostriches
Chicken Dumping Probe Now at Preliminary Stage


Cargill Begins Construction of Poultry Plant


Spanish Farmers Call for Time to Convert Farms


Fine Protested for Unlabelled, Substandard Eggs


Bangladesh Destroys Birds & Eggs After Flu Detection

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