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The Poultry Site

Thursday 9th February 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor








Editorial – US Maize Harvest Forecast to Calm the Market

The US needs a high corn harvest in 2012 to be able to compete in global markets, said the CattleFax team at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Convention held last week in Nashville, Tennessee. US projected plantings look positive, with 2012 estimated plantings expected at 94 million acres – two million more than last year. If these plantings are harvested successfully, it is likely that US stocks-to-use levels could climb higher, which would help to stabilise the market.

Outlook prices for corn are resisting $6.50 to $6.75 a bushel, and looking likely to be around $5.50 to $5.75 a bushel.

Mexico's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGARPA) has identified the cause of death of 600 head of cattle in Actopan, in the central-eastern region of the country, as high levels of urea in the feed, reports one source.

The urea was thought to come from poorly processed poultry litter, which is an acceptable feed ingredient for ruminants when properly processed, and is reported to have been included in the feed blamed for the deaths.

Whilst not wishing to cast doubt on the official findings, there is another possible explanation which has not yet been ruled out, according to the reports received.

Botulism is a potentially fatal disease of cattle, caused by toxins produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. It has been associated with the consumption of poultry litter, which has either not been properly processed or where the cattle or sheep have grazed pasture on which untreated litter had previously been spread.

A new report published by the European Commission (EC) recently reveals that more than 9,000 tonnes of food were irradiated in the European Union in 2010.

The process was used in 11 member states for a whole range of foods, which included poultry and egg products. The quantities treated are very small compared to the total volume of food produced in the EU and there are strict controls on its use.

In total across all 11 countries, 9,263 tonnes of food was irradiated in 2010, 48 per cent of which by volume was frogs’ legs and a little over 2,000t was poultry and 160t of egg white/powder.

Of the total, 63 per cent was irradiated in Belgium, 17 per cent in the Netherlands and 11 per cent in France – the only three countries that irradiated any poultry.

Drew Lerner, president and senior agricultural meteorologist of World Weather, recently presented global weather expectations for 2012 to US grain farmers and livestock producers at the Allendale Ag Leaders Outlook Conference held in the US.

Turning to bird flu news, there have been reports of large culls in Nepal, Viet Nam and the Indian states of Tripura and Orissa in the last week or so as a result of the H5N1 highly pathogenic form of the disease.

Jackie Linden



Update on Incubation
The latest knowledge on incubation conditions and management were presented at a special symposium held in conjunction with the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Jackie Linden, senior editor of ThePoultrySite, reports.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS – Record Egg Output but Growth Slows in Asia
Economic pressures on producers' margins and in some instances, disease outbreaks, have markedly cut the rate of expansion in global egg production since 2009, according to seasoned industry watcher, Terry Evans.

Improving Egg Safety through Genetics: Eggshell Quality
A combination of approaches have increased our understanding of the genetics and physiology of the formation of the eggshell, according to the final scientific report from the EU group, Sustainable Animal Breeding (SABRE) subtitled 'Cutting Edge Genomics for Sustainable Animal Breeding'.

Evaluation of Canola Meal from Biodiesel Production as a Feed Ingredient for Broilers
Researchers based in China report that 25 per cent canola meal from biodiesel production could be incorporated into broiler diets on a digestible amino acid basis without negative effects on performance.

Namibian Project Aiming for Poultry Self-Sufficiency
A multi-million dollar project now under construction by Namib Poultry Industries is aimed at making the whole Namibian market self-sufficient, according to the latest issue of Cobb Focus.

Use of a Protease in Feed Offers Promising Environmental Benefits
Significant benefits were obtained for all the environmental impacts measured by researchers based in Denmark and Switzerland, particularly when the enzyme product was used as a tool to allow for lower diet protein content.

ISU Animal Industry Report 2012
A list of the reports from the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University published in its 2012 Animal Industry Report.

ARS Provides Nutrient Data for the New Year
Data on the nutrient content of beef and pork from the USDA ARS to support food producers and retailers, now that nutrition information is now required on meat and poultry product labels in the US.

Encoding Expert Knowledge for Food Processing Technologies
People are versatile and can learn to function expertly in many different capacities, writes Dr Ai-Ping Hu from the Georgia Tech Research Institute.


Appointment for Latest Cobb Research Complex
US - In a move strengthening the Cobb research and development team Dr Frank Siewerdt has been appointed pedigree geneticist for the new Dry Creek farm complex in Deer Lodge, Tennessee, USA.
Orka Instrument Measures Eggshell Strength
US - The Egg Force Reader from ORKA measures the force required to crush a shell and is a direct measure of marketability.
ISA Chooses Smartpro for New (Grand) Parentstock Hatchery
NETHERLANDS - Institut de Sélection Animale (ISA) has confirmed that Pas Reform will equip its brand new (Grand) Parent Stock hatchery in the Netherlands with the latest generation SmartPro incubation technologies, to produce Grandparent (GPS) and Parentstock (PS) for the egg industry worldwide.
Sustainable Disinfection a Breakthrough for Hatcheries
NETHERLANDS - Following news of Pas Reform's agreement to supply Watter Nontox sustainable disinfection to hatcheries worldwide, Dutch hatchery Probroed & Sloot has put Nontox to the test, with compelling results.
SITES Certifies Novus International Campus
US - The global headquarters campus of Novus International, Inc. is one of the first pilot projects to be certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) for its sustainable site design, construction and maintenance. The Novus campus, lead by landscape architects SWT Design, was awarded a 3-star rating by SITES, making it the highest rated landscape project in the world.
Meriden Attends 40th BHW Show of the Year
UK - Meriden Animal Health recently attended the 40th British Homing World Show of the Year at Blackpool. Meriden was there to promote its 100% natural supplement, Orego-Stim Pigeon liquid.
Indbro Traces Development of Indian Broiler Industry
INDIA - There was almost no broiler industry in the country before 1970; Indbro offers an overview of its rapid development over the last four decades.
Improving Feed Efficiency & Reducing Salmonella Transmission
TURKEY - New research, unveiled by Danisco Animal Nutrition, has demonstrated the effects of using a combination of xylanase and essential oil compounds on improving economic performance and reducing Salmonella transmission in broilers.
Easy Treatment Solution for Red Mites
UK - Signs of red mite can include bird restlessness, pale combs, loss of feathers and blood spots on eggs, according to PCS. With a risk of egg production being affected, there would undoubtedly be an economic loss.


   General

BIRD FLU: Bird Flu Scare in Nepal; Three HPAI Outbreaks in Viet Nam
Expert Presents 2012 Global Weather Outlook

   European Union

New Report Reveals Use of Irradiation in EU Foods
Views Sought on How EU Can Produce More Sustainably
Nanotechnology Brings in a Way to Poultry Health and Hygiene

   United Kingdom

RSPCA Celebrates Non-cage Eggs for First Time
Experts Investigate 'Green' Eggs
Livestock 2012 Stand Space Schedule Launched
Scottish Poultry Processors Save on Water Use
Bill for Grocery Adjudicator Needed Urgently
Stepping Up Pressure for Practice in Rural Rat Control
December 2011 Retail Animal Feed Production Down

   United States

A Zap of Cold Plasma Reduces Harmful Bacteria
Hormel Celebrates Growth of MegaMex Foods
Poultry Companies Invited to Apply for Safety Recognition
MSU Researcher Finds Link to H5N1 Bird Flu
American Humane Association Manufacturers Seal of Approval
Parental Exemption of Child Labour in Ag Rule
A Satellite to Feed the World?
Cattlefax: Hope for Strong 2012 Corn Harvest
Proposed Rule Would Reduce Limits of Synthetic Methionine
CME: Job Growth Has Returned
Corn Markets Remain Unsettled
Egg Processor Cracks Prop 2 All-Humane Certification
Tyson Shows Rise in Sales
CME: Forecasts Revised as Droughts Damage Crops
New Way to Map Drought and Water Use
CME: Egg Sets & Chicken Placements Down from 2011

   Brazil

Palfenier is Named New CEO of Seara

   Israel

Three Newcastle Disease Outbreaks in Hadarom
One Outbreak of Newcastle Disease in Hazafon

   Australia

Chicken Company's Plans Concerns Residents
Malnourished Chickens Seized from Victorian Farms
La Ionica Pays for Misleading Label
One–Third of Workforce Sacked at NSW Chicken Plant
'Free to Roam' Chicken Claims to be Tested in Court

   Mexico

Mexico Free of Newcastle Disease
Mexico Seeks Link Between Cattle Deaths & Poultry Litter
Cattle Deaths Attributed to Urea Poisoning
Bachoco Experiences Increases in Production Costs

   Hong Kong

Hong Kong Reports HPAI Cases in Wild Birds

   Viet Nam

HPAI Confirmed in Vietnamese Regions
HPAI Cases Reported in Soc Trang
Livestock Company Opens Feed Factory
Three HPAI Outbreaks in Two Regions

   Egypt

Poultry Farms Affected by Gas Cylinder Crisis

   Russian Federation

AgroFarm 2012: 270 Exhibitors from 23 Countries

   Tunisia

Tunisia Makes Progress on Feed Testing Laboratory

   India

New HPAI Outbreak in Orissa

   Nepal

Bird Flu Detected in Eastern Nepal

   Thailand

CPF Merges Subsidiaries

   Canada

Companies Join to Fight Campylobacter
Maple Leaf Foods to Close Poultry Plant

   New Zealand

Food Safety Regulation of Poultry Cuts Paralysis Levels

   United Arab Emirates

Dubai Bans Raw Eggs in Ready-to-Eat Products

   Japan

Broiler Meat Production Expected to Recover in 2012

   China

Farm Produce Prices Fall on Waning Demand
Bouncing Yolk Leads to Tests on Stores' Eggs


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