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Thursday 1st March 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor








Editorial – EU Welfare Strategy Debated in Brussels

In Brussels this week, delegates to a conference have been examining the new EU animal welfare strategy, which has the aims of enhanced consumer empowerment and strengthening the enforcement of existing rules in an integrated approach to animal welfare.

Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner, John Dalli, said: “Ethical issues surrounding animal welfare are becoming an integral part of food quality. Consumers are increasingly factoring in welfare considerations into their purchases. Giving consumers access to the right information so that they can make informed choices will help drive our animal welfare policies forward. Informed consumers are empowered consumers. Dedicating resources to education and training as well as strengthening enforcement will deliver both in economic and in welfare terms.”

Secretary-General of the farmers association Copa-Cogeca, Pekka Pesonen, stressed: ‘We believe opportunities exist for a more market–orientated animal welfare. But it is essential for farmers to be able to recover their additional costs from the market. This requires consumers being aware of their responsibilities and being willing to pay for additional welfare measures. EU farmers knowledge and efforts to ensure a high level of animal welfare must be recognized. More objective and effective communication is need to promote the EU model of agriculture.”

Per Olsen, Chairman of the EU animal health and welfare working party, underlined the need for coherent EU policies that enable farms and businesses to remain economically viable whilst responding effectively to consumers' needs and wishes together with the new challenges such as growing demand for food, limited natural resources, the effects of climate change, the emergence and spread of new diseases and free market competition across EU Member States and non-EU countries. Copa-Cogeca calls on the EU Commission to develop the new strategy on animal welfare in a broader and more coherent EU policy framework which includes environmental, climate change, competition and trade policies.

Reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy could be in for a bumpy ride when they come before the European Parliament. At the recent conference of the National Farmers Union in the UK, the reforms that have been proposed by the European Commission were severely questioned by the farmer representatives.

In the UK, it is reported that more than 5,000 people have pledged to support the fight to keep eggs and egg products produced from illegal battery cages out of the UK.

Poultry welfare has also been in the news in the US, where a large catering company has announced the roll–out of what has been described as the food service industry’s most comprehensive farm animal welfare policy to date. Bon Appétit Management Company, which operates more than 400 cafés for corporations, universities, museums and specialty venues in 31 states is to switch all of its pre-cracked (liquid) eggs – currently 11 million eggs annually – from hens confined in battery cages to those from cage-free farms, and it has eliminated foie gras from its menus.

Also in the US, 27 groups representing a wide spectrum of public interests have signed up to a statement opposing proposed "ag-gag" legislation that is being considered in several states. The groups believe that the bills seek to criminalise investigations that reveal animal abuse and could suppress critical information about the production of animal products on agricultural facilities.

Turning to bird flu news, experts at a recent WHO meeting agreed to extend a moratorium on research into modified H5N1 flu strains, whilst expressing their support of work on naturally occurring strains. The decision follows recent controversy in the scientific world over the potential risks of publishing information that could be misused by bioterrorists. Since the start of February, thousands of poultry have died or been culled as the result of H5N1 flu in Viet Nam, and outbreaks have also occurred this year in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma and Bhutan and in ostriches in South Africa. Several H5N1–positive wild birds have been found dead in Hong Kong.


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A Review of the Uses of Poultry Eggshells and Shell Membranes
Eggshells and eggshell membranes have a wide range of uses from nutritional supplements to fertilisers, according to a new review from Kenya.

Effects of Sequential Feeding on Nitrogen Excretion, Productivity and Meat Quality of Broilers
Sequential feeding of nitrogen – by feeding a low-protein diet – impacted environmental and welfare measures but had negative effects on feed efficiency and some meat traits, according to new research from Italy.

Poultry as a Host for the Zoonotic Pathogen, Campylobacter jejuni
According to researchers in Belgium, the number of human campylobacteriosis cases associated with chickens remains high because, although it is known that chickens are the number one risk factor for disease in humans, there are no effective strategies to reduce Campylobacter prevalence in flocks.

Impacts of Salmonella Enteritidis Infection on Liver Transcriptome in Broilers
The pathways revealed in their study help to determine the systemic effects of Salmonella infection, which may lead to genome-directed methods of disease control in poultry, write Derrick Coble, Erin Sandford, Tieming Ji and Professor Susan J. Lamont, in Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2012.

Necrotic Enteritis – Can You Tackle this Disease with Probiotics?
A multispecies probiotic reduces necrotic enteritis, according to Michaela Mohnl of Biomin.

The Effects of Setting Eggs Small End Up
Eggs are incubated in setter trays for most of the incubation period, writes Marleen Boerjan.


Aviagen Sets up Club to Celebrate Outstanding Broiler Performance
EU - In order to recognise farmers who achieve exceptional broiler performance, Aviagen has recently established the Ross 400 Club.
George’s Wins Cobb500 US Breeder Award for Second Year
US - For the second year running George’s, Inc has won the award for the best Cobb500 breeder performance in the US for its Springdale complex in Arkansas.
Peco Batesville Complex Wins Cobb700 US Breeder Award
US - The award for the best Cobb700 breeder performance in the US went to Peco Food’s Batesville complex in Arkansas.
MSD Animal Health Updates Safe Use of Poultry Vaccines Guide
GLOBAL - MSD Animal Health has updated its safety guide for the use of inactivated poultry vaccines. The wallet-sized guide has become popular with poultry managers seeking to remind staff of the potential dangers from accidentally self-injecting and the immediate steps which should be taken in the event that this unintentionally occurs.
New Broiler House Attracts Visitors
GERMANY - With a successful open day Tobias Winnige recently inaugurated his ultra-modern poultry house project for poultry growing in Letschin (Brandenburg).
Petersime Focuses on North Africa
ALGERIA, MOROCCO & TUNISIA - North Africa represents an important market for Petersime. We have been able to become the market leader in the French speaking part of this sales area thanks to our distributor Société Cidape.
DSM Publishes Vitamin Supplementation Guidelines
GLOBAL - DSM Nutritional Products is pleased to announce the publication of the 12th edition of its Vitamin Supplementation Guidelines. This work has been the feed industry’s key reference tool on Optimum Vitamin Nutrition (OVN) levels since the appearance of the first edition in 1958.
Texas and Cornell University Join Forces with Pfizer
US - Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have announced a groundbreaking partnership with Pfizer Animal Health. This unique partnership between academia and industry will deliver the Universities’ expertise in medicine and teaching, supported by Pfizer Animal Health’s information delivery and customer service know-how.
Pfizer Expands UK, Ireland Poultry Team
UK & IRELAND - Tony Grainger has been appointed manager for the Pfizer range of in-feed products for the poultry industry in the UK and Ireland.
LIMA Serving the Industry with New Separators in 2011
FRANCE - After a busy 2010 with IFFA and the sale of the 1000th separator produced by LIMA in Quimper, The 4th agents sales meeting took place in 2011 with the gathering in Quimper of more than 50 distributors from the 5 continents.
Danisco's New Poultry & Ruminant Key Account Managers
US - Danisco Animal Nutrition has announced the appointment of two new US-based key account managers.
Pericoli Introduces New PERIcool 1545/7 Pad
GLOBAL - Since 2002 Pericoli have been producing their superior line of PERIcool pads with great success due to unique Alpine location combined with their propriety production methods and materials accompanied by unflinching quality management.


   Global

BIRD FLU: Second Bird Flu Scare in HK in Days; Myanmar Reports HPAI
Bill Gates Donates $51 Million to Combat Disease
Canada and US Strengthen Ag Trade Relationship
Sustainable Intensification to Meet Growing Demand
Consensus Reached over H5N1 Research at WHO Meeting
Update on Bird Flu
Scientific Proof of Resistance Pathogens Pathway
EW Nutrition GmbH Builds Greater Asia Pacific Presence

   India

Bangs Plans to Open Fried Chicken Outlets in 5 Years

   United Kingdom

Thousands Sign Legaleggs.com Pledge
New Sales Manager for UK Market at Farmer Automatic
Poultry Dealer Fined for Poor Welfare
New Auditors for BEIC Lion scheme
Rural Economy Grant is Good News, Says NFU
January Poultry Meat Production Higher Than a Year Ago

   Australia

Mapping Out a Food Secure Future

   United States

Groundbreaking Commitment to Animal Welfare
Hormel Foods Earnings Down
Laws Seeking to Ban Farm Investigations Opposed
CME: Corn Prices for 2012/13 to be Almost 20% Lower
The "Ag-gag" Law - Is it Right?
USDA Outlook: Lower Feed Prices Improve Margins
Sanderson Reports Improved Results for Q1 of 2012
Chicken Prices Expected to Rise
Farmer to be Prosecuted after Abandoning Hens
Public Hearing on Planned Poultry Facility in Pennsylvania
CME: Bearish Corn Outlook for 2012/13
Cantrell Named Distributor for Murzan Pumping Systems

   Brazil

Brazilian Poultry Production Estimates Up in 2012
Marfrig Announces Changes in Business Structure
Cooperative Exports Grow 21 Per Cent

   Sri Lanka

Company Formed to Support Sri Lanka's Poultry Sector

   Bangladesh

Hike in Feed Prices Leads to Protests

   Ghana

Poultry Farmers Criticize Government

   South Africa

HPAI Outbreak Reported in Western Cape Province
AFGRI Becomes 3rd Supplier to KFC
Chicken Business Hatches Top Prize

   Kuwait

Salmonella in Imported Chicken

   Ukraine

Ukraine Meat and Dairy Production to Increase

   Mexico

Animal Products Increased 1.6% in 2011
Mexican Meat Exports in 2011 Increased by 41 per Cent

   France

What if Pigs Recombined Bird and Human Viruses?

   Viet Nam

More HPAI Discovered in Viet Nam

   Egypt

Egypt Buys More CGM and DDGS

   New Zealand

Tegel Recalls Frozen Pre-Cooked Chicken Range

   Canada

Govt Creates Opportunities for Use of Agricultural Biomass
Maple Leaf Sees Earnings Rise

   Israel

More Newcastle Disease Outbreaks in Israel

   European Union

EU Meat Consumption Falls Along with Production
CAP Reforms Face Bumpy Ride with EU Parliament
New Animal Welfare Strategy Driven Forward

   Nigeria

Foundation Donates Poultry Farms

   Russian Federation

Slump in Russian Broiler Imports to go into Reverse
Russia's ABH Miratorg's Operational Activity for 2011

   Tanzania

Livestock Department Clears Mkuranga Poultry Farm

   Netherlands

13th ISVEE Conference, 2012

   China

Third China White Broiler Industry Development Congress

   Myanmar

Myanmar Reports HPAI


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