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Thursday 22nd March 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Sharp Rise in EU Egg Prices and Supplies are Tight

Livestock prices in the EU are up while feed prices are rising. EU feed wheat and corn prices are showing a slight upward trend, although they are still below last year‘s figures, according to the Agriview EU Market Prices for Representative Products report.

From January to February this year, feed wheat prices rose from €180.26 per tonne to €190.69. However, for the same months last year, the prices were €218.38 rising to a peak of €232.06.

Over the last year, the prices slid gradually to reach a low of €171.73 in November last year since when they have been on a gradual increase.

Feed corn prices slipped in August last year but have now started to show a small recovery. In February, they stood at €195.53 per tonne but this is compared to prices in the same month last year of nearly €230.

Feed oat, feed barley and malting barley prices are similar to last year at €188.60, €199.65 and €237.70, respectively.

In the poultry sector, poultry meat prices are coming back toward last year’s prices, having reached a high of €193.51 per 100kg in August last year. In January and February 2012, they were €184.27 and €185.27 compared to €176.44 and €179.33 for the same period a year ago.

Egg prices have soared in the latter half of 2011 and appear to be continuing to rise. Shell egg prices hit €150.72 per 100kg in February, having risen from €137.49 in January. The prices in January and February 2011 were €105.93 and €111.37.

The higher prices for the livestock and poultry sector can largely be attributed to high feed prices over the last year although the rapid rise in egg prices could also be the result of the changes to the regulations and the ban on battery cages and the insistence on enriched cages for laying hens, reducing the amount of product on the market. The change in regulations has also been seen by the EU Commission poultry forecasting group as a major reason for rising egg prices.

The EU is also predicting a drop in consumption, which is also likely to have a knock–on effect on egg prices. Germany, France and Hungary are predicting an increase this year, but the big egg producers in Spain, the UK, Italy and the Netherlands are forecasting decreases.

With most feed prices now under those of last year, there could be repercussions for the livestock and poultry sectors stabilising prices, but this could take some time to come through.

A shortage of eggs in Europe is causing major problems for the food industry. European Union rules to improve the conditions of battery hens are being blamed for record egg prices in some member states, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia. That has led to ‘alarming shortages’ of eggs and egg-based products.

One in every four UK broilers is now reared in an ‘alternative’ system. Indoor assured (‘standard‘) production now accounts for 72 per cent of the UK broiler market. Higher welfare systems now have an 18 per cent share of that market, free–range, eight per cent and organic production, two per cent.

Poultry CRC in Australia is seeking to produce an effective vaccine against necrotic enteritis from a number of possible vaccine formulations. If successful, this work will bring to fruition earlier CRC research into the causes of the disease, and the nature of its causative agent, the bacterium, Clostridium perfringens.

Australian researchers are also working on developing allergy-free eggs to eat and be used in vaccines.

In bird flu news in the last week, there has been an outbreak of subclinical low-pathogenic H5N2 bird flu in the south of the Netherlands, which led to the slaughter of the whole 44,500–bird turkey flock. There have also been outbreaks of both the high– and low–pathogenic forms of the disease in Taiwan and H5N1 flu has been reported on farms in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Jackie Linden

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS – Population to Top One Billion in the Americas
With an annual growth rate of a little below one per cent a year, the human population of the Americas will top one billion in 2017, representing 13.5 per cent of the world total, writes Terry Evans as he examines the trends in the human population and per–capita egg consumption in the Americas.

New Layer Genetics Company Matures with Ambitions
Just a few years after entering the layer genetics market, Novogen says it has already come of age and is looking to the future, writes senior editor, Jackie Linden.

Energy Requirement for Maintenance and Egg Production for Broiler Breeder Hens
A multinational group of researchers has used a new technique to estimate the metabolisable energy (ME) requirement of breeders for maintenance, bodyweight gain and egg mass and their respective energy efficiencies.

High–Pressure Inactivation of Escherichia coli, Campylobacter jejuni and Spoilage Microbiota on Poultry Meat
The preservation of fresh chicken requires a combination of high pressure with high temperature (40 to 60°C) or other antimicrobial measures, according to new research from Canada.

Relevance of Turning
Broody hens provide optimum conditions for embryos developing in the eggs they are sitting on, writes Pas Reform's Gerd de Lange.

Shielding Layers from Infectious Bronchitis
The fight against infectious bronchitis (IB) in poultry, particularly in layers and breeders, has been nothing short of a team effort, according to Frédéric David, DVM, in the Journal of Poultry Respiratory Protection from Merck Animal Health, US.

New Paramyxovirus in Pigeons
A strain of Avian Paramyxovirus not previously found in Australia has been confirmed as causing deaths in a number of hobby pigeon flocks in Victoria. The reported mortality rates in adult birds are between 50 and 100 per cent, according to the New South Wales (NSW) Department for Primary Industries.

Hy-Line Appoints New Sales and Marketing Manager
US - Hy-Line International announces the appointment of Heather Hooper as Sales and Marketing Manager.
Pfizer Invests in Future of Veterinarians
US - For the third consecutive year, Pfizer Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) continue their ongoing commitment to invest in the future of the veterinary profession, announcing the recipients of this year’s student scholarship programme.
David Harris Joins Foodmate US as Service Technician
US - Foodmate US has announced the addition of David Harris to its team of service technicians.
Ceva Takes Commercial Licence for Viral Vaccine Production
FRANCE & GERMANY - Ceva Santé Animale (Ceva) and ProBioGen announced the signature of a multi-product licence agreement for the use of ProBioGen's AGE1.CR® avian cell line in the industrial production of viral animal vaccines.
ORKA Develops New Eggshell Thickness Gauge Stand
US - EggTester.Com (better known as “ORKA Food Technology”) has developed new Eggshell Thickness Gauge (ESTG) Stand. The new stand is extremely easy to use, provides faster and more accurate reading, and there is no need for training!
Meriden to Exhibit at Ildex Viet Nam
VIET NAM - Meriden Animal Health Limited will be exhibiting at Ildex Viet Nam from 22 to 24 March 2012.
AB Vista Supports Turkey Conference
UK - AB Vista, the leading global supplier of new generation micro-ingredients for the animal feed industry is delighted to support The Turkey Science and Production Conference (TSP 2012), the sixth in a successful series of Technical Turkey conferences. AB Vista will also be sharing its expertise in the field of poultry nutrition – with a presentation by Research Director, Mike Bedford.
Vencomatic Introduces High Capacity Vencobelt
GLOBAL - Poultry equipment supplier Vencomatic announced the release of their new version of the Vencobelt, conveyor belt for eggs.
Pfizer Strenghtens Ties to American Humane Association
US - As part of its ongoing philanthropic support of strategic animal health initiatives, Pfizer Animal Health contributed a total of $20,000 to the American Humane Association (AHA) and the National Future Farmers of America Foundation.
Patio Hot Topic at Poultry Seminars
GLOBAL - The Vencomatic Patio system for broilers has been a hot topic at several poultry seminars over the world.
MSD Symposium Draws 400 Eastern European Vets
HUNGARY - More than 400 veterinarians from Eastern Europe learned about the latest innovations and products from MSD Animal Health at the company’s recent scientific symposium in Budapest, Hungary.


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Russian Poultry Meat Output Set to Rise 7 Per Cent
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   European Union

Poultry Feed Production Up Slightly
EU Egg Industry at Risk from Imports
Ag & Fisheries Council to Discuss Reforms
European Food Industry Hit by Egg Shortage
Livestock Prices Up While Feed Prices Rising
Hormone, Antibiotic Residues in Animals Stabilised


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Nutreco Completes Hendrix Divestment
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   United Kingdom

One in Four UK Broilers from Alternative Systems
VION Axed as Sainsbury Poultry Supplier
Lobbying Prompts New Online Meds Scheme
Oaklands Farm Eggs Hatch Plan to Expand with Move to HSBC


Taiwan Reports LPAI in Layers
HPAI Kills More Layers in Taiwan


Tripura Reports Another HPAI Outbreak
HSI Encouraged by AWBI Steps to Minimise Animal Suffering
Karnal Poultry Farms Adding to City's Economy
Mysterious Fever Kills Over 1000 Chickens in Bihar

   Hong Kong

HK's House Crow Tested Positive for Bird Flu Virus


Agrifirm & Doux Take over Poultry Feed Plant


Streamlining of Poultry Industry Advocated

   United States

National Breeders Roundtable to Focus on Genetic Trends & Developments
US Poultry & Egg Industry Supports US-Korea FTA
Corn Yield Prospects Impact Prices
Normal Trading with Russia Significant for US Agriculture
Increased Resources for National Poultry Improvement Plan Requested
NCC Joins in Support of Increased Funding for Ag and Food Research
Coalition Calls for Comprehensive US-EU FTA
Trade Relations with Russia will Boost to the US: NCC Op Ed


Egg Producers Not Seeing Benefit of Rising Prices


Avian Influenza Identified in Dutch Turkeys
Dutch Bird Flu Outbreak Caused by H5N2 Virus


Firm Admits to Selling Dead Ducks
Farm Produce Prices Rise on Reduced Supplies
Half of Cooked Meats Tested Substandard
Charting a New Course for Animal Nutrition & Safety
Broiler Meat Consumption Revised Downward
Carrefour Store Closed After TV Report


Bangladesh Reports HPAI Outbreaks Across Various Regions


Nepal Capital Faces Peril of Bird Flu


Iraq Normalises Poultry Imports


Canada Looks to Strengthen Poultry Traceability

   Czech Republic

Czech Liquor Producer in Low Spirits over Egg Supplies


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