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Thursday 31st May 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Several of the poultry companies best known internationally have been in the news in the last week, for different reasons – mostly positive, some negative.

From the Russian Federation last week came the news that Cherkizovo Group had reported a 26 per cent increase in gross margins in the first quarter of 2012 compared to 21 per cent in the first quarter of 2011.

Dutch-based food producer, VION Food Group, achieved a seven per cent increase in total turnover to €9.5 billion in 2011 but there was heavy pressure on its results.

In the last month, Pilgrim’s Pride of the US has reported its results for the first quarter of this fiscal year. Net income was $39.6 million for the period, which compares to a loss of $119.9 million in the same quarter of the previous year.

Chief Executive Officer, Bill Lovette, commented at the time: “We are encouraged to see the benefits of our strategy and the improvement in our operations over the past year reflected in the best results we have had in the first calendar quarter since 2005.”

Sanderson Farms, Inc. of the US has reported net sales for the second quarter of the 2012 financial year of $595.0 million compared with $479.3 million for the same period a year ago.

Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer said: “The results for our second quarter of fiscal 2012 reflect improved market conditions driven primarily by a decrease in the supply of poultry products. Our net sales were 24.1 per cent higher than during the second quarter of fiscal 2011, reflecting increased production and higher average sales prices of chicken.”

Less positive news is coming out of France. According to reports there, poultry processing giant, Doux, could go into receivership as soon as 1 June because of mounting debts. The company recently handed over the operations of its Brazilian poultry processing arm, Frangosul, to JBS. For unspecified reasons, CEO Guy Odri, who has been in charge of the company since 2003, was suspended last week, along with the Company’s general secretary, Herrick Pinguet.

And finally, turning to bird flu news, scientists in Singapore have developed a H5N1 bird flu test kit that can rapidly detect all existing strains of the H5N1 viruses in a single test with almost 100 per cent accuracy, within a few hours. A 10-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, the country’s third fatality from the disease this year.

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SERS: High-Tech Tactic May Newly Expose Stealthy Salmonella
USDA ARS researcher, Dr Bosoon Park, and his team have been evaluating the strengths and shortcomings of ‘surface–enhanced Raman scattering’ (SERS) for Salmonella testing compared to common analytical methods and several newer ones as well, with the view to gaining better control over the world’s worst foodborne pathogens.

Deoxynivalenol as a Contaminant of Broiler Feed
The performance and vaccine response of broilers were found by a multinational group of researchers to be modulated at concentrations of the mycotoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON), lower than previously thought to cause problems in these birds. In related work, scientists at the same institutes found evidence that the intestines of chickens may adapt to a chronic DON challenge with morphological and functional modifications.

GB Emerging Threats Report – Avian Diseases – January-March (Q1) 2012
Myocarditis associated with reovirus infection in UK turkey populations, sinusitis in free-living Northern English red grouse and listeriosis in backyard poultry are among the highlights of this latest report from the AHVLA.

UK Farm Sector Worth £5.69 billion
Total Income from farming is estimated to have risen by 25 per cent in real terms over the last year after adjusting for inflation, to £5.69 billion, according to Defra's Agriculture in the United Kingdom 2011 report.

Optimising Poultry Production from Egg to Chicken
Advice on setting quantifiable criteria for each stage of incubation are offered by Marleen Boerjan of Pas Reform.

Test Results Show Growing Prevalence of IB 793B (4/91) 4 over Five Years
A five–year summary of test results by a diagnostic laboratory in Europe shows that infectious bronchitis (IB) virus is clearly the most prevalent respiratory disease among poultry, reported Brice Robineau, DVM, of Finalab, which specialises in veterinary biological analysis in the Journal of Poultry Respiratory Protection from Merck Animal Health, US.

Managing a Healthy Gut Using Acid–Based Products
A combination of organic acids, cinnamaldehyde and a permeabilising substance effectively combats pathogenic bacteria, according to Biomin.

Aviagen France Celebrates First Anniversary
FRANCE - It is one year since the formation of Aviagen France and to mark the occasion the company held a meeting with over 120 attendees from across the industry. The event focused on the achievements made already and set out Aviagen’s strategy in France for the coming years. Now Available in Slovak
SLOVAKIA - Biomin has now launched a Slovak version of the corporate web site,
Aviagen Develops New Technique to Improve Hatch after Longer Egg Storage
GLOBAL - Aviagen’s specialist hatchery team supports customers to get better results from their hatcheries. Part of the team’s remit is to investigate and evaluate better ways of handling, storing and incubating eggs.
LTP – Light Control Units
ITALY - If light control and management is important to your production, then the performance of the Pericoli LTP (Light Trap) units are worthy of a closer look.
Halamid Stamps Out Campylobacter
GLOBAL - Bacteria and viruses that may cause poultry diseases are not only a direct concern in view of animal welfare and maximizing broiler production. Campylobacter, Salmonella and Listeria - often present in poultry meat – also directly affect consumer safety and cause millions of incidents of human diseases annually.
Hubbard Sponsors Awards Ceremony in Panama
PANAMA – During the XXII Central American and Caribbean Poultry Congress held in Panama at the end of May, Hubbard sponsored an awards ceremony that recognized the top poultry professionals in the region.
André van Rij Joins Petersime as Area Sales Manager
GLOBAL - On 1 May, André van Rij (43) joined the Petersime sales team as the new Area Sales Manager for The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and some Asian countries, including PR China.
Dual Role for Honduras Research Project
HONDURAS - A new experimental farm at the Zamorano School in Honduras – partly funded through a grant from Cobb-Vantress, Inc - has been officially opened, both strengthening research on broiler chickens and assisting student learning.
India River Sri Lanka Seminar Sets New Records
SRI LANKA - A record-breaking 100 plus customers recently attended a 2-day seminar organised by long-standing Sri Lankan Indian River (IR) distributor, Ceylon Grain Elevator (CGE). The first day concentrated on PS management, whereas the second day focused on broilers.
'Red Dot' Award for Design Quality
GERMANY - Pas Reform’s SmartPro™ incubator has been awarded a prestigious international ‘red dot award’ for high design quality. Renews Website!
US - ORKA Food Technology - better known as “EggTester.Com” - has updated its website.

   United States

Egg Farmers Launch New Website to Support Legislation
Egg Farmers Welcome New Animal Welfare Legislation
Animal Protection Organisations Oppose Egg Bill
New Technique Used to Discover New Viruses in Poultry
Poultry Litter Incineration Not Feasible or Sustainable
Industry Releases Video for Consumers on Poultry Production
CME: Total Meat, Poultry Output Down from Last Year
Egg Standards Bill Introduced in Senate
Treating Poultry Diseases without Antibiotics
Season for Determining Corn Yields is Underway
Improved Market Conditions for Sanderson in Q2 of Fiscal 2012
USDA Poultry Plan Violates Federal Law, Union Contends
Support for Poultry Inspection Rule Changes


International Animal Welfare Systems Adopted
A New Way to Measure Equivalency
BIRD FLU: Singapore Scientists Develop Bird Flu Test Kit; Bird Flu Kills Cambodian Girl
Overview of This Week's Poultry Industry News


Poultry CRC Wins CRCA Collaboration & Innovation Award!
Biosecurity Laws Put NSW on Front Foot
Competition Watchdog Asks for Egg Comment
Aussie Experts Take up OIE Positions


Tunisian Feed Production Leaps Forward

   New Zealand

New Livestock Tax Rules in Budget 2012


Pressure on VION's Profits in 2011


Foodborne Pathogens Revealed in Malaysian Duck Survey

   European Union

Promoting Farmers, Co-ops in the Food Chain
Scottish and Irish Unions Unite in CAP Budget Call

   United Kingdom

£38M Investment to Protect UK Livestock
New Insights into Campylobacter Food Poisoning Bug
Lords Scrutinise Food Security, Highlight Biofuels
NFU & NPA Provide Guidance Document on Pig, Poultry Permits
NFU Urges Consumers to Buy British Eggs
Advice on Controlling Salmonella in Laying Flocks
PIG & POULTRY FAIR: Reducing Antimicrobial Usage in Poultry
Salmonella National Control Programmes in Poultry


Strong Growth in Chile’s Pork, Poultry Meat Output


Sizzling Heat Cools Rate of Chicken & Eggs


WPC 2012: Economy & Marketing Tendencies for World Aviculture
Brazil Feed Forecast Up 2.8 Per Cent in 2012


Electricity Tax Hike to Push up Jamaica’s Chicken Price


Poultry Price Shoots Up in Chittagong

   Korea, South

Chicken Prices Soar as Summer Starts
Labeling for Pork & Chicken to Start Soon


Animal Health Act to Improve Disease Control


French Poultry Processor Faces Administration


China Farm Produce Prices Drop Again


Poultry Feed Prices Likely to Remain Static
Price of Broiler Chicken Shoots Up


Chicken Demand Bullish in Japanese Households


Newcastle Disease Reported in Piemonte

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