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Thursday 30th August 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – World Water Week Focuses Attention on Priorities

This week is World Water Week, a time when governments, environmental organisations, industry and agriculture turn their attention to the importance of this vital resource.

It is ironic and apposite that it is taking place at a time when the US in particular is experiencing one of the worst droughts it can remember and when once again, parts of Eastern Europe have also been hit by drought - to say nothing of the common regions for water shortage in Africa.

Part of the aim of this focus week is to turn attention on the regions where populations do not have supplies of safe water to drink and water for sanitation.

In Europe, Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs said that water and sanitation is one of the four Millennium Development Goals being targeted with a cash injection of €266 million.

However, he added: "But water is not only vital for drinking and hygiene purposes, it is also key to agriculture. Worldwide, 70 per cent of water is used as irrigation water to grow food, for example, and in some developing countries, this figure increases to over 85 per cent. It's clear that access to water and food security are, therefore, closely interlinked."

Effects of a lack of water in essential growing areas is being felt by the entire globe. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), when releasing its most recent global food price index, also issued a stark warning over the potential that droughts and even untimely and excessive rainfall may have for a worldwide disaster .

"The severe deterioration of maize crop prospects in the United States following extensive drought damage pushed up maize prices by almost 23 per cent in July," the FAO said. "International wheat quotations also surged 19 per cent amid worsened production prospects in the Russian Federation and expectations of firm demand for wheat as feed because of tight maize supplies."

As an example of the effects of the drought on the poultry industry, Sanderson Farms Inc. has announced that it is cutting broiler production in the face of rising feed costs.

Chairman and chief executive officer, Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., commented: "While market prices for chicken remain higher than they were last year and have strengthened over the past few weeks, they are not high enough to offset what we now expect to be significantly higher input costs during the coming months.

"In light of these costs, beginning August 6, 2012, we reduced our egg sets by two per cent across all Company divisions to lessen the impact of the higher grain costs we are facing. This reduction was in addition to the four per cent reduction started January 1, 2012, and we will run our plants at six per cent below capacity until market conditions improve."

Consumer surveys are notoriously unreliable predictors of consumer behaviour but the latest, from the UK, indicates that consumers are willing to pay more for animal products from more welfare-friendly systems.

Research at the University of Reading suggests that people are willing to pay more for even a slight improvement in the well-being of the animals in their meals, appearing to favour cows and chickens over pigs.

Professor Richard Bennett, an agricultural economist who advises the UK government on animal welfare issues, is leading University's research assessing the extent to which people want to improve the welfare of farm animals.

"Our research shows that people are overwhelmingly concerned about the welfare of animals bred for meat, and would be willing to pay more each year for even a one-point increase on the happiness scale of the animals they eat," Professor Bennett said.

The study suggests that for just a one-point increase on the animal welfare 100-point scale, consumers are willing to pay £5.10 a year to improve the welfare of chickens.

At the recent World Poultry Congress, the control of bird flu was reviewed by one of the leading experts on this topic, Dr David Swayne. Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have tended to be more severe and prolonged in less developed countries with a high poultry density, he said, adding that stamping out is the best method for eradication but vaccination can also be an effective tool.

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How Cold Chain Shifts Influence Pork and Poultry Shelf-Life
A study by a group of German scientists has shown how higher temperature shifts severely change the potential shelf life for fresh pork and poultry meat products.

Brazil: Competitive Factors in Brazil Affecting US and Brazilian Agricultural Sales in Selected Third Country Markets
A new report from the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) describes and analyses competitive factors in Brazil affecting US and Brazilian sales of agricultural goods - including grains, soybeans and meats - in third-country markets.

Mass Depopulation of Laying Hens in Whole Barns with Liquid CO2
Using liquid carbon dioxide for mass depopulation of laying hens was more expensive than catching and transporting cull hens for slaughter but Canadian researchers found that welfare and other benefits give this method clear advantages over traditional slaughter techniques.

Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry Discussed at PSA Meeting
Papers presented at the Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting in July 2012 reviewed current understanding of Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination of poultry carcasses and compared Salmonella prevalence rates of raw chicken in different countries.

Nutritional Approach to the Use of Anticoccidial Vaccines in Broilers
Dietary glutamine supplementation was beneficial during the process of immunity acquisition, improving broiler performance significantly until 28 days and maintaining the body weight difference until 42 days of age, according to a new study by the University of Arkansas.

Hatcher Basket Hygiene for a Clean Start
The importance of good hygiene is explained and advice on proper cleaning and disinfection are offered by Gerd de Lange of Pas Reform.

Egg Analyzer Gains Strong Recognition
US - Instruments manufactured by ORKA Food Technology are gaining market share and strong recognition in the US market.
Swiss Distributor Gets AB Vista Set for New Sales Peak
SWITZERLAND - As part of an ongoing drive to expand its customer base and increase sales across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), AB Vista has appointed a new distributor for its products in Switzerland. From now on, Provet AG will be responsible for distributing all AB Vista feed enzyme products that are registered for sale in the EU.
International Poultry Expo Offers Spanish Web Site
US - The International Poultry Expo has created a Spanish version of its website. The website highlights relevant attendee and exhibitor information and features a video on the new International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), the integration of the IPE, IFE, and AMI’s IME tradeshows in 2013.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Influence Bone Strength, Says Optivite
UK - The health-promoting benefits of omega-3 fatty acid consumption are widely documented, according to Optivite. Numerous studies in broilers report positive impacts on animal growth performance, reproduction, immunoglobulin concentrations, tissue/milk enrichment, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Santrev Delivers Inghams Breeder Complex
AUSTRALIA - Santrev, Australia’s leading poultry house builder has met the tight build timelines at the Ingham’s South Australia Hamley Bridge breeder complex. The four farms at the complex has more than tripled in capacity; bringing the monumental project of building new sheds and refurbishing the old sheds to a close.
Novus Receives New Product Innovation Award in Prebiotics
GLOBAL - Novus International, Inc. has been selected to receive the 2012 North American New Product Innovation Award in Prebiotics for PREVIDA. The award is presented by Frost & Sullivan, a 50-year old global research organization of 1,800 analysts and consultants who monitor more than 300 industries and 250,000 companies.
Pre-registration Now Open for IPPE 2013
US - Attendee and exhibitor pre-registration and hotel registration for the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo is now open.
Plug and Play is Here, Says Agrilamp
UK - For the last year, Agrilamp has been providing farmers with the Agrilamp Tulip for lighting inside and underneath aviary systems, and inside broiler cages.
Heering, Van Olst, Hubbard Celebrate 20 Years of Partnership
THE NETHERLANDS - July 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of Heering BV, Transport company André Van Olst and Hubbard working together for 20 years on perfect chicken transport.
LIMA Separators Worldwide Coverage
AFRICA - Last year, Lima formed a distribution agreement with Food Processing Machinery Company to cover Kenya and the neighbouring Eastern African countries.
Healthy Immune Systems Mean Chickens Respond Better to Other Vaccines
UK - New research into the interaction between the immune system of chickens and various Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD) vaccines shows how the immune system in chickens can be protected thanks to VAXXITEK® HVT+IBD.

   Viet Nam

Further H5N1 Outbreaks in Viet Nam
Egg Imports a Blow for Vietnamese Farmers
Banks to Help Livestock, Fisheries Sectors

   United States

Hormel Sees Earnings Rise
Changes to US Ethanol Fuel Policies Unlikely
US Wastes 40 Per Cent of Food Supply, Says NRDC
Butterball Expands Turkey Plant
OSHA Cites Tyson Foods over Beef Worker's Death
Break from Heat for Mid-West Producers
Poultry Processing Research Boost
Salmonella in Feed and FDA Sampling at Poultry Feed Manufacturing Facilities
Georgia Poultry Lab to Relocate
CME: How Will Broiler Industry Respond to Higher Feed Costs?
Sanderson Lowers Production in Face of Rising Feed Costs
Senators Call on USDA to Help Poultry Growers Survive Drought
Virginia Makes Eighth State to Request Waiver of Ethanol Mandates
Farm Bill Now Rally Gains Momentum
Producers Affected by Disasters Urged to Keep Good Records
Melamine Has Negative Effects on Broiler Growth, Health


Prices of Chinese Farm Produce Keep Rising
Water-Cooled Perches Benefit Broilers in Summer
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Keep Rising

   Russian Federation

New Poultry Plant Opens in Murmansk

   United Kingdom

UK Consumers Prefer Locally-Sourced Meat
Bristol University Seeks Free-Range Farmers for Beak-trimming Project
Consumers Willing to Pay More for Welfare-Friendly Food
Last Chance to Register for IEC London Meeting 2012
New Biogas Plant for Bernard Matthews


High Feed Costs Likely to Impact Canadian Producers
Discovery Centre Builds Awareness of the Story of Food
Ag Marketing Boards, Supply Management are Costly for Producers


Feather-Peckers Prefer High-Fibre Diet
Agricultural Exports Rose in the First Half of 2012


COOL on Disputes Body Agenda
Drought, Shortages, Rising Food Prices for World Water Week
Drought Highlights Need for Better Water Management
Control of Bird Flu Explored at World Congress
Climate Change Could Increase Levels of AI in Wild Birds


Brazilian Farmers Benefit for Global Grain Slump


Engaging, Communicating on Welfare


Speculation Pushes up Feed Price

   Hong Kong

Hong Kong Introduces New Bird Flu Vaccine


ILT Breaks out Again in Norway


Mexico Looks to Repopulate Birds after AI Outbreak
Mexican Agriculture, Fisheries Exports up in July


Whole Sorghum Shows Promise for Feeding Geese
Abstracts Invited for Avian, Waterfowl Conference


MHP Sees Income Soar


Tax and Duty Cut to Help Poultry Producers

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