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Thursday 4th October 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor








Editorial: US Poultry Industry is Worth $23 Billion to the Government That Has Failed to Pass the Farm Bill

Industry organisations have this week evaluated just how much the US poultry industry is worth to the country's economy.

The US Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have made available a new economic impact study and four new web sites that highlight the positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages and federal and state revenue in the United States.

A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the poultry industry collectively provides 1,337,030 jobs, $63 billion in wages, $265.6 billion in total economic activity and $23.4 billion in government revenue.

The chicken industry provides 1,010,250 jobs, $47 billion in wages, $197.5 billion in economic activity and $17.2 billion in government revenue. The figures are 147,890 jobs, $6.9 billion in wages, $29.5 billion in economic activity and $3.1 billion in government revenue, respectively, for the turkey industry and 123,100 jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, $25.8 billion in economic activity and $2.1 billion in government revenue for the egg industry.

The failure to pass the Farm Bill could be seen as a sign that the contribution of agriculture to the US economy is being overlooked or, at best, undervalued.

In the US on 30 September, the 2008 US Farm Bill, which governed many US farm policies, expired and the new 2012 Farm Bill is currently bottled up in the House of Representatives, leaving US farmers and ranchers at risk.

Experts agree that US farmers, in general, are all hurt by the lack of a Farm Bill because it's difficult to plan for 2013 when farmers don't know what to expect. How do farmers talk to their banker when no one knows what type of financial safety net will be agreed on?

Expiry of the 2008 Farm Bill has little or no effect on some of the major programmes that do not expire, like crop insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. However, it has eliminated a number of important programmes that will affect many farmers across the country. Dairy producers will face considerable challenges, and the impacts on the Foreign Market Development Program and Conservation Reserve Program will be felt before long.

In June, the Senate passed its version of the bill and the House Agriculture Committee approved a similar version in July. However, House Republican leaders would not bring a bill to the House floor, saying they did not have the necessary votes to pass it.

Congress has left Washington and will return in mid-November for a so-called 'lame-duck session' prior to final adjournment in December.

Finally, turning to bird flu news, a recent report in the Chinese press highlights the spread of H5N1 in the country. In mid-September, the Department of Agriculture in Guangdong Province in the south of the country announced that one outbreak had infected 14,050 ducks and killed 6,300 birds. In Zhanjiang City in south-western Guangdong, 67,500 ducks have been killed.





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Feeder Preference of Broilers Investigated
Significant differences were observed in the behaviour of broilers using a new type of feeder compared to conventional tube and automatic types, according to experiments carried out in Brazil.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2012 - Oceanian Chicken Output Growth Matches World Average, Africa's Exceeds it
Annual growth in chicken output in Africa since 2000 is expected to average 4.4 per cent, compared to the global average of 3.7 per cent, according to Terry Evans. He turns his attention to the future prospects for the chicken industries in African countries and for Oceania, where production has expanded to match this worldwide increase.

Brazil: Free is the Magic Number
Murilo Quintiliano of Food Animal Initiative (FAI) Brazil describes the benefits of combining free-range broiler production with sheep and timber production - a Model Farm Project.

Water Intake Behaviour of Broiler Chickens Exposed to Heat Stress and Drinking from Bell or Nipple Drinkers
Drinking behaviour and water intake volume by broilers were affected by drinker type, age and temperature, according to researchers in Brazil.

Reports of Salmonella in Turkeys
According to the 2011 edition of 'Salmonella in Livestock Production in GB', an annual publication from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, a total of 282 Salmonella incidents were reported from turkeys in 2011, which represents a three-fold increase since 2009, which is attributed to the introduction of the National Control Programme for Salmonella in turkeys, which involves more sensitive and regular testing of both breeding and fattening flocks.

Better Control of ND, ILT in Latin America Possible with Recombinant Vaccines
Accumulating field experience is demonstrating benefits in the control of Newcastle disease (ND) and infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) in Latin America, according to MSD Animal Health following a respiratory disease symposium held in Peru.

The Value of Diagnostics
Infectious disease continues to be the biggest cause of economic loss for livestock farmers. At a time when input costs are high and margins are being squeezed, losses due to culling, poor growth, variability and treatment need to be minimised, if businesses are to realise their full potential, according to Life Technologies Corporation.

Pest, Weed and Fertility Benefits of Pastured Poultry in Orchards
Poultry can help manage insect pests and weeds in orchards or cropping systems, according to Rex Dufour, NCAT Agriculture Specialist.


Serfontein Kuikens Expands with Pas Reform
SOUTH AFRICA - Dekalb Layer Breeder producer, Serfontein Kuikens, will extend its collaboration with Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies this year, with the expansion of hatchery operations at Potchefstroom, to meet growing demand for the Dekalb Amber Link breed in South Africa.
Pas Reform Delivers SmartPro for Granja Pinheiros Hatchery
BRAZIL - Granja Pinheiros is the latest hatchery in Brazil to commission SmartPro™ hatchery technologies from Pas Reform, for the refurbishment and expansion of its hatchery at Nova Petrópolis, in the Serra Gaúcha region of Brazil.
Novus Hosts Egg Sustainability Summit
US - Novus International, Inc. hosted an Egg and Ag Industry Roundtable and Sustainability Egg Summit at their corporate headquarters on 24 September 2012.
Sustained Growth for Elshuis Hatchery
NETHERLANDS - For more than 90 years, Elshuis Hatchery in The Netherlands has successfully fused experience and long-standing partnerships to fuel organic growth for this family-owned business.
Vet Students Invited to Apply for Pfizer Scholarship
US - For the fourth consecutive year, Pfizer Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) invite second- and third-year students of veterinary medicine to apply for the Pfizer Animal Health Scholarship.
Open House with a Live Look at Poultry Growing
GERMANY - Recently, the Schedl family invited 4,000 visitors to an open house at their farm in Bärnau.
Innovations Awards at EuroTier 2012
GERMANY - The international event for the agricultural machinery, equipment and supplies for the professional livestock sector EuroTier received an extensive list of entries for its innovation awards this year.
New Vaccine to Protect against Costly Poultry Disease
UK - An innovation in protecting chickens against E.coli bacteria has been achieved with the launch of the first modified live vaccine by Pfizer Animal Health.
Japan Farms Complete a Visit to Aviagen UK
UK - Three senior managers in production from Japan Farms and the meat business manager from Mitsubishi Company were hosted on a 10-day visit to the UK by Ross distributor, Nippon Chunky and Aviagen personnel.
Global Look at Antibiotic Use Offered at 2013 IPPE
US - Antibiotic use in poultry production has been extremely effective in enhancing bird health and producing a wholesome, safe, and economical food supply. However, as consumers, industry professionals, and regulators seek to gain more understanding of how their food is produced, even the judicious use of antibiotics by the poultry industry raises questions.
Making an E.coli Vaccine ‘a UK Success Story’
UK - The work on developing a new type of vaccine against pathogenic E. coli in poultry — a major success story for UK government research — began 16 years ago at the Government’s Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, the former Central Veterinary Laboratory, at Weybridge, Surrey.
Jamesway, Aviagen Host First Joint Hatchery Seminar
CANADA - Aviagen, Inc. and Jamesway Incubator Company Inc. have hosted their first joint hatchery seminar.


   United Kingdom

Assurance Schemes Cover Bathing Equipment for Ducks
NFU: Farmers Must Not be Disadvantaged in Policy Reforms
British Chicks Get Star Treatment
Meeting to Tackle Turkey Feed Issues
John Reed Re-elected as BPC Chairman
New Online Campaign for Freedom Food Scheme
Moy Park Breaks £1-Billion Sales Barrier
UK Government's Roast Poultry Gains
International Egg Awards: Winners Announced
Poultry Farm Bid Faces Opposition
Introducing the Pirbright Institute
Go-Ahead for 23,000-Bird Poultry Unit

   Australia

Nest Box Layers Stress Less Than Free-Range

   Philippines

Public Support Sought on 2012 Census
Aklan’s Workers up for Registration
Philippine Gov't Promotes Poultry Benefits

   European Union

More Transparency on Farm Subsidies

   United States

NFU Says RFS Benefits Farmers, Biofuels Industry
Grain Stocks Estimates Provide Surprises
NFU Calls for Farm Bill to be Passed after Election
FDA Approves Measure to Lower Aflatoxin in Feed
Cal-Maine Foods Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results
Who Suffers Most Without a US Farm Bill?
What Issues Are on the Horizon for Livestock Producers?
Record Sales for US Farm Cooperatives
HSUS CEO Puts Name Forward for Tyson Board
US Poultry Industry Provides Jobs, Billions in Economic Impact

   Germany

New Antibiotic Laws Introduced in Germany

   Global

Feeding Livestock with Biofuel Co-Products
Agricultural G-20 Bids to Revive WTO Negotiations
Brazil, South Africa in Poultry Row

   France

26th SPACE: Looking to the Future

   Brazil

Brazilian Chicken Exports Rise
Cooperative Exports Chicken to Arabs

   Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Govt Support 'Not Enough'

   Bahrain

Imported Poultry Prices Put off Bahrain's Traders

   South Africa

Further Avian Influenza H7N1 Outbreaks in South Africa

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