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Thursday 18th October 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Food Security Hits the Headlines

This year's World Food Day, on 16 October, coincided with international concerns about food prices.

First held in 1979 to raise awareness of food security and agricultural issues, World Food Day is celebrated during the annual Committee on World Food Security, which met this week in Rome to discuss solutions to skyrocketing food prices.

Across the world, it is estimated that 870 million people go to bed hungry and with food prices expected to continue upwards, this number is likely to get worse.

Extreme weather conditions have pushed global food prices close to their highest ever levels, sparking debate on the 'food versus fuel' issue. The European Commission was set to propose a five per cent cap on food-based biofuels this week.

Concern is mounting that cuts in government funding could reduce the intensity of food inspections at UK borders, leading to more foods entering the country containing banned residues.

Speaking at an open meeting of the UK Veterinary Residues Committee, agriculture representative, Tim Brigstocke, said that with the UK being only 63 per cent self-sufficient in food, the country relies heavily on imports.

These imports have to be sampled and checked to ensure they do not contain any harmful residues from veterinary medicines or antibiotics, he said, adding that the non-statutory programme for sampling and testing that takes place at UK ports had never been so important.

In the US, a Representative from California has added his voice to the push for a new bill to monitor antibiotic use on farms.

Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member, Henry A. Waxman has announced plans to introduce legislation to increase information on the amount and use of antibiotics in animals raised for human consumption. The bill, the 'Delivering Antibiotic Transparency in Animals (DATA) Act', will provide critical information to the FDA about the amounts and types of antibiotics being fed to livestock.

The bill will require drug manufacturers to provide comprehensive information to FDA on how their drugs are used on farms. The legislation will also require reporting by feed mills for the first time.

In the UK, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the decision to prohibit the advertising of antimicrobials directly to animal keepers from 2013 in a bid to reduce antimicrobial resistance.

And finally, turning to bird flu news, one outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported to the OIE from Nepal. The outbreak occurred at the end of August and the situation is now described as 'resolved'. The number of human cases reported by the World Health Organization has remained unchanged for the last two months at 30 cases worldwide this year, of whom, 19 have died.

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GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2012 - Chicken Consumption Steady in Oceania, Rising in Africa
The long-term trend of gradually increasing poultry meat consumption is expected to continue in Oceania, according to industry expert, Terry Evans, while in Africa, total uptake is booming but growth is more modest on a per-capita basis.

Genetics, Stocking Density Affect Broiler Leg Development
Two scientific papers published recently investigated factors affecting broiler leg development and strength. Researchers in the US found that broilers from a typical fast growing line had larger and stronger bones than slow-growing ones at the same age but that tibia density and bone ash percentage of the slow-growing birds were higher per unit of final bodyweight. In Belgium, scientists observed that increasing stocking density had adverse effects on some aspects of bone quality but they were unable to conclude whether fluctuating asymmetry impacted bird welfare.

Highlights of Health and Management Practices on Breeder Chicken Farms in the United States, 2010
Report of a study to describe farm-level health and management practices for chicken primary breeder and multiplier flocks, conducted by the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) as part of its Poultry 2010 study.

GB Emerging Threats Report – Avian Diseases – April-June 2012
Fatty Liver Haemorrhagic Syndrome in backyard hens is one of the 'Unusual Diagnoses' reported in the AHLVA surveillance report for the second quarter of 2012. The report also investigates the impact of rising feed prices on the British poultry industry.

US Per-Capita Availability of Chicken Surpasses Beef
According to the USDA Economic Research Service's food availability data, the per-capita supply of chicken in the United States exceeded that of beef for the first time in 2010, reports Jeanine Bentley writing in 'Amber Waves'.

Diagnosis Murder
In September 2000, Ian Lowther, a UK national, was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he committed 23 years earlier. His conviction was made possible by advances in biotechnology, which allowed forensic scientists to match his DNA to samples found on the victim's body. Since then, DNA profiling has become standard crime scene practice.

Brooding of Chicks – a Matter of Care
Advice for optimum post-hatch performance from Gerd de Lange of Pas Reform.

Novus Celebrates World Egg Day: Consumption, Production in Africa
US - Novus International, Inc. has partnered with egg industry associations in Africa for the third consecutive year to support World Egg Day celebrations on 12 October.
Aviagen Gets up Close with Russian Roadshows
RUSSIA - Aviagen has held the first in a series of Russian seminars using a new ‘roadshow’ format aimed at getting closer to customers. A variety of subjects were covered including, broiler management, male management, bird transfer procedures, nutrition for fertility and chick quality.
Record Attendance for International Technical School
US - A record attendance occurred recently when Hy-Line International hosted the 2012 International Technical School in West Des Moines and Dallas Center, Iowa.
VIV, Rabobank Map out Russia's Position in Global Market
RUSSIA - Within eight months, VIV and Rabobank will map out the international perspectives for the Russian cattle and meat industry.
Evonik Introduces New Broiler Feed Additives
GERMANY - Evonik Industries AG produces feed additives at six locations in five countries and is the only company in the world to manufacture and market from a single source all four of the important amino acids for animal nutrition.
Hy-Line Welcome Regional Business Manager
INDIAN SUBCONTINENT & MIDDLE EAST - Hy-Line UK International has announced the addition of Sujeewa Loku Wadugeas Regional Business Manager.
Novus Eases Access to Information on Methionine Sources
GLOBAL - Novus International, Inc. has launched a new state-of-the-art web site for Novus Methionine Solutions,
VIV Addresses Avian Flu Issue at FIGAP
MEXICO - In response to the recent outbreak of avian influenza in Mexico, VIV will organise a congress during its Latin American event, FIGAP/VIV Mexico 2012.
Big Dutchman at EuroTier 2012
GERMANY - Come and meet the Big Dutchman Group and experience the top global event for livestock farming in Hanover at the world's biggest exhibition grounds.
CobbSasso Meets Demand for Higher Welfare
GERMANY & THE NETHERLANDS - Growing interest in free-range chicken in Germany and the Netherlands has led to the introduction of the CobbSasso breed into these markets.
Novus Announces Launch of Probiotic
US - Novus International, Inc. recently announced the launch of SPORULIN® Direct-Fed Microbial (DFM) for the poultry industry. This new DFM was developed at the University of Arkansas after five years of research and is currently manufactured by Pacific Vet Group-USA. Novus has the exclusive distribution rights in most markets around the world.
Focus on Feed at EuroTier 2012
GERMANY - Accounting for some 60 to 70 per cent of animal production costs, feed plays an indisputably significant role in animal production. Among the range of inputs required for livestock production, quality feed is by far the single most important variable determining the success and profitability of milk, meat and egg production.
Big Dutchman Customer Granted Young Farmer of the Year Award
UK - In just five years Craig Grant has established a profitable poultry business on the 290 hectare (ha) arable and pig farm run by his father and uncle near Fraserburg in Aberdeenshire, UK.


New Animal Welfare Add-Ons for Broilers
World Egg Day Celebrated Today
World Food Day Raises Concerns over High Food Prices

   United States

CME: State of World Economy Still a Concern for Meat Industry
CME: WASDE Report Holds Little Relief for Producers
Cargill Revenue Down but Earnings Up
Tyson Announces New Welfare Audit Programme
Farmer Support Increases for Lawsuit against EPA
CME: Pork, Beef, Poultry Production up from Previous Year
Beyond October Production Forecasts for Corn, Soybeans
USGC Releases Third Edition of DDGS Handbook
CME: Major Protein Demand Indices Mixed
Zacky Farms Blames Feed Costs for Bankruptcy
Thanksgiving Turkey Shows Drought Price Hike
Healthy Flock Essential to Successful Final Product
Representative Pushes for Bill to Monitor Antibiotic Use


Key Messages from Ideas Exchange 2012

   European Union

Animal Transport Rules Must be Properly Enforced, Says Ag Committee
NFU Board Member Lands Top EU Poultry Job
Feed Federation Contributes to Energy Directive Revision
Future, Food, Farmers Campaign Launched on World Food Day 2012
Conference on Implementing Slaughter Rules

   United Kingdom

NFU Campaign Clarifies Labelling on Supermarket Products
Could Cuts Hit Food Security?
Supermarket Drops Red Tractor Logo
Sustainable, Large-Scale Farming: Public Perception Must be Addressed
Advertising Ban on Antimicrobials the Right Decision, Say Vets
BPC Responds to Wheat Yield Figures
NFU Reacts to EU Renewable Proposals


Brazil to Become Main Soy Exporter


Buying Local Food Supports Farmers


Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Romania


Avian Flu H5N1 Outbreak in Nepal

   South Africa

Boost for Women Farmers in South Africa


European Poultry Quality Symposium 2013 Announced


Astral Opens Hatchery Near Maputo


China's Farm Produce Prices Edge Down
OSI China Grows with Economy


Nova Scotia Poultry Plant Starts up

   New Zealand

Infectious Disease Research Centre Launched

   Korea, South

Decline in Prices of Imported Foods


Falling Prices Hit Charoen Pokphand

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