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Thursday 1st November 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Another EU/US Trade War Looming? Bird Flu in India

The EU and US could be heading for another trade war, similar to the one it had over the use of growth hormones in beef cattle but this time, the row is brewing over the use of ractopamine - a beta-agonist - as a feed supplement, which is used for boosting growth and increasing leanness in pigs, cattle and turkeys.

The latest turn of events in this saga came last week, when the Council of the European Union published its official response to the decision by Codex Alimentarius to set maximum residue limits for ractopamine, thus endorsing its use.

The decision by Codex was taken after a majority vote by the member nations. The majority was two.

The anger from the European Union at the Codex decision and the response by the council puts the EU on a collision course with countries such as the US and Canada, where the use of ractopamine is widespread. Some estimates have the use in pig feed of between 60 and 80 per cent of the US herd.

The European Union has stuck to its policy of refusing access to meat from animals that have been treated with ractopamine and has called for assurances that any meat entering the EU from countries where its use is common has come from animals that are free from the drug.

The EU stance is also supported by China, where the import of products for animals treated with ractopamine is also banned.

There is also a divergence between the maximum residue levels that have been set down by Codex Alimentarius and the US.

The more the two sides dig in, the greater the divergence and hostility will emerge - and all this occurred at a time when the US meat companies were in Paris at one of the largest European food shows, marketing their products that had just been allowed onto the EU market in greater amounts following the compromise in the beef hormone dispute.

Maize is likely to be in short supply worldwide in the coming months.

In recent years, any shortfall in the global production of maize has been made up by using surplus stocks. However, in recent times, the market has become very much tighter and for the first time in 17 years, global demand for maize has gone down, Jack Watts, senior analyst with the AHDB/HGCA told the Grain Market Outlook conference in London last week.

USDA estimates show a reduction in production from June forecasts of 375.7 million tonnes to 271.9 million tonnes this October, he said, and demand has also fallen from 301.6 million tonnes in June to 254 million tonnes in October.

However, the forecast for end stocks is also showing a steep drop, down from 47.8 million tonnes in June to just 29.2 million tonnes in October.

Mr Watts told the conference that because the feed forecasts and production are down, livestock herds are being rationalised.

An outbreak of bird flu has been reported in India in the last week. An outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza was first seen in turkeys at a government-run farm in Bangalore and has led to the death or culling of more than 19,000 chickens and 13,000 emus as well as 4,000 turkeys. The authorities said the outbreak had been brought under control but egg producers in neighbouring states have expressed concerns about the possible impacts on exports. Bird flu has also been reported in a backyard poultry flock in Bhutan.

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Roles of Vitamins and Minerals Explored at World Congress
The World Poultry Congress 2012 brought together researchers from all branches of science to hear the latest findings and discuss the hot topics in the city of Salvador in Brazil in August, reports senior editor, Jackie Linden. Here is a selection of the papers presented at the meeting, which examined the vital roles of vitamins and minerals on poultry growth and health - from embryo to mature bird.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2012 - Asia, China Dominate Global Duck and Goose Meat Production
Although small when viewed in the context of total poultry meat production, percentage growth in the output of duck and goose meat is well ahead of chicken meat, according to Terry Evans in his analysis of the current state and future trends in these markets. For both meats, Asia in general and China in particular account for the great majority of the total volumes.

Research Round-up on Vitamins and Minerals
In the long-running search for ways to make better use of dwindling world resources of phosphates for poultry diets, a review of recent research reveals that phosphorus and calcium levels can be reduced in broiler diets without compromising performance and that copper source can impact phosphorus retention by hens. Folic acid has been shown to affect the immune response, which may help in future to reduce the routine use of antibiotics in feeds, and light has been shed on a possible new role for vitamin E in improving chicken meat quality.

EuroTier 2012 Preview: Focus on Poultry
The international trade show for the livestock sector, EuroTier, will be held once again in November, including a particular focus on the poultry industry, entitled 'World Poultry Show', as well as a wide range of exhibits of general interest to producers and a full conference programme.

Efficacy of PoultryStar for Reducing Lameness in Broilers
The multispecies probiotic, PoultryStar, consistently reduced the incidence of clinical lameness in broilers raised on wire flooring in four statistically significant experiments, reports Biomin's Director of the Competence Center Microbials, Michaela Mohnl.

Cutting Costs
Not so long ago, veterinarians spent a lot of time trying to convince their clients of the benefits of prevention rather than cure and, in particular, the economic benefits of vaccination. However, vaccination is like insurance: if you don't have to make a claim, you always wonder if you really needed it, says Life Technologies.

Danisco Animal Nutrition Promotes Healthy Nutrition Solutions
UK - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business segment of DuPont, pioneered the development and production of feed enzymes and betaine for use in commercial animal production.
AB Vista Presents Benefits of Feed Enzymes at EuroTier
GERMANY - Technical Manager, Dr Petra Philipps, will present 'Economical and environmental benefits of feed enzymes in Europe' at the Poultry Forum at EuroTier.
CID Lines 25-Year Anniversary Starts at EuroTier
GERMANY - Next year, CID Lines NV celebrates its 25th anniversary. A party that should not go by unnoticed: the company starts celebrating at EuroTier in Hall 15, Stand B38.
AviPlus P Approved as a Feed Additive
ITALY - Italian specialist in microencapsulation technology for animal feeds, Vetagro S.p.A., has announced that AviPlus® P has obtained EU authorisation as a feed additive for chickens and minor avian species after a positive opinion from the European Food Safety Authority confirming product safety and efficacy in poultry production.
Dairy, Pig, Poultry and Aquaculture Forums in English
GERMANY - Participating at EuroTier is about acquiring global knowledge and fresh perspectives. To further facilitate this exchange of know-how and information, topics for the forums and show specials have been carefully selected to reflect closely the trends we are witnessing in the animal production market today and throughout the world.
Aviagen’s Jim McAdam Honoured by Scottish Poultry Industry
UK - Jim McAdam, UK Breeding Programme Director, Aviagen Limited, has been presented with the prestigious Howie Surgenor Cup in recognition of his major contribution to the Scottish poultry industry by the Poultry Club of Scotland at its annual dinner.
Heering Showcases Chick Transport Solutions
GERMANY - Heering provides innovative and sustainable solutions for the transport of your day old chicks. During EuroTier 2012, the company will demonstrate to you the latest insights in day-old chick transport.
Astral Foods Open Mozpintos Hatchery in Mozambique
MOZAMBIQUE - Aviagen customer Astral Foods, one of South Africa’s leading integrated poultry producers, has announced the opening of its new Mozpintos broiler hatchery in Mozambique. The hatchery, which has a capacity of 158,000 day old chicks per week, will be hatching the Ross 308 broiler for the Mozambique market on 5th November.
BD AGRO Constructs Russia's Largest Biogas Plant
RUSSIA - For Russia, the biogas technology can be a means to become more independent from the fossil fuels gas and oil. The agricultural region Belgorod, 700 kilometers south of Moscow, is aiming for this independence.
New Managing Director of Hy-Line UK International
UK - Hy-Line International is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Jackson as the Managing Director of Hy-Line UK International.
Poland Matches European Countries on Performance
POLAND - More than 180 breeder and broiler farmers, veterinarians and nutrition specialists took part in the symposium organised by Cobb Germany at Havet, one of the leading seaside resorts in Poland.
OMMAT’s Dr Galal Visits Poultry Facilities in India
INDIA - As part of the on-going commitment and technical service to customers, Aviagen responded to a request from OMMAT’S production director, Dr Galal Mohamedain, in Sudan to arrange a visit to India.
New Web Site Launched to Educate about Phytate
UK - is a new interactive online resource for the animal feed industry. brings together the latest academic thinking on phytate as an anti-nutrient in animal feed, and serves to update the industry about the practice of superdosing with phytase.
ILDEX Indonesia 2013: A Big Dream of Indonesian Livestock Society
INDONESIA - Indonesia has been mentioned to be the main force of the world economy. Indonesia's current position in the big 16 of the world is predicted to get into in the big seven in 2030.


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Mexican Meat Exports Increase


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Growth in Organic Products Due to Food Scares
Farm Produce Prices Show Small Rise


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   European Union

Transparency of EU Farm Subsidies Supported
Agriculture Industry Unites Behind Technology Roadmap
Mention of Animal Protection Standards Welcome in Trade Talks
Farming Unions Reject EU Budget Proposals

   United States

Poultry Industry Provides Financial Benefits for Delmarva
CME: Broiler Supplies to Remain Tight
Californian Farm Becomes Certified Humane for Free-Range Eggs
Net Income Rises Again for Pilgrim's Pride
USDA Offers Livestock Safety Tips for Hurricane Sandy
Perdue Sells Plant to Wayne Farms
Monitoring Corn Consumption
Funding Increased to Combat Disease Threats
USDA Asks Farmers to Record Losses from Hurricane Sandy


Namibia's President Encourages Local Farmers

   United Kingdom

Call for Science to Influence Key Decisions on Antibiotic Use
Turkey Meeting 2013: Dates Revised
Farming's Hidden Contribution to UK Society
Moy Park Secures Supply Deal with Tesco NI


Avian Flu H5N1 Outbreak in Bhutan


H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak in Karnataka
Export Fears Follow Bird Flu Outbreak
High-Path Bird Flu Strikes Bangalore
Over 19,000 Indian Chickens to be Culled


Success in Fish Feed for Nutreco, Revenue in Q3 Up


Are US and EU Heading for Trade War over Ractopamine?
Maize Production Forecasts Tumbling
GHG Emissions for Agriculture Must be Addressed


Hurricane Sandy Could Cost Jamaica $1 Billion
Tax Break on Jamaican Eggs
$200 Million Assistance for Farmers Hit by Hurricane Sandy

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Looks East for Agricultural Development


Atria Increases Transparency in Meat Production


New Drought Strategy Receives Support
Agriculture Key to Australia's Role in Asia
Call for Nominations for Poultry CRC Board of Directors
New Nuffield Egg Scholar Announced


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No Further Newcastle Disease Cases Reported in Romania


Maple Leaf Foods Sees Earnings Rise

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