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The Poultry Site

Thursday 22nd November 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Europe Considers Ways to Overcome Antimicrobial Resistance

The changing face of the livestock sector in Europe has brought with it different challenges over residues in meat, dairy and food products. This week, the European Parliament is discussing a draft resolution on antibiotic use.

In general, in the more developed agricultural nations in the EU, such as the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, food is being produced with larger herds and flocks and by fewer farmers. Fewer producers are producing more and more of the food and in the UK, some estimates have 20 per cent of the producers producing 80 per cent of the meat, milk and eggs that are consumed.

At the Animal Health Event, which was held as a satellite meeting to the EuroTier trade show in Hanover, Germany, last week, the focus was also on antibiotics - on their future use in food animals and how best to achieve the optimum health and well-being of the livestock.

Antibiotic use in veterinary medicine is one of the major challenges faced by veterinarians, said Dr Hans-Joachim Götz, President of Germany's Federal Association of Practising Veterinarians.

The timing of the event was fitting, he said, as an Antibiotic Awareness Day was scheduled in Brussels for 18 November, ahead of a discussion in the European Parliament to draft the resolution on antibiotic use.

Antibiotic resistance is a global issue, said Dr Dr Götz. Whilst vets cannot provide the solutions, he sees it as positive that the profession is to be consulted before the next legislation on the issue is drawn up in Germany.

"The law needs to make sense," Dr Götz stressed.

In the US, opinions are divided over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to deny a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Livestock producers and their organisations have declared their 'extreme disappointment' at the decision.

Finally, turning to bird flu news, there has been an outbreak in a 50,000-bird free-range layer flock in New South Wales, the first outbreak in Australia since 1997. So far, it seems to have been contained. A new outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza has also been reported near Dhaka in Bangladesh.


Ceva announces scientific breakthrough with the launch of Vectormune® AI a new generation vaccine for the control of Avian Influenza.

19th November 2012, Cairo, Egypt: Today, Ceva Santé Animale launched in Egypt, Vectormune ®AI, a vaccine for poultry against avian influenza. Approved by USDA in April 2012, this vaccine is suitable for layers, broilers and breeders and its efficacy ensured a survival rate of between 80 and 100% in trial flocks. Ceva expects to launch in several countries where avian influenza is endemic over the coming months.

Speaking at the launch of the product, attended by over 300 international representatives of the poultry industry and animal health sector, Ceva Chairman & CEO Marc Prikazsky said:

"Avian Influenza threatens the livelihood of millions of poultry producers and deprives communities of an important source of animal protein. The disease is also zoonotic and therefore directly threatens the human population living close to affected birds. Our innovative vaccine Vectormune ®AI is a real scientific breakthrough and marks the first step towards potentially eradicating this disease and improving the lives and livelihoods of millions of people world-wide."

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Live Performance Characteristics, Pathogen Load and Foot Pad Lesions in Range-Reared Heritage versus Conventional Turkeys
There were large differences between conventional white turkeys and the heritage line with regard to live performance and carcass data, according to a new study from Auburn University in the US. The older breeds had a much reduced tendency towards foot pad lesions and also had significantly fewer Clostridium perfringens-positive carcasses and total anaerobic counts than the conventional white line when kept free-range.

Factors That Affect the Nutritive Value of Canola Meal for Poultry
Reviewing the progress made in improving canola meal for poultry diets, researchers based in Canada highlighted that the development of low-fibre, yellow-seeded varieties and use of feed enzymes have made canola meal a valuable feed ingredient.

New Technology Detects and Deters Poultry Diseases
Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service in the US are successfully finding new ways to identify poultry pathogens and developing new ways to control them.

AVEC Annual Report 2012: Marketing Standards - Labelling of Poultrymeat
UN-ECE Standards, food information to consumers (including country-of-origin labelling) and the proposal for eco-labels on foods are among the topics on labelling addressed in the 2012 annual report from AVEC, the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU Countries.

Mycotoxins: a Serious Threat to the Breeder Flock
The effects of the various mycotoxins on breeders and their progeny are outlined here by Biomin.

Cobb-Vantress, Hendrix Genetics Extend R&D Partnership
THE NETHERLANDS - Affordable and higher quality food will result from new genetic advances inspired by a unique industry collaboration. Two of the world's largest animal breeding companies aim to achieve further breakthroughs in the field of genomics during the next three years of a joint development agreement (JDA)
IPE: Collaboration on Poultry School en Espanol Programme
US - The International Poultry Expo, a component of IPPE, is collaborating with the University of Georgia to promote the Poultry School en espanol 2013 course to be held February 1-6, 2013, in Athens, GA.
Ceva Announces Breakthrough with Launch of Vectormune AI
EGYPT - Ceva Santé Animale has launched Vectormune® AI, a vaccine for poultry against Avian Influenza following licence approval from the USDA in April 2012. Ceva expects to launch in several countries where avian influenza is endemic over the coming months.
New AB Vista Team in Asia Ensure World-Class Service
SINGAPORE - AB Vista is strengthening its global operations by opening a new office in Singapore, complete with two new team members. Karen Lai has joined AB Vista Asia Pte Ltd as Finance Manager, while Janice Lim takes on the role of Customer Services Agent.
Video: Sampling for Contaminants in Animal Feed
GLOBAL - A new video from Biomin provides facts about sampling of microbiological and chemical contaminants in animal feed.
Visitors Czech out Aviagen and Moy Park
UK - Aviagen and long-term Ross distributor Moy Park recently welcomed a number of visitors from the Czech Republic as part of a three-day tour and fact finding mission. The senior executives were treated to a number of high level presentations before visiting several different farms.
DSM Launches State-of-the-art Animal Nutrition, Health Website
SWITZERLAND - DSM is showcasing the full breadth and versatility of its Animal Nutrition & Health offering with a brand new website.
Petersime Presents Eagle Eye: Software for Hatchery Management
GERMANY - At EuroTier 2012, Petersime launched Eagle Eye: a new and revolutionary software package that allows hatchery managers to monitor and control their entire hatchery from one single computer.
China Agriculture University Chooses ORKA Instruments
CHINA - ORKA Food Technology has announced that it had won the official tender of China Agriculture University, gaining market share and strong recognition in Chinese market.
Biomin Romania Exhibits at Farmer and Indagra 2012
ROMANIA - October and November were busy months for BIOMIN Romania as there were two very important fairs to attend.


EUROTIER: Vets Focus on Reducing Antibiotic Use
EUROTIER: Record Attendance Figures

   United States

Farm Fatalities Dropped in 2011; No Child Deaths
Sanderson Farms Announces Change in Plans for Second Plant Location
Livestock Organisations Disappointed over RFS Decision
US Poultry Industry Commends House on Passage of Russia Trade Bill
CME: Energy Markets Cause Concerns
NFU Applauds EPA Decision to Keep Renewable Fuels Standard
USPoultry Awards Grant to Texas A&M
CME: Retail Prices Rising, Demand Mixed
Opinions Divided over RFS Decision
Tyson Sees Record Sales
CME: US Turkey Industry Assessed
Hormel Reports Record Sales


CAP is Core Issue says Minister


Botanical Feed Additives Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Farm Animals


Campaigners Demand Reform of EFSA


Unchanged Input Prices Causing Steady Poultry Markets


Cost of Production Index High Despite October Drop

   United Kingdom

Progress in Meat and Poultry Processor Worker Treatment
£12M Funding to Tackle Livestock, Poultry Viruses
Use Antibiotics Responsibly, Says NFU
New Campaign: Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics
Will There Be Enough Geese for Christmas?
Bernard Matthews Returns to Profitability
Adjudicator Must be Able to Fine Unfair Retailers
VION NV Announces Sale of UK Food Operations
British Turkeys Break New Ground for Thanksgiving
NFU Takes CAP Fight to European Parliament
NFU Disappointed in Morrisons' Poultry Meat Decision


Avian Flu H7 Outbreak in Australia
Swift Action Eradicates Bird Flu at Egg Farm

   European Union

Multidrug Antibiotic Resistance Increases in Europe
EFSA Examines Role in Animal Health, Welfare
Antibiotic Awareness Day: Reducing Antibiotic Resistance


Bachoco Contests Price-Fixing Judgement


Avian Flu H5N1 Outbreak in Bangladesh


Meat Production Value Dropped 15 Per Cent in Q3 2012


Livestock, Poultry Sales Increase by 2.2 Per Cent


Meeting Challenge of Antibiotic Use
FAO Food Outlook - November 2012 - Overview
High Feed Prices Continue to Affect Margins


Affluent Will Be Major Driver of China's Growth

   Dominican Republic

Ministry of Agriculture Announces Livestock Health Plan


Spain to Lose 16 Per Cent of Funds in Proposed EU Budget

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