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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 29 November 2012

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Thursday 29th November 2012.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Poultry Farmers in the Human Health and Nutrition Business

Professor Patrick Wall of University College Dublin last week urged egg producers to think of themselves as being in the human health business, stressing the excellent nutrition offered by the egg to people of all ages, particularly to the elderly who require plenty of easily digestible protein for good health and mobility. Eggs are also good sources of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to promote good eye health, he said.

Speaking at the annual meeting on the British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA), he reminded the audience that not all cholesterol is bad; it is excessive saturated fat intake that increases 'bad' cholesterol in the body and not egg consumption.

Food safety has to be the top priority, said Professor Wall, adding that the Lion scheme and labelling of every egg have been 'phenomenally successful' for the UK egg industry in this respect.

The growth of the global population to reach over nine billion by 2050 is expected to change global consumption, supply and demand patterns for food.

Population growth and the growing wealth in the developing nations are changing consumption trends. In China and South East Asia, the migration of the population from the rural to the urban economy is changing the demand for a more protein-rich diet. However, the change in consumption patterns may not be so much a change from cereals to meat and fish, but one to more edible oils and more milk and dairy products.

Such a change and a pattern of growth will not only have an effect on the economies of developed and developing nations but also on agriculture and the demand for different crops.

Turning to other news, with the US election of 2012 over, it may be a good thing that the forthcoming debate over the so-called fiscal cliff of automatic budget cuts and tax increases coincides with the ongoing debate over the US Farm Bill.

Lameness is an important production and welfare issue in turkeys, as in other livestock. Some recent developments to minimise these conditions reveal the need for a multifactorial approach to meeting the challenges of the different leg and foot conditions.

And finally, turning to news of bird flu, the low-pathogenic form has been found in a layer flock in Taiwan. There have been no new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (caused by the H7N7 subtype of the virus) in Australia; however, the Philippines has imposed an immediate ban on poultry imports from that country.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Threats to Avian Intestinal Integrity
Bird health is a main concern for poultry producers across the globe. It does not matter how experienced a producer may be or where the farm is located in the world: bird health is always a big concern for a poultry producer, writes Nuria Martínez Herráez, editor of ThePoultrySite.

Current Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Issues in the European Union: Reality and Resolution
The European Commission has put forward a 12-point programme aimed to reduce the use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine. Dr David Burch of Octagon Services in the UK explained the background and likely developments in a paper he presented as The 'Dr Roy Schultz Lecture' at Iowa State University in November 2012].

Food Production Accounts for 29 Per Cent of GHG Emissions
Feeding the world releases up to 17,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, according to analysis by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Bright Prospects for Growth of Chicken Industry in India
The managing director of Venco Research and Breeding Farms in India describes his company's broiler breeding programme and how this has been tailored to meet the needs of the local market in the latest issue of 'Cobb Focus'.

Wastewater Treatment System Saves Turkey Processor Money and Protects Environment
A first-of-its-kind wastewater treatment system designed by an Ohio State University has been installed at turkey processing company, Whitewater Processing. This environmentally friendly system is saving the company millions of dollars.

Emerging Diseases
The increasing demand for animal protein and the rapidly growing markets in Latin America and Asia are driving an increase in the production and trade of food animals globally. Many experts believe that these conditions will increase the risk of pandemics, the emergence of diseases in new locations and the development of novel genetic forms of existing pathogens. West Nile virus in European horses, Bluetongue and Schmallenberg viruses in production animals, and a novel strain of Escherichia coli O104:H4 bacteria in the food chain in Germany last year, are perhaps examples of this theory in practice.

Influence of Growth Rate on Occurrence of White Striping in Broiler Breast Fillets
Faster growing broilers tended to have an increased occurrence of higher degrees of white striping in the breast fillets, according to new research from Arkansas. The degree of white striping was associated with changes in the chemical composition of the breast fillets.

AVEC Annual Report 2012: Trade Negotiations 2011-2012
Two events in the EU early in 2012 focussed the attention of the poultry industry on trade: the lifting of the ban on imports of fresh poultry meat from Thailand, and the publication of the decision of the European Council on the agreement between EU and Brazil and Thailand on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). These and other negotiations are reviewed by the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU Countries, AVEC, in its annual report for 2012.

FAO Food Outlook: Meat and Meat Products
Global meat markets are challenged by high feed prices, stagnating consumption, and falling profitability, with growth in total output slowing down to two per cent, according to the FAO Food Outlook report for November 2012. With international prices close to record highs, growth in world trade is also decelerating.

Company News

Optivite: Energy Value Assigned to Salgard
UK - It is well documented that enterobacteria such as E.coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter cause serious problems in todays livestock production systems. The pressure on the use of antibiotics in feed has lead to many being banned and the use of certain other key compounds being questioned by the medical profession.
Workshop on Poultry Handling, Transportation Quality for IPPE
US - As part of the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo education line-up, Pennsylvania State University and US Poultry & Egg Association will host a new Poultry Handling and Transportation Quality Assurance "Train the Trainer" Workshop for poultry transporters and catch crews. The registration fee for the workshop is $250 and is limited to 30 participants.
Applications Open for 3rd Aviagen EMEA Production School
TURKEY - The second of Aviagen's three Production Management School modules for customers based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has been completed and applications for the third instalment are now being invited.
Pas Reform's Visionary Chick Counting System
THE NETHERLANDS - SmartCount represents the most advanced development to date for the high capacity counting, vaccination and analysis of day-old chicks, says Pas Reform.
Aviagen Works to Reduce Feed Costs, Maximise Efficiency
UK - Aviagen Turkeys is the leading supplier of breeding stock to the European market. The position is achieved through balanced breeding and focusing on customer needs throughout the production chain.
Cobb Seminar Sets Formula for Advice to Indonesian Customers
INDONESIA - Over 200 customers attended the two-day Cobb technical seminar held at the Hotel Shangri-La in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Zarbal GP Company holds Ventilation Week
IRAN - Zarbal GP Company, the long-standing Ross distributor in Iran, recently held a week of ventilation seminars and workshops on ventilation management in poultry houses.
Introducing New PERIclima 'Climate Controllers'
GERMANY - Termotecnica Pericoli recognised that "optimal production" is influenced by many factors; the most significant being the "climate" as this impacts costs and production performance significantly.
Space-Ray Broadens Heater Collection
US - Space-Ray's Advantage Series heaters for the poultry market includes a line of air heaters in addition to radiant brooders and tube heaters.
Agrilamp Launches Fund to Help UK Producers
UK - After what was undoubtedly the best ever EuroTier for Agrilamp, with ever increasing interest into the way in which the company operates a strictly agriculture-only approach to the market and the continued success of its products.
Market Reports

USDA Chickens and Eggs: October Egg Production Up 2 Percent
USDA Poultry Slaughter - 26 November 2012
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Colombia
USDA Broiler Hatchery: Broiler-Type Eggs Set Down Slightly

Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

Cal-Maine Closes Acquisition of Maxim
Production Underway at Animal Nutrition Centre
US Egg Production up During October
Study Finds No Down-Airstream Transmission of Mycoplasmosis
AMI Expresses Concern over USDA Listeria Guidelines
Focus on Soybean Oil
US Poultry RTC Weight Up Compared to a Year Ago
Wastewater Treatment System Saves Turkey Processor Millions
Study: Bone Geometry, Mineralisation Key to Reducing Femur Fractures
Stopping Flies Before They Mature
CME: Slaughter Days Affect Poultry Supplies
Post Election: 2012 US Farm Bill and the Fiscal Cliff


Colombia to Resume Egg Exports to Mexico
US-Colombia FTA Approval Leads to Increased Exports

   Viet Nam

Broiler Industry Plagued by Imported Meats


Brazil Needs to 'Ensure Food Supply'
Transport Increases Push Production Costs Higher

   United Kingdom

Call for Free-Range Egg Producers to Work Together
Critical Research Priorities Unveiled for the Future of Food Production
Minister Announces £3.6 Million Boost for Agri Food Sector
Deadline Approaches for WPSA UK Submissions
Farming Can Meet GHG Reduction Target
Focus on Energy Saving at Noble Foods


Bird Flu Outbreak Caused by H7N7 Virus


Low-Path Bird Flu Detected in Taiwan


International Symposia on Turkeys Renamed
Record for German Agricultural Exports
Agricultural Exports up in Value, Down in Volume


Researchers Uncover Data to Help Fight Avian Flu
Spanish Water Reserves More Than Half Full


Growing Populations and Wealth Changing Food Demand
Tackling Turkey Leg Problems
BIRD FLU: No Bird Flu Threat in Sri Lanka; Low-Path Virus Found in Taiwan
DSM Presents Science Behind Vitamin Supplement Guidelines


Without Poultry, CPDO Comes to Halt


CFI to Raise Zimbabwean Chicken Output


FAO, Haitian President Urges Increased Investment in Haiti


Poultry Owners, Breeders in Disagreement


Philippines Lifts Ban on Taiwanese Poultry
Philippines Bans Australian Poultry Imports

   Equatorial Guinea

FAO Aids Poultry Farming in Equatorial Guinea


Training for Livestock Farmers Offers Certification


Lack of Market Cripples Zanzibar's Poultry Farming


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