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Thursday 13th December 2012.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Early Signs of Easing in Global Feed Grains

The latest USDA report has increased the forecast of global wheat stocks by 2.8 million tonnes and they are now set to be 176.95 million tonnes at the end of the 2012/13 season, reports HGCA.

The estimate is above many analysts' expectations.

The increase to stocks follows higher production and lower demand forecasts. Production was increased by 3.7 million tonnes to 655 million tonnes, mainly on the back of higher Chinese production, with increases also for Australia and Canada. These more than offset smaller EU and Brazilian crops. Total world use is forecast down by 1.2 million tonnes to 674 million tonnes (698 million tonnes in 2011/12). The latest estimate of ending stocks equates to 26.3 per cent of annual consumption, a sizeable increase from 25.8 per cent last month.

An AHDB/HGCA Analyst commented: "The latest report from the USDA now forecasts the Argentine maize crop at 27.5 million tonnes, a reduction of 0.5 million tonnes compared to November's report due to a smaller planted area.

"While this would still be an increase of 6.5 million tonnes from last season's drought-affected crop, the world is looking to South America to provide a boost to tight global feed grain supplies."

The Brazilian maize crop estimate was left unchanged also from November at 70 million tonnes. South American soybean production numbers were left mainly unchanged including Brazil at 81 million tonnes.

Globally, a larger Chinese crop was the main reason for a 9.4 million tonne increase to global maize production to 849 million tonnes - now 33 million tonnes below 2011/12 production. However, an increase of consumption - again, mainly in China - leaves global end-season stock forecasts largely unchanged at 118 million tonnes. Chinese import demand was also unchanged at two million tonnes.

Global soybean production was slightly higher - up 0.12 million tonnes from November to 268 million tonnes. Canadian production was revised upwards, offsetting a downgrade in EU-27 and Paraguayan production; the Brazilian and Argentine crop forecasts were unchanged from last month. Global demand for soybeans was also largely unchanged at 261 million tonnes, with ending stocks slightly (0.1 million tonnes) lower at 59.9 million tonnes, but still up from last year's 56.0 million tonnes.

In the US, soybean stocks continued to tighten following a small increase to the domestic crush figure. End-season stocks are now forecast at 3.5 million tonnes, equivalent to just 4.3 per cent of annual domestic and export demand, down from 4.6 per cent in November and 5.4 per cent in 2011/12.

Also in the news in the last week, top poultry meat and egg companies in Ukraine are expecting a good year in 2013 as a new market of more than 500 million people has just opened for them. The European Commission has formally allowed imports of Ukrainian poultry, eggs and other products to the European Union.

It is unclear when all the formal procedures within the EU will be concluded and Ukraine's companies will be able to start exporting to Europe. Several amendments still need to be made to EU health regulations, and then the new legislation will have to be translated into official EU languages.

Conventional battery cages are to be phased out for laying hens in New Zealand by 2022, under a new code of welfare issued by the Minister for Primary Industries.

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) developed the new code after reviewing the 2005 code and considering scientific evidence and submissions from the public. The new code contains minimum standards and best practices that aim to encourage the highest standards of animal husbandry, care and handling; it covers the full range of hen husbandry topics.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

There has been little change in the volume of turkey meat traded around the world in the first decade of the century, according to industry watcher, Terry Evans.

Risk Factors for Campylobacter Infection in Danish Broiler Chickens
Fourteen per cent of the more than 2,800 flocks surveyed were positive for Campylobacter in a new study from Denmark. Factors most likely to bring a positive result were season (summer months) and when more than one person entered the broiler house. Also increasing the risk were a positive result in the previous flock, older buildings and a longer growing period.

Choosing Sidewall Insulation
Three common sidewall insulation materials - fibreglass batts, blown cellulose and spray foam are compared by Jess Campbell, Dennis Brothers, Jim Donald and Gene Simpson of the National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University, US.

UGA Study Finds Essential Oil Blend Reduces Salmonella Contamination
Oil and water may not mix but a University of Georgia study found feeding chickens a blend of plant-based oils in their drinking water can help prevent salmonella contamination before the meat reaches the dinner table - or even the grocery store.

Could Probiotics Have an Impact on Reducing Lameness in Poultry?
Michaela Mohnl, Director Competence Center Microbials at Biomin Holding GmbH, explores the role of probiotics in some common forms of lameness in poultry.

Why the Rapid Growth Rate in Today’s Chickens
Dr Wei Zhai, Assistant Extension/Research Professor, and Jessica Wells, Extension Instructor at the Poultry Science Department of Mississippi State University explain that broiler growth rates have improved significantly over recent decades as the result of better feeding and genetics and without the use of hormones.

Company News

Cobb Building Strength in the Russian Market
RUSSIA - Around 75 per cent of the Russian broiler industry was represented at a three-day technical seminar organized by Cobb Europe at the village of Zvenigorod, in the Moscow region.
Tegel Poultry Looks to the Future Using Ross Brand
NEW ZEALAND - In the October 2012 issue cover story of PoultryUSA, Tegel Poultry of New Zealand was reported as achieving the “world’s best feed conversion” and the broilers Tegel’s produces are the Ross brand from Aviagen, Inc.
Optimising Broiler Performance: Progressive Improvement during Multiple Flock Cycles of CoccivacB Vaccination with Enradin
US - Intestinal health for optimum broiler performance requires both the control of coccidiosis and the proper balance of bacterial microflora. The imbalance of microflora often begins as a consequence of intestinal irritation. The initial irritant, often coccidiosis, causes cell damage and the production of excess mucous in response to the cytokines produced as part of the intestinal immune response.
Broiler Performance Examined at Aviagen France Event
FRANCE - Approximately 130 broiler technicians, veterinarians, nutritionists and farmers attended the second in a series of technical days organised by Aviagen France. The session proposed various solutions to challenges faced by the broiler industry, particularly in relation to the important issues surrounding bird welfare.
Suffolk Winner of Pfizer Trainee of Year Award
UK - Suffolk broiler farm manager Rachel Almey is the winner of the 2012 Pfizer Poultry Trainee of the Year Award.
International Production & Processing Expo Sets Record
US - The 2013 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has set a record with over 1,150 exhibitors, covering more than 430,000 net square feet (21+ acres) of exhibit space. Comprised of the three integrated trade shows -- International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo, and AMI’s International Meat Expo – IPPE is still growing with eight weeks left until the start of the Expo.
‘Thirst for Knowledge’ at First Cobb Technical School in China
CHINA - The first Cobb technical school in China attracted 50 participants from 28 companies to the three-day event at Hangzhou.
Vencomatic, Prinzen, Agro Supply Welcomed International Dealers
GERMANY - On November 11 and 12 the Venco Groep welcomed her dealers at the international dealer meeting 2012. The meeting was hosted at the new premises of the Venco Groep; the Venco Campus.
Market Reports

GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - 7 December 2012
Irish CSO: Output, Input and Income in Agriculture December 2012
USDA WASDE - December 2012
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Mexican Poultry and Egg Sector
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Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

Farmers Union Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
2012 Farm Bill Update
Conference Focuses on Small Farm Production, Management
Will Corn, Soybean Prices Return to Pre-Drought Levels?
Food and Drug Administration in Animal Drug Data Lawsuit
NFU Urges Congress to 'Do Its Job'
CME: US Corn Shipments Show Progress in 2012
CME: Trade Flows Critical for Meat Protein Prices

   European Union

Commission Delays Start to New Rules on CAP Direct Payments
EU Agricultural Worker Income Rises

   United Kingdom

Farming Delivers Boost to Struggling Economy at Christmas
NFU Pleased with Government Investment Allowance
Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition 2012
Cabinet Secretary Sees Weather’s Effects on Farming
Industry Accolades for Vion Poultry Duo
AHVLA: Erysipelas Hits Free-Range Egg Flock
NFU Responds to Farm Visit Report


Chicken Consumption to Overtake Beef in Spain


EU Appeals to WTO over Argentina's Import Restrictions
USDA Revises Global Wheat Stocks Upwards


Country of Origin Labelling Extended for Unpackaged Meat
How Gut Microbiota Contributes to Health and Productivity

   New Zealand

Meat , Dairy Products Lead Manufacturing Rise
Layer Hen Cages to be Phased Out
Call for Full Trade Liberalisation Through TPP


Government Sure of Agricultural Growth Despite 'Pablo' Damage


Another Avian Flu Outbreak in Taiwan


Ukraine's Poultry Getting Ready to Pounce on European Markets

   Korea, South

South Korea's Agricultural Exports Rise


Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Nicaragua


New Start for Cappoquin Chicken


Report Finds Salmonella is Well Controlled in Iceland


Production Costs of Pig, Poultry Fall in November


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