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Thursday 20th December 2012.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial: Concern over State of French Agriculture

Rising production costs in the agricultural sector in France have more than countered the improvement in prices and next year the situation is expected to get worse.

The French farming sector is concerned that the price volatility that has affected production costs since 2006 is set to continue and analysts at the French farming union, FNSEA, are warning that the recent improvements in income should be regarded with extreme caution.

There is also concern over the proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy, which the FNSEA believes has stopped acting as a regulator and has relinquished its market management instruments.

French farmers are also worried that where the old intervention process to support market prices has been retained, it is only kept as a safety net.

The FNSEA has called on the French and European governments to reinstate the regulatory tools as a matter of urgency in accordance with the EU's G20 commitments.

The concern is that continuing rise in costs is weakening farms in a scenario of volatile commodity prices.

For the French farmer energy costs have risen by 60 per cent over the last three years, fertilisers have gone up by 35 per cent in two years and feed costs have risen by 25 per cent in two years. Such rises have hit all the agricultural sectors but livestock production most severely.

Despite some rises in prices across the farming sector, such high input costs are threatening to force further cuts on the French farmer next year.

Farmers want to see a more flexible aid structure with instruments for crisis management within the changes to the CAP.

In Australia, the volume of poultry meat produced in 2011 was 8.7 per cent higher than the previous year, according to an ABARES report, while the value of this output was up slightly at A$2,078.1 million.

At 546.8 million, the number of poultry slaughtered in 2011 was 6.8 per cent higher than the previous year. Average dressed weight was up slightly so total production increased 8.7 per cent to exceed one million tonnes for the first time. Annual average per-capita uptake increased from 40.8kg to 43.3kg.

Turning to bird flu news, the authorities in Indonesia have issued warnings following the as-yet unexplained deaths of thousands of poultry on Java.

With the holiday season next week, the next newsletter from ThePoultrySite will be mailed out on 3 January.

On behalf of 5m Publishing, warmest seasonal wishes to all our readers for Christmas, the New Year and 2013.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: Per-Capita Turkey Meat Uptake Stable
Over the decade between 2000 and 2010, turkey meat consumption per person has risen significantly in the US, Brazil and the Russian Federation, writes industry watcher, Terry Evans, but global average consumption has remained stable.

Global Programme for the Prevention and Control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
In its 5th report covering the period January 2011 to January 2012, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlights the changing nature of the H5N1 virus and the importance of collaboration of the different sectors, both within and between countries. HPAI remains a significant threat to the poultry industry, the report says.

Poultry Litter Management
The important thing to remember is always keep litter dry, write Dr Tom Tabler (Extension Professor) and Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor) at the Poultry Science Department of Mississippi State University in their explanation of good poultry litter management practices.

What's Driving the Grain Markets and What to Look out for Going Forward?
David Norris of Noggers Blog explained his view of recent feed ingredient price movements and where they might be heading next at the Pig Farmers' Conference organised by Teagasc in the Republic of Ireland in October 2012.

Comparing Organic Acids and Salt Derivatives as Antimicrobials Against Selected Poultry-Borne Listeria monocytogenes Strains
From their in-vitro investigations, researchers in South Africa raise concerns over the relatively high concentrations reported for compounds that are conventionally used as preservatives against Listeria spp. raise concern. The degree of inhibition varied by both product and pH, and the two Listeria isolates also differed in their susceptibility to the treatments.

Mycoplasma Infection of Ducks and Geese
The role of mycoplasma in the development of clinical signs has been demonstrated in challenge experiments, according to researchers in Hungary, as has vertical transmission from the ovary to the embryo. They stress the importance of selecting the correct antibiotic for treatment.

Toxoplasma gondii Prevalence in Farm Animals in the United States
Toxoplasmosis is a significant public health problem in the US with more than one million people newly infected each year, according to new research from the USDA. Seroprevalence in pigs and chickens from non-biosecure management systems is high. Clinical disease and high seroprevalence occur in sheep and goats, while beef cattle do not appear to be important in the epidemiology of Toxoplasma or in transmission to humans.

Company News

Deaths Announced of Two Hubbard Leaders
US - Wentworth Hubbard, son of Hubbard Farms founder Oliver Hubbard and former president and CEO from 1962 to 1986, has died at the age of 83. In addition, J.B. Barnes, former Hubbard Farms director of production and sales for the eastern US and Canada, has died at age 82.
Ross Middle East Africa Association Convenes
GLOBAL - Ross Middle East and Africa Association (RMEAA) members gathered together in Berlin to listen to a number of select speakers on the global poultry industry.
New Cobb Appointment for Southern Africa
AFRICA - Pieter Oosthuysen has been appointed key accounts and regional technical manager for Cobb Europe in southern Africa Participates in IPPE 2013 in Atlanta
US - (officially known as 'Orka Food Technology') will be participating at the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) from 29 to 31 January 2013 at Atlanta Georgia, USA, following the great success in the previous shows, introducing EggAnalyzer.
Academics Discuss Latest Developments at Phytase Summit
US - The 2nd International Phytase Summit (IPS 2) took place in Rome, Italy, from 11 to 13 December 2012 and brought together more than 70 of the world's leading academics in the field of phosphorus, phytate and phytase nutrition.
Jadeed Farms Becomes Ross GP Customer
PAKISTAN - Aviagen and Jadeed Farms recently signed a contract for the supply of Ross GP into Jadeed Farm's operation. Jadeed Farms is a well-established business in Pakistan.
UK First to Get Aviagen App for Managing Ross Birds
UK - Aviagen has announced the release of its first ever poultry management tool available as an app. Compatible with phones and tablets running Android or Apple operating systems, the new app will in the first instance be available in the UK only and focus on the Ross Performance Objectives. The app can also be downloaded for use on laptops.
Indian River Meeting Celebrates Success
PHILIPPINES - Members of the Indian River (IR) Association recently gathered in Manila, Philippines, to talk about country progress, demand for IR birds and best practise husbandry. The three day event also welcomed new Grandparent (GP) customers; Bounty Fresh Foods, Philippines and Al-Noor Chicks, Pakistan.
Market Reports

USDA Feed Outlook - December 2012
USDA Turkey Hatchery: Eggs in Incubators on December 1 Down 6 Percent from Last Year
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - December 2012
Irish CSO: Agricultural Price Indices - October 2012
USDA International Egg and Poultry: World Duck Meat and Goose and Guinea Fowl Meat Situation
USDA Broiler Hatchery: Broiler-Type Eggs Set Up Slightly

Global Poultry Industry News


Co-operation to Resolve Differences in Sino-US Trade
IFIF, OIE Sign Cooperation Agreement
FAO, ACP Countries Agree Strategic Partnership
Positive Global Meat Outlook for 2013
Russia Keeps Embargo on Brazilian Meat Imports
OIE Warns of Future Threat to World Security

   United States

NFU Urges President to Include Farm Bill in Fiscal Package
Industry Leader, Harold Ford, Passes Away
Mississippi River Faces Shipping Closure
Presidential Commission Calls for More Ag Research Funds
CME: Beef, Pork, Poultry Estimates Released
Pilgrim's Pride Switches to NASDAQ
Farm Dust Regulation Issue Put to Rest
CME: Red Meat, Poultry Production Up
Sanderson Farms Turns Loss to Profit
Difficult to Anticipate 1 December Corn Stocks Estimate
Size, Not Vitamin E Linked to Chicken Fillet Quality Issue
Salmonella Vaccine Improves Broiler Performance
NFU Board Opposes Farm Bill Extension
NCC Comments on Animal Drug User Fee Act
NOP Releases New Guides for Organic Certification
Safeway Surpasses Goal in Cage-Free Egg Animal Welfare Effort
CME: Have Rising Feed Costs Affected Turkey Production?


Adding Value to Poultry Litter
NZ Moving to Furnished Colony Cages, Says AECL
Farm Exports, Earnings Up in 2012
Australia Boosts Poultry Meat Output


Ukraine Could Increase Poultry Output in 2013
Government Programmes Lead to Output Increase


Winter's Onset Warms Up Poultry Items
Kentucky Fried Chicken Outlet in Patna Sealed

   South Africa

Cargill Invests in Expansion of Animal Nutrition Presence

   United Kingdom

Farmers Get Their Say on Stripping Out Red Tape
1,200 Dinners Expected as Turkeys for Troops Deliveries Take Place
Turkey Welfare Article Prompts Reaction
CAP to Take Priority in 2013
Union Announces Emergency Fund
Outdated Farm Labour Laws Abolished
Poultry Farming to Benefit from New Funding

   European Union

Parliament Votes to Improve Welfare of Live Animals During Transport
EU to Enforce Better Animal Transport Conditions
New EU Project Assesses Bioactive Products
MEPs Make Sense of Record CAP Amendments


BIRD FLU: Bird Flu Alert in Indonesia


China to Enhance Food, Water Safety
Light Colour Impacts Broiler Performance


Farm Assistance Cuts Unfair on Low-Income Farmers


Codes of Practice to Communicate Understanding

   Russian Federation

Government Targets Meat Production in Budget Increase


French Farmers Demand Flexible CAP Aid


Four New Newcastle Disease Outbreaks in Israel

   Czech Republic

Newcastle Disease Reported in Czech Pigeons


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