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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 10 January 2013

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Thursday 10th January 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - New Year's Resolution: Feeding the World

A call has gone out for urgent action to prevent 50 per cent of all food produced in the world ending up as waste - up to an estimated two billion tonnes of food wasted.

A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that as much as half of all food produced around the world never reaches a human stomach due to issues as varied as inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities through to overly strict sell-by dates, 'buy-one, get-one free' offers and consumers demanding visually perfect food.

The degree to which science, emotion or assumed ethics should drive technological changes in agriculture and farming are becoming central to the arguments over the development of biotechnology and genetic modification (GM), according to Editor in Chief, Chris Harris, who attended the annual Oxford Farming Conference last week.

Concerns over the growth in the global population and how to feed growing numbers at a time of climate change and diminishing land and water resources were at the forefront of the debate.

The question of the acceptability of GM foods was first raised by the UK Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, who told the conference: "GM needs to be considered in its proper overall context with a balanced understanding of the risks and the benefits.

"We should not however be afraid of making the case to the public about the potential benefits of GM beyond the food chain, for example, significantly reducing the use of pesticides and inputs such as diesel."

He added: "I believe GM offers great opportunities but I also recognise that we owe a duty to the public to reassure them that it is a safe and beneficial innovation."

While the Environment Secretary embraced the potential of GM products, it was a former leading anti-GM campaigner, Mark Lynas, who, in the Frank Parkinson lecture, openly attacked the anti-GM lobby for not basing their arguments on scientific fact.

How European funds are distributed and the differences of territorial issues are expected to be major debating points as Europe decides on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, Chris also reported from Oxford.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Deboning Screening System Could Help Poultry Processors Better Track Yield Loss
Efficient deboning is paramount to optimising production yield (maximising the amount of meat removed from a chicken frame while reducing the presence of bones), according to researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Poultry Farming and Neighbours: The Little Things Are Important
Open communication and good will are important keys to avoiding conflicts, explain Dr Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor) and Dr Wei Zhai (Assistant Extension/Research Professor) at Mississippi State University's Poultry Science Department.

With Hot Air Treatment, Bacteria Fly the Coop
Poultry processors could use a forced hot-air treatment to dry cages (also known as crates) between transporting flocks, lessening the number of Campylobacter on cage flooring and thereby decreasing the potential for cross-contamination during live haul, according to Rosalie Marion Bliss of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in its magazine, 'Agricultural Research'.

Biosecurity Measures for Backyard Poultry in Developing Countries
A new literature review by scientists based in Cambodia highlights the lack of information and practical recommendations to help backyard poultry producers protect their birds from diseases such as Newcastle disease and bird flu. Given the persistent threat posed by HPAI A/ H5N1 to humans in developing countries, the authors recommend applied research aimed at identifying sustained and adapted biosecurity measures for backyard poultry flocks in low-income settings.

Phosphorus Utilisation in Finishing Broiler Chickens: Effects of Dietary Calcium and Microbial Phytase
Researchers based in France have observed that it is possible to decrease phosphorus levels in finishing broilers as long as the calcium content is sufficient but decreasing the level of either mineral reduces bone mineralisation.

Estonia: Poultry Breeding
Dr Matti Piirsalu, Board member of Estonian Poultry Society, describes the evolution of the poultry industry in Estonia since 1960 in a report entitled 'Animal Breeding in Estonia 2004–2011' from Estonian Animal Breeding Association.

Company News

Hy-Line Gains Distributor in Libya
LIBYA - Hy-Line International has signed an agreement to provide breeding stock to Golden Poultry in Libya.
Bacterial Control: Past, Present and Future
UK - Optivite has been involved in employing natural solutions to animal production problems for almost 30 years and over this time, applications have changed and progressed from simple in-feed bacterial control to alternatives to antibiotics.
Always in Good Hands with Pericoli
GLOBAL - Your total production requirements in respect to ventilation, climate control and management are always in good hands with Termotecnica Pericoli, its products and services.
Paul Steen Immerses Himself in New Liquid Role
GLOBAL - Paul Steen has been promoted to the new role of Engineering Services Director. Mr Steen's latest position has been specially created to explore and exploit the advantages that liquid additives could offer AB Vista's customers worldwide.
IPPE Symposium Focuses on Rendered Product to Combat High Feed Costs
US - The International Rendering Symposium is returning to the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
Marking a Lifetime Achievement at EuroTier
ITALY - EuroTier in Germany is always a special event in Pas Reform's calendar - and in 2012, especially so, as the occasion during which the company celebrated Mr Sergio Morelli's 40th anniversary as Pas Reform's representative in Italy.
VIV China 2012 Delivers More Than Expected
CHINA - Regarded as the most prestigious international husbandry exhibition in China, VIV China has been attracting international visitors from over 20 countries around the world.
LIMA: Proud of a Green Attitude
US - It is the LIMA vision to serve the industry with the best meat bones separator, in all aspects, not only strictly technical or technological but also taking into consideration energy performances, recycling etc.
Santrev - Sustainable Farming
AUSTRALIA - Developing energy-efficient poultry farming has been a central core value to Santrev for the past 40 years of building poultry sheds in Australia.
Introduction of the Multifan Fiberglass Cone Fan 54"
US - At the IPE 2013 in Atlanta Vostermans Ventilation introduces the Multifan Fiberglass Cone Fan 54".
DOL 20R Capacitive Sensor from Dol-sensors
DENMARK - Dol-sensors develops, produces and markets capacitive and climate sensors under the dol-sensors trademark for automation tasks in all industries.
Moroccan Delegation Visits Hy-Line International
US - A group of fourteen producers from Morocco spent several days in the US discussing topics related to agriculture as guests of the US Soybean Export Council.
Focus at ISA: Eggs, Earth, Earnings
US - ISA, global operating breeder and distributor of white and brown layers that are suitable for traditional and alternative egg production systems in different climate conditions, will be exhibiting at IPPE 2013.
Biomin Cambodia Wins Award
CAMBODIA - AGRILIVESTOCK 2012 took place from 10 to 12 October 2012 in Phnom Penh City, gathering industry players and customers from more than 150 international and local companies.
Merial Announces Avian Site Closure
US - Merial announced that it has made the decision to close the Berlin, Maryland, Avian manufacturing site and transfer the production activities of Avian vaccines into other Merial manufacturing sites in the US.
Agrilamp Expands Global Network in 2013
GLOBAL - After a successful show at EuroTier, Agrilamp will be expanding its global network in 2013.
GO OX ! We Know How: 100 Per Cent Biodegradable
US - Grupo Ox, based in Spain, develops and manufactures a highly effective and new-generation range of biosafety solutions.
Talking Technical with Nick French - Global Head of Technical Transfer
GLOBAL - Aviagen's Technical Transfer Team is possibly the department of the company that most customers have the highest level of interaction with, because even if they don't meet the team face to face, most of them will have one of their publications to hand. As a global entity, Technical Transfer's role is to produce information and tools to improve management practices.
Successful Antibiotic-free (ABF) Poultry Production
US - Over the last several years, there has been a moderate increase in the number of poultry flocks being managed without antibiotics, due to social pressure to provide this type of poultry meat and eggs in the marketplace, writes Eric Gingerich, DVM, Technical Service Specialist for Poultry at Diamond V.
SmartTray: Driving Performance, Uniformity in the Hatchery
SOUTH AFRICA - "It's quality that counts!" Midway Chickens' Lee McGrath was very certain of what he expected for his hatchery, when he placed his first order for Pas Reform's antimicrobial Smart setter trays in Bela Bela, South Africa, a year ago.
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Global Poultry Industry News

   United Kingdom

OFC - Call for Better Implementation of EC Rules
BBSRC Invests in Future of Livestock Genomics
OFC - Will Farmers Benefit from CAP Reforms?
OFC - UK Government Backs GM Development
Union President Issues Food Security Warning
Yorkshire Farms: UK's Largest Free-range Egg Producer
GM Based on Science, Ethics or Urban Myths?

   European Union

New 'Fair Price' Regulation Arrives


Poultry Meat Hits Record Rs75 a Kilo
Poultry Feed Unchanged Despite Cheaper Ingredients


2013 Will Be Defining Year for Farming
Minister Urged to Focus on Rural Development Plan

   Russian Federation

Moscow Agro-Industrial Complex Budget Announced


Sustainability Features in Ministry Spending Plan

   United States

IFES 2012: Impacts of Proposed Changes in Farm Bill
Scientist Receives Grant for Avian Flu Research
Butterball Acquires Illinois Packing Company
New Food Safety Standards from FDA
Cal-Maine's Profit Hit by High Feed Prices
Maryland Bans Arsenic in Chicken Feed
CME: Corn Stocks Expected to be Tight
Final Rule on Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate


Brasil Foods Acquires Avex
Alternatives to Antibiotic Growth Promoters Improve Chicken Quality


As Poultry Farming Grows, Oilseed Producers 'Cry for Incentives'
Demand for Chickens Still High


Using Nitrogen for Euthanasia Improves Welfare
New Restrictions for Commercial Class Rodenticides in Agricultural Settings
Governments Help Ontario Farmers Find Sustainable Water Solutions


Yum Offers Assurances over Food Safety
Poultry Breeding Pollution Underestimated
KFC Sales in China Hit by Govt Chicken Probe

   Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Bids to Restore Meat Exports


Study Examines Factors Affecting Farm Biosecurity
IPC Meeting Set for Bangkok in March


Farmer Auxiliaries Trained on Improvement of Poultry Production


Biliran Statistics Office to Conduct Census


FAO Food Price Index Down Seven Per Cent in 2012
Cargill Reports Quadrupled Net Earnings in Q2 of Fiscal 2013
World Wastes Two Billion Tonnes of All Food


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