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Thursday 17th January 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Bird Flu Hits Mexican Egg Industry Again

The New Year did not start well for the poultry industry in Mexico with the discovery of a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at an egg farm in the state of Aguascalientes. Around 3,000 birds of a flock of 147,000 died or showed symptoms, subsequently identified as the H7N3 subtype. This is the same sub-type as the virus that hit the egg industry in the neighbouring state of Jalisco a few months ago. A second flock on a neighbouring farm was also found to be infected, following routine surveillance. As a result, 285,000 birds have been destroyed on the two farms.

Following the bird flu outbreak in Jalisco, the country has supplies of vaccine, which are available for other farms in the area. vaccination is reported to be underway and the usual protocols of quarantine, movement restrictions and screening have been put in place.

The Aguascalientes outbreak raises questions as to how the market will react and if there will be any influence on domestic egg and poultry prices, reports the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). It also questions whether the Mexican industry will continue pushing as forcefully for expanded market access to the US, which has been restricted historically due to zoosanitary concerns, specifically exotic Newcastle disease.

With the last outbreak of HPAI in Jalisco still in mind and the country's egg farms not yet fully re-stocked, the latest news from Aguascalientes must come as a severe blow to one of the world's top egg-producing and egg-consuming countries.

Continuing on zoonotic diseases, researchers in the US conducting a study of Campylobacter illness in poultry plant workers have found that infections were most likely in new employees and those who worked in the live hang areas.

The scientists recommended that efforts should be made in plants to incorporate engineering controls, such as improved sanitation, ventilation system modifications and installation of hands-free soap dispensers and waste receptacles. They also stressed the need for employee training (in English and Spanish) and compliance with plant policies related to hand hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment to be improved, especially among new and temporary employees.

The use of antibiotics on farm has been causing concern among consumers, farmers, politicians and lobby groups for some time and it is starting to become a major crusade for some to restrict their use further, including in the US and the UK.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: World Egg Production Sets a Record Despite Slower Growth
World egg production will likely reach a record 65.5 million tonnes in 2013 despite the rate of growth having slowed, writes Terry Evans, industry watcher. Twenty per cent of all eggs are produced in the Americas.

Three Trade Shows Join for IPPE
This year, the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, will be celebrating its 65th edition - but it will be an exhibition that is taking on a new dimension.

Conferences to Cover Practical, Food Safety, Welfare and Marketing Issues
The International Poultry Exposition traditionally hosts a series of conferences and seminars running before and during the show to enhance the value of the exhibition to attendees.

Meat Industry Brings Education Sessions to IPPE
With the American Meat Institute joining forces with US Poultry and Egg Association (USPoultry) and the American Feed Industry Association to stage its meat processing event alongside the poultry exposition, the AMI has also taken the opportunity to stage its traditional education programme alongside the show.

Photoperiodic Lighting Programmes During Incubation
New research from Turkey shows that photoperiodic lighting programmes (16 hours of light:eight hours of dark) during incubation affect the adaptation of broiler chicks to their environment after hatch. The heaviest broilers at 35 days of age reared with the photoperiodic lighting programme (rather than continuous light) were those that had undergone the same programme during all or part of the incubation period.

Dynamic Filtration Research Seeks to Improve Poultry Wastewater Treatment Processes
Improved primary screening of poultry wastewater offers ample opportunity for reducing overall wastewater costs, according to a research team at Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Broiler House Ventilation During Cold Weather
Providing proper minimum ventilation rates during the cold winter months will result in an optimum environment that can maximise earning potential, according to Mississippi State University's Dr Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor) and Dr Wei Zhai, Assistant Extension/Research Professor.

Company News

Smart Incubators: Delivering Top Performance Worldwide
GLOBAL - Smart single-stage incubation is proving its value to expanding hatcheries around the world. From South Africa to Switzerland and Brazil, hatchery managers are reporting results that range from outstanding to award-winning!
Danisco Animal Nutrition Unveils DuPont Identity, Axtra® PHY at IPPE
US - At the IPPE Expo in Atlanta this month, Danisco Animal Nutrition will unveil its new DuPont identity for the first time in the US and will showcase Axtra® PHY, the very latest technological advance in phytase enzyme solutions.
Once Innovations Introduces New Products at IPPE
US - Once Innovations, a global leader in LED Poultry Lighting and LED Technology is introducing several new and updated product lines at IPPE 2013 in Atlanta.
TETRA: Well on Track
US - Thanks to a consequent breeding and marketing activity as well as the outstanding characteristics of the TETRA hybrids, Babolna TETRA managed to expand its clientele in 2012.
Air Compressors Featured at IPPE
US - Sullivan-Palatek manufactures rotary screw air compressors in both diesel portable and stationary electric configurations from five to 600 horsepower.
Extrutech Offers New Wall, Ceiling Panel Products at IPPE
US - Extrutech Plastics, Inc. will be at Booth 7546B of the IPPE Expo providing information on new wall and ceiling panel products for the food processing industry.
Chr Hansen Presents Remarkable Research at IPPE
DENMARK - The combination of Bacillus licheniformis (BL) and Bacitracin Methylene Disalicylate (BMD) supplied to C. perfringens challenged broilers is more effective in improving weight gain and feed conversion ratio than the use of BMD alone, according to Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition.
First Hendrix Genetics Academy Connects Science and Industry
THE NETHERLANDS - Hendrix Genetics has launched a new initiative to help connect academic research in animal genetics and commercial breeding. A group of scientists, researchers, students and geneticists from around the world joined the Hendrix Genetics Academy for its first three day program exploring the theme “Connecting Science and Industry".
New Poultry Nutritionist for the Americas
US - Aviagen today announced that Dr. Sandro Cerrate has accepted a position with Aviagen as Poultry Nutritionist on 10 December 2012. Based out of the company’s headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama, Dr Cerrate will provide poultry nutrition advice to Aviagen customers in the Americas, as well as the company’s US internal production.
Phytase Summit Takes Pig and Poultry Nutrition to New Levels
ITALY - High phytase doses can benefit both pigs and poultry – but only when used correctly in feed formulations, said leading academics at the 2nd International Phytase Summit (IPS 2), which took place in Rome in December.
Novus at IPPE 2013: Understanding the Connections
US - The International Processing and Production Expo (IPPE) is just around the corner and Novus is excited to see what the show’s expansion will bring to the industry as there is more consciousness of the impact end consumers have all along the supply chain.
Market Reports

GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - 10 January 2013
USDA WASDE - January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 16 January 2013
USDA Feed Outlook - January 2013
USDA Turkey Hatchery - 16 January 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry Review - 16 January 2013
USDA Broiler Hatchery - 17 January 2013

Global Poultry Industry News


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   New Zealand

South Island Fire Warning Issued

   European Union

Rabobank Report: Look East for European Growth
Minister Outlines Ireland's Plan for Presidency
Public Consultation on Future of Organic Production
MEPs Set for Marathon CAP Vote

   United States

US Ethanol Policy Eating Family Budgets
Athens Study Examines Salmonella Contamination of Eggs
Strategies for Advancing Sustainability, Safety of US Poultry
Study Examines Campy Risk in Poultry Plant Workers
NFU to Meet for Policy Discussion
USDA Reports Provide Some Price Direction
NFU Applauds USDA’s New Microloan Programme
Virginia Adopts Water Strategy to Address Quality Concerns
Striking a Balance in Animal Production


Study Justifies Broiler Neck Skin as Campylobacter Testing Site
Feed Ingredients Consortium Sets up Scientific Council
Automatic Broiler Foot Health System Needs Further Refinement


Ukraine Increases Agricultural Export


Mexico Reports Two HPAI Outbreaks
Vaccination Underway after New Bird Flu Outbreaks
What Effect Will the Latest HPAI Outbreak Have on Egg, Poultry Prices?


Will Governments Get to Grips with Antibiotic Use?
Avian Flu at New York Live Market Halts Some Exports


Farmers File Complaint Against Thai Firm

   Czech Republic

Agrarian Subsidies Increase to CZK44.7 Billion

   United Kingdom

BPC Welcomes Parliamentary Debate on Antibiotics Use
Few Consumers Seek GM Information on Labels
Sales of Veterinary Antibiotics Fell in 2011
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Chicken Meat Price Down
Over 2,500 Punjab Poultry Farms Closed in Two Years


Submissions Open for European Egg, Meat Symposia


Egg Rate Fails to Pick Up in the New Year
Sale of Dead Broiler Birds to Eateries Raises a Stink
Poultry Feed Eases as Key Ingredients Turn Cheap


Agribusiness Exports Hit All-time High in 2012
Poultry Sector Seeks Market in Africa


Poland Bans Ritual Slaughter of Animals

   South Africa

Minister Calls for Restraint in Farmworkers' Protest


Farm Produce Prices Continue to Rise
Report Says Sick Chickens Sold
Good Practice Feed Manual to be Published in Chinese

   Viet Nam

Food Safety Inspections Stepped Up


Nest Matting, Litter Impact Layer Plumage Condition

   Korea, South

BIRD FLU: Seoul Steps Up Efforts to Prevent Bird Flu


MAGFOR Reinforces AI Surveillance in Nicaragua


Booklet on the Hen Published

   Russian Federation

Moves to Strengthen Poultry Sector in Kuban


JBG to Grow Corn on 1,700-acre Property


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