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Thursday 28th March 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

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Significant Advances Made in Disease Control

A new synthetic vaccine could signal a new era in vaccine development. These latest developments are the result of collaborative research between Professor David Stuart, University of Oxford, and Dr Bryan Charleston, Head of Livestock Viral Diseases Programme at The Pirbright Institute.

They have developed an entirely synthetic vaccine that triggers response through minute protein shells.

According to its developers, the development is 'the holy grail' of vaccines as it means that treatments can be developed without relying on the growth of live infectious virus. This will help reduce diseases spreading to disease-free areas and could also alter how viruses from the same family are fought, such as polio.

A strain of probiotic bacteria that can fight harmful bacterial infections in poultry has the ability to change its coat, according to new findings from the Institute of Food Research.

The probiotic is currently being taken forward through farm-scale trials to evaluate how well it combats Clostridium perfringens - a cause of necrotic enteritis in poultry and the second most common cause of food poisoning in the UK.

A new study has shown that MRSA - methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - can be transmitted from animals to humans.

The study, entitled 'Whole genome sequencing identifies zoonotic transmission of MRSA isolates with the novel mecA homologue mecC', by researchers in the UK and Denmark, also shows the potential of whole genome sequencing in epidemiological investigations and source tracking of bacterial infections.

In the US, campaigning congresswoman, Louise Slaughter, has welcomed the research and has called on the US authorities to react by reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Natural Ventilation in Organic Poultry Houses in Cold Weather
Winter ventilation and proper management in cooler ambient temperatures to control egg size in brown layers was the topic of Dr Morgan Hayes' presentation at the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, US, writes Carla Wright, Editor, ThePoultrySite.

Preventing Salmonella Colonisation of Chickens: Electrostatic Application of Electrolysed Oxidative Acidic Water
Electrolysed oxidative (EO) water applied using electro-static spraying is an effective means of eliminating pathogenic and indicator populations of bacteria from hatching eggs, according to Dr Scott Russell of the University of Georgia's Department of Poultry Science. Studies he reports demonstrate that the use of EO water in combination with electrostatic spraying may provide a practical and inexpensive way for the industry to significantly lower the number of birds that arrive at the processing plant contaminated with Salmonella.

Effects of Outdoor Access on Growth Performance, Carcass Composition and Meat Characteristics of Broiler Chickens
According to a Chinese study, growth performance and carcass yield were not affected by the birds having access to an outdoor area but some aspects of meat quality were better for free-range birds. The longer the birds had outdoor access, the better the appearance and quality of the meat.

Optimal Specimen Collection and Transport Methods for the Detection of Avian Influenza Virus and Newcastle Disease Virus
Flocked and foam swabs were better than non-flocked swabs, transporting swabs wet was better for virus recovery and detection than transporting them dry and the results depended on the transport medium, researchers in the US report.

Foodborne Disease Prevention and Broiler Chickens with Reduced Campylobacter Infection
The percentage of Campylobacter-positive broiler flocks decreased from more than 40 per cent to a little over 10 per cent when fly-screens were fitted to the poultry houses, according to new research from Denmark.

To Be or Not to Be: Mycotoxicosis
Ines Rodrigues, Technical Manager with Biomin, offers insights into the different symptoms and post-mortem findings to specific mycotoxins, serving as a quick guide when problems arise on a poultry farm.

Company News

Animal Performance at Risk with Poorly Derived Phytase Matrices
UK - Inorganic phosphorus is often the second most expensive nutrient in a diet, and consequently there is pressure to minimise dietary phosphorus safety margins. Most producers use a phytase enzyme and rely on the manufacturer’s recommended matrix value to determine how much added phosphorus can be removed from the diet, says AB Vista.
Jamesway Appointment to R&D/Engineering Teams
CANADA - Jamesway Incubator Company has recently appointed Scott Galea to the position of Engineering Manager.
Aviagen Starts to Use New Trials Hatchery at Spelderholt
NETHERLANDS - Aviagen has made significant investments at its Spelderholt research and development facility based in Lelystad. The latest of these is a newly equipped hatchery to add to the existing broiler and parent stock houses.
Fossil Shield + PCS Poultry Professional On-site Service
UK - There are many red mite control products on the market, however, Fossilshield is a non-toxic diatomaceous earth and is unique in its ability to accept an electrostatic charge due to its high resistance to moisture, according to PCS Poultry.
Latest Aviagen ‘How To...’ Focuses on Egg Turning
GLOBAL - Aviagen has released the 8th publication in the popular ‘How To...’ series of hatchery tutorials, aimed at providing practical advice for hatchery managers and supervisors. The latest ‘How To...’ focuses on egg turning in the hatchery. An important subject, egg turning has a big impact on embryo development and hatchability.
ABCA Shares Innovations, Insight at VIV Asia 2013
THAILAND - To inaugurate its launch in Asia at VIV Asia 2013 in Bangkok, leading agricultural feed solutions supplier, ABCA, brought together a global panel of industry experts to speak about 'The Next Paradigm Shift' in the animal feed circle.
Vencogroep Asia Sdn Bhd at Full Strength
THAILAND - Vencogroep Asia Sdn Bhd* has expanded its operational team in recent months to better serve the markets in Asia and the Pacific. The expansion reflects the commitment of the Venco Groep to these markets. VIV Asia was enthusiastically attended by the Venco Group Asia team.
VIV Asia 2013: Conference ‘Key to Successful Broiler Production’
THAILAND - Over 200 people registered themselves for the conference ‘Key to successful broiler production’ organized by VIV and Jansen Poultry Equipment during VIV Asia.
Chinese Companies, Hy-Line International Sign MoUs
CHINA - At a recent ceremony held at the Iowa State Capitol, government officials from the province of Hebei, People’s Republic of China and the state of Iowa witnessed signing of Memorandums of Understanding between three Hebei companies and Hy-Line International.
Novus at 2013 Excellence in Best Practices Awards Gala
US - Novus International, Inc. was presented the Animal Feed Ingredients Product Differentiation Excellence Award for its trace minerals product line MINTREX® at a gala hosted by Frost & Sullivan, a global research organization, on Tuesday, 12 March 2013, in San Diego, California.
Continuous Investments in Petersime Incubators by Lantmännen
SWEDEN - Lantmännen Swehatch, part of one of the Nordic area’s largest groups within food, energy, machinery and agriculture, has recently replaced six incubators in its hatchery in Väderstad with Petersime BioStreamer™ incubators. At the same time, 12 other Petersime incubators have been upgraded.
Investment in Technology and Training for Aviagen
GLOBAL - Over the last 50 years the poultry industry has changed dramatically, there is no denying that. Advances made in technology have played a big role in this. At an industry level, Aviagen has been responsible for a number of firsts, including lixiscopes to look at leg strength, oximeters to test respiratory systems and the implementation of genomic selection in the commercial breeding programme.
LIMA Small Game Separators
FRANCE - More and more game such as quails, guinea fowls for their eggs, and rabbit for their high quality lean meat, are meeting increasing success on the market.
Additives to Improve Feed Quality, Increase Sustainability
UK - The Earth’s population is steadily increasing and demands for food products are increasing all the time. Optivite says this is placing greater demands on the world's resources and an increasing emphasis on ensuring that what we use and produce is sustainable in the long term.
Aviagen Announces Appointment of Operations Manager in NZ
NEW ZEALAND - Aviagen has announced the arrival and appointment of Marc Scott as the new Operations Manager, responsible for the management of team and the production in New Zealand.
Stressed Broilers? Betafin Natural Betaine the Correct Choice
UK - When production stresses are a problem and eating into your profits, supplementing feed with Betafin® natural betaine from Danisco Animal Nutrition (part of DuPont®) is the natural way to maintain performance and reduce animal production costs.
Market Reports

UK January Agricultural Price Index - 21 March 2013
Irish CSO: Agricultural Price Indices - January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 22 March 2013
USDA Chickens and Eggs - March 2013
USDA GAIN: China Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 25 March 2013
USDA Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 2 Percent from Last Year
NAB Rural Commodities Wrap - March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 26 March 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Indonesia
China Wholesale Prices - 27 March 2013
USDA Agricultural Prices - 27 March 2013
USDA Broiler Hatchery: Broiler - Type Eggs Set in the 19 State Total Up 2 Percent
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 28 March 2013

Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

Fuel Mandate Blamed for Growing Global Political Unrest
Poultry Groups Refute Recent Claims on Poultry Worker Safety
2013 Corn and Soybean Acreage and Yield Prospects
CME: Large Frozen Meat, Poultry Stocks at February End
Georgia Closes on Property for New Poultry Lab
Industry Association Releases Videos on Antibiotic Use
Kentucky Researchers Conduct Major Poultry Litter Study
2012: Record Year for Land O'Lakes
CME: Corn, Wheat & Soybean Acres Expected to Rise
US Egg Farmers Donate Nearly 9m Eggs in Time for Easter


Japfa Prepares $102 Million for Poultry Business

   United Kingdom

TURKEY CONFERENCE: Focus on Welfare and Management
Study Looks at Why Chickens Overeat
Poultry Probiotic Cuts Coat to Beat Bad Bacteria

   European Union

Commission Further Streamlines List of Authorised Additives in Animal Feed
Will Retailers Be Responsible for New EU Meat and Food Labelling Laws?
EU Institutions Urged to Include Report Findings in Final CAP Agreement


Census of Agriculture, Fisheries Ongoing


Future Leaders Flock to PoultryGrad 2013
Egg Grading Game to Enhance Public Appreciation of Industry
Spotlight on Poultry CRC’s Program 3: Safe and Quality Food Production
Inghams Sacks Workers for Cruelty to Turkeys
Poultry CRC Launches iTunes App
Chickens Just as Busy as Easter Bunnies
Future Leaders Flock to PoultryGrad 2013


JBS Credit Rating Upgraded by Moody’s
Poultry Prices Continue to Fall
Russia Lifts Ban on Poultry Products from Paraná


Netherlands Reports LPAI Outbreak in Flevoland


OIE Reports LPAI at Poultry Farm in North Rhine-Westphalia

   Korea, South

South Korea's Price-driven Market Ready to Rebound


Imports Threatening Local Poultry Industry?


More Chickens Than People in Switzerland


Looming Threat of Water Scarcity
Variability of Corn DDGS Prompts Need to Measure Nutritional Profiles
BIRD FLU: Philippines Bans Italian, Dutch Poultry Products; Culling Continues in Mexico
Study Shows MRSA Transmission from Animals to Humans
New Vaccine to be 'Holy Grail' for Global Disease Control


Jalisco, Guanajuato Continue Vaccinating, Culling
2012 Broiler Meat Production, Trade Estimates Revised


Over 1,000 Ducks Found Dead in Sichuan River
Nissui Sets up Second Chicken Processing Plant in China
China's Farm Produce Prices Drop Again
Working Together to Ensure Food for All
KFC Tightens Control of Chicken Suppliers


Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Hazafon


Broiler Performance Affected by Nutrients, Not Soybean Source

   Dominican Republic

Groups Collaborate in Food, Rural Development Scheme


Report Confirms Ag Sector’s Continued Growth, Economic Value


Poultry Hatchery, Feed Mill Project Successfully Launched


Meat Industry Demands End to Ritual Slaughter Ban


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