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Thursday 25th April 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Poultry Industry Aims for Greater Sustainability; Latest on H7N9 Flu in China

With Mexico facing severe drought conditions again this year, the federal government has announced stringent conservation measures to preserve already tight water supplies, particularly in a large area just south of the border with the US.

Continuing on the theme of sustainability, attendees at the International Egg Commission's recent meeting in Madrid learnt that the ability to balance the needs of people, animals and the planet provides excellent opportunities for the egg industry.

In the UK, Sainsbury's Innovation Fund is supporting an ADAS project examining the extent to which higher levels of UK-produced rapeseed meal can be substituted for soybean meal in broiler chicken diets. The aim is to allow the substitution without compromising productivity or welfare, whilst reducing the environmental impact and improving sustainability of poultry meat production.

A joint international mission has completed its study of the situation regarding avian influenza A(H7N9) in China. The latest information from WHO (on 23 April) gives a total of 108 confirmed cases of the virus in humans, of whom, 22 have died.

Whilst the virus is known to be the result of a virus reassortment including one of avian origin, no link has been clearly established with poultry in the transmission to people. However, the mission team has reported: "According to available evidence, birds infected by the virus, especially poultry, and the environment contaminated by the virus are the most likely sources of infection. The risk of infection appears most concentrated in live poultry markets".

They said: "Steps taken so far, such as the suspension of live bird markets in Shanghai, were timely and sound. In Shanghai, it appears that so far poultry infections are limited to live markets". However, they cautioned that experts still have only a limited understanding of the full extent of the disease.

The first of the mission's seven recommendations is "to undertake intense and focused investigations to determine the source(s) of human H7N9 infections with a view to taking urgent action to prevent continuing virus spread and its potentially severe consequences for human and animal health".

On other forms of bird flu, FAO reports that H5N1 highly pathogenic avian flu is endemic in Egypt, continues to cause considerable economic loss to poultry producers and remains a public health challenge in the country. The Mexican authorities have reported 11 new outbreaks of H7N3 avian flu during March, including one in a village flock far from the area originally affected.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Chickens Do Not Receive Growth Hormones: So Why All the Confusion?
The truth is that no hormones are used in poultry production. Even though the truth speaks for itself, the poultry industry must be vocal if we expect the message to be heard, according to Dr Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor) and Dr Wei Zhai (Assistant Research Professor, Poultry Science) of Mississippi State University Extension Service.

GB Emerging Threats Report – Avian Diseases – October-December (Q4) 2012
A recurrence in cases of blackhead (histomonosis) in turkeys is among the highlights of this latest report from the AHVLA.

Outcome of an Artificial Coccidial Infection in Poults under the Influence of Floor Heating
Both the moisture content and temperature of the litter affected the progress of coccidiosis in young turkeys, according to a new study at Hannover University.

Observations of Benzimidazole Efficacy against Ascaridia and Heterakis in Naturally Infected Poultry
Fenbendazole was 85 to 90 per cent effective for the removal of Ascaridia and Heterakis populations in free-range laying hens, report researchers from the University of Arkansas. In growing turkeys, efficacies against Ascaridis were 0, 71 and 83 per cent for albendazole drench, fenbendazole drench and fenbendazole-medicated feed, respectively.

Attic Inlet Operation Guidelines
Simple rules to get the most out of a poultry house attic inlet system from Michael Czarick (Extension Engineer) and Brian Fairchild (Extension Poultry Scientist) with the University of Georgia in the series, 'Poultry Housing Tips'.

Company News

Higher Quality Deboned Meat with LIMA Machines
EU - In March 2012, EFSA published a long study confirming that "technological advances have resulted in low pressure products resembling minced meat", according to LIMA.
Global Mycotoxin Survey Report 2012 Published by Biomin
GLOBAL - Biomin has published its mycotoxin analysis results for the period January and December 2012.
Ceva Expands Veterinary Team
US - Ceva Animal Health has recruited three new veterinary professionals to support the company’s rapidly growing livestock and companion animal product portfolios. Jo Gourlay and Anna Zakharova have joined the team as field-based Veterinary Advisors, while Emma Rixon has been appointed as the office-based Technical Advisor.
Jamesway Holds 5th Latin America Incubation Seminar
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Jamesway’s popular Latin America Incubation Seminar was held in the Dominican Republic on 23 to 25 April.
New Salmonella Enteritidis Vaccine Option for Poultry Producers
US - Merck Animal Health has introduced SE Guard(tm), the newest vaccine available for both broiler breeders and layers, to control the threat of Salmonella enteritidis.
Novus's Thad Simons Receives Award
US - The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named Thad Simons, President and CEO of Novus International, Inc., 2013 Agribusiness Leader of the Year.
Aviagen Demonstrates Commitment to Asian Market
THAILAND - Aviagen was delighted to take part in another VIV Asia Show in March. The theme for the company’s stand, which received over 400 visitors, was Global Leader. Local Partner. Right Choice.
AgriLamp at the Shows
THAILAND - Continuing the success experienced at previous poultry trade shows, Agrilamp received a phenomenal response after recently attending VIVAsia and AgraMe in March, and Fieravicola in April, where Agrilamp technology and the benefits it brings were showcased.
Market Reports

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USDA Chickens and Eggs - April 2013
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Global Poultry Industry News


Minister Urges Supporting Poultry Farms
BIRD FLU: WHO Statement, Recommendation Following Joint Mission; Virus Found at Live Markets, Farm
IPC Says Poultry is Safe When Properly Cooked
H7N9 Flu Virus Found at Three More Chinese Markets, One Farm


Organic Trace Minerals Lead to Thicker Eggshells
BSAS: Could Wine Industry Waste Be Used in Broiler Feed?


Broilers Perform Well on Diets Based on Triticale Plus Enzyme

   United States

Pilgrim's Pride Fined over Safety
USDA Feed Review: Bids Mixed on Weather, Bird Flu, Lower Chinese Growth
Impact of China's Recent Bird Flu on Corn Demand Uncertain
Roundtable to Highlight Development in Breeding, Medical Genetics
Journalists Flock to North Carolina for Chicken Media Summit
Poultry Federation Opens Doors to Conference Centre
FDA Cautions Interpretation of Antimicrobial Resistance Data
Mountaire Builds New Hatchery
Livestock Producers Should Expect Bright Future
CME: Cold Storage Protein Stocks up on Five-Year Average
Chicken: Safe, Healthy Part of Balanced Diet, Says NCC

   United Kingdom

New Groceries Code Adjudicator Explains Role
ADAS Secures Grant to Assess Global Sustainable Impact of Feeding Poultry
Devenish Nutrition Increases Presence in GB Market
Training Showcase and Networking Event
Moy Park Team Lends a Hand to Farm Africa
NFU: Put Profitability Back into British Farming
CAP Budget Cuts Require Rethink of Spending
Call for United Front on Poultry Welfare
Roslin Study Shows How Salmonella Colonises the Gut
Conference Addresses Large-Scale Production


Government to Reduce Food Import Bill


US Farmers Hail Trade Policy Adoption

   European Union

Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium DT8 Associated with Duck Eggs

   South Africa

South African Chicken Producers Intensify Bid for Import Duties
Southern African Feed Manufacturers’ Association Launched

   Palestinian Territory

Chicken Prices Skyrocket in West Bank


Tamil Nadu to Promote Poultry Clusters in Poor Districts


Improving Animal Health Planning to Control H5N1 Bird Flu in Egypt

   Costa Rica

Costa Rica Reports Fowl Typhoid Outbreak


Sustainability at Top of IEC Conference Agenda


Mexico Faces Severe Drought Again
Mexico Reports 11 New H7N3 Flu Outbreaks

   Korea, South

Import Price Hike for Agricultural Products in March


French Action Plan for Poultry Sector


Common Agricultural Policy Reform on Course


Growing Forward 2 Launched in Manitoba


Layer Hybrids React Differently to Fibre Source


Newcastle Disease Reported in Libya

   United Arab Emirates

Detained Shipment of US Leg Quarters Released


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