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Thursday 3rd October 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Budget Frozen: Will the US Fall Apart?

There is no end yet in sight to the budget deadlock in the US as President Obama and Congressional leaders have so far failed to reach agreement. The situation has led to a partial government shut-down, which includes the closing of the US Department of Agriculture web site and all its reports have ceased for the time being.

President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Bob Stallman, said that farmers and ranchers - along with 90 per cent of the country - are frustrated with Congress for their apparent unwillingness to reach agreement.

On 1 October, he commented: "Aside from shutting down the government, the one-year farm bill extension Congress granted last session also expired at midnight, while the new farm bill has yet to formally reach the conference process."

National Farmers Union president, Roger Johnson wrote to the Speaker of the House of Representatives: "The 2008 Farm Bill has now been allowed to expire twice, most recently on Sept. 30, 2013. The fate of the farm bill is now in your hands."

In a later press release, Mr Johnson said: "The US Congress has put all Americans in a dire situation. The uncertainty created by the failure to come to an agreement on how to fund the government has overshadowed a situation that impacts the livelihood of so many family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and hungry people in this country."

Has the country fallen apart in the wake of all this uncertainty? Well no, of course not. Meat inspection in the US has continued as normal this week despite many government officials being laid off following the failure to reach agreement over the budget. And the National Chicken Council has elected new officers, including its 2013-2014 chairman, who will be Mike Helgeson, chief executive officer of GNP Company.

In other news, poultry producers in South Africa have won at least a partial victory, achieving significant customs duty increases on imported chicken. However, they say, the main battle - over alleged European Union (EU) dumping - still lies ahead.

The South African Poultry Association's CEO explained that Brazil still supplies most of the chicken imported into South Africa but that most of the product that "causes problems" in the local market stems from the EU.

The EU-28 broiler sector is expected to continue to grow in 2013 and 2014, benefiting from slowly growing domestic demand, according a recent GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Additionally, poultry is less affected than other meats by the economic recession.

In Australia, a consumer advocacy group has lodged a 'super complaint' to New South Wales Fair Trading about the labelling of free-range eggs, alleging that the public is being misled.

The majority of consumers in Canada want clearer animal welfare labels, according to an animal welfare group, which is calling on the country's regulatory agency to require clear, mandatory labels on all animal products.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Taking a Fresh Look at Necrotic Enteritis
Necrotic enteritis remains a challenge to the poultry industry but the progress on a vaccine represents a promising new development on the horizon, according to Professor Van Immerseel of Ghent University, speaking at a recent veterinary conference. Senior editor, Jackie Linden reports.

Northern Fowl Mite Management
Treatment options for these external parasites are limited and may be only partially effective, which makes prevention even more important, according to Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Haitham M. Yakout (Visiting Research Professor) and Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor) of the Poultry Science Department of Mississippi State University.

Poultry Nutrition Symposium: Old Questions Answered, New Ones Unveiled
The 19th European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition, which took place at the end of August, provided a forum for intense discussion between leading scientists and producers from around the world, reports Nottingham Trent University scientist, Emily Burton.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Russia and Ukraine Lead Europe’s Growth
Europe contributes around 16 per cent of total global chicken meat output, reports industry analyst, Terry Evans. The growth in output over the last decade or so has been slow in the European Union but significant increases in production have been achieved in Russia and Ukraine.

French Farmers Take Novel Approach to Broiler House Heating
It is well known that manure generates heat as it decomposes. A chicken farmer in the Loire Valley region of France has found a way of recycling that energy to heat the broiler house for his next flock. Senior editor, Jackie Linden, explains how the system works and the savings it has generated after visiting the farm.

Effects of Growth Pattern and Dietary Crude Protein Levels During Rearing on Body Composition and Performance in Broiler Breeder Females
Egg production, sexual maturation and egg weight were not affected by growth pattern or crude protein levels during rearing, according to new Dutch research.
Company News

IPPE's 30 Under 30 Programme
US - The International Production & Processing Expo is targeting young professionals who normally would not have the opportunity to attend the IPPE.
Customers in CEE Celebrate Excellent Ross Performance
EU - The latest Aviagen® Central and Eastern European (CEE) Flock Awards have taken place, recognising exceptional performances of Ross customers in the region.
New Option for Chelated Trace Minerals
US - According to Novus, the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) has determined that its chelated trace mineral products MINTREX® Zn, MINTREX Cu and MINTREX Mn have met the compliance requirements outlined in the official OMRI Policy Manual and that these products now are listed for use in organic production.
Cobb-Vantress Offers Expanded Website in Numerous Languages
US - Cobb-Vantress, a leader in the research and development, production and sale of broiler breeding stock, has expanded its new web site,, by offering the content in six different languages.
Italian Customers Interested in Production of High Quality Eggs
ITALY - In September 2013, Hy-Line International welcomed customers, Enrico Bonatti and Alberto Angiolini from Parmovo for a three-day visit.
Petersime: Leading Innovator in Turkey Egg Incubation
GLOBAL - Incubating turkey eggs is an art of its own. Petersime has been committed to finding solutions for turkeys since the very beginning of its activities, resulting in an undisputed leadership reputation in that field.
Incubating by Manual Egg Shell Temperature Measurements
BELGIUM - Temperature is the most important incubation parameter, and allowing the egg shell temperature to dictate the air temperature during incubation is without a doubt an excellent method of operation.
Africa: Major Opportunity for Arbor Acres and Poultry Industry
AFRICA - Just over one billion people reside on the African continent on little more than an average of US$1,500 per capita gross domestic product compared to a global average of just over $10,000.
Aviagen School Breeder Module Absolutely ‘Pivoting’
UK - Students from 23 countries who attended the recent Aviagen® Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) School Breeder Module have pronounced the course ‘empowering’ following a week-long workshop-style business focused exercise.
New SNP Chip to Speed up ISA’s 500-Eggs Mission
NETHERLANDS - The new SNP chip, developed by ISA’s research partner Hendrix Genetics Research and Technology Centre, enables ISA to respond more quickly to fast changing demands and make its genetic selection procedures both faster and more efficient.
BETCO Agri-housing: Important Exhibitor at the IPPE 2014
US - BETCO’s International Division, now known as BETCO Agri-housing, will be a prominent exhibitor at the IPPE (International Production & Processing Expo) trade show in Atlanta, Georgia from 28 to 30 January 2014.
Biosecurity: Prevention is Better Than Cure
UK - When it comes to viral respiratory diseases such as Infectious bronchitis (IB) and Newcastle Disease (ND), prevention is better than cure, says the Aviagen Technical Transfer Team.
Cobb Strengthens North American Technical Service Team
US - Dr Juan Luis Ordaz has joined Cobb-Vantress, Inc to be responsible for providing technical support for customers in Mexico and the growing sales base in Central America.
Agrilamp Beats Competitors in French Broiler Test
FRANCE - Arrive has tested Agrilamp 30w against its competitors in a head-to-head five-flock test.
Official Opening of Pericoli Asia-Pacific Sdn Bhd
MALAYSIA - Termotecnica Pericoli has announced the official opening of its new manufacturing and distribution facility in Malaysia.
Randox Leads the Way in Coccidostat Testing
UK - Randox Food Diagnostics leads the way with first comprehensive test for coccidostats in poultry meat and eggs.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 30 September 2013
USDA GAIN: EU-28 Poultry and Products Annual 2013
USDA Agricultural Prices - 27 September 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 27 September 2013

Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

National Chicken Council Elects New Officers
NFU Leaves Farm Bill in Speaker's Hands
America in Dire Situation, Say Farmers
Most of US Frustrated with Congress, Says Bureau President
Meat Inspection Unaffected by US Budget Stalemate
Farmers Need Guidance on New Food Safety Regulations
Citizen Petition on Arsenic-based Animal Drugs Denied
US Health Reforms: How Do They Affect Farmers?
Cal-Maine Marks Strong Start to Year
Poultry Association Announces New Research Programme
Coalition Urges USDA to Reject COOL Rule Extension Request
US Farmers Hope New House Rule Will Pave Way for Farm Bill
US Wins Trade Dispute with China over Chicken Products
CME: Broiler Producers Opt for Softer Pricing for Breast Meat
New Poultry Partnership for Arkansas


Armenia Reports Drop in Egg Production

   South Africa

South African Poultry Producers Victorious over Duty Ruling
SA Poultry Firms Braced for EU Tariffs Battle
Chicken Price to Rise in South Africa as Import Tariffs Increased
South Africa Raises Import Duties on Whole Chickens


Poultry Demand in India Falls as Buyers Cut Down on Onions
Indian Poultry Feed May Rule Flat


Group Calls for Mandatory Production System Labels in Canada
Canada Assesses Meat Buying from Argentina
Farmers Should Focus on Food When Communicating with Public


BRF Listed Among Most Sustainable Companies

   United Kingdom

Supermarket Supports 'Back British' Campaign
Call for Papers for Animal Welfare Conference
New Code for Veterinary Medicine Promotion in UK
Britain's Livestock Sector Could Cut Down GHG Emissions
Farmers Support Agricultural Wages Board Transition
'Back British Farming' Campaign Heads out on Tour
Kids to Learn How to Cook to End Britain’s Cooking Crisis
Poultry Council Launches New Schools Pack to Promote Poultry Career
British Farming Set to Meet GHG Reduction Target for 2020
UK University Studies Possibilities of Sustainable Livestock Production


Collaboration Announces Grant to Tackle Diseases
FAO Highlights Possibilities of Cutting Down GHG Emissions
Brazil, Mexico Discuss Trade Agenda


Tanzanian District to Launch First Ever Poultry Abattoir in 2014

   European Union

New EU Farm Policy Clears Key Hurdle
EU-28 Poultry Sector to Grow Again in 2013 and 2014
Call for Inclusion of Responsible Use of Antibiotics in EU
How Can Farm Subsidies Be Made Fairer?


Call for Crackdown on Free Range Egg Labelling


China Approves Egg Futures Trading
China's Ministry Welcomes WTO Poultry Ruling


Malaysian Health Ministry Finds Food Dye in Three Chicken Samples


Thai Retailers, Ministry Help Control Food Prices
Saha Farms Hopes for Quick Loan Approval


Europe's Poultry Producers Address How to Continue Their Success


Chicken Legs Home to Drug-resistant Bacteria in Germany


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