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

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Welfare in the Global Spotlight

Following the 'Food Dialogues' discussion held recently in the US on livestock handling and animal welfare, a panel of experts from FAI Farms, based in Europe and South America, offered their views on some of the issues raised.

Based in the UK, Dr Ashleigh Bright, raised the point that the US panel focused more on general animal health and care rather than on those aspects that allow the animals to express their natural behaviour.

Karl Williams, also from the UK, said that higher welfare standards in Europe have been led by the leading retailers and that many producers would be prepared to invest for further welfare benefits if they achieved higher returns for their products.

From Brazil, Murilo Quintiliano highlighted that producers outside the US seem more open to discussion on new technologies and systems that would meet consumer demands for better welfare. In his country, it appears that public interest in animal production systems and welfare develops as soon as they become aware that there are alternatives.

Returning to the US, the National Turkey Federation and the American Meat Institute have released a video presentation of a turkey farm and processing plant hosted by leading animal welfare expert, Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University.

Professor Grandin guides the viewing public with an expert eye on the growth and delivery of 253 million turkeys each year.

She said: "I'm really pleased that the industry wanted the public to see this process because I think we need to show people how it's just done right in a typical plant. There's a lot of good work going on in animal agriculture and I'm glad we're telling our story openly and honestly."

In New Zealand, the Green Party is calling for changes to the Animal Welfare Act to end "cruel farming practices", which appears to include commercial broiler production.

Increasing demand for higher welfare food in Australia has led to retailer, Woolworths, announcing that it will stop selling cage eggs in all cartons and in home-brand products by 2018. The move has been welcomed by the country's welfare campaigners, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals but it has not delighted all farmers.

In India, animal welfare activists are urging the government to ban the use of battery cages for laying hens.

References to animal welfare have been included in the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

Last Friday, 4 October, was World Animal Day. On that day, European Union welfare campaigners, Eurogroup for Animals, presented the European Commission with detailed demands for a new framework for future animal welfare.

In the UK, The Farm Animal Welfare Committee has published its review of the implications for animal welfare of farm assurance schemes.

The Committee Chairman, commented: "Overall, we believe that farm assurance schemes have helped to deliver improved farm animal welfare. We recognise the potential for assurance schemes to deliver further welfare benefits for farm animals and with them can come further advantages for producers and consumers."

And finally, Friday 11 October in World Egg Day - so get out there and spread the word about how great eggs are!

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Europe's Trade Closely Linked to Business between EU Countries
Trade in chicken meat is an active and slowly growing business in Europe but the majority of the trade is between European Union member states, writes industry analyst, Terry Evans.

Gut Health and Diagnostic Challenges Addressed at AVMA Convention
One session at the 150th annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in Chicago in July 2013 was devoted to poultry gut health problems and associated diagnostic issues.

On-Farm Euthanasia of Spent Layer Hens
An Australian study is examining euthanasia as a practical and humane alternative to the usual practice of depopulating layer houses by catching crews and transporting the birds to the processing plant, reports Byron Stein, editor of 'The Drumstick' for New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Australia: Agricultural Commodities: Chicken Meat
A review of the state of the industry by Clay Mifsud, based on research by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) for the September Quarter 2013.

Performance of Broilers Fed a Broader-spectrum Antibiotic or a Narrower-spectrum antibiotic over Three Consecutive Grow-out Cycles
New research from the US shows that broilers respond differently in terms of performance to broad- and narrow-spectrum antibiotics and that the response varies over successive flocks, possibly related to the evolution of different gut microflora rather than the development of any antibiotic resistance. Furthermore, bacteria involved in leg infections were thought to have originated in the gut.

Effect of Chitosan as a Biological Sanitiser for Salmonella Typhimurium and Aerobic Gram-negative Spoilage Bacteria Present on Chicken Skin
Chitosan in solution has potential as an intervention to reduce foodborne pathogens on the surface of chicken skin contaminated with bacteria during storage, according to new research from the University of Arkansas.

Chicken Meat Extract Can Benefit the Human Brain
A study by researchers from the University of Putra in Malaysia shows that the chicken ingredient, CMI-168, has beneficial effects on the human brain.

Company News

Kenocox: Missing Link in Coccidiosis Control
BELGIUM - In today's modern poultry farming, coccidiosis is one of the most harmful parasites diseases, especially in broiler chicken, explains CID Lines. The disease is caused by a protozoan-type parasite of the genus, Eimeria.
Two New Houses for Turkey Production Draw Interest
GERMANY - The Röben family from Edewecht-Osterscheps in the German Ammerland district has been producing turkeys for the past 12 years. To enlarge the family-owned farm, two new fattening houses for a total of 10,000 turkeys have now been built on the premises with support from Big Dutchman.
2014 Atlanta Expo to Feature Two New Exhibits
US - Attendees of the upcoming 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will have a unique opportunity to explore two new interactive exhibits.
Zoetis Withdraws Marketing Authorisation for Two Arsenicals
US - Zoetis Inc. has notified the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the company will voluntarily withdraw the marketing authorizations (New Animal Drug Applications) for 3-Nitro (roxarsone) and Carb-O-Sep® (carbarsone).
Europe's Most Sustainable Industrial Building Located in Netherlands
NETHERLANDS - The Venco Campus in Eersel has received the first BREEAM-NL Outstanding certificate.
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Global Poultry Industry News


World Celebration for Eggs
Animal Welfare Included in Trade Agreement Between EU, Korea
Call for Countries to Adapt to Food Price Volatility
Sustainability, Feed Safety and Food Security under Discussion
Food Dialogues: Animal Welfare - Beyond the Hype
BIRD FLU: No Bird Flu in Barbados and in the Caribbean, Say Officials; Philippines Bans Taiwan Poultry
Egg Commission Gets Serious This World Egg Day
Agriculture Dependent on Future of Global Food Demand
FAO Food Price Index Reflects Stronger Poultry Prices

   United States

Fresno State Professor Honoured for Poultry Programme
USPoultry, Foundation Approve New Research Grants
UGA Faculty and Staff Honoured with 2013 D.W. Brooks Awards
Solid Start to New Fiscal Year, Says Cargill
Poultry Scientist Studies Impact of Stress on Health of Chickens
Grandin Explains Turkey Farming, Processing in New Video
Scientific Forum: Deadline Tonight
US Government Shutdown Makes Trading Decisions Uncertain
Poultry Groups Thank Govt for Timely Response Regarding Animal Vaccines
Farm Bureau Takes Action to Appeal Against 'Pollution Diet'
Poultry Company Works with Agencies over Salmonella Issue
Public Health Alert Issued for Chicken Products
Chicken Council Responds to University's Chicken Nuggets Study
More Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Kosher Chicken, Study Finds
Farmers Union Concerned by Impact of Government Shutdown
Formation of US Senate Chicken Caucus Announced
Request Made for Funds to Release Animal Vaccines
Shoppers Find Higher Prices for Poultry and Dairy Products
Report Touts Importance of Agriculture Exports to US Economy


Animal Welfare Best Practices for
Producers and Processors

More Precise Use of Antibiotics in Food Animals Allowed
Manitoba Egg Producers to Phase out Conventional Cages


Direct Campylobacter Poultry Kit Launched by Merck Millipore
   United Kingdom

Scottish Poultry Flock Decreased in June
British, Irish Goose Producers Head for Yorkshire
Jones Appointed New Chairman of Alliance
More Positive Response to NFU's Back British Tour
Weather a Major Factor Affecting Supply Chain
Committee Links Animal Welfare with Farm Assurance Schemes
NFUS Advises Making Best Use of EU's Recent CAP Deal
Moy Park Awarded Waitrose Way Awards
UK Analysis Finds Little Cause for Concern

   Russian Federation

Russian President Meets Poultry Meat Company Head
Cherkizovo Chief Calls for Cooperation between Business, Government


Jamaican Egg Suppliers Scramble to Fill Production Gap


Welfarists Back Woolworths' Move to Phase out Caged Eggs
Woolworths' Eggs Ban Infuriates Farmers
Australian Egg Corporation Voices Opinion on Egg Production Systems

   New Zealand

Study Reveals Cruelty of Chicken Farming, Claims Green Party

Yum Warns of Delay in China Sales Recovery


Activist Urges Govt to Phase out 'Barren Battery Cages'
Tamil Nadu Officials Seize Chicken, Meat


Perlis to Get RM270 Million Poultry Farm
Did Chicken Cause Food Poisoning Deaths?


Cutlait Re-elected Feed Federation Chairman


Scientists Unite to Provide Basis for Food Security

   South Africa

Egg Commission's Cape Town Conference Comes to an End
South Africa Avoids Trade Spat with Brazil
SA Poultry Producers Feeling the Pinch


Strong Quarter Reported by Thai Poultry Company, GFPT

   Czech Republic

Czech Farmers to Receive Compensation Following June Floods


Exports Can Fetch Valuable Foreign Exchange, Says Poultry Association


Suspected Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Zimbabwean Province


Ethiopia to Hold First 'Ethiopian Poultry Mission to the Netherlands'

   European Union

Call for Delivery of New Framework for Animal Welfare Law


Philippines Bans Poultry Imports from Taiwan on Avian Flu Report


New Professor of Animal Science Appointed at Aarhus University


Brazilian Poultry Exports Down in September


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