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Thursday 7th November 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

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Towards a More Sustainable Poultry Sector

For the poultry industry in Mexico to achieve greater economic sustainability, it will invest heavily in 2014 by improving biosecurity and focusing on adding value to the national market.

President of the Mexican Poultry Union (UNA) Jorge García de la Cadena Romero has confirmed that the industry there will invest over US$230 million to modernise the sector and to strengthen its infrastructure and industrialisation processes.

These resources will give Mexico a modern poultry infrastructure in order to guarantee the production of safe food, not only for the internal market but also for export.

A significant international partnership has been formed with the aim to breed more disease-resistant and heat-tolerant chickens for Africa.

The new effort is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of Feed the Future, the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The programme aims to increase dramatically chicken production among African rural households and small farms to advance food security, human nutrition and personal livelihoods.

The international research team is led by Huaijun Zhou of the University of California Davis, and includes scientists from Ghana and Tanzania.

On environmental sustainability in its widest sense, divisions have been sharply highlighted the last few weeks in a battle between top scientists over the safety of Genetically Modified (GM) crops and foods.

On the one hand, the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility has rejected claims by seed developers and some scientists and commentators that there is a scientific consensus on the safety of GM.

On the other hand, the Agricultural Biotechnology Council says that the overwhelming evidence points to the safety of these crops.

Also on on environmental sustainability, new phosphorus rules from 2015 in the Chesapeake Bay area in the US states of Delaware and Maryland will impact the chicken litter business there but they open the possibility of using the litter as a bioenergy source.

Environmental concerns are not limited to the US. Agriculture Ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) have signed a joint statement in Brazil to minimise the negative effects of climate change on agriculture and food security.

The statement is for cooperation initiatives within and outside of the BRICS, to foster the production of foods that are less dependent on climatic effects.

In terms of animal welfare as part of the ethical element of sustainability, a recent newspaper article - 'USDA plan to speed up poultry-processing lines could increase risk of bird abuse' - brought a swift response from the National Chicken Council (NCC) to point out that processors do their utmost to ensure good animal welfare.

The main concern of the newspaper article was that line speeds in poultry plants will be too fast to ensure efficient, accurate and safe inspection and to ensure that diseased and contaminated birds do not enter the food chain. These concerns have been raised by the inspectors' union and welfare groups across the US.

In its response to the article, NCC said: "The figures cited by the Washington Post represent one one-hundredth of one per cent (0.01 per cent) of the chickens we process for meat per year. But the industry is working every day to get those figures as close to zero as possible. In fact, the National Chicken Council's Animal Welfare Guidelines for Broilers will be updated this year to help achieve that goal."

Highlighting that progress has already been made by the poultry industry towards greater sustainability, a new study from the US Egg Industry Center in the US shows that egg production can now demonstrate greater sustainability and lower emissions.

The study found that, compared to 1960, today's egg production results in less polluting emissions, including 71 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions. Hens now use 32 per cent less water per dozen eggs produced and just a little over half the amount of feed to produce a dozen eggs. The birds produce 27 per cent more eggs per day and are living longer.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Mycotoxins and Their Effects on the Intestinal Health of Poultry
In a presentation to the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Congress, Professor Siska Croubels focused on the effects of Fusarium trichothecenes on the intestinal health of poultry. Senior editor, Jackie Linden, reports.

Forage Impacts on Poultry Meat and Egg Quality
A multitude of customer experiences reinforces the claim that pastured poultry is different from birds raised indoors. 'Pastured Poultry Nutrition and Forages' from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA) examines the evidence.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Africa's Chicken Growth Exceeds World Average
Over the last decade, there has been a five per cent annual increase in chicken meat output from Africa countries, which has increased the continent's share of global production. In Oceania, the increase has been a little slower but further growth in output is forecast, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans.

Research Round-up on Feeding Broiler Breeders
Broiler breeders need to have their feed intake restricted in order to maintain egg production but this can make their feeding more challenging. Two recent scientific papers demonstrate the importance of trace mineral levels for the health of the progeny as well as the effects of different fibre sources on the hens' egg output.

Company News

‘Strategy for Survival’ Laid out by Aviagen at PIET Conference
UK - Demand needs will pose the poultry industry several challenges in the coming decade as the sector grows with the help of emerging markets.
Zoetis Reports Third Quarter Revenue Up Eight Per Cent
US - Zoetis Inc. reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2013. The company reported revenue of $1.1 billion for the third quarter of 2013, an increase of eight per cent from the third quarter of 2012. Revenue reflected an operational increase of nine per cent, with foreign currency having a negative impact of one percentage point.
Finalists Chosen for Poultry Trainee of Year Award
UK - Three of the poultry industry’s most promising young workers from Herefordshire, Lincolnshire and Scotland have been chosen as finalists for the Zoetis / British Poultry Council (BPC) Trainee of the Year Award.
Focus on Sharing Poultry Industry’s Sustainability Story at Expo
US - The sixth annual "Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit" will be held during the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Multiple Mycotoxins in Grain Pose a Threat to Poultry Population
US – Ninety per cent of global corn, grain and barley samples taken from 2013’s harvest contain three to 11 mycotoxins, increasing risks for bird health and performance, according to Alltech.
FAI Explores Cage-free Egg Production in Brazil
BRAZIL – Based on the results of the first two flocks, good results can be achieved by laying hens kept in a cage-free house in Brazil, says Murilo Quintiliano, Executive Director of FAI Brazil.
Broilers Four Days Faster?
GLOBAL - It’s a very big claim when someone says to you that they are producing broilers four days faster when using your light bulbs than any other light source they have tried, according to AgriLamp.
EU Authorisation for Mycofix Secure and Biomin BBSH 797
AUSTRIA - Biomin has announced the authorisation of two Biomin products as 'substances for reduction of the contamination of feed by mycotoxins'.
IPPE to Host Workshop on Poultry Handling, Transportation Quality Assurance
US – As part of the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) education line-up, Pennsylvania State University and US Poultry & Egg Association will again host a Poultry Handling and Transportation Quality Assurance 'Train the Trainer' workshop for poultry transporters and catch crews.
Sturdy Brown Layers from Indbro for Rural Egg Production
INDIA - Pure-line breeding company, Indbro Research & Breeding Farms Pvt. Ltd, has come up with a sturdy brown layer capable of producing 300 eggs under rural production conditions with low-quality inputs.
Red Mite Product Unique in its Ability to Accept Electrostatic Charge
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, says PCS Poultry.
Latest 'How to' Focuses on Improving Hatchability of Stored Eggs
UK - The latest in Aviagen’s popular series of 'How To…' guides is now available to download. All advice provided in this series is based on research and trials by Aviagen’s Global Hatchery Team.
Sulphonamide Tests Give Greater Confidence to Food Processors
UK - Poultry processors struggling to screen accurately for sulphonamide antibiotics could improve their quality control by testing for each specific compound, according to Randox.
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Poultry Council to Hire Policy Consultant
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Canadian Agriculture Promoted at Winter Fair
Confidence US M-COOL Will Be Addressed in US Farm Bill
Quarterly Earnings at Maple Leaf Take a Tumble

   United States

Consumers Misled by Recent Attempts to Strip COOL Law
Partnership for Programme to Develop Disease-resistant, Heat-tolerant Chickens for Africa
Report Says Egg Industry is More Sustainable Despite Expansion
US Eyes European Union Market for Poultry Meat Exports
CME: Sharp Decline in Chicken Breast Inventories
Will Poultry Inspection Modernisation Compromise Bird Welfare?
CME: Government Shutdown Information Gap Slowly Being Filled
Future Phosphorus Rules Pave the Way for Chicken Litter as Bioenergy Source
Pilgrim's Pride Achieves 10 Per Cent Margin
US Poultry Industry Expresses Concerns about US-EU Trade Deal


Newcastle Disease Outbreak Reported in Cyprus

   United Kingdom

Poultry, Pig Farm Incomes Rise
Industry ‘Champions’ to Support New Skills Strategy
Call for Thriving Tenancy Sector
Ag Policy Decisions by Defra Could Hamper Development
Huge Potential for Poultry Industry, Says Union President
Chickens to Benefit from Biofuels Breakthrough
Agriculture Policy Announcement Critical Step Forward

   Viet Nam

BIRD FLU: Viet Nam Poultry Infected with H5N1


Egg Futures to Trade in Dalian
China Forced to Import More Soy to Meet Demand
China Reports Stability in Food Prices


Brazilian Chicken Meat Prices Down in October
No Chlorine Used in Poultry Processing, Says Brazilian Industry
Brazilian Chicken Meat Exports Reach Historic Highs in October


Irish Poultry Sector Set to Soar


Taiwan Ducks Affected by Bird Flu Outbreak


Jamaicans Urged to Eat Local Produce


Free-range Egg Production Does Not Raise Bird Flu Risk


Egg, Milk Prices Go Down


Fast-growing Chicken Breed Hits Rwandan Market

   South Africa

Poultry Producers Seek Protection from EU Dumping

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Increases Sales Volume


Biosecurity: Focus of Mexican Poultry Industry Investment


Ban by Japan on Wisconsin Poultry Meat Lifted


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