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Thursday 21st November 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

How to Encourage More Sustainable Choices

Taxes and a new system of value-added tax (VAT) could be used to stimulate sustainable agriculture, food production and consumption.

The concept would see consumers directed towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly products through taxation.

To ensure that the environmental impact of products is reflected in their costs, a new study published by the European Commission puts forward recommendations for a system of green VAT based on life cycle assessment (LCA).

This new economic tool would encourage sustainable production and consumption, the researchers claim.

The paper, published in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, proposes a system whereby VAT, calculated based on the environmental impact of the whole life cycle of the product, is used to guide consumers towards more sustainable, environmentally-friendly products.

A recent newspaper article in the UK suggests that farm animal welfare consistently ignored in sustainability reports from leading companies.

The authors, from Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, called on companies to report on all issues stakeholders care about, not just those considered most material. Failure to do so suggests there is something to hide, they say.

Commenting on the article, Øistein Thorsen, Principal Consultant for, told ThePoultrySite: "There is a pretty strong link between sustainability and animal welfare: if you are in the business of producing animal protein, the backbone of your business is the animals you farm. So you could argue the health and sustainability of your business ultimately starts with the health and welfare of those animals."

Turning to news of avian flu, the highly pathogenic H7N3 virus that is circulating in Mexico is of great concern to the Central American poultry industry, particularly Guatemala, according to participants at the XXIII Latin American Poultry Congress, which took place last week in El Salvador. There is reported to be considerable unregulated trade in eggs from Mexico to Guatemala, from where it is feared that the virus could easily spread across the region. A low-pathogenic avian flu virus has been detected at a small poultry farm in Thuringen in central Germany.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Continued Upward Trend in Chicken Consumption in Africa and Oceania
Per-capita chicken meat consumption has generally increased in Africa and Oceania, as in other regions of the world, according to poultry industry analyst, Terry Evans.

Welfare of Laying Hens in Conventional Cages and Alternative Systems: First Steps Towards a Quantitative Comparison
Reviewing published studies comparing the welfare of hens kept in conventional cages with alternative systems, researchers in Australia found that birds in cages had higher egg production. Bones were stronger in those birds in alternative systems, which also allowed more comfort behaviour, such as dust-bathing. No differences in aggressive pecking, feather pecking, mortality or body wounds were found between the systems.

Using Adult Flies as Autodissemination Vehicles to Deliver Larval Fly Control Agents
Research by USDA has shown that pyriproxyfen has excellent potential for fly control and that it is feasible to use flies as autodissemination vehicles.

Mycoplasma Control Explored at AVMA Convention
Recent advances in the control of Mycoplasma synoviae and Mycoplasma gallisepticum were presented in the poultry sessions that were included in the 150th annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), held in July 2013 in Chicago. The session also included a paper on a method to distinguish antibody Responses to Influenza A and Newcastle Disease viruses.

Influence of Pellet Length on Pellet Quality and Performance of Broiler Starters
A study in New Zealand shows that the physical quality of pellets can be significantly enhanced by increasing the pellet length but that young broilers prefer shorter pellets.

Effects of Commercial In-ovo Injection of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol on Hatchability and Hatching Chick Quality of Broilers
In-ovo injection of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol may be effective in alleviating the reduction in hatchability in eggs that sometimes occurs after in-ovo injection of commercial diluent, according to recent research in the US.

Company News

IPPE to Offer Free Educational Programmes to Attendees
US - The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is offering a variety of free education programmes for attendees. The programmes will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, from Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 30 January 2014.
Agrokomplex Gains Unique Status as First Ever AA 400 Club Entrant
RUSSIA - Agrokomplex has become the first ever entrant to the Arbor Acres® 400 Club in the CIS region. The Russian-based company achieved a European Production Efficiency Factor (EPEF) of 417.1 in their broiler flocks.
Devenish Nutrition Announces Second New GB Facility This Year
UK - Belfast-headquartered agri-tech company, Devenish Nutrition, has added a premix facility in Widnes, Cheshire, to its expanding business.
MSD Animal Health UK Appoints Booth as Poultry Business Manager
UK - Rosie Booth has been promoted to UK Poultry Business Manager, replacing Jonathan Perkins who is moving to take up a Global position within MSD based in the US.
Free Bus Service Available to 2014 IPPE
US - Free bus service will be available again for the upcoming 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
Reftinskaya PF Expands Business with Hartmann and Petersime
RUSSIA - Russian poultry producer OAO Ptitsefabrika Reftinskaya, located in the Sverdlovsk region, is expanding its business.
Zoetis Shows In-ovo Technology in Miniature in El Salvador
EL SALVADOR - Zoetis participated in the XXIII Latin American Poultry Congress in San Salvador from November 12 to 15, showing its in ovo vaccination equipment using miniature models.
International Rendering Symposium to Return to 2014 IPPE
US - The International Rendering Symposium is returning to the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
Finishing Touches to Another Santrev Free-range Build
AUSTRALIA - Hot on the heels of its free-range innovation workshop in August, Santrev is now putting the finishing touches on another free-range build.
Henriksen New CEO for Aviagen Broiler Breeding
US - With effect of 1 January 2014, Jan K. Henriksen will join Aviagen® Broiler Breeding Group as new CEO.
JDP2600 2-Way Attic Inlets Fully Insulated for Cold Weather Climates
US - The JDP2600 Fully Insulated 2-Way Attic Inlet is great for minimum to maximum ventilation when you need precise control of air movement.
Next Aviagen EMEA School Modules Open for Applications
GLOBAL - Aviagen® has announced that applications for the next Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) School modules are now open. Demand is expected to be high with previous courses all being oversubscribed.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 20 November 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Livestock & Poultry - World Markets & Trade
NAB Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - 15 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 19 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 18 November 2013
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - November 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Canada

Global Poultry Industry News

   European Union

MEPs Approve Greener and Fairer Agricultural Policy
European Parliament Approves Budget
Cooperating to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance
Could Green VAT Encourage Sustainable Consumption and Production?
Growing Interest in Insects as Alternative Animal Feed


Sino-US Poultry Industry Forum a Success
Global Poultry Production Expected to Rise in 2014
BIRD FLU: LPAI in German Poultry Farm; Bird Flu Death in Indonesia
New CEO for BRF's International Division
Educational Programme Developed for Poultry Veterinarians


Malawi's Poultry Production Increases Despite Climate Change

   United States

Phibro Animal Health and Epitopix LLC Enter into Partnership
Research Shows Consumers Want More Info Whether Good or Bad
Is Income Set to Become Dominant Driver of Global Food System?
US Poultry, Egg Exports Continue on Record Pace for 2013
Pilgrim's Pride Announces Plans to Expand Alabama, Georgia Operations
Tyson Foods' Sales and Profits Rise
Maryland Withdraws Proposed Fertilizer Regulations
Tyson Foods Creates Leadership Positions for Strategic Growth
Coalition Applauds EPA Decision to Lower Ethanol 2014 Requirements
US Poultry Workers’ Injury, Illness Rate at All-Time Low
Hagen Leaves USDA
Chicken Council Urged to Improve Care of Chickens; Council Responds
CME: Number of Poult Placements and Broilers Correlate

   United Kingdom

RSPCA Urges Shoppers to Contact MEPs for Meat Welfare Standards
2 Sisters to Close Poultry Facility in Scotland
Farm Business Innovation Inspires Agriculture
Co-Op Own Label Award for Moy Park
Gressingham Launches Above the Line Campaign with Stylist Magazine
Six Meals Wasted a Week Per Household
Little Change in UK Antibiotic Use in Animals
Poultry Probiotic’s Coat Clues to Ability to Battle Bugs
Carrot or Stick? Building Animal Welfare into Business Sustainability
Fowl Typhoid Control Claims 30,000 Birds in County Tyrone
Registration Open for Science into Practice Annual Conference 2014
New Report Establishes Nutritional Benefits of Eggs
Husbandry - Not System - Is Key to Good Hen Welfare

   El Salvador

Central America: Very Real Avian Influenza Worries

   Hong Kong

Hong Kong Bans Imports of Poultry Products from Germany
Human H7N9 Case Confirmed in HK’s 'Backyard'


Poultry Farmers from Various Gambian Regions Trained


China's Egg Costs Remain Flat


Chicken Exports to EU Boost GFPT's Profit
Typhoon's Impact to be Discussed at Food Security Summit


Chicken Becomes Cheaper than Onions in India
Poultry Feed Seen Ruling Flat


Low-Pathogenic Bird Flu Hits German Region


Indonesia Reports Bird Flu Death


Ovostar Reports Increased Revenue During First Nine Months of 2013


Upscaling Impact of Certification Initiatives Unclear


Filipino Farmers, Fishermen Receive Aid Post-typhoon


Dogs, Chicken and Swine Main Antibiotic Resistance Factors


Mexican Processor Bids for Campofrio


JBS Reports Rise in Revenues
Conference to Address Global Need to Strengthen Vet Services


Management Control of Poultry Farms in Entre Rios


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