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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 28 November 2013

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Thursday 28th November 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


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Thanksgiving in the US But How Healthy is the Turkey Industry?

This year, 2013, has witnessed dramatic changes in turkey placements in the US.

In their latest 'Daily Livestock Report', analysts Steve Meyer and Len Steiner remarked that earlier in the year, poult placements were running as much 13 per cent below the levels of last year. At the root of the problem is weak demand, they said.

As a further indication that all is not well in the turkey business, we reported two weeks ago that agri-food company, Seaboard Corporation, had increased sales for the latest quarter although its operating costs were also higher. The operating loss made by its turkey affiliate, Butterball, had an impact on the group's bottom line.

Last week was the annual meeting of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA).

The well-attended event at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham points to the vibrancy of the free-range sector in the UK. Free-range eggs do not represent a niche sector - they hold a 44 per cent share of the domestic market and account for 52 per cent of retail sales. BFREPA has around 400 producer members with more than nine million hens.

Other news from "alternative markets" includes the sale of Australia's largest organic poultry farm, Inglewood Farms, to the Youngberry family, an agribusiness group in southern Queensland.

Inglewood Farms is a free-range poultry farm capable of housing 300,000 broilers. It has an 80 per cent share of the organic poultry meat market.

Antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria have been found for the first time in farm livestock in the UK at a poultry farm in East Anglia. The authorities stress that any risk of contracting MRSA through meat from animals with these bacteria is very low when usual good hygiene and thorough cooking practices are observed. It does pose an occupational risk for those in contact with affected livestock.

Last but by no means least, a very happy Thanksgiving to readers in the US.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Development of Integrated Livestock Breeding and Management Strategies
Among the projects described in 'A Decade of EU-funded Animal Production Research' from the European Commission is one on the development of integrated livestock breeding and management strategies to improve animal health, product quality and performance in European organic and 'low input' milk, meat and egg production.

AVMA Discusses Progress in Newcastle Disease Control
At the 150th annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in Chicago in July 2013, one session was devoted to recent advances in the control of Newcastle disease in chickens and turkeys.

Development of a Method for Early Sex-sorting of Poultry
Researchers from the University of Delaware have developed a method for the early sex-sorting in poultry in order to improve hatchery efficiency.

Influence of Monochromatic Light on Quality Traits, Nutritional, Fatty Acid and Amino Acid Profiles of Broiler Chicken Meat
The impacts on fatty acid and amino acid contents of chicken of the type and colour of light used during the rearing of the broilers have been investigated by South Korean researchers.

Comparison of Different Moulting Methods and Evaluation of the Effects of Post-moult Diets Supplemented with Humate and Carnitine on Performance, Egg Quality and Profitability of Laying Hens
Researchers in Turkey have found a satisfactory method of moulting laying hens by feeding alfalfa (lucerne) or barley rather than withdrawing feed from the birds.

Company News

Aviagen and PPR Broiler Toast 5th Anniversary
BELARUS - Aviagen® and its Grandparent (GP) customer PPR Broiler recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of its successful working partnership to supply Belarus with Ross® Parent Stock (PS).
Hy-Line, Chinese Customers Participate in 30th Anniversary Celebration
US - A large Chinese delegation from Hebei province gathered recently in Des Moines for the Iowa – Hebei Sister State 30th Anniversary Celebration, reports Hy-Line.
Adding Barn Egg Production to Meet Customers’ Needs
US - Until approximately five years ago, all of Midwest Poultry Services’ hens were housed in conventional cages. Today, this has changed fundamentally, notes Big Dutchman.
Vencomatic Announces New Look and Web Site
GLOBAL - As of October 2013, Vencomatic, Prinzen and Agro Supply have a new look, combining the colours of the three brands.
First Course on Avian Coccidiosis by HIPRA University
SPAIN - On 23 and 24 October, the first HIPRA University, focusing on poultry keeping and specifically on theoretical and practical aspects of avian coccidiosis, was held at HIPRA headquarters in Amer (Girona).
Ground Pathogen Reduction to be Discussed at IPPE 2014
US - Sponsored by US Poultry & Egg Association, the 'New Approaches to Ground Pathogen Reduction programme' will be held on 28 and 29 January 2014, during the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Saudi Arabian Visitors Impressed by Cobb's Breed Development
US - A high-level delegation from Al Watania, a key player in the Middle East poultry industry, spent three days visiting the headquarters of Cobb-Vantress and facilities of Tyson Foods in Arkansas.
Red Rooster MKII Slat Flooring Improves Bird Health, Productivity
US - Red Rooster MKII Poultry Slat Flooring from Double L Group is a world class flooring that was patented in 1990.
Market Reports

UK Total Income from Farming 2012 - 2nd Estimate
Estimates of Farm Incomes in Wales, 2012-13
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - October 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Poultry Production in Turkey
China Wholesale Prices - 27 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 26 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 25 November 2013
USDA Poultry Slaughter - 25 November 2013
USDA Cold Storage - 22 November 2013
USDA Chickens and Eggs - 22 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 22 November 2013

Global Poultry Industry News

   European Union

Call for Ban on Food from Cloned Animals
Auditors Find Criteria for EU Farm Aid Abused
Europeans Still Poorly Informed about Antibiotics
Farmers Group Commends Commission Proposal on Reform Promotion

   United States

CME: 2013 Witnesses Dramatic Change in
Turkey Placements

Ham, Turkey Provided for Needy Families in Cleveland
New COOL for Meat, Poultry Products Implemented, Welcomed
American Spending on Animal Healthcare Products up
in 2012

FDA Approves First Adjuvanted Vaccine for Bird
Flu Prevention

Research Programme Contributes to Understanding Phytase Use
CME: Chicken Stocks up in October
US Pork Producer to Acquire GNP Company, Subsidiaries
NFU: 'Year of Family Farming' Campaign Launched
NFU Represented on USDA Advisory Committee
CME: Average Turkey Price Record High in September
Multi-state Salmonella Outbreak Growing


Azerbaijan to Increase Egg Production
Azerbaijan to Triple Poultry Meat Production

   United Kingdom

Deadline Nears on Submissions for WPSA UK Meeting
Muscle Food First to Stock, Sell Red Tractor
Resistant Bacteria Found for First Time on UK Poultry Farm
Supermarkets Called on to Source More Chicken from Scotland
Moy Park Receives Top 'Green' Accolade
Conference Supports, Promotes Free-range Egg Sector


Slight Fall in China's Farm Produce Prices
China to Standardise Poultry Husbandry


Egg Prices Soar as Temperature Drops


Andhra Pradesh to Halve Power Tariff for Poultry Industry
Poultry Feed Prices May Rule Unchanged for Next Few Days


Study Shows Meat, Egg Nutrient Essential for Brain Development
Governments Invest Six Million Dollars on Support Programme


Changes to Egg Rule Still Ruffling Feathers in Tasmania
Australia's Largest Organic Poultry Farm Sold


Improving Broiler Production in Benin


Technical Workshop Held to Study Campylobacter


Energy Fund Hires Research Institute to Study Compressed Biogas


Japan Market Opens Doors to Colombian Chicken

   Sri Lanka

Chicken Distribution under Divi Neguma Programme

   South Africa

Pioneer Foods to Spin off Poultry Unit


Hong Kong Opens Doors to Mexican Meat, Poultry Imports


Turkey Supply to Peruvian Market to Reach Two Million Units


Brazil Reports Growth in Revenue from Poultry Exports in 2013


Vaccine-based Business Model Boosts Nigeria's Chicken Production
Storm Wreaks Havoc on Osun Poultry Farms


Ministry Planning Inspection of Poultry Imports


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