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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 12 December 2013

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Thursday 12th December 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

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US Poultry Prices Higher, Volumes Lower Than Previous Forecasts

The latest USDA estimates for poultry meat and egg production in the US for 2013 and 2014 have been published in the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report this week.

The new estimate for broiler meat output in 2013 has been revised downwards from last month and now stands at 37,766 million tonnes, while the figure for turkey meat production this year is now 5,835 million tonnes.

No change has been made to 2014 broiler production since last month; it stands at 38,900 million pounds. However, the turkey production forecast has been reduced to 5,915 million tonnes, based on the latest hatchery data.

The egg production forecasts have reduced slightly for both 2013 (to 7,933 million dozen) and 2014 (8,065 million dozen).

At 7,391 million pounds, the 2013 broiler export forecast is lowered slightly based on exports to date but the forecast for 2014 is unchanged at 7,550 million pounds.

Turkey exports are raised for 2013 from 745 to 767 million pounds but the forecast for 2014 is unchanged at 780 million pounds.

Price forecasts for broiler and turkey meat and egg prices have been raised in the latest report for both 2013 and 2014.

Turning to the UK, a recent enquiry about the historical cost of feed for farm livestock caused us to take a deeper look at the figures.

It is widely known - and deeply felt by livestock farmers - that compound feed prices have soared in recent years as a result of strong global demand for grains for food, animal feed and fuel as well as poor harvests in key countries.

What is striking is just how much higher the prices are now from those first figures - with an increase of 114 per cent in the cost of a tonne of poultry feed.

Also in the UK, the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has announced in the last week what is describes as an improved approach to scanning surveillance to better detect new and re-emerging animal diseases and threats in England and Wales.

The new system aims to improve both geographical and species-specific coverage of disease surveillance across the region by making better use of the expertise and resources of private vets, universities and the livestock industry, says the Agency.

While the National Farmers Union of Wales, NFU Cymru, has welcomed the move, the Royal College of Pathologists has warned that it puts at risk the health of livestock and means new and re-merging infections could be missed.

And finally, turning to Bird Flu News, two members of the same family in Zhejiang province in China have been reported with H7N9 avian influenza virus infections while in Hong Kong, two new victims have been confirmed, both of whom have recently returned from China and had contact with poultry. Samples taken from two live poultry markets in Guangdong province have tested positive for H7N9 bird flu.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Boosting Efficiency of the Broiler Chicken
Research at the University of Adelaide, Australia, on foetal programming shows promise to increase overall bird efficiency and performance, particularly in female broilers.

Better Understanding of Salmonella in Poultry Presented to US Vets
Ten presentations on Salmonella infections in poultry and the potential they have to be passed on to humans were made to the 150th annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in Chicago earlier this year.

Livestock and the Promise of Genomics
The application of genomics offers huge potential to help feed the growing global human population with animal products sustainably, according to leading academics at the University of Alberta in Canada, using examples in cattle and pigs.

Effects of Sample Collection and Handling on Detection of Mycoplasma gallisepticum and M. synoviae by Real-time PCR
Dry tracheal swabs are the best option for routine sampling of Mycoplasma for real-time PCR, based on convenience and stability, according to researchers at the University of Georgia. Pre-moistened tracheal swabs do not store as well as the dry swabs but can be useful in some cases.

Risk Factors Associated with Contact Dermatitis, Lameness, Emotional state and Fear of Humans in Broiler Flocks
An EU study reveals that three management factors - the length of the dark period at three weeks of age, litter quality and slaughter age - contribute to the welfare of broilers, as judged by the birds' behaviour and scores for footpad dermatitis, hock burns and lameness.

Effects of Lead Contamination in Feed on Laying Hens
As well as accumulating in the albumen and organs, lead at excessive levels disturbed the reproductive hormones in laying hens in a recent Chinese study.

Keeping Your Livestock Show Animals Healthy
Following good health management practices before, during and after the exhibition will help protect these investments by keeping your livestock healthy and in good condition, according to Dr Carla L. Huston (Mississippi Beef Extension and Outreach Veterinarian) and Dr Jim Brett (Associate Clinical Professor, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine) and Dr Dean Jousan (Extension 4-H Livestock Specialist, Animal and Dairy Sciences).

From Competitive Exclusion to Competitive Advantage
In the battle to manage bacterial enteric disease in broiler operations, producers in the UK have a range of options at their disposal, says MSD Animal Health in the UK.

Company News

Feed Forms a Focus of VIV Europe 2014
THE NETHERLANDS - In May 2014, professionals from the world of feed finally have the chance to return to their favourite Dutch city for a global expo - VIV Europe.
Asia, Middle East, Africa Arbor Acres Customers Celebrate 80 Years
ASIA, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA - The 80th anniversary of one of the oldest and most successful broiler breeders in the world poultry market was celebrated by Arbor Acres® Association customers and distributors in Bali, Indonesia.
Conference on Outlook for Doubling Global Egg Production Scheduled for Expo
US - Sponsored by the United Egg Producers and USPoultry, the 'Meeting the World Challenge: Outlook for Doubling Global Egg Production' programme will be held on Wednesday 29 January 2014, during the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Zoetis to Take Part in 2013 Animal Health Summit
US - Zoetis Inc. will participate in the 2013 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Animal Health Summit on 16 December, at the Bank of America Conference Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
Cobb-Vantress Breaks Ground on New Feed Mill in Kentucky
US - Cobb-Vantress, Inc. is constructing a new feed mill in Albany in south central Kentucky, United States, to supply its expanding operations in both Kentucky and Tennessee.
Novus International Customises Global Corporate Web Site
GLOBAL - Novus launched its new global corporate website – – in May of this year. The web site was designed with Novus customers top-of-mind, incorporating features and content specifically intended to enhance usability and provide more value.
Galor Joins Groupe Grimaud
FRANCE - Groupe Grimaud has taken over the assets of GALOR, the French leader in guinea fowl genetics and multiplication.
New Regional Technical Manager for Aviagen Asia
ASIA - Mark Wright has been appointed as the new Regional Technical Manager for Aviagen® Asia and has assumed full responsibility for the role from November this year.
Ceva, Sogeval Negotiate for Creation of Global Leader in Animal Health
GLOBAL - Ceva and Sogeval (a subsidiary of Sofiprotéol), based in Laval, have announced the opening of exclusive negotiations to create a future alliance.
New Biosecurity Education Programme Scheduled for 2014 IPPE
US - Outbreaks of the H7N9 virus in China and the H7N3 virus in Mexico have heightened the awareness and need for effective biosecurity programmes, say the organisers of the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), to be held in January in Atlanta..
Over 1,100 Exhibitors and 400,000 Net Square Feet of Exhibits at 2014 Expo
US - The 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has surpassed 1,100 exhibitors, covering more than 400,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Comprised of the three integrated tradeshows – International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo, and International Meat Expo – IPPE is still growing with seven more weeks remaining until the show opens.
HIPRA Attends Latin American Poultry Congress in
El Salvador

EL SALVADOR - HIPRA organised the Latin American Meeting on Avian Pathology in the context of the 13th Latin American Poultry Congress on 12 November at the Hotel Crowne Plaza in San Salvador.
Market Reports

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Global Poultry Industry News


Last Call for European Poultry Conference Papers

   United States

FDA Implements Plan to Phase Out Antimicrobials in Food Animals
Natural Antimicrobials Reduce Salmonella Count on Eggs
Chicken Council Welcomes Feed Directive Proposal
US Broiler Forecast Unchanged: Turkey, Egg Output Estimates Lowered
USPoultry Updates Biosecurity Programme
Grains Mostly Weaker in Aftermath of USDA Supply and Demand Report
Webinar Discusses Use of Geosynthetics in Agriculture
New Jobs at Shenandoah Poultry Processing Plant in Virginia
NFU Board Urges Congress Not to Abandon 2013 Farm Bill
Egg Industry Issues Forum Details for 2014 Released
Wayne Farms Announces Joint Venture With Salm Partners
Firm Aiming to Crack Egg Business
Study Points to Need for Better Waste Disposal on Some Broiler Farms
Volatility, Uncertainty Due to RFS Damaging, Says Chicken Council

   United Kingdom

Proposal Put Forward by Scottish Poultry Producers
Efforts to Strengthen Foundation of Scottish Poultry Industry
Will Disease Surveillance Changes Increase Protection?
UK Poultry Feed Prices More Than Double Seven Years Ago
Union Welcomes Report Tackling Red Tape Level
Farmers Express Gratitude for Backing British Farming
Cuts to Farm Animal Health Surveillance Could Risk New Diseases
Top Turkey Award for Suffolk Farmer
'Positive Effect' of Autumn Statement on Farming
Welsh Farmers Union Pleased with Recognition of Animal Health Needs
2014 Pig & Poultry Fair Aims to Help Farmers Grow Businesses
Edwina Currie Helps Launch New Lion Code of Practice


Russia Approves Two Brazilian Poultry Establishments for Export
Russian Mission Approves of Brazilian
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Jamaica Broilers Plans to Expand US-based Fertile Egg Production
Farm Animal Welfare Rising up the Business Agenda
Africa Prioritises Improvement of Data to Tackle Food Security Problems
BIRD FLU: HK Quarantines 19 for Bird Flu; China Reports H7N9 Case; New H6N1 Flu in Taiwan


Poultry Feed May Rule Flat in Near-term
Egg Price Fixation Pattern to Change from 1 January
Demand for Poultry Products Improves


Bangladesh Poultry Sector Verging on Destruction


H7N9 Found in China Poultry Markets
China Reports Slight Drop in Egg Prices
Chinese Reports Slight Drop of Agri-food Prices in November
New H7N9 Case Reported in China
China Bans More Dutch Poultry


Ukrainian Egg Company Appoints New Directors

   Korea, South

Korean Research Adds to Understanding of Duck Circovirus
Causes of Runting-stunting Syndrome in Chickens Remain Elusive


Singapore Lifts Ban on Thai Frozen Chicken

   European Union

New Rules to Set up Clearer Origin Labelling Gains Support
Commission to Investigate Feasibility of Special Labelling Scheme


Bachoco Family Trust Reduces Shareholding
Mexico to Lead FAO Livestock Development Committee in 2014-15


Free Range Claims Land Egg Producers in Court


Poultry Production Shoots up in Nigeria


Egg Prices Soar with Advent of Cold


Johor Faces Issues on Being Malaysia's Largest Chicken Producer


Chicken Prices in Kathmandu Valley Decline

   United Arab Emirates

Chicken Destroyed in Ras Al Khaimah

   Hong Kong

Hong Kong Bird Flu Diagnosis Heightens Fears

   South Africa

Nutrient Content of Goose Meat Investigated


Italy's Demand Rising for White Meat, Eggs, Says Producers Group


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