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Thursday 9th January 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Oxford Conference Looks to the Future of Farming

The theme of this year's Oxford Farming Conference, held in the UK university city earlier this week, was on the sustainability of farming - why it is so necessary and how to make progress in the right direction.

Among the many reports we have featured from the Conference, a new report for the Oxford Farming Conference produced by consultancy, Bidwells, says that the UK farming sector has to be more open to changes in land management and must not solely consider that farmers must own the land they farm.

In opening the conference, co-chairman Adrian Ivory said that agriculture needs to play a part in the changing demographic of the world society that is seeing a larger population and changing eating habits.

Ireland's Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, told the Conference that in producing more food, the resources used to produce that food will have to be preserved so that more food can be produced in the future.

“We are not going to solve the global food security problems simply by producing more food,” he said, adding that we need to do much more on food waste in the developed world, which means managing diets and more education.

The Minister also called for a science-based approach to the intensification of food production in global agriculture.

The longer Europe continues to close its doors to genetic modification (GM), the greater risk that the rest of the world will pass it by.

UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told the Oxford Farming Conference that regulated GM technology presents some of the biggest and "most exciting" opportunities for agriculture.

In Russia, the meat sector had a mixed year in 2013, with low margins in the first half of the year because of record feed prices and low prices for the main types of meat and in the second half of the year, a rise in margins as feed prices fell back.

According to the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies, IKAR, one of the main drivers in growth in the Russian meat sector is the growth in poultry meat production.

However, after a rapid growth in production over the last three years – an increase of 10 per cent compound average growth rate – the growth rate is expected to have fallen slightly, while still remaining high.

IKAR said that production by the end of 2013 will have increased by six per cent, reaching 3.85 million tonnes deadweight. The Institute predicts an increase in production of between 210,000 and 230,000 tonnes liveweight this year – a rise of 4.4 per cent.

And finally, turning to news of bird flu, the first ever human case of H5N1 in North America has been reported this week. An airplane passenger arriving from China was taken ill and has died in Canada, having probably contracted the infection from live poultry in China. The authorities in Shanghai are closing all poultry markets from the end of January for three months as a precaution against the spread of bird flu viruses from poultry to people. The H7N9 virus has been found at Chinese poultry markets lately.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

USDA's Poultry Inspection Proposal: Separating Myth from Fact
The National Chicken Council offers the following fact sheet regarding USDA’s Proposed Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection Rule.

Influence of Dietary Calcium and Phytase on Bird Performance during a Natural Necrotic Enteritis Episode
A new study reveals that higher dietary calcium had negative effects on mortality associated with necrotic enteritis in broilers and on their performance. Calcium source and phytase supplementation also affected performance, gizzard pH and the digestibility of calcium and phosphorus.

Spray Application of Live Attenuated Mycoplasma Gallisepticum Vaccines
Both of the Mycoplasma gallisepticum live attenuated vaccines tested in pullets in this work in Mississippi were equally effective when applied by spray application. The researchers remarked that the dosages required for a consistent response were higher than the manufacturers' recommendations.

GB Emerging Threats Report – Avian Diseases – July-September (Q3) 2013
Among the highlights of the latest report are the re-emergence of fowl typhoid in the UK in two linked free-range layer flocks and reovirus-associated tenosynovitis.

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan Development Checklist for Dry Litter Poultry Operations
Dr Casey W. Ritz (Extension Poultry Scientist) and Greg Sheppard (Lumpkin County Extension) outlines the information needed to develop a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) for dry poultry litter operations in a publication for the University of Georgia.

Company News

Arbor Acres Hosts Algeria’s First International Poultry Seminar
ALGERIA - Arbor Acres Algeria (AAA), the local Arbor Acres distributor company, founded in 2010 with the main objective of securing local poultry production and elevating the local poultry knowledge to international standards, has hosted and supported the country’s first international poultry seminar in the historic city of Tlemcen.
Hoen to Join Vencomatic Group as CEO
THE NETHERLANDS - The Vencomatic Group has announced the appointment of Theo Hoen as the new CEO. He will join the Vencomatic Group on 1 April 2014.
Increasing Cobb Potential Leads to Market Gains
GERMANY - The progress in genetic potential of the Cobb500 is paying dividends for broiler producers all over Europe, according to James Truscott, director of Cobb Germany which distributes the breed across 21 countries of central and eastern Europe.
Project in Russia Entirely Equipped by Vencomatic Group
RUSSIA - In December 2013, European Biological Technologies LCC - based in Samara in Russia - visited the Venco Campus in Eersel in the Netherlands to complete a deal the two companies signed earlier in the year.
Market Reports

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Global Poultry Industry News

   United Kingdom

OFC: Will Share Farming Be the Future for Agriculture?
OFC: Call to Buy British
OFC: Europe Must Not Close Doors on Genetic Modification
OFC: Wrong Direction for CAP Reforms
OFC: CAP Offers New Market Orientation for Farming Sector
OFC: Agriculture Needs Science-based Approach to Intensification
OFC: Reduce Waste, Help Solve Food Security Problems
OFC: Farmers Must Change Mind-set to Grow Food Sustainably
OFC: Right Policy 'Fundamental' to Food Security,
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2 Sisters Announces New Jobs Following Cuts
Natural Feed Additive Could Reveal Food Safety Issues in Broilers


BIRD FLU: First Human H5N1 Case in North America; Shanghai to Close All Poultry Markets
Darling Completes VION Ingredients Acquisition
Our Race against Bacteria: Linking Livestock Production, Human Medicine
K&N’s Foods Establishes Poultry Operations in US
Rural Poultry Essential for Resource-poor Farmers

   European Union

Chick Transportation Time Found to Impact Broiler Performance
OIE Action Plan on Animal Welfare Validated
EU Feed Production Slightly Increased in 2012

   South Africa

New South African Brining Rules Disputed by Poultry Processors
South African Poultry Producers to Feel Pinch


Pakistan's Poultry Industry Approved by UAE Delegation
Saudi Delegation Satisfied over Poultry Standards in Pakistan


First Human Case of H5N1 Avian Flu in North America


Egg Industry Meeting Opens for Registration


Shanghai’s Live Poultry Markets to Close for Three Months
Chicken, Egg Prices up Slightly in China
Goose Meat Tests Positive for H7N9 in Guangdong
H7N9 Found in South China Poultry Market
H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed in Guizhou

   United States

Egg Composition Affected by Hen Strain, Moulting
Union Celebrates International Year of Family Farming
Midwest Poultry Federation Convention to Take Place in March
Guidelines Updated for Poultry Processors to Cut Work-related Injuries
Better Prediction of Energy Value of DDGS for Broilers
Big Ag Issues in 2014 Remain to be Seen
No Adverse Effects Noted after Mycoplasma Vaccination of Hens
Modern Broilers Drink More Water


Cargill Sells French Animal Health Brand


Mussels and Starfish a Possible Source of Protein for Pigs and Poultry


Poultry Feed Prices in India Set to Drop
Centre Seeks Action Plan on Poultry from Odisha
Egg Prices in Andhra Pradesh Likely to Drop After February
Logistical Issues Hold Back West Bengali Egg Production


Coles Commits to RSPCA Approved Chicken

   Sri Lanka

US to Fund Avian Flu Surveillance Project in Sri Lanka


US Saves Peruvians’ Christmas-New Year’s Turkey Dinner

   Papua New Guinea

No Further Outbreaks of Newcastle Disease in Papua New Guinea

   Russian Federation

Mixed Year for Russian Meat Sector


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