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Thursday 13th February 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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More Guidelines for Better Poultry Welfare

In what it describes as "the most comprehensive guidelines to date for the well-being of chickens", the US National Chicken Council (NCC) has released the 2014 Animal Welfare Guidelines and Audit Checklist.

“The chicken industry has come together on a specific set of expectations that will continue to ensure the birds we raise are taken care of with the highest standards starting at hatch,” commented NCC's President.

The new guidelines: increase emphasis on corporate commitment; require internal and external auditing for animal welfare; require increased oversight by veterinarians, service technicians and live production managers; provide more details on acceptable euthanasia practices from the hatchery to the processing plant; provide new requirements to make sure the chickens are properly monitored for healthy legs; require stunning procedures to be more effective; change the audit scoring system to emphasise each step on the process from the hatchery to the processing plant, and highlight the implications of non-conformances to the guidelines.

Also on welfare, minimum egg production standards are being made available for farmers to trial for a three-month period in Taiwan, despite likely market ramifications.

Animal activists are using religion and children as two powerful tools to wage war against the livestock industry, and producers and their industry need to recapture the moral high ground in raising livestock, according to Dr Nelson Kloosterman.

To do that they need to think stewardship, he told a recent pork industry conference in Canada in an insight into how those groups operate.

Still on sustainability issues, Iowa State University faculty have been studying chicken genetics to fight hunger and poverty in Africa. Researchers have been studying the genetic make-up of chickens in Africa in an effort to improve nutrition and alleviate food scarcity across the continent.

Turning to market news, US exports of poultry meat and eggs reached a new record in value in 2013, up three per cent over 2012 to $5.862 billion. Records were set for each of the sectors - chicken, turkey and eggs - and, for the first time, Mexico was the top destination for these products.

In 2013, commercial meat production in Germany was just under 8.1 million tonnes, an increase of 0.4 per cent over the previous year, according to provisional but official German statistics. While there was a 5.4 per cent gain for chicken, duck meat experienced a double-digit reduction.

And finally, on bird flu news, China reports finding the low-pathogenic H7N9 flu virus at five more markets in four provinces and in South Korea, almost 152,000 domestic poultry have died or been destroyed in 11 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu of the H5N8 subtype. China has confirmed seven new cases of H7N9 influenza in humans in the last week, while Viet Nam is stepping up its control programme.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Characterisation of Eimeria in Australia
Coccidiosis in Australia is widespread, species are ubiquitous, dynamic and genetically diverse, and this diversity does not appear to be geographically structured, according to new research from the University of Queensland reported by Poultry CRC.

Collaborative Studies on Cyanosis in Broiler Breeders
New research at Mississippi State University has increased understanding on cyanosis, a blue or purple colour of the skin in broiler breeders. They found differences in heart function between the three genetic lines they studied and a lower incidence of cyanosis in the heavier and fleshier individuals than lighter ones.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Americas Account for 20 Per Cent of Global Egg Output
Global egg output is heading towards 68 million tonnes, with the Americas producing one-fifth of the total, reports poultry industry analyst, Terry Evans, in his latest look at egg production in that region.

Vocalisation Study Provides Insight into the Well-being of Birds in Grow-out Houses
Sensors capable of reliably monitoring the well-being of birds reared in confined housing currently do not exist but researchers from Georgia Tech Research Institute are making progress on using the noises made by broilers to indicate health or welfare issues in the flock.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Goose Meat Output Slows
Global goose meat production, like that of all the other poultry meat sectors, has slowed in recent years, writes poultry industry analyst, Terry Evans.

How Can I Keep the Livestock Watering System from Freezing in Winter?
Tips for keeping vital water supplies to farm livestock in winter from the US National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

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Company News

VNU Exhibitions Make Livestock Network Stronger
GLOBAL - VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific and Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations or FAVA are to step up their collaboration in creating a strong network and relationship with livestock industry partners and improving content and management in VIV Asia and ILDEX Exhibitions.
MSD Receives Positive Opinion from European Medicines Agency
EU - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) has announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorization for the veterinary medicinal product PANACUR® AquaSol (fenbendazole 200 mg/mL) for use in chickens.
Zoetis Results Confirm Commitment to Grow Revenue
US - Zoetis has reported its fourth quarter 2013 revenue of $1.25 billion, an increase of seven per cent from the same period the previous year and while revenue for the year was up five per cent at $4.56 billion.
DirectAire Stir Fans Reduce Fuel Costs, Temperature Stratification
GLOBAL - Double L’s DirectAire 18-inch and 20-inch stir rans reduce temperature stratification by mixing the cold air on the floor with hot ceiling air, tempering the air and creating more uniform air temperatures throughout your poultry house.
Zoetis Receives USDA Conditional Licence for Poultry Vaccine
US - Zoetis has received a USDA conditional licence for the first vaccine to control the Georgia 08 strain of Infectious Bronchitis virus in poultry
Casanovas to Lead Cobb Expansion in Asia
ASIA - Pelayo Casanovas has been appointed general manager of Cobb’s Asian region covering Asia, the Pacific and Australasia and will be based in a new corporate office being set up in Shanghai, China.
ALIS: Latest in State-of-the-art Poultry Lighting
GLOBAL - The AgriLamp Induction System (ALIS) is the very latest in poultry lighting solutions launched by AgriLamp, a leading global manufacturer of innovative agricultural LED lighting solutions.
Fast-track Poultry Production Planned in Uttar Pradesh
INDIA - The country's largest state, Uttar Pradesh, has been making big strides to inpoultry production in recnet years, according to Indbro.
Orka Instruments Gain Recognition in South America
SOUTH AMERICA - Instruments manufactured by ORKA Food Technology (“EggTester.Com”) are gaining strong recognition in South American market based on their versatility, cost and reliability.
Biosecurity: Is There a ‘Wolf’ at Your Poultry House Door?
GLOBAL - We all know the tail of the three little pigs, whilst things went badly for two out of three of them; they at least knew not to open the door. In Red Riding Hood on the other hand, says Aviagen, Grandma not only opens the door to the wolf but gets eaten! The wolf then disguises itself as Grandma, so when Red Riding Hood knocks on the door, the immediate threat is not obvious.
Original XPC's Impact on Salmonella Typhimurium
US - Commercial broilers challenged with Salmonella typhimurium show reduced load and prevalence of the bacterium, along with improved feed conversion, reports Jonathan Broomhead, PhD, manager of global poultry research and technical support with Diamond V.
Design Simplicity Key for Motorised Air Inlet Shutters
ITALY - Termotecnica Pericoli firmly believes in simplicity in design and engineering provides better, more efficient and cost-effective products.
Market Reports

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Global Poultry Industry News

   European Union

Vote on Proposal to Strengthen EU Animal, Plant Health Rules Welcome
MEPs Call for Tighter Country of Origin Labelling for Poultry

   South Africa

South Africa Probes EU over Chicken Dumping Allegations
South Africa's Chicken Dumping Allegation under Investigation

   India

Poultry Farmers Set to Face Stiff Competition from Uttar Pradesh
Poultry Feed May Rule Steady on Demand
Indian Agricultural Food Exports Rise Sharply

   United States

Laser Tool Speeds up Detection of Salmonella in Food Products
Another US Fast Food Chicken Chain to Go Antibiotic-free
Hot, Dry Summer Likely, but Possible Moisture Relief this Fall
Record Year for Exports of US Poultry Meat, Eggs
New US Broiler Welfare Guidelines Go Further
Poultry in Chesapeake Bay Area: Debate Continues
Efficiency, Technology for Debate at US Poultry Feed Event
President Obama Signs 2014 Farm Bill
Purdue Offers Advice on Cutting Energy, Propane Costs
New Video Series Explains Commercial Poultry Production

   United Kingdom

Global Weather Extremes Show Food Security Should be Major Concern
Call for UK Govt to Back Full Country of Origin Labelling of Meat

   Global

BIRD FLU: Fifth H7N9 Bird Flu Case in HK; Low Health Risk in Singapore, Says MOH; Cambodia Reports First Bird Flu Death; Viet Nam Province Culls Ducks
Could Chicken Genetics Study Solve World Hunger?
Discussion Update on Avian Influenza from IEC
Animal Health, Feed Safety Concerns Boost Feed Antioxidant Market
FAO Reports Marginal Rise in Poultry Prices in January
Nutreco to Sell Spanish Meat, Feed Business

   China

Is New Chinese Agricultural Policy Driving Production, Consumption?
Low-Path H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Found at Five More Chinese Markets
Overheated Soy Harms Chick Immunity

   France

Food Exports Boost French Economic Recovery

   Korea, South

South Korea Reports 11 H5N8 Bird Flu Outbreaks

   United Arab Emirates

US Poultry Industry to Have Strong Presence at Gulfood 2014

   Norway

Reminder to Register for European Poultry Conference

   Dominican Republic

Dominican Poultry Industry Eyes up Export Resumption

   Taiwan

Three-month Trial Hen Welfare Scheme for Taiwan

   Australia

Agriculture Takes Centre Stage at Upcoming Australian Conference
Chickens Producing Fewer Eggs Due to Hot Weather

   Turkey

Plan Ahead to Attend International Poultry Council Annual Meeting
Turkish Poultry Consumption Down

   Mexico

Bachoco Reports Slight Increase in Sales in 2013

   Philippines

Oversupply Worries Chicken Farmers in the Philippines

   Germany

Fewer Farms in Germany But More Are Organic
Two Per Cent Increase in German Poultry Meat Output

   Canada

Recapture the Dignity of Raising Animals, Farmers Urged
Study Seeks Ways to Improve Ostrich Welfare on the Move

   Ukraine

MHP's Poultry Meat Exports More Than Double in 2013

   Thailand

Thai Broiler Production Supply and Demand

   Nigeria

Poultry Farmers Urge Federal Govt to Curb Smuggling

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