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Thursday 27th February 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

British Poultry Meat Output up by One-third in 20 Years

Poultry accounts for more than 40 per cent of all meat that is eaten in the United Kingdom - which sounds like a success story - but in some areas, the industry needs to improve its communication to consumers about how poultry meat is produced, the welfare conditions used for rearing the birds and the safety of the products.

Speaking at the recent Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board Outlook Conference in London recently, Chris Dickinson from the National Farmers Union said that last year UK poultry producers produced 1.4 million tonnes of broiler meat – 35 per cent more than was being produced in the 1990s.

Turkey producers produced 189,000 tonnes of turkey meat and the UK is more than 80 per cent self-sufficient in poultry meat. After years of decline, the turkey industry has started to pick up.

Mr Dickinson explained that while the country is largely self-sufficient, there is a major carcass imbalance that means the industry has to import breast meat and export the dark meat. Most of the imports come from continental Europe.

The annual conference of the National Farmers Union has been held this week in Birmingham, and Chris Harris has been reporting from the event for ThePoultrySite.

Retiring NFU president, Peter Kendall, said that UK farming needs a long-term strategic plan and that the government should view agriculture as key in a broad spectrum of policies beyond just farming and food production in his opening address to the conference.

He added that immigration regulations including seasonal workers, how imports are monitors for disease, how research councils target research and development funds, planning policy and the Treasury’s approach to taxation all affect on the agricultural sector.

Also at the conference, farming minister George Eustice outlined the details of a £10-million Farming Recovery Fund to offer farmers support with uninsured losses and to help them get back into production after recent severe flooding.

New Zealand High Commissioner, Sir Lockwood Smith, called on the EU and New Zealand to open negotiations on a free trade agreement, explaining that his country is one of only six members of the World Trade Organization that had not opened free trade negotiations with the EU.

And finally, turning to news of bird flu, China continues to report human cases of H7N9 flu in humans, while a number of outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus have been reported in the last week in Viet Nam, Cambodia and Nepal.

A veterinarian in Mexico has told ThePoultrySite that low-pathogenic avian flu in his country has cost the local poultry industry US$246 million annually over the last 18 years, or a cumulative $4.4 billion. He outlines how these costs have mounted up and suggests six steps to setting the country's poultry industry back on the path to good health again.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Mexico Still No. 1 in Egg Consumption in the Americas
The rate of growth in the human population has slowed, both globally and in the Americas, writes Terry Evans. Despite a reduction in egg consumption in Mexico following the avian influenza outbreaks there, the country retained its top spot in the world for consumption in 2012 at 335 eggs per person and year.

Government Interference in Poultry Disease Eradication: Avian Flu in Mexico
Low-pathogenic avian flu in Mexico represents a direct cost to the local poultry industry of US$246 million annually over the last 18 years, or a cumulative $4.4 billion, according to Armando Mirandé, DVM, MPVM, MAM, ACPV. He outlines how these costs have mounted up and suggests six steps to setting the country's poultry industry back on the path to good health again.

Optimising Broiler Muscle Development
A young poultry researcher from Australia has been studying the effects of chicken muscle cells under limited nutrition in the US in order better to understand the long-term effects of feed restriction in newly hatched broiler chicks on subsequent growth.

Comparison of the Environmental Footprint of the US Egg Industry in 1960 and 2010
Using Life Cycle Assessment, researchers have found that the environmental footprint of US egg production in 2010 is 65 per cent lower in acidifying emissions, 71 per cent lower in eutrophication emissions, 71 per cent lower in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 31 per cent lower in cumulative energy demand than in 1960, on the basis of a unit weight of eggs produced.

Different Sources of Dietary Zinc for Broilers Subjected to Immunological, Nutritional and Environmental Challenge
Research from Brazil reveals that zinc (from an organic or inorganic source) can be fed to broilers at less than 100ppm without affecting humoral immunity, zinc concentration in the carcass or bird performance. At the same level of zinc, the organic source was more effective in maintaining footpad integrity.

Effects of Dietary Soy Inclusion on Broiler Chick Performance and Metabolisable Energy
High concentrations of soy products did not affect growth of young broilers but feed intake was reduced in this study at Iowa State University. Soy might limit feed intake, possibly due to anti-nutrient or non-digestible components, according to researchers, Matie N. Hanson and Michael E. Persia.

Continuing Multiplication of Salmonella enteritidis Strains in Egg Yolk During Refrigeration
The results of a USDA Agricultural Research Service experiment support the prompt refrigeration of eggs to 7.2 degrees Centigrade to control Salmonella enteritidis but even that did not halt multiplication of some of the strains of this potential foodborne pathogen tested.

Company News

Tackling Antibiotic Resistance in Poultry in France
FRANCE - A new approach to tackling the issue of antibiotic resistance has been taken by feed company, Filavie, which is part of the Grimaud Group.
New Research Partnership to Advance Broiler Genetics
US & UK - A three-year research agreement between Cobb-Vantress, Inc., a global industry leader in poultry genetics, and The Roslin Institute, at the University of Edinburgh, will facilitate collaboration on avian disease resistance, genome analysis and genome preservation.
World Nutrition Forum Explores Sustainability in Munich
GERMANY - A premier platform for inspiring ideas and exchanging knowledge, the World Nutrition Forum 2014, sponsored by Biomin, looks set to kick-start another dynamic round in Munich this October.
Charoen Pokphand Thailand Visits Hy-Line International
US - Nutritionists and researchers from Charoen Pokphand feed technology office, Thailand visited Hy-Line International’s facilities during a business trip to Iowa.
Successful Novogen Customers Meeting Held Before IPPE 2014
US - Novogen organised its fourth Customers Meeting in Atlanta on the Monday before the IPPE exhibition. The attendees, coming from 16 countries, said that the attendance, interaction and presentations in English and Spanish made it a very successful and interesting one-day meeting for them.
Vencomatic Presents the Egg Way
NETHERLANDS - Vencomatic Group aims to perfecting every detail of the egg's journey from lay to its final destination with the 'Egg Way'.
Alaso Hires North American Territory Sales Manager
US - Poultry equipment manufacturer, Alaso Corporation of Lakeland, Florida has hired Levi Willey as North American Territory Sales Manager.
Corporate Range Manager - Poultry Vaccines
FRANCE - In order to sustain its fast international development in poultry vaccines, the Ceva Santé Animale is opening a position in the Department of Biology Business Unit, Corporate Marketing Poultry, based in its Headquarters in Libourne, France (South West of France).
Aviagen Production Management School Goes Mobile
US - When 35 Aviagen® customers from around the world gather in Huntsville, Alabama, in June for the 51st Aviagen Production Management School, they won’t be handed the hefty, fact-filled binders that students of previous schools carried with them during the month-long program – and then lugged back home.
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Global Poultry Industry News


OIE Reports H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreaks in Cambodia


H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak Affects Commercial Layers in Nepal
Chicken Price Returns to Normal in Nepal

   United States

Record Sales, Earnings for Land O'Lakes
Peco Acquires Townsends' Poultry Plant
Luciano Named President of ADM
Weak Food-service Demand Held Back Sanderson's Chicken Sales
Addressing Health Concerns from Intensive Animal Production
CME: January Frozen Meat, Poultry Inventories Down
Chicken Manure Digester Prototype Built in Maryland
Environmental Management Seminar is on the Move
New Chicken Council Web Site Opens Door to Poultry Production
Variation in Salmonella Survival in Poultry Feed Examined
Pilgrim's Pride Witnesses Growth in Profits
Poultry Industry Body Says New Book Does Not Educate Consumers


El Nino to Impact Americas, Australia, India, China This Summer
Lohmann Animal Health to be Acquired by Elanco
WHO Explores Links Between Avian Flu, Live Bird Markets
Organic Acid Product Reduces Broiler Weight Loss During Feed Withdrawal


China to Adopt National Standards for Egg Products
Chinese Cities to Try Poultry Safety Plan


Berne to Host Workshop on Keel Bone Damage in Laying Hens


Turkish Study Finds Duck Production Affected by
Breeder Age

International Poultry Council Announces Conference Speakers

   United Kingdom

Call for EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement
UK Vets Warn of Animal Health Dangers from Receding Floodwater
Government Promises to Back British Farm Exports
Call for Supermarkets to Sell More British Produce
Recovery Fund for Flooded Farmers
Collaborations to Safeguard Livestock Pleases Princess Royal
Consumer Pressure Remains on Retailers to Back British Farming
UK Farming Needs Long-term Strategic Plan
New Programme for Royal Bath and West Show
Consumer Pressure Remains on Retailers to Back British Farming
Rising Popularity of Poultry Meat
Scottish Govt Asked to Support Chicken Sector
Farming Weathers Recession to Deliver for Nation’s Economy


University of Guelph: Key Player in Canadian Poultry Research

   Russian Federation

Russia Lifts Ban on US Turkey Meat Imports
Russia Planning to Increase Annual Poultry Meat Production by 2020


Odisha Bids to Raise Egg Production to Meet Demand
H5N1 Bird Flu Kills House Crows in Indian State
Egg Prices in Andhra Pradesh Fall in February


Tanzanian Education Centre Recaptures Lost Glory in Poultry

   Viet Nam

Four New Outbreaks of H5N1 Avian Flu in Vietnamese Poultry
Viet Nam Reports Seven Outbreaks of H5N1 Bird Flu

   United Arab Emirates

Pakistan Sees UAE Poultry Ban Lifted


German Poultry Industry Gives up GMO-Free Promise

   Hong Kong

Hong Kong Resumes Sales of Live Local Chicken


Chickens Reared Successfully Without Antibiotics

   European Union

MEPs Criticised on Vote to Impose Inspection Costs
Food Authority Criticised for Bacillus Safety Tests


Drop in Maltese Meat Production, Value During Fourth Quarter of 2013


Australia Completes Decontamination, Disinfection Against H7N2 Bird Flu


Agreement Signed to Support Poultry Production


Market Intervention Reduces Broiler Production


End to Slaughter Without Stunning in Denmark


Brazilian Broiler Production Forecast to Rebound in 2014


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