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

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Spotlight on Asia-Pacific Region

Asia now accounts for around 30 per cent of the global trade in shell eggs, according to an industry analyst in one of our new articles this week. So far, the region participates relatively little in the trade in dried or liquid egg products.

In India, a national animal rights group says a notice has been issued against the confinement of egg layers in battery cages, taking the country another step closer to a ban on this form of poultry housing.

Also in India, poultry feed prices have been on the increase again, pushing up the cost of chicken and eggs to consumers.

Rising prices for poultry meat and eggs are also causing problems for the population of the large cities of Pakistan. Recent bad weather has disrupted supplies but the poultry asociation says the situation is expected to return to normal soon.

The agriculture minister of Malaysia is tightening up on the country's many unlicensed poultry slaughterhouses in a bid to improve compliance over both hygienic and halal slaughter procedures. Nearly 80 per cent of 2,000 poultry slaughterhouses in the country are unlicensed and not registered with the Veterinary Services Department, it is reported.

In Australia, Western Australian egg producers say there may be a supply shortage in the lead-up to Easter, following the culling of almost half a million chickens in the eastern states as the result of avian influenza. Some large supermarkets in the state are reported to have sold out of eggs but smaller shops are reportedly unaffected. The situation is expected to resolve soon.

Australian chicken production is projected to grow over the period to 2018–19, reflecting continued growth in domestic consumer demand, according to the country's latest 'Agricultural Commodities' report.

Poultry meat output there has grown at a steady four per cent annually over the past decade and now makes up one-quarter of meat production, compared to 18 per cent 10 years ago. Within the next five years, the industry is forecast to increase its share of total meat production to 28 per cent. Exports of Australian chicken meat are forecast to remain relatively low, with most production consumed domestically.

Coarsely ground maize (corn) in the diet of broilers had beneficial effects on growth and gut microflora when it was fed to birds aged 11 to 35 days to replace ground maize, according to new research from Massey University in New Zealand. There were some adverse effects on carcass yields.

Canada and South Korea have concluded negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), which aims to boost trade and investment ties between the two countries, creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians in every region of the country. The deal will not impact the countries' poultry industries as this sector is excluded from the FTA.

Asia's poultry industry cannot be examined without mentioning avian flu. In China, the H7N9 subtype is reported to have infected more than 370 people over the last year, with almost daily reports to the WHO about new cases.

The H5N1 strain, which is highly pathogenic to poultry as well as people, has been reported in birds across Viet Nam and in China this week, and there have been human cases in Cambodia. A new variant appears to have emerged in Vietnamese poultry that is unaffected by current vaccination.

The H5N8 strain has so far been confirmed on more than a dozen South Korean farms since it was first detected in January this year.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Asian Egg Imports and Exports on the Rise
Asia accounts for around 30 per cent of the global trade in shell eggs, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans but the region participates little in the trade in dried or liquid egg products.

Ultrasound May Be Useful for Reducing Salmonella Levels in Chicken Meat
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Infectious Laryngotracheitis
On overview of this viral respiratory disease of poultry published in 'Drumstick' magazine from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Australian Chicken Meat: Outlook to 2018-19
Chicken meat production is projected to grow over the period to 2018–19, reflecting continued growth in domestic consumer demand, according to Clay Mifsud in the 'Agricultural Commodities' report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) for the March Quarter 2014.

Effect of Slow and Rapid Peroxidation of Corn Oil on the Performance and Energy Storage of Broiler Chicks
Corn oil peroxidation status had some minimal effects on broiler performance to 27 days of age but did result in significant differences in abdominal fat pad weight. This suggests an impact of the treatment on energy utilisation, according to a study in Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2014.

Nutrient Deposition and Energy Utilisation in Slow-growing Broilers Fed with Organic Diets
The growth patterns of slow-growing male and female broilers in organic systems were found to be so different by a group of researchers in Germany that they recommend using separate feeding programmes for rearing the sexes in these systems.

Apoptosis Induction in Duck Tissues during Duck Hepatitis A Virus Type 1 Infection
Researchers in China have found that the multiplication of the virus is exacerbated by changes in the destruction of the duck tissues.

Company News

Swedish Visits Spurs Russia to Even Higher Breeder Performance
RUSSIA - Farm managers from the Russian broiler producer Chelny were given an insight on a visit to Sweden into how the Cobb-Vantress, Inc. Scandinavian distributor Blenta achieves some of the top breeder results in Europe.
Pas Reform Collaboration Provides Data Mining to Optimise Hatchery Performance
THE NETHERLANDS - Pas Reform has signed an agreement with Leuven University spin-off Porphyrio, a leader in the field of animal science and data mining, to provide customers with deep data analysis services to evaluate and enhance hatchery performance.
Sustainable Intensification: Theme for VIV Europe 2014
THE NETHERLANDS - VIV Europe 2014 - the most prestigious trade show for innovative livestock farming, the production of meat, poultry, eggs, animal feed production, breeding stock, animal health and food safety - return to the Netherlands on 20 to 22 May.
Aviagen Breeds Industry Experts with Production Management School
SCOTLAND, UK - Aviagen has again raised the bar in global poultry industry training with the latest module of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Production Management School, focusing on 'Optimising Broiler Performance', which recently took place in Edinburgh.
Irvine’s Zimbabwe Award Presentations
ZIMBABWE - Some of the major achievements of the Cobb-Vantress, Inc. distributor Irvine’s Zimbabwe in a successful 2013 were outlined by the chairman, David Irvine, at the company’s annual party in Harare in appreciation of the custom and support of various stakeholders.
Market Reports

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Global Poultry Industry News


Mexico Grants Market Access to Argentinian Poultry Eggs and Meat


Dynamic Egg Production in Eastern Europe
BIRD FLU: H5N1 Outbreak in Viet Nam; Expert Says Poultry Tests Will Control Bird Flu in HK; Chinese Poultry Dealers Being Driven out of Business; South Korea Culls Chickens
Growth in Poultry, Pork Production Drives Feed Phosphate Market
Empowering Women in Ag: FAO, UN Look at Gender Equality
Proposal for Greening of Livestock Chains Open for Review
Meat Prices Stable But Food Price Index on the Rise
EU-US Trade Talks to Resume Next Week
United Nations Calls for Pro-family Farming Policies


Turkey to Import More Wheat for Feed as Drought Persists


Long-term Support for Farming in the Philippines

   United States

CME: 2013 Beef, Poultry Demand Index Down; Pork on Last Year Levels
Nebraska Report Examines Strengths, Weaknesses in Farming
New Appointments at US National Chicken Council
New Integrated Poultry Facility for Arkansas
CME: Feed, Residual Use Projected to Rise in 2013/14
States Join Missouri Lawsuit Targeting Animal Welfare
Members of National Farmers Union Hear from Farm Bill Insiders
Poultry House Dust Levels Found Safe for Workers

   United Kingdom

UK Farming Sets out Low-Carbon Agenda
UK Turkey, Goose Visionary Passes Away
Campaign Shows How Eggs Can Reduce Food Waste
Norfolk's Poultry Academy Welcomes First Students
New Face Leads Union's Poultry Working Group
No Need to Limit Egg Intake, According to New Health Study
UK Poultry Feed Prices Continue to Slide
Animal Welfare Group Takes Back Food Retailer's Award
Smoking/Animal Protein Link is 'Triumph of Media Spin', Says NHS
Agricultural Policy Timetable Outlined in Scotland


Canada-Korea Trade Agreement Good News for Agriculture
Canadians to Consume More Poultry Meat in 2014


China Opens Doors to Five Brazilian Poultry Plants


Jamaica Broilers Reports Drop in Profits

   Viet Nam

H5N1 Bird Flu Hits Village Poultry Flock in South Viet Nam
Viet Nam Reports H5N1 Outbreaks in Two Provinces
Northern Vietnamese H5N1 Bird Flu Virus Found in South
Viet Nam Reports Two New Outbreaks of H5N1 Avian Flu


Ukrainian Meat Company Operating Normally


Thermostabiity of Salmonella in Dried Egg White Investigated


Chicken Reportedly Not Slaughtered the Halal Way
Malaysian Minister Tightens up on Unlicensed Poultry Abattoirs


Poultry Prices Rise in Rawalpindi, Islamabad

   Hong Kong

Strict Poultry Tests Will Control Bird Flu in HK, Says Expert
Site Selected to Separate Local, Mainland Poultry


Chicken Beats Other Meats in Australia
Western Australia Faces Egg Shortage in Lead-up to Easter


H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Found at Three More Chinese Markets
H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak Reported in Yunnan
February 2014 Poultry Prices Down Compared to Year Ago

   New Zealand

Massey Study Shows Broilers Do Well on Coarsely Ground Maize


New Push to End Battery Cages for India's Laying Hens br /> Poultry Feed Prices Rise on Costlier Inputs

   European Union

Europeans Support Ag Policy Aims, Traceability of Meat

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Aided by Strong Business Model in Weathering Tough 2013


Cambodia Sets up Bird Flu Control Zones


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