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Thursday 20th March 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Poultry Feeding Goes Greener

Several news items caught my eye this week that show significant steps in improving sustainability in the feed industry.

The first global guidelines on sustainability for the feed industry were published this week

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) has released for public consultation the Global Feed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) guidelines developed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-led Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Partnership (LEAP).

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) jointly developed the Feed LCA recommendations and they form a significant part of the draft guidelines.

In less than two years, IFIF says, the methodology has been developed to introduce a harmonised, science-based, practical and international approach to the assessment of the environmental performance of feed supply chains, while taking into account the specificity of the diverse production systems that exist globally.

In a separate initiative, FEFAC has issued an update on its 'roadmap' for sourcing soybeans responsibly, showing where progress has been made and where more needs to be done.

The roadmap contains the key issues for the EU feed industry linked with the supply of responsible soy to Europe, as well as a project plan for the setting up of an independent benchmark systems of existing certification schemes against the set of the Federation's minimum import criteria, for which it will launch a tender procedure and cooperate with IDH (the sustainable trade initiative).

Fostering mainstream market solutions for the supply of responsibly produced soybean products to EU feed markets is the main objective, given that none of the currently available certification schemes has yet achieved 'critical mass'.

Two research projects published this week have revealed feed changes that could reduce our reliance on less sustainable protein sources.

Work at Wageningen UR Livestock Research reveals that a low-crude protein diet for broiler breeders changes body composition during the rearing period, improving hatchability during the first phase and egg production during the second phase of the laying period, as well as increasing margins.

A study led by Nottingham Trent University in the UK found adding high levels of phytase to rapeseed meal – a cheaper home-grown protein source – was just as nutritious for broiler chicks as soybean meal, which is more expensive and has to be imported.

And on greening of poultry processing, one of our new articles this week studies power use at a processing plant. Researchers at the University of Arkansas has identified a number of areas where cost-savings could be made.

Turning to news of avian flu in poultry, the H7N9 virus has been found on a poultry farm in southern China, while Libya has reported its first outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1. Also on H5N1, Viet Nam appears to be struggling to control the disease by vaccination and Cambodia has a new outbreak. Low-pathogenic sub-types of the virus have been reported in poultry flocks in the Netherlands and Germany in the last week.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Population Growth Will Boost Asia’s Egg Uptake
The rate of human population growth in Asia is forecast to be slower than the global average, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans. Over the period 2000 to 2009, average egg intake per person in Asia overtook the world figure but there is great variation between Asian countries, offering considerable potential for increased egg consumption in the region as a whole.

Brooding Temperatures and Heating Costs
Michael Czarick (Extension Engineer) and Brian Fairchild (Extension Poultry Specialist) at the University of Georgia show how heating costs for broiler growing are primarily determined by outside temperature and house condition.

Relationships of Incubational Hatching Egg Characteristics to Post-hatch Bodyweight and Processing Yield in Broilers
After examining the relationships between hatching egg characteristics during incubation and subsequent growth and processing yield in a modern broiler strain, researchers in the US recommend monitoring of mean daily percentage of incubational weight loss, especially during the first half of the incubation period.

Association of Campylobacter Levels Between Chicken Grow-out Environmental Samples and Processed Carcasses
Researchers at Virginia Tech have found a good indication of Campylobacter contamination and transmission in the number of the bacteria in the broiler house, together with carcass rinse data. Their results offer a way to schedule the processing sequence of flocks in order to cut post-slaughter pathogen transmission.

Effects of Increasing Concentrations of Corn Dried Distiller’s Grains with Solubles on the Egg Production and Internal Quality of Eggs
Up to 50 per cent of corn dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) could be included in the layer's diet without adverse effects, providing digestible amino acid requirements are met in the DDGS-added diets, report Hongyu Sun, Eun Joo Lee, Himali Samaraweera, Mike Persia and Dong U. Ahn in Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2014.

Energy Balance Analysis of a Poultry Processing Plant
A detailed study of the power use at a poultry processing plant by researchers at the University of Arkansas identified a number of areas where cost-savings could be made.

Company News

Aviagen Co-Sponsors Seminar for Latin American Poultry Vets
US - Aviagen is sponsoring an initiative by the University of Georgia to inform veterinarians from throughout Latin America on the latest and best practices and advanced techniques for poultry production and health.
Zoetis to Participate in Jefferies Animal Health Summit
US - Zoetis will participate in the Jefferies Animal Health Summit on Thursday 27 March at the Jefferies Conference Center in New York, NY.
CID Lines Receives Visit from Danish Importer
BELGIUM - CID Lines recently hosted a visit by 34 sales reps from its Danish importer, DLG.
Cobb500 Breeder Management Supplement Now in Six Languages
US - The latest edition of the Cobb500 Package Breeder Management Supplement is published today in six languages.
Hy-Line UK International Appoints New Business Development Manager
RUSSIA - Olga Myasnikova has been appointed Business Development Manager by Hy-Line International to lead the sales initiatives in the Russian markets.
Aviagen Australia Fully Invested in New Facilities at Goulburn
AUSTRALIA - Aviagen Australia Pty Ltd is owned by the industry leader in the development and distribution of broiler breeding stock around the world and has imported birds into the Australian market since 1991.
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Global Poultry Industry News


No Change in Indian Poultry Feed Prices
Source of Bird Flu in Odisha Wild Birds Remains a Mystery

   Viet Nam

Officials Allowed Sale of Untested Poultry Meat
New Outbreak of H5N1 Bird Flu Reported in Viet Nam


H7N9 Detected on South China Poultry Farm
Guangdong Farm Culls Chickens after Positive H7N9 Test
H7N9 Flu Reduces China's Chicken Production, Imports

   United Kingdom

Grow Your Business at 2014 British Pig & Poultry Fair
Winter Crop Areas Up But Livestock Down
2014 Budget: Good News for Agriculture But Not Permanent
Research Council Celebrates 20 Years of Animal Welfare Advances
Rural Energy Secures Biomass Deal for Bernard Matthews
New Method for Nutrient Digestibility Studies Saves Time, Money
Updated Animal Health Surveillance Announced
Call for Govt Support on Poultry Biomass Technology
Rapeseed Plus Enzyme Makes UK Broiler Feed More Sustainable
Multi-million-pound Deal for Norfolk Free-range Chicken Company

   European Union

Marketing to be Discussed at Next Agriculture Council Meeting
EU Audit Raises Doubts over Safety of Brazilian Poultry Products
Feed Industry Moves Towards More Responsible Soybean Sourcing
Farmers Respond on First Package of Agricultural Policy Reform Criticised
EU Ag Sector Role in Economic Crisis Outlined at Farmers' Conference


Animals Australia Advocates an Egg-free Australia
New South Wales Chicken Farm Development Halted

   United States

Seashore Plant Shows Promise as Poultry Bedding Material
Workshop Aims to Boost Poultry Plant Efficiency
US Animal Health Industry Commits to FDA Guidance
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Washington State Reports New Form of Gumboro Disease
Poultry Industry Concerns about Proposed Injury, Illness Regulation
CME: Chicken Demand Softened in January
Antibiotics Endgame to be Explored by Summit Panel

   Russian Federation

Agricultural Bank Backs Russian Poultry Plant


Dr Trevor Bagust Has Passed Away
Feed Acid Market Estimated at US$2.6 Billion by 2018
First Global Feed Sustainability Guidelines Released
Steady Rise in Incidents of Low Levels of GM Crops in Traded Food, Feed


Bahrain Poultry Farmers Demand Better Deals to End Strike
Early Settlement in Bahrain's Chicken Dispute Expected


Mixed Prospects for Brazilian Agri-food Sectors in 2014
Brazil's Halal Chickens Meet Approval in Pakistan


Broiler Breeder Feed Changes Save Money in Wageningen Study
Low-pathogenic Bird Flu in Dutch Flock


Another H5N1 Outbreak in Phnom Penh


New Poultry Partnership for Kenyan Women, Young People

   South Korea

Another Bird Flu Outbreak Brings Poultry Cull to Eight Million


Low-pathogenic Bird Flu Reported in German Poultry Flock


Libya Reports First H5N1 Avian Flu Outbreak


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First Finding of Bird Flu Virus Closes Macau's Live Bird Markets


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