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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 15 May 2014

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Thursday 15th May 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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UK Poultry Industry Looks to the Future

Industry optimism about the future was a theme of the British Pig & Poultry Fair this week.

At the ‘Growing your Business’ for the egg sector, for example, Mark Williams from the British Egg Industry Council explained that there is plenty to be positive about in the egg sector.

"We should be extremely proud of the fact we are 87 per cent self-sufficient in eggs, with 9.68 billion eggs being produced a year in the UK," he said.

He also touched on the challenge facing producers in the form of beak-trimming, saying: "This is the most important policy issue at this time facing the UK egg industry. There is on-going work underway to educate MPs about the implications, and the need to delay any potential policy until birds can be reared without beak trimming, with no impact on welfare. This needs to be based on proven science and genetics."

Representing the chicken meat industry, Steve Ellis of 2 Sisters Food Group also forecast a promising outlook for the sector in terms of the low cost of production per kilo of protein, growing global demand for meat and popularity of chicken with consumers.

Mr Ellis said that the greatest challenges to the industry right now are keeping chicken affordable, tackling Campylobacter and improving bird welfare based on science.

Another forum media consultant, Malcolm Munro said that speaking to the media offers the opportunity to unlocking the power of story-telling.

Also on the theme of broiler welfare, a former arable farmer in the UK has taken lessons learned from vegetable production and applied it to a broiler enterprise to monitor how contented his birds are.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: European Egg Consumption Linked to Production and Population
FAO data indicate that egg consumption in Europe increased slightly between 2000 and 2009 at a little over 12kg per person, reports industry watcher, Terry Evans. Other and more up-to-date estimates show considerable variation between the individual countries in the region.

Understanding the Role of the Skeleton in Egg Production. Part 3
The third and final part of this Technical Update discusses the roles of nutrition and disease in the formation and maintenance of a healthy skeleton of pullets and laying hens.

Litter Quality and Broiler Performance
Any investment made by broiler growers and integrators in improving the environmental conditions for their birds - including through the choice and management of litter - can potentially return a significant dividend, according to Casey W. Ritz, Brian D. Fairchild and Michael P. Lacy, extension poultry scientists with the University of Georgia.

Where to Put the Chick Paper?
Placing paper under the drinking lines and making some feed available there too has the added advantage of getting the chicks to drink and feed as quickly as possible, advises Martin 'Tiny' Barten, senior hatchery specialist with Pas Reform.
Company News

Aviagen India Achieves Compartmentalisation Status
INDIA - The achievement of compartmentalisation is an important process and recognition by a third party, in this case the Central Indian Government and State Government of Tamil Nadu, for the bird health, welfare and the biosecurity standards that are present in Aviagen India facility at Elayamuthur near Udumalpet.
Aviagen Appoints ChickMaster for Stratford Hatchery Extension
UK - Having recently announced the intention to invest just under £7m in an extension to their Stratford hatchery, Aviagen® has confirmed the appointment of ChickMaster as the supplier for the new incubation and hatching equipment at the site.
Major Advance for Cobb in Russian Republic of Mari-El
RUSSIA - The first Cobb500 grandparent flock has arrived in the republic of Mari-El with the company Akashevskaya – seven months after it started building new state-of-the-art farms complying with the high Cobb standards.
Market Reports

UK March Agricultural Price Index - 15 May 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - March 2014
USDA Broiler Hatchery - 14 May 2014
Total Factor Productivity of the UK Agricultural Industry 2013 – 1st Estimate
USDA International Egg and Poultry: US Chicken Import/Export Comparisons
China Wholesale Prices - 14 May 2014
USDA Feed Outlook - 13 May 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 12 May 2014
USDA WASDE - 9 May 2014
United Kingdom Egg Statistics – Quarter 1, 2014

Global Poultry Industry News


Strict Poultry, Egg Checks to Ensure Safe Consumption in Singapore

   New Zealand

Egg Prices Rise as Cage Farmers Embark on NZ$200M Upgrade
NZ Food Prices up in April on More Expensive Eggs, Dairy


Norwegian Farmers Block Egg Distribution


India's Poultry Industry to See Improvement in Profit Margins
Over 3,000 Turkeys Killed by Bangalore Bird Flu


Nigerian Poultry Farmers Blame B’Haram for Drop in Sales

   United Kingdom

Farmers Urged to Report Code Breaches by Retailers
Pig & Poultry Fair Reflects Optimism About Future
BRITISH PIG & POULTRY FAIR: Dealing with the Media
Veterinary Association Campaigns for Non-stun Slaughter
Knowing Your Onions: An Open Minded Approach to Broilers


Poultry Farmers Call off Stir in Bahrain
Farmers Extinguish Bahrain Poultry Supply Panic

   European Union

European Commission Launches Study to Identify Young Farmers' Needs
European Council Adopts Regulation for Animal, Plant Financing


Spain in Europe’s Top Five for Chicken, Beef


BIRD FLU: New Hope for Bird Flu Patients in China
New Strain of H5N6 Flu Virus: High Risk for Poultry in China
China's April Consumer Price Index up


Brazil Looking to Send More Chicken to South Korea

   United States

Mississippi Poultry Farmers Optimistic Despite Tornados
US NFU Tells Livestock Committee Consumers Want Origin Labelling
Live Birds Source of Salmonella Outbreak
USDA Report Mixed Bag for Grain Markets


New Zealand, US File Disputes against Indonesia on Agricultural Imports


No Approval for Battery Chicken Farm

   Viet Nam

Expansion of Cargill's Central Viet Nam Animal Feed Plant Complete


International Poultry Council Schedules Special Meeting for Strategic Planning


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