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Thursday 29th May 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Bird Flu and Other Challenging Issues for the Poultry Industry

Starting with bird flu news, seven new cases of H7N9 influenza have been confirmed in China, while evidence has been found of asymptomatic or mild infections of the virus in poultry workers in Shenzhen.

Nepal has been declared free of the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza in its poultry, and there have been no new cases of the H5N8 low-pathogenic virus in the United States.

The International Poultry Council (IPC) has called on the leading world health organisations to adopt neutral disease nomenclature to bring to an end market disruption as the result, for example, of influenza outbreaks linked to poultry.

Widespread use of such terms as 'bird flu' in media reports of incidents of influenza in poultry often create confusion and fear among consumers leading to reduced consumption of poultry, which can be costly to producers, according to IPC.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a new report examining the transmission of influenza viruses from animals to humans.

Turning to other news, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has become involved in both the meat and egg sectors in the last few days. It is proposing to grant authorisation to enable members of the New South Wales Farmers’ Association who grow chicken, turkey and duck meat, to bargain collectively with poultry meat processors. ACCC has also begun an investigation into allegations of cartel activity in the country's egg industry.

In India, volatile prices, wide supply-demand disparity and high feed costs remain concerns for the poultry industry. Nevertheless, an investment agency is forecasting improving returns this fiscal year (March 2014 to April 2015).

And in the United States panel of experts on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) gathered in Williamsburg recently to debate the risks and benefits of GM foods. The debate, sponsored by the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), was one of the fair’s major draws.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Transmission of Influenza Viruses from Animals to Humans
Ron Fouchier from the Erasmus Medical Centre explains how influenza viruses jump from animals to people and what can be done to mitigate risks for public health.

Effect of Dietary Levels of Canola Meal on Performance, Digestibility and Gut Morphology of Broilers
A new experiment in Brazil reveals that canola meal can be added at levels up to 16.7 per cent in diets for broilers without affecting the key variables of growth performance. Higher inclusion had some adverse effects on nutrient digestibility and the structure of the gut.

Potential of Defatted Microalgae from the Biofuel Industry as a Feed Ingredient in Pig and Poultry Diets
Defatted microalgal biomass, a by-product from biofuel production, has potential as a new and sustainable feed ingredient for pigs, laying hens and broilers, according to Cornell University researchers.

Coexisting with Neighbours: A Poultry Farmer’s Guide
Treating neighbours with concern and respect will help ensure continuation of appropriate, responsible farming practices in the future, according to Dr Casey W. Ritz of the University of Georgia, who gives practical advice to help achieve good relations.

Controlling Salmonella in the Food Chain in the European Union: Progress over the Last 10 Years
A review of the incidence of foodborne Salmonella in humans in the European Union over the last 10 years and the programmes and regulations that have contributed to the decline in chickens and, more recently, turkeys.

Company News

Zoetis to Participate in Annual Growth Stock Conference
US - Zoetis is to participate in the William Blair 34th Annual Growth Stock Conference on 12 June.
UK Tops Region for Broiler Parent Flock Performance
UK - The award for the top Cobb flock for Europe, Middle East and Africa has been won for the fourth year running by the UK – this time going to Scottish farmer Mark Robson of Pressen Hill Farm, Kelso, Roxburghshire.
Record Result for Latest Ross SweChick 140 Club Member
SWEDEN - Aviagen SweChick customer, Övraby Lantbruks AB, a contract farmer for SweHatch, is celebrating a record achievement of 151 chickens per hen housed at 60 weeks from their Ross® flock.
Ross: Breed of Choice for Pure Breed
SAUDI ARABIA - Pure Breed, the Ross® distributor for Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and Yemen, recently renewed the contract with Aviagen® for a further five years.
Cobb Doubles Capacity on European Research Facility
NETHERLANDS - The €12-million (US$15-million) investment in doubling the capacity of the Herveld pedigree farm - the hub of Cobb research in Europe - was celebrated at three customer events at Kastel De Haar during VIV Europe last week.
Market Reports

USDA Poultry Slaughter - 27 May 2014
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Global Poultry Industry News

   United Kingdom

UK Animal Feed Committee Reviewed Antibiotic Issues, EU Audit
Scots' Fury at Italian Cage Egg Penalty
UK Egg Council Spreads the World on Egg's Health Benefits
UK Poultry Producers Engage in Responsible Feed Sourcing
Moy Park Improves Green Credentials
National Barbeque Week Starts in UK Today
Testing for Exclusion of Notifiable Avian Disease
Public-Private Research Partnership to Support Sustainable Agriculture


NSW Poultry Meat Producers Get Go-ahead for Collective Bargaining
Egg Industry Investigation in Australia
Australian Broiler Industry Opens Its Doors to Dispel Myths
Can Australia's Egg Industry Meet Demand by 2018?


No Big Change in Poultry Feed Prices
R Mohan Singh Appointed India’s Agri Minister
Aviagen’s Tamil Nadu Facility Gets Compartmentalisation Status
India’s Poultry Sector Margin to Improve During 2014-15


Israel Reports Six New Newcastle Disease Outbreaks
EU Bans West Bank Chicken


Call for an End to 'Bird Flu'
World Poultry Feed Production to Reach 125MT in 2017
FAO and OIE Boost Collaboration on Animal Health

   United States

Salmonella Heidelberg Case Count Reaches 574
Registration Opens for Distance Learning Course on Feed Production
North Carolina Firm Expands Cooked Chicken Capacity
Climate Change Credentials of the US Egg Industry
US Agencies Join Forces for Future Foodborne Disease Outbreaks
Pilgrim's Pride Bids to Become Branded Protein Leader
Debate on GMO Stirs Strong Feelings in NYC
Renewable Policy Cost Poultry Sector $44 Billion
Conference on Agricultural Waste and Environmental Quality Seeks Input

   European Union

New Report on Transmission of Flu Viruses from Animals to Man
Danish Crown Acquires Polish Poultry Meat Processor


Nepal Declares Freedom from H5N1 Avian Flu

   Russian Federation

Poultry Acquisition by Cherkizovo Helps Turn Quarterly Loss into Profit

   Papua New Guinea

Poultry Helps Boost Papua New Guinea's Economy


Soy Prices Driven by Chinese Poultry Industry?
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Pick Up


Philippines Agriculture, Fisheries Growth Despite Typhoon Yolanda


VIV EUROPE: Dutch Make Big Strides in Cutting Antibiotic Use
VIV EUROPE: How Poultry Can Feed the World Sustainably


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