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Thursday 19th June 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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World Meat Congress and the Poultry Industry in China

Livestock produce 7.1 giga-tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHG) per year, equivalent to 14.5 per cent of the total human-induced emissions, writes Chris Harris from the World Meat Congress, which is taking place in Beijing, China, this week.

However, a new programme from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the Global Livestock Environment Assessment Model (GLEAM) could help livestock producers reduce the global footprint of production, Neil Fraser, chair of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock told the Congress.

The major causes of GHG emissions from the sector are from land use for feed, which accounts for 33 per cent of the total. Among livestock production, the beef and dairy sectors produce the most GHG emissions, while the poultry and pig sectors produce the least - just nine per cent (0.7 giga-tonnes) of the livestock carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions.

Delegates at the World Meat Congress have also heard that animal welfare issues could become a new trade barrier following a landmark ruling by the World Trade Organization.

Speaking at the International Meat Secretariat Veal Committee meeting running up to the full congress at the week end, Jacques Servière, senior scientist at INRA and IMS Scientific Advisor said that there is a going public awareness of animal welfare issues in the production of meat.

"A large number of people are beginning to be interested in animal welfare," Dr Servière said, adding "Animal welfare should now be regarded as a new moral trade barrier."

China's increasingly important role on the international meat market was also discussed at the Congress as a result of rising consumption, prices and imports.

On news of avian flu, an outbreak of disease from the highly pathogenic H5N8 subtype has occurred in poultry in South Korea, while more than 200 commercial ostriches died as the result of the H7N7 "low-pathogenic" virus in South Africa in April. The Chinese authorities have reported the death of a patient from the H7N9 influenza virus in the last week.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: More Turkey Meat Eaten But Less Per Person
The human population has grown faster than turkey production in many countries where the birds are both reared and consumed, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans. The latest figures show the highest annual per-capita consumption in the US at 7.4kg.

Controlling Body Weight of Turkey Breeder Hens Without Feed Restriction
A researcher at Iowa State University was able to control turkey hen bodyweight by ad-libitum feeding of a diet of lower nutrient content during the rearing period, without using physical feed restriction. The lighter hens produced more eggs while the heavier birds produced larger eggs.

Learning from the Shape and Texture of Hatching Eggs
The shape and texture of the shells is a good reflection of the health and well being of the breeder flock, explains Marleen Boerjan, Director of R&D at the Pas Reform Academy.

On-farm Control Measure to Protect Broiler Chickens against Campylobacter
Campylobacter is a zoonotic bacterium of international importance, cited by the World Health Organisation as the number one food-borne pathogen in the developed world, writes Tom Humphrey, Professor of Bacteriology and Food Safety at the College of Medicine at Swansea University.

GB Emerging Threats Report: Avian Diseases: October-December (Q4) 2013
Among the highlights in this quarterly report are the re-emergence of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection in China as well as in the UK the detection of livestock-associated MRSA and reovirus-associated tenosynovitis in broilers.

Mortality Management Options for Georgia Poultry Growers
The pros and cons of the various options for the disposal of dead birds are explained by Dr Casey W. Ritz, Extension Poultry Scientist at the University of Georgia. Much of the information provided is applicable to other US states and countries.

Effects of Broiler Production System on Health Care Costs
A Wageningen University study found differences in health costs between farms in the Netherlands but they were unable to identify any significant effects of the broiler production system on these costs, which were very low compared to other expenses such as feed and chicks.

Company News

Feed Enzymes Essential in Sustainability Development
US - Dr Nasser Odetallah, Global Product Champion Fermentation Products for Novus International, Inc., presented at the 11th Annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology last month.
Cobb-Vantress Releases New Android Mobile App
US - Cobb-Vantress has released a new Android mobile application, the latest phase in the company’s global digital strategy.
Betagro Seals Expansion Deal with Pas Reform
THAILAND - SmartPro™ and the personal touch have sealed a Betagro expansion deal with Pas Reform.
Aviagen North America Announces Senior Leadership Changes
US - Aviagen has announced that industry veteran, Kevin McDaniel, has accepted the position of president of Aviagen North America, succeeding Ben Thompson who is retiring. The changes are effective in August.
Webinar for Poultry Producers on Optimising Gut Environment for Improved Performance
US - MSD Animal Health has announced an educational webinar to help poultry producers improve the performance of their flocks by creating a more productive intestinal health environment.
Danisco Animal Nutrition Celebrates 25 Years of Innovation
NORWAY - Danisco Animal Nutrition will celebrate over 25 years of enzyme innovation and continue its tradition of launching industry ‘firsts’ at the forthcoming European Poultry Conference in Stavanger.
Aviagen Geneticist Discussed Poultry Genetics Innovations
INDONESIA - Dr Eduardo Souza, Program Geneticist for Aviagen, recently travelled to Bali to address attendees of the CEVA Hatchery Innovation Summit Asia.
Largest Cobb Technical Seminar for Africa
ZIMBABWE - More than 100 customers representing 13 African countries attended the largest Cobb Africa technical seminar so far.
Coccidiosis: Why Is It Still So Difficult to Control?
US - Coccidiosis can be extremely difficult to manage in poultry, says Mark LaVorgna, PhD, nutritionist and technical services director for Zoetis Inc.
IPPE Is Among Fastest Growing Trade Shows in US
US - Trade Show News Network (TSNN) has announced that the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is among the top 25 fastest-growing US trade shows in terms of net square footage.
Market Reports

USDA Broiler Hatchery - 18 June 2014
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - 18 June 2014
USDA GAIN: United Arab Emirates Poultry and Products Annual 2014
USDA Turkey Hatchery and Raised - 17 June 2014
USDA Feed Outlook - 13 June 2014

Global Poultry Industry News


WORLD MEAT CONGRESS: US Country of Origin Labelling under Attack
WORLD MEAT CONGRESS: Global Meat Sector Needs to Demonstrate Its Sustainability
WORLD MEAT CONGRESS: Chinese Progress in Global Meat and Livestock Sector
WORLD MEAT CONGRESS: Animal Welfare to be New Moral Trade Barrier
WORLD MEAT CONGRESS: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock

   South Korea

New Bird Flu Case in South Korea Fuels Concerns for Nationwide Spread
Early Registration Extended for Asia-Pacific Poultry Conference


Poultry Health Issues Top Agenda at EU Egg, Chick Association

   South Africa

Egg Capacity Building Programme Makes Progress in Africa
Seminar Unifies African Egg Industry
Avian Flu Kills 215 South African Ostriches
Govt to Help Poultry Exporters Win Markets


FAO, Agriculture Minister Discuss Animal Health Issues
Fly, Odour Issues Lead to Notice to Harayana Poultry Farms
High Temperatures Take Toll on Andhra Poultry Units
Indian Ministry Announces Plan to Develop Food Map
India's President Promises More Investment in Agriculture
Feed Price Fall Cuts Poultry Farming Costs in India
India's National Bank Reduces Rates by 20 Basis Points


Poultry Farmers from Ghana's Northern Region Call for Help

   United States

Wisconsin Rapids City Council Approves Chicken Ordinance
Backyard Rental Chickens Gather Momentum
Foster Farms Recognised for Progress in Poultry Meat Safety
Virginia Poultry Shipment Ends Seven-year China Ban
New US Campaign for Better Food Labelling
Cargill to Celebrate 30 Years of Safe Turkey Feed Production
Marel Stork Poultry Processing Celebrates 70 Years in Business
Tyson Foods' Acquisition of Hillshire Takes Step Forward
US Poultry Export Council Elects New Chairman
Egg Industry Center Looking to Fund Research
Chicken Council Expresses Discontent over RFS Targets
Union Tries to Stop Industry Takeover of Poultry Meat Inspection

   United Kingdom

McConnell to Manage Events for Kelly Turkeys
Have You Registered Your Poultry Flock?
Poultry Is UK's Favourite Meat
Register for International Symposium on Sustainable Poultry Production
UK Farmers Say Flood Funding Should Recognise Farming's Value
Moy Park Invests in Campylobacter Research
Public Urged to Stop Washing Raw Chicken
Prizes for Top Scores in UK Animal Health Certificate Exams


Byron Bay Poultry Factory Closed


Malindo Plans to Increase Feed Output by 50 Per Cent

   New Zealand

New Zealand Poultry Meat Firm Aims for Further Global Growth


US-EU Agricultural Trade Discussions This Week
Animal Feed in Europe: Key to Performance, Health and Welfare


Nigeria Destroys Illegally Smuggled Poultry Goods


Government Warned against Tax Hike on Poultry Industry

   European Union

Food Safety Alert System in EU Celebrates 35 Years
EU Agriculture, Fisheries Committee Meets This Week


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