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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 10 July 2014

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Thursday 10th July 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


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Improving Prospects for Poultry Industries in Russia, South Africa

Starting with news of the markets, meat consumption in the European Union is expected to increase for the rest of 2014 but poultry meat exports are forecast to fall in the coming months, according to a new report from the European Commission.

Output of poultry meat and related by-products in Russia in April is reported to have reached a record level of 337,300 tonnes. Supply shortage and strong demand is behind the recent increase in poultry products in Pakistan - a situation that will not last long, according to an industry spokesman.

In South Africa, anti-dumping duties on imported European chicken are improving prospects for the domestic poultry sector and boosting share values for firms in that area.

Turning to other news, Dr Francoise Wemelsfelder, animal behaviourist and welfare scientist at Scotland's Rural College, has developed new scientific approaches to the study of animals as whole beings, bringing insights from philosophy of mind and social psychology and anthropology into the study of animal emotion.

One of our articles this week is a report on the recent European Poultry Conference in Norway, which explored - among other aspects - some of the welfare challenges for the poultry industry, focusing on the implications of fast growth in today's commercial broilers and keel bone problems in layers.

A leading meat processor in Finland has completed a detailed study of its broiler production chain, which reveals high standards of excellence achieved with voluntary actions that exceed the statutory requirements. HKScan found highly satisfactory levels of bird welfare and food safety.

And finally on influenza news, WHO has updated its report on H5N1 human flu with another two confirmed cases in the last two months - one each in Indonesia and Egypt - bringing the total since 2003 to 667 cases, 393 of whom have died. The Netherlands has reported no signs of the low-pathogenic H5N3 virus in poultry since December 2013 or the H5N1 virus since February 2014. Two samples taken from poultry at a market in Henan province in China in June tested positive for the low-path H7N9 virus.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

European Poultry Conference Explores Challenging Welfare Issues
Welfare issues of modern broilers and laying hens were among the topics discussed at the recent European Poultry Conference, reports Dawn Scholey of Nottingham Trent University for ThePoultrySite.

Treating Litter Between Batches of Broilers
An overview of research from Australia on the re-use of broiler litter, looking at heaping to kill potential pathogens and how to control ammonia levels during brooding.

Geese for Sustainable Weed Control
The US National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA) explains how to use geese as a sustainable weed control method in an asparagus field and generally.

Lameness Better Predicts Broiler Performance in Mobility Tests Than Other Bird Characteristics
According to Bristol University researchers, reduced mobility in broilers is closely linked to lameness (as assessed by gait score) and not to other bird factors such as weight. Affected birds may be experiencing pain or discomfort.

Effect of Arginine Supplementation of Broiler Breeder Hens on Progeny Performance
This Brazilian work reveals that supplementation of the broiler breeder diet with the amino acid, arginine, had little effect on the progeny but there were benefits in terms of improved performance, meat yield and bone strength with higher arginine levels in the progeny's feed.

Effect of Range Enrichment on Performance, Behaviour and Forage Intake of Free-range Chickens
Although there was no difference in bird performance, range enrichment in the form of olive trees was found to be beneficial for poultry in this experiment in Italy. Mortality was lower and the birds ranged further, ate more forage and had fewer injuries in the area with trees than those in a grass paddock.

A Practical Guide to On-Farm Fan Testing
Critical information for improved broiler performance through better house and ventilation system design, operation and management from Dennis Brothers, Jess Campbell, Jim Donald and Gene Simpson from the National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University.

Company News

First BioStreamer High Density Incubators Sold, Shipped
BELARUS - Among the first customers for Petersime’s BioStreamer™ HD is poultry integrator, Smolevichi Broiler,
Poultry Science Meeting to Explore Feeding the World in 2050
US - Danisco Animal Nutrition and partners will discuss the poultry industry’s role in feeding the world by 2050 at the 2014 Poultry Science Association (PSA) Annual Meeting from 14 to 17 July 2014.
Data Analysis at Heart of Aviagen Tech Service Managers' School
UK - Elite athletes are only elite athletes because they train hard to ensure they are the best at what they do. The same ethos applies to the recent Aviagen Technical Service Managers’ School, held in Scotland.
Amrit Group Goes for Single Stage Innovation in India
INDIA - In the year that the Amrit Group celebrates its 20th anniversary, the company is on track to launch a landmark new hatchery complex at its new 1.15-million-eggs-per-week hatchery facility in Panagargh with a SmartPro™ single stage hatchery from Pas Reform.
Launch of UK Poultry Trainee of the Year Award
UK - The poultry industry offers some of the most exciting career prospects in farming — that is the message from organisers of the Zoetis/British Poultry Council Trainee of the Year Award, now open for entries.
Tenth Anniversary for Galex Hungaria Kft
HUNGARY - On 6 June, Galex Hungária Kft. - Vencomatic Group distributor in Hungary - celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Italian Customers Visit Hy-Line US Facilities
US - Hy-Line International recently welcomed a group of important Italian customers for a two-day visit. Accompanied by Hy-Line Italia’s Dr Fiorini Paolo, the group participated in discussions with Hy-Line staff and toured facilities.
Pas Reform do Brasil’s Expansion Continues with Frango Natto
BRAZIL - Poultry integration Frango Natto, from Northeast Brazil, is building a new state of the art green field hatchery near the city of Balsas in Maranhão State, with advanced SmartPro™ incubation technologies from Pas Reform.
Hatchery Services New Application by Ceva
FRANCE - Ceva has given a boost to its hatchery vaccination services with the powerful new C.H.I.C.K. Program app.
2013 Was Fulfilling Year, Says CEVA CEO
FRANCE - Global veterinary health company, Ceva Sante Animale, which completed its fourth LBO deal on 30 June, published its annual report on the same day. The company's CEO describes 2013 as a "fulfilling year" and warns that 2014 may not be easy.
Petersime's Russian Distributor Invests in New Infrastructure
RUSSIA - Petersime’s distributor for Russia, Hartmann GmbH, has recently expanded its infrastructure.
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Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

Lebanon County Poultry Unit to Triple Processing and Production Capacity
Salmonella-contaminated Poultry Sent to Military Bases
Marketing and the Ethics of Big Food
Registration Opens for US Poultry Safety Conference
US Chicken Is Safe, Nutritious, Says Industry Council
Congresswomen Call on USDA to Shut Down Foster Farms
Foster Farms Recalls Chicken Products over Salmonella
Chicken Industry Lessons for University of Georgia Students
Nominations Open for Family Farm Environment Award


New CEO Appointed by Ukrainian Poultry Firm

   Russian Federation

Construction Starts on Tambov Turkey Meat Integration
Record Poultry Meat Production in Russia


Hatchery Project Aims to Boost Day-old Chick Production in Togo


Five Per Cent Rise in Indian Agricultural Exports
India’s Grains, Oilseeds Estimates 264.4MT in 2013-14
Brazil Outlines Poultry Health Standards to Indian Meat Exporters
Indian Firm Amrit Sets up Bengali Poultry Hub


H7N9 Flu Virus Detected at Henan Poultry Market


US Venture Pushes Jamaica Broiler Sales Higher
Heavy Investments for Jamaica’s Poultry


Finnish Broiler Study Shows High Standards with Voluntary Codes


Market Needed to Give Poultry Farmers Edge over Middle Men


Ugandan Success with Mobile Animal Health App Could Go Global


Study Highlights Limited Poultry Diagnostic Services in Rural Algeria

   South Africa

Tariff on EU Chicken Boost South Africa's Broiler Sector


Short Supply Blamed for Poultry Price Hike in Pakistan


Penang's Poultry Markets Face Closure on Health Grounds

   United Kingdom

Large Investment for Northern Ireland Poultry Firm
Female Farmers Play a Role in UK's Farming Future
Defra-Approved Disinfectant: When and How to Use it
UK Agency Scheme Recognises Compliant Feed Companies
Prime Minister Commits to UK Leading the Way on Antibiotic Resistance
Welfare of Scotland's Game Birds Approved

   European Union

Poultry Meat Uptake Forecast to Rise, Exports to Fall in EU


Second Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Southern Sweden


Animal Welfare Expert Considers Whole Animal
Progress on Harmonisation of Vet Product Registration
Global Animal Feed Additives Market on the Rise
Little Change in Global Poultry Meat Price


Diagnostic Tests for the Australian Poultry Industry
On-farm Duck, Chicken Abattoir Gains Approval


Vitarich Plans Comeback and Debts Settlement


Brazil's Six-month Exports Stable for Chicken Meat


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