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Thursday 17th July 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Roundtable Addresses Using Antibiotics More Responsibly for Poultry and Other Livestock

A framework for replacement, reduction and refinement needs to be established for the responsible use of antimicrobials along the supply chain. Furthermore, the measures that should be implemented by vets, farmers, producers, retailers and the pharmaceutical industry need to be communicated to consumers.

These are the main findings of a recent top-level roundtable, Antimicrobials – Who Needs Them?, chaired by the Food Animal Initiative (FAI) together with the pharmaceutical company, Ceva.

The roundtable agreed a path establishing new and standardised measures for antibiotic use that can be implemented at producer level and that can also make changes in the way antibiotics are used at both national and regional level.

Turning to the markets, consumers in the United States are facing record chicken prices. While a recent report suggested this was due to poor fertility in one company's male broiler line, that seems to be an over-simplification. The root cause can be traced back to 2011, when feed prices were at their peak and the US economy was in the doldrums, leading the country's chicken companies to cut back on production. It is taking time for the producers to ratchet up production to meet the growing demand at home and from export markets.

Turning to bird flu news, within the last week, China has reported one new case of H7N9 in a man in Yongzhou who had been in contact with live poultry, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 452. New research indicates that a boy who contracted avian flu in China last year might have been infected with an H7N9 precursor.

In poultry, a total of 41 samples tested positive for the H7 type of flu virus in China during the first three weeks of June; the majority were from live bird markets. Following extensive testing in the US, the earlier low pathogenic H5N8 flu event is now considered closed.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Poultry Water Line Sanitation
Never underestimate the importance of a clean, safe water supply to the health and performance of your flock, say Dr Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Dr Morgan Farnell (Associate Professor) and Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor), all at the Department of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University. They offer advice on keeping the water clean and safe.

Chinese Herbs as Alternatives to Antibiotics in Feed for Swine and Poultry Production
Potential of Chinese herbs and challenges in their application are explored in this review from a Sino-Canadian research group.

Evaporative Cooling Pad Design Spreadsheet
A spreadsheet to help understand evaporative pad design from the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

Benefit of Swimming Access to Behaviour, Body and Plumage Condition and Heat Stress Effect of Local Ducks
This study from Indonesia indicates that access to water for swimming improves the conditions for ducks but there was no advantage in terms of egg production over other systems without such access to water.

Effect of Dietary Non-phytate Phosphorus and Calcium Concentration on Calcium Appetite of Broiler Chicks
An experiment in Australia suggests that the dietary concentration of non-phytate phosphorus may influence the calcium-specific appetite of broilers and that the birds attempt to balance their intakes of these two nutrients.

GB Emerging Threats Report: Avian Diseases: January-March (Q1) 2014
Among the highlights included in this quarterly report are ongoing issues with reovirus-associated tenosynovitis in broilers and Marek’s disease in turkeys. Marek’s disease virus genome has also been detected in a goose. Vitamin B2 deficiency was the likely cause of curled-toe paralysis in young organic chicks.

Fighting Campylobacter Colonisation in Broiler Chickens
The inclusion of the multi-species synbiotic PoultryStar® significantly reduced caecal colonisation of Campylobacter jejuni in broilers, reports Dr Wael Abdelrahman, Technical Consultant, Poultry, Probiotics with Biomin.

Sense of Community Aids Establishment of Renewable Energy Cooperatives
The establishment of cooperative biogas projects is aided by strong community spirit, regional traditions and farmers' sense of responsibility for their local area, according to a new study in northern Italy.

Company News

Chau Joins Ross Technical Service in Asia
ASIA - Michael Chau commenced his career by joining Aviagen in January 2007 in the Export Group where he was Export Coordinator for over three years before he moved to great grandparent and grandparent production as part of his training programme.
Mexico's Pollo Bakity Makes Its Mark with SmartPro Single Stage Incubation
MEXICO - Mexico’s Bahena-family owned Pollo Bakity has commissioned Pas Reform to deliver its new state-of-the-art hatchery in Uruapan with SmartPro™ modular, single stage incubation systems that will, when all phases of the new project are complete, deliver well over 600,000 day-old-chicks each week.
Nutritional Appointment to Cobb World Technical Support Team
US - Vitor Hugo Brandalize has been appointed as nutritional specialist in the Cobb World Technical Support team.
Key Appointments for Aviagen Asia
CHINA - Xiuzhen Zhang (Julia) has been appointed New Vice President and Commercial Manager China, Aviagen Asia. Minquing Gu has been promoted to Area Technical Manager China.
Avicola El Monte Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Hy-Line in South America
CHILE - In late April 2014, Chilean egg industry leaders gathered in Santiago to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of Avícola El Monte, S.A. and Hy-Line International’s partnership. Avicola El Monte began to distribute Hy-Line chicks in Chile in 1963.
St Petersburg SRI Develops Flu Vaccine Incubation Facility
RUSSIA - St. Petersburg Scientific Research Institute of Vaccines and Sera in Russia is to renovate its primary stage vaccine incubation centre with advanced single-stage hatchery technologies from NatureForm Hatchery Technologies.
Poultry Vet Offers Tips to Get More from ELISA Testing
US - Most poultry integrators turn to ELISA tests to get a quick and easy read on a flock’s health status. “But the results are only as good as the quality of the samples,” reminds Andrea Zedek, DVM, MAM, ACPV, senior manager, global veterinary support, Zoetis Inc.
Adam Sacranie: Newest Member of Aviagen's Nutrition Team
UK - With nutrition high on the agenda in the poultry industry, Aviagen® has appointed Adam Sacranie as Nutritionist to help provide further support and advice.
Market Reports

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Global Poultry Industry News

   United Kingdom

Replace Reduce Refine – Way Forward for Antibiotic Use
Registrations Welcome for Poultry Sustainability Conference
MEPs Sign 'Back British Farming EU Pledge'
Poultry Council Lifts Scholarship for Harper Students
Call for Better Data on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Construction Begins on Pirbright Avian Diseases Lab
Free Online Course on Animal Welfare Starts on Monday
New Royal College Project Examines Chicken's Gait

   United States

Why Are Chicken Prices in the US Really Breaking Records?
Georgia Poultry Lab Now Looking at Fall Opening
Successful Breeder Management All in the Details
All Cargill Turkeys Free of Growth-promoting Antibiotics by End of 2015
Cal-Maine Breaks Through One Billion Eggs
US Corn Prices Drop - Will Corn Creep Back into Feed Rations?
US Chicken Council Welcomes Modernisation of Poultry Inspection
New Parasite Found to Cause Deaths of Wild Pigeons
Public Meeting to be Held on Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring
Poultry Plant Conversion Reaches Superior Court


AveSui, Tecno Food Brazil Join Forces to Launch Animal Protein Event
JBS Foods Acquires Céu Azul
Risks of Global Oversupply Curtail Brazilian Poultry Exporters' Targets

   European Union

Eurogroup Urges Parliament to Ban Force Feeding of Ducks, Geese
EU Council Meeting Addresses Organic Farming Regulation
Commission Report Points to Decline in Poultry Meat Exports, Higher Uptake
EU Poultry Feed Production Stable in 2013


Producing Small Chickens Poses Big Problem in Barbados


Ghana's Broiler Sector to Get Leg-up from Revitalisation Project
Cash Boost for Ghana's Poultry Sector


Animal Feed Additives Market Expected to Reach $20 Billion by 2020
Egg Commission's Global Leadership Conference in Edinburgh
What Will Climate Change Mean for Agriculture?
OECD, FAO Forecast Lower Farm Prices Ahead

   South Africa

Extra Duties Will Not Lift Frozen Chicken Prices


Council Approves New Poultry Complex in New South Wales


Tough Times for German Farmers


Increased Credit Ahead for India's Farmers
India to Launch TV Channel for Farmers
Agricultural Research Institutes for Jharkand, Assam

   Czech Republic

Czech Cereal Harvest Forecast Lower


Cheap Loans for Bantayan Egg Farmers Devastated by Typhoon


Belgium Reports Lower Antibiotic Use by Veterinary Sector


Report Reveals 2013 Challenges of the Irish Poultry Sector


Integrated Approach Vital to Reduce Food Waste and Loss


China Imposes Import Duties on US Chicken Meat


BRF Acquires Share of Omani Distributor


Moldova Accepts EU Veterinary Certificates


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