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Thursday 31st July 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

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Global Concerns over Antibiotic Residues and Resistance

Advocacy think-tank, the Centre for Science and Environment, is seeking a ban on antibiotic growth promoters in the Indian poultry industry and other measures following the publication of a report into antibiotic residues found in Indian chicken meat.

Its report, ‘Antibiotics in Chicken: from Farm to Fork’, says that Indians are developing resistance to antibiotics and, hence, falling prey to a host of otherwise curable ailments.

Some of this resistance might be due to large-scale unregulated use of antibiotics in the poultry industry, according to the report, which includes a study that found residues of antibiotics in 40 per cent of the samples of chicken tested. Chicken is one of the most popular ingredients for non-vegetarian foods in India.

In the United States, the Court of Appeals has overturned lower court rulings that compelled the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to hold hearings on antibiotic use in animal feeds.

The reversal of the lower court ruling means that the FDA is empowered to reject two citizen challenges to its policy, which discourages but does not ban the use of penicillin and some tetracyclines in feed for chickens, cattle and pigs.

The Green Party in the United Kingdom is calling on members and supporters to sign the petition produced by the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, calling for a ban on the routine use of antibiotics in farmed animals.

Also in the UK, concern is mounting over the threat of veterinary medicine residues in imported foods, particularly because the inspection process to root out products with high residue levels and illegal veterinary products is due to end in the coming year.

Many US consumers gain all their knowledge of poultry welfare from animal rights organisations, without any input from farmers or producers, according to a new survey by Purdue University.

England's agriculture ministry has published a report revealing that some improvements have been made in climate change impact by the agricultural sector in terms of soil nitrogen balance and artificial fertiliser use over the last decade, while a reduction in broiler feed conversion has been achieved in the last two years.

And finally, Brazilian meat processor, JBS – together with its US poultry processing operation, Pilgrim’s Pride – has acquired the poultry processing operations of Tyson in Mexico and Brazil.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Why It Is Beneficial to Pre-heat Multi-stage Setter Egg Sets
Pre-heating of multistage egg sets before the onset of the incubation process is important to achieve a uniform hatch windows of short duration, according Ecuador-based Poultry Hatchery Specialist, Angel Salazar.

Layers 2013 Part 1: Reference of Health and Management Practices on Table-Egg Farms in the United States, 2013
An overview of egg flock management in the US, based on a detailed survey of 328 farms with at least 3,000 birds across 19 states by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The results reflect the small but growing free-range and organic production sectors. Average mortality to 60 weeks of age was 5.2 per cent.

Researchers Show Benefits of Zinc Supplementation in Broilers
Discoloration of the meat was not associated with dietary zinc or copper supplementation in two studies at North Carolina State University although male broiler performance was improved by an additional 200mg per kg zinc. Redness of the bone marrow was associated with zinc supplementation.

Growth Performance of Fast-growing Broilers Reared under Different Types of Production Systems with Outdoor Access
Free-range broilers grew faster when housed in one fixed house than in small hoop houses, which became too hot in the summer in this study conducted in Arkansas. House type did not affect feed conversion, bone strength or foodborne pathogens in the environment.

Effects of Strain and Light Intensity on Growth and Carcass Characteristics of Broilers Grown to Heavy Weights
As expected, a series of experiments in Mississippi revealed differences in growth performance between two strains of Ross birds. Both crosses performed slightly better at the mid light intensities of five and 10 lux, and neither strain nor light impacted eye health, immune response or stress level.

Estimating Crude Protein Variability and Savings of Broiler Feeds Using Microsoft Excel
Formulating poultry feeds using the two-bin method based on linear programming will greatly decrease variability in crude protein content. Rashed A. Alhotan (graduate student at the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics), Gregory J. Colson (Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics) and Gene M. Pesti (Department of Poultry Science), all at the University of Georgia explain the process.

Company News

Aviagen Sees Continued Improvement in Broiler Performance Traits
NEW ZEALAND - With the implementation of more advanced methods of selecting pedigree stock for naturally occurring traits, further genetic progress/benefits can be expected going forward.
Mérieux Développement Becomes Shareholder of Ceva Santé Animale
FRANCE - Ceva Santé Animale, the global veterinary pharmaceutical company headquartered in Aquitaine, France (Libourne -33-) announces the arrival of a new shareholder, Mérieux Développement, the investment company of Institut Mérieux.
New Appointment Strengthens Zoetis UK Poultry Team
UK - Zoetis has announced the expansion of its poultry team in the UK and Ireland with the appointment of Wayne Olbison as Field Service Manager.
Poland’s Hama Plus to Double Capacity with Pas Reform
POLAND - Hama Plus S.A., the country's largest producer of day-old-chicks and a fully owned subsidiary of Denmark’s DanHatch A/S, is advancing its plans to double capacity with SmartPro™ single-stage incubation technologies from Pas Reform.
5M Publishing Officially Launches Website for Sheep Sector
UK – Today, 5M Publishing officially launches TheSheepSite – the latest in the company's stable of agriculture and livestock oriented websites.
Aviagen Anadolu Hosts Fifth Sharing Technical Knowledge Seminar
TURKEY - Aviagen Anadolu, the market leader in Turkey in the last 12 years, held its fifth technical Sharing Knowledge Meeting recently in North Cyprus.
Novus International Launches Web Site for Customers in China
US - Novus International officially launched a new version of its global web site tailored to the needs of the China market.
Ceva Animal Health Introduces New Tool to Fight Salmonella Spread
US - A new Salmonella vaccine will offer poultry producers a unique opportunity to strengthen their existing Salmonella prevention programmes.
Vencomatic Group Organises Summercourse Poultry 2014
NETHERLANDS - Vencomatic Group and several (poultry) partners will organise the "Summercourse Poultry" from 25 to 29 August, 2014.
Farm Space Required in UK
UK - Aviagen has opportunities to increase its farming base for breeding operations in Scotland and the North of England.
Outstanding Scholar and Teacher Honoured by Novus
US - Each year, Novus recognises one educator and one student scholar for their outstanding scientific contributions to the poultry industry. Christine Alvarado, PhD, Poultry Processing and Products, and Robert F. Wideman, Jr., University of Arkansas, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, are this year’s award recipients.
Alaso Corp Signs First North American Distributor
US – Alaso Corp. has welcomed A1 Ag Services LLC of Ft. Recovery, Ohio as its new distributor covering the Ohio and Indiana territory.
Pas Reform Appoints New Representative in the Philippines
PHILIPPINES - Pas Reform is continuing its international expansion with the appointment of Victor C. Velonza, president of Maagir Farm Corporation (MFC) in the Philippines, as the company’s representative in the Philippines.
Market Reports

USDA Broiler Hatchery - 30 July 2014
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USDA International Egg and Poultry: International Long-Term Projections to 2023
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - July 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 29 July 2014
USDA GAIN: Republic of Kazakhstan Poultry Quota Allocation
China Wholesale Prices - 28 July 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 25 July 2014

Global Poultry Industry News

   India

Indian Advocacy Body Seeks Ban on Antibiotics in Poultry
Poultry Farmers Unable to Hike Egg Prices

   United States

Proposed Sanitary Transportation Rule Places Undue Burden, Says AFIA
Injunction Against Country of Origin Labelling Struck Down
Study Examines Animal Welfare Views, Meat Purchasing Choices
CME: Composite Broiler Price in June Lower Than Previous Month
Focus on Speciality Eggs Pays off for Cal-Maine
Tyson Sales Grow
Cal-Maine Foods Announces New Joint Venture for Speciality Egg Sales
El Pollo Loco Holdings Prices Initial Public Offering
Phasing out of Antibiotics in Feed to Remain Voluntary

   United Kingdom

More Farm Animal Welfare Inspections in UK Last Year
Antibiotic Ban Petition Supported by Green Party
Farmers Show Interest in Moy Park's Grower Expansion Programme
Bill Gates Visits New Avian Research Laboratory
Government Commits to Online CAP Application Assistance for Farmers
Some Progress on Climate Change Impacts Made by UK Agriculture
Poultry Plants Pass Inspection
UK Egg Industry Praised in New Research Paper
Farm Union Launches Review of Livestock Inspections
Concern Continues over Potential Residues in
Imported Foods

Food Safety Body Launches Investigation into Poultry Plants
Future of Farm Animal Welfare Explored at Symposium

   Australia

New Livestock Land Transport Laws Enforced from 1 August
Call for Nominations for New Director for Poultry CRC Board

   Italy

Feeding Hens with Lucerne Boosts Egg Yolk Quality

   Canada

Study Examines Feeding for Better Broiler Breeder Welfare
Government Boosts Research for Canada's Chicken Industry

   Russian Federation

McDonald's Chicken Could Face Ban in Russia
Russia Considers Ban on US Poultry Imports in August
Cherkizovo Sees Rising Sales

   Global

Joint Effort to Combat World Hunger
Tyson Firms in Mexico, Brazil Taken over by JBS

   Mexico

Mexico Ends Special Measures on Avian Salmonellosis
Study Looks at Broiler Activity and Leg Health
Bachoco Reports Rise in Net Sales During Second Quarter of 2014

   Serbia

EU, FAO Partner to Help Flood-Affected Serbian Farms Rebuild

   Ireland

Irish Poultry Hygiene Controls Strongly Criticised by EU

   Pakistan

Pakistan Poultry Sector Spreading Its Wings
Poultry Association Provides Subsidy on Poultry Products in Ramazan Bazaars

   Japan

McDonald’s Japan Switches Chicken Sourcing to Thailand

   Nigeria

Nigerian Customs Seizes Poultry Products in Seme

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