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Thursday 4th September 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


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Markets Demand Better Poultry Welfare

A new national survey in the US reveals strong desire from the public for more humanely raised chicken choices at the grocery store.

As the poultry industry kicks off its annual month-long celebration of chicken this September, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced the findings of a national survey that reveals a distrust of the chicken industry among consumers as well as strong demand for higher welfare production methods.

The ASPCA survey found that more than 80 per cent of respondents feel it is important that the chickens they eat be humanely raised. However, less than one-third of respondents trust the companies that make chicken products to treat their chickens in a humane fashion.

Poultry companies are making good progress in trying to meet market demands.

US poultry producer, Perdue Foods, has announced it has removed all antibiotics from its chicken hatcheries. It says it does not use antibiotics for growth promotion in its chicken production, and has not done so since 2007.

The company states it does use an animal-only antibiotic to control an intestinal parasite, and will use antibiotics to treat and control illness in sick flocks.

Not all animal welfare campaigners' demands are being met, however.

A recent article in the US included strongly expressed views against cage egg systems. In response, Ken Klippen of the US National Association of Egg Farmers issued a response correcting claims in the original publication, which he describes as "devoid of facts". He highlighted the better livability, higher production and less feed waste by chickens in conventional cages than those on free-range.

A new study in Canada allows individual birds to be weighed and their feed intake to be adjusted accordingly so they are productive without gaining excessive weight.

Researchers expect the greater uniformity and the greater precision to increase production but also better health and welfare of the birds as well as labour- and other savings.

In the end, it may be a higher priority that the poultry industry plays its part in feeding the growing global human population.

If current trends continue, food production alone will reach, if not exceed, the global targets for total greenhouse gas emissions in 2050, according to a new study by Cambridge and Aberdeen Universities.

A shift to 'healthier' diets across the world is just one of a number of actions that need to be taken to avoid dangerous climate change and ensure there is enough food for all.

And finally turning to bird flu news, China is facing a battle against highly pathogenic forms of the H5N1 and H5N6 viruses, while Viet Nam has also reported new outbreaks on H5N6. A low-pathogenic virus has been detected in game birds in New Jersey, US.





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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Dutch Solution for More Welfare-friendly Egg Production
A near-crisis in the egg industry in the Netherlands a decade ago sparked a whole new way of looking at egg production to address better the three Ps – people, planet and profit – with hen welfare at its heart. Jackie Linden visited the Brandsen family farm recently to see the Rondel system.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Poultry Set to Become No.1 Meat in Asia
Global poultry meat production is forecast to increase by 1.6 per cent in 2014, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans, in the first part of the 2014 series of Global Poultry Trends, and it is expected to overtake pig meat in 2020. Asia accounts for more than one-third of the world's chicken meat output.

Australian Researchers Examine Litter Management for Broilers
An update on research at Australia's Poultry CRC on litter quality in broiler houses and how it can impact bird welfare.

Effect of Feeder Space During Growing and Laying Periods and Feeding Rate on Broiler Breeder Female Reproduction
A study at North Carolina State University has new light on the effects of feeder management during the rearing and laying phases on broiler breeder performance, revealing that females given similar feeder space during both phases produced the most eggs and had the lowest mortality.

Effects of Electrical Stunning Methods on Broiler Meat Quality
No stunning or medium-voltage stunning conditions reduced meat water-holding capacity and decrease meat shear force when compared with either low- or high-voltage stunning, according to new research from Nanjing, China.

Developing Tools to Fight Marek’s Disease
Scientists with the USDA Agricultural Research service (ARS) are developing new tests and vaccines that are making it easier to detect viruses in chickens and protect them from the cancer-like diseases some of them cause.

Company News

Attendee Registration for 2015 IPPE Now Open
US - Attendee registration for the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is now open.
Efficiency is Everything in Poultry Fan Performance
ITALY - Termotecnica Pericoli a brand recognised for its unquestioned quality, performance and efficiency features which are very evident in the top of the range EOC Cone fan, with its high capacity, superior performance and greatly improved efficiency, all due to innovative design and engineering upgrades.
Qualitative Changes in Indian Chicken Production
INDIA - The Indian broiler industry is growing at 12 to 15 per cent annually, according to Dr Kotaiah of Indbro, and the growth of the industry is healthy in more than one way.
Halamid Helps Keep Poultry Barns Dry
FRANCE - The biosecurity benefits of a dry house and dry litter are well known in the poultry industry and this must be kept in mind when disinfection is considered, according to Axcentive.
Broilers: All-Natural Alternative to Reverse Cocci Vaccination Growth Lag
US - Broiler chicken producers seek to reverse depressed performance brought on by a live coccidiosis vaccine, says Diamond V.
Management Tools to Reduce Footpad Dermatitis in Broilers
GLOBAL - Footpad dermatitis is receiving increasing attention in the broiler industry. According to Aviagen, footpad dermatitis affects animal welfare and farmer income, and in the future is likely to have increasing importance in terms of legislation.
ORKA Seeks Resellers and Distributors in South American Market
SOUTH AMERICA - Instruments manufactured by ORKA Food Technology (better known as “EggTester.com”) are gaining market share and strong recognition in South America markets based on their versatility, cost and reliability.
What Sustainability Means to Poultry Health
GLOBAL - Back in the 1970s, the word "sustainability" was used mainly by environmental groups to promote the conservation of natural resources while curbing pollution and waste, according to a new article in 'Poultry Health Today' from Zoetis.
Big Dutchman Customer Aces SQF Audit for Egg Production
US - The new School Site Farm Packing Plant dedicated to specialty eggs recently passed the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) audit with flying colours.
Russian Companies Join Ross 140 Club
RUSSIA - Continuous performance improvement of Ross® 308 parent stock has led to the creation of Ross 140 Club. To become a member of this Club the PS operation has to achieve 140 chicks per bird per hen housed.
Russian Turkey Producer Krasnobor Chooses S-line
RUSSIA - Established in 2000 in the Tula region, Krasnobor is Russia’s first turkey meat producer. The company recently finished the construction of a brand new hatchery located in Matovo village, Novomoskovsk Region, with a total setting capacity of 12 million eggs per year. The hatchery is equipped with Petersime BioStreamer™ incubators.
SmartPro Single Stage Incubation Delivers Daily for Incupasaje
ECUADOR - Incupasaje Cia. Ltda., one of Ecuador’s leading producers of day old chicks, is planning the second phase of its hatchery expansion with Pas Reform, following a successful first phase development last year.
Technical Seminar Hosts Iranian Industry Leaders
IRAN - Hy-Line International and its leading distributor in Iran, Morghak Company, attended a technical seminar in June.
Biomin Sponsors Mycotoxin Event at Poultry Science Association
US - Mycotoxin occurrence data reveal that the majority of feed ingredients are tainted with various mycotoxins and very frequently even a combination of different toxins can be found in the feed, according to Biomin.
Kittrell Joins Cobb's North American Technical Service Team
US - Cobb-Vantress, Inc. announces that Mark Kittrell, who has almost 30 years’ experience in the US poultry industry, has joined its technical service team for North America.
New Volmaxx Enriched Colony Housing Completed in France
FRANCE - The family Carlier from Gricourt, France, is a well-known egg producer in the French egg market has been producing eggs for many decades, says Jansen Poultry Equipment.
Manager of Société Cidape Retires
FRANCE - Christophe Vinchon, owner and manager of Société Cidape, Petersime’s distributor for France and French-speaking Africa, will retire on 30 September 2014.
Novus Launches Innovative Phytase Enzyme in South Asia
SRI LANKA - Novus International, Inc. has hosted an informational enzyme forum to formally introduce its next generation phytase enzyme, CIBENZA PHYTAVERSE, to the South Asia market in Negomba, Sri Lanka from 27 to 29 August.
New Proposed Maximum Levels of Fumonisins in Maize
GLOBAL - The current report of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (FAO) on contaminants in foods includes a new proposal for maximum levels for fumonisins in maize and maize products, according to Biomin.
Successful First Hatch at New Turkey Hatchery Galli Gallo
ROMANIA - The recent €2-million investment in the new turkey hatchery is unique in South-east Europe. The goal, according to Petersime, is to produce and deliver high-quality poults at a low price per poult, with less or no mortality at the farm.
Market Reports

GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - July 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 4 September 2014
USDA GAIN: South Korea Poultry and Products Annual 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 3 September 2014
USDA International Egg and Poultry: FAO’s Food Outlook Report
China Wholesale Prices - 2 September 2014
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - August 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 1 September 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 29 August 2014
USDA Egg Products - 29 August 2014


Global Poultry Industry News

   Viet Nam

Two Outbreaks of High-path Bird Flu in Vietnamese Poultry

   Global

West African Ebola Outbreak Sends Food Prices Skyrocketing
Changing Diets Vital to Reducing Climate Change

   Uganda

Uganda Poultry Expo to Take Place in October

   United States

Perdue Foods Reports Removal of Antibiotics from Chicken Hatcheries
Survey Shows Consumers Want More Humanely Raised Chicken
Cage Layer Eggs Safe, Wholesome, Affordable and Humane Protein Source
Formaldehyde Confirmed as Known Human Carcinogen
Reports from 2014 Animal Rights Conferences Released
ATRP Projects Address Critical Issues Facing Poultry Production
CME Report: Poultry Market on the Rise
Register for AFIA Course on Feed Manufacturing
Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in US Ducks, Pheasants
Simpler Test Detects Avian Reticuloendotheliosis, Marek's Disease
Video Series Looks at Environmental Stewardship on Poultry Farms
Tyson Completes Hillshire Brands Takeover

   Hong Kong

Hong Kong to Resume Poultry Imports from Mainland China

   South Africa

Poultry Certification Launched in South Africa

   China

China Vaccinates Birds in Move to Stamp out H5N1 Bird Flu
OSI Hires Manager from US for Meat Plant
H5N6 Bird Flu Reported in Northeast China
Six OSI Employees Arrested in China
US Investment Company Buys into Chinese Chicken Producer

   United Kingdom

Updated Online Meat Industry Statistics Published
Free-range Chicken Production in North-east Scotland under Threat
Welsh Egg Producers Urged to Lobby MPs on Beak Trimming Rule

   Russian Federation

Tambovskaya Turkey Project Continues to Grow
Russian Poultry Production Increases
Meat Production Subsidies Should be Extended until 2018
Cherkizovo Group Profits Return to Normal
Commission Announces 2015 Meat Poultry Whey TRQs

   European Union

EU Animal Feed Body to Work Closer with Romania, Bulgaria
Study Finds Link Across Europe to Salmonella Outbreak from Eggs

   Australia

Poultry CRC Takes out Awards, Makes Revisions
Future Nutrition Research Essential for Chicken Meat Sustainability

   Canada

Canadian Study Shows Benefits of Precision Feeding of Broiler Breeders
Fungal Disease Impacts Poultry Feed
Canadian Broiler Meat Production Forecast to Grow Moderately

   Philippines

Chicken Prices Down as Supply Stabilises

   New Zealand

Factory Farming Debaters to Look Chicken in the Eye

   India

Indian Poultry Sector Plans to Cut Output to Arrest Price Fall

   Nigeria

Nigeria's Poultry Farmers Warned to Keep Environment Clean

   Ukraine

Ukrainian Poultry Meat Company Reports Rising Sales

   Ireland

Irish Company Patents New DNA Testing Technology

   Brazil

Main Institutions of Brazilian Animal Protein Chain Support FIPPPA

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