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Thursday 9th October 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


MSD Animal Health

Big Dutchman

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Antibiotics: You Can't Control What You Don't Measure

Judicious use of antibiotics for farm animals make sense from every point of view - animal health, welfare, productivity - while minimising the risk of antimicrobial resistance.

In order to understand what we mean by "judicious use" and to ensure these drugs are not used carelessly, it's important to know where we stand. It appears that there is very little information on how much of which types of antibiotics are used for which conditions and in which species.

The Danes have been recording this data for some years but other countries vary so widely in the details of the data collected that it is impossible to drawn comparisons between countries or identify best practice.

However, two reports published in the last week shed some light on antibiotic use for veterinary purposes.

For the United States, the total quantity of medically important antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals increased by 16 per cent over the period 2009-2012, according to the Food and Drug Administration's fourth annual report summarising the sales and distribution data of these drugs.

That the amount used has risen is not a good sign but there could be reasonable explanations for this. The proportion of these drugs that are described as 'medically important' has fallen over the years studied.

Although the poultry data were not studied in detail, a new survey of over 3,000 vets in the European Union has shed light on the drugs most often prescribed for which conditions in other farm animal species.

A study at Uppsala University in Sweden published recently reveals that very low concentrations of heavy metals and antibiotics contribute to resistance.

Changing topic, 'Keeping the Poultry Business Profitable with European Standards' was the theme of the annual General Assembly of the European Poultry Producers and Exporters Association, avec, held last week in Marseille, France.

And finally, on news of bird flu, there have been no new cases of the disease in poultry in Russia or the Netherlands. Two low-pathogenic forms – H5N2 and H7N1 – have been reported in commercial ostriches in South Africa recently, however.


Automatic rinsing in drinking systems improves hygiene and minimises medication residues

Schematic diagram of the automatic rinsing system

The topic of improving the quality of drinking water by reducing biofilms is steadily gaining in importance. Biofilms are a mix of bacteria and their metabolites. Pseudomonas, Enterobacteriaceae (e.g. E. coli) and different cocci are some of the bacteria which cause disease in poultry and which are frequently found in biofilms. Controlling them improves bird health and performance and minimises treatments with antibiotics.

The results of a field study on a broiler growing farm show that this can best be done by automatically rinsing the drinking system. The most important benefit is that medication residues from treating a previous batch with antibiotics are reduced.

The long-term study was carried out by the veterinary group clinic Doctors Windhaus & Hemme, Vechta (Germany) and Big Dutchman. The aim was to analyse possible effects of an automatic rinsing system on bird performance and drinking water hygiene.

You will find the full study here!.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Europe's Chicken Exports Double
Exports of fresh/frozen chicken from European countries almost doubled between 2000 and 2011 to reach 3.5 million tonnes in the latter year, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans.

Short Term Outlook for EU Poultry Market 2014-2015
Poultry meat production keeps on increasing in spite of the higher availability of other meats, according to the 'Short Term Outlook for EU arable crops, dairy and meat markets in 2014 and 2015' from the European Commission.

Common Sources of Foodborne Disease in UK
Campylobacter is the most common foodborne pathogen in the UK, with an estimated 280,000 cases and 40,000 foodborne illness-related GP consultations, according to the second Infectious Intestinal Disease extension study carried out for the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Introducing EuPoul: Smart Solution to Mass Euthanasia of Poultry
An egg farmer from New South Wales has developed a better way to euthanise his spent hens. This is his interview with Byron Stein, editor of The Drumstick Newsletter from New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Moment of Hatch and Feed Access Affect Chicken Development
Early hatchers developed and grew differently from mid-term and late hatchers within a 24-hour hatch window in this Dutch work, and even a short delay in access to feed after hatch impacted growth and development during the first seven days.

Amino Acid Supplemented Diets Varying in Protein Levels for Laying Hens
A new study from China examines the responses of laying hens to lower-protein diets with supplements of individual essential amino acids. Diets lower in crude protein did not affect egg production or bodyweight yet they did lower nitrogen excretion.

Company News

Ceva Santé Animale Reinforces Its Production Capacity
FRANCE - Ceva Santé Animale has invested €18 million in renovating and extending its sterile products plant in Libourne. The new industrial facility was inaugurated on 3 October and will increase injectable drug production capacity.
New Director of Sales and Technical Service for Cobb Europe
EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA - Tore Mercan has been appointed by Cobb Europe as director of sales and technical service for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
IPPE Launches Young Leaders Programme
US - The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has launched a Young Leaders '30 under 30' programme.
Cobb's Technical Service Appointment in Mexico, Central America
MEXICO & CENTRAL AMERICA - Leonel Mejía has joined Cobb-Vantress to augment the company’s technical service team covering Mexico, Guatemala and Panama.
Success of Ross 308 Celebrated at Recent Greek Seminar
GREECE - Aviagen® partnered with Ross® distributor Kego S.A. to deliver a seminar to 30 customers from Greece and Cyprus in Ioannina in north-west Greece recently.
Aviagen Appoints Corzo as Global Head of Nutrition Services
US – Aviagen has announced that Dr Alejandro (Alex) Corzo has accepted the position of Global Head of Nutrition Services.
Studies Demonstrate Benefits of Dual-needle in-ovo Vaccine Delivery
US - Studies conducted in the US and abroad indicate that in ovo vaccination with a dual-needle delivery system may be preferable to a single-needle delivery system, according to Taylor Barbosa, Director of Outcomes Research, Zoetis Inc.
Kittrell Joins Cobb's North American Technical Service Team
US - Cobb-Vantress, Inc. has announced that Mark Kittrell, who has almost 30 years’ experience in the US poultry industry, has joined its technical service team for North America.
Pronavicola Signs for SmartPro Incubation Technology
COLOMBIA - Pronavicola is embarking on a hatchery expansion project with a complete SmartPro™ single-stage incubation system from Pas Reform.
Reducing Biofilms Improves Drinking Water Quality for Poultry
GERMANY - Automatic rinsing in poultry drinking systems improves hygiene and minimises medication residues, says Big Dutchman.
Krasnodonskaya Commissions Pas Reform for Smart Hatchery Project in Russia
RUSSIA - OAO Krasnodonskaya Poultry Farm has signed an exclusive agreement with Dutch hatchery technology company Pas Reform for the design and installation of a new 27-million-eggs-per-year turn-key Smart™ hatchery project in the Volgogradskaya region in the south of Russia.
Market Reports

USDA International Egg and Poultry - 7 October 2014
USDA GAIN: EU-28 Poultry and Products Annual 2014
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - September 2014

Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

US Poultry Exports to Taiwan Increase Due to High Pork Prices
US Poultry Industry Respond to GM Crops Report
Upcoming Meeting on Animal Welfare at End of Life
Antibiotic Use Rises for US Livestock
Quarterly Earnings Fall for Cargill
Sustainability Means Continuous Improvement in the Poultry Sector

   European Union

Mixed Prospects in EU Short-term Outlook for Arable, Meat, Dairy Markets
Which Antibiotics Are Used in Animals in Europe and Why?
AVEC Announces Changes in Organisation at General Assembly
Next Era Probiotic Solutions on Show at Eurotier
Acquisition of Novartis Animal Health by Eli Lilly Approved

   United Kingdom

Planting Trees Can Increase Egg Production, Income
Pirbright Partners with Others to Train Bioscientists of the Future
Join the British Egg Week Twitter Party Today!
NFU Prepares for the Next Generation of British Farmers
Launch of UK Animal and Plant Health Agency
Scrambled, Poached or Boiled: How Do You Like Your Eggs?


Countdown Continues to World Egg Day!
Yum Brands Quarterly Results Affected by Issues at Chinese Supplier
10 October 2014 is World Egg Day!
Educational Poultry Videos Released

   South Africa

Low-pathogenic Flu Virus Reported in South
African Ostriches

More Low-Path Bird Flu Found in South African Ostriches
South African Poultry Tariffs Yet to Produce Local Benefits


Wet Weather in Manitoba Impacts Feed Quality
Crop Yield Up, Crop Quality Down
Foreign Worker Programme Changes Jeopardise Meat Processing Plants


Colombian Poultry Sector Gains Support to Stay Competitive


Heavy Metals May Contribute to Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria
New Outbreak of Newcastle Disease in Sweden


Indian Chicken Output Growing at Nine Per Cent Annually


New Charter of Farmer Rights - A Substantial Improvement


Does China Really Impact Global Commodity Prices?


Changes in Landscape Use Could Affect Farming Practices
Roosters Crowing Create Noise Complaint in Australia


European Poultry Producers Association Gathers in Marseille
SPACE Offered Window on French Livestock Sector


European Livestock Sector Collaborates on Sustainable Development


Better Livestock Breeding Ahead for German Farmers


Meadow Fed Geese Bring Nutritional and Environment Benefits


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Dutch Bird Flu Case Contained


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