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Thursday 16th October 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


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Family Farms at Centre of World Food Day

Today is World Food Day, and the focus is on family farming, which underpins food security on a world level and must be led by innovation going forward.

Public investment into research, development and advice should be increased, aiming for sustainable intensification and more productivity from land and labour, says the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on World Food Day.

Education and training should play a part in driving and supporting innovation across the board. The FAO believes this is vital if modern farming's complex demands are to be met.

Officially the year of family farming, World Food Day 2014 aims to showcase family farming businesses as custodians of the land, achieving high productivity levels within sustainable systems.

Using local knowledge and innovative techniques allows the 500 million family farms across the world to produce from often marginal land, catering for a variety of landscapes.

More intensive management of labour and resources allows small and medium-sized farms to have higher crop yields per hectare than larger holdings but small farms produce less per worker overall.

This is according to the FAO, organisers of World Food Day since its inception in 1981, which equates family operations at 56 per cent of world food production.

A spokesperson, ahead of World Food Day, said: “Family farmers are the custodians of a finely adapted understanding of local ecologies and land capabilities.

“As a result of the intimate knowledge they have of their land and their ability to sustainably manage diverse landscapes, family farmers are able to improve many ecosystem services.”

But the economic value is also crucial to rural communities.

“Family farmers have strong economic links to the rural sector,” the FAO added. "They contribute strongly to employment, especially in developing countries where agriculture still employs the majority of the labour force. In addition, the incremental income generated by family farming is spent on housing, education, clothing etc. in the local non-farm economy.”

Just last week, we were celebrating World Egg Day.

From an Egg Rally in Bangladesh giving away 5,000 boiled eggs to an Awards Ceremony in Spain for egg research, people all over the world celebrated the wonderful egg.

Turning from one major global issue to another, FAO has launched a new programme to offer urgent assistance to 90,000 vulnerable households in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone whose food supplies and livelihoods are threatened by the Ebola epidemic.


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: Poultry Meat Uptake in Europe Sure to Slow
Poultry meat consumption in the Russian Federation and Ukraine has increased quite rapidly in recent years and has now caught up with the average for the European Union, according to Terry Evans in his final report looking at the chicken meat industry in Europe.

Range Management for Disease Control: Guidelines to Protect Your Free-range Flock from Exotic Disease
Advice on minimising the risk of disease on free-range poultry farms from Dr Margaret MacKenzie of Inghams Enterprises in Australia, published in 'Drumstick' from New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Incubation Temperature and Humidity Affect Chicken Embryo Development
Adjustments in the temperature during incubation had more adverse effects on embryo mortality and malformations than manipulation of the humidity, according to a new study from Portugal.

Antimicrobial Efficacy of Lauric Arginate against Campylobacter and Spoilage Organisms on Chicken Breast Fillets
New research from Mississippi State University reveals that lauric arginate (LAE) is effective in reducing Campylobacter jejuni counts on chicken breast fillets.

Role of Relative Humidity and Environmental Management in Live Eimeria Vaccination of Replacement Layer Pullets
A low level of relative humidity in the poultry house resulted in the failure of coccidiosis vaccination in this work at the University of Guelph in Canada.

Poultry Meat Sector in Australia
Chicken meat production is forecast to achieve a record and reach 1.13 million tonnes in 2014-15 as both domestic uptake and exports are set to rise, according to Caitlin Murray and Beth Deards in the ABARES Agricultural Commodities report for the September 2014 quarter.

Company News

Major New Gambian Farming Initiative Launches with Smart Technologies
GAMBIA - A groundbreaking new farming initiative launched in the Gambia is employing Pas Reform’s Smart™ incubation technologies at the heart of its operation, the first to be created as part of a fully supported framework to support and encourage agribusiness re-development for future stability in the country.
Mycotoxins: Farmers Must Be Vigilant
US - Mycotoxins can wreak havoc on a producer's feeding program, and this year is no exception, given the cool wet conditions across much of the US Midwest, reports Sarah Mikesell, 5m senior editor, talking with a Biomin Key Account Manager.
Cobb Sustainability Report Achieves GRI ‘A’ Grade
US - The first sustainability report from Cobb-Vantress, Inc. entitled ‘Our Role in Building a Sustainable Future for the World’ has been awarded an ‘A’ grade by the Global Reporting Initiative.
Ross Asia Technical Association Holds Workshop in Malaysia
MALAYSIA - The Ross Asian team held a successful meeting in Melaka, Malaysia in response to strong customer interest and requests for more direct training and case study involvement in managing breeders and boilers.
Novus CEO Sums up Sustainability
US - Francois Fraudeau, President and CEO of Novus International, talks about the company's latest sustainability report.
Coccidiosis Specialist Offers Tips for Sustainable Rotation Programs
US - A combination of good management coupled with the adoption of innovative programs should make it possible to achieve long-term, sustainable coccidiosis control, according to Dr David Chapman in 'Poultry Health Today' from Zoetis.
Hungary’s Herbro Triples Capacity with SmartPro Hatchery Expansion
HUNGARY - Herbro Ltd, part of the Hercsihús Ltd integration, is to more than triple its annual production of day-old chicks with SmartPro™ single-stage incubation technologies from Pas Reform.
Aviagen in Russia Awarded Level One Breeder Status
RUSSIA - Demand drives investment for Aviagen in Russia as company is awarded level one breeder status by Russian Ministry of Agriculture.
Novus International Releases Sixth Annual Sustainability Report
US - Novus International, Inc. has released its 2013 Sustainability Report, which documents and measures the company’s comprehensive social, environmental and economic sustainability programme.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices 15 October
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GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - August 2014

Global Poultry Industry News

   European Union

Russian Trade Ban, Other Trade Issues Discussed at EU Agriculture Council


Call for Innovation on Family Farms
WTO Rules in Favour of US over Indian Ban on US Poultry Imports
CME Group Cuts Workforce by Five Per Cent
Ebola Threatens Global Food Security
Happy World Egg Day!


Alternatives to Killing Male Day-old Chicks Explored at Wageningen


Myanmar Plans for First KFC Restaurant in 2015

   United Kingdom

Date, Location Set for 2015 International Turkey Conference
New Video on Protecting UK Wildlife and Environment
Poultry Farming Urged to Appeal to Younger Generation
New Centre of Excellence for UK Pigs and Poultry
Potters Further Strengthens Its Sales and Technical Team


Ukraine Gives Crimea Temporary Ban on Animal Produce

   United States

Food Safety, Water Use Addressed at Poultry Seminar
New Video Highlights Poultry, Egg Farm Environmental Stewardship
CME: Modest Changes to USDA Chicken Output Forecast
US Chicken Welfare Labelling Claim Settled
Virginia Agriculture Board Welcomes New Personnel
High Costs Blamed as North Carolina Turkey Plant Closed
CME: Currency Exchange Rates Can Impact Meat Supplies, Prices
Head of Foster Farms Intends to Step Down
Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Bob Ickes


Maple Leaf Food Safety Symposium Addressed People, Technology
High Levels of Fusarium Head Blight in Canadian Wheat This Year


HKScan Plans Major Investments in Finland and Estonia


Pigeon Paramyxovirus Detected in Australia


Workshop Held for Animal Feed Professionals in Southeast Asia


Challenges and Opportunities for Irish Agriculture


Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in Germany


Antimicrobial Use in Danish Poultry Continues to Increase


Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise


Zagreb to Host Symposium on Food Animal Welfare around Slaughter


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