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Thursday 23rd October 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Everyone is Talking about Sustainability

The theme of the week in the poultry world seems to have been sustainability and ways to improve it in all its applications.

In London earlier this week, a new tool to assess the environmental impacts of turkey production was unveiled, paving the way for future reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

An event was held to demonstrate the progress so far in quantifying and improving the environmental performance of turkey production and the demonstration of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Tool.

Working together with academic partners and the supply industry, the UK turkey industry wished to improve its efficiency and reduce its environmental impact. In order to do so, it needed to be able to assess current impacts of turkey enterprises.

The tool aims to enable identification of input and output activities within the systems that contribute significantly to their efficiency and environmental impact (hot-spots) and have possibilities for improvement.

Dr Illka Leinonen of Newcastle Univeristy presented some of these results obtained so far. One measure that shows great promise is to use poultry litter to generate electricity rather than use it as a fertiliser.

Other changes, such as using alternative proteins in the feed, reducing stocking density or increasing slaughter age made relatively small differences to the environmental impact measures.

Feeding the world without damaging the environment was the focus of World Food Day 2014 last week – and the goal of several EU-funded research projects.

One of these involves turning agricultural waste into animal feed, a solution from EU-funded research project, NOSHAN. It says the project would open up new opportunities for farmers, cut Europe’s dependence on feed imports and create new 'green' jobs in waste collection, treatment plants and feed manufacturing.

Consumers can make a big difference in reducing the water used in livestock production, according to a Washington State University study.

Small changes on the consumer side can help, and may be necessary, to achieve big results in a production system, explained the researchers.

They have demonstrated that consumers are willing to pay a little more for meat products labelled to reflect a single, environmentally friendly production practice, such as water conservation. This could add up to real change. Single-focus labels do not yet exist in the US.

Brazilian food processing giant, BRF, reports it has been placed among the five best performers in the management of sustainability with a focus on low-carbon technologies.

Zoetis has explored how commercial poultry producers make their poultry-health programmes more sustainable – ethically, environmentally and economically.

And last but not least, the sixth World Nutrition Forum, organised by Biomin, ended two full days of sessions offereing plenty of food-for-thought on issues of sustainability across a range of topics – from the animal sciences to management, economics and philosophy.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Energy Content and Amino Acid Digestibility Are Affected by Removal of Oil from DDGS
Research at Auburn University shows that low-oil distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) has a much lower energy level and a different digestible amino acid profile, information that will help more precisely to formulate broiler feeds using different types of DDGS.

Protect Backyard Birds from Predators
Knowing your enemy is critical if you expect to win the war against predators and protect your backyard poultry flock, according to experts from several US universities writing in 'MSU Cares' from Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Effect of Various Sources and Levels of Iodine for Young Laying Hens
Researchers in Poland have been able to increase the iodine level in eggs using iodine supplementation of a diet based on maize and soybean meal but not one containing rapeseed meal.

Dietary Amino Acid Density and Energy Level Affect Growth and Meat Yield of Broilers Reared in Summer
Without affecting feed costs, researchers at Mississippi State University were able to affect the performance and carcass yield of broilers reared under hot conditions in summer with different diets in both strains of bird.

Drivers for Animal Welfare Policies in Africa
A new study from Lesotho calls for improved understanding of animal welfare in African countries or there could be deleterious effects in future on economic growth as well as national and international trade.

Company News

Big Dutchman to Set Up 150,000-Birds Layer Farm in Uttar Pradesh
INDIA - Germany based poultry management company, Big Dutchman’s India arm BD Agriculture India has bagged an order to set up 150,000-bird layer farm in Uttar Pradesh state, writes Jagdish Kumar.
British Vets Question Health, Welfare of Free-range Chickens
UK - A recent newspaper report highlights the welfare issues that can also affect free-range hens, according to Zoetis.
Biomin Says Dramatic Change Needed for Sustainability
GERMANY - The 6th World Nutrition Forum in Munich ended two full days of stimulating sessions with plenty of food-for-thought on issues of sustain:ability across a range of topics — from the animal sciences to management, economics and philosophy.
AB Vista's Research into Xylanase in Corn-based Diets
UK - Consistency and dose hold the key to unlocking the full potential from use of the feed enzyme, xylanase, corn (maize)-based diets, according to the latest findings from AB Vista.
“YouTube-Proof” Topic for Discussion at 2015 IPPE
US - The Market Intelligence Forum is returning to the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
How Will Emerged and Emerging Worlds Benefit from Future Enzyme Technologies?
UK - Danisco Animal Nutrition will celebrate 25+ years of enzyme innovation at Eurotier with a VIP seminar on how future enzyme technologies can benefit the developed and developing world.
Big Dutchman Celebrates Expansion of US Headquarters
US - Big Dutchman USA is proud to announce the dedication of its newly expanded office and show room space.
New Breeder Specialist for Cobb World Technical Support Team
US - Cody Polley, who has wide experience of managing pedigree and grandparent farms for Cobb-Vantress, has been appointed as breeder specialist with the Cobb World Technical Support Team.
New Hotels Added to Meet 2015 IPPE Record Demand
US - Because of high interest in the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta in January, additional hotel rooms have been added.
New Adjustable MultiFlex Elevator Egg Lift
THE NETHERLANDS - The new egg lift from Jansen Poultry Equipment is adjustable for an even more precise transport of eggs in every situation.
Seven Benefits of Protease Enzymes to Poultry Producers
US - In a blog, Dr Junmei Zhao (Executive Manager, Monogastric Nutrition Applications) and Dr Frances Yan (Senior Manager, Poultry Nutrition), both of Novus International, outline the benefits of protease enzymes to poultry producers.
International Egg Commission Honours Scientist from Vechta
GERMANY - During its Global Leadership Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, the International Egg Commission (IEC) recently awarded Professor Dr Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst its Exceptional Service Award, reports Big Dutchman.
Campylobacter Colonisation Levels Unaffected by Breed or Growth Rate
UK - Campylobacter colonisation levels are not affected by breed or growth rate, reports Aviagen.
Novus International Celebrated World Egg Day
US - Novus International celebrated World Egg Day last week with regional celebrations affirming the Company’s commitment to promoting nutrition globally.
Putting Sustainability into Action Today
US - So how can commercial poultry producers make their poultry-health programs more sustainable – ethically, environmentally and economically?, asks Zoetis.
AB Vista to Showcase a Quantum Leap in Phytase at EuroTier
GERMANY - AB Vista will exhibit its revolutionary new phytase Quantum Blue on its stand (Hall 14, Stand J06) at the leading animal production trade show, EuroTier, from 11 to 14 November.
Danisco Animal Nutrition Discusses Role of Probiotics in Animal Production
UK - ‘The Role of Probiotics in Animal Production Profitability and Sustainability’ will be explored by Dr Ajay Awati of Danisco Animal Nutrition at a conference in Brussels, Belgium.
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Global Poultry Industry News


Saudi Group Takes Stake in Doux
LDC, Sofiprotéol Join Forces


Bachoco Reports Strong Performance in Third Quarter

   United Kingdom

100th New Poultry House for Moy Park
£5 Million Boost for Food Security
Antiparasitic Technology Awarded UK Animal Health Patent
International Conference Reveals New Benefits for Eggs
Chairman's Annual Goose Walk Well Attended
New Tool Aims to Cut Environmental Impacts of UK Turkey Industry
Animal Welfare Research Training Scholarship Available
Recognition for Professionalism in Agriculture
Sensory Marketing: What Colour Is Your Egg Spoon?


India’s Vegetable Oil Imports up 21 Per Cent in September 2014


Russia Most Active in WTO over Animal Health and Food Safety
Second Successive Year of Grain Surpluses
Support for South Asia Push to End Spread of Livestock Disease

   Russian Federation

Russia Extends EU Food Import Ban on Safety Grounds

   United States

CME: Celebrations for Long Serving USDA Chairman
History Preservation of Delmarva Chicken
CME: Wholesale Turkey Prices Deemed Excellent
Food Labels Can Reduce Environmental Impacts of Livestock
CME: Lack of Growth in the Broiler Sector
US Chicken Product Line Certified 'No Antibiotics Ever'

   European Union

New Director for Agriculture at EU
EU Research Turns Food Waste into Feed


Investment into Feed Enzyme Research in Canada


Nutreco Sees Revenues Fall
Nutreco Agrees to Offer from SHV


Chinese Food Prices Show Slight Fall


Australian Egg Company Fined for Misleading Claims

   Korea, South

Highlights from the World Organisation for Animal Health Conference


BRF at Top of Sustainability Rankings


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