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Thursday 13th November 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Trade Show Offers Opportunity to Explore Global Concerns in Farming

Almost half the exhibitors at this year’s EuroTier, which opened this week in Hanover, Germany, come from outside of the country.

While many are companies from traditional European areas, with 186 from the Netherlands and 136 from France there is also a strong representation from China with 116 exhibitors.

Exhibition organisers, DLG, said that the strong international representation indicates the growing globalisation of the agricultural sector.

DLG said that faced with more stringent legal, economic and social conditions, farmers must more than ever carry out intelligent and long-term investment planning.

“It is precisely when the social and market environment is most difficult that a company’s potential needs to be exploited by investing efficiently and acting intelligently,” said DLG.

The German agricultural organisation said that with more and more legal directives driving the direction of agriculture, farmers are facing competition not over land or animal housing capacity, but over technology.

New ways to control emissions and manage the environment are driving the technological advances, said DLG, and it has called for animal welfare issues to be discussed and conducted on an international level.

Some of these burning issues were addressed at the International Poultry Conference, which was held in Hanover on the day before EuroTier opened.

Gerhard Wagner, President of the European Poultry Club opened the Conference, saying that 'animal welfare' is understood in many difference ways across the world.

The keynote address was given by Peter van Horne of the LEI at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He presented the results of two studies and one update on the competitiveness of the European chicken meat and egg sectors.

The poultry meat sector in the European Union was worth €32 billion in 2012, he said, and employed more than 300,000 people.

Compared to other countries, the industry is highly regulated in the areas of environment, food safety and animal welfare, which raises production costs in the EU on farm and at slaughter.

Currently, revealed Dr van Horne, quotas and levies protect the EU poultry meat industry from large volumes of imports but free trade agreements are likely to offer more greater market access and lower import levies to other countries in future, while legislation for EU producers will increase further.

Other speakers at the Conference explained the animal welfare situation in the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.

Also in the news in the last week has been the first reported detection of the H5N8 subtype of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (A) virus in poultry in Europe. It was confirmed at a turkey farm in northern Germany, where it killed 1,880 of the birds. The rest of the flock has been destroyed and a range of measures has been introduced to control the spread of the virus.

In the United States, concerns have been raised over possible food safety risks following an announcement last this week that the American authorities have named the first Chinese poultry plants that can export US-reared chicken back to the country after processing.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Environmental Footprint of Poultry Meat and Eggs
Converting to all-organic production systems would result in a 40 per cent increase in global warming potential for egg production, according to Professor Kenneth E. Anderson, Poultry Extension Specialist with the Prestage Department of Poultry at North Carolina State University.

Energy Savings on Farm: Where Will You Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck?
If you are serious about saving money and being more efficient, then you really must consider measuring how much, where and when you are using energy, according to E.J. McGahan, B.R. Warren, R.J. Davis, F. Phillips and T. Naylor in a paper presented at PIX 2014 and published in 'Drumstick' from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Backyard Chickens in the United States: Survey of Flock Owners
A survey of almost 1,500 owners of backyard poultry flocks in the US reveals information that may contribute to maintaining good biosecurity and improving the health and welfare of backyard flocks.

Killing of Spent Laying Hens Using Carbon Dioxide in Poultry Barns
Examining records from Swedish farms over a three-year period, researchers in Sweden found that overall, whole-house killing of spent hens using carbon dioxide gas was carried out correctly but they were able to identify some areas for potential errors.

Copper and Lysine Density Responses in Commercial Broilers
Dietary copper supplementation improved the growth rate of broilers in a recent study from China but there was no evidence of an interaction between copper and amino acid density on bird performance.

Company News

Technical Service Manager Appointed by Cobb Asia
US - Cobb Asia announces the appointment of Dr Raul Elias Lopez as technical service manager focusing on broiler production.
Keynote Speaker Named for College Student Career Program at 2015 IPPE
US - Cobb-Vantress President, Jerry Moye, will be the keynote speaker for USPoultry Foundation’s College Student Career Program at 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
Validation Workshop Education Programme Offered at 2015 IPPE
US - The American Meat Institute (AMI) will host the Validation Workshop at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
Optimistic Outlook at Key South American Poultry Conference
BRAZIL - Eighty five per cent of the South American poultry industry was brought together for the fifth annual Cobb Corporate Meeting held at Recanto Cataratas Resort, Iguazu Falls in the south of Brazil, to discuss the country’s economic scenario.
AB Vista Announces Strong Growth in 2014
UK - AB Vista has announced revenue growth of more than 20 per cent for the financial year ending 15 September 2014.
Market Reports

Irish CSO Agricultural Price Indices September 2014
UK Egg Statistics 6 November 2014
UK Farming Statistics 6 November 2014

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EUROTIER: Call for Cooperation to Rebuild Markets
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EUROTIER: Forum for 21st Century Animal Husbandry
EUROTIER: Global Concerns for a Growing International Farming Sector
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Further Details on the New Common Agricultural Policy
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Six UK Partners Fund Project to Combat Worldwide Animal Diseases
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UK Farm Business Innovation Expo Returns to Olympia

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CME: Latest Projections of Meat Trade Flows
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Thanksgiving Turkey Prices Up This Year
Foster Farms Explains New Salmonella Reduction Programme
CME: Broiler Industry is Now Moving
What's in Store for 2015? Farm Economics Summit Scheduled
NFU Beginning Farmers Institute Experiences Cooperatives and Local Farms
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US Approves First Chinese Plants to Export Poultry Meat
NFU Urges Passage of Tax Extenders Package

   European Union

Support for Flexibility of EU Countries to Ban GMO Crops
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   Viet Nam

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