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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 18 December 2014

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Thursday 18th December 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor



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Bird Flu Outbreaks Hit Further Countries

In the last week, bird flu has returned to Germany. A turkey farm in Lower Saxony was affected, with the loss of almost 18,000 birds. The H5N8 virus has been confirmed, the same as previous outbreaks in another state, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The disease has also hit Italy for the first time. Again, the H5N8 subtype of the virus was responsible and turkeys were affected, this time almost 32,000 in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy.

The H5N8 virus has also been detected in wild birds in Japan, and 4,000 birds have been destroyed following an outbreak in the main poultry-producing area of the country, Miyazaki.

In Canada, a further two outbreaks of the H5N2 variant have been confirmed, all in the same area of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, affecting 53,000 laying birds.

And in the US, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of the H5N2 and H5N8 variants has been detected and confirmed in Washington state.

With the coming holidays, the next newsletter from ThePoultrySite will be sent out a day early on Wednesday 24 December.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

China's Food Self-sufficiency Policy
It is unlikely China will be able to maintain self-sufficiency on all major agrifood commodities, according to Matthew Hyde and Faraz Syed in the latest Agricultural Commodities quarterly report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Rice, wheat and pig meat are likely to remain the focus of China’s self-sufficiency policy but resource constraints will challenge its ability to maintain self-sufficiency in beef, sheep meat, soybeans and feed grains.

Bobwhite Quail Production 1
Advice on the production of bobwhite quail production from Professor Peter A. Skewes of Clemson University and Professor Emeritus Henry R. Wilson of the University of Florida; Florida Cooperative Extension Service. This article offers general advice and information on the management of breeders.

Growth, Efficiency and Yield of Commercial Broilers from 1957, 1978 and 2005
A study in Alberta, Canada, reveals that almost 50 years of commercial quantitative genetic selection pressure has achieved the intended beneficial changes in broiler performance. Some unintended consequences, however, represent challenges that may need to be addressed in future selection programmes.

Production, Quality Parameters and Nutritional Comparison of Ostrich Meat to Other Types of Meats
Ostrich meat is now considered as a red meat that is a healthy alternative to beef and poultry meats, according to researchers in Kuwait.

GB Emerging Threats Report: Avian Diseases: July-September (Q3) 2014
Among the new and emerging diseases reported are blackhead (histomonosis) in chickens and turkeys, an unusual form of blackhead in partridges, suspected goose parvovirus infection and respiratory cryptosporidiosis in red grouse.
Company News

Ross Has First Nutrition Workshop in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - The Ross team along with the Ross agent for Vietnam, P&N Agro Business Company, Ltd were encouraged by the industry’s response and attendance at the initial Ross Nutrition Workshop held in Viet Nam in November.
Education Helps Change Consumer Attitudes to Antibiotics
US - A little education goes a long way toward changing customers’ attitudes about antibiotics, according to Zoetis.
Novus Receives Award for Top Feed Additive Brand in China
CHINA - Novus International, Inc. has been recognised as one of the Top 10 feed additive brands in China at the 2014 Saier Media User’s Choice Awards.
New Single-stage Hatchery for House of Raeford
US - Poultry company, House of Raeford, has a new SmartPro™ single-stage hatchery from Pas Reform in South Carolina.
IPPE Offers Free Attendee Activities, Networking Opportunities
US - The 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will provide a variety of free activities and networking opportunities for attendees, say the organisers.
Market Reports

USDA Turkey Hatchery and Raised December 2014
USDA International Egg and Poultry 16 December 2014
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook December 2014
Irish CSO: Agricultural Price Indices December 2014
USDA Feed Outlook December 2014

Global Poultry Industry News


Need to Promote Organic Farming, Says Indian Agri Minister
Bird Flu Alert in India as Wild Bird Tests Positive for Virus

   United States

US Farmers Welcome Normalisation of Relations with Cuba
New Funding for US Poultry Health Research Centre
Bird Flu Confirmed in Washington State
CME: How is Russia Affecting the US Markets?
New Chairman of Prominent House Agriculture

Tyson Foods Appoints New Animal Welfare Programme Leader
Mystery of Dead Eider Ducks in Cape Cod Solved
Two Poultry Processing Plants to Open in Maine
Poultry Industry Continues to Improve Worker Safety Record
CME: Corn Feed Prices
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Growth Forecast for North American Poultry Feed Market
Sanderson Farms Joins International Poultry Council
What is the Global Impact of Bird Flu?
International Poultry Council Joins Global Sustainability Body


German Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed as H5N8
High-Path Bird Flu Returns to Germany
Wiesenhof Returns to GMO-free Feed


Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly


Bird Flu Confirmed in Wild Birds in Japan
Bird Flu in Japan Causes 4,000 Chickens to be Culled
Bird Flu Could Occur Anywhere, Says Japanese Official


Building Poultry Production in Uzbekistan

   United Kingdom

Moy Park Grower Commended for Progressive Farming
Award for Moy Park Corporate Responsibility
What is the Nutritive Value of Wheat for Broilers?
New Food Labelling Regulations
Bird Flu Protection Zone Lifted But Surveillance Zone Restrictions Remain
Survey: Market Volatility Taking Toll on Farmers


Avian Influenza Confirmed in Italy


Bird Flu Detected on Canadian Egg Farm
Avian Flu Confirmed at Ninth British Columbia Poultry Farm

   European Union

Red Mites Bring a Major Economic Challenge to Poultry Industry
H5N8 Bird Flu Virus Entry Routes into Europe Uncertain


Kosher Slaughter Ban Withdrawn in Poland


Dutch Relax Bird Flu Control Measures


Arrests in Nigeria for Importing Frozen Poultry

   Viet Nam

Avian Influenza Reported in Viet Nam


Gradual Improvement Forecast for Australian Poultry Sector


Risk of Bird Flu in Norway Relatively Low over Winter


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