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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 08 January 2015

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Thursday 8th January 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Oxford Conference Tackles Challenging Issues

A very happy New Year and good wishes for 2015 to all supporters of ThePoultrySite around the world!

The annual Oxford Farming Conference is taking place in that fine British university city this week, from where Editor-in-Chief, Chris Harris, has been reporting.

The UK has called for a rethink on the 'three crop rule', which is part of the greening arrangement within the recent reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The move is part of the British government’s bid to reduce the burden of red tape and regulation on the farming sector.

Environment and agriculture secretary, Liz Truss, told the Conference that more decisions need to be taken in Britain for the benefit of British producers.

She added that she is also working to change regulations covering pesticides and cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, which she said should be made on scientific evidence alone.

She also called for some decisions, such as on GM crops, to be taken at a national, rather than at an EU level.

Agriculture minister, George Eustice added that there should be room for decisions to be taken on a national level working in a European framework.

Scotland's Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, said that a potential EU referendum was one of the biggest threats to British farming. He said that leaving the EU would cost the farming community nearly £20 billion in support from the CAP but called for a fairer share of the proceeds of the CAP and called for a simpler system.

Lord John Krebs addressed the Conference on the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change. Among the measures deserving serious consideration is GM crops, he said.

Also at the Conference, was the launch of a new report that says increased productivity in British agriculture is directly related to R&D and that the sector needs to focus more on both public and private research in order to grow.

A greenhouse gas calculator developed at Aberdeen University has won the Practice with Science Award run by the Oxford Farming Conference.

Since our last newsletter, bird flu has been in the headlines, with outbreaks of the highly pathogenic disease in domestic poultry in Taiwan, Japan and the US and a low-path variant detected at markets in Seoul and Hong Kong. There have also been several cases of influenza in people – H5N1 in Egypt and H7N9 in China.

A new study from China indicates that the prevalence and variation of H9N2 influenza virus in farmed poultry could provide an important early warning of novel virus reassortants with pandemic potential.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Evaluation of Deoiled Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles for Broilers
Broilers can perform adequately with a diet including low-oil distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), according to a new study at Auburn University, but researchers warn that the diet may be more expensive due to the lower energy contribution of the DDGS.

Bobwhite Quail Production 3
Advice on the production of bobwhite quail 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 information on feeding and preventing cannibalism.

Using Robots to Get More Food from Raw Materials
Can an industrial robot succeed both at removing the breast fillet from a chicken, and at the same time get more out of the raw materials? This is one of the questions to which researchers working on the CYCLE project now have the answer.

Choline Requirements of White Pekin Ducks from Hatch to 21 Days of Age
Researchers in China have established the requirements of young Pekin ducks for the vitamin, choline, for both optimum performance and health.

Effect of Ventilation on Distribution, Concentration and Emission of Air Pollutants in a Manure-belt Layer House
A new study from China indicates that it is difficult to control both poultry house environment and pollutant concentrations using only ventilation.

Company News

IPPE Offers Free Cuttin' up, Cookin' Demonstrations
US - The 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will host a variety of cooking demonstrations and a student culinary arts competition in the Cuttin’ Up & Cookin’ Booth, B8641.
AB Vista to Showcase Potential of Superdosing Phytase at IPPE
UK - AB Vista will be an exhibitor in Atlanta, Georgia at IPPE from 27 to 29 January 2015 (Hall A, Stand A721). During the expo, AB Vista will present the benefits and future potential of superdosing with Quantum Blue.
Field Trials Show Benefits of E. coli Vaccine in Broilers
GLOBAL - Recent studies on two continents have demonstrated that a modified-live vaccine reduced losses from Escherichia coli in broilers, even when the disease challenge was strong, says Zoetis.
Optimising Commercial Value from Best Generation Enzymes
US - A recent webinar shows how to optimise performance with the inclusion of Best Generation enzymes in the diet, says Novus International.
Güres Layer Hatchery Doubles Capacity with Petersime
TURKEY - The Güres group, one of the leading layer hatcheries in Turkey, has recently decided to invest in new incubation equipment from Petersime, increasing its setting capacity with about 20 million eggs per year.
Verbeek and Novogen Co-operate in European Market
EU - Groupe Grimaud, main shareholder of Novogen (the third layer breeding company in the world) and AgruniekRijnvallei, main shareholder of Verbeek Hatchery (one of Europe’s leading commercial layer hatcheries) are strengthening their positions through a joint cooperation in the European layer market.
New Antimicrobial Guidelines Stress Judicious Use
US - Recent guidelines from the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) outline the judicious therapeutic use of antimicrobials while focusing on the health and wellness of poultry, reports Zoetis.
Big Dutchman Employee Honoured
GERMANY - Engineer August Wienken has received the Max Eyth medal for developing modern technology for poultry production.
Ross Voted Bird of Choice in Zimbabwe
ZIMBABWE - Ross® Africa will now become the exclusive suppliers to Hamara Farms and Higro Distribution in Zimbabwe.
Saudi Giant Al-Watania Selects SmartPro
SAUDI ARABIA - Al Watania Poultry, the largest poultry producer in the Middle East, has commissioned Pas Reform to supply SmartPro™ single stage incubation, climate control and hatchery automation systems for a state-of-the-art new turnkey hatchery development at Buraydah in Qassim Province.
Biomin Web Site Now Available in Czech
CZECH REPUBLIC - Biomin has now launched a Czech version of the new corporate web site.
Don Hachen Elected President of North Alabama International Trade Body
US - Aviagen says that announced Don Hachen, the company’s director of global planning, has been elected president of the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA).
New Cobb Award Goes to Young Dutch Farmer
NETHERLANDS - A new award, recognising commitment of farmers in the Netherlands, has been introduced by Cobb Europe. The first person to receive this accolade is Jelle Jukema in recognition of rearing his 25th flock of Cobb500 broilers.
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Global Poultry Industry News

   United Kingdom

OFC: How Can Agriculture Rise to Challenge of Climate Change?
OFC: Greenhouse Gas Calculator Wins Science Award
OFC: Anglo-German Farming Scholarship Announced at Conference
OFC: Changes to Common Agricultural Policy to Reduce Red Tape
OFC: Increasing Productivity in British Farming through Research
OFC: Food, Farming Key to Britain's Economic Future, Says Minister
Honour for Avian Virologist at Pirbright Institute
Industry Prospects in Focus at AHDB Outlook Conference
New Funding for Animal Welfare Research Network
Minister Sets out Northern Ireland's Agriculture Priorities
Agriculture Board Appoints New Head
Knighthood for Former NFU President
NFU Urges: Celebrate New Year Safely Without Sky Lanterns
Farmers Need to be Encouraged to Invest
Scottish Poultry Keepers on Guard Against Disease

   United States

New App for Turkey and Chicken Welfare
Bird Flu Alert for Utah's Backyard Poultry Owners, Hunters
Egg Price, Production Prospects in US
Suspected Avian Flu in Second Washington State Flock
US Welfare Campaigners Target Cage Egg Producers, Processors
Avian Flu Outbreak in Washington State Backyard Poultry
US Responds to Poultry Export Bans
New Vet Oversight Rules Will Affect More Than Half Antimicrobials Sold
New Members Appointed to US Poultry Inspection Committee
Study Predicts No Farmers or Ranchers under 35 by 2033
Reduce Odour from Manure with Free Online Tool
New Georgia Poultry Lab in Business
Quarterly Egg Sales Volume, Value up for Cal-Maine
Mississippi Ag Values Set to Top $7 Billion
US Feed Industry Official Announces Retirement


New Chair for Canada's Poultry Industry Council
Critical Shortage of Workers in Canada's Food Processing Industry


How Western Companies Can Navigate China’s Animal Protein Market
Farmland Protection Crucial for Chinese Agriculture
Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly
Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly
China to Advance Agricultural Modernisation
Prison Sentence for Chinese Poultry Factory Bosses
Chinese Agricultural Exports Hit by Weakening Ruble


Brazil Appoints First Female Minister of Agriculture


Australian Farmers Urged to See Biosecurity Like Insurance
Care for Livestock During Hot Weather, Australians Told
Poultry CRC's Year of Exciting Ideas and Industry Transfer
Australia Looks at Whole Chain Approach to Salmonella Risk Management

   European Union

Agriculture Commissioner Vows to Tackle Supply Chain Profit-taking
World Expo 2015 Event to Address Food Safety


HKScan to Restructure Production in Denmark


Acquisition of Novartis Completed
Brazil Takes Indonesia to WTO over Poultry Trade Bans


Smuggled Eggs Bring Fears of Bird Flu, Market Collapse to Myanmar


Nigeria Finds Sorghum a Good Alternative to Maize in Poultry Feed

   Hong Kong

Poultry Culled in Hong Kong after Bird Flu Virus Detected


Chickens Distributed among Poor Families in Afghanistan


US$200-million Worth of Poultry Medicine Exported from Iran


India Bans Imports of US Poultry Due to Bird Flu


Investment Forecast in Philippines Poultry Sector


Update on Avian Flu Situation in Japan
Another Outbreak of Avian Flu Confirmed in Japan


Dutch Government Funds Projects for More Sustainable Farming


Israeli 2015 Egg Quota to Surpass Two Billion
Newcastle Disease Confirmed in Israel

   South Korea

Bird Flu Spreads to Seoul City in South Korea


Albania Set to Resume Meat Exports to Russia


Taiwan Reports Low-path Avian Flu in Wild Birds, Poultry


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