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Thursday 12th February 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


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Prospects for the UK Poultry Sector

The UK poultry industry is the second largest in the European Union (after France) and generates £6 billion each year, contributes £1 billion to the Exchequer and employs 73,000 people, said Gary Ford. Chief Poultry Adviser with the National Farmers' Union, Mr Ford was addressing the Outlook 2015 conference, organised by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, in London yesterday.

On the structure of the industry, he explained that the top five companies account for around 80 per cent of total UK production. These are all integrators and supply the big retailers. The remaining 20 per cent is supplied by independent companies whose main markets are Asia and the halal sector.

Poultry is the most popular meat purchased in the UK, despite slight falls in the last two years, which Mr Ford attributed mainly to a lack of promotion by retailers and, to a lesser extent, by scares relating to food safety. Generally speaking, chicken performs well during times of economic recession as it is cheaper than other meats, he said.

There is a concern, in fact, that production is expanding too rapidly, he said. This results from a long-term increase in price of 37 per cent between 1995 and 2014, and annual per-capita consumption rose by 57 per cent between 1990 and 2013 to reach 33kg.

Around 18 million chickens are reared and slaughtered in the UK each week, while demand is for around 22 million birds, and so the country imports some quantities of the most popular cuts, particularly breast meat.

UK chicken exports have been on an upward trend over recent years, mainly to South Africa. However, the recent outbreaks of avian flu resulted in 14 countries putting a (hopefully temporary) stop to that trade, Mr Ford said.

Looking ahead 10 years, he forecasts positive developments in production and consumption, while farmer confidence is high in the sector.

Among the threats to the poultry industry looking ahead, Mr Ford identified Campylobacter, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the ever-present threat of avian flu.

Opportunities he highlighted were the increasing use of biomass heating systems in poultry production, poultry litter combustion, new feed ingredients such as insect protein and the strong support from UK supermarkets, discounters and the service sector for UK poultry meat.

Turning to bird flu news, Taiwan has this week reported 110 new outbreaks of the disease affecting more than 700,000 poultry, mainly geese but also ducks, chickens and turkeys.

The presence of the H5N1 virus has been confirmed in a hobby poultry flock in British Columbia for the first time.

There are almost daily reports from China of new cases of H7N9 flu in people, and there has been a third fatality from the H5N6 virus.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Managing Coccidiosis in Broilers: Then and Now
The development in coccidiosis control from in-feed anticoccidials to vaccines is explained by Dr Larry McDougald, one of the leading experts on coccidiosis in poultry in the United States.

Chicken Egg Marketing: a Viable Business for Couples in Southern Ethiopia
A profile of a couple who market eggs collected in local villages in a town in Ethiopia. They are being helped to overcome their main challenges – a lack of working capital and breakages during transportation – by a local NGO.

Colibacillosis in Layers: an Overview
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Poultry Health Research Round-up
Recent research with broiler chickens has revealed that coccidiosis can be controlled by probiotics and genetic selection, while dietary organic acids help tackle other enteric diseases. A prebiotic/probiotic product has been found to be effective against a form of lameness.

Administration of a Salmonella Enteritidis to Newly Hatched Broilers Reduces Colonisation and Shedding of a Salmonella Enteritidis Challenge Strain
A new study in Belgium has revealed a strain of Salmonella Enteritidis which showed some promise to help reduce food-borne infections when given to chicks in the drinking water and was even more effective when administered by spray in the hatchery.

Superdosing to Eliminate Dietary Phytate an Opportunity for Performance Gains in Poultry
The use of phytase feed enzymes is increasingly moving beyond the simple release of phosphorus (P), with more complete phytate elimination through superdosing offering considerable performance gains, according to AB Vista.

Company News

Record Breaking Year for IPPE
GLOBAL - The 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) broke several records with 30,350 poultry, meat and feed industry leader attendees from all over the world.
Ceva and the Science of Vaccinology
FRANCE - Ceva's understanding of the "science of vaccinology" is at the core of its poultry business, which centres on the the needs of all its customers.
New Small High-performing Circulation Fan
ITALY - A new small high-performing circulation fan is a top performer worthy of a closer look, according to Termotecnica Pericoli. Attracted Great Audience in IPPE 2015
US - participated at 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) 2015, attracting much interest from repeat customers and about its EggAnalyzer, Eggshell Thickness Gauge and Egg Force Reader.
Poultry Production Challenges? New Product for Drinking Water
US - Products such as Original XPC can be effective in helping to manage production-related challenges that can negatively affect performance, says Diamond V.
Actual Nutrient Requirements of Poultry
INDIA - Dr T. Kotaiah of Indbro Poultry explains how poultry feeds are changing.
Cleanliness Means Results in the Hatchery
UK - Simple basics of cleanliness and hygiene are essential to get chicks off to a good start in life, says Aviagen.
Waste Spectrum Exports Incinerator to Estonia for Poultry Carcass Disposal
ESTONIA - Waste Spectrum Environmental Limited has exported the first Hurikan 1000E Animal-By-Product (ABPR) Incinerator to the Republic of Estonia.
Antibiotics: The Animal Doctor’s Dilemma
US - Lloyd Keck, DVM, Technical Services Veterinarian with Zoetis, Inc. shares his thoughts on the use of antibiotics in poultry.
Yield Plus Male from Aviagen Gains Popularity
US & CANADA - Aviagen says that placements of its Yield Plus Male are exceeding expectations in North America.
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UK Egg Statistics – Quarter 4, 2014
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USDA Broiler Hatchery - 9 February 2015

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