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Thursday 2nd April 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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New Technology Looks Set to Solve Poultry Welfare Issue

Germany's agriculture minister has called for a practical method to determine the sex of chicken embryos in order to bring to an end the culling of male layer chicks by the end of next year.

On a recent visit to the University of Leipzig, Christian Schmidt saw for himself the latest research, which uses near infra-red spectroscopy to determine the sex of a chick embryo just three days after the egg is laid by detecting gender-related differences in the embryo's blood vessels.

The Minister called on the industry to support the development of suitable prototype devices, describing the killing of 45 million male chicks from layer lines annually in Germany as "intolerable". With the new technology, eggs containing male embryos can in future be directed towards various industrial uses before the chicks hatch out.

A consumer survey in the United Kingdom for the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) shows that more than 80 per cent of shoppers believe that it is possible for animal medicines and vaccinations to harm people by getting into food.

NOAH's chief executive said that these fears can be traced back to the 'horse meat scandal' two years ago and describes the results as "very worrying".

A new report on the poultry sector in India describes the supply chain there as poorly organised, ill-informed and wasteful.

However, the academics who published the report say that it could be upgraded with a more active supply chain. They added that the industry requires coordination and investment, with a strong emphasis on the internet.

In the United States, the media are spreading misinformation about egg production practices, according to a farmers' organisation. This has led some food companies to source their eggs from cage-free farmers, believing it is more humane or better from a food safety perspective, they say.

The National Association of Egg Farmers says that today’s modern conventional cages used in producing eggs are, in fact, humane and produce safe and wholesome eggs as well as a low-cost high-quality protein product.

Turning to news of bird flu over the last week, new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu have been reported in poultry in Burkina Faso, Taiwan and the US (in Minnesota turkeys), and of low-pathogenic bird flu in the Netherlands. Other birds have tested positive for the virus in Bulgaria, Romania, India and the United States (Wyoming, California, Montana and Missouri). There have been further human victims in Egypt and the Philippines.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Breeder and Hatchery Factors Impact Broiler Performance
New research presented at the International Poultry Scientific Forum in Atlanta, Georgia, US, earlier this year explored the effects of broiler breeder and hatchery management on the hatchability of chicks and subsequent broiler performance.

Specific Approach to Incubating Big Eggs Pays Off
Larger eggs require a specific approach during incubation, which is explained by Gerd de Lange of Pas Reform.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Slow Growth for European Egg Sector
Europe's share of global egg production is falling, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans. The ban on conventional battery cages for laying hens in the European Union from 2012 prompted short-term contraction in its member states, while output continued to increase in Russia and, to a lesser extent, Ukraine.

Effects of Housing System on the Costs of Commercial Egg Production
Recent research at the University of California-Davis shows that, compared to conventional battery cages, a dozen eggs cost 13 per cent more to produce when hens are housed in enriched cages and 36 per cent more when they are kept in aviaries.

Eggshell Temperature Manipulations During Hatching Influence Hatchability, Broiler Performance and Ascites Incidence
Both short- and long-term periods of elevated temperatures during incubations were found in this Turkish study to affect embryo development, incubation results, broiler performance and the incidence of ascites.

GB Emerging Threats Report: Avian Diseases: October-December (Q4) 2014
Among the notable items in this report from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) were outbreaks of H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Europe and Great Britain, a continued increase in diagnoses of blackhead (histomonosis) in chickens, infectious coryza in a hobby flock and gizzard erosion in free-range layers.

Avian Influenza Update and FAQ
An update on avian influenza and frequently asked questions (FAQs) answered by Brian Fairchild (Extension Poultry Scientist) and Brian Jordan (Assistance Research Scientist), both at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Company News

Efficacy, Safety Confirmed of Feed Enzyme for Poultry
EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a scientific opinion on Novus International's CIBENZA EP150 feed additive as a zootechnical feed additive for poultry.
New Role for India's Project Directorate on Poultry
INDIA - The Project Directorate on Poultry has now been given a higher mandate to take up research in all the field of poultry production, reports Dr T. Kotaiah of Indbro Research and Breeding Farms.
Foodborne Illness: New Data Points to Veg Sources
US - An interagency team of US federal agencies responsible for food safety recently released new data and methodology to identify sources of foodborne illness, reports Diamond V.
Time to Get on the Scales: the Importance of Weighing Eggs
UK - Aviagen explains how weighing eggs can tell you a lot about the needs of your birds.
Antibiotic Resistance - a Growing Threat to Food Safety?
GLOBAL - Getting to grips with veterinary use of antibiotics is one of the key elements of tackling this growing crisis of antibiotic resistance, says Randox Food Diagnostics.
People, Innovative Products Go Hand in Hand
ITALY - At Termotecnica Pericoli, the headline, 'Always in Good Hands' is important to every associate in the Pericoli Family; not just a marketing tag line but a core objective and instinct.
New Egg OR Candler Launched
GLOBAL - EggTester.Com has developed a new product, Egg OR Candler.
Novus International Hosts Latin America Key Opinion Leaders
GLOBAL - Last month, nearly 40 poultry industry professionals gathered to discuss the latest technologies in enzymes at a Novus Forum in St Charles, Missouri.
First Petersime Hatchery in Mauritania
MAURITANIA - The Ouakkaha group recently inaugurated one of the first hatcheries in Mauritania with all incubators and hatchery equipment supplied by Petersime distributor, Société Cidape.
New Biomin Web Site Now Available in Russian, Slovak
GLOBAL - Biomin has now launched a Russian and Slovak version of its new corporate web site.
Deboning, Meat Yield Poster Now Available
UK - Aviagen Turkeys has produced a new poster 'Deboning and Yield Measurement'.
Halamid: to Foam or Not to Foam?
FRANCE - Axcentive is investigating options for poultry farmers who depend on the proven efficacy of Halamid for disinfection but would like to use a soft foaming approach.
Ross Seminar Offers Stock Management Insight for Wadi Group
EGYPT - Ross recently supported Wadi Group, its Grandparent distributor in Egypt, by holding a four-day interactive training seminar on stock management, aimed at technical and commercial personnel.
Eighty Per Cent of Livestock Producing Regions Face High Threats from Mycotoxins
GLOBAL - Mycotoxin-related threats to livestock production are severe or high in 80 per cent of regions worldwide, according to the latest Biomin Mycotoxin Survey.
Market Reports

USDA Broiler Hatchery - 2 April 2015
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USDA Egg Products - 1 April 2015
USDA Agricultural Prices - 31 March 2015
Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - 30 March 2015

Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

Farmers Set out the Truth about Egg Farming
Dunkin' Donuts Moves to Cage-Free Eggs
US COOL Changes Rejected by NFU
US Plan to Combat and Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Comprehensive Plant Management Poultry Course in May
Two New Outbreaks of High-path Avian Flu in Minnesota Turkeys
Mysterious Origins of Hawaiian Feral Chickens Revealed
CME: Poultry Slaughter Recovering After February Disruption

   Sweden

Eat Chicken and Eggs Instead of Beef to Save Planet

   Switzerland

Swiss Must Knock Down Trade Barriers, Says Report

   Zambia

Chicken to Remain Good Value for Cost-conscious Zambians

   New Zealand

NZ$7.8 Million Allocated for Sustainable Farming Projects

   Global

Time-out on Trade Talks and Global Negotiations Stall
Asian Protein Consumption Leads Animal Feed Innovation
WTO Sets up Disputes Panel over Russian EU Trade Tariffs

   European Union

New EU Meat Labelling Rules Come into Force

   Germany

Germany Aims for Chicken Sexing in the Egg by 2016

   United Kingdom

Dangers Lie in Adapting to Global Warming
Farmers Union of Wales Unveils Election Priorities
Moy Park Invests in Poultry Development House
NOAH Calls for Evidence-based Decisions on Future Legislation
More Eggs Eaten by Diet-conscious Britons
Confusion Increasing over Animal Medicines in Livestock
Agricultural Innovations Developed by New Funding

   France

French Poultry Farmers Receive Final Exceptional CAP Payment
OIE Joins World Health Day Celebrations

   Canada

New Humane Society to Protect Animals in Saskatchewan

   India

Uttar Pradesh Bird Flu Alert Shifts to Agra
How Can Indian Egg and Broiler Sectors Improve?

   South Korea

South Korea HPAI Cases Continue into 2015

   South Africa

Three Outbreaks of Low-path Avian Flu in South African Ostriches

   Brazil

JBS Plant Granted Malaysian Access on Halal Chicken

   The Netherlands

Netherlands Reports Bird Flu in Friesland Poultry

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