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Thursday 3rd December 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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No Beak Trimming Ban for UK - Yet

Since last week's newsletter, the UK’s farming minister George Eustice announced that a proposed ban on beak trimming in layers will not be introduced in January 2016.

The news will come as a relief to many poultry farmers, as there was concern that the ban would result in serious incidences of feather pecking and cannibalism, with negative consequences for business as well as poultry welfare.

The announcement came as a result of a report submitted by the Beak Trimming Action Group (BTAG), which was set up by the government to investigate the issue, and involved representatives from different stakeholders, including industry, government, welfare groups and vets.

"The Group advised that the risks of introducing a ban on infra-red beak trimming are too great," Mr Eustice said.

"It could result in outbreaks of severe feather pecking and having to employ emergency beak trimming using the hot blade method, which is a far worse outcome from an animal welfare perspective."

However, the Group said that the industry should work towards implementing a beak trimming ban in future, when management techniques have developed enough for a ban to be implemented without compromising welfare – read more here.

In avian flu news this week, two further outbreaks were reported in France’s Dordogne region. The affected farms were identified as part of the emergency response to the first highly pathogenic outbreak detected last week.

Other outbreaks were found in Viet Nam, Nigeria, and Ghana.

An avian flu expert from Purdue University has raised concerns over the US Department of Agriculture’s strategy of stockpiling vaccines. Although no vaccine has yet been approved for use in the event of a future outbreak, requests have been sent out to manufacturers to further build stocks.

Suresh Mittal, a professor of comparative pathobiology at Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine, warned that it is very difficult to predict the strain and nature of the next outbreak, due to the circulation of the virus in wild birds – read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Antioxidative Potential of Phytogenics
Phytogenic feed additives (PFAs) are effective in improving the antioxidant status of animals, as confirmed by an elevated antioxidative status in blood plasma, meat and the intestinal tract, writes Basharat Syed.

Chickens for Christmas: Ghana's Unique Poultry Market
Francis de Heer describes the development of the poultry meat industry in Ghana, and the challenges the industry must overcome in future.

Chemistry of Oxidative Disinfectants
Oxidative disinfectants share the property of acting on microbes by oxidising their proteins and cells. This aggressive chemical reaction ‘burns up’ and dismembers the very structure of the molecule which is oxidised, thus very effectively destroying target pathogens. (Non-oxidising disinfectants disable pathogens in other ways by modifying their structure but not necessarily completely destroying it).

Company News

Cobb-Vantress, Inc. Hosts Fifth Annual North America Technical School
US - More than 100 delegates including 79 customers from Mexico, Central America, Canada and the Caribbean took part in the fifth annual Cobb North America Technical School.
Al Watania Success in Middle East Recognised by Aviagen
SAUDI ARABIA - Several members of the Aviagen® senior management team recently visited Al Watania Poultry, a key parent stock customer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to recognise the company’s major contribution to the success of the Ross® 308 within the Middle East.
Four Competing for Zoetis/British Poultry Council Trainee Award
UK - Four farm and hatchery workers from across the country have been chosen as the finalists who are competing for the 2015 Zoetis/British Poultry Council Trainee Award.
Aviagen LLC Ross 140 Club Top Award Has Its First Recipient
RUSSIA - Established in Russia only 2 years ago, the Ross® 140 Club has already become so popular and successful with customers that Aviagen® LLC, Russia, decided to introduce three tiers of awards.
Cairo Poultry Company Hosts 19th Arbor Acres Training School in Egypt
EGIPT - The 19th round of the Arbor Acres® training school took place in the City of Hurghada on the Red Sea in October 2015.
Mycotoxin UK & Ireland Wheat Survey 2015
UK - Mycotoxins are highly toxic secondary metabolic products of moulds. Mycotoxin producing moulds damage crops and can cause great economic losses at all levels of food and feed production. Moreover, many of the mycotoxins impair health, cause diseases and may even result in death in humans and animals when contaminated food or feed products are consumed.
Market Reports

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Positive Poultry Market Outlook for 2016, Rabobank Says
Hand-in-Hand Approach Needed to Address Hunger and Climate Change
BRF Acquires Golden Foods Siam
Climate Disasters Pose Growing Threat to Food Security

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Many Americans Think Chicken Contains Hormones, Antibiotics
Ethanol Decision Could Increase Feed Prices for Poultry Producers
CME: Broiler Industry Coping With Difficult Market
Avian Flu Expert Raises Concerns as USDA Stockpiles Vaccines

   European Union

"Concrete Proposals Needed" from US in EU Market Access Talks

   United Kingdom

Free Range Egg Stars Honoured at Award Ceremony
Producing Food in the Face of Climate Change Threats
Farmers Notice Increase in Severe Weather Events
How Can Risk be Managed in Volatile Markets?
Researchers Given £10m Boost to Aid Plight of Tropical Farmers
Flock Thinning to Be Banned on RSPCA Assured Farms
Avian Flu: the Greatest Risk Faced by the UK Poultry Industry?


France Reports Two More HPAI Outbreaks

   Viet Nam

6,374 Birds Killed in Latest Viet Nam Avian Flu Outbreaks
Avian Flu Spreads in Vietnamese Backyard Poultry

   Russian Federation

Russia Reports Increased Poultry Meat, Egg Production
Russia Bans Some Turkish Poultry Imports


Thai Poultry Processors Accused of Labour Rights Violations


Canadians Reminded of US Poultry Import Rules After Bird Flu


Southern Nigeria Affected by Further Bird Flu Outbreak


More Outbreaks of Avian Flu Found around Accra, Ghana


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