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Thursday 24th November 2016.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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Bird Flu Continues to Spread through Europe

More outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found all over Europe in the past few days.

Hungary has confirmed outbreaks on nine more farms in the south of the country, mainly affecting geese and ducks. Over 107,000 birds were destroyed as a result of the outbreaks in the south of the country.

Meanwhile in Germany, five backyard holdings have been affected at the country's border with the Baltic Sea in the north-eastern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region. In the Lower Saxony region an outbreak of H5N8 has been reported on a turkey farm by the local authorities, and around 16,000 birds will have to be depopulated there, but this has not yet been officially reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Switzerland's latest official report to the OIE shows 51 wild birds died in 39 separate incidents across the country. Species affected were mainly tufted ducks and herring gulls, but also included other waterfowl such as grebes and birds of prey including a falcon and a buzzard.

Other outbreaks of avian flu were reported in wild birds in the Netherlands, Sweden and Russia – click here to read more.

Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving today, and this week we reported on the annual informal price survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation on the cost of a traditional dinner, including of course the turkey.

A 16-pound turkey came in at a total of $22.74 this year. That’s roughly $1.42 per pound, a decrease of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 30 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2015.

“Consumers will pay less than $5 per person for a classic Thanksgiving dinner this year,” AFBF Director of Market Intelligence Dr John Newton said.

However, another farming organisation, the US’s National Farmers Union, highlighted the small share that farmers receive of Americans’ spending on Thanksgiving food.

“It’s important to understand the difference between the price consumers pay for food at the grocery store or restaurant and the commodity prices farmers are paid for their products. Just recently food costs started to drop, but farm and ranch families have been plagued by low commodity prices for nearly three years,” said Roger Johnson, president of NFU – read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Plucky Idea – Turning Waste Feathers into Sustainable Opportunities
The extraction of keratin protein from chicken feathers poses an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to rid the poultry industry of waste. Glenneis Kriel reports.

Understanding the Hatching Egg
For many years, the hatcher was considered to be merely a ‘finishing’ machine.

Company News

Ceva’s acquires Hertape and Inova to enter Brazil’s top 5 animal health companies
BRAZIL - The move will increase the group global vaccine footprint with significant entry into the ruminant, Foot and Mouth disease market and a first entry into companion animal vaccines.
Americans Ready to Celebrate Thanksgiving with 46 Million ‘Respectable’ Birds
US - If one of America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, had his way in the late 1700s, the turkey would have been the US national bird instead of the bald eagle — a majestic but imposing raptor that Franklin thought had a “bad moral character.”
Food Safety and Antimicrobial Resistance at EuroTier
GERMANY - Pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli are among the major pathogens causing foodborne illness.
A Tight House is a Good House
GLOBAL - To perform well and to stay healthy broiler and breeder flocks need to be in controlled-environment houses that are correctly ventilated.
Strength from the Power of Nature: When the Animals are Happy, We’re all Happy
GLOBAL - This maxim is nothing new. Especially not for farmers, who nurture and care for their animals every day.
Successful Hubbard UK Premium Tour
UK - Early in October 2016 Hubbard held a successful Hubbard Premium Tour in the UK and Ireland.
Operational Excellence Days in China: Sharing Incubation Knowledge and Visiting Shandong Minhe
CHINA - From October 12 until October 13, the Petersime Operational Excellence Days took place in Penglai, China.
Nutriad Concludes 2016 Polish Wheat and Triticale Mycotoxin Survey
POLAND - Poland is one of Europe’s biggest grain producers. Its farming sector has changed dramatically since it joined the European Union (E.U.) more than 10 years ago.
Key Takeaways on Mycotoxins: 2016 World Nutrition Forum
CANADA - The 7th edition of the World Nutrition Forum recently took place in Vancouver, Canada, one of the most livable places in the world, surrounded by stunning nature. The event counted over 800 participants from 84 different countries. With the theme of ‘Driving the Protein Economy,’ the congress focused on current and future challenges in animal and human nutrition in a changing world.
Average Hatchery Hatches 164,000 Chicks More by Using BioStreamer™ Re-Store
GLOBAL - By using heat treatment during storage, an average commercial hatchery gains 164,000 chicks per year.
New Feeders Prove Effective Way to Lower Costs
“Our old feeders just weren’t allowing us to compete with some of the newer barns around the area. Our very first flock with new Classic Flood feeders settled at number one,? explained C.L. England, a poultry grower from Exeter, Missouri, USA.
Cobb Turkey Preparing for Winter with Producer Seminars
TURKEY - With winter approaching Cobb Turkey organized two seminars for contract producers of its customers – Banvit and Gedik Piliç.
Market Reports

USDA Turkey Hatchery - October 2016
USDA Broiler Hatchery - 17 November 2016

Global Poultry Industry News

   European Union

Bird Flu Continues to Spread through Europe

   United States

Top Tips for Turkey Safety this Thanksgiving
American Restaurant Customers Concerned Over Meat Origins
Farmers Highlight Small Share of Thanksgiving Retail Food Dollars
Thanksgiving Dinner Down to Less Than $5 Per Person
US Poultry Imports to South Africa Lower Than Expected


More Bird Flu Found in Nigeria


Canada's Chicken Farmers Welcome Government Work on Illegal Imports


Avian Flu Outbreaks Reach Iran as Denmark Reports Backyard Cases

   United Kingdom

Welfare Group Wants ‘Broiler Revolution’ to Follow Cage-Free Egg Switch
UK Egg Sales Continue to Grow
UK Sales of Antibiotics for Animals Dropped 9 Per Cent Last Year


Serious Disease Outbreaks Cause Rise in Antibiotic Use on Danish Poultry Farms


Animal Waste Converted into Protein Feed Source in Finland


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