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Thursday 12th January 2017.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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How Would Moving to Slower-Growing Broilers Impact on Sustainability?

Increases in demand for slower-growing broiler chickens could have serious impacts on the sustainability of the poultry meat sector, including the use of environmental resources such as land, water and fuel.

The US' National Chicken Council (NCC) has released a new study into the impacts of the trend, and has urged consumers, the food service and retail industries, and non-governmental organisations to invest in further research to ensure the future of bird health and welfare is grounded in scientific, data-backed research.

“The National Chicken Council and its members remain committed to chicken welfare, continuous improvement and respecting consumer choice – including the growing market for a slower growing bird,” said Ashley Peterson, PhD, NCC senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.

“However, these improvements must be dictated by science and data – not activists’ emotional rhetoric – which is why we support further research on the topic of chicken welfare and growth rates.”

If only one-third of broiler chicken producers switched to a slower growing breed, nearly 1.5 billion more birds would be needed annually to produce the same amount of meat currently produced, the NCC said – click here to read more.

In avian flu news, H5N2 influenza virus has been detected in a hunted wild mallard duck in Fergus County, Montana, US this week.

“This appears to be one of the strains we saw during the outbreak in 2014 and 2015,” said Dr Jack Shere, USDA Chief Veterinarian. “This finding serves as a powerful reminder that there is still avian influenza circulating in wild birds, and producers and industry need to continue to be vigilant about biosecurity to protect domestic poultry.” – Read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

How to Help Your Chickens Beat the Big Freeze
As winter weather swirls around the coop, keeping the flock hearty through the cold, dark days requires some extra effort. Chickens need support during this time of the year. Christine Heinrichs, backyard poultry keeper and author of How to Raise Chickens and How to Raise Poultry, gives her top tips.

Company News

Nutriad Supporting US Customers on Veterinary Feed Directive
GLOBAL - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking numerous steps and actions to ensure that antibiotics are being used judiciously in Food Animal Production.
Beyond 'Antibiotic-Free'
Public health concerns about antimicrobial resistance are beginning to impact the food industry.
Cobb Achieves First Compartment Status in Brazil
BRAZIL - Cobb-Vantress has become the first company in Brazil to receive certification for poultry compartmentalization for avian influenza and Newcastle disease from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA).
The Right Balance in Ventilation: Multifan Introduces Vplus - Permanent Magnet Motor at IPPE
US - Multifan, the dedicated agricultural fan manufacturer, is addressing the need for more energy efficient fans in agricultural applications, by introducing of the permanent magnet motor in their Fiberglass Cone Vplus 54.
Natureform Hatchery Technologies Spotlight: Senior Engineering Manager
GLOBAL - Challenged with ever-increasing opportunities for new product development NatureForm Hatchery Technologies has requested Clifford Maycott to assume the role of Senior Engineering Manager.
Mycotoxin Testing – From Multi-Toxin Analysis to Metabolomics
CANADA - Remarks by Rudolf Krska, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
The Effects of Emerging Mycotoxins in Livestock
GLOBAL - A recap of unregulated fungal metabolites that should be on the protein industry’s radar.
Aviagen Showcases Diverse Portfolio of Premium Breeding Stock at IPPE 2017
US - World poultry genetics leader Aviagen® celebrates 64 years of showcasing its diverse selection of premium breeding stock at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), Atlanta.
Can Mycotoxins Effect Gastro-Intestinal Tract Function?
CANADA - Remarks by Todd Applegate, University of Georgia, United States of America at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
Innovative Pullet House Helps Producer Fill Niche
GLOBAL - Stan Shrock fills a unique niche in the poultry industry as an independent pullet producer supplying independent layer customers.
GutCare® PY1- Establishing the Balance
GLOBAL - Establishing intestinal health is all about balancing out the good and bad bacteria in the gut.
Indian River Training Academy Generates Customer Support
MALAYSIA - Over 60 customers from 12 different countries attended the fifth Indian River® Training Academy (IRTA) in Penang, Malaysia.
Nutriad Highlights Additive Solutions at IPPE
US - Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, headquartered in Europe, initially started its USA operations in the US as Feed Flavors, back in 1963.
The Current Challenge for Salmonella Control in the Global Poultry Industry
CANADA - Remarks by Alberto Back, MercoLab, Brazil, during the poultry breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
Phytogenic and Probiotic Feed Additives for Broilers: Evidence for Growth Performance Links with Gut Performance Indices
CANADA - Remarks by Konstantinos Mountzouris, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, during the poultry breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
Plant Inspectors Help Poultry Industry Monitor Welfare
GLOBAL - Processors understand that the humane treatment of chickens during processing is simply the right thing to do. It also is the law.

Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

Are Slower-Growing Broilers Less Sustainable? Chicken Council Urges More Research
Avian Influenza Found in Wild Mallard Duck in Montana, US
More Funding for UK Antibiotic Resistance Action


Nigeria Seeks New Measures to Tackle Bird Flu as H5N8 Found

   United Kingdom

Farmers, Smallholders Warned Not to Feed Kitchen Scraps to Animals
Vets Urge Owners to Keep Backyard Flocks Safe Amid Avian Flu Spread
Poultry Club Reaffirms Commitment to Protecting UK Flocks from Bird Flu
Celebrities and Pop-Up Restaurant to Promote Eggs in 2017
Avian Flu Confirmed in North Yorkshire Backyard Flock


Bird Flu Latest - H5N8 Outbreaks Around Europe and Beyond
Safeguarding Biodiversity Must be Integrated Across Agricultural Sectors


Chile Bird Flu Outbreak Not Very Dangerous


Govt Stocks Red Meat, Chicken to Alter Market Prices


France Begins Pre-emptive Slaughter to Stop Bird Flu Spread


Hot Weather Not to Blame for Salmonella on Egg Farms


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