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29-09-2014 10:00 AM | Viewed 157 times

SEPRA Market Report - 26th September 2014

The market is a bit quieter,--- because there was no market report last week. We are not marking any change, effectively prices went up again last week and for next week colony has weakened and free range firmed up with the difference in price between the two systems increasing.    Looking to the future market all the hatcheries are saying that they have had record low demands for day old layer chicks this would indicate that there will be a shortage of the smaller sizes from February and Easter could be very tight supply wise. We think there should be an increase in promotion of home produced eggs in the media as the safest and best, to try and offset potential increases in imported eggs from the Continent especially with their resent Salmonella problems. Supply and demand might just see a much needed increase in prices, unfortunately the big supermarkets have reversed this to we demand and you supply!!!!   UK------ it looks like the whole of the British Isles will still be putting UK on our eggs. We in Scotland are well ahead of proposed federalising with our SCO on farm ID.  The world We note that McDonalds in Australia is going all free range by 2017 they have been all free range in Britain for a great many years now, there was a bit of a problem with the definition of free range in Australia as some producers as some producers thought that if the hens could see the range then they were. With open sides on houses that left a lot of scope, which has now been resolved? Russia, is investing billions of Roubles in turkey production, with the chill in the air in Europe over the problems in Ukraine, if there is a slight return to the cold war, perhaps the weapons of choice will be frozen turkeys!!!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Put farmers at centre of global talks" Peter Kendall, president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), joined the UN Climate Summit in New York this week to ensure that farmers are no longer kept on the sidelines of global dialogues on agriculture and climate issues. The Climate Summit aims to galvanise governments into action on climate change ahead of the important climate talks in Paris next year. Speaking at a number of high level events, including the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, Ministerial meetings on farming and a debate on achieving global food security, Kendall highlighted: • How Climate-Smart Agriculture offers triple wins of increased food production, climate change mitigation, and adaptation • The need to establish agricultural contracts that could offer opportunities for stable revenue through secure market access • That research and innovation are the basis of future success and that extension and rural advisory services are critical to delivery • The contribution of the sustainable production of renewable energies (biogas, biomass, biofuels) to mitigation • Called for an incentive-based approach to climate mitigation and adaptation, as opposed to one based on penalties to stimulate economic green growth The World Farmers' Organisation is an international member-based organisation whose mandate is to bring together farmers' organisations and agricultural cooperatives from all over the world. The WFO includes 64 members from about 50 countries in the developed and emerging world. Throughout his visit, Kendall has strongly advocated the importance of the organisation. He said: "We have the primary objective to develop and propose policies that favour and support farmers' issues throughout the world. Its success lies in its constituency; an organisation made by farmers for all farmers - small, medium and large scale". Source: NFU   New AI strain calls for continued vigilance in poultry   A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia known as A(H5N6) represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored, the FAO has said.   Chinese authorities first reported the influenza A(H5N6) virus in poultry in April 2014. Since then, the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Vietnam have also detected the H5N6 virus in poultry. "Influenza viruses are constantly mixing and recombining to form new threats," said FAO's chief veterinary officer, Juan Lubroth. "However, H5N6 is particularly worrisome, since it has been detected in several places so far from one another, and because it is so highly pathogenic, meaning infected poultry quickly become sick and, within 72 hours, death rates are very high." The fact that the virus is highly virulent in chickens and geese and potentially spread across a large part of Southeast Asia translates into a real threat to poultry-related livelihoods. Poultry contributes to the incomes of hundreds of millions of people throughout the subregion. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), which works together with FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) to support countries' responses to animal and human disease threats, is also monitoring the situation closely. "An effective surveillance and an early detection of animal disease at source are two main keys to reduce the risk of dissemination and to ensure safe trade. The OIE calls on its 180 member countries to respect their commitment and to immediately notify on WAHIS any outbreak detected on their territory," said OIE director-general Bernard Vallat. Limited threat to human health Only one case of H5N6 has been reported in humans after contact with exposure to poultry shortly after its detection in China. The person later died. There have been no other human cases.  Though the scientific community is still in the process of understanding the dynamics of this new strain, it is unlikely that H5N6 represents an immediate and significant threat to human health. "Current evidence suggests H5N6 poses a limited threat to human health at this stage," said WHO epidemiologist Elizabeth Mumford. "It's been detected in multiple places in poultry, yet we only have one human infection reported. This suggests that the virus does not easily jump from animals to humans. Of course, we still need to remain vigilant, because prevalence in poultry and therefore human exposure could increase during the winter." FAO and WHO are stressing that at this time it is critical for countries in Southeast and East Asia - especially those with links to poultry production and trade - to ramp up efforts to detect and report influenza viruses in poultry and monitor for any human infections. FAO is urging countries to remain vigilant in the face of this new viral threat to animal health. In order to prevent its further spread, the Organisation is recommending that governments support poultry producers in following essential biosecurity measures and standard hygiene precautions. In collaboration with OIE, priority actions need to be focused on prevention, early detection, immediate reporting and rapid response.  World Poultry
26-09-2014 07:04 AM | Viewed 264 times

Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update 26 September 2014

Global trade of softwood lumber was up seven percent in the first six months of 2014, with Russia, Germany and Sweden increasing shipments the most, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.
26-09-2014 06:11 AM | Viewed 276 times

Survey of land managed in 2012 and 2013

This release contains the results from the March 2013 survey about the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE). It collected land areas managed under unpaid voluntary environmental management in the 2012/13 farming year and farmers’ attitudes towards the farmed environment and CFE.
26-09-2014 06:11 AM | Viewed 288 times

Sheep and goats - scrapie disease surveillance

A joint descriptive report on the statutory disease surveillance of scrapie in sheep and goats in Great Britain.
25-09-2014 05:09 AM | Viewed 447 times

Welfare risks related to sheep farming

EFSA has launched an open consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the welfare risks related to the farming of sheep for wool, meat and milk production. This document proposes the description of different management systems for keeping sheep and the identification of the main animal welfare consequences and associated risk factors for sheep. It also suggests animal-based measures to assess sheep welfare.
22-09-2014 12:50 PM | Viewed 379 times

Farmer Survey shows need for more advice on BVD

Results from the Farming Against BVD survey were presented by an independent expert panel at Novartis Animal Health headquarters on 18th September 2014, giving valuable insight into dairy and beef farmers current practices, attitudes and understanding of BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea).   With 301 dairy and beef farmers questioned from every region of England and Wales, representing over 70,000 head of cattle, the findings showed an inconsistent approach to the disease and demonstrated the need for more targeted advice to help farmers tackle this complicated disease.   Here are the presentation slides 
17-09-2014 10:11 AM | Viewed 662 times

NFU 2015 general election manifesto

A Government that understands farm businesses, wants agriculture to grow and has the policies that send the right signals to farmers, are the key messages in the NFU’s farming manifesto launched ahead of the 2015 General Election.
17-09-2014 05:33 AM | Viewed 1332 times

Russian ban won't derail bullish margin outlook

The Russian ban will not derail the bullish outlook for poultry meat prices according to Rabobank’s Poultry Quarterly Q3 report. Strong fundamentals will promote further margin improvements in almost all regions of the world. While competing meat prices (i.e. beef, pork) are increasing, worldwide supply of chicken is relatively tight and provides a strong base for margin improvement, especially as grain prices are expected to see further declines in 2015.
12-09-2014 13:46 PM | Viewed 1080 times

SEPRA Market Report - 12th September 2014

The market is a lot quieter this week, with less demand, it is amazing what a week of summerish weather makes, with that cold weather that we had demand was brisk with consumers reverting back to winter eating habits. It is a few days of sunshine and we are back to summer! There will be NO report next week, going off for a few days in a corner of Scotland with no Wi-Fi no cell phone coverage without driving 5 miles or climbing half way up a mountain, absolute bliss. Yes-No-No-Yes-in two weeks’ time we might have a slight indication of how the vote will affect our Scottish poultry industry, the least would be a change in taxation levels which might or might not benefit us, ----to UK and a lot of other information coming off eggs. But that might be on both sides of the border?   Greece found guilty at last of thumbing their nose at the EU welfare regulations, told that they have been naughty and a few of their sweeties taken away but no one is saying if they now comply with the legislation????? DEFRA have at last stated that there is an increase in egg production in this country, but there is no real surplus, are customers starting to realise that home produced eggs are best and safest. Perhaps the German salmonella problem will help to bring this home to customers and industrial food manufactures, there should be room for more home production as we are still far from self-sufficiency. Industrial food manufacturing is a steadily increasing market for liquid and powdered egg for the ever increasing demand for food products and readymade meals in this time conscious world that we live in. We have cooks and bakers given star/celebrity status on the haunted fishtank for their fabulous creations, which are still basic old fashioned cooking which has been forgotten about, but interest is growing which can be seen by the colossal and increasing number of hits on BEIS’s web pages showing how to cook with eggs, the saying that you can’t teach your granny too suck eggs---- why didn’t she teach her grandchildren to cook? Glenrath Farms---picking up on the changes and trends we note that Glenrath are hoping to open their new egg breaking and processing facilities shortly to cover the demand from manufacturing. The last piece, is best read with a glass in your hand, which is the way we are hoping to watch the sunsets next week, it is a report at the request from Scandinavian countries to increase the best before dates on eggs to cut down on food waste, because of the higher standards achieved by our industry which has reduced the risk of food born infections. But they have to consider the standards in all EU countries and after the German salmonella problems they might have to reconsider, we will have to await Brussels ponderings.
11-09-2014 15:38 PM | Viewed 1190 times

Report - My Poultry Day by Day

This was written at the turn of the 20th century, it contains a wealth of poultry keeping information. Most of it still very relevant today and gives us an insight into the work of the poultry keeper.