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Poultry Breeding & Genetics

Bad timing for avian flu woes in France, Germany, Italy

While the number of outbreaks of three different variants of highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in France reaches 10, a low-pathogenic virus has been confirmed in Germany, Italy, France
News of the latest outbreaks of avian influenza in Europe comes at the worst time ahead of the holiday season when demand for special poultry products reaches a peak.
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Japan looks to Malaysia to achieve farm export goals

Following the successful conclusion of a free trade agreement among Pacific Rim countries, Japan aims to open up the Malaysian market to its chicken
Japan’s agriculture ministry is preparing to start negotiations with the 11 other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) aimed at boosting its farm exports, reports Nikkei Asian Review.
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How egg producers get the most out of chick suppliers

High-quality chicks are essential for a profitable egg business, but egg producers can also call on their chick supplier’s expertise and support to maximize layer flock returns.
Day-old chick hatcheries that partner with egg producers provide technical and management support expertise to keep egg businesses profitable and chicks healthy.
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Hormel Foods eager to revitalize Jennie-O Turkey Store

Company ready to return to normalized volumes, profitability during second half of 2016, provided avian influenza stays away
The second half of fiscal year 2015 hasn’t been easy for Hormel Foods subsidiary Jennie-O Turkey Store, but Hormel executives are hopeful the business segment can be revitalized during the second half of 2016.
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Avian flu reported in backyard poultry flock in France

Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been identified as the cause of sudden mortality in a backyard poultry flock in southwest France
An outbreak of avian influenza (AI) was confirmed on November 24 in a backyard flock in Dordogne in south-west France, according to the country’s agriculture ministry.
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Moy Park invests in hatchery, poultry processing plant

Company’s planned improvements at Ashbourne, UK, facilities will create 100 new jobs
Moy Park has announced a major GBP10 million investment for the Ashbourne, U.K., area covering both its Ashbourne hatchery and processing facility with the creation of 100 new jobs.
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OIE: US can declare itself free of H5N2 avian influenza

No new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been confirmed in more than 5 months
The highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak that first struck the United States in December 2014 and continued to affect U.S. poultry flocks through June is considered to be resolved, according to the the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
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Presidential turkeys head to Washington, DC

President Barack Obama to pardon the turkeys in White House ceremony
The National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate took off on a United Airlines flight designated “Turkey One” on November 23, flying from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Washington, D.C.
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