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This week we start in China, where the southern province of Guangdong will resume live poultry exports to neighbouring Hong Kong on Sunday, ending a three-week moratorium after health experts confirmed that a man in Guangdong had died of bird flu.
     A daily maximum of 20,000 chickens would be allowed in, or 10,000 less than the limit before the three-week ban. Hong Kong and Guangdong also agreed in principle to resume exports from China of day-old chicks, but had yet to fix a date.

The Chinese government has given the go-ahead to a Shanghai-based pharmaceutical firm to begin clinical trials of Tamiflu, the anti-viral drug that is believed to be the best defense against bird flu in humans.
     The drug will be manufactured by Shanghai Sunve Pharmaceutical Co Ltd. under a licensing arrangement with Swiss drug producer Roche. The study will try to find out if the Tamiflu produced by the Shanghai firm is as effective as that produced by Roche.

In this weeks Broiler Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that broiler prices in southern China recovered from the previous week's low. Prices remained sluggish in the other regions. Broiler demand had also picked up in Guangdong and Guangxi in the run up to the Qingming Festival.

Vietnamese people’s habits of slaughtering poultry at home or at the market may hinder the development of the large-scale slaughtering centres, experts say. Investors still hesitate to invest in large-scale poultry slaughterhouses despite encouragement from the Government. Vietnamese people, it seems, still prefer buying live chickens and slaughtering them at home.
     The biggest challenge to large-scale slaughterhouses is the small-scale breeding that goes on across the country. 70% of the eight million rural households in Vietnam breed poultry, and 65% of these operations are small-scale.

The export of Thai chicken and products will benefit from the opening of a free trade area between Thailand and China although the latter is becoming a remarkable rival, according to the Kasikorn Research Center.
     The leading think tank said the export of Thai chicken and products to the Chinese market would benefit from the FTA pact in terms of import tariff cuts in processed chicken from 17% to 15% when it is put into effect and to zero in 2010.

In Burma, state media have ended a news blackout by saying more than 10,000 chickens and quail have died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in the central regions, and authorities have culled nearly 41,000 more to prevent the disease from spreading.
     A ban on the sale of poultry and eggs in and around the affected Mandalay and Sagaing areas has been imposed since today, the reports claimed. Restricted areas have been imposed within a 7km radius of the affected farms and authorities are checking all other farms in the areas as well.

In India, more reports of avian flu outbreaks have led government officials in New Delhi to order the cull of 75,000 birds in four villages. The first reports of bird flu came about a month ago from Navapur in Nandoorbag. The viral disease has been detected in four villages in the Jalgaon district in Maharashtra, zeenews.com reported Wednesday.

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Indian Minister for Animal Husbandry Dr V S Acharya promised to release the poultry industry subsidies at a technical seminar last week. Dr Acharya said, “The subsidy for poultry industry, introduced in the year 1995-96 has been withheld for the past three to four years.”

Israel today confirmed its first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. In a statement, the Agriculture Ministry said the flu had been found in birds at two communal farms in southern Israel and at a farming community in central Israel. Fearing the worst, Israel had gone ahead Saturday with the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of chickens and turkeys.
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In Serbia, the first suspected case of bird flu has been reported, much to the concern of the health officials. Domestic poultry across the Bosnian border has been suspected of carrying the deadly H5N1 virus. One rooster and one swan near Bajina Basta, in the eastern Serbian region have been found to show symptoms of bird flu. Samples from the suspected animals have been sent to testing laboratory in Britain to confirm the suspicion, said Dejan Krnjaic, Head, Serbia’s veterinary directorate.

Denmark has found its first case of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in a wild buzzard but tests were still being conducted to find out if it was the deadly H5N1 strain, officials said on Wednesday. News of the discovery of bird flu in Denmark came on the same day as Nordic neighbor Sweden said that tests had confirmed that two wild ducks found on its east coast carried the H5N1 strain of the disease.

Japan suspended poultry imports from the Netherlands on Thursday after the Dutch government informed Tokyo of its plans to vaccinate chickens to prevent the spread of the disease in the country. Japan prohibits the use of bird flu vaccines and imports of meat from vaccinated poultry.
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In the Scottish isle of Orkney, bird flu was not responsible for the deaths of about 100 chickens, tests have confirmed. Samples of the Orkney birds were sent to the Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Weybridge. Restrictions at the farm in Sandwick will remain in place until the results are confirmed next week but preliminary tests on the birds show no signs of H5 avian influenza, according to ITV News.

In the UK, leading lights in the egg industry have been rewarded for their contribution to the continuing success of the egg market at the second British Egg Awards. The British Egg Awards were set up by the British Egg industry Council (BEIC) in recognition of the resurgent egg market and to reward those who had made a significant effort to contribute to that.

Ottawa moved closer yesterday to a trade war with Washington over U.S. farm subsidies that could see long-term tariffs on grain corn imports - a measure opponents warn could drive up the cost of everything from tortilla chips to livestock feed. Critics caution it could prompt a backlash from the U.S. government and lead to retaliatory tariffs on Canadian products.

In Arizona, a bill that would have restricted new regulation of the state's agriculture industry died after a preliminary vote Tuesday in the Senate. The measure, which would have amended the state Constitution if approved by voters, was originally aimed at pre-empting a possible citizens initiative to ban some industrial farming practices.

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Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said Friday it will open a 300 million Brazilian real (US$141.50 million) credit line to help curb falling chicken and corn prices due to international bird flu pressures.
     Chicken-consumption declines in Brazil's main export markets have led to a glut of chicken in the local market. Retail prices for chicken have fallen. As a result, corn prices also have dropped because more than 60 percent of chicken feed is made up of cornmeal.

In Australia, ABARE predicts poultry meat consumption will increase moderately, to 39kg per person by 2010-11 – 2.6% higher than in 2005-06. This firm demand, combined with forecast lower feed costs, is projected to result in an 11% increase in poultry meat production over the projection period, from 792,000 tonnes in 2004-05, to 880,000 tonnes in 2010-11. Retail poultry prices are forecast to fall 6% in real terms, from 382¢/kg in 2005-06, to 360¢/kg in 2010-11.

Company news

As news emerges that hatchery technology company Pas Reform is opening a new subsidiary in Russia, Ukranian poultry meat producer Agro Oven has confirmed that the Dutch company's Smart hatchery technology has been selected for the modernisation of its hatchery operations in the Dnepropetrovsk region next year.

New growth profiles for the Cobb 500 broiler will be introduced by Cobb Europe (stand no 22) at the British Pig and Poultry Fair, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, on May 9 and 10, and at VIV Europe 2006 (stand no 09.B040) at Utrecht on May 16 – 18. The profiles illustrate how to take full advantage of the potential of the Cobb 500

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*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week

Biosecurity - an essential tool for modern poultry production
By Chris Morrow, Company Veterinarian, Aviagen - Biosecurity is defined as, "the prevention (or control) of pathogenic microorganisms from contacting animal populations." It is essentially keeping the bird separate from the bug.

Coccidiosis and the Poultry Industry
By H. David Chapman, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas's Avian Advice - Coccidiosis is a parasite infection of chickens that in the past caused catastrophic losses to the developing poultry industry in the United States. Today, thanks to the discovery of many effective drugs, the disease is well controlled. Indeed, it is doubtful if the industry could have reached its present size without effective means to control coccidiosis.

Agricultural Commodity Markets Outlook
By the European Commission - This report analyses the evolution of world agricultural commodity markets over the course of the last 25 years and anticipates the potential changes that will likely take placeover the coming decade. It is primarily based on the medium term outlook of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the economic forecasts of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI).

US Poultry Outlook Report - March 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the March 2006: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data.

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That's all for this week!

Ed.


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