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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 30th May 2006

Tuesday 30th May 2006
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This week we start in India, where an attempt to uproot the bird flu scare is underway as organic food for poultry feed as an scientific option was discussed last week.
     "Since India stands fourth in egg production along with being number one in milk produce and sixth in meat production, it would be a huge economic loss to let such rumours take a toll on the poultry industry," said Vice Chancellor of Karnataka Veterinary University.

How far wild birds are to blame for spreading bird flu will be the key issue at a two-day conference in Singapore organized by the UN and OIE.
     Almost three years after bird flu first broke out in Southeast Asia, scientists are still searching for a vital piece of the puzzle as they strive to halt the spread of the disease.

The fight to stop the spread of bird flu is leading back to farms, health experts say. Officials looking to contain the avian influenza virus that may spark a human pandemic are downplaying the importance of migrating wild birds as the source of infections among domestic poultry.

The WHO confirmed six new human cases of bird flu in Indonesia earlier this week and said three of the infected people had died. The new cases bring WHO's global human toll from bird flu to 127 dead, with 224 cases in 10 countries.

In Romania, the number of outbreaks among birds of avian flu has reached 88, with a further 23 suspected outbreak locations, as of noon Sunday, the Romanian news agency Rompres said.
     A month after the strain was said to have been eradicated in the Black Sea state, most of the current cases have been reported in the central region of Transylvania.

As alarm over the avian influenza virus H5N1 has begun to dissipate among the public over recent weeks and with demand for chicken rising, the Egyptian poultry industry appears set to make a recovery.
     "Demand for poultry products has definitely risen over recent weeks, as have sales," Mohamed Al Shafei, director of the General Union for Poultry Workers, said recently.

In Malaysia, authorities has said all birds and eggs from Indonesia will be seized and destroyed at entry points to keep avian flu at bay after reports of human deaths in Medan. "There will be no laboratory tests. Any bird and egg found will be immediately destroyed by veterinary officers, even if the birds are pets," said a Veterinary Services Department official.

Zambia's poultry industry envisages continued growth in the next few years, as production costs for poultry products remain low. The Poultry Association of Zambia says its focus would be to call for a further reduction in production costs and ensure that the benefits of this reduction trickle down to every poultry farmer in the country.

The United States has given Nigeria specialised equipment and supplies worth $356 500 to support the fight against avian influenza, the US embassy in Nigeria said in a statement.

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In the US, an innovative test to detect Salmonella in ready-to-eat meats has been developed by ARS scientists. The preliminary test--still being evaluated by agency researchers - relies on PCR technology to detect food-contaminating microbes on a molecular level.
     Microbiologists Erica Spackman and Darrell Kapczynski developed the test in a format that allows the detection of several types of viruses at one time.

The RFID system isn't expected to be fully online until 2009, but already it's clear that in the sprawling US beef and dairy industries many producers will automate data gathering with radio-frequency chips attached to cattle ears. However, pork and poultry producers may not have such worries.
     Pigs are unlikely to need RFID because the nation's 60 million hogs generally remain in large, easily identifiable lots, said a SII Task Force spokesman. Chickens follow a similar pattern - and are too numerous to tally individually, anyway, with 9 billion in the U.S. alone.

A glut of chickens that has built partly because of foreign fears of avian flu is slashing the prices that poultry processors get for some parts of disassembled birds to the lowest levels in three decades, reports Twin Cities. But retail prices aren't falling at the same speed, according to government economists.

Across the US, thousands of consumers are responding to the USDA's public comment period on revisions to the National Organic Program. Many stores are scrambling to sell more products with the organic label as consumer demand for these products increases, according to Common Dreams.

A bird flu vaccine piggybacked onto a widely used vaccine against another bird virus could be a quick and easy way to protect poultry against the H5N1 avian influenza virus, researchers said last week. Two separate teams of researchers came up with a combination that is easy to make, protects chickens well and could be sprayed onto flocks, according to CNN.

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In the UK, Norfolk's poultry industry begun to put the spectre of bird flu behind as the majority of movement restrictions were lifted from the county's farms.
     Restrictions have been removed from 33 of the farms owned by Attleborough-based Banham Poultry, owner of Whitford Lodge Farm in North Tuddenham, near Dereham, the first farm where the H7N3 virus was detected, according to EDP24.

The British chicken industry is not financially sustainable, a report from NFU Cymru says. The NFU warns that the British chicken industry, worth £3bn and the strongest in Europe, will not survive in the current climate.
     Over the past few years, farmers have experienced continuous downward price pressure while input costs like energy and labour have increased. NFU Cymru says a price increase is the only way to secure continued production of British farm-assured Red Tractor chicken for UK consumers.

Media reports last week, from an overseas news agency, that the Ukraine had banned imports of New Zealand meat are incorrect, say the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA).
     "We are not aware of any exports of New Zealand meat to the Ukraine for some years. We believe that the report was actually about non-New Zealand meat that had been fraudulently passed off as being New Zealand product," says Tony Zohrab, NZFSA's Director of Market Access.

Polish Agriculture Minister Andrzej Lepper asked his EU interlocutors in Brussels last week to make joint efforts to persuade Russia into lifting its import ban on Polish meat products introduced last November, the Polish News Agency reported.

Czech authorities have banned outdoor breeding and transport of live poultry to contain spreading bird flu after two swans died of the avian virus. The wild swans were found near the town of Kostice in the southeastern part of the country, Prague Radio reported Thursday.
     Veterinary officials confirmed the two swans died of the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus and authorities immediately introduced safety measures to isolate the region. This was the first case of the bird flu virus in the eastern Czech Republic. In March, bird flu cases were registered in five different regions of southern Bohemia.

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China reported two new outbreaks of avian flu among migratory birds, bringing to four the number of such cases recorded in the northwest over the past month. A total of 399 bar-headed geese and ruddy shelducks had died from the virus in outbreaks in Tibet's Naqu district and the Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in neighboring Qinghai province, the agriculture ministry said.

The World Bank is considering providing US$20 million initially to Bangladesh to prevent outbreak of bird flu, official news agency BSS reported Wednesday. The Bangladeshi government has already made a three-year plan titled "National Avian Influenza and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan Bangladesh 2006-08" to create awareness among people and to prevent the possible epidemic of bird flu in the country.

Iran's health minister on Tuesday denied that tests on two dead pneumonia patients had shown they had the H5N1 bird flu virus and insisted the results were negative. Health Minister Kamran Lankarani told Reuters on the sidelines of the annual WHO meeting in Geneva "Fortunately, these two cases were negative for avian flu. There is no confirmed case til now."

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As a precautionary measure to combat avian flu, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization asked DuPont to provide initial supplies of its DuPont(TM) Virkon(R) S veterinary disinfectant to meet the short-term needs in 69 nations, where it is needed most to help governments and farmers prevent avian flu from spreading.

Martijn Gruyters has joined Cobb Europe as technical manager in the team responsible for the Dutch and Belgian markets. He will cover the area 'north of the rivers' with regional technical services manager Paul Welten covering the southern Netherlands and Belgium.
     Mr Gruyters, who is 29, has been working for specialist animal feed manufacturer Provimi for the past seven years involved with both sales and technical support in a number of European and Middle East countries.

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*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week

Brooding Temperatures for Small Poultry Flocks
By the Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives - This report looks at the ideal brooding temperatures for hatched chicks.
Do hairline-cracked eggs influence hatchability and chick performance?
By Pas-Reform - In general, good quality eggs are selected and placed for incubation. This means that only clean eggs with shell intact should be placed on the setter trays.
Animal Industry Report 2006
By the Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University - This article is Iowa State University's annual report of the research activities that relate to the animal agriculture industries. This report combines research reports from faculty associated with various departments on campus, including Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Animal Science, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Economics, Veterinary Diagnostics, and Production Animal Medicine.


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