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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 19th June 2006

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This week we start in Indonesia, where some of the world's leading influenza experts will gather in Jakarta this week to assess the country's worrisome avian flu situation, as human cases of H5N1 infection have mounted at a disturbing rate over the past year.
     Observers say the expert consultation, taking place at the request of the Indonesian government, is a welcome sign of that country's concern about the threat H5N1 poses both for its citizens and the global community.

A local laboratory has confirmed a 14-year-old boy died of bird flu, a health official said in Jakarta yesterday. According to the WHO, 39 out of 52 contracted people have died in Indonesia, the offical said.

The meagre response by donors to an international Red Cross appeal to help prepare for a feared bird flu pandemic is preventing the organisation from stepping up efforts, it said yesterday.
     The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said that it has won almost no backing in the two months since it called for 17.4mn Swiss francs ($13.4mn).

China on Friday said tests had confirmed that a 31-year-old man was infected with H5N1 avian influenza in the southern city of Shenzhen but said no signs of infection were found in 98 people who had close contact with him.

In this weeks China Broiler Weekly, eFeedLink report that broiler prices in Sichuan province registered sharp gains in the week ending Jun 14, buoyed by higher prices of AA broilers in Jiangsu province in the previous week.
     Although consumption is likely to slow down in June, broiler prices in China are not expected to fall as market supplies are not expected to increase soon.

Hong Kong looked set to ban poultry imports from southern China Thursday after tests revealed that a 31-year-old man was critically ill with bird flu in the neighbouring Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Hong Kong Customs and its Mainland counterpart have stepped up cooperation to deter poultry smuggling at the control points, targeting both passengers and cargo, an official said Saturday.

In India, experts have warned of another outbreak of bird flu in Maharashtra after the monsoon due to the unscientific disposal of chicken culled in the first episode of the dreaded virus outbreak in February.

In Pakistan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock said on Saturday that the government would create a package for the revival of small and medium poultry forms owners. In a statement he said Rs 1 billion have been allocated in 2006-07 budget for the revival of poultry industry.

In Hungary, the outbreak of avian influenza among geese last week was certainly the deadly H5N1 type, according to the farm minister, but he added that the UK lab testing the samples had not confirmed it as yet.
     Hungarian officials said last week they suspected the H5N1 strain because that type had infected wild birds in Hungary and poultry elsewhere in the region, with Romania worst hit.

More than a fifth of Europe's poultry flocks are infected with Salmonella, a new report shows – prompting some member states to consider imposing import restrictions on poultry products from other EU states.
     In some EU countries more than half of the chicken farms are infected with Salmonella, the study by the Parma-based European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found in a preliminary report.

In the Czech Republic, the State Veterinary Administration (SVSÈR) is preparing an anti-salmonella vaccination campaign at poultry farms identified by the EFSA with a high risk of developing the pathogen.
     The EFSA last week declared the country, with 62% of major Czech poultry farms infected, as among the riskiest place in the EU to eat an egg.

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The European Union is making progress on two long-standing trade disputes with the United States that have hit U.S. exports of beef and poultry to the EU, European officials said. An EU official said Brussels was ready to reconsider its ban on imports of U.S. poultry meat treated by low-concentration chlorine washes for sterilisation.

A weakening of meat demand, uncertain price prospects and escalating trade restrictions in 2006 are expected to limit global meat output in 2006, according to the FAO's May assessment of meat market developments in 2006.

In Ireland, animal welfare campaigners are calling on the Minister for Agriculture to ensure the EU issues a directive aimed at improving the welfare of broiler chickens. The European Agriculture Council is meeting in Luxembourg today to decide on minimum rules for the protection of chickens.
     Compassion in World Farming is urging Mary Coughlan to ensure that a strong directive is issued to protect chickens reared in intensive production facilities across the continent.

In the UK, the government is to extend funding for the National Fallen Stock Scheme after the publication of an independent review of the company and its service, according to FWi.
     In line with one of the report's recommendations for improving the service, Defra has agreed to extend funding until November 2008 (it was originally due to end in November 2007).

A review of the national fallen stock scheme and the company that administers it has found huge disparities in the prices charged to farmers, a lack of competition in some areas and reluctance by collectors to invest in their business.

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The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) launched its Report on Welfare labelling on Friday. The report considers the information that can and should be transmitted to the interested consumer and others about the animal welfare provenance of the livestock products they purchase and addresses the benefits, effectiveness and practicalities of welfare labelling, according to Defra.

Thousands of landowners have abandoned the Single Payment Scheme for 2006, following a year of chaos at the Rural Payments Agency and payment delays, according to FWi. The RPA has confirmed that it had received 105,000 SP5 forms by 2 June, 2006, compared with a total of 120,000 in 2005.

In Canada, the government has widened quarantine measures to contain bird flu on Prince Edward Island, where an infected gosling was found on a farm last week.
     A neighboring property was quarantined to prevent a spread of the virus, identified as an H5 subtype of avian influenza, Marc Richard, a spokesman for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said yesterday.

The best way to protect B.C's $400-million poultry industry from being devastated by another bird-flu outbreak is for farmers to move millions of their birds out of the high-density Fraser Valley, an official with the Agriculture Ministry advised his superiors in an e-mail last year.

In the US, turkey eggs in incubators were up 4%, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service in their monthly US turkey hatchery report. The 25.3 million poults placed during May 2006 in the US were up 6% from the number placed during the same month a year ago. Placements were also 6% above April 2006, they say.

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Oklahoma has begun taking samples from poultry farms in eastern Oklahoma as part of its water pollution lawsuit against Arkansas poultry companies, a spokesman for Attorney General Drew Edmondson said Tuesday.
     The sampling, which the companies sought to prevent, began Monday on farms in Oklahoma, spokesman Charlie Price said. A federal magistrate gave the state permission in May to take samples of soil, water, waste and runoff from about a dozen farms, many of which raise chickens for the companies.

Producing corn and soybeans in Illinois in 2005 cost more than in 2004, according to a recent University of Illinois Extension study.
     "Total costs to produce corn for all combined areas of the state were $458 per acre in 2005, an 8 percent increase over the year before," said Dale Lattz, U of I Extension farm financial management specialist, who prepared the study. "Total cost per acre to produce soybeans increased, from $333 per acre in 2004 to $351 per acre in 2005."

Japan lifted a ban on imports of French poultry, including foie gras, following a four-month suspension due to concerns about bird flu. "We have confirmed the purification of the disease in France," the farm ministry said in a statement.
     Japan, however, will continue imposing a ban on imports of poultry from the southwestern region of Landes, where 10 pct of establishments vaccinate birds. Japan does not want to import vaccinated poultry.

One of South Australia's largest egg producers is urging a local egg company linked to a salmonella outbreak to reveal itself. The State Health Department is investigating links between eggs supplied to the Buona Pasta company and 17 cases of salmonella poisoning.

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A biotech breakthrough achieved by Akzo Nobel’s animal health business, Intervet, means that mass application of a dual vaccine against avian influenza and Newcastle Disease could be available in the near future.
     Together with scientists at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI) in Germany, Intervet has developed a prototype for a new generation vaccine offering protection against both infections which can be mass applied by spraying instead of injecting.

As the new $4.5 million parent stock hatchery in Mato Grosso do Sul begins production, Cobb-Vantress Brasil has announced changes to the future distribution of the breed.
     With the growth of Globoaves as a broiler integrator and chicken exporter as well as hatching egg producer, the company will no longer be the sales arm for the Cobb 500 from January 1 2007 but will obtain their Cobb parent stock through a new partnership with Agrogen Desenvolvimento Genetico.

*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week

Vehicle Biosecurity In Poultry Production
By Luc Ledoux, CID LINES nv, Belgium - In this article, we want to share some advices on vehicle hygiene. The first rule is that hygiene consists of two parts : CLEANING and DISINFECTION. Cleaning is the removal of (organic) dirt in which micro-organisms live.
The Relationship of Body Composition, Feed Intake, and Metabolic Hormones for Broiler Breeder Females
By J. M. Sun, M. P. Richards, R. W. Rosebrough, C. M. Ashwell, J. P. McMurtry, and C. N. Coon - Three hundred twenty Cobb 500 broiler breeder pullets at 21 wk of age were selected from a flock fed according to Cobb Breeder Management Guide specifications.
US Poultry Outlook Report - June 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the June 2006: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data.
Preliminary Report on the Analysis of the Baseline Study on the Prevalence of Salmonella in Laying Hen Flocks
The EFSA Journal (2006) 81, 1-71. - An EU-wide Salmonella baseline study was conducted on commercial large-scale laying hen holdings with at least 1,000 laying hens in the flock. The study was carried out in all the Member States, and the sampling of the holdings took place during the period of 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005. Norway participated in the study on a voluntary basis.

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