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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 3rd July 2006

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This week we start in New Zealand, where statistics from the 2006 March quarter show that the country's poultry meat and eggs are increasingly popular overseas.
     The figures show that poultry meat exports are up 13% and that poultry egg exports are up 35% from the last quarter. Total poultry exports for the March quarter total just over AUS$5,000,000.

A new report warns of major potential costs if allowing fresh chicken imports compromises New Zealand's freedom from avian diseases.
     Imports of raw chicken meat are banned under the Biosecurity Act but the Poultry Industry Association says there is constant pressure for access from countries like Brazil, the US and Thailand.

Australia’s Unitek poultry enterprise has begun operations this week on a modern poultry processing factory in the Southern Vietnam, local Tuoi Tre newspaper reported on Saturday.
     Unitek, founded by a group of Australian-Vietnamese businessmen in 1987 has targeted Vietnam’s food processing industry based on the high demand for poultry-based foodstuffs in the country.

Singapore’s ban on poultry from Perak and Selangor was lifted yesterday, ending three months of losses for farmers in the two states. Until the ban, duck farmers in Perak had supplied 90% of ducks consumed on the island.
     Malaysian industry sources estimated that Perak farmers incurred losses close to RM3 million (approx $375,000) a month since the ban in March, which followed the bird flu outbreak.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu has appeared in remote Taraba state in eastern Nigeria, but in most other parts of Africa's most populous country the spread of the virus is slow, officials said on Friday.
     The first African country to be hit by bird flu, Nigeria has not reported any human cases of the disease although experts warn surveillance may not be completely effective and cases may have gone undetected.

In Bangladesh, the government has taken up an emergency program to prevent spreading of avian influenza, private news agency UNB reported Monday.
In China, a new outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu has been discovered among poultry, according to DNC.
     The news surfaced on Saturday, as experts were re-examining whether a Chinese man may have died of the disease in 2003 - two years before any human cases were reported in the country. China has reported more than 30 bird flu outbreaks in poultry since October.

In this weeks Broiler Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices of China breed broilers were largely lower in the week ending Jun 28. As for AA broiler, prices have continued the previous week's gains mainly on reduced supplies.

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Bird flu tends to kill younger people, mirroring the pattern of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, and the risk of the virus causing a worldwide outbreak in humans remains high, a World Health Organization study said. The median age of confirmed cases of the H5N1 avian flu strain was 20 years.

The severity of a global economic slowdown caused by a bird flu pandemic, estimated to slash 1% to 12% off world output, largely depends on how people and governments react, economists said on Wednesday.
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Europe will shortly unveil a task force for coordinating the continent's fight against bird flu, a leading European virologist said at a conference on H5N1 avian influenza.

In the UK, producers are missing out on the chance offered by organic production and need more government support, say researchers at Reading University.
     "The UK has the third largest retail market for organic produce in the world," said Philip Jones of the Centre for Agricultural Strategy. "Yet less than half of the produce we buy is home grown".

Lloyd Maunder is once again looking to recruit poultry producers in the south west after seeing strong growth in its West Country chicken brands.
     The family-owned firm has diversified its business away from standard broilers so that now 60% of its output is free-range, organic or RSPCA Freedom Food chicken.

In a devastating report, Sir Stuart Hampson lays bare the crisis facing agriculture in Britain. James Hall reports on the drastic solutions he believes are needed to prevent the sector from collapsing.
     The Royal Show at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, is an annual celebration of farming in Britain. However, the hearty crowds visiting the numerous marquees, food stalls and show rings are unlikely to be aware of a more serious event taking place at the same time.

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Radical restructuring of the five levy boards will take place by April 2008 and provide better value and greater accountability for farmers and growers who pay the statutory levy, Defra announced last week.

In Russia, Mosselprom, the Moscow region's biggest poultry producer, has begun a $96 million expansion into pig breeding and plans an initial listing of its shares abroad in 2008 or 2009, a senior company executive said Wednesday.
     "We will almost double the amount of poultry we produce next year and, at the same time, we are taking a new direction - pig breeding," Kamashev said in an interview.

Russian integrated meat processing and farming group, Cherkizovo, is expanding aggressively with plans to buy two poultry plants and build five pig complexes in Russia.
     Cherkizovo plans to build two poultry plants with similar capacity to its two existing plants. It would also boost production at each existing plant to 45,000 tonnes a year. Cherkizovo has about 2.4 percent market share in Russia.

Russia banned the import of poultry and related products from Hungary, in an effort to prevent the spread of avian flu, the agricultural ministry announced last week. The measures are seen as a huge blow for the industry, which is already facing declining sales.

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US soybean grower-leaders recently met with Paraguayan farmers to discuss how they could work together to increase market potential and improve soybean farmer profitability.

The Solae Company has invented a new generation of technology and ingredients that will allow meat companies to produce a nutritious product with virtually the same taste and texture of traditional beef or chicken, according to a press release.
     Executives unveiled the patent-pending technology SoleCinaTM, with its versatile new generation of concepts, applications and ingredients, at a gathering of 18,000 food scientists and technologists this morning in Orlando.

The ARS Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory (ADOL) at East Lansing, Michigan, has fought since the 1930s to stay at least one step ahead of emerging chicken diseases.
     The lab is also the guardian of a unique chicken gene pool, maintained since the 1930s in live chickens that are carefully quarantined and protected.

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CID LINES VIROCID®, manufactured by CID LINES, was already recommended as the number one disinfectant by the Belgian and Canadian poultry authorities in the battle against Avian Influenza.
     Now, the Romanian authorities have chosen VIROCID® also. In the affected area, vehicles entering or leaving the perimeter are being disinfected with VIROCID®.

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*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week

Poultry House Hygiene: Products and Procedures
By Luc Ledoux, General Sales Manager, CID LINES nv, Belgium - The starting point of "field biosecurity" is the reception of a healthy flock from the hatchery. This also implies healthy breeders and a good biosecurity program both at the hatchery and during the transport of the chicks to the house. But, as todays genetics became so performant, they became less and less resistant and therefore require optimum biosecurity conditions.
Raising Turkeys
By Gerry Bolla, Livestock Officer (Poultry) and based upon an earlier edition written by Ian Embury, Former NSW Agriculture Livestock Officer (Poultry) - The keeping of turkeys on a small scale is usually restricted to a few birds that are kept out of interest or for the table.
Odor - An Emerging Concern for Producers
By G. Tom Tabler, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas's Avian Advice - Agricultural odors are an unavoidable part of livestock production and are emitted from every poultry operation. These odors along with the growth of the poultry industry have sparked debate, concern and action in many U.S. communities.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - June 2006
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.

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