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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 17th July 2006

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This week we start in India, where four months after the outbreak of bird flu in the country, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has developed an indigenous vaccine against the deadly disease.
     The Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory produced the vaccine under the guidance of ICAR in a record four months time, it said.

In Russia, the country's health minister expects to have ready as many as 60 million doses of a vaccine against avian influenza in September, he said yesterday at the Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg.

The Nigerian government has been advised to make strict laws to curtail the importation of birds with avian flu into the country. They told reporters that the government should punish anybody or organization that imported such birds into the country.

A 44-year-old Indonesian who died four days ago has tested positive for bird flu, a senior Health Ministry official said on Sunday, citing a local test.
     If the diagnosis is confirmed by a laboratory sanctioned by the WHO, the East Jakarta man would be the 42nd bird flu death in Indonesia.

Thailand has said its chicken exports were expected to rise by almost 30 percent this year as concerns ease among key export markets over the deadly bird flu virus in the kingdom.
     The agriculture ministry said exports of cooked chicken were targeted at 350,000 tonnes this year, a jump from 276,000 tonnes shipped in 2005, due mainly to increased orders from Japan and the European Union.

Genetic studies show that the H5N1 avian influenza virus mutated multiple times as it spread through an Indonesia family in May, but the significance of the changes is uncertain, according to Nature.

In the US, the poultry industry says the demand for chicken has remained strong despite a lagging export market in countries where bird flu has been reported, according to the Washington Times.
     "No one that we've spoken to has reported any impact from avian influenza," said a spokesman for the National Chicken Council.

Michigan health officials said on Wednesday they were working to track frozen Chinese poultry smuggled into the United States and found in a Detroit-area warehouse in a series of raids over the past month.
     Officials said there was no sign the frozen chicken, duck and pigeon carcasses - some packed with entrails intact - had been contaminated with the deadly avian influenza virus.

Throw open the shutters and let the light shine in, said a representative of the poultry companies facing a lawsuit from Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson over pollution in the Illinois River watershed.

Tyson Foods, Inc. will implement approximately $200 million in cost reductions as part of a strategy to return to profitability. The reductions significantly exceed the $110 million goal set by new CEO Richard L. Bond, and include the elimination of some positions.

The egg may have come first for Omega-3 enriched poultry products, but now the chicken isn’t far behind. University of Guelph Animal and Poultry Science Prof. Steven Leeson has already enriched eggs with Omega-3 fatty acids, and is now leading an effort to do the same with poultry meat.

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In the UK, Tenders to supply a further 10 million doses of avian influenza vaccine for potential use in poultry and other captive birds have been welcomed by Defra.
     Ministers were keen to stress that this measure, delivered in a written ministerial statement to the House, does not change the Department's policy.

Government has agreed that the National Fallen Stock Company can implement the first stage of its planned decrease in the level of subsidy paid to farmers for the collection and disposal of fallen stock under the National Fallen Stock Scheme, Defra reports.

Confirmation that consumers are showing an increasing interest not only in food quality and where it comes from, but also in standards of production comes in a report last week entitled "Ethical Consumerism in the UK".

British biotech firm PowderMed Ltd has filed for permission to start the first human clinical tests of a needle-free vaccine against the avian flu virus, it said last Monday.
     The experimental vaccine will target the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which has spread rapidly through poultry flocks and has killed 131 people around the world since 2003.

Talks between NFU President Peter Kendall and EU Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel have been described as ‘friendly and constructive’ when the pair met in Brussels.
     Farmers will only be prepared to share costs and responsibilities for the prevention and control of so-called exotic animal diseases on the basis of a genuine partnership with Government, the NFU said.

Spain's first case of H5N1 bird flu came as a surprise to European Commission experts who want to learn more about its origin, EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said on Tuesday.
     Last week, Spain's agriculture ministry announced the presence of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in a dead great crested grebe in a northern province of the country.

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Romania culled almost 1 million fowl in May, stemming outbreaks of lethal bird flu that caused demand for poultry meat to slump by as much as 80%, the USDA said.
     The H5N1 avian influenza virus was actively circulating in four of Romania's counties on June 30, compared with 18 counties in May.

Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization stalled over its barriers to U.S. meat exports, officials from both countries said, hours after a statement from President George W. Bush that a deal was "almost reached."

In Australia, organic food producers should look to exports to boost their sales, advises a new government report. It claims that there is “a large amount of latent unsatisfied demand” for organic foods.
     In the United States, the market that caters to nearly 145 million consumers each year is growing by 20% annually, while 75% of the UK's 60 million people also buy organic produce each year, driving demand by 11%.

New Zealand's poultry processors were attacked by scientists this weekend for failing to reduce levels of the food poisoning bacteria Campylobacter, which affects more people in the small country than any other nation.
     Scientists at the University of Otago said in a statement that the country should ban fresh chicken to help cut down on the number of people hospitalized with Camplyobacter.

Zimbabwe has amassed resources to fight poultry diseases ravaging some countries in Africa, the Department of Veterinary Services said last week. Earlier this year, the department was concerned with the lack of resources for vaccination and conducting awareness campaigns against Newcastle disease and avian influenza.

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While bird flu has been successfully checked in Western Europe and much of Southeast Asia apart from Indonesia, it is still expanding in Africa and will remain a threat for years to come, with the number of countries affected doubling to 60 in just the two months from February to April, UN officials said.

Company news

Jim Hunnable formally received the "European Poultry Breeder of the Year" award in May 2006. This award was presented to Jim by Richard de Boer of VIV Europe. Since mid 2003 Jim Hunnable has been appointed by Hubbard to support them to further develop their business interests worldwide.

Hubbard is pleased to announce that at the beginning of April they appointed Jeff Sharp to provide additional support towards the company's goal of increasing business development in the Asian region. Initially Japan and Korea will be one of the key focus areas for Jeff, but this will be extended to other international markets in the near future.

As we welcome the Summer and prepare for the holidays, there’s time to reflect on the year so far – and what the rest of the year may bring, says Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies. One of the major highlights of the year for us so far has been VIV Europe 2006. And while many suggest that fairs and expositions are in decline, this was plainly not the case in Utrecht.

Leading Ecuadorian poultry group Incubadora Anhalzer has contracted Pas Reform to supply a comprehensive Smart incubation system for its latest expansion programme, which will bring the hatchery's production capacity up to 400,000 day old broilers per week.

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*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week

Cleaning Of Drinker Lines And Treatment Of Drinking Water: Todays Options
By Luc Ledoux, CID Lines n.v. - The importance of good drinking water is often underestimated. Under normal climatic conditions, chickens drink about twice as much as they eat. (In hot climates the ratio is 3 - 4.)
Influence of Relative Humidity on Transmission of Campylobacter jejuni in Broiler Chickens
By J. E. Line, USDA's ARS and published by Poultry Science - Horizontal transmission of Campylobacter jejuni among broiler chickens has been documented; however, the influence of RH on transmission rates is an important factor that has not been extensively studied.
On-Farm Egg-Holding Temperatures for Commercial Broiler Breeders
By Savannah Henderson, Doug E. Yoho and R. Keith Bramwell, Department of Poultry Science, University of Arkansas's Avian Advice - Although there have been great improvements in the breeder house, egg transportation and the hatchery, on-farm hatching egg storage has been largely ignored. The lack of improvement might be traced to a lack of information about the optimum environment to maintain viability of hatching eggs stored at the farm level.

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Fluxx Breeder from Big Dutchman

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