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This week we start in China, where a new bird flu outbreak has been identified in the northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
The outbreak occurred on July 14 in a community in Xinjiang's Aksu city, and the H5N1 virus was found in the samples of the dead poultry by the national bird flu laboratory, said the ministry.
In India, the Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has begun mass production of the indigenous bird flu vaccine to build up a stockpile.
This was developed by scientists of the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory of the ICAR in a record four months.
Bird flu reported in Bulgaria last week is most probably not from the highly virulent H5 or H7 strain, potentially dangerous for humans, veterinarian officials said on Sunday.
Preliminary tests of samples from the affected area showed the presence Newcastle disease also which may have contributed for the mass deaths of around 200 birds.
In Thailand, there is a high possibility that bird flu will re-emerge in poultry flocks in areas where birds have been left weakened by the effects of heavy rainfall.
"It is highly possible the disease will make a comeback because weak fowls can be easily infected by the H5N1 virus" said a Livestock Development Department spokeman.
Three more people with suspected bird-flu have been reported in Phichit, one of the provinces listed by the Thai government as an avian-flu "red zone", local media reported today.
All three had reportedly been in contact with dead chickens and were being treated in an isolation ward.
In Indonesia, a WHO reference laboratory confirmed today that a 44-year-old man who died on Jul 12 near Jakarta had H5N1 avian influenza. The WHO announcement brings Indonesia’s official avian flu toll to 54 cases with 42 deaths. The country is now tied with Vietnam for the most deaths.
In South Africa, avian influenza detected in poultry north west of Mossel Bay is under control, the Department of Agriculture said last week.
"The virus has been classified as type H5N2 which is not known to infect humans, unlike the H5N1 virus that has caused disease in humans in Asia, Europe and North Africa", said a spokesperson.
A bird flu pandemic could inflict hundreds of billions of dollars in economic losses within a year, an assistant director-general of the WHO said last week.
Margaret Chan said the virus was mutating to spread to humans and could cause global economic losses of $800 billion in the first year of the pandemic alone, according to data of the World Bank.
In the UK, the annual Bakewell Agricultural Show on August 2 & 3 is flying in the face of adversity and enjoying record entries to poultry classes, which have been cancelled by most other country shows.
The Royal, Great Yorkshire and Royal Highland shows have all pulled out these sections in the wake of the avian flu scare but Bakewell is going ahead and has attracted around 50% more entries than last year.
Britain should opt to vaccinate poultry rather than slaughter flocks in order to tackle the threat of the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu, according to a report issued on Wednesday by an organic research centre.
L.I.R. - Going from strength to strength
The growth of free range is set to continue into the next decade but it will be the only sector of the egg industry to flourish.
Because as cage eggs slowly decline the development of organic will be stopped in its tracks and barn may disappear altogether. That is the prediction of three of the egg industry’s leading figures in a major overview of future development.
Farmers do not need to be defensive about the taxpayers’ money they receive for delivering public goods. But they do need to improve their communications, to explain the benefits, according to junior Defra minister Lord Rooker.
New research into controlling red mites - that can lead to anaemia, decreased egg production and inferior shell quality - suggests altering lighting patterns in poultry housing may have a sizeable impact on populations, reprots FWi.
In the US, with Avian flu and other animal diseases a concern, Vermont is taking pre-emptive action to contain a possible outbreak through the registration of all farms and other locations that keep livestock on the premises.
A prototype manure-analyzing device that works off a car or truck battery has been built by an ARS scientist. Chemist James B. Reeves designed the portable, easy-to-use analyzer so farmers can quickly tell how much nitrogen and water are in a sample of manure.
VIROCID - The Global Disinfectant
Brazil's largest pork and poultry processor Sadia offered on Monday to pay 3.7 billion reais (US$1.7 billion) for a majority stake in its largest domestic rival Perdigao in a deal that would give it a commanding advantage at home and added scale abroad.
Sadia's bid, which will make it the commanding leader in the domestic meats market and will have to be approved by the local antitrust regulators, may be a defensive move against a potential takeover bid for Perdigao, Brazil's No. 2 meat processor, by a large foreign interest like Tyson.
In Hong Kong, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is reminding operators and the public that the next poultry rest day is July 25. Operators of market stalls and fresh provision shops must suspend business on the rest day to conduct thorough cleaning and disinfection.
In this weeks China Broiler Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices of China breed broilers registered gains in the provinces of Guangdong, Sichuan, Jiangsu and Guangxi Zhuang Region in the week ending Jul 18.
Meanwhile, prices of AA broiler are showing some signs of weakness in Henan and Shandong provinces but had remained steady in most of the other regions.
In New Zealand, a ban on the sale of fresh chicken meat is not the answer to preventing outbreaks of campylobacteriosis says food microbiologist Associate Professor John Brooks, in a presss release from Massey university.
Cobb - Primary Broiler Breeders
Broiler meat producer Grupo Abrego in Queretaro, Mexico, has awarded the next phase of its major expansion programme to leading Dutch hatchery technology company Pas Reform.
The company is to double its capacity to approximately one million eggs set per week, using a combination of SmartSet™ setters and SmartHatch™ hatchers.
During a landmark celebration of its fiftieth anniversary last month, leading Dutch broiler breeding company Hybro BV unveiled a new franchise development programme, that will change the shape of Hybro worldwide in the years to come.
Randy Vardeman has been appointed Cobb general manager for Asia where he has been working as director of technical services for the past year.
Mr Vardeman joined Cobb in 2001. He served as managing director for Sui Ping, Cobb's initial entry into China. Following two years in China, he continued to work in Asia further expanding his responsibilities.
Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, has signed a contract which will see Kego A.E become the exclusive distributor for Ross 308 parent stock in Greece. Based in Nea Artaki, Kego A.E will supply the Greek market with immediate effect. The company, a major agri-business in the region, has strong credentials not only in poultry production but also pig and fish production.
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Designing A Breeder House: The 30 x 15 Rule
By Ron Meijerhof, Senior Technical Specialist, Hybro B.V., Boxmeer, The Netherlands - Supplying energy to a developing embryo is a critical process in incubation. To fully understand its impact, we need to look closely at sources of energy and how they are used.
US Poultry Outlook Report - July 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the July 2006: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data.
What Are The Effects Of Setting Eggs With Small Ends Up On Hatchability And Chick Performance
By Dr. Marleen Boerjan, Embryologist, Pas Reform - Eggs are incubated in setter trays for most of the incubation period. Three days before hatch, the eggs are transferred to hatcher baskets. In the setter trays the eggs are placed vertically with the air cell (large end) up, while the eggs lie horizontally during hatching.
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