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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 31st July 2006

Monday 31st July 2006
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This week we start in Thailand, where the H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in the northeast region bordering Laos, prompting culling of 310,000 hens, the Agriculture Ministry said yesterday.
     "The lab results confirmed last night chickens from a village in Nakohn Panom Province have died of bird flu," an official said.

Thai health officials Thursday said that test results were not yet conclusive regarding a possible role that dengue fever might have also played in the death of a teenage boy who was confirmed to have succumbed to the H5N1 avian influenza virus.

Thailand's Agriculture Minister ordered a transfer of Pichit Province's chief livestock officer yesterday, criticizing him of failing to report situation of bird flu disease to the ministry.

Laos has confirmed an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu among chickens at a farm near the capital Vientiane, a foreign ministry spokesman said Friday.
     Some 2,580 chickens were found dead last week at the poultry farm in Xaythany district, 15 miles south of Vientiane.

In Vietnam, the Khanh Viet ostrich farm in Hoa Vang district in Da Nang has established a fully automated production and management system, even including camera's monitoring each ostrich's growth, according to the Vietnamese News Agency.

South Africa has culled 8,000 ostriches to contain an outbreak of a less virulent strain of avian flu in West Cape province, the Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday.
     While the department reiterated that the H5N2 outbreak was under control it said it suspected that ostriches in other areas may have been exposed to the virus. But it stressed that the disease had not been detected elsewhere.

India hosted a review meeting last week of Asian countries, including China, on the global health and security risk of avian flu that has resulted in substantial poultry losses and human deaths.
     ‘Health and animal husbandry ministers of nine Asian countries were invited to the meet on July 27-28 to study how to integrate the efforts in combating avian flu that is unprecedented in its geographical scope, spread and consequences,’ said a WHO spokesperson.

In China, 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.

Hong Kong has revised the ban on the Chinese mainland live poultry supply from 21 days to 14 days once a human bird flu case is confirmed, Hong Kong Health, Welfare and Food Bureau said yesterday.

South Korea’s imports of beef and chicken gained in the first half of the year while its pork imports declined, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said Tuesday.
     Chicken imports from January through June shot up 47.3 percent year-on-year to 31,245 tons, with 24,845 tons coming from the United States. Brazil, Denmark and Australian chicken meat were also imported.

In the US, poultry companies are taking their case against Attorney General Drew Edmondson outside the courtroom and bringing it to the general public.
     13 poultry companies plan to advertise in newspapers to challenge what they claim are inaccurate assertions by Edmondson in a federal lawsuit he filed last year.

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A study of duck hunters in Iowa is believed to be the first to show people can catch bird flu - a non-threatening kind - from wild birds. Previous cases of people being infected with any form of bird flu have involved domestic poultry, like chickens.
     It is the H11N9 variant, a form seen in ducks and other waterfowl that has not been associated with human illness.

By looking at the distinctive ways in which colonies of bacteria scatter laser light, US researchers have built a fast, cheap way of detecting the presence of potentially deadly microbes.
     Inspectors in food processing plants currently culture samples in a Petri dish for 24 to 48 hours, before running biochemical analyses of any bacterial colonies that grow to see if they include dangerous species.

Challenging weather and concerns about corn prices and farm income will be discussed by a panel of Purdue University and state agriculture experts who will talk about the harvest forecast on Aug. 11 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

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The collapse of the WTO talks last week was not down to Europe's position but to the United States' refusal to compromise, says the UK's NFU.
     The NFU agrees with the thoughts of many commentators, saying the USA’s refusal to curb its own trade-distorting domestic support payments and its aggressive approach to market access has put an end to this round of talks.

Just like people, farm animals need phosphorus to stay healthy. Now, a new barley for feeding to cows, pigs, chickens - and perhaps even farm-raised trout - not only provides this essential nutrient, but does so in a way that helps the environment and barley growers, too.
     Named "Herald," it is the first commercial-quality barley that provides a greater proportion of its phosphorus in a bioavailable form—that is, more readily absorbed and used.

Drugs firm GlaxoSmithKline believes it has developed a vaccine for the H5N1 deadly strain of bird flu that may be capable of being mass produced by 2007.
    The vaccine has proved effective at two doses of 3.8 micrograms during clinical trials in Belgium, BBC business editor Robert Peston has learned.

Egg producers in Latvia are appealing against fines imposed on them for allegedly operating a cartel agreement concerning egg prices, according to Baltic Business News.

A new action group has been formed to address the huge concerns of the farming industry over unnecessary red tape. The Regulation Action Group comprises industry specialists brought together by NFU Scotland as part of its campaign against the increasing burden and cost of regulation.

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In New Zealand, scientists say funding problems, covert bullying and a lack of co-operation from the poultry industry are hampering research into health risks associated with chicken. Their claims are hotly denied by the Poultry Industry Association and health officials.
     Many scientists working on problems including antibiotic resistance in chicken and Campylobacter infection, which causes stomach cramps and diarrhoea, have given up or gone overseas in frustration.

Brazilian soy crushers and exporters will stop buying soybeans grown in the Amazon basin for the time being, industry groups said last week, bowing to pressure from activist groups trying to preserve the rain forest.
     Brazil is the world's second-largest soy producer, behind the United States.

In Pakistan, on reports that some big traders in the poultry business have asked hatcheries to limit their production, the City District Government Lahore has stiffened its stance on the chicken price issue. They told the Pakistan Poultry Association in clear terms that the movement of poultry products out of district may be banned if it does not come to terms.

In Uganda, a poultry farmers should restock their farms in order to bridge the shortage of chicken caused by the Bird Flu scare that escalated in October last year, a top Poultry Association of Uganda (PAU) official said last week.

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*This Week's Feature Articles

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Vulnerability Assessment Avian Influenza Introduction into Manitoba Domestic Poultry and Swine
By the Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives - Influenza type A is a viral disease affecting many species of animals, including birds, pigs, people, horses, sea mammals, and most recently, dogs and cats. Influenza viruses are genetically unstable and mutations are common.
EU-25 Poultry and Products
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Annual 2006 report for the EU. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.
Treatment Of Drinking Water: An Opportunity For Better Results
By the CID LINES n.v. technical team - 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.)
Factors Affecting Turkey Flock Performance
By G. Tom Tabler, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas's Avian Advice - In recent years, genetics and nutritional programs have contributed greatly to the commercial turkey’s performance potential. However, turkeys raised on contract farms are subjected to many more challenges than birds selected back on the pedigree farm as parent stock.

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