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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 7th August 2006

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This week we start in Thailand, where the government today has began a week-long campaign to check every house in 29 provinces, including Bangkok's suburbs, in a bid to halt a resurging bird flu virus that has killed two people in the last three weeks.

The fact that a 17-year-man died of bird flu in Thailand last week, the country's first case this year, suggests the virus is being under-reported in poultry, the influenza team at the European Centre for Disease Surveillance and Control said. A week before his symptoms appeared he buried 10 dead chickens, touching the carcasses with his bare hands, reports Bloomberg.

A new human death and fresh outbreaks in poultry in late July have exposed serious gaps in Thailand's defences and forced officials to rethink their battle plan. "It's not entirely a surprise," said Laurence Gleeson, a bird flu expert with the FAO. "This is a disease that is difficult to eliminate completely," he said.

A new European Union quota for cooked-chicken imports will hurt Thai poultry exports, according to Adirek Sripratak, the president and CEO of Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc.

Cambodia destroyed thousands of smuggled eggs and mounted a campaign to warn people against buying illegally imported poultry products, in the wake of new reported bird-flu cases in neighbouring Thailand and Laos, authorities said Sunday.

In Vietnam, traffickers haul more than 1,000 contraband chickens a day into Lang Son, one of six provinces along the Chinese border, flouting a chicken import ban.
     In doing so, health experts say, they have also repeatedly smuggled the highly lethal bird flu virus from its source in southern China into Vietnam.

US-sourced chicken is one of the best sellers at Intimex supermarket as Hanoians believe in the quality and safety of products imported from the US, Intimex Sales Manager Thu Ha said.

Koreans have the highest resistance to penicillin, a traditional antibiotic, according to a WHO report. The government is pushing to enact a law on foodstuff safety under which the use of antibiotics on poultry, livestock and fisheries farming can be regulated toward the end of this year.

In China, a man who was diagnosed with bird flu in June has recovered and been released from hospital, but where and how he picked up the virus is still a mystery, state media said on Thursday.
     The 31-year-old truck driver from southern Shenzhen city, which lies just over the border from Hong Kong, possibly contracted bird flu after visiting a poultry market in May, the official China Daily reported.

In this weeks China Broiler Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices of China breed broilers in Guangdong province and Guangxi Zhuang Region were sharply higher in the week ending Aug 2.

In Hong Kong, a leading virologist has urged countries battling new H5N1 bird flu outbreaks in animals to analyze the genetic makeup of the virus to trace its origins and better arm themselves to combat the disease, reports Reuters.

Last week, Hong Kong started to suspend imports of poultry products from the Netherlands following a confirmed H7 avian influenza case at a farm in its Gelderland. A spokesman for Hong Kong Center for Food Safety said the application to import poultry products from the Netherlands would also be suspended.

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In the Netherlands, Ministry of Agriculture officials began culling 25,000 chickens at a farm in the province of Gelderland on Wednesday morning after a mild form of bird flu was detected there, Dutch news agency ANP reported. The farm will be fully disinfected after the culling and removal of the poultry.

In Germany, a swan tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza at a zoo yesterday, signaling the virus's re-emergence in the country after a 3-month lull. A black Australian swan at the Dresden Zoo was found dead on Aug 1, but was only tested positive for H5N1 yesterday.

The European Commission last week adopted two Regulations aimed at reducing and controlling the prevalence of Salmonella in poultry and eggs across the EU.
     The first Regulation lays down targets for the reduction of Salmonella in laying hens, which in turn should lead to less Salmonella contamination in eggs.

In the UK, a public consultation on new and amended powers to investigate infections diseases which can spread between animals and humans has been launched by Defra.
     The regulations would grant the power to enter any premises where zoonotic infection disease is suspected and to take samples to help trace its spread.

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Defra's Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare Minister, Ben Bradshaw has announced the publication of an independent review of livestock movement rules which was undertaken by Bill Madders.

The RPA has paid £20m too much - £15m in the last few days - £5m overpaid on June, according to the NFU. Some of the overpaid cheques have been cancelled. Other money is being recovered from farmers. This comes on the back of announcements from Defra which is making £200m worth of cuts.

The true cost of the debacle surrounding delivery of the Single Farm Payment became apparent last week as Defra was forced to slash its budget by nearly £200m over the next six months in search of savings, according to FWi.

Poultry producers will be unable to cope with new pollution controls unless the cost of implementing the regulations is reduced, claim industry leaders.
     The NFU, British Poultry Council and the British Egg Industry Council said costs must be reduced if producers were to cope with the new regulations.

In the US, scientists failed in multiple attempts to make a more contagious form of the H5N1 bird flu, suggesting the virus may have to undergo massive change to cause a human pandemic.      After mixing genes from human and bird influenzas in a way researchers have projected might lead to a pandemic, the virus remained hard to spread said researchers.

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Studies have shown that it’s possible to remove excess nutrients from manure lagoons by growing plants on floating mats. ARS scientists in Georgia have been studying how to most efficiently use this method to extract excess nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater so it won’t become an environmental problem.

The triple-digit heat wave that steamrolled across the country this week killed thousands of cattle and poultry and cooked crops in the field before farmers could pick them. And experts say consumers will help foot the bill.
     In California, the nation's No. 1 agriculture and dairy producer, the temperature peaked at more than 115°F in late July, killing 16,500 cows and a million chickens and turkeys.

A national lobby effort to protect America's food system from a proposed United States Department of Agriculture licensing program was launched today by the Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (VICFA).

Smithfield Foods Inc said last week that it agreed to acquire most assets of the branded meats business of ConAgra Foods Inc. for about $575 million in cash and stock. The deal includes a turkey processing plant in Longmont.

Brazil's largest chicken company, Sadia (SDA), said Thursday that its new chicken meat processing plant in Russia will produce chicken sandwich meat for McDonald's Corp. (MCD).
     Sadia's $70 million Russian investment is part of a joint venture with Russian food company Miratorg, which will own 40% of the Sadia facility.

In Uganda, poultry farmers have been urged to restock to bridge chicken shortage caused by the bird flu scare that escalated last October, the state-owned daily New Vision reported last week. Ugandan Poultry Association Chairperson Aga Sekalala appealed on the farmers of the east African country to stock poultry following a sharp shortage of chicken.

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Company news

Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, held the third annual Aviagen Moscow Conference at the Danilovskiy Hotel on the 27th and 28th June.
     The theme of the event, 'Aviagen - Adding Value', was aimed at demonstrating to the customer how to add value to the product both genetically and technically.

*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week

What Measures Can Be Taken To Keep The Hatchery Free Of The Fungus Aspergillus
By Pas Reform - Aspergillosis is a fungal infection of the respiratory tract in young birds, also commonly known as ‘brooder pneumonia’.
The Importance Of Temperature Control In Optimising Chick Health
By Ron Meijerhof, Senior Technical Specialist, Hybro B.V., Boxmeer, The Netherlands and Danuta Furmanek, technical manager poultry products, Intervet International B.V.
Managing Nuisance Odor and Dust from Poultry Growing Operations
By Saqib Mukhtar, John Carey and Ron Lacey, The Texas A&M University System.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - July 2006
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results.


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