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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 21st August 2006
Monday 21st August 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

The economics of a short hatch window
The prediction of hatching time and the minimising the spread of hatch are crucial if producers are to achieve optimum results.
Hatchery Hygiene: Product Choices And Procedures
The starting point of hatchery hygiene is before the egg, and begins with a healthy breeder flock.
Roof Rats in Poultry Houses
By Mike Stringham, Extension IPM Specialist, North Carolina State University.
Metabolic Responses of Chick Embryos to Short-Term Temperature Fluctuations
By A. Lourens, H. van den Brand, M. J. W. Heetkamp, B. Kemp, Wageningen University and Ron Meijerhof, Senior Technical Specialist, Hybro B.V., Boxmeer, The Netherlands.
US Poultry Outlook Report - August 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service Outlook Report for this month.
Apologies for last weeks incorrectly formatted article links. We have listed these again correctly linked up:

- Farm Animal Welfare Issues Affect Poultry Producers
- UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to March 2006)
- Direct Marketing Meats … Selling Freezer Chicken
- Time to Think About Hot Weather Management
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* Global Poultry Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!.

ASIA - Laboratory confirmation points to both old and new isolates of the bird flu virus as sources of recent HPAI outbreaks in Southeast Asia, FAO said today. Concerned about the recurrence of bird flu in Asia, close monitoring of diagnostic results by FAO has revealed that bird flu is endemic in some areas while new strains have emerged in other places.

JAKARTA - Three additional suspected bird-flu patients were being treated in a hospital in Indonesia's West Java. The Antara news agency said the latest patient was admitted Friday, but two other apparent bird-flu patients were admitted at the hospital in Bandung Wednesday and Thursday.

THAILAND - Recent outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu in Thailand were caused by two strains of the virus, but neither of them showed any significant mutation that would enable them to jump easily to people or spread with ease among humans.
     United Nations officials in Bangkok Thursday confirmed that the recent outbreak of avian influenza along the Thailand-Laos Mekong River border area was due to a strain of virus not previously present in either country, and that it probably came from southern China.

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has halted import inspections of U.S. poultry after the discovery of bird flu in Michigan, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said Wednesday.

MEXICO - Mexico's Agricultural Department said on Tuesday it was taking the precautionary measure of banning imports of poultry from the U.S. state of Michigan after authorities there said that a relatively harmless, low-grade strain of the H5N1 bird-flu virus had been found.

TRINIDAD - The Agriculture Ministry yesterday announced that a low pathogenic strain of Avian Influenza (AI) has been detected at a farm in Central Trinidad.

RUSSIA - Russia, the world’s largest poultry importer, may halt its imports of the product from the U.S. state of Michigan, because two birds infected with avian influenza (bird flu) were discovered there last week, the country’s Federal Veterinary Service said last Wednesday.

BULGARIA - Bulgaria's first suspected cases of bird flu in poultry have been confirmed as Newcastle disease, a low-pathogenic form of bird flu, not related to the potentially lethal H5 or H7 viruses, final test results from the EU reference laboratory showed on Tuesday.

UK - Vaccinating poultry flocks against bird flu could make the spread of deadly strains such as H5N1 worse, Scottish scientists have found. An Edinburgh University study concluded that, even though the available vaccines are effective on individual birds, the disease is likely to spread unless more than 95% of a flock has been protected.

US - The USDA announced last tuesday that routine surveillance has indicated the presence of H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes in samples from two wild mute swans in Michigan, but testing has ruled out the possibility of this being the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa.
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Michigan Finding No Problem for Commercial Poultry Producers
The finding of a low-pathogenic, North American subtype of avian influenza in wild birds in Michigan creates no problems for commercial poultry operations or consumers, according to the National Chicken Council.

Poultry Production Forecast Unchanged
The forecast for total U.S. meat production is reduced for both 2006 and 2007, according to the USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.

Confirmatory Tests Being Conducted On Michigan Wild Bird Samples
The USDA has announced that routine surveillance has indicated the presence of H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes in samples from two wild mute swans in Michigan, but testing has ruled out the possibility of this being the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
Turkey eggs in incubators on August 1, 2006, in the US totaled 30.7 million, up 1 percent from August 1 a year ago, reports the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Commercial hatcheries in the 19-State weekly program set 213 million eggs in incubators during the week ending August 12, 2006, reports NASS.

Revised CAFO rule gives producers more to consider
A newly revised rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that large livestock operations don't need to apply for a permit unless they discharge manure waste to surface water, but questions remain as to whether facility operators should still seek a permit and be safe rather than sorry.

New Report Shows Decline In Dioxin In Some U.S. Meat And Poultry
Levels of dioxin-like compounds (DLCs) appear to have declined in chickens, hogs and turkeys produced for food in the US, according to new tests conducted by the USDA.
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  United Kingdom

NFU wins relaxing of set aside rules for grazing
The NFU has won a change in the rules to have set aside land used for grazing to ease the current shortage of animal fodder caused by the recent heat wave.

Feed costs soar as hot summer dries up grass
Livestock farmers in many areas of the country face massive cost increases after record July heat claimed most of the summer grass.

Over 11,000 farmers waiting for their single farm payment top-up
The Rural Payments Agency has said that 238 farmers in England are still waiting for a full single farm payment and another 11,202 are waiting for a top-up to their partial payment.

Views sought on updating national plan to control Salmonella in breeding poultry flocks
A programme to protect public health by updating and enhancing existing controls on Salmonella in poultry breeding flocks of domestic fowl (Gallus gallus) has been put out to consultation.

Extra IPPC workshops held for farmers
Pig and poultry farmers are being given the chance to find out more about the new IPPC application process thanks to the NFU.

Small abattoirs under threat from "gold plating" of EU regulations
Small abattoirs could be forced out of business by a Treasury proposal to recover the full costs of veterinary inspections of animals and carcases, says the Forum of Private Business (FPB).


France Urges Restart Of WTO Talks, Abandonment Of Agriculture
France's Trade Minister, Christine Lagarde, said on Thursday that France may suggest that the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization's worldwide trade agreement be restarted by putting agricultural issues on a different track, to be addressed later.

  New Zealand

Green Party: "Poultry industry needs disinfecting"
The Green Party is calling for strict standards to force the poultry industry to clean up its act in the light of a study that shows 100 percent of chickens tested prior to slaughter were contaminated with campylobacter.

Eat fresh chicken before it's banned
Frozen chickens may soon be the only option available to supermarket shoppers. The poultry industry is under increasing pressure to sell only frozen produce after a Food Safety Authority (FSA) report showed all fresh carcasses carried the bug that causes the gut-wrenching campylobacteriosis disease.

NZFSA produces update on work related to Campylobacter
As concern around New Zealand’s high rates of campylobacteriosis continues, the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) has put together a background report.

Flies linked to campylobacter rate
A medical laboratory manager says the common fly may play a key role in New Zealand's high rates of campylobacter.
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China becomes net soybean meal importer
China’s imports of soybean meal in 2005/06 are estimated to increase 13-fold (69,000 MT to 900,000 MT) from 2004/05.

China Broiler Market Weekly
In this weeks China Broiler Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices of China breed broilers in Guangdong province and Guangxi Zhuang Region were stable to lower in the week ending Aug 16.

  European Union

Sensitive salmonella detection
A new testing kit for Salmonella promises to give the most sensitive detection results in less than a day, its manufacturers claim.

  Russian Federation

Russia Threatens U.S. Meat Imports If No WTO Deal Is Reached by October
Last Thursday, Russia threatened to scrap preferences for U.S. poultry and red meat imports if Washington fails to endorse Moscow’s accession to the World Trade Organization by the end of October, reports

Livestock Farming in Russia in the first half of 2006
As of July 1, 2006, Russian agricultural producers (all categories) had an estimated 22.8 million head of cattle, down 5.3% year-on-year (including 9.6 million cows, down 5.6%), 15.3 million hogs, up 4.7%, and 21.0 million sheep and goats, 2.9% more.

  Czech Republic

Czech Republic - Higher Poultry Prices Likely.
Poultry producers meeting in Humpolec in southern Moravia in mid-August warned that they will start exporting their products unless sales prices on the Czech market increase, according to CTK.

  Viet Nam

Vietnam bans transport of poultry, cattle in bus
Vietnam has banned transport of fowls, cattle and related products in public transport means like bus and coach, in a move to prevent potential disease outbreaks, local media reported Monday.
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  South Africa

Astral likely to gain from poultry prices
Astral Foods, the country's second-largest chicken producer, said annual profit would increase by 35 percent as poultry prices gained.

Company news

Cobb returning to Space with choice of breeds
Cobb is returning to the Space show in France this year after a break of three years, exhibiting a portfolio of breeds for all types of chicken production.

Pas Reform Switzerland’s Bell AG gets Smart for the future
Bell AG, the largest supplier of meat and meat products in Switzerland, recently opened a new, state-of-the-art hatchery in Aeschlen using future-focused Smart hatchery systems from Pas Reform.

Hybro puts full-care technical service into Western Europe
Hybro BV has appointed a highly qualified new technical manager for Western Europe. Mr. Nico Van de Walle takes up his new post from September 1, 2006.

That's all for this week!


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