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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 18th September 2006
Monday 18th September 2006
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We have 4 new features this week:

Detection and Localization of Quantitative Trait Loci Affecting Fatness in Broilers
By D. G. J. Jennen, H. Bovenhuis, R. P. M. A. Crooijmans, A. Veenendaal, J. J. van der Poel, and M. A. M. Groenen, Wageningen University and A. L. J. Vereijken, Nutreco, Breeding Research Center.
Pathological Features in Dead On Arrival Broilers with Special Reference to Heart Disorders
By E. Nijdam, J. H. H. van Eck and J. A. Stegeman, Utrecht University, A. R. M. Zailan, Wageningen University and Research Centre and E. Decuypere, K.U. Leuven.
Animal Products Markets in 2005 and Forecast for 2006
By Keithly Jones, Economic Research Service, USDA.
USDA Poultry and Products Annual Reports 2006 Summary
Latest USDA FAS reports from China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan plus previously published reports from many other countries.
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

CHINA - The risk of a flu pandemic remains high despite possible public fatigue with the issue, but the World Health Organization is hopeful the bird flu virus will do less damage than in past years during Asia's upcoming colder months, an official said Sunday.

INDONESIA - The global effort to fight bird flu and prepare for a threatened pandemic will cost more than the $1.9 billion already pledged, and more support is needed in Indonesia, which is "seriously affected" by the virus, a United Nations envoy said. The Bogor administration started Wednesday the mass vaccination of chickens and other poultry in the municipality to prevent the spread of bird flu.

VIETNAM - Viet Nam is expected to use a domestically-produced bird flu vaccine for poultry by early next year, according to director of the National Animal Health Institute Truong Van Dung. Currently, Viet Nam imports its stocks of bird flu vaccine from China.
THAILAND - With no new bird flu outbreak reported in the last 21 days, the fourth round of bird flu monitoring imposed in Thailand's two worst-hit provinces, Phichit and Nakhon Phanom, has been suspended, a senior official said Thursday.

SOUTH KOREA - Five more South Koreans were infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus about three years ago but none of them developed any serious illnesses, officials said on Friday after recently completed testing on old samples.

HAWAII - Two otherwise docile ducks briefly squirmed, quacked and flapped webbed feet in protest as they endured the indignity of being tested for a dangerous bird flu at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge yesterday.

US - Final tests confirmed that a mild strain of H5N1 avian influenza virus, not the deadly type, was found in wild mallard ducks in Maryland last month, the USDA said last week. Dermasalve Sciences, the maker of a new hand gel, says the product kills the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus with 99.99% certainty.

UK - An updated and revised strategy to screen wild birds for the presence of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza was announced today by Defra. Species thought to be a greater risk for introducing avian flu, in particular ducks, geese, swans, gulls and waders, will be targeted. A more effective test for identifying bird flu in humans is now available across the UK, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced.

EU - The European Commission said Monday it has approved two vaccines to be used against the bird flu virus in the EU member states. The vaccines, the first to be approved by the EU executive, are Nobilis Influenza H5N2 and Poulvac FluFend H5N3 RG.

ROMANIA - A new wave of bird flu outbreaks may occur in Romania next month, when wild birds start migrating from Siberia, but the Black Sea state will be better prepared to deal with it, Romania's chief veterinarian said.

SUDAN - There is a confirmed outbreak of bird flu (Avian Influenza) in Juba, Southern Sudan, the Ministry of Health has announced. The chairperson, National Task Force on Bird Flu, Dr. Sam Okware, said yesterday the outbreak was confirmed on September 6, and is affecting local chicken.
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Chicken prices all-time low
The price of a dressed chicken has touched an all-time low as it is quoted at Rs 38 a kg in the retail market. In the wholesale it was between Rs 32 and Rs 35 a kg, reports the Tribune News Service.


Oz Farmers Blast Anti-Terror Laws
Farmers say moves by the Federal Government to restrict the use of everyday farm chemicals and fertilisers are anti-terrorism tactics spinning out of control.

  United States

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 2 Percent, reports the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Global Uncertainty In Animal Markets Clouds US Trade Prospects
Uncertainty continues to shape the forecasts for animal products markets in 2006, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service.

International Egg and Poultry Review
This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry, this week looking at the poultry market in Indonesia.

Weekly Outlook: Crops
With both the corn and soybean futures market currently reflecting fundamental value, price reaction to the September USDA reports may be small, said Darrel Good.

Chicken Feathers To Be Using In Clothing industry
Chicken feathers and rice straw could become commonplace in clothing in the future, scientists report.

Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
Turkey eggs in incubators up 5%, report the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

USDA Raises Crop Estimates
Corn production is forecast at 11.1 billion bushels, up 1 percent from last month and fractionally above 2005. Soybean production is forecast at 3.09 billion bushels, up 6 percent from the August forecast and up slightly from the 2005 crop. If realized, this would be the second highest production on record.

RFID tag maker says sales on the rise
The CEO of a manufacturer of livestock identification, location tracking and condition monitoring equipment announced today that sales so far in 2006 of electronic RFID (radio frequency identification) livestock tags in Canada and the U.S. are already ahead of total sales for 2005.
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Iran, Iraq sign agreement on veterinary cooperation
The Head of Iran's Veterinary Organization, Hossein Hassani, conferred on Sunday with his Iraqi counterpart Davoud Mohammad Sharif on expansion of mutual cooperation between the two countries. Davoud Mohammad Sharif leading an Iraqi delegation arrived in Tehran to inspect the country's capabilities in veterinary field. During his inspection, he expressed satisfaction with recent scientific progress made by Iran in controlling cattle and poultry diseases.


RP eyes Singapore, EU as new markets for poultry and pork
The government is eyeing bigger market access for the country’s pork and poultry in Singapore and Europe, which seek food safety certifications particularly Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) from Filipino exporters.

Poultry exports seen to grow further in '06
The Philippines is expecting a further rise in its poultry exports this year with Japan as its primary market, the Department of Agriculture said in its report released Friday.

  United Kingdom

Costs of regulation may render some farm businesses unprofitable
In the latest analysis of the Scottish agricultural industry from Lloyds TSB Scotland, chief economist, Professor Donald MacRae, comments on the cost of regulation.

UK research to feature at Gold Coast conference
The latest research into ‘precision animal farming’ in the UK and how it could be applied in Australia will be featured at the Horizons in Livestock Research Conference at the Gold Coast International Hotel from 8-11 October.

Call for free range egg price increase
The main retailers have increased the selling price of free range eggs, prompting producers to push for a minimum 5p/doz increase.

Shock decision on electric fences
The recent decision by CENELEC, the European electrotechnical standards body, to pass a French proposal to reduce the standards covering the output energy of electric fence energisers to five joules, represents a blow to the UK livestock industries.

SFP patience with RPA wearing thin
Farmers still waiting to be paid their single farm payment are questioning why it is taking so long for the Rural Payments Agency to deal with their cases.
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EU could cut agriculture funds
The EU could reduce the sum granted to Romania for direct payments made in the farming sector by 20 percent if several requirements regarding management issues are not fulfilled, said yesterday Leonard Orban, the state secretary in the Ministry of European Integration.


Botswana moves to diversify economy
Botswana has adopted a new policy of commercialising farming in the country in a bid to diversify its economy.


Processed chicken from India may re-enter Bhutan
Nearly seven months after banning the import of poultry products following an outbreak of bird flu in India, Bhutanese officials are making arrangements to allow ‘restricted’ processed chicken from the country.


San Miguel to put up hitech feed mill in Manado
Food and agribusiness giant San Miguel Corporation is reportedly planning to establish a modern feed mill in Manado, Indonesia in a bid to produce cheaper feed products for Mindanao's animal and halal poultry industries.


Announcement Of Practical Training Of Feed Import Registration
The increasing demand on husbandry products, which attribute to the fast development of economic and improvement of the living condition, facilitates a great progressing space for feed industry in China.

China Broiler Weekly
In this weeks China Broiler Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices of China breed broilers were mixed in the week ending Sep 13.


Govt hailed over poultry products move
A section of traders has hailed the government for considering to lift the three month old ban on the importation of poultry and poultry products due to fear of the bird flu epidemic.
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  Viet Nam

City starts crackdown on meat hygiene
The HCM City Animal Health Department began inspecting slaughterhouses last week in line with stricter meat-hygiene standards recently implemented in the city.


Salmonella found in 26% of egg farms
Salmonella bacteria, which can cause potentially fatal food poisoning, were detected in more than 26 percent of egg-producing farms surveyed by the Japan Poultry Association (JPA).


Govt henpecks EU on its chicken quota
Thai delegates are negotiating with European Union officials in Geneva for a special import quota that takes into account annual 25-per-cent growth in chicken exports under a World Trade Organisation agreement.

Free-range poultry ranchers urged to join closed farming scheme
In an attempt to control the spread of the bird flu virus in Thailand, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has mapped out measures to assist owners of open poultry farming to switch to closed farming system and has pledged to punish violators.

Company news

Hybro's PG+ set for rapid growth in Colombia
As part of its strategic market expansion programme, Dutch broiler breeding company Hybro B.V. has launched its top performing Hybro PG+ in Colombia, with a dynamic roadshow format that attracted well over 500 delegates in association with Italcol Group, the country’s fastest growing producer of broilers and day old chicks.

Aviagen Appoints New Nutritionist
Aviagen is underlining its commitment to the poultry market in Europe with the appointment of Anthony Waller to the position of Nutrition Services Manager for the European Region. Anthony, who will be based in the UK, comes to Aviagen with 12 years experience with Bernard Matthews Ltd (UK) as Agricultural Research Manager.

Vencomatic Valmena Signs Distribution Agreement With Vencomatic
Vencomatic and Valmena Ltd sign a distribution agreement to represent Vencomatic in the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf Countries. Vencomatic is founded in 1983 and established themselves as an innovator in the poultry sector in housing and egg collection equipment.

Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus Nick Lynn Joins Hubbard To Strengthen UK Team
Nick Lynn will join Hubbard as senior technician for Great Britain and Ireland from September 2006. This appointment follows the increased demand for Hubbard Flex and Colour Parent Stock and the recently started GP operation and GP hatchery in the UK.

Pas Reform Paragon Group Bangladesh signs for new Smart Incubation System
Radwa Food Production Company, a dominant player in the premium quality poultry segment in Saudi Arabia, and part of the innovative and diverse Aal Taher Group, has announced that it will extend hatchery operations to further strengthen and consolidate its share of the domestic market using Smart technology from Dutch supplier Pas Reform.

That's all for this week!


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