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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 22nd January 2007
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Preventing dehydration in day old chicks
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Maximum residue limits in poultry tissues and eggs
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BIRD FLU NEWS UPDATE: Get all the latest bird flu news here!

HONG KONG - Hong Kong is on high alert of monitoring H5N1 avian flu to ensure that it will not affect the health of the public and the poultry, said Hong Kong's health chief today.

THAILAND - All five chicken slaughterhouses in Bangkok's Chinatown area may be forced to become markets for meat prepared away from the capital, as part of a campaign against the spread of avian flu.

SOUTH KOREA - A poultry farm in Cheonan, Chungcheong Province was found to be infected with the highly contagious avian influenza virus Saturday, the fifth outbreak this winter. The farm is located 8 km from a duck farm in Asan, South Chungcheong Province where an outbreak was discovered last December.

INDONESIA - How close are we to stamping out the spread of bird flu in Jakarta after the gubernatorial ordinance on poultry restrictions issued Wednesday?

CHINA - A previously unknown and dangerous strain of the H5N1 bird flu has emerged from southern China and has spread from birds to people in South-east Asia, marking a third wave of avian flu and rekindling fears of a global pandemic.

JAPAN - The bird flu virus that killed about 3,500 chickens in southwestern Japan last week was determined as the highly contagious and lethal H5N1 strain, Japan's farm ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

EGYPT - Mutations in the bird flu virus have been found in two infected people in Egypt, in a form that might be resistant to the medication most commonly used to treat the deadly disease, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

SRI LANKA - Sri Lankan health officials said Thursday that they were collecting samples of dead birds from different locations to ascertain any link with deadly bird flu. "We are collecting samples of birds who are alleged to have died in an unusual manner from three locations of the country," said Dr. Harsha Perera.
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More activist raids on NZ battery hen farms likely
Expect more missions to "liberate" battery hens, a veteran activist says in the wake of the latest raid on a battery hen farm.

MAF failed to act on NZ Battery Hen Farm
The Egg Producers Federation last week said that they knew the Somerdale Poultry Lodge that activists raided on the weekend was operating illegally. Michael Brooks from the EPF said they had laid complaints with MAF Animal Welfare and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority.

  Viet Nam

Hanoi: Poultry prices rise despite bird flu
Despite the bird flu pandemic outbreak in seven provinces in the south, poultry prices in northern provinces keep rising as the Lunar New Year is nearing, writes Ha Yen on VietNamNet Bridge.

Unsafe poultry pouring into Vietnam’s largest city
Unchecked poultry is entering Vietnam's largest urban area Ho Chi Minh City from neighboring provinces daily, in spite of efforts by authorities to control the flow over fear of possible bird flu outbreaks, reports Thanh Nien News.


Philippine veterinary office implements animal health programs
The Provincial Veterinary Office here said a number of programs and projects geared towards protecting the health of animals and their owners have been implemented last year with their P700,000 fund.

Philippine native chicken to get exposure in Dinagyang 2007
In its continued thrust to promote awareness of Western Visayas' Darag native chicken, the Darag IEC team are heading to the forthcoming Dinagyang 2007. Its delegation will highlight the native chicken through this advocacy campaign. Dinagyang is one of the best venues to reintroduce the Darag native chicken not only to the people of the Philippines, but to the world as well.
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Thai health dept offers course to cull chickens hygienically
The deputy-director general of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s health department, Prasarn Bamrungphan revealed that BMA has arranged training sessions aimed to provide knowledge about hygienic poultry killing to prevent the spread of bird flu during the Chinese New Year festival.

  United States

Weekly Roberts Report
Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

Mississippi crop production declines in 2006
Mississippi farmers' production was down for all the state's major crops in 2006, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows.

Editorial: Why 'cloneburgers' are a bad way to go
If beef is what's for dinner at your house, you undoubtedly know the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is preparing to approve the sale of cloned meat and milk to U.S. consumers.

Cold Snap Troubles Area Farmers, Ranchers
Cattle rancher Paul Marinoni let fly a few curses last Tuesday morning when his 6-month-old New Holland tractor failed to start in 14-degree weather. Luckily, the 25 cows pastured at the family's farm near Wedington Drive and Interstate 540 in Fayetteville still had hay to munch. The chill winter air brought problems for those in Northwest Arkansas who work with livestock this week and last.

Weekly Outlook: Surprising Corn Estimate
For now, expect corn and soybean prices to be well-supported until planting intentions are known, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Ethanol won't buoy corn prices forever
Will the ethanol boom continue to drive up corn prices? In a white paper released this week by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC), Nathan Danielson of BioCognito and Geoff Cooper of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) say corn production levels will continue to climb alongside the growing demand for the ethanol feedstock.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 1%, reports the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Panel moves to review livestock rules
A panel of Iowa House members has begun a series of hearings to review whether Iowa's livestock regulations need rewriting.
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Latest USDA report a ‘jaw dropper’ for corn
The January supply/demand report for corn was a jaw dropper for the industry. The USDA sharply reduced the 2006 production figure to 10.535 billion bushels, still the third largest in history, but this figure is nearly 1 billion bushels less than the USDA estimate in August.

Wall Street is betting on the farm
Wall Street commodity funds that have been investing heavily in energy futures are now loading up on agricultural commodities like corn and livestock futures.

Plugging your farm fields into the energy equation
Picture this. Your fields are large solar energy collectors, and university researchers are studying how to maximize plant photosynthesis to help meet our nation’s energy needs.

Farmers planting more corn this year
Growing cotton is a family tradition on Webb Bozeman's farm in central Mississippi. But not this year. Inspired by soaring demand for corn to feed the growing ethanol industry, Bozeman is joining a large number of farmers across the country who will plant corn instead of soybeans, wheat and cotton.


Jakarta backyard farming banned
Following the rapid increase of bird flu fatalities, the Indonesian capital city Jakarta administration Wednesday decided to ban backyard farming among its residents without providing compensation to poultry owners.

Backyard farmers reluctant to end lives of birds in prime
Backyard farmers gave mixed responses Tuesday to the city administration's call for them to slaughter their birds to stop the spread of bird flu.

Chicken sellers report sales slump
The outbreak of bird flu in the city has caused the incomes of poultry vendors in traditional markets to plummet.

  Papua New Guinea

Newcastle Disease Threatens Papau New Guinea Poultry Industry
The K600 million poultry industry in the country is under threat from being wiped out should the Newcastle disease spread into the mainland.

  Hong Kong

HK suspends Japan poultry import applications
The Center for Food Safety of the Hong Kong government announced Monday the processing of applications for the importation of poultry and poultry products from Japan will be suspended with immediate effect.
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India's Agri-produce wastage hits $13 bn
Wastage of agri-produce in the country is estimated at $13 billion, as processing accounts for a small proportion of production. In case of the country’s total fruit and vegetable production, only 2% is processed, 35% of milk, 21% in meat and 6% poultry products.


Maple Leaf Foods closing poultry plant in Nova Scotia
Almost 400 people in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley will lose their jobs when food processor Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) closes its aging poultry plant in Canard at the end of April.

Challenges for Canadian poultry industry
A private company’s decision to close its longtime operations in the Annapolis Valley will cost nearly 400 direct jobs and possibly damage a key sector of the farm economy.

Loss of poultry plant latest blow to Nova Scotia farming
Kings County is ground zero in the fight to save Nova Scotia’s struggling agriculture industry, and part of the problem is: What to do?

Banff Seminar 2007 Discusses United Egg Producers Certified
This article contains a link to an audio file on a discussion at the latest Banff Pork Seminar.

  United Kingdom

Science is vital to British agriculture, says NFU President
Science holds the answers to the increased pressures that will be placed on agriculture in the future – that is the message from NFU President Peter Kendall.

Independence may be a good thing for Scots farm industry
There were few surprises in last week's annual Lloyds TSB Scotland survey into the attitudes and experiences of farmers.

Full Single Payments to begin ‘within next few weeks’
One hundred farmers in England received their Single Payments in full this week, as part of a live IT test, which covered a range of different types of claim.


Fish food the key to lower fat in pork and poultry
Scientists have found a way to reduce the amount of fat - which can lead to heart disease - by feeding fish meal to pigs in order to produce pork rich in omega-3. The same procedure will work for poultry too.


Warsaw blocks EU-Russian Negotiations on Cooperation Pact
The press has recently focused on Russia’s relations with the European Union over natural gas issues. But Moscow has been playing diplomatic hardball with former Warsaw Pact member Poland over meat imports.

Company news

Davian’s Russ Larsen to head Pas Reform launch into the USA and Canada
Pas Reform Following Davian’s appointment as Distributor for Pas Reform’s Smart single stage incubation systems and hatchery technologies in the USA earlier this year, Mr Russ Larsen has been appointed to drive operations - as plans for the Dutch hatchery technology company’s expansion into the US and Canada get underway.

New quality manager for Hybro
As its plans for further market expansion this year get underway, broiler breeding company Hybro B.V. has appointed Mrs. Dorothé Ducro as quality manager, to oversee the quality management of all processes and procedures within the Hybro organization, in order to maintain and further improve the quality of Hybro's products and services worldwide.

New first line appointment for Hybro in Spain and Portugal
Mrs. Mónica Cepero Portero has joined Hybro BV as first line sales and service representative for the Dutch breeding company’s customers in Spain and Portugal.

That's all for this week!


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