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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 5th February 2007
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Vaccination as Part of an Avian Influenza Control Strategy
By J.H. Breytenbach, Intervet International b.v.
Prevention and Control of Avian Influenza
By DuPont Animal Health Solutions.
Vehicle Biosecurity In Poultry Production
By Luc Ledoux, CID LINES nv, Belgium.
Biosecurity Basics for Poultry Growers
By Dan L. Cunningham and Brian D. Fairchild, Department of Poultry Science, The University of Georgia.
Vaccine Administration to Poultry Flocks
By P W Cargill, Merial Avian Business Unit UK and Joey Johnston, Merial Avian Business Unit, USA.
Stakes rising as Biofuels consume global commodity stocks faster than production is rising
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UK - The poultry industry is counting the cost of Britain's first outbreak of the potentially deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. The cost of the outbreak at the Suffolk farm could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
    Food giant Bernard Matthews says it reacted quickly to the bird flu outbreak and is today 'bemused' at reports claiming it had responded slowly. A Bernard Matthews spokesman said it only became clear there was a problem on Wednesday, when 180 birds died, despite 50 dying the day before.

EU - Vaccination of all poultry flocks in Europe against avian flu should be considered in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly H5N1 virus on a turkey farm in Suffolk, a senior European public health expert said yesterday.

IRELAND - The Irish government's expert committee on bird flu is due to meet today to discuss the outbreak of the virus in Britain.

NORWAY - The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has declared parts of Norway as high risk areas following confirmation of H5N1 avian influenza in poultry in South East England.

THE NETHERLANDS - The Ministry of Agriculture ordered poultry farmers throughout the Netherlands to bring all livestock indoors over the weekend.

US - Health officials in the United States have come up with a system for dealing with a flu pandemic. The plan is an early-warning ranking system similar to that deployed at times of hurricanes and is intended to protect and mobilize the country against a flu pandemic.

NIGERIA - The Nigerian government said Wednesday tests confirmed that a young woman from Lagos died from the H5N1 virus after plucking an infected chicken for cooking.

PHILIPPINES - The Philippines is now quite ready to meet the threat of avian influenza which already hit almost all countries of Asia, local media reported on Monday.

INDONESIA - Indonesian officials say they were overwhelmed by the number of birds they found during the first day of door to door raids on backyard flocks, according to a report by Agence France Presse.
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JAPAN - Japan has confirmed that a bird flu outbreak at a poultry farm in a southwestern prefecture was caused by the H5N1 virus, making it the fourth such outbreak to hit the country this year.

THAILAND - The Livestock Development Department has confirmed this year's third bird flu outbreak, found in indigenous chickens and fighting cocks in the central province of Ang Thong.

VIETNAM - The number of bird flu-affected communes in Viet Nam has dropped from 39 to 20, the Animal Health Department said yesterday.

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Corn, Soybean Use
The magnitude of U.S. planted acreage in 2007, and therefore production potential, is the biggest factor looming in both the corn and soybean markets, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Jousting starts over livestock megafarms
A battle over the fate of Indiana's largest livestock farms got under way Monday, as lawmakers debated whether to impose a three-year moratorium and new, higher fees on the operations.

Commentary: Very, Very Big Corn
President Bush made a big push for alternative fuels in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, calling on Americans to reduce gasoline consumption by 20% over 10 years.

Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 2 Percent, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Program Helps Keep Nutrients Out of Water
Eau Claire County’s Land Conservation Division is partnering with local farmers to help keep the land, and water, free of the pollutants found in manure.

Johanns Unveils 2007 Farm Bill Proposals
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today unveiled the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2007 farm bill proposals.

Tyson executives say business is "back on track"
Efforts to return Tyson Foods, Inc. to profitability are “paying off,” senior executives told shareholders today at the company’s annual meeting.
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RSPCA revises its turkey welfare standards
The RSPCA’s new revised Welfare Standards for Turkeys are set to be implemented on farm by 29 March.

Shoppers' Support For Local Meat
The origin of meat sold in British shops is a far more important factor in customers' buying decisions than was previously thought.
Airfreighting organic food faces UK ban
UK processors may forced to source organic foods closer to home after a certification body proposed an outright ban on airfreighting such products.

Farm incomes rise but still subsidy dependent
Farm incomes in Scotland saw a 16 per cent rise in 2006 to £577 million, an increase of £94.6m, primarily due to better prices in the cereals and horticultural sectors.

Environment Agency must try harder to reduce IPPC costs
The Environment Agency claims it has cut IPPC charges to the bone. Pig and poultry producers don't believe it, says Digby Scott.

Independent UK report praises VI achievements
The achievements of the VI have been praised in a new report produced by the Central Science Laboratory (CSL), which says “farming practices and attitudes have changed for the better during the life of the VI” and “substantial” progress has been made.

Scottish Farm incomes rise but still subsidy dependent
Farm incomes in Scotland saw a 16 per cent rise in 2006 to £577 million, an increase of £94.6m, primarily due to better prices in the cereals and horticultural sectors.

Welcome for uplift in farm incomes
Farmers' leaders have welcomed new figures which reveal rising UK farm incomes for 2006-07 following a “tough and prolonged period” of low returns.

Fears over UK vet agency move
Defra is to go ahead with plans to turn the State Veterinary Service in to an executive agency despite serious concerns from vets and industry leaders.

Incomes up 10pc, but core farming in the red
Farm incomes rose by 10 per cent in 2006 but the industry is still not in a position to break even without Government support, official figures published this week show.
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Bird flu is the price of your £5 roast
These fearful diseases are a consequence of our demand for cheap, plentiful meat and poultry writes Clive Aslet in the Observer.

H5N1 avian influenza confirmed on UK Turkey Farm
Tests from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) have confirmed that the sample from the poultry found dead on a farm near Lowestoft in Suffolk contained the H5N1 avian flu virus, and that it is the highly pathogenic Asian strain.

Bird flu restriction zone increased in Suffolk
Following confirmation of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza Defra announced Saturday evening that further restrictions will be put in place around the infected premises.

Bird Flu: Advice to Poultry Keepers in event of outbreak
Suffolk County Council’s Trading Standards team has issued the following advice to those who keep poultry based on guidance from the Defra:

Poultry farmers face export ban as vets warn threat is here to stay
Britain faces the loss of £370 million in export trade in meat and live birds after the arrival of the avian flu virus in the poultry industry.

Fears over bird flu 'likely to dent poultry sales
Poultry farmers were braced for a blow to sales yesterday as the H5N1 outbreak threatened to damage consumer confidence in the meat.

Farmers want more levy money spent on promoting the benefits of their produce
Defra has published the results of a nationwide survey to find out what farmers think of the levy boards and what they would like to see happen in the future.


Irish Shoppers face chicken, drinks rises
There have been warnings from two separate industry groups that shoppers could face more price increases.


Govt to regulate domestic poultry trade to curb bird flu
Indonesia`s agriculture ministry intends to regulate domestic poultry trading actvities in an effort to curb the spread of bird flu in the country.

Indonesia: Demand falls as backyard poultry is banned
Demand for poultry products in the Indonesian capital Jakarta has fallen by as much as 50 per cent amidst confusion about how the H5N1 virus is passed to humans.
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Poultry ban enforced in Jakarta
New rules have come into effect in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, banning people from keeping domestic birds.

Indonesian City defies order to cull poultry as bird flu claims new victims
Coloured chickens are put on sale at a market in Indonesia, where residents are ignoring a ban on raising domestic poultry that has been imposed to halt the spread of bird flu. The disease has killed six people this year, but health officials who are searching properties in Jakarta, the capital, to check that birds have been slaughtered have been overwhelmed by the workload.

Jakarta starts poultry hunt as ban takes effect
Officials carrying out door-to-door checks in Jakarta to enforce a ban on backyard poultry were overwhelmed by the number of birds they found, authorities have said.


International Egg and Poultry Review
By the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service - This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry, this week looking at the latest in Thailand.

Update on the highly pathogenic avian influenza In Thailand
This is a report via OIE on the latest HPAI outbreak in Thailand.

  United Arab Emirates

Hike in price of poultry products seen
Local traders expect a 10 to 15% rise in prices of poultry products due to a substantial increase in the rates of chicken feed and veterinary medicines in world markets, a report in a local Arabic daily said.

  Czech Republic

Newcastle Disease In The Czech Republic
This is a report via OIE on the latest Newcastle Disease outbreak in the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic Poultry Data for 2006.
The Czech Statistical Office reports that the Czech Republic produced 216,111 tonnes of poultry meat in 2006, a fall of 4.7 per cent as compared with the previous year.


Anger roused by rise in poultry feed price
Poultry farmers in Naitasiri have labelled a recent increase in chicken feed price as unwarranted and unfair.

  Moldova, Republic of

Moldova bans poultry imports from Russia
Moldova imposed ban on poultry imports from Russia and Hungary “on the ground of registering bird flu in those countries,” press office of the Moldovan Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry announced today.


Salmonella survives better in stomach due to altered DNA
Since 1995 there has been a considerable increase in the number of infections with a specific type of Salmonella bacteria transmitted via food.

Dutch Ministry orders poultry indoors
The Ministry of Agriculture ordered poultry farmers throughout the Netherlands to bring all livestock indoors over the weekend.

  Viet Nam

Eggs unmarketable due to news about dangerous dye
The information about the discovery of Sudan colourant in eggs in Vietnam has made farmers suffer: Eggs cannot be sold as housewives are keeping away.


Ukraine bans poultry imports from Russia
Ukraine’s National Veterinary Department temporarily banned imports of poultry from Krasnodar Territory (Russia), press office of the department informed today, on February 1.

  New Zealand

NZ exporters 'will shine' in new UK food labelling plan
A UK supermarket's proposal to label products so customers can compare carbon footprints can't come soon enough, says Federated Farmers national president Charlie Pedersen.


Prices of poultry, pulses go up in January
Prices of essential commodities moved both ways during the last one month as pulses and poultry products took lead in the price-escalation, while vegetables, like onion, tomato, potato, ginger, garlic etc., witnessed a decline in prices.


Bhutan suspends poultry import from India
Bhutan has temporarily stopped import of dressed chicken and other poultry products from lone Indian supplier, Arambagh, as it feels the firm's monopoly has led to spiralling of retail prices of poultry products in the country.

  Russian Federation

Euroservice on Russian Domestic Poultry Production.
Igor Kofman, chairman of the board of directors at the Euroservice Meat Corporation in Russia, says that domestic poultry production is likely to account for 70 per cent of the domestic poultry market by 2010, according to the Interfax news agency.


Brazil Reports Stable Broiler Production
The Brazilian Broiler Chick Producer’s Association Apinco, has reported that broiler production remained virtually unchanged in the Country last year.

  European Union

Call to vaccinate all flocks as vets race to contain bird flu outbreak
Vaccination of all poultry flocks in Europe against avian flu should be considered in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly H5N1 virus on a turkey farm in Suffolk, a senior European public health expert said yesterday.


Philippines ready to meet bird flu threat says report
The Philippines is now quite ready to meet the threat of avian influenza which already hit almost all countries of Asia, local media reported on Monday.


Farm Animal Brands Key to Novartis Animal Health Growth
Novartis Animal Health has been among the fastest growing companies in the animal health industry over the past three years, fueled not only by its strong stable of veterinary products for pets, but also by its continued emphasis and commitment on the growth of its brands in the livestock sector.

Company news

Growth in Asia prompts team changes for Hybro
With strong growth continuing for Hybro B.V. in Asia, the Dutch breeding company has announced two key changes to its so-called Asian ‘A team’ as the New Year gets underway.

Smart expansion in North Africa
Pas Reform After working with Pas Reform for many years, leading Moroccan integrator Dar El Fellous has renewed its commitment to the Dutch hatchery technology company by choosing its Smart Incubation systems for a major new hatchery project in El Jadida.

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