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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 24th May 2004

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This week we start in Canada, where the cull of 19 million birds in the Fraser Valley has been halted, with 13% of the birds still alive. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is considering saving about two million birds originally slated for slaughter - most of them expensive breeder flocks.
     Canadian chicken producers in other provinces announced Monday a plan to increase production to help Fraser Valley processors keep their workers and markets intact. They plan to produce more chickens and breeding eggs to supply Fraser Valley processors with whole carcasses.

In the US, a Tyson Foods executive told Congress that some countries are using health and safety as a reason to restrict imports of US poultry products. Greg Lee, Tyson's chief administrative officer and international president, said "more and more countries are using poultry health issues, such as AI to restrict or ban U.S. poultry from their markets".

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources lacks the authority and resources to properly regulate the states' livestock operations under the federal Clean Water Act, according to agriculture.com. The report alleges that Iowa has failed to regulate thousands of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), despite federal laws requiring the state to do so.

After a rocky start, US poultry exports should improve through the balance of 2004, according to a presentation by the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. At one point, more than 50 countries had implemented partial or total import bans on U.S. poultry and egg products but the report emphasized that if the US can keep bird diseases under control, poultry exports should improve.

The Indonesian government has lifted a ban on U.S. poultry products from Virginia and the Carolinas now that the states appear safe from bird flu, according to MeatingPlace.com. Government sources said imports would be allowed as long as there are "close health examinations."

In Malaysia, bird flu was on the agenda for officials from 40 Asian and Pacific Rim countries opening a four-day meeting on food safety last Monday. Government regulators, food industry officials and consumer activists attending the UN-backed conference will discuss ways to improve food safety and strengthen regional co-operation in investigating food-borne diseases, the World Health Organization said.

The Philippine Department of Agriculture is not willing to support a reduction of tariffs on chicken imports despite an upward trend in local prices due to strong demand, a senior official said Thursday. Importers may continue to buy chicken from other countries, but they will have to pay the 40% import duty, reports eFeedLink.

In Taiwan, the 2004 Asia and Pacific Intercity Symposium on Influenza Control and Prevention ended with various medical experts emphasizing the importance of surveillance, control and antiviral distribution in outbreaks of avian influenza. Researchers stressed the high mutability of bird flu viral strains as a further reason for heightened surveillance.

In Hong Kong, the 30,000 quota on live chicken imports will be maintained until the government has re-evaluated the avian flu risk, reports eFeedLink. The report said that past practices cannot continue if there are live chickens sold in the city. The government has proposed to reduce the density of poultry stalls in markets to improve hygiene.

In China, according to a monitoring market survey of poultry egg prices in 36 major cities, prices have risen marginally in April. Due to the bird flu outbreak in the beginning of the year that caused a widespread decline in the country's poultry inventory in the first quarter, the supply of poultry products in the Chinese market have been adversely affected.

The European Commission has deemed incompatible with the common market a scheme presented by Italy for granting aid totalling €10,329,138 in compensation to poultry producers for losses resulting from the 1999 dioxin crisis. Under the scheme the aid was to be the difference between average prices in countries unaffected by the crisis and Italian prices in June-July 1999.

In the UK, the Scottish Executive has published the latest edition of the Economic Report on Scottish Agriculture which is published annually and gives figures from the Agricultural Censuses and Accounts. The main figures for intensive livestock, showed that the total poultry numbers increased by 14% to 14.9 million.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

In this regular newsletter section we aim to provide a brief overview of the new Feature articles that have been added to the site over the past week.

We have 2 new features this week

Incubating Eggs
By Phillip J. Clauer, Poultry Extension Specialist, Animal & Poultry Sciences Department, Virginia State University - Many domestic bird owners incubate eggs to help sustain their flock over time. This fact sheet is designed to assist those who wish to incubate small numbers of domestic poultry eggs.

Important incubation factors
By the Mississippi State University Extension Service - When incubating any bird egg it is important to control the same factors of temperature, humidity, ventilation, and egg turning. This article looks at the major incubation factors and the values of each that produces the best incubation conditions for different species of birds.

That's all for this week.

Ed.


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