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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Due to yesterday being a Public Holiday in the UK, this week's Newsletter has been sent today. Apologies for forgetting to mention this in last week's newsletter.

* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in the US, where Pilgrim's Pride reported Friday that Bird Flu had been identified at a chicken farm in northeast Texas. The Pittsburg, Texas-based company said there was very little evidence of clinical signs of disease which, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission, indicates the infection may be low-pathogenic avian influenza. The infected birds and the affected flock have been destroyed.
See Also: Poultry Disease Detected in Hopkins County

The Chiron Corporation announced that it has won a contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to produce an investigational vaccine designed to protect against the strain of avian influenza that recently circulated in China and the Far East. Under the terms of the contract, Chiron will produce 8,000 doses of the investigational H5N1 vaccine for the NIAID.

Global Animal Management Inc., a subsidiary of Schering-Plough Corporation, is successfully powering its industry-leading animal lifecycle management solution, VeriSource. GAM uses Informatica's software to rapidly integrate large amounts of disparate data from swine and poultry producers, processors and researchers as part of its full lifecycle management solution.

The USDA's revised forecast of agricultural exports for fiscal year 2004 shows sales of $62 billion, an increase of $5.3 billion over the previous year. That level of sales, if realized, would be the highest ever, eclipsing the old record of $59.8 billion set in fiscal year 1996, the agency said.

Mexico banned poultry imports from Texas on Friday after the reported outbreak of avian flu in Hopkins County, the agriculture ministry said. The ban covers most poultry products and will remain in place until U.S. authorities provide information showing that the avian flu outbreak is not of the highly contagious strain of the disease, the ministry said.

In Canada, research being conducted by Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development shows composting solid livestock manure provides a much superior end product than does stockpiling. The big difference between stockpiling and composting is the presence of oxygen. This allows a different set of bugs to work the waste resulting in a product that is much more palatable, says Rick Atkins, Head of Agricultural Engineering.

Worldwide concern over the avian flu virus has brought a new awareness of food safety and health issues when it comes to poultry products. Now University of Guelph researchers have discovered a new method for controlling food-borne pathogens using a quick, cheap and effective method: eggs. It’s as easy as adding egg ingredients to avian diets, according to Prof. Yoshinori Mine.

In northern Thailand, researchers caused a fresh case of bird flu but it had no effect on commercial poultry, Deputy Agriculture Minister Newin Chidchop said Thursday. "It happened during a test at a research farm of Chiang Mai University and was not an outbreak," he told reporters. "I can confirm that no chickens in commercial farms have died of the bird flu since May 13."

The Danish government on Monday provided the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with equipment worth 130,000 USD to be used in Bird Flu disease prevention, testing and disinfecting. The grant comes under a project on agricultural aid for Viet Nam from the Danish government via the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

In Japan, the Kyoto prefectural government reported Monday that it had given permission for Takada Farm to resume breeding chickens on an experimental basis following the discovery of avian influenza at the farm in March after an outbreak at Asada Nosan Co.'s nearby Funai Farm.

Japan has put in place a labeling system that allows consumers to trace meat and poultry on the Internet, according to Growing food safety concerns have prompted Japanese lawmakers to implement a stricter labeling system for pork, poultry, rice, and vegetables. According to public opinion polls, most Japanese consumers favor the new measures to trace the origin of foods, even if it adds to the cost.

In Korea, bacteria-laden foam developed could destroy the foul-smelling pongs from animal waste on intensive farms reports New Scientist.

In China, huge quantities of livestock waste continue to be dumped into the South China Sea, continuously degrading the quality of its waters, reports ABS-CBN. More than half of the world’s population of hogs and more than one-third of poultry are raised in East Asia. To address this problem, the World Bank, GEF, and the FAO have launched a project titled "Livestock Waste Management in East Asia."

For poultry farmers in Northern Ireland, 10 new countries joining the EU has created challenges and opportunities, reports FarmingLife. Enlargement does not mean that there will be a massive flow of imported cheap product from these accession countries, as trade between the EU and the new member states was already liberalised in the run up to the 1st May 2004.

In the UK, Researchers from Nottingham University have developed a new method for reducing the level of contamination of chickens by the foodborne bacterium Campylobacter jejuni. They are using bacterial viruses to target and kill the organism, according to innovations-report.

* 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

Poultry Outlook Report - May 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the May 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data. The report indicates that lower red meat production is more than offset by larger poultry production.

Care and Incubation of Hatching Eggs
By Dr. Tom W. Smith, Emeritus Professor of Poultry Science, Mississippi State University - Novice poultry producers usually become interested in artificial incubation of their own chicks. The success of this type project depends on proper care and incubation of the hatching eggs so healthy, vigorus chicks are produced. The following topics discussed in this publication will help improve the producer's success.

That's all for this week.

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