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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 17th December 2007
Monday 17th December 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:

H5N1 in Wild and Domestic Birds in Europe
By H Needham on behalf of the Influenza Project Team*, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Eurosurveillance. Since the emergence of A/H5N1 in the winter of 2005-2006 at the border of the European Union (EU),
External Parasites of Poultry
By P. E. Kaufman, P. G. Koehler and J. F. Butler - University of Florida, IFAS Extension.
Prospects for Poultry Markets in the EU - 2007 - 2014
This feature is taken from the Avec Annual Report for 2007. A link to the full report is also provided.
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Bird Flu Summary (click here for all this weeks bird flu news)

Scientists say they have found three distinct variants of H5N1 avian influenza virus in wild birds in Germany, two of which might have been brought in by wild birds migrating from Russia.

Fresh bird flu outbreaks hit Germany, Russia and closed a bird reserve in Hong Kong after a wild heron tested positive for the virus.

Pakistan reported its first human case's of the H5N1 virus, it has so far claimed one life and infected five more.

United States

M-R-S-A Spells an End to Livestock Antibiotics
The increasing incidence of a scary antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection and new international evidence tying it to livestock provide two more good reasons why the United States needs to apply the brakes to routine use of antibiotics in animal feed

Expert Calls for Changes in Early-warning System
The international science community is not doing enough to track the many avian influenza viruses that might cause the next pandemic, a UC Davis researcher says in today's issue of the journal Nature.

Harold E. Ford Foundation Gives 23K to NC State
ATLANTA – The U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation recently presented a check for $23,495 to the North Carolina State University department of poultry science.

Egg Prices Break New Ground
OHIO - Price of a dozen triples in a year.

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.

Tracking Bird Flu in the Wild
A University of Kansas investigator closely following the spread of the avian influenza known as H5N1 said that U.S. government monitoring efforts easily could miss the entry of the virus into North America.
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United Kingdom

Contingency Plan for Exotic Animal Diseases
Defra's revised Contingency Plan for Exotic Animal Diseases was laid before Parliament on 10 December 2007

Egg Farm Proposal Gets Go-Ahead
A scheme to build the UK's largest egg farm in the Borders has been approved by councillors. Glenrath Farms Ltd intends to build nine free range poultry houses at Blythbank near West Linton - with each shed housing about 25,000 hens.

Turkey Welfare Needs to Hatch
More Freedom Food labelled turkeys than ever before will be available this Christmas as consumers step up demand for higher welfare products.

Food, Climate and Meat Industry Drivers Under Spotlight
Making Sense of Uncertainty is the title of the Meat and Livestock Commission's 2008 Outlook Conference and Defra minister Lord Rooker will deliver the keynote speech.

£100 Christmas turkeys: Don't Panic!
Headlines about £100 turkeys are spreading alarm among consumers who normally spend less than half this amount on a Christmas bird, according to Jane Haigh, chairman of the Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association.

Bad For Many …But Good for the Christmas Goose
The wet summer may have been bad news for many people ….but it's been great for Christmas geese, according to Judy Goodman, chairman of British Goose Producers.

NFU Rallies Support Against Cost Sharing
The National Farmers' Union (NFU) on Tuesday issued a rallying call to livestock farmers to voice their feelings on the Government's plans to transfer millions of pounds of the cost of dealing with animal disease outbreaks to the sector and warned the industry was in such a precarious financial position it could not contemplate having further costs imposed on it.

‘Fresh’ Supermarket Chicken Flown in From Brazil
Thousands of tonnes of apparently fresh poultry meat sold in supermarkets and catering outlets is imported and often months old.


Australian Poultry Gets Clean Bill of Health
The latest National Residue Survey has again proved Australian chicken meat is free from hormonal, antibiotic and environmental contaminant residues, the Victorian Farmers Federation says.
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New Cloned Vaccine for Newcastle Disease
A new live vaccine for the control of Newcastle disease has been launched by German vaccine specialist, Lohmann Animal Health. Known as AviPro ND C131 and suitable for broilers, layers and breeders, it is produced from a cloned strain of the La Sota virus.

United Arab Emirates

Shooting Prices Kill ‘Eggcitement’ in UAE
Eggs are in such short supply in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that the population are being warned not to be surprised if omelettes and scrambled eggs disappear from the breakfast table altogether.


Pigs Banned in Dongguan: Is Poultry Next?
The Dongguan government will proceed with its plan to ban pig farming in the city from 2009, a top official said at the weekend. And now poultry might might be next in line.


Indian Poultry Industry Concern Over Feed Costs
The poultry industry of Tamil Nadu, which accounts for around Rs. 1,500 crore turnover with an annual growth of 15 per cent, is worried over the rising feed cost for the last couple of months.

India is Committed to Chare Experience in Controlling Avian Influenza
The Prime Minister of India, while addressing the three day conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, said that India is committed to share the experience of control and containment of the outbreak of influenza in poultry.

Blame Soymeal for Rise on Cost of Chicken
Chicken prices in India are set to increase due to the rising cost of soymeal, the second key ingredient in poultry feed after maize.

Russian Federation

Russia Lifts Ban on Polish Meat Imports
Russia is to start lifting its ban on imports of meat from Poland next week.


Scramble for Fresh Eggs
Eggs have literally disappeared from shop shelves all over the city as supplies have dwindled due to the recent ban imposed on the import of Saudi poultry products.


Chicken Prices Plummet Ahead of Eidul Azha
The poultry prices in the city have shown a decline in the last couple of days and they may fall further in the coming days because after Eidul Azha its less consumption and surplus production is expected, the poultry industry experts told Daily Times in Pakistan on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia

Ostrich Meat Banned in Riyadh
Municipal officials in Riyadh have instructed poultry sellers and restaurants not to sell ostrich meat following the discovery of bird flu among ostriches a couple of days ago.


Pricey Poultry
The French "poulet de Bresse'' is celebrating 50 years of being officially the most pampered chicken in France and also one of the most expensive in the world.

Company news

Aviagen Appoints Val Mendeleev as President, European Operations
Aviagen EU - Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, has appointed Val Mendeleev as President, European Operations effective from 7th January 2008.

Aviagen and Kego Host Successful Greek Customer Seminar
GREECE - Aviagen joined forces with Kego S.A., the Ross agent in Greece, to host their first customer seminar to introduce Aviagen to the Greek market and to discuss aspects of breeder management.

Ross Nutrition Seminar in Turkey
TURKEY - Ross Breeders Anadolu, Aviagen's Joint-Venture Company in Turkey, recently held a nutrition seminar in Istanbul. 50 representatives from the major Turkish feed suppliers attended the meeting.

Big Dutchman's Office Expansion Concluded
Big Dutchman US - Big Dutchman USA has just completed the construction of over 7,000 square feet of additional office space at its headquarters for the Americas in Holland, Michigan.

Hubbard Brings Distribution Network Even Closer to Customers
Hubbard - A Trusted Name with a New Focus GENERAL - To further bolster its global supply chain and make it able to respond more quickly to customer needs, Hubbard plans to puts a greater emphasis on developing its already existing network of distributors, to include additional great grandparent (GGP) operations and grandparent (GP) distributors in strategic locations to put production closer to parent stock customers, according to David Fyfe, Asia business director.

Hubbard SAS Introduces One Phone Number for Their Different Sites in France
FRANCE - In the continuous process of better servicing their customers, Hubbard SAS has introduced a unique phone number for their different sites in France.

USDA Study Highlights Virkon® S Efficacy Against Viruses
Dupont UK - Leading researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Centres for Epidemiology and Animal Health have confirmed the excellent on-farm efficacy of DuPont™ Virkon® S in eradicating exotic Newcastle Disease (END) virus in a recent Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigations paper.

Pfizer Strengthens Pig and Poultry Team
Two new senior appointments have been made by Pfizer Animal Health in its UK and Ireland pig and poultry business unit, with Alan Doyle becoming director and James Walton key account manager.
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That's all for this week!


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