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This week we start in the US, where a second flock of Texas breeder chickens was destroyed after tests showed some of the birds were infected with avian flu, officials said Wednesday. The 24,000 chickens owned by poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride were at a farm about five miles from the east Texas farm where bird flu was detected last week.

The General Accounting Office (GAO) has urged federal agencies to step up their efforts to determine if the use of certain antibiotics in animals endangers human health by making bacteria resistant to those antibiotics. The GAO said the approved drugs reviewed so far are not the ones the FDA considers critically important to human health, and the reviews have taken at least 2 years to complete.

West Lafayette, Ind. sees the USDA's ARS opening a new 2,300-square-foot Farm Animal Behavior and Well-Being Laboratory for the study of stress indicators in livestock. Researchers at the new laboratory will also study the relationship between stress and the ability of pathogenic bacteria to establish themselves in animals.

Canada, for the first time, will host the 15th World Meat Congress which will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from June 14-17. Meat producers, processors, exporters and retailers will have an opportunity to learn from the world's agriculture policy makers and meat industry experts at the Congress. This year's theme for the Congress is "The World Meat Industry at a Crossroads".

A new report by the European Environment Agency signals more restrictions on farmers, says the NPA. It highlights nitrate pollution from agriculture as a continuing problem, despite the measures introduced in recent years, and claims consumers are paying most of the clean-up costs for drinking water.

For Northern Ireland poultry farmers, the enlarged EU has created challenges and opportunities, according to 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. It is likely that there will be market opportunities for NI poultry producers and processors as people in the new member states come to adapt to similar patterns of consumption as in the EU-15.

The Danish programme for control of Salmonella in poultry has resulted in fewer cases in both poultry and humans, according to Eurosurveillance. The Danish National Salmonella Control Programme was designed to be a 'top-down' effort based on an elimination strategy, whereby infected poultry flocks were eradicated by compulsory slaughter.

A New Zealand ostrich farmer, Susan Binks, is creating a market for NZ ostrich meat in Korea. It might seem an unlikely proposition but it makes a lot more sense than most of the over-hyped ostrich farming schemes that failed in the 1990s. Last year's BSE and bird flu scares around beef and chicken make now a perfect time to start promoting the meat there.

Russia said on Wednesday it had blocked meat imports from the EU in a dispute over veterinary certificates, leaving beef, pork and poultry piling up at ports and threatening millions of dollars in trade. Russia originally wanted a deal on a new EU-wide veterinary export certificate by May 1, in time for the bloc's enlargement, but negotiations failed.

In Japan, egg prices reached a high for this year in the week to last Friday as the scare over bird flu which hit the egg and poultry markets earlier this year eased further. The average price for 10 midsize eggs rose by 1.2% reports JapanToday.

Hong Kong health experts warned Thursday that the city was still at risk of a deadly avian flu outbreak because consumers continued to buy live poultry from markets. With the gradual lifting of the ban, a Hong Kong University poll has found shoppers still buy live birds, a situation that has worried experts.

In the Northern Vietnamese province of Thai Binh, the trauma of bird flu lingers on and fears that the deadly disease could return are high. But faced with little alternative, farmers have resumed their activities. Economic factors dictated the choice of the peasants to restock immediately, despite the UN recommendeding that farmers wait three months from the last infection date before restarting production.

* 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

Alternatives to Soybean meal
By Nicholas M. Dale, Extension Poultry Scientist, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. Published by Poultry Science - Feed prices have been moving up steadily during the past several months. This is obvious to everyone who raises poultry either as a hobby or as a business.

Hot Weather Management of Poultry
By Kenneth E. Anderson, Extension Poultry Specialist and Thomas A. Carter, Specialist-in-Charge, Poultry Science Extension, North Carolina State University - This archive report looks at how hot weather can have a severe impact on poultry performance. Production efficiency can be affected long before the temperature reaches a level at which survival becomes a concern.

That's all for this week.

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