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This week we start in the US, where poultry processing giant Wayne Farms LLC announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, further-processing facility in Decatur, Alabama. The company plans to break ground with a $55 million investment for the first phase of the facility this fall and to complete the project in the spring of 2006.

Emphasizing that chicken can be a major part of all the current diet trends, the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association have launched a new campaign with the theme, "Chicken fits every diet!" The groups worked with registered dieticians to specifically design recipes to meet the guidelines of some of today's most popular diets.

Americans took over an existing chicken farm outside Moscow five years ago as a training project for Russian farmers, and turned it into a blue-ribbon business, says CBS News. 33 US poultry companies gave money to start this venture and they hope that if Russians get a taste for chicken, they can crack open this potentially lucrative market to more US poultry exports.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency last week introduced its compensation package for birds ordered depopulated because of avian influenza in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. Most birds ordered destroyed during the response were sent through normal commercial channels at market value.
See also: Bird flu aid package hits C$60M

In the UK, letters released last week by Defra seek comments on the enclosed draft of the new Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Ducks and Turkeys. The new code is intended to encourage all those who care for poultry to adopt the highest standards of husbandry.

The EC has hit out at the decision of the Russian authorities to suspend imports from the EU of food products of animal origin. The Commission said it was surprised because discussions were ongoing on technical questions about veterinary certificates. "Any disruption of trade is unnecessary and unjustified" an EC spokesman said.

In Japan, the bird flu epidemic which broke out this year may have been caused by wild birds bringing the virus from Asia to Japan and agents such as mice, humans and water carrying it to chicken farms, members of a government research team said Friday.

Japan lifted a four-month ban on American poultry imports from all but six U.S. states, saying that it was satisfied that earlier bird flu cases in the United States hadn't spread to other states. In February, Tokyo temporarily suspended all imports of poultry from the US as a "precautionary measure" after Washington confirmed several avian influenza outbreaks.

Thailand could attempt to control future bird flu outbreaks with a new poultry zoning system based on regions, reports According to the country's Livestock Development Department, the proposed plan calls for increased controls in five regions based on biosecurity standards outlined by the World Organization for Animal Health.

The Philippines has temporarily lifted the special safeguard (SSG) duty on imports of chicken meat partly in response to rising retail prices of dressed chicken in the country, reports the USDA's FAS. In 2002, the Philippines imposed the price-based SSG duty over and above the regular tariff on chicken products.

In China over the recent weeks, egg prices have gone up by different margins across different regions, with the negative influence of the bird flu outbreak gradually reducing, reports eFeedLink. The rising prices of chicken, eggs and meat is expected to strengthen China's animal production industry. This will in turn drive up the demand for feed ingredients in the near term.

* 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

Egg Holding: Don’t sweat it
By Brian D. Fairchild Extension Poultry Scientist, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. Published by Poultry Science - Hatching eggs are generally held in storage between 1 and 4 days prior to being transported to the hatchery. Because it may be 5 to 10 days before the eggs are incubated, embryonic development has to be suspended during the holding period between lay and incubation to ensure embryo survival.

Incubation for the Home Flock
By Earl W. Gleaves, Extension Poultry Specialist, University of Nebraska, Lincoln - This NebGuide covers how to build and operate an incubator to hatch eggs for a home flock.

That's all for this week.

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