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This week we start in the US, where Farm and Dairy reports livestock farmers can get 'safe harbor' from clean air violation lawsuits if they pay a fee and volunteer to let the EPA monitor their farm for two years. "The whole point of safe harbor is to get time for more research," said Virginia Ishler, extension associate with Penn State's Dairy Alliance. However, the program is still in the development stage, cautions Ohio Livestock Coalition Executive Director David White.

The USDA's AHPIS announced friday that it is accepting funding applications from state and tribal governments to support the initial implementation of the national animal identification system (NAIS). A total of $11.64 million will be available for implementing an identification system for all livestock and poultry animals on farms and ranches.

A state Poultry Task Force has presented Delaware's House of Representatives with a report listing recommendations on how to support Delaware's poultry industry. The completion of the report marks the end of the responsibility of the task force, said its chairman Rep. John Atkins (R-41st District). "It's important to remember that the poultry industry is the No. 1 business in Delaware," Atkins said.

Turkey's high-protein, low-fat content makes it an ideal food for the 30 million Americans following low-carbohydrate diets, a point the National Turkey Federation will emphasize in a new campaign promoting turkey as “The Perfect Protein.” Research showed that consumers are unaware of the variety of new turkey cuts and products now available or how to prepare them.

In the face of rising meat prices, animal disease outbreaks and consumer health concerns, world agriculture policy-makers, meat traders, dairy experts, veterinarians and private sector producers have opened the 20th session of the FAO's Intergovernmental Group on Meat and Dairy Products. The conference is set against a backdrop of declining global meat trade following the recent bout of import bans due to avian influenza and BSE.

In the UK, a major initiative has been launched this summer to give the British farming industry the confidence it needs to make the most of the completely new era of EU agricultural policy. Celebrating progress made by British farming since joining the European community, the 30 Years of Progress Initiative is being run jointly by Farmers Guardian and Arable Farming, reports icNewcastle.

A UK partnership between the packaging solutions provider Ulma Packaging, and one of the country's biggest producers of fresh chickens, Banham Poultry, is said to have bought efficiencies that benefit both retailers and consumers. The company installed a machine designed to pack chickens in a leak-proof trays which is said to "improve on-shelf pack appearance, as well as providing a leak-proof tray and seal integrity, something demanded by supermarket buyers".

Oxoid, a leading manufacturer of microbiological culture media and diagnostic tests, says it will participate in CAMPYCHECK, a shared-cost three year project within the EU Fifth Framework ‘Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources’ Programme aimed at optimising detection of Campylobacteraceae, according to The project will focus on emerging Campylobacteraceae looking at the development of routine isolation and detection methods which will allow effective screening of samples in outbreak situations.

A group of Spanish scientists have investigated the possible role dogs could play in the spread of Gumboro disease. Viable virus was detected in the faeces of a dogs that had eaten meat dissected from chickens infected with a virulent strain of Gumboro disease, for a period of up to 2 days. The isolated virus was unchanged from the original virus and shown to be infectious to chickens.

The daily quantity of Chinese mainland live chicken imports to Hong Kong will rise from 30,000 to 40,000 for three days to meet the expected surge in demand during the Dragon-boat Festival, which falls on June 22. Inspection and quarantine measures will be expanded during the period to cope with the increase.

The Vietnamese government has issued an instruction, asking localities nationwide to maintain efforts on preventing the reoccurrence of bird flu, following the deaths of fowls in several areas, including some testing positive to avian influenza viruses. In late March, Vietnam declared an end to bird flu that killed 17 percent of its poultry population, and claimed 16 human lives since its broke out last December. A total of 43.2 million fowls in 57 out of 64 localities nationwide either died or were culled, causing the local poultry industry to suffer direct losses of 1.3 trillion VND (US$82.8 million).

Thailand's export values of broiler chickens are expected to drop to around 20 billion baht this year due to the bird flu outbreak, eFeedLink reports. This is down from the pre-epidemic target of THB45 billion, the report says. The bird flu virus is reported to have caused damages of over THB37 billion to the sector so far this year.

Singapore has fortified itself further against bird flu with a new test that can detect the virus in poultry more quickly and more accurately. Results can now be obtained in seven hours instead of up to three days previously, said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) in a statement yesterday.

The bird flu epidemic which broke out in Japan 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. "It is possible that wild birds brought the virus from affected Asian countries and then brought into poultry houses through mice, sparrows, crows, humans, water and the like," said the team leader.

* 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

Understanding and Control of Gangrenous Dermatitis in Poultry Houses
By Dustan Clark, Extension Veterinarian, Susan Watkins, Extension Poultry Specialist, Frank Jones, Extension Poultry Specialist Section Leader and Bob Norton, Assistant Professor - University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. This article looks at the problem of Gangrenous Dermatitis and discusses methods of prevention and control.

Hatching Ostrich Chicks
By Joe Berry, Extension Poultry Specialist, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service - Production of the ostrich in the US in locations other than zoos and wildlife preserves is a relatively new segment of animal husbandry. The natural home of the ostrich is Africa, but large numbers of the birds are now being produced in the US and Canada. Birds are being sold to be used as breeders and for slaughter purposes. Growers hope to continue to expand the slaughter market as well as the market for hides and feathers.

That's all for this week.

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