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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 5th July 2004

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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in Asia, where Vietnam's head of the Veterinary Department told press Thursday that there was no recurrence of bird flu, but there were some scattered cases of dead poultry infected by flu virus in some areas in Dong Thap and Bac Lieu southern provinces.
     A prime ministerial directive issued on Thursday urged preventative measures against the recurrence of the bird flu outbreak, following recent chicken deaths at poultry farms in southern provinces.

Thailand's poultry farmers affected by last December's outbreak of bird flu are now facing another obstacle reports e-feedlink. Chicken breeders in Chainat province have refused to distribute hens to small-scale poultry farmers who run a mixed poultry-fish farm, saying catfish were a possible cause of the bird flu outbreak. On such farms the hens are raised above the fish ponds.
     However, Fisheries department chief Sidhi Boonyaratpalin, insisted that scientific research had proven that the H5N1 strain of bird flu could not jump from fowl to fish or vice versa.

In Iran, the head of the Egg Producers’ Association said on Sunday that 235,000 tons of the country’s necessary animal protein are provided by poultry industry products, making it the 16th largest Poultry Producing Country in the world. Iran’s poultry industry now has a yearly production of 1 billion chicks, 1.2 million tons of chicken and 0.8 million tons of eggs.

In the US, laboratory tests confirmed on June 22 that a flock of 14 birds in northeast Texas was infected with the H7N3 Bird flu virus - the same strain that led to the depopulation of 48,000 commercial breeding chickens in mid-May. The infected noncommercial flock was one of more than 315 in a 300 square mile area that tested negative a little more than two weeks ago, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission.

Several plaintiffs last Monday filed a memorandum in Washington County Circuit Court in opposition to Tyson Foods' motion to dismiss their wrongful death claims. The parties filed suit against several poultry companies, alleging exposure to toxic chemicals, waste processes and various other harmful constituents generated by the defendants’ poultry processes.

The Bush administration is expected to announce an agreement soon with hog and poultry producers that would shield their farms from lawsuits over past air pollution. Under the agreement, farms would make a payment to the government ranging from $200 to $100,000, depending on size. In exchange, the farms would be shielded from lawsuits related to air pollution.

A team of British scientists has revealed how the bird flu virus that emerged in 1918 became the most deadly infection in history. The lethal turning point came when the Spanish Flu virus altered its surface structure, making it capable of infecting humans as well as birds. It went on to claim up to 50 million lives. Experts monitoring the current outbreaks of avian, or bird flu, in Asia are terrified of a similar pandemic occurring again.
See also: Pandemic looms as bird flu mutates - Nature

From 2005, Scottish farmers will be able to apply for a single farm payment, the size of which will be determined by their entitlement. To receive the payment, farmers have to comply with 18 statutory requirements and also the land they farm should be kept in good agricultural and environmental condition. If currently non-supported enterprises such as pigs and poultry are used as examples, then there will be a drive for increased efficiency from the use of resources such as land, machinery and buildings and an increase in the output of labour.

The European Union looks set to extend its ban on Thai poultry imports until the end of the year as Asia cleans up after the bird flu outbreak, officials said on Thursday, predicting a decision next week. Fresh and frozen Thai poultry products would remain barred from the 25-nation bloc until December 15.

* 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 3 new features this week

The Effect of Claw and Beak Reduction on Growth Parameters and Fearfulness of Two Leghorn Strains
By C. F. Honaker and P. L. Ruszler, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - This article contains an abstract from the Poultry Science Association's June 2004 journal.

Mareks Disease: Vaccine handling
By Canadian Poultry Consultants Ltd and Teresa N. Cereno, DVM, Dip. Path., ACPV, Manager of Veterinary Services, AGE, Merial Canada, Inc. - Marek’s Disease (MD) is still considered as one of the most economically devastating poultry diseases worldwide. Billions of dollars are lost in clinical cases as well as in the form of condemned carcasses in the slaughter plants.

Cannibalism: Prevention and Treatment
By Phillip J. Clauer, Poultry Extension Specialist Animal & Poultry Sciences Department - Cannibalism in fowl is a costly and vicious habit that poultry producers can not afford to ignore. It may occur at any age among all breeds, strains and sexes of fowl.

That's all for this week.

Ed.


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