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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Avian influenza has in recent times been a recurring feature in world headlines. Devastating outbreaks of the disease have occurred in Europe, Asia and North America, causing havoc to the poultry industry.
     To better inform the poultry industry and government policy makers about avian influenza Intervet has published a new website,
    In-addition to our oen Bird-Flu news updates, visitors to the Intervet site will find general disease information, news on the latest avian influenza outbreaks, as well as relevant legislation pertaining to trade regulations and control of the disease. Visit the site for more information

* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start in China, where they have culled more than 20,000 chickens in central Anhui province to isolate a new outbreak of bird flu, a local official said on Thursday. The government believes that the deadly disease had been contained.

Chinese doctors have ended clinical observation of 37 people who came into contact with chickens at the site of an outbreak of bird flu, giving them all a clean bill of health, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

Thailand confirmed more recurrences of the deadly bird flu virus on several farms in two northern provinces Saturday, just days after fresh outbreaks near Bangkok. "Bird flu is confirmed in both places and we have already told OIE," said Yukol Limlaemthong, head of the Agriculture Ministry's livestock department, referring to the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health. Another 1,000 chickens had been killed in an attempt to contain the outbreaks, he said.

Bank of Thailand Governor Pridiyathorn Devakula said Thursday the new bird flu outbreak would have minimal negative impact on the country's economy. "The value of exported chicken accounted for only one percent of the country's total exports and therefore the impact from this round of the bird flu epidemic should be minimal," he said.

The Philippines said on Friday that a ban on poultry imports from Pakistan and 11 other Asian and North American countries would stay in place. The decision follows fresh bird flu outbreaks in Southeast Asia and the inability of these countries to obtain clearance from the world animal health office.

Faced with growing evidence that a lethal strain of avian influenza will persist in Asian birds for years, governments around the world are stockpiling medicine and racing to develop a vaccine, in case the disease becomes a pandemic among people, reports the International Herald Tribune.

In the US, a recent report from the Government Accounting Office stated that the FDA has found that use of antibiotics in animals poses a risk of increased antibiotic resistance in humans. Antibiotics in beef, poultry and swine accounts for more than 70% of all antibiotics used in the US, the Union of Concerned Scientists estimates. The GAO report recommends that the FDA speed up its review of key antibiotics used in animal agriculture.

British Columbia's chicken industry has entered the "recovery phase" following the avian flu epidemic that severely dented the province's poultry market. After depopulating B.C. chicken barns in June, farmers in high-risk areas have begun restocking their barns, according to eFeedLink.

In the UK, farming is said to be responsible for around 70% of nitrogen, 50% of phosphorous and most of the silt pollution in British waters. At best, says the NPA, Defra's paper on catchment sensitive farming heralds the start of close cooperation between farmers and government to reduce pollution; at worst it could shut down some farms.

Farmers in England will have their single farm payment information statements posted to them on one of three dates in July. Bill Duncan, head of the RPA's Central Scheme Management Unit, said an explanatory booklet would go out with the 70,000 statements that set out what farmers needed to do. Producers have 28 days – measured from the day the form arrives on-farm – to respond to the statement, reports FWi.

A worryingly large proportion of farmers is still not ready for CAP reform, according to the results of one of the largest producer surveys carried out in England this year. The ADAS Farmers' Voice 2004 survey covered about 1800 farms in England and Wales during March and April. Over 60% of the businesses questioned said they did not have enough information about the changes and felt unable to plan for the future.

The bird flu strain that killed 24 people in east Asia earlier this year and resurfaced in recent weeks has become endemic to the region, and the virus could trigger a global health crisis if it goes unchecked, a new study says.

The European Commission has approved Poland’s Sectoral Operational Programme for Restructuring and Modernisation of the Food Sector and Rural Development for the period 2004-2006. The focus is on the modernisation of the farming sector, improvement of the processing sector, and the encouragement of rural development.

In the Netherlands, veterinary use of antibiotics fell by 2% in 2003. This recorded downturn does not include reduced use of antibiotics as animal feed additives. In the run-up to 1 January 2006, when antibiotics will no longer be permitted as animal feed additives, many animal feed manufacturers have in fact already stopped using them, according to the Dutch Meat Board.

* 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

Biosecurity for Exotic Fowl
By Joan S. Jeffrey, Assistant Professor and Extension Poultry Veterinarian, The Texas A&M University System - Biosecurity is a practice designed to prevent the spread of disease into your farm. It is accomplished by maintaining the facility in such a way that there is minimal traffic of biological organisms (viruses, bacteria, rodents, etc.) across its borders. Biosecurity is the cheapest, most effective means of disease control available. No disease prevention program will work without it.

Utilization of Energy and Amino Acids of Spray-Dried Egg, Plasma Protein, and Soybean Meal by Ducks
S. E. Norberg, R. N. Dilger, H. Dong, B. G. Harmon, O. Adeola, and M. A. Latour Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University - A study was conducted to determine AMEn, TMEn, apparent amino acid digestibility (AAAD), and true amino acid digestibility (TAAD) of spray-dried egg (SDE), plasma protein (PP), and soybean meal (SBM).

That's all for this week.

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