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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 19th July 2004

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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in Thailand, where the government has scheduled a meeting on Sunday to explore lifting the Agricultural Ministry's ban against inoculating chickens for the bird flu virus, reports brunei-online.com. The Agricultural Ministry wants the ban lifted so it can experiment with a bird flu vaccine. However, the Livestock Development Department opposes the experimentation, saying vaccination carries potential risks to public health and is unlikely to eradicate the disease.

Thailand has now had new outbreaks of the deadly bird flu in eight provinces and it may have returned to Bangkok, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said on Wednesday. "Bird flu is confirmed in two farms in Sukothai and Chiang Rai provinces," he said. That confirmation meant new outbreaks had now been reported in 8 of the country's 76 provinces.

In Vietnam, authorities of southern Ba Ria Vung Tau province on Thursday affirmed that bird flu has just been detected in a chicken farm in Vung Tau City. Samples taken from dead chickens in the farm tested positive for AI virus H5N1, reports Xinhuanet. Earlier, Vietnam's Animal Health Department affirmed new outbreaks of bird flu in 7 southern localities, which killed or led to the forced slaughtering of over 35,000 chickens and ducks and 13,000 quails between late last month and middle this month.

The World Health Organization has called for a prompt response to curb the spread of avian flu. The announcement follows reports that a potentially lethal virus has re-emerged in birds in Asia. The last two weeks have seen a spate of outbreaks in Asian poultry which shows that the virus continues to circulate and that new cases could flare up in future. Eradication of the avian flu virus should be considered, at best, a long-term task, the FAO suggests.

In India, the UT Administration will take another step in the direction of healthy living by ensuring that only chickens and fowls stamped by the Health Department are sold in the city. Amending the meat bylaws, the administration will ban slaughtering birds and fowls in the city.

In Malawi, the shortage of chicken on the market is because producers have been exporting the product to neighbouring countries, industry captains have confirmed. The Consumers Association of Malawi has condemned the producers for exporting at a time when they cannot meet the local demand. They have since demanded that government remove restrictions on chicken imports to allow for more chicken products into the country.

In Korea, in a twist on Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham," researchers have hatched chickens that glow fluorescent green. The fowl were part of a project to create a two-legged cost-effective means of producing medicine. Green fluorescent protein was injected into eggs that hatched into chickens that had a green hue to various body parts - the first time transgenic poultry has been produced.

Brazilian poultry exports in June registered their best performance ever, both in terms of volumes and in revenue, the Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association (Abef) said Tuesday. According to Abef, Brazil shipped 238,270 tonnes, up 53% on June 2003. In dollars, exports reached $248 million, up 85% against the same month last year, reports eFeedLink.

In the US, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty visited a Farm last week to share the recommendations of a 14-member task force he appointed in November to study the barriers to livestock industry growth. In a 35-page report, the task force called for changes in the way livestock facilities are sited and permitted and asked for more and better livestock research from the University of Minnesota.

Understanding customers and identifying untapped business opportunities were the main topics covered by retail experts during a seminar at the National Chicken Council's Chicken Marketing Seminar 2004, reports MeatingPlace.com. In his talk, industry consultant Ken Parnell characterized the poultry industry's future as "the brightest ever," provided it can adapt to a changing market.

In the UK, the government has launched a draft Animal Welfare Bill which it says is the most comprehensive modernisation of laws on domestic and captive animals in 100 years. The bill aims to consolidate and modernise over 20 pieces of animal welfare legislation relating to farmed and non-farmed animals, says Andrew Watts on FWi.
See also: Written evidence on the Government’s draft Animal Welfare Bill

Schering-Plough Animal Health has announced the appointment of David Schofield MRCVS as Business Director for the Poultry and Aquaculture division in the UK. With his specialist knowledge of the vaccine market, David will be working with the Schering-Plough Poultry team as the company develops its product strategy in the broiler and layer markets.

Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture warned that the hot summer weather can prove dangerous to pigs and poultry. "Periods of hot weather can present dangers for the welfare of livestock and people must be extra vigilant for them during such periods," a spokesman stated.

In Australia, therapeutic drugs developer BioDiem Ltd said an independent study by RMIT University in Victoria has confirmed the commercial viability of its synthetic antibiotic replacement, BDM-I, to replace antibiotics used on chickens to control disease and boost growth. BioDiem say the findings showed that replacing antibiotics used in poultry feed could deliver extra savings to primary producers.

* 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

Brazilian Meat Production
By USDA, FAS - This report by the Foreign Agricultural Service looks at Brazil's recent export success, focussing on how the Brazilian Poultry Empire was built. Brazil’s export prowess in agricultural products is the result of a deliberate strategy that began in the early 1990’s. After discarding a policy of import-substituting industrialization, which for years crippled agriculture by diverting state resources into industrial development, Brazil has now fully embraced agriculture as a way to generate export revenue and encourage employment in rural areas.

UK Poultry Disease Surveillance Report - May 2004
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic poultry diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.

Animal Diseases and Trade Restrictions
By USDA, Economic Research Service - This report looks at US livestock exports and how they have been affected by disease-related trade restrictions. Expectations that U.S. exports of poultry (broilers, turkeys, and other chicken) meat in 2003 would greatly exceed 2002 levels did not materialize because many of the animal health and trade restrictions that reduced poultry exports by nearly 14 percent in 2002 persisted into 2003.

That's all for this week.

Ed.


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