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We start this week in Thailand, where lax control measures at small-scale slaughterhouses have hindered efforts to control the spread of bird flu, a livestock official has said. Small slaughterhouses have no in-house testing for fowl diseases such as bird flu, which could be spread as small-scale farmers tends to evade state transport control measures on sending their fowl to slaughterhouse, reports Xinhuanet.

Despite the lesser impact of the second round of bird flu in Thailand, the disease had resulted in considerable damage to the country's economy. "The effect on chicken exports will last until the second half of next year," according to Thanawat Pholvichai, director of the Centre for Economics and Business Forecasting in Thailand. Thanawat said the government's chicken export target of Bt40 billion - Bt50 billion this year would be impossible to achieve.

Thailand may lose its export market for fresh poultry as the EU starts looking to other sources following the resurgence of bird flu in Asia, according to Thailand's offices of commerce in European Union member states. "The government should concentrate on protecting chicken exports rather than fighting cocks, because a drop in exports will damage the economy" said Thailand's representative to the EU.

Vietnam has recently identified 8 chicken flocks in 4 southern Mekong provinces that have been hit by bird flu affecting 9,340 fowls, local media reported Thursday. The Department of Animal Health said that the reoccurrence of bird flu is mainly attributed to scattered poultry raising which makes it difficult for relevant agencies to manage flocks.
     Following this fresh outbreak, the Acting Agriculture Minister has urged farmers in the region to keep their ducks from migrating to other areas as a preventive measure. The water-birds, according to veterinarians, are feared to be the "culprits" of avian flu reported in certain farms in the region, reports eFeedLink.
     Meanwhile, Vietnam is preparing for the use of vaccines to cope with bird flu. The Animal Health Department sent its experts to Hong Kong to get to know the effective use of vaccines there.

The United States is pushing China to lift import bans on beef and poultry imposed because of mad cow disease and bird flu outbreaks. Alan Larson, US Undersecretary of State for Economics and Business Affairs, told reporters today in Beijing that the US has "taken all the steps necessary to show we are free of avian influenza."

The Gainesville-based Georgia Poultry Federation and the University of Georgia have developed a Web site aimed at connecting poultry farmers with those desiring litter from their operations. Poultry litter has proven to be an excellent fertilizer and can supplement nutrient-poor soils. Titled the Georgia Poultry Federation Litter Market, the site ( features a database of both buyers and sellers of poultry litter.

In South Africa, the Department of Land Affairs and Agriculture has denied charges of negligence that resulted in a six-month EU ban on South Africa's poultry exports following the outbreak of avian flu earlier this year. The EU's Agricultural Committee met this month and banned poultry exports from South Africa for six months, citing that the department could not confirm that it had brought the outbreak under control.

In the UK, the NFU has welcomed the work of the Health Protection Agency and the Food Standards Agency to step up action on salmonella outbreaks linked to Spanish eggs. The HPA has investigated over 80 outbreaks of salmonella in the past two years, with at least 2,000 confirmed cases. Evidence shows that the use by the catering trade of Spanish eggs is a major source of this infection.

A top Northern Ireland farm last week launched a probe to find out how a potentially cancer-causing drug was found in some of its chickens. Moy Park is liaising with officials from the Defra after traces of the banned veterinary medicine nitrofuran was found in organic meat sold by leading supermarkets. Traces were discovered during routine checks at its factory in Co Tyrone, reports The Scotsman.

* 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

UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - Oct. 2004
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.

India's Poultry Sector: Development and Prospects
By Maurice Landes, Suresh Persaud, and John Dyck, U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - Poultry meat is the fastest growing component of global meat demand. India, the world’s second largest developing country, is contributing to the expansion through the rapid growth of its poultry sector.

Output Supply and Input Demand System of Commercial and Backyard Poultry Producers in Indonesia
By Jacinto F. Fabiosa, Helen H. Jensen, and Dong Yan, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University - This study uses a normalized quadratic function to estimate the output supply of commercial and backyard broiler producers in Indonesia and the input demand for three major inputs: day-old chicks, feed, and labor.

That's all for this week.

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