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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 29th November 2004

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We start this week in Hong Kong, where Medical News Today reports authorities may ban the slaughtering of poultry by retailers in a bid to prevent a bird flu pandemic. Shopkeepers have tried to resist laws that prohibit them from slaughtering poultry in front of customers, who like their meat fresh.
     Hong Kong Health Minister, York Chow, said "The broad direction for the government is to separate humans from chickens. And the announcement next month will be about how we are going to do that."

The Deputy Director for Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation has reiterated that sufficient measures are in place to minimise the risk of a bird flu outbreak among local chickens and birds. For the first 10 months of this year, a total of more than 100,000 poultry and other birds had been tested for the presence of avian flu and only two birds were confirmed to have the virus.
See also: Hong Kong to seek plan for bird flu threats

Singapore said last Friday that it will continue importing poultry and eggs from two Malaysian states despite the presence of bird flu in another state. "The latest detection of bird flu virus in Kelantan does not affect the export of poultry and eggs" from Johor and Malacca, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority said.
     It added that the city-state's ban on imports from the rest of Malaysia could be lifted after Malaysian authorities declare that Kelantan, which borders Thailand, is free of the virus.

In Thailand, local press reported last week on the threats from the European Union to cancel imports of heat-treated chickens due to bird flu. The European bloc has asked the kingdom to halt any further outbreaks and take preventive measures, including anti-flu vaccines, to contain spread of the deadly disease. If the EU imposes the ban, Thialand is concerned other major heat-treated chicken importers such as Japan and South Korea may follow suit.
     Currently, Thailand exports an average of 20,000 tons of heat-treated chickens daily to overseas markets.

In Malaysia, a discovery of bird flu among some 200 poultry has dashed hope of declaring the country free of the disease, the Veterinary Services Department said last week. The department had been expected to make the much-awaited announcement this week. It has been more than 21 days since the last case of the H5N1 strain of the virus was detected on Oct 10. The 21-day period has been set as the criteria by the OIE.

The Chinese Newspaper Nanyang Siang Pau has reported that ducks in Malaysia were free from avian flu. It quoted Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as saying that there were no cases of H5 virus found in ducks in Kelantan. The newspaper also said the Singapore Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority were checking the condition of Kelantan farms and duck samples were taken.

In South Korea, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said today that chickens and ducks raised in North Korea will be imported from early next year for sale in the South Korean market. The import of North Korean chickens and ducks requires an approval from the Unification Ministry, which oversees trade with North Korea. The Unification Ministry said the license for the import is likely to be approved in December, and actual importing will begin in January.

AAP has reported Australians are now buying more fresh pork meals than fresh chicken. The Roy Morgan survey of fresh meat serve purchases found Australians bought 28.8 million serves of fresh pork in the December quarter which was a a 22% increase over the 2002 December quarter. Chicken's share of the fresh meat market slipped 1.8% to 19.9%.

In the US, most of the turkeys gracing the nation's dinner tables last Thursday were selectively bred for their white meat for so many generations that simply walking can be a problem for many of the big-breasted birds, reports Oakland Tribune. A small research team is hoping to come to the rescue, employing the latest in biotechnology to chart the genetic map of the Turkey and eventually alleviate the breeding problems.
     "Improved meat quality or disease resistance will probably be the first application resulting from this research," said Kent Reed, a University of Minnesota researcher leading the effort to map the turkey's genome.

Large dairy cattle, beef cattle and poultry farms use factory-like methods that enhance product quality and profits but can pollute the environment and may cause animals to suffer, according to a new state Senate report. Produced by the Californian Office of Research, the report explores the concerns of environmentalists and animal rights activists about confined animal facilities, ranging from the debeaking of poultry to how dairy owners dispose of cow waste, reports the Sacramento Bee.
     However, Agricultural industry leaders called the Senate report misleading and shabbily researched. Bill Mattos, president of the California Poultry Federation, said he invited Senate staffers to visit the federation's farms, but they declined. "To me, (the report is) propaganda disguised as research," he said. "No one took up our offer to come up and see a facility. Obviously this research has no basis in fact."

The leading German poultry company PHW-Gruppe recently bought 50 percent of the second largest Polish turkey processing company Bomadek, accoring to the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. Bomadek has a slaughter capacity of 6,000 to 7,000 turkeys per day and has been EU certified since September 2003.

* 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

Poultry Outlook Report - November 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the November 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data. The report indicates that the Broiler Q4 production forecast is higher than expected and turkey prices are also expected to remain higher.

Diet Manipulation to Reduce Phosphorus Excretion by Poultry
By Ken W. Koelkebeck and Stephanie Boling - Phosphorus is an essential dietary nutrient for growing birds and is also essential for egg production and eggshell quality of laying hens. Even though an adequate amount of phosphorus is needed to support growth and production, there is a great concern about the contamination of land and water sources due to the phosphorus content in poultry manure.

Surveillance Program for Exotic Newcastle Disease and Avian Influenza
By F. Dustan Clark, Extension Poultry Health Veterinarian at the University of Arkansas's Avian Advice - In the last few years there have been several outbreaks of foreign poultry diseases in the United States. An outbreak of low pathogenic Avian Influenza in Virginia in 2002 resulted in the destruction of over 4 million birds. The outbreak cost the Virginia poultry industry approximately $130 million in lost revenue.

That's all for this week.

Ed.


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