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Thursday 2nd May 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

H7N9 Bird Flu Impacts Poultry Markets in China and Viet Nam

Starting with avian influenza A(H7N9), the most recent update from the World Health Organization (WHO), dated 29 April, refers to a total of 126 confirmed human cases of the virus, of whom, 24 have died.

An expert mission from the OIE has found that live bird markets play a key role in poultry and human infections with influenza A(H7N9).

Some media report that the virus has been found at poultry farms across China. ThePoultrySite has been unable to find a reliable first-hand source for that information so far. An official source in China reported on 27 April that none of the 68,000 samples collected from poultry farms had tested positive for the H7N9 strain of avian influenza.

Despite well-founded assurances that there is no risk from properly cooked poultry products, there are signs that sales of poultry meat and eggs are falling in China as a result of market closures and the population's fears of infection. The fears have spread to Viet Nam, where poultry sales are also falling.

Influenza A(H5N1) continues to rumble on in some countries. Six new confirmed human cases have been reported to WHO from Bangladesh (one), Cambodia (one), Egypt (two) and Viet Nam (two). Since the beginning of 2013, Cambodia has reported 10 human cases with influenza A(H5N1) virus infection including eight fatal cases.

From Mexico, unconfirmed reports indicate that the situation with H7N3 bird flu in poultry may be less under control than official sources suggest.

Turning to other news, egg farmers in the US appear to be divided over whether to support or oppose the inclusion in the Farm Bill of the ‘Egg Bill’, which will impact the future of battery cages. While United Egg Producers has expressed its support, Egg Farmers of America is opposing the Bill.

Turkey producers in the US have hit back following the publication of a report, which found - among other issues - that bacteria on turkey raised without antibiotics had significantly less antibiotic resistance than bacteria on conventional turkey and that 90 per cent of samples of ground turkey had one or more of the five foodborne bacteria.

Finally, animal advocates will celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day on Saturday (4 May). May is International Respect for Chickens Month.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Role of Animal Agriculture in Beating Antimicrobial Resistance
A recent conference in Thailand examined the development of antimicrobial resistance, the roles played by human and veterinary medicine and how animal agriculture can contribute to the solution, including a success story from Europe. Senior editor, Jackie Linden, reports.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: Egg Output Growth Exceeds Global Average in Africa and Oceania
At 3.2 per cent and 3.0 per cent, respectively, for the years 2000 to 2011, the increases in average annual egg production for Africa and Oceania were above the global average of 2.2 per cent, according to the latest analysis for ThePoultrySite from seasoned industry watcher, Terry Evans.

Conference Sheds New Light on Familiar Turkey Health Challenges
Among the health issues covered in the Turkey Science and Production Conference in Chester, UK, in March, reports senior editor, Jackie Linden, were APEC, histomoniasis and antimicrobial resistance issues.

New Studies Examine Effects of Lighting on Chickens
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Modulation of the Intestinal Environment and Innate Immune Response by Dietary Threonine and Purified Fibre During a Coccidiosis Challenge in Broilers
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Company News

Ceva Injects Support into Charity Fund
UK - Ceva Animal Health is showing its solidarity with the country’s struggling farmers by donating £1 per unit sold of their popular anti-infective range, to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I). The offer runs until the end of June.
Kenyon Joins Diamond V as Poultry Specialist
US - Diamond V is pleased to announce the addition of David Kenyon as Poultry Specialist.
Long Term Solution to Your Red Mite Problem
UK - The unique FOSSIL SHIELD + PCS professional on-site electrostatic application offers a long term solution with 85 per cent of customers not requiring any repeat treatment until the next flock.
Verbeek Hosted Third Novogen Distributors Meeting
NETHERLANDS - From 15 to 17 April, Verbeek Hatchery, the largest commercial layer hatchery in Europe, hosted the 3rd Novogen Distributors Meeting.
Unilight: Affordable, High-performance LED Lights
UK - Energy conservation and environment policies are dramatically changing the lighting world. LED is the only and final solution - the least energy of all lights and no mercury.
Ceva Creates Teams to Support Innovative Vaccination Services
FRANCE - Recent research showed Ceva that their customers want more than just good vaccines; they want 100 per cent of their birds correctly vaccinated.
Nippon Chunky Commissions Petersime for New Hatchery
JAPAN - Nippon Chunky, Japan’s Aviagen (Ross) Parent Stock distributor, has recently expanded its business with a brand new hatchery in Okayama Prefecture, Western Japan.
Aviagen Redesigns Web Site to Support Growing Business
GLOBAL - Aviagen, the world leader in poultry genetics, launched the latest version of its corporate web site,, which includes access to information about the company’s Arbor Acres, Indian River and Ross brands.
Market Reports

USDA Poultry Slaughter - April 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 28 April 2013
USDA Livestock & Poultry: World Markets & Trade - April 2013
USDA Poultry - Production and Value - 2012 Summary (April 2013)
USDA International Egg and Poultry: World Broiler Meat 2013 Production and Exports
USDA Egg Products - April 2013
UK Total Income from Farming 2012 - 1st Estimate
China Wholesale Prices - 2 May 2013

Global Poultry Industry News


Glycerol in Diet Improves Broiler Growth, Efficiency

   United States

Research Points to Benefits of Eggs
Court Refuses to Dismiss Poultry Farmer’s Suit Against EPA
Safety of Chemical Use in Poultry Plants Questioned
Coalition Applauds Introduction of Agricultural Worker Bill
New Bill Opens Way for Migrant Workers
Egg Bill Blasted by Animal Protection Organizations
Safety of Antimicrobial Use in Poultry Production Reaffirmed
CME: Notable Reductions Seen in Pork, Beef and Poultry Outputs
How Large Does the Corn Crop Need to Be?
Family Farmers Need Congress to Pass 'Egg Bill' to Survive
Warning Issued over Salmonella from Young Chicks
CME: Major Shift in KFC Offering
Turkey Federation Refutes Alarmist Food Safety Claims
Saturday is International Respect for Chickens Day
Dozen Reasons for Family Farms to Vote 'No' on Egg Bill


Grants for Polillo Farmers


Newcastle Disease Confirmed in Libya

   European Union

CAP Agreement Expected in June
Commission Refers Greece, Italy to Court over Cage Ban Failure
EFSA Reports on Safety, Efficacy of Fumaric Acid in Feed


Food Prices Remain Stable
More H7N9 Cases Reported in China
OIE Reports Avian Influenza A(H7N9) in Zhejiang
Influenza A(H7N9): Impacts on the Poultry Industry
Experts Say Consumption of Poultry Safe
H7N9: Live Bird Markets Are Key to Infection for People and Poultry


Timor Leste Opens Market for US Poultry


Bachoco Reports Quarterly Net Sales up Seven Per Cent
Mexico Sees Potential for Pork, Poultry in Russian Market


Environment Control Chambers for Research to Benefit Poultry Industry
Poultry Feed Prices Seen Ruling Flat

   United Kingdom

Edwina Currie Praises British Lion Scheme
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2012 Weather Dents Farming’s Bottom Line


Bulgaria to Receive Support to Promote Eggs on Greek, Romanian Markets


OIE Reports Low-path Bird Flu in Lower Saxony


Celebrating World Veterinary Day
High Temperature During Incubation Boosts Hatchability, Growth
G-8 Members Agreed to New Alliance for Food Security, Nutrition Initiative
BIRD FLU: Live Markets Spread H7N9; Fears of H7N9 in Viet Nam; 18 Cases of H5N1 in 2013


Atria Sales and Profit Improve


BRF Profit Soars


In-ovo Injection Improves Hatchability of Stored Eggs


Chinese Delegation Visits Fish, Poultry Establishments in Argentina


Chicken Price Drops 15 Rupees

   New Zealand

MPI Swoops on Suspected Illegal Poultry Operation


Nest Design Affects Hen Behaviour, Mislaid Eggs

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam Poultry Farmers Hit by H7N9 Virus News


IFA Calls for Higher Poultry Returns

   United Arab Emirates

Rise in Egg and Poultry Prices Likely


OIE Reports Another Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Haifa


Newcastle Disease Outbreak in East Kazakhstan


OIE Reports HPAI Outbreaks in Dhaka and Rangpur


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