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Thursday 9th May 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Avian Flu Concerns in Mexico and China

Starting with news on bird flu, the World Health Organization reported on 8 May a total of 131 confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) including 32 deaths. The cases so far are still confined to China but Hong Kong and Taiwan have imposed import restrictions on Chinese poultry to reduce the risk of the virus spreading to their territories in chickens showing little outward sign of infection.

The first H7N9 virus-positive live chicken has been reported at a poultry wholesale bazaar in Dongguan city in Guangdong province.

China’s response to the new virus has been praised by international health agencies and the scientific journal, Nature.

For a while, highly pathogenic H7N3 bird flu in Mexican poultry was out of the news but not, it turns out, because the virus had gone away. Five more outbreaks have been reported to the OIE this week. 

This disease is causing a high level of alarm in Mexico. Senior editor, Chris Wright, reported from the annual ANECA convention - the Mexican Association of Poultry Science Specialists – that the issue is causing frustration and concern in the country.

The virus has spread from the top egg-producing state of Jalisco to the no. 2 egg state of Puebla in the centre of the country and more than 700km away. Furthermore, outbreaks are being reported in broiler and breeder flocks and no longer only in table egg layers.

At the convention, producers were using phrases like “disastrous”, “the end of industry”, “event of historic proportions” and “the devil is among us”.

Also in the ‘Bird Flu’ headlines is another outbreak of H5N1 low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) has been reported in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Also in the news this week, three senators have introduced the bipartisan Antimicrobial Data Collection Bill in the US, which aims to increase the data collected by the FDA on antibiotic use in farm animals as a means of tackling the issue of antibiotic resistance . The news has been applauded by Pew Charitable Trusts as a move towards ending antibiotic use for growth promotion.

In the UK, the new Chairman of the National Office for Animal Health (NOAH) has said public perceptions about animal medicines and the need for science to help support food production are becoming increasingly positive.

John Hanley, VP and General Manager UK and Ireland for Zoetis, was speaking at the NOAH Annual Dinner, at the Tower Hotel in London, where his Chairmanship was announced.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: Little Egg Trade in Africa, Oceania
Africa and Oceania are not important regions for the trade in shell eggs or egg products, according to seasoned industry watcher, Terry Evans.

Diseases of Farmyard Poultry. Part 1 - Mycoplasmosis
A practical guide to the signs, prevention and treatment of poultry diseases caused by mycoplasmas from Victoria Roberts, BVSc MRCVS.

Food for Nine Billion: Perspective on Global Agriculture in 2050
Dr Dominique van der Mensbrugghe of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) gave the second lecture in the Teagasc/RDS lecture series. Here, he summarises the main points of his lecture entitled 2Will we run out of natural resources needed for food production?'.

Determining the Optimum Replacement Schedule for Commercial Layers: Does Moulting Pay Off?
Modelling the economic implications of forced moulting laying hens by R. Schulte-Drüggelte and H-H. Thiele of Lohmann Tierzucht GmbH in Cuxhaven, Germany in the April 2013 edition of 'Lohmann Information'.

Organic Acids for Control of Salmonella in Different Feed Materials
A group of researchers from several European institutes report that the efficacy of organic acids for controlling Salmonella in feed depends on the acid, feed ingredients, the acid tolerance of the Salmonella strains and treatment temperature.

Company News

Focus on Industry Pressures at Cobb Seminar in Hungary
HUNGARY - Pressures on poultry production from high commodity prices and environmentalists were discussed at a Cobb Germany seminar for the Hungarian chicken industry at Inarcs, Pest County, in the central part of the country.
Hy-Line International Donates Geneticist’s Time to Iowa State
US - Hy-Line International, a world leader in poultry genetics based in Dallas Center, Iowa, will share one of its scientists with Iowa State University.
Ross Technical Seminar in Belarus Focuses on Nutrition
BELARUS - The fourth annual technical seminar for Ross Parent Stock (PS) customers took place recently in Belarus. The event, organised by Aviagen together with its Grandparent (GP) customer PPR Broiler, OAO Agrocombinat Dzerzhinsky, took place near Minsk and saw 90 delegates attend.
Ceva Uses Creative Thinking for Innovation
FRANCE - Innovation in the bio-pharmaceutical field is associated with the scientific R&D teams but CEVA says that having the latest technology vaccines is of little value if you cannot produce them efficiently, on time and to the highest quality standards.
Zoetis Reports First-Quarter 2013 Results
US - ZoetisTM, formerly the animal health business of Pfizer Inc., has reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2013.
Big Dutchman Equipment for Successful Breeding Management
CHINA - At this year’s China Animal Husbandry Expo (CAHE), Wuhan, Big Dutchman introduces an innvoative automatic single laying nest which is especially well suited for broiler breeders.
Boot Camp Featuring Digestarom P.E.P.
COSTA RICA - Bootcamps are being organized to educate and train some of BIOMIN's distributors and customers, on the company's new innovative product Digestarom® P.E.P.
Latest Farm Animal Research Being Carried Out at FAI Farms
UK - FAI Farms will be carrying out the latest farm animal research on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 at FAI Farms, The Field Station, Wytham, Oxford, OX2 8QJ.
Biomin Unveils Mycotoxin Risk App for iOS and Android
GLOBAL - In time for the upcoming 2012 Global Mycotoxin Survey Report, Biomin launches the Mycotoxin Risk Management app, the first application to allow instant access to worldwide data on mycotoxin occurrence and information on the possible risks resulting from mycotoxins.
Quality Meeting for Aviagen European Technical Team
SPAIN - The latest meeting of the Aviagen European Technical Team recently took place in Barcelona. The twice-annual meeting shares information from 38 countries and 50 million parent stock birds.
Full Conference Programme at VIV Russia
RUSSIA - A full conference programme has been organised for VIV Russia, which takes place in Moscow on 21 to 23 May 2013.
EFSA Gives Positive Opinion on Mycotoxin Biotransformation
EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted a positive scientific opinion on the safety and efficacy of Biomin BBSH 797. Part of the well-established Mycofix product line, this microorganism is capable of biotransforming trichothecenes into harmless metabolites.
Hy-Line do Brasil Appoints New Tech Services Director
BRAZIL - Vitor Arantes has been appointed Technical Services Director at Hy-Line do Brasil.
Cobb Opens New Hatchery in Turkey
TURKEY - The first chicks were hatched at a new facility that Cobb has opened in Turkey to supply increasing demand in the country and across the Middle East.
Worldwide Partnership in Action at Merial Avian Forum
TURKEY - Merial Animal Health brought to life its pledge to work in partnership with the global avian industry in its recent Avian Forum in Istanbul. The event was attended by 500 delegates from 73 countries who took part in sessions on 'Future Challenges of the Poultry Industry'.
Market Reports

UK Egg Statistics – Quarter 1, 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 7 May 2013

Global Poultry Industry News

   Global

FAO Advice on Bird Flu Measures for Poultry Sellers, Transporters
Time for Change: Sustainability Events for Businesses
Summit Outlines Importance of Communication and Relationships
BIRD FLU: 131 Cases, 32 Deaths from H7N9 in China; Vaccine Development; Market Disinfection Controls H5N1; Five New H7N3 Outbreaks in Mexico

   United States

Consumers Value Locally Sourced Food
Purdue Vet Medicine Launches Poultry Medicine Residency
Coalition Formed to Oppose Egg Bill
Genetic Selection for Leg Soundness in Broilers is Feasible
NFU Urges USDA to Stand Strong on COOL
Negative Impacts of Ethanol Mandates to House Committee
Pressley Appointed Chairman of Animal Ag Alliance
Mixed Rate of Corn Consumption, but Does it Matter?
Tyson Foods Has Weathered Second Quarter Challenges
Pilgrim's Pride Aims to be Best Managed, Most Respected in Industry
Construction of New Georgia Poultry Lab to Start Soon
New Turkey Brooding Hub in Illinois
New Additives Permitted for Food Pathogen Control in Meat
Arkansas In-feed Probiotic Helps Control Campy
New Bill Aims to Increase Information on Antibiotic Use

   Canada

Maple Leaf CEO Reports Very Difficult Quarter
Public Seeks Assurances Farmers Take Care of Animals

   Taiwan

Taiwan to Ban Wet Market Poultry Slaughter Due to H7N9
Taiwan Remains Reliable US Grain Customer

   China

Police in Major Crackdown on Tainted Meat
China Rapid in Response to Bird Flu
Guangdong's First H7N9 Virus from Live Chicken

   United Kingdom

Moy Park Reports Strong Recovery in 2012
How to Build an On-farm AD Plant
NOAH's Chairman for 2013
Public Recognition of Benefits of Animal Medicines Growing
Poultry Meat: Best Value Food
Attitudes to Carcass Treatments Surveyed
Business Summit Aims to Help Farmers
Scientists Seeking Better H5N9 Flu Vaccines
NFU Joins European Coalition to Demand Fair Treatment

   European Union

EC to Recover €230M of CAP Expenditure from Member States
EC Adopts Smarter Rules for Safer Food

   Brazil

Scientists Study Causes of Poult Enteritis Complex
JBS Aves Acquires Brasil Food Farm and Plant

   India

Poultry Feed Prices Seen Flat in Near-term
Chicken and Egg Prices Have Doubled in One Year

   Australia

Pressure to Lift Poultry Standards

   Papua New Guinea

Newcastle Disease Reported in West Sepik

   Romania

Researchers Uncover Novel Mycotoxin Treatment

   Colombia

Chinese Officials to Assess Columbian Meat Hygeine

   Russian Federation

Russian Feed Sector Continues to Expand

   Zambia

CCPC Approves Two Poultry Mergers

   Mexico

Avian Influenza Spreads Across Mexico
Five New High-Path Bird Flu Outbreaks Reported

   Germany

Another Outbreak of Low-Path Bird Flu in Lower Saxony

   Viet Nam

H5N1 Bird Flu Could Be Controlled by Disinfection

   Namibia

Nambia Introduces Poultry Meat Import Quota

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