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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 20th December 2004

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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in Asia, where global health experts warned that Southeast Asia must unite to combat the spread of a deadly bird flu virus which has the potential to become the next human influenza pandemic.
     With evidence suggesting the virus, known as H5N1, is now endemic, policymakers must step up regional surveillance to control and eradicate the disease, they said on the sidelines of a closed-door meeting on the issue. “It's common sense... we need better surveillance,” said Francois-Xavier Meslin, coordinator for strategy, development and monitoring from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In Taiwan, Council of Agriculture officials said last Thursday that the H5N2 strain was found in one sample of the feces of a teal, and the H5N6 strain found in a sample of the snipe feces. The officials also reiterated that the nation remains unaffected by the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu that has taken the lives of people in other Asian countries.
See also: Taiwan Ministry Finds Two Strains of Bird Flu

In Thailand, H5N1 bird flu has been found in nine species of wild birds, an official said last Tuesday. The discovery comes amid worries that the H5N1 virus could mutate to a form that could spread among humans, sparking a global pandemic that could kill millions of people. The strain was found in carcasses of birds native to five provinces in Thailand, reports the China Post.

In Malaysia, the Perlis Veterinary Department has restricted the movement of chickens at a farm following the deaths of more than 3,000 chickens at Kok Mak. The farm, situated several kilometres from the Malaysian-Thai border, has 10 pens. It has a rearing capacity of as many as 52,000 chicken.
     It currently rears about 14,000 livestock. But more than 1,000 chicken from the farm died over the past five days, causing concern among the village folks of a possible outbreak of avian bird flu.

Vaccine maker Chiron has been given the go-ahead to start human testing of a vaccine against bird flu. The US company is to begin trials this month. The WHO has given the go-ahead to the tests as it attempts to head off a feared pandemic that could kill millions of people.
Asia holds its breath over bird flu threat for 2005

In the EU, the first estimates of agricultural income for 2004 show a year-on-year increase of 3.3% in the European Union as a whole. This increase was primarily thanks to the contribution of the new Member States, where agricultural income increased by an average of 53.8%.
     This shows the overwhelmingly positive impact of accession to the EU on the agricultural sector, through access to the Single Market and implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy. Income in the “old” 15 Member States also increased this year, by 0.8%.

New Zealand turkey farmer Philip Crozier says he had been hatching up to 5000 birds each fortnight since October in preparation for the Christmas rush. He started with black turkeys but now has white turkeys from Australia.
     "The black turkeys don't fatten, while the white birds are meat producers" said Mr Crozier. Overseas diet fads had increased interest in turkey as one of the leanest protein sources and a provider of a variety of vitamins including selenium, vitamins B6, B12 and zinc, according to Hoovers.

In Pakistan, the retail prices of various poultry products have risen sharply in the last 15 days, dealers said. Dealers said a decline in the production of chicken due to high prices of chicks is the main reason behind sudden rise in the retail prices and added that the prices are expected to remain on the higher side throughout December and possibly into the new years as well.

In Russia, experience of the development of poultry farming in the Sverdlovsk Region may be analysed and used in other regions, said Minister of Agriculture Alexei Gordeyev. “The Sverdlovsk Region holds the first place for the production of poultry meat. The Sverdlovsk Governor said that the regional government had started to pay special attention to the development of poultry farming early in the 90's and that they are now planning to bring poultry meat production to 90,000 tons.

In the US, turkey leftovers will take on a whole new use after a Minnesota company finishes construction of a power plant fired by the birds' droppings. Turkey dung is prized over pig excrement and cow chips and the plant will burn 90% turkey dung and create clean power for 55,000 homes, reports World Environment News.

Brazil's poultry farmers, sustained by fresh opportunities in the Middle East and Asia, have sharply increased production and are expected to overtake the United States by the year end as the world's No. 1 chicken exporter.
     Brazil's emergence as a poultry powerhouse is a sign of the country's growing importance in the world of agriculture. The country is already the world's largest exporter of beef and soy beans.

* 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 2 new features this week

The Challenges Facing Turkey Growers
By G.T. Tabler, Poultry Science Department at the University of Arkansas's Avian Advice - The increasing urban expansion into rural areas creates numerous challenges for livestock producers to various types of farming operations. A strong livestock industry is essential to the nation’s economic stability, the viability of many small rural communities, and the sustainability of a healthful, plentiful and high quality food supply for the American public.

Poultry Outlook Report - December 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the December 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data. The report indicates that the increase in broiler production in 2005 is expected to slow to about 3 percent, down from the 4 percent increase expected this year.

That's all for this week.

Ed.


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