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Thursday 29th August 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Update on High-Path Bird Flu in Italy

Highly pathogenic avian influenza A virus hit the poultry industry in the Emilio-Romagna region of northern Italy on 10 August. The first birds to be affected were in Ferrara province in a commercial layer flock of 128,000, of which 105,000 hens showed symptoms and 4,000 died. The subtype was subsequently identified as H7N7.

As a result of surveillance within a 10-km radius of the affected farm, one virus-positive bird was found among a 585,000-strong commercial layer flock in neighbouring Bologna province within a week of the first report. Last week, two further flocks have reported losses; both farms rear commercial turkeys, one in Ferrara province and one in Bologna province. Interestingly, the Ferrara turkeys had tested negative for the virus just two days before they showed symptoms.

The four flocks so far affected number more than 850,000 birds. The outbreaks must bring back unpleasant memories for the Italian poultry industry, which was severely hit by highly pathogenic avian flu in 2000-2001.

The Italian response to the outbreaks has received support from the European Commission. At an extraordinary meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health earlier this week, the Italian authorities outlined the very stringent measures adopted to control the disease, reduce its impact on the poultry sector and prevent any potential human health risk. The measures applied in Italy were endorsed by Member States experts.

Also in the news this week, a European initiative has been set up to reduce food waste and redistribute surplus food.

The declaration is in line with the European Commission's goal of halving edible food waste by 2020. It was initiated by FoodDrink Europe, the trade association, which represents the food and drink industries in Europe, and co-signed by several other European trade associations and by the European Federation of Food Banks.

According to the Soil Association's 'Organic Market Report 2013', worldwide sales of organic food and drink reached US$63 billion – more than €45 billion – by the end of 2011. This represent growth of 25 per cent between the start of the global economic crisis in 2008 and 2011.

At the Farm Progress event in the US, an economist with Rabo AgriFinance explained how China's strategy to feed its growing population includes efforts to produce more pork, corn and rice on their own, a move toward more mechanisation and through global import marketing strategies.

Last but not least, we report on a presentation by Dr Werner Bessei of the University of Hohenheim, Germany. At last week's World Veterinary Poultry Association Congress, he explored the roots of the growing public concern over animal welfare in many developed countries and how housing systems and other factors impact our perceptions of animal welfare.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Vitamin D Fortification of Eggs for Human Health
A single egg from a laying hen, supplemented with increased levels of vitamin D, would contribute significantly to the recommended daily intake of this vitamin for adults and children, improving their health without detrimental effects on production parameters, according to new research reported by Poultry CRC in Australia.

Effects of Necrotic Enteritis, Aflatoxin B1 and Virginiamycin on Growth Performance, Necrotic Enteritis Lesion Scores and Mortality in Young Broilers
Aflatoxin and necrotic enteritis - alone or in combination - impaired broiler performance, according to a new study in the US. The addition of virginiamycin to the feed ameliorated the deleterious effect of the lower level of aflatoxin on weight gain.

How Much Do Evaporative Cooling Pads Reduce Air Speed?
The University of Georgia's Michael Czarick (Extension Engineer) and Brian Fairchild (Extension Poultry Scientist) explain that a broiler grower's ability to maximise air-speed in a tunnel house has more to do with how well a pad system is maintained than the precise amount of pad installed on a house.

Attachment of Avian and Mammalian Influenza Viruses to the Respiratory and Reproductive Tracts of Layer Turkey Hens
Several types of influenza virus attached to the lower reproductive tract of turkey hens, report Ohio State University researchers, leading them to warn of the potential risks of venereal transmission and egg-associated flu virus spread in turkeys.

Company News

Campylobacter in Poultry: a Worldwide Approach to Diagnosis and Control
US - A synopsis of the 2013 American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) Annual Meeting by Eric Gingerich, DVM, for Diamond V.
Cobb Expands Global Reach by Offering App in Different Languages
US - Cobb-Vantress, a leader in the research and development, production and sale of broiler breeding stock, announced the launch of its first mobile application, ‘Cobb Connection’. This announcement comes just months after the unveiling of the company’s new website, and social media initiatives.
Agrilamp Takes LED Dimming, Control to Next Level
UK - After four years of research and development, the new Agrilamp dimmer unit is in a world of its own. With a pedigree that came from Formula 1 racing, Agrilamp has a winner that even the competition is buying into it.
Arbor Acres Team and CHI Host Nigeria Seminar
NIGERIA - The Aviagen® Arbor Acres® team and the Nigerian Arbor Acres Parent Stock (PS) distributor, CHI Farms Ltd, recently held a joint seminar in Ibadan, south-western Nigeria.
Optimal Ventilation-climate Equipment
ITALY - Termotecnica Pericoli of Italy, designs, manufactures and distributes a full range of ventilation and climate equipment to meet every specification and requirements to compliment your livestock housing, in individual components or in balanced and integrated systems.
FossilShield: Unique in Ability to Accept Electrostatic Charge
UK - Signs of red mite can include bird restlessness, pale combs, loss of feathers and blood spots on eggs. With a risk of egg production being affected, there would undoubtedly be an economic loss.
High-Yield Incubators Available from Jamesway
CANADA - In many countries, the price of real estate continues to rise while available land for new hatcheries becomes more scarce, according to Jamesway.
Ceva Stresses Need for More Innovation in Hatchery Vaccination
FRANCE - The XVIIIth Congress of the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) held in Nantes, France welcomed 1,300 delegates from over 80 countries around the world. More than 500 scientific papers on poultry health were presented.
WVPA Announces Young Poultry Veterinarian of 2013
FRANCE - Philip Hammond, from Norfolk in the UK, has been named as this year’s winner of the WVPA (World Veterinary Poultry Association) Young Veterinarian of the Year.
Multifan V-FloFan: Vertical Ventilation for Poultry Houses
NETHERLANDS - In modern poultry houses ventilation plays a vital role. Through vertical recirculation of air, the heat distribution in the poultry house is optimised, which significantly reduces heating costs.
Cobb Continues to Advance in Oman
OMAN - Oman is the latest Middle East country where the Cobb500 broiler breeder is rapidly gaining ground, helping the drive for self-sufficiency.
MSD Introduces Program to Improve Poultry Respiratory Health
FRANCE - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) has announced that it is introducing an innovative and unique advancement – the Convenience Program.
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Global Poultry Industry News


OIE Reports Another HPAI Outbreak in Emilia-Romagna
Bird Flu Hits Another Farm in Ferrara


Housing Systems: a Starting Point of Good Welfare
French Organisers Praised for WVPA Congress

   United States

CME: McDonald's to Add Chicken Wings to National Menu
Pilgrim's Pride Invests in Feed, Processing Facilities
CME: New Concerns in Crop Markets to Hit Livestock Sector
Improved Market Conditions Boost Sanderson's Results
More Than 300 People Hit by Salmonella from Live Birds
Farm Progress Show: Economist Explains China's Strategy to Feed Population
Perdue Explains Reasons for Adding Phytase Enzyme
Hormel Foods Earnings up


Cargill Upgrades Thai Poultry Processing Plant
Thai Feed Industry Head Calls for End to Food Price Freeze


FAO Launches New Initiative to Stopping Post-harvest Food Losses
Global Organic Food Market Growing
FAO Study Links Benefits of School Feeding Programmes and Family Farms


Brazilian Ag Minister Targeting International Trade to Stand Out


Singapore Reports Chalmydiosis in Imported Parrot


Meyn National Champion at European Business Awards

   United Kingdom

VMD Urges Responsible Use of Antibiotics
Broad Approval for UK's Poultry Welfare Assessment Systems
James Potter Yorkshire Free Range Eggs Go on Sale
NFU Says Parliament Egg Ban 'Ludicrous'


Research Group Offers $200,000 in Strategic Funding
VFF Livestock Group Set to Kick Off Open Forums


IFA: Ag Minister Must Defend Allocation in Upcoming Budget Negotiations
Irish Organic Farming Action Plan for 2013-2015 Launched


Ministry Pursues Perdue over Imported Chickens
Call for Stricter Health Controls on Poultry
H7N9 Bird Flu Outbreak Came from Ducks
Authorities Discover Duck, Pork in Mutton

   European Union

EC Endorses Control Measures for Avian Influenza in Emilia-Romagna
European Initiative Seeks to Reduce Food Waste
MRSA Not a Foodborne Pathogen, Say Researchers


Chicken Prices Go Up
Poultry Feed Prices Likely to Gain on Surging Inputs


Teo Seng Posts RM6.3M Profit from Poultry Farming


Excessive Poultry Importation Causes Anxiety


Maple Leaf to Sell Biodiesel Business
Growing Forward 2 Launched for Quebec's Ag Sector


Conference Declares Need for Up-scaled Food Systems
Kuchi Chicken Offers Solution to Marakwet Poultry Farmers

   Russian Federation

Russia's Altai Region Ups Poultry Meat Production
Draft Law on Detailed COOL of Meat Products


Jamaica Broilers Buys Hamilton’s Smoke House


Evira Survey on Occurrence of Muscular Parasites in Ducks


Chicken Meat‚ Egg Demand Drops


Kilosa, Bagamoyo Benefit from Dairy and Chicken Farming


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