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Thursday 19th December 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Worrying Developments on Avian Influenza

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), so far this year, there have been 38 cases of H5N1 avian influenza A in humans, of whom, 24 have died.

Worst affected has been Cambodia with 26 reported cases, including 14 deaths. There have been four cases (and three deaths) in Egypt, three cases in Indonesia, two each in China and Viet Nam and one case in Bangladesh.

There were slightly fewer cases in 2012 - when there were 32 confirmed cases and 20 deaths - but this virus is showing no signs yet of being beaten.

Since the start of the outbreaks in 2003, 648 human cases have been reported to WHO, of whom 384 have died.

WHO has this week described the first case of a new strain of the avian flu virus - H10N8 - in humans as "worrisome". The victim was a woman in her 70s in the Jiangxi province of China.

Also in China, Guangdong province authorities have warned of a possible outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in the coming months after three new cases were reported this week.

Nepal's Ministry of Agriculture Development has announced it has paid more than NPR211 million to poultry farmers and businesses that have lost chicks, eggs, bird feed and chickens to bird flu in six of the country's regions recently affected by outbreaks of avian flu in poultry.

Turning to other news, a senior economist in France has reported to the country's parliament on prices and margins in food production.

The transition between 2011 and 2012 in retail poultry meat was one of consolidating margins, literally at the expense of producers.

On behalf of 5m Publishing, I would like to send all visitors to and advertisers on ThePoultrySite warmest seasonal greetings.

As the Christmas and New Year holidays are coming up, our next newsletter will be sent out in two weeks - on Thursday 2 January.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Ammonia Emissions Detected Upwind of a Poultry Farm
High levels of ammonia were observed at a Natura 2000 site nearly three kilometres upwind from an intensive poultry farm in a recent study from the United Kingdom. While downwind effects of ammonia emissions are to be expected, this study suggests that ammonia emissions could be a significant source of nitrogen pollution even upwind from the source.

Effects of Perch Access and Age on Physiological Measures of Stress in Caged White Leghorn Pullets
Age affected neuroendocrine homeostasis - an indicator of stress - in White Leghorn pullets but this measure was unaffected by access to perches during the growing period, according to a recent experiment in the US.

Free-choice Feeding of Free-range Meat Chickens
Research from the US has revealed that, given free choice, growing broilers select a diet with a much lower crude protein content than a standard organic broiler feed. While there was no difference in bodyweight between the two groups, those on the complete feed had heavier carcasses and higher breast meat yields.

Practical Monitoring, Interpretation and Control of the Hatch Window
Advice on optimum hatchery management - particularly the monitoring and control of the hatch-window - from Angel Salazar of ChickMaster.

Challenges in Reducing Campylobacter Contamination of Poultry Explored at Convention
The issues facing producers and meat processors in reducing or even eliminating Campylobacter from poultry carcasses were explored at the Poultry Sessions at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 150th Annual Convention in Chicago in July 2013.

Research Enhances the Understanding of Runting and Stunting Syndrome of Broilers
Three new studies at the University of Georgia shed new light on the causes of Runting-Stunting Syndrome (RSS) in chickens and the possibilities of vaccination as a means of preventing the disease.

Company News

Prodo and Agromerkur Join Ross 400 Club
GLOBAL - Russia’s Prodo and Agromerkur of Slovenia have become the latest companies to join the Ross® 400 Club. Following the success of the UK Ross 400 Club, the initiative has now been launched for Aviagen customers in the CIS and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in order to help drive quality and performance.
Cobb Strengthens Team in Asian Region
ASIA - Sandy Irawan, who has worked for a long-time Cobb distributor in Indonesia for over ten years, has joined the Cobb Asia team with responsibilities for sales in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Brunei.
Clayton Gill Joins Diamond V
US - Diamond V announces the hiring of Clayton Gill as Public Relations and Strategic Communications Manager.
Fall Protection Short Course Offered at IPPE
US - Sponsored by the American Meat Institute, the Fall Protection Short Course is scheduled for Thursday 30 January during the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Book on Cannibalism Reveals Dark Side of Evolution
UK - In an exclusive interview, author David Soulsby talks about his new book "Animal Cannibalism" and the impetus for his research which resulted in this book avilable from 5m Retail.
VIV Announces Animal Protein Summit for Nigeria
NIGERIA - Nigeria’s agribusiness leaders, organisations and authorities have the unique opportunity in January 2014 to take part free of charge in a one-day international summit on the further development of the country’s poultry, aquaculture and feed production.
Aviagen France Seminar Focuses on Breeder Nutrition
FRANCE - Customers from across France recently attended an Aviagen® France breeder day in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre. The 120 strong audience heard presentations on a wide range of topics related to the Ross® PM3.
IPPE to Offer Programes, Services for International Attendees
US - The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is offering a wide range of services for international attendees. IPPE will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, from Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 30 January 2014.
10th Annual Ross Association Meeting Addresses Future Challenges
INDONESIA - A well-attended Ross® Asia Association Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, brought the distributors and customers in the region together to hear several international and senior Aviagen® managers address key future industry opportunities and challenges.
Veterinarians Should be Involved in Decisions on Antibiotics, Says Zoetis
US - Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration finalised Guidance #213 establishing the procedures for voluntarily phasing out growth promotion indications for medically important antibiotics in alignment with Guidance #209 and published proposed changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulation.
Market Reports

UK October Agricultural Price Index - 19 December 2013
Farm Accounts in England – Results from the Farm Business Survey 2012/13
UK Farming Statistics - Final Crop Areas, Yields, Livestock Populations and Agricultural Workforce at 1 June 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 19 December 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry: World Duck, Goose and Guinea Fowl Meat Situation
USDA Broiler Hatchery - 18 December 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 18 December 2013
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - October 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 17 December 2013
USDA Turkey Hatchery and Raised - 16 December 2013
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - December 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 16 December 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 13 December 2013
Irish CSO: Output, Input and Income in Agriculture - Advance Estimate

Global Poultry Industry News


US Inspectors to Help Oversee Drug, Ingredient Producers in China
BIRD FLU: China Confirms New Human H7N9 Case; Possible Outbreak Worries Guangdong; H10N8 Strain Detected for the First Time
Increased Vitamin D3 Improved Some Welfare Measures in Broilers

   United States

Sanderson Farms Reports Strong Finish to Successful Year
Salmonella Vaccine Meets FDA Food Policy of Phasing Out Antibiotics
Jamaica Broilers to Expand US-based Fertile Egg Production
Coalition Likely to Oppose Final Partnership Agreement
Researchers Develop Novel Vaccine for Infectious Bronchitis
The Maschhoffs Acquires GNP Company
CME: Turkey Consumption in 2013 Steady; Broilers Recover Slightly
Animal Activists Attempting to Sidestep Court Decisions, Says Chicken Council
Call for Release of Poultry Inspection Rule
Programme Offers Free Registration to IPPE
Consequences of Phasing-out Antibiotics for Growth Promotion in US
Antibiotics Are Not Always Used in Raising Chickens, Says NCC
New Feed Antibiotic Rules Shift Oversight to Veterinarians
Farming Groups Attack Pollution Reporting Proposals
Senator Calls for Support for New Rule on Poultry Slaughter
Arkansas University Poultry Science Department Receives Gift
Poultry Producers Support 'Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act'

   European Union

Molecular Typing Methods for Food-borne Pathogens Under Evaluation
Eurogroup Welcomes Commission Proposals on Animal Cloning
Largest Animal Health Grant in EU History Awarded to PROHEALTH


Reliance to Use Stores Selling Meat for Other Formats
Broilers May Reach Rs110 Per Kilo If Demand Persists
'Surveillance Plan for Avian Influenza' Published
Poultry Product Prices May Gain on Festival Demand
Egg Production up in Gujarat

   United Kingdom

Scottish Farming Benefits from Over £100k During 2013
Union Calls for Fair Share of Water for Farming
Launch of New Consultation on Water Reforms
UK Farmers Anxious about Regulations, Input Costs, CAP Reform
Moy Park Grower Crowned ‘Young Farmer of the Year’
Contingency Plan Can Save Livestock in Winter
British Food, Farming Looking Bright for Farmers
2 Sisters and 2 Agri Meet with Union and Chicken Producers


French Food Pricing Observatory Files Findings


Iraq Lifts Ban on Poultry Imports from Arkansas


Chicken, Eggs to be Sold at Lower Rates in Sahulat Bazars


Brazilian Poultry Exports Down Compared to a Year Ago
Chinese Delegates Show Interest in Brazilian Poultry


New Study Offers Detailed Portrait of 'Livestock Ecosystems'
New Approach to Health Required to Fight Animal Diseases
Measures to Ensure Family Farms Cope with Growing Food Demand
Did WTO Reach Any Agricultural Agreement at Bali?


Kuwait Egg Prices to Rise Five Per Cent


Mock Avian Disease Outbreaks Performed by Health Service


Fear of New Quarantine Centre Leading to Exotic Disease Outbreaks


Fiji Poultry Company Completes Audit


XIV European Poultry Conference Postpones Deadline for Abstracts


Study Highlights Need to Revise Flumequin Dose Levels


Joint Agreement Signed to Promote Farm Health and Safety

   United Arab Emirates

Chicken, Fish Confiscated at Ras Al Khaimah


Poultry Leaders Urge Immediate End to Political Unrest


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