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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 24th January 2005

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Welcome to this weeks newsletter

This week sees the annual Poultry Jamboree in Atlanta, Georgia.
     The International Poultry Exposition is being held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia on January 26 - 28, 2005. Sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, every segment of the industry is represented in the show.
     We will be there - please feel free to drop in for a chat: Hall C, Booth 2645

* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

Since January in Vietnam, bird flu has stricken 404 communes of 25 cities and provinces nationwide, killing and leading to the forced culling of more than 557,600 fowls, according to Recombinomics. The spread of bird flu in Vietnam continues to accelerate, they say. The number of communes affected was reported as 25 on Jan 7 then jumped to 404 as of yesterday.

Vietnam on Friday confirmed its seventh human bird flu death in three weeks, prompting the UN health organization to warn that the virus could turn into a global pandemic that would eclipse the devastation caused by last month's Asian tsunami, says the Globe and Mail.
     Outbreaks among poultry have re-emerged in recent months across Vietnam, killing or forcing the slaughter of more than 360,000 birds. WHO has warned the outbreak could worsen as Vietnam's Lunar New Year celebrations approach. It is the busiest time of the year for the transport of people and poultry.

China has lifted its ban on imports of poultry and poultry products from Canada. Goods produced as of January 18 can now be exported, says the Canadian Government. "China is one of our most important Asian markets, and we are very pleased with their decision to immediately resume trade in these areas. The decision underlines the level of confidence in Canada's food safety systems and the measures we have put in place," said Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Andy Mitchell.

In India, although the High Court made an observation 6 months ago on lack of legislation to regulate setting up of chicken stalls, the Government is yet to take any concrete action. The observation was made in response to a public interest litigation seeking incorporation of chicken stalls in the Kerala Panchayat Raj (Slaughter houses and meat stalls) Rules.

In the US, Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson last year threatened a lawsuit against poultry producers over concerns about watersheds in northeastern Oklahoma. The central issue is chicken litter produced on farms. It’s high in phosphorous, which can lead to water-quality problems when it runs off. In November, Edmondson announced that the industry had agreed to two stipulations he considered non-negotiable: accepting responsibility for removing excess chicken litter from basins, and agreeing to a consent decree, according to ClaremoreProgress.

In Evans County, Georgia, the cold costs poultry growers thousands as they warm their birds to balmy temperatures. For grower Keith Barnard, 36,000 baby chicks arrived Tuesday morning, just hours after they hatched.
     Fueled from LP tanks outside, the brooders have run nonstop all night to protect chicks that won't have feathers for a few weeks. What's hard for Keith to handle is the fuel bill as it could take $3,000 in gas to warm just this flock through March, reports WTOC.

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In the UK, the Soil Association is calling for a review of the government's strategy to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animal production. The call comes after the publication of the latest annual figures which show a rise for the second year running. A 33% rise in the use of growth-promoting antibiotics in 2003 is of particular concern, the SA said.
     It pointed out that only three drugs (avilamycin, flavomycin and monensin) remain licensed for growth promotion, but their use increased from 27 tonnes in 2002 to 36 tonnes in 2003.
See also: Farmers pump up their use of growth drugs

Plans for the British Pig and Poultry Fair 2006 were progressing smoothly until VIV Europe threw a huge spanner in the works by deciding to move the VIV Utrecht event from November this year to May 16-18 next year, reports the National Pig Association.
     As this will be less than a week after British Pig and Poultry Fair, which is on May 10-11, some exhibitors face the impossible task of shipping their stands from Stoneleigh to Utrecht in time.

Germany has called for higher environmental standards on farms after free-range eggs were found to contain a cancer causing chemical dioxin. Eggs with high dioxin levels were found in several German states because hens were allowed to roam on land contaminated with the chemicals. The German Agriculture Minister Renate Kuenast has called for tighter controls on free range eggs, reports the BBC.

Brazil’s poultry industry has grown dramatically over the past few years according to the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Broiler production went from 2.36 million metric tons (MMT) in 1990 to 5.98 MMT in 2000. In 2005, broiler production is forecast at 8.62 MMT, and Turkey production has more than doubled since 1998.
     Brazil is able to produce a competitively priced product for the world market as the poultry industry is vertically integrated and competitive in genetics, technology and marketing and also the labor and feed costs are relatively low.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 highlighted features this week.

Poultry Outlook Report - January 2005
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the January 2005: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data. The report indicates that broiler production during the first half of 2005 is expected to total 17.2 billion pounds, about 3-percent higher than a year earlier.

Big Gains for Small Birds
By Schering-Plough Animal Health. In this article Dr. Charles Broussard talks to SPAH's inhouse magazine Cocci Forum about recent results from coccidiosis vaccination trials.

Avian Influenza Decontamination Procedures for the Cleaning and Disinfection of Farm Premises
By Antec International. Following the recent outbreaks of Avian Influenza across the globe, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)issued a number of biosecurity recommendations. This article overviews the procedures for using Virkon S, the most proven veterinary disinfectant in the world.



That's all for this week.

Ed.


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