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Thursday 30th October 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


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A Perfect Storm Ahead for Avian Flu?

With the start of November just ahead, those of us in the northern hemisphere are preparing for winter and it could be that we should also be making arrangements for a powerful flu season.

The Chinese veterinary authority this week reported finding no less than five different subtypes of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus during September, apparently during a programme of national surveillance on one day. The types were H5N1, H5N3, H5N8, H5N6 and H5N2.

The great majority of the 51 'outbreaks' reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) were virus-positive samples taken from birds and the environment at markets. However, at least two poultry flocks were affected; all the birds there were destroyed.

That there were so many positive samples over such a wide geographical area and of so many types is cause for concern. The next pandemic affecting humans or livestock or both is likely to emerge under circumstances just like these. Flu viruses are more active in cool weather and, were one highly pathogenic type to cross with one that is easily transmitted, we could be facing a perfect storm for the development of a pandemic.

In the meantime, cases of H7N9 flu in people continue to rumble on in China. Two cases were reported in August and a further two last month, bringing the total number of cases to 440 in mainland China. According to a case series kept by FluTrackers, the overall total now stands at 456 cases.

A spokesman from Centre for Health Protection in Hong Kong has warned that more sporadic H7N9 infections are expected in affected and possibly neighbouring areas and that heightened vigilance is needed.

At the beginning of October, the World Health Organization reported that 668 laboratory-confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection have been officially reported to date from 16 countries. Of these cases, 393 have died. This virus has caused several cases recently in Egypt.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Urbanisation Drives Asian Egg Demand
The growth of the middle classes and urbanisation of the population in Asia is radically changing the economy in Asian countries as well as the egg industries, reports poultry industry analyst, Terry Evans, for 5m Publishing.

Managing Heat and Minimum Ventilation Systems in the Broiler House
It is important that, from the first day, the broiler house, heating system and ventilation equipment are all in top working order. Researchers from several US universities explain how to do that in 'MSU Cares' from Mississippi State University.

Importance of Hatchery Climate to Chick Quality
Hatchery managers need to take into account the conditions outside the incubators and not rely on pre-defined set points, advises Martin 'Tiny' Barten, senior hatchery specialist with Pas Reform.

Necrotic Enteritis: Applications for the Poultry Industry
A review of the aetiology, epidemiology, predisposing factors, clinical signs, prevention and treatment of this economically important intestinal disease of poultry by researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Effect of Eggshell Abnormalities on Table Egg Quality during Storage
Eggshell apex abnormalities were found by researchers in Brazil to increase egg weight loss during storage and reduce shell strength but the internal quality of these egg was no different from those of normal shape.

Company News

Wienermobile, Drive to Feed 'Chew on This' Return to IPPE
US - Attendees of the upcoming 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will again have an unique opportunity to visit the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and explore the Drive to Feed 'Chew on This' exhibit.
Dale Fowler Joins Hubbard LLC as Technical Sales Representative
US - Hubbard has announced that Dale Fowler recently has joined Hubbard LLC to fill the position of Technical Service Representative.
Necessities for Broiler Performance and Liveability
THE NETHERLANDS - The BroMaxx multi-tier broiler colony system offers a efficient way of growing an uniform and healthy broiler flock with perfect meat quality, says Jansen Poultry Equipment.
AB Vista Launches Phytase Survey at EuroTier
UK - AB Vista will be conducting a survey among visitors to this year’s EuroTier to discover the extent to which livestock producers, feed compounders and integrators are adopting the concept of phytase superdosing.
Why Sustainability Is Important to the Animal Agricultural Industry
US - The seventh annual Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit will be held during the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
FDA Finds Positive and Negative Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance
US - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports finding positive and negative trends in antimicrobial resistance in bacteria isolated from humans, retail meats and food animals, according to Zoetis.
Novogen Enforces Rights over Patent Dispute
FRANCE - Groupe Grimaud and its subsidiary Novogen have just been attacked by their competitor Lohmann Tierzucht (part of EW Group GmbH), which claims that Novogen has made use of a patent for a selection process using genotypic markers against "fishy taint" in table eggs.
Zoetis: New European Research Centre Specialising in Livestock Disease
EU - A new European research centre, comprising a collaborative network of veterinarians, scientists and technical specialists with a coordinating hub in Edinburgh, Scotland, aims to identify emerging diseases in livestock and companion animals, and enhance the ability to control them.
Merial Supports Infectious Disease PhD Program
US - Merial is providing financial awards to three postdoctoral students completing their research at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.
Successful SPACE for Petersime
FRANCE - Space, the international exhibition for animal production in Rennes, was a great success again this year for Petersime.
Southeastern Meat Association to Exhibit at 2015 IPPE
US - The US Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the American Meat Institute (AMI) have announced that the Southeastern Meat Association (SEMA) will exhibit at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
New Regional Technical Manager for Aviagen in Eastern Europe, CIS
EASTERN EUROPE & CIS - Aviagen® has appointed Marcel Janssen as Regional Technical Manager for Eastern Europe and CIS countries to help manage its rapidly developing customer base in the region.
Unlock Full Potential from Xylanase in Corn-based Poultry Diets
UK - Consistency and dose hold the key to unlocking the full potential from xylanase use in corn- (maize-) based diets, according to the latest findings from AB Vista.
Market Reports

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Global Poultry Industry News


Over One Million Birds Killed by Storms in India
Indian Feed Association Acts as Platform to Resolve Livestock Issues


Optimising the Welfare of Free Range Hens in Australia
Australian Media Chicken Farm Tour Focused on Biosecurity

   United States

US Chicken Farmers as Environmental Stewards
Texas Turkey Farmer in Farming and Ranching Competition Final
CME: Significant Growth in Broiler Output
US Farmers Union Says USDA Moving in Right Direction on COOL
Research into Bird Group Size and Susceptibility to Catching West Nile Virus
CME: Reductions in Stocks of Frozen Meat and Poultry

   United Kingdom

Miscanthus as Biomass Boosts Broiler Margins
Chicken Processing Plant Planned for Wrexham
New Chair of Joint Working Group to Focus on Campylobacter
Acquisition of Premium Cooked Poultry Business
Harper Adams Poultry Scholarship Opportunities
British Poultry Council Responds to Article on Chicken Production
New Chief Executive Officer for the National Office of Animal Health
New Location for WPSA Poultry Science Meeting
Poultry Body Defends UK Chicken Production Methods
Delivering Sustainable Intensification for the Future
Vets Urge Investment in Northern Ireland’s Animal Health Research


Chinese Farm Produce Prices Continue to Fall
Five Subtypes of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Reported in China


Thai Chicken Farmers Set to Raise Egg Prices


Poultry Market in Pakistan Seeing Declining Profits


$2.46 Million Donation to Fund a New Canadian Feed Research Centre
Canadian Poultry Meat Processor Announces Major Investment


Poultry Meat Export Volume Doubled in Belarus


MHP Reports Double-digit Rise in Chicken Meat Output


Insect Meal Could Be Future of Animal Feed
Radiant Barrier for Poultry Houses Now Spans the Globe


Colombia Destroys Chickens Brought Illegally from Venezuela


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