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Thursday 20th November 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor



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New Bird Flu Virus Spreads to Europe

Since it hit a turkey farm in Germany two weeks ago, the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza virus has been found at two further farms in Europe.

Over last weekend, a farm near Utrecht in the Netherlands was affected. More than 1,000 birds of a flock of 150,000 layer and breeding hens died. The same day, a flock of 6,000 duck breeders in east Yorkshire in the UK was hit by the disease with 338 birds dying of the infection.

All the birds on the affected farms have been destroyed and thorough cleaning and disinfection are being carried out.

Control measures are in place in the areas surrounding the affected farms to control the spread of the infection. At the time of writing, no further cases of bird flu have been announced in Germany, the Netherlands or the UK.

This is welcome news, of course, but the control measures are challenging for local poultry producers caught in the control zones. All poultry are to be kept inside, which causes problems for the farmers in terms of manure disposal and increases the risk of feather pecking. Movement controls mean that eggs and meat birds are not being collected.

Furthermore, Ukraine has already announced a ban on the import of live poultry and poultry products from Germany, the Netherlands or the UK.

The H5N8 virus is similar to one reported in Asia in January this year and in a wild bird in Japan last week. How it travelled to Europe is not yet known but migrating wild birds are the suspected source; they can carry the virus over long distances without showing any signs of infection.

Food safety organisations have been at pains to stress that the risk of the virus being transmitted to people in poultry products is minimal. Those who work with the birds are unlikely to become infected either as so far, no cases of H5N8 flu have been reported in people.

It has been reported in the last week that the H7N9 virus, however, has caused three more women in China to be admitted to hospital; one has died.

Two women have died in Egypt this month from confirmed H5N1 infections.

In a global initiative for Antibiotic Awareness Week, a number of medical and veterinary organisations have come out in support of the responsible use of antibiotics in their respective sectors in a bid to slow the development of drug resistance in pathogenic bacteria. 'Using as much as necessary and as little as possible' has been a common theme of these campaigns.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Future of Poultry Nutrition: How to Feed Chickens More Sustainably
Finding solutions to the challenge of producing poultry more sustainably was the theme of a recent conference in the UK. The meeting explored all aspects of sustainability – economics, environment and ethics. Feed accounts for a high proportion of the total costs and the ecological impact of poultry production and it formed the focus for a key session, reports Jackie Linden.

Questions and Answers on Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Avian Influenza
A summary of current knowledge on the H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Steady Rise in Chicken Meat Output for Africa and Oceania
In Africa and Oceania, chicken meat production increased by more than four per cent annually between 2000 and 2012, the most recent year recorded, reports industry analyst, Terry Evans, in his review of the poultry meat sector in those two regions.

New Poultry Enterprise Helps Sustain Rural Families in Brazil
Brazilian farms can be made more sustainable by integrating poultry and beef cattle production, explains Murilo Quintiliano of Food Animal Initiative (FAI) Brazil.

Reducing the Environmental Impact of Turkey Production
Nearly three years in development, the UK’s University of Newcastle and Cranfield University and industry partners have introduced a new tool firstly to assess and then to improve the environmental impact of turkey production, reports Jackie Linden.

Tool to Measure Biosecurity at Broiler Farms and Relationship with Performance and Antimicrobial Use
Research from Belgium using an online questionnaire to assess biosecurity on poultry farms reveals that while the theory is well understood, there is room for improvement in practice.

Enterobacteriaceae and Salmonella Recovered from Non-sanitised and Sanitised Broiler Hatching Eggs
Applying a sanitiser was effective in reducing the numbers of Enterobacteria on hatching eggs, a new study by the Agricultural Research Service and University of Georgia has shown, while the number of Salmonella was so low that it was difficult to judge the efficacy of the treatment.

Company News

New Broiler Handbooks, Performance Objectives for All Aviagen Brands
GLOBAL - Aviagen® has released new Broiler Handbooks and updated global Performance Objectives for the Arbor Acres®, Indian River® and Ross® brands.
Updated Technology at Randox Food Speeds Drug Testing
UK - Constantly researching and developing innovative solutions to streamline diagnostic testing, Randox Food Diagnostics strive to increase customer confidence by improving food safety globally.
Sustainability in Poultry: Nothing New for Sanderson
US - "Sustainability is really nothing new for poultry," according to Phil Stayer, head veterinarian for poultry company, Sanderson. He stresses the importance of maintaining good intestinal health, especially by controlling coccidiosis, to minimise antibiotic use.
Halamid Comes to West African Poultry Markets
FRANCE - The Halamid® brand of poultry disinfectant has been successfully launched this year in Senegal and Nigeria, says Axcentive.
Pericoli Opens New Facility in Mexico
MEXICO - Termotecnica Pericoli has added to its growing network of Pericoli Global Operations with the opening of Pericoli Centro America SA de CV in Querétaro.
Infectious Bronchitis: Advantageous Immune Defence
US - Feeding Diamond V Original XPC™ helped the response of the poultry immune system to either vaccination with infectious bronchitis vaccine or field virus.
European Campaign for the Responsible Use of Veterinary Antibiotics
EU - Zoetis has pledged its support for European Antibiotic Awareness Day, an initiative to encourage the prudent use of antibiotics in people and animals.
First Seminar in Myanmar: ‘Exciting to Help Its Industry Blossom’
MYANMAR - Thirty-four delegates took part in the first Cobb seminar for the Myanmar Broiler Association in Myanmar (formerly Burma) in Southeast Asia.
Wadi Group Presents Ross 308 Total Solution Seminar
EGYPT - Aviagen® recently supported the Wadi Group ‘Total Solution Seminar’ which focused on performance and success through the four ‘pillars of poultry’- Breed, Balanced Nutrition, Environment and Management.
Zoetis Announces Authorisation of Share Re-purchase Programme
US - The Board of Directors of Zoetis has authorised a $500-million share re-purchase programme as part of its capital allocation plans.
Education Programme to Present Strategies for Pathogen Control in Poultry
US - The US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is hosting a 'Poultry: Microbial Control in 2nd Processing' programme at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in January 2015.
EuroTier 2014: Farmers Face Their Challenges
GERMANY - EuroTier 2014 has far exceeded expectations, attracting 156,000 trade professionals, around 30,000 of whom came from outside Germany.
Market Reports

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Global Poultry Industry News

   European Union

Animal Health Company Pleas for Responsible Use of Antibiotics
Bird Flu Update: Movement Ban in Yorkshire Bites, Ukraine Bans Poultry Meat Imports
Europe Responds to Bird Flu Outbreaks
Responsible Use of Antibiotics is Crucial, Says Farmers Union
Alarming Rise of Antibiotic Resistance in Europe
Highly Pathogenic Bird Flu Reported in Netherlands, UK
Anger Rises at Loss of EU Scientific Advisor


China, Saudi Arabia End Brazil Meat Embargo

   United States

US Livestock "Mini-boom"
USDA Helps Open and Expand Export Markets
OK Foods Guilty of Objectionable Conduct in Union Election
US Poultry Company Calls Abuse Video 'Inaccurate'
Tyson Sees Income Rise as Chicken Sales Increase
Poultry Producers Say ‘Waters of US’ Rule Would Cause Problems

   United Kingdom

Biosecurity Guidance Following Bird Flu Outbreak
Poultry Farmers in UK Must Remain Vigilant after Bird Flu Outbreaks
Yorkshire Bird Flu Outbreak Prompts Calls for Vigilance on Poultry Farms
Conference to Debate Food vs Feed
Quick Guide to Bird Flu
Winner of Young Poultry Person Award: Rebecca Tonks
Moy Park Invests in Biomass Technology
Poultry Firm Fined for Ammonia Spill Which Killed Thousands of Fish
UK Farming Unions Condemn Scrapping of Chief Scientific Advisor
Importance of Thorough Cleaning of Food Preparation Surfaces
US View of Sustainable Intensification at UK Farm Management Conference

   Central African Republic

2014 Crops Still Well Below Average in Central African Republic


Antimicrobials: Usage Falling, Resistance Rising
International Call for More Influenza Surveillance in Animals

   South Africa

Commendable Jump in Astral's Poultry, Feed Profit

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Group Opens Novonikolskaya Broiler Facility


Growing Demand for Poultry Training Certificate in Australia
Australian Vets Call for Careful Use of Antibiotics


Dutch Poultry Sector in Lock-down


EUROTIER: On-farm Biosecurity to Protect against Disease and Reduce Antibiotic Use
Avian Influenza A(H5N8) Detected in Europe


H5N8 Influenza A Virus Detected in Japanese Tundra Swan


India Needs More Investment in Family Farming, Says Agri Minister
Institute Helps Indian Farmers Producer Organisations


Newcastle Disease Reported in Romania


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