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Thursday 27th November 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Battling Bird Flu

Many of us involved with the poultry industry are preoccupied with the same topic right now – namely, avian influenza and its sudden appearance in and spread around Europe.

But it is not only affecting Europe. After several months clear of the virus, highly pathogenic avian influenza has returned to India with a vengeance, hitting two large flocks of village ducks in Kerala totalling almost a quarter of a million birds. The virus has, at the time of writing, been identified as an H5 variant.

Neighbouring states, which have significant poultry populations, are now on alert for signs of the disease.

In Japan, surveillance of wild birds has revealed some of them are positive for the H5N8 highly pathogenic form of the virus, indicating that wild birds may be transmitting the virus from China and South Korea around and beyond Asia.

Adding evidence to that suspicion, the H5N8 avian influenza virus was detected in a wild bird in Europe for the first time. It was found in north-east Germany, in the same state as an earlier outbreak in poultry but more than 50km away from the farm.

In the Netherlands, two further outbreaks of avian influenza have been reported in Dutch poultry in new provinces across the country, bringing the total to four, and two further poultry flocks have been culled as a precaution against further spread of the virus.

In order to preserve as much as possible the country's valuable poultry exports, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has divided the country into four regions and almost halted poultry movements between those regions; birds may be moved within a region but only with authorisation and only for slaughter.

Only one farm in the United Kingdom has been affected but following the outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza at a farm in Yorkshire, the agriculture department has updated its advice on biosecurity, particularly regarding contact with wild birds.

In the UK the advice on how to reduce the risk during the outbreak has been welcomed by the British Veterinary Association, who said that it emphasises the importance of maintaining the highest biosecurity standards.

The two global animal health agencies, FAO and OIE, are urging at-risk countries to step-up prevention efforts through increased biosecurity as they warn the new avian influenza virus's spread to Europe threatens the poultry sector, especially in low-resourced countries.

Again, they have reminded the general public that the risk to human health is very low; this virus is not known to infect people.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is assessing the current situation on the H5N8 avian influenza A virus in Europe and the world, with a focus on the possible entry routes of the virus into Europe.

The scientific report will be delivered in early December 2014.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: Significant Chicken Trade in Some Countries of Africa and Oceania
Africa and Oceania are the two regions that trade the lowest volumes of chicken meat, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans. However, within those areas, South Africa and Benin export significant volumes and Angola is a leading importer within Africa. In Oceania, Australia is the main exporter while French Polynesia and Samoa lead the league table of chicken meat importers.

Why Broiler Growers Should Be Concerned about Paw Quality
Broiler growers may be looking at this paw (foot pad) situation all wrong, according to Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Morgan Farnell (Associate Professor) and Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor, Poultry Science), all at Mississippi State University.

Repairing Corroded Sidewall Metal
Metal sidewall issues can increase the cost of heating the house and adversely impact broiler performance. Dennis Brothers of the National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University College of Agriculture explains how to maintain the building by repairing the corroded sidewalls.

GB Emerging Threats Report: Avian Diseases: April-June (Q2) 2014
Among the highlights included in this quarterly report from the Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) are H4N6 low-pathogenic avian flu virus infections in chickens, enterococcal and streptococcal infections in broilers,ILT in broiler breeders and two incidents of Salmonella pullorum in hobby chickens.

Company News

Spanish Technical Seminar on Poultry Efficiency Offered at 2015 IPPE
US - A Spanish technical seminar for maximising the efficiency of the poultry industry will be offered at 2015 IPPE.
Arbor Acres Redefines Traditions at Asia Association Meeting
THAILAND - Arbor Acres® recently held its latest Asia Association meeting in Thailand with 14 different speakers taking part over two days.
Ross Association Meeting Highlights Support and Opportunity in Asia
ASIA - The tradition of gathering at the Ross Association to meet, share and update on industry developments was evident to everyone with the excellent attendance of key customers and distributors from the Asian region.
Ak Bars Chooses Hartmann, Petersime for New Broiler Hatchery
RUSSIA - In June 2014, the Tatarstanian Poultry Farming Complex Ak Bars, part of the poultry farming unit of Ak Bars Holding Company, started the second and final phase of the construction of a brand new hatchery located in Lenino-Kokushkino village in Tatarstan.
IPPE Tops 486,000 Net Square Feet, More Than 1,200 Exhibitors
US - With two months remaining until the trade show, the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has surpassed 486,000 net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,200 exhibitors.
AFIA to Host Eighth Pet Food Conference at IPPE
US - The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host a one-day Pet Food Conference at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday 27 January 2015.
NatureForm Hatchery Technologies Launches Smart Hatchery Training in US
US - In collaboration with Pas Reform Academy, Natureform Hatchery Technologies has launched its Hatchery Training Programme for hatchery professionals in the North American poultry industry with an inaugural event held in Iowa.
Zoetis Enhances Veterinary Education in China
CHINA - Zoetis, the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and Kansas State University (KSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together and promote the Doctor of Veterinary Program (DVM) in China.
Novus International Honours Distinguished Science Fellow
US - Colleagues, friends and family recently gathered to honour the career and scientific achievements of Dr. Julia J. Dibner, retiring Senior Research Consultant and Distinguished Science Fellow at Novus International, Inc.
IPPE Offers Free Educational Programmes to Attendees
US - The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is offering a variety of free education programmes to attendees at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia from 27 to 29 January 2015.
Zoetis Reintroduces Coccidiosis Management Tool
US - Zoetis is reintroducing Zoamix® to help US poultry producers battle coccicidiosis. It is a versatile product can be used in antibiotic-free or conventional production systems, the company says.
New Marketing, Sales and Credit Manager for Latin America
US - Cassiano Bevilaqua has been appointed marketing, sales and credit manager for Cobb-Vantress in Latin America.
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Global Poultry Industry News

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EFSA Experts to Advise on Avian Flu
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Mass Culling of Birds in EU Following Bird Flu Outbreak

   United Kingdom

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Latest Guidance on Bird Flu and Biosecurity
New Website Launched Aimed at Tackling Campylobacter
Abstract Deadline Ahead for British Animal Science Conference
Increased Biosecurity on Welsh Poultry Farms
UK Government Updates Guidance on Bird Flu Biosecurity
UK Food Retailer Takes up Campylobacter Challenge
Moy Park Grower Invests in Biosecure Viewing Gallery
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Positive Earnings Momentum at Cranswick Foods
Advice to All Poultry Owners in Bird Flu Control Zones
Gressingham Foods Wins CIM Excellence in Marketing Award

   United States

Three Tips to Help Your Hens Produce Quality Eggs
IPC Welcomes Petersime NV as New Associate Member
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Hormel Reports Sales up Six Per Cent for the Year
Thousands of US Farmers Received Disaster Assistance
CME: Chicken Cold Storage Has Negative Implications for Poultry
Turkey Genome Map Approaches Completion
US Chicken Body Reacts to Missed Deadline on Renewable Fuels
New State of the Art Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
USDA Agricultural Database Can Now be Viewed by the Public
Kentucky Feed Maker Makes it Four in Seven


Telengana CM Inaugurates Poultry India 2014
Two Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Bird Flu Confirmed in Kerala
Implications of Suspected Avian Flu in Kerala
Over 250 Firms Participate in Krishi 2014


China to Export Poultry to Mongolia


BIRD FLU: Bird Flu Confirmed in India; Biosecurity Measures in Netherlands, Wales
FAO, OIE Warn of Avian Influenza’s Rapid Spread


BRF Adopts New Animal Welfare Practices
JBS Acquires Large Poultry Processor in Southern Brazil


Nutreco Expects Renewed Takeover Offer in December
Dutch Establish Poultry Transport Corridor for Bird Flu Biosecurity
No Bird Flu Virus Found at Farms Around Kamperveen
Bird Flu Spreads in Dutch Poultry


Charter Hall Acquires Australian Poultry Company
Australia's Farmers Support Government Draft Report

   Russian Federation

Good Quarter for Cherkizovo Despite Market Volatility


Chile's Poultry Meat Production Down Three Per Cent


Chicken Gains in Popularity in Lithuania


Tajikistan Gains New Poultry Processing Plant


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