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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in Brazil, where around the clock an endless caravan of trucks carrying soybeans rumbles along the motorway to Brazil's Atlantic ports. Another bumper soy crop is being harvested. But despite the record production, farmers are bracing for their worst financial crisis since they began cultivating this barren region in the mid-1980s. The collapse of international soybean prices and a big rise in production costs caught Mato Grosso's highly indebted farmers off guard, plunging many into deep losses after years of large profits.

Bangladesh's $833-million poultry industry, yet to overcome the bird flu disaster of 2003, is reeling under a financial crisis due to declining demand and overproduction, reports Xinhua. At least 10,000 broiler farms and 50 "doc" (day old chicken) breeding hatcheries across the country have been closed down since the outbreak of bird flu in 2003.
     In the past year, the market price of a doc was about Taka 10 (16 cents) as against the previous price of taka 15. The Financial Express reported Saturday that the local price of broilers, which fell sharply during 2003, was still to reach the pre-bird flu level.

In Vietnam, health animal authorities on Friday reported bird flu outbreaks in 19 sites of six provinces, including five in the Mekong Delta region, with more than 7,500 fowls culled. Hai Duong northern province suffered the heaviest loss with 1,100 ducks and 500 chickens culled in its two districts of Kim Thanh and Gia Loc. In Long An province, which has been hit the hardest by the outbreak in the country, bird flu recurred in three districts of Ben Luc, Thu Thua and Can Giuoc, killing almost 1,500 poultry.

Thailand has begun a research study into the development of bird flu vaccines in a bid to strengthen its control measures against the disease. The director-general of the Livestock Development Department, said vaccination was a tool that could help control the disease and the research, which kicked off yesterday, was aimed at yielding techniques that could be applied whenever needed.

The Netherlands government is extending a grant for the Philippine Egg Board's purchase of a P100 million egg processor that will enable it to freeze, liquefy, pasteurize, or powderize egg for institutional and export markets.
     Brenda Dimayuga, Philippine Egg Show chairman, said during the fourth Philippine Egg Show the Dutch government will extend the grant in the form of egg processing equipment as this also involves the Philippine Egg Board's (PEB) joint venture with a Dutch company.

Governments should consider stockpiling vaccine against H5N1 bird flu now, before a pandemic starts, a World Health Organization report out next month will advise. The change in policy reflects growing fears that an H5 pandemic is likely, and that there will not be time to produce much vaccine once it starts. "When we realised H5N1 is not going to be eradicated in poultry in Asia for at least another couple of years, that made the risk of H5 much higher," Klaus Stöhr, head of the WHO's influenza team, told New Scientist.

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In Russia, prices for a number of key food ingredients have risen in January and February, according to a recent survey, and supply difficulties are expected to keep costs high for the foreseeable future, reports
     China has recently become Russia's biggest supplier of sodium erythorbate, an antioxidant used in meat and poultry processing. However, the Chinese government has introduced a strict production quota system because of concerns about the environmental impact. This in turn has led to a shortfall in supplies and a rise in prices.

In Hungary, farmers angered by agricultural authorities' delay in paying them EU subsidies began on Thursday what they plan to be a series of protests in Budapest. Only around 50 farmers appeared in front of the Parliament building for the protest Thursday morning, but organisers expect the number to swell to around 1,000 later in the day. The farmers demand that the government should accelerate disbursing EU direct payments, publish market regulations, and protects Hungarian farmers from cheap imports.

In the UK, Livestock owners, dealers, hauliers, and the public are being urged to 'keep it clean' when visiting markets. Defra, LACORS, local authorities and the livestock industry organisations have launched a major campaign to remind those who use markets to follow good hygiene practices.
     Animal Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said: "The lower the level of biosecurity, the higher the risk of disease. Failure to follow good hygiene practice could see farmers taking more home from market than they expected.

Food is the most common source of zoonotic infections in humans, suggesting that tightening biosecurity measures at the beginning of the food supply chain is vital. As a result, the UK’s Food Standards Agency is targeting poultry producers to help achieve a 20 per cent reduction in the incidence of foodborne diseases by April 2006.

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In the US, Attorney General Drew Edmondson says a bill to limit his ability to file lawsuits on behalf of the state is tied to the poultry industry. The bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on a 7-to-6 vote today and now goes to the full House for consideration. It restricts the attorney general from filing lawsuits without the authority of the governor, the House or the Senate. Edmondson has threatened to sue Arkansas poultry companies including Tyson Foods and Simmons Foods if they don't come to an agreement on water quality.

Rural areas are suffering a drought of food-animal veterinarians which is causing concern reports Thomas Geyer in the Q-C Times. A couple years back, Arthur Holevoet of Atkinson, Illinois, was in need of a veterinarian to care for one of his goats that was in distress giving birth. "It took calls to seven different vets before I got one that would work on large animals," he said.
     Holevoet’s plight underscores a problem that is facing farmers - while there are many veterinarians to care for pets and horses, fewer and fewer are working on food animals, such as pigs and cows and goats. Jim Fraley, the livestock program director for the Illinois Farm Bureau said the organization has embarked on an ambitious plan to grow the livestock industry in the state. In order for the effort to be successful, he said, the infrastructure has to be in place and that means attracting more people to be large animal vets.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 5 features this week.

Broiler Feeding: Mash or Pellet?
By Jean-Jacques Trevidy, Hubbard Europe - This article evaluates the options of mashing or pelleting broiler feed, and like many choices the broiler producer has, the answer is dependant upon a number of factors.

Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) - A Chink in the Armour of Biosecurity?
By DuPont Animal Health Solutions - In the 75 years since it was first identified, infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) has proved to be a persistent cause of concern in poultry, especially commercial layers.

Poultry Outlook Report - February 2005
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the February 2005: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data. The report indicates that the first estimate of broiler production for fourth-quarter 2004 is 8.53 billion pounds, up 3.5 percent from the same quarter in 2003.

USDA Livestock and Products Semi-Annual Reports 2005
By USDA, FAS - These articles provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2005 reports: Slovenia and Saudi Arabia.

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That's all for this week.

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