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Wednesday 24th December 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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2014 Ends with Bird Flu Fears

As we approach the holiday season, highly pathogenic (high-path) avian flu outbreaks in poultry and other birds are much in the news across North America, Europe and Asia.

In the last week, India has confirmed that the virus affecting waterfowl in Chandigarh is the high-path H5N1 type. While several cases in people in the area are suspected, none has yet been confirmed. Suspicious deaths of wild crows in the state of Haryana are also under investigation.

A new outbreak of avian flu of an H5 subtype has been reported in a village poultry flock in central Viet Nam. This is thought to be the H5N1 variant.

Canada has now reported a total of 11 outbreaks with the high-path H5N2 virus in commercial poultry and one in a backyard flock, all in the same region of the province of British Columbia.

The United States has reported its first outbreak of high-path H5N8 avian flu a backyard poultry flock in Oregon, while the H5N2 virus has been detected in wild ducks in Washington state, close to the border with Canada.

Following a new outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza at a duck farm in Germany in the state of Lower Saxony, the federal agriculture ministry has ordered a veterinary inspection of all ducks and geese before transportation.

In mid-December, there was an outbreak of high-path avian influenza of the H5N8 subtype in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy but there have been no further cases since then.

Owing to the coming holiday season, there will be no newsletter from ThePoultrySite next week. The next newsletter will be sent out on Thursday 8 January.

ThePoultrySite team thanks you for your support this year and sends warmest wishes for the holiday season and 2015.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

How to Feed Nine Billion People Sustainably
Becoming self-sufficient in food production – what better way is there for countries to sustainably feed their growing populations? But, scratch the surface of this potential solution, and it does not really stack up, according to Dr Peter Barnard, Director of Trade, Market access and Industry Strategy with Meat & Livestock Australia.

Bobwhite Quail Production 2
Advice on the production of bobwhite quail from Professor Peter A. Skewes of Clemson University and Professor Emeritus Henry R. Wilson of the University of Florida; Florida Cooperative Extension Service. This article offers general advice and information on egg care, incubation, brooding, grow-out and flight conditioning.

Trimming and Washing Poultry Carcasses to Reduce Microbial Contamination
Washing chicken carcasses with water containing a low level of chlorine was effective in reducing counts of aerobic bacteria, total coliforms and E.coli, according to a new study from Brazil. Trimming was less effective.

Effect of Maternal Vitamin D Source on Broiler Hatching Egg Quality, Hatchability and Progeny
A reduction in embryonic mortality was observed in a field trial in Canada when broiler breeders received additional 25-hydroxy vitamin D in the drinking water but the long-term effects were negligible on the performance or bone strength of the offspring.

Company News

Biomin Opens Research Centre in Thailand
THAILAND - Built with natural, functional and sustainable materials, the Erber Research Center was recently opened on the grounds of Kasetsart University at its Khamphaeng Saen Campus in Nakhon Pathom province.
Zoetis Declares First Quarter 2015 Dividend
US - Zoetis has declared its first-quarter 2015 dividend, and the Board has approved a 15 per cent payment increase.
Bosnia-Herzegovina Joins Ross 140 Club
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA - Following in the footsteps of two other companies in the region, Madi in Bosnia-Herzegovina has become the third company to reach Ross 140 club membership by producing 142 chicks per hen housed.
Nominations Open for WVPA Young Poultry Vet of the Year
US - Nominations are now open for the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Young Poultry Veterinarian of the Year 2015 Award, sponsored by Zoetis.
Market Reports

USDA Cold Storage December 2014
USDA Chickens and Eggs 23 December 2014
USDA Broiler Hatchery 17 December 2014
China Wholesale Prices 22 December 2014
Irish CSO Reports Wholesale Price Index November 2014
Irish CSO Reports Livestock Slaughterings November 2014

Global Poultry Industry News


Kazakhstan Set to Develop Poultry Industry


UK Chicken Breed Debuts at Kisan 2014
Avian Flu Fears Grip India
Sneha Fresh to Set up Broiler Processing Plant in Hyderabad
Uttar Pradesh Bans Poultry Imports from Other Indian States


Cargill to Pursue Feed Acquisitions But Not Nutreco

   United States

Higher Food Safety Requirements for Walmart's Poultry Suppliers
US Chicken Industry Defends Worker Safety Record
Bird Flu Hits First Oregon Poultry Flock
Story of the ‘Amazing’ Meat Supply


Integration of Spanish Poultry Health Research


Ireland, Russia Discuss Meat Trade Issues
Irish Consumers Urged to Buy Irish Turkeys at Christmas

   European Union

EU Supports Cambodia's Agricultural Progress
European Union Takes Steps to Encourage Organic Production
H5N8 Avian Flu Virus Entry to Europe Highlights Need for Preparedness
Netherlands, Germany, Denmark Want to Push EU Further on Animal Welfare


Bird Flu Hits Mixed Hobby Flock in British Columbia
High-path Avian Flu Hits 11th Canadian Poultry Farm
Canada's H5N2 Bird Flu Virus is Eurasian-North American Hybrid


French Companies to Export Poultry Genetics to Bolivia

   United Kingdom

Study Helps Understanding of Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria
UK Avian Flu Restrictions Lifted
Harper Adams University Receives International
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UK On-farm Testing for Campylobacter
Eggs: Cracking Hangover Cure

   Russian Federation

Chicken Meat Production Rises in Russia, Eggs Stable


HKScan Sells Estonian Egg Business


BRF Forms Joint Venture in Indonesia


Germany Battles Avian Flu, Brings in Movement Controls

   Viet Nam

New Bird Flu Outbreak Reported by Viet Nam


Outdoor Access of Organic Turkeys Can Pose Disease Risks


Guangdong Restricts Poultry Markets over Bird Flu Fears


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