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Thursday 23rd April 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


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Avian Flu and Its Impacts on the US Poultry Sector

In the last week, 28 new outbreaks of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported officially in the United States in the last week. The great majority of these outbreaks – 26 – were in commercial turkeys in Minnesota; the other two were in a commercial flock of 3.8 million layers in Iowa and one mixed backyard flock. In total, more than five million birds were affected in the last week alone.

For an overview of the situation, visit our Bird Flu page.

Since the first outbreak in mid-December 2014, there have been 71 high-path avian flu outbreaks in the US, affecting 13 states – 57 in commercial turkeys, three in commercial chickens and 11 in backyard flocks. The number of poultry affected by these outbreaks has reached a total of more than 7.3 million, which includes over 4.1 million commercial chickens, 3.2 million commercial turkeys and more than 7,000 backyard poultry.

While the losses are not yet as catastrophic as the estimated 17 million birds in Delmarva in 1983, the disease situation is having significant impacts on the US poultry sector.

Some countries have imposed a ban on imports of all poultry and poultry products from the US but so far, turkey prices have remained strong, according to industry analysts, Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

They highlight that Mexico accounts for more than 60 per cent of US turkey meat exports and although it has stopped imports from selected states, it appears not to be keen to stop all the trade in turkey meat and eggs from the US.

The real danger is to the US broiler sector, according to these analysts; no broiler farm has yet reported the disease.

So seriously is the situation being taken that the USDA chief vet is reported to be considering the use of a vaccine in poultry, if one were to be developed shortly. That would be a reversal of policy for the country and could indicate a growing realisation that the disease will not be eradicated there any time soon.

Discussing the impact of recent avian influenza outbreaks, Hormel Foods says it is experiencing "significant challenges" in its turkey supply chain, Jennie-O Turkey Store.

In an analysis of the effects of the avian flu outbreaks in the US on global feed ingredient prices, the Home-Grown Cereals Authority in the UK suggests that recent declines in US maize and soybean futures prices have been linked to outbreaks.

It says that these futures prices have been impacted due to their derived demand in the production of animal feed as countries ban outright or restrict imports of US poultry products.

Other countries reporting outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu in poultry in the last week were Canada, Niger, India, Burkina Faso, Taiwan and Bhutan. In addition, Taiwan and South Africa retrospectively announced the low-pathogenic disease in chickens and ostriches, respectively.

In other news, the International Egg Commission held its annual meeting in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, recently, reported by ThePoultrySite editor, Nuria Martinez Herráez.

In Germany, the federal agriculture ministry has launched a new initiative to make animal welfare a high priority.

And last but by no means least, Poultry CRC in Australia has been involved in a series of videos to help and encourage teachers to set up poultry flocks in schools so young people can learn about agriculture, animal care and so many other important lessons for life.




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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Factors Influencing Bird Heat Production in Tunnel-ventilated Broiler Houses
New research at the University of Georgia reveals trends in bird heat production and loss that can help broiler growers and integrators to minimise heat stress in their birds during hot weather.

Feed Ingredients: Consideration of Alternatives When Facing Increased Price Volatility
With the aim to reduce feed price volatility for broilers and breeders, Aviagen's Global Nutrition Team offers a useful review covering corn (maize), sorghum, oats, DDGS, corn gluten meal, corn gluten feed, rice bran, cassava, sweet potato, glycerin, rapeseed meal, cottonseed meal, sunflower meal, palm kernel meal, copra meal and phosphates.

Effect of Coccidia Challenge and Natural Betaine Supplementation on Broiler Chickens Fed Suboptimal Level of Methionine
Dietary betaine supplementation helped alleviate the adverse effects of a coccidiosis challenge on nutrient digestibility and performance in young broiler chickens in this experiment.

Carbon Footprint of Poultry Farms in South Georgia: A Case Study
Based on information including propane and electricity use, house size and age, flock size, number of flocks per year and the manure management system, University of Georgia researchers calculated emissions of mechanical and non-mechanical origin from broiler, pullet and breeder houses and found wide variation in their results.

Effects of Dietary Omega-3:Omega-6 Fatty Acid Ratios on Reproduction in Young Roosters
Polyunsaturated fatty acids enhanced the reproductive performance of young male breeders in this experiment from China.

Attitudes and Perceptions of Family Farmers in Brazil on Problems of Raising Broilers
Farmers who raise chickens for meat using alternative systems – either antibiotic-free or on free range – usually rely on corn (maize) and soybean meal and they mentioned to researchers that subclinical coccidiosis is the main disease challenge.

Company News

Managing Aviary Birds Is Easier Than You Think
THE NETHERLANDS - To make the management of hens in aviaries easier, Vencomatic has introduced its new aviary system for layers: the Bolegg Gallery.
Hy-Line International Celebrates 40 Years with Chensan Poultry
TAIWAN - Hy-Line International recognised its 40-year partnership with Chensan Poultry of Taiwan while at the VIV Asia trade show in Bangkok, Thailand.
Sneha Farms Commissions Further Hatchery Expansion
INDIA - Market-leading Sneha Farms Pvt Ltd is to increase further the capacity of its commercial broiler operations, with an energy-conscious expansion to its hatchery in Hyderabad, reports Pas Reform.
Top US Cobb700 Flock Award Goes to Arkansas Family Farm
US - The Pablo Cardenas Farm of the Tyson Foods Nashville Complex in Arkansas has gained the top Cobb700 flock award from the 2014 Cobb Sold Flock Survey.
Ceva's Budapest Poultry Summit to Focus on Science of Vaccinology
HUNGARY - From 28 to 30 April in Budapest, Ceva will hold its yearly summit designed to help poultry producers improve performance by increasing their awareness of the most innovative and integrated healthcare strategies.
Aviagen Opens New Office Headquarters in Huntsville
US - To keep pace with rapid gowth, Aviagen is to move its corporate staff into a larger office Space in Huntsville, Alabama.
IPPE Ranked in Top 50 US Trade Shows
US - The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has been recognised as one of the Top 50 US trade shows.
Latvia’s LLC Lielzeltini Joins Ross 400 Club
LATVIA - One of the leading poultry meat producers and processors in the Baltic States, LLC Lielzeltini has joined the Ross® 400 Club having recorded an EPEF figure of 401 at the start of 2015.
Zoetis Appoints Paul M. Bisaro to Board of Directors
US - Zoetis Inc. has appointed Paul M. Bisaro, Executive Chairman of Actavis plc, to the company’s Board of Directors.
Pure Breed, Ross Attract Attention at Agra ME Trade Show
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Ross distributor, Pure Breed Poultry Company, sponsored a major exhibition stand and attracted a large number of existing and potential customers at the three-day event in Dubai.
Insects as Animal Feed Seen as Favourable
BELGIUM - Attitudes towards the use of insects in animal feed and resulting livestock products are generally favourable, recent scientific research has shown, says Biomin.
Market Reports

USDA Cold Storage - 23 April 2015
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - 23 April 2015
USDA Broiler Hatchery - 23 April 2015
USDA International Egg and Poultry - 22 April 2015
USDA Chickens and Eggs - 22 April 2015
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - April 2015
USDA Livestock & Poultry: World Markets & Trade - 17 April 2015
USDA Turkey Hatchery and Raised - 17 April 2015
USDA Broiler Hatchery - 17 April 2015
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - April 2015

Global Poultry Industry News

   South Africa

Low-path Bird Flu on Western Cape Ostrich Farm

   Taiwan

Seven Outbreaks of Low-path Avian Flu Confirmed in Taiwan
New Outbreak of High-path Avian Flu in Taiwanese Goose Flock

   Niger

Niger Reports First Avian Flu Outbreak for Eight Years

   India

Bird Flu Fears Hit Chicken Sales in City, Not Rural Telengana
Poultry Culled as Bird Flu Returns to Manipur
Avian Flu Surveillance Continues in India

   United States

Protein Packaging Sector Worth $11 Billion in 2019
CME: Turkey Prices Remain Strong Despite Bird Flu
Thirteen New Avian Flu Outbreaks Confirmed in Minnesota Turkeys
How is US Bird Flu Outbreak Affecting Corn, Oilseed Futures?
Poultry Webinar to Discuss Waterfowl Mitigation
US Academic Stresses Bird Flu Does Not Affect Food Safety
Bird Flu Returns to Wisconsin
Delay in State Help for Minnesota's Turkey Farmers
Four New Outbreaks of Avian Flu in US Confirmed
Avian Flu Hits Hormel's Jennie-O Turkey Business
New Insight on Broilers in Hot Weather
Biggest US Poultry Farm Yet Hit by High-path Flu
Vet Supports Environmental Credentials of Meat Production
New Outbreaks of High-path Avian Flu in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota

   Canada

Ontario's Bird Flu Control Zone Extended
Confirmation of Second Ontario Bird Flu Outbreak
Second Ontario Flock Tests Positive for Avian Flu

   Australia

Officials Rally to Reverse Poultry Ban
Which Bird Comes Top of the Class?

   European Union

BRF Agrees Joint Venture to Access UK Foodservice Sector
More Freedom for EU to Decide on Use of GMO's for Food and Feed
Residue Levels in Food Falling Across EU

   Burkina Faso

More Outbreaks of Bird Flu in Burkina Faso

   Israel

Three New Newcastle Disease Outbreaks in Israel

   United Kingdom

Political Parties Commit to Food and Farming
New Replacement for 'Freedom Food' Label
Insects Equal Soy Nutrition in Animal Feed
Moy Park Wins KFC Supplier Environmental Award

   Portugal

IEC Business Meeting: World Egg Organisation Is Born

   Germany

Germany Focuses on Farm Animal Welfare

   Russian Federation

Russians Block Canadian Poultry Meat over Bird Flu

   China

Rise in Price of Chinese Farm Produce
China Steps up Monitoring of Farm and Aquatic Products

   Bhutan

Bhutan Reports High-Path Bird Flu in Backyard Flock

   Singapore

BRF in Singapore Joint Venture

   Yemen

FAO Supports Yemeni Farmers as Conflict Escalates

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