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Thursday 30th April 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


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Looking for the Good News in an Avian Flu Crisis

The latest daily update from the United States records that there have been 97 outbreaks of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza up to 28 April. The majority of outbreaks have been in commercial turkeys (74); 10 have been in commercial chickens, one in a mixed commercial flock and 12 in backyard flocks.

Making up the total toll of more than 15.4 million birds are almost 10.57 million commercial turkeys, 4.75 million commercial chickens and 70,000 backyard poultry.

Frustratingly for all concerned, there is yet no sign of a slow-down in the spread of the virus. Having wreaked havoc in Minnesota's turkey flocks, it now seems to have widened its reach to target Iowa's commercial chicken sector. Both these areas are near to the Mississippi flyway for migrating birds but those under the Central flyway have also been affected, including one large mixed poultry flock in North Dakota in the last week.

The reasons for the spread of the infection across the US is are hotly debated. Some experts doubt that every outbreak can be blamed on migrating birds or biosecurity breaks but they have proposed that the virus may be carried on the wind.

The virus has been detected for the first time in two wild birds in Kentucky in the last week.

The state of Minnesota has called a state of emergency: the National Guard is helping with the clean-up operations and the first financial compensation has been approved for affected farmers. That must offer only the smallest relief to those who have lost their entire flock through death or humane euthanasia.

At an international conference on avian influenza at the University of Georgia recently, the important role of hobby and smallholder flock owners in the control of the disease was not overlooked.

A third outbreak of H5N2 avian flu has been confirmed in Canada; all the affected farms are in Ontario.

In other news of avian flu, it has been reported that Egypt continues to battle the disease in both people and poultry.

The H5N1 high-path virus has been detected in wild birds near the Caspian Sea in Russia for the first time.

In the last week, it has been reported that a village poultry flock in the north of Viet Nam has been wiped out by the H5N6 high-path virus.

Taiwan has reported five new outbreaks of avian flu – four at poultry farms and one at a processing plant.

On a more positive note, Japan has been declared free of avian influenza and the Netherlands has lifted poultry movement restrictions following a single outbreak of low-pathogenic avian flu in poultry last month.

Also offering hope for the future, a team of Chinese scientists has had some success using a novel oral vaccine to protect poultry against the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Fighting Newcastle and Other Poultry Diseases
Researchers with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Athens, Georgia, have reported progress in their work to prevent outbreaks of Newcastle disease and other diseases that pose a risk to poultry producers across the world.

Effects of Dietary Protein During Rearing and Energy During Lay on Broiler Breeder Females
New research from the Netherlands reveals that a low-protein diet during rearing of pullets brings benefits in terms of hatchability and egg production during lay. During the first phase of lay, feeding a standard energy diet gave the best performance but a high-energy diet during the second laying phase resulted in more saleable chicks.

Protective Immunity Against Influenza H5N1 Virus Challenge in Chickens by Recombinant Lactococcus
Researchers from Nanchang in China have found a novel oral vaccine to be effective against the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in chickens.

Antibiotic-free Poultry Production: Is It Sustainable?
According to the author of this review, companies considering raising poultry without antibiotics need to be aware that there may be adverse effects on bird health, production efficiency and cost.

Improved Method for Detecting Salmonella During Poultry Processing
A recently completed research project at the University of Arkansas has led to the development of a rapid PCR assay for the detection of Salmonella in the poultry processing plant. The assay was found to be effective and its reduces both cost and testing time compared to some currently used methods.
Company News

Critical Factors Affecting Feed Enzyme Efficacy to be Highlighted
MEXICO - The critical factors influencing feed enzyme efficacy in poultry diets will be the subject of a presentation by Dr Mike Bedford, AB Vista’s Research Director, during the first full day of the 40th Annual Convention of the National Association of Poultry Science Specialists of Mexico (ANECA).
Kuzbasskiy Broiler Completes Third Phase of Smart Expansion
RUSSIA - Kuzbasskiy Broiler Group, part of Volcov A.P., has achieved remarkable growth in less than five years, to expand from small-scale production to become a modern meat processing company with more than treble its original output.
Aviagen Distributors Understand Value of Good Health Status
TURKEY - The ‘cutting edge’ Aviagen Anadolu laboratory in Ankara, Turkey, recently hosted a lab training event for Ross distributors from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Sudan.
First Cobb Chicks Delivered by New Akashevo Hatchery in Russia
RUSSIA - The new hatchery developed by Akashevo to provide four million Cobb500 parent stock per year in Russia has made its first delivery of chicks to Vasilievskaya, part of the Cherkizovo group.
Hy-Line International Celebrates 15 Years with C.V. Missouri
INDONESIA - Hy-Line International recognised its 15-year partnership with C.V. Missouri of Indonesia while at the VIV Asia trade show in Bangkok, Thailand.
Defining, Demonstrating Sustainability in the Poultry Industry
US - A leading poultry scientist says that the US poultry industry has already set high standards for sustainability, according to Zoetis.
Arbor Acres Annual South Africa Roadshow Focuses on Feed
SOUTH AFRICA - Experts from Aviagen came face to face with top nutritionists in South Africa recently to discuss the best way to feed the Arbor Acres (AA) bird, as part of AA’s annual International Nutrition Roadshow.
Beyza Piliç Switches to Petersime for Expanding Hatchery
TURKEY - Beyza Pílíç, a leading broiler integration in Adana, has recently decided to expand its hatchery and install new equipment from Petersime.
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Global Poultry Industry News

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New Award to Recognise Innovation in Poultry Vaccination
Urgent Need to Find Solutions in Farm Trade Talks
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Environmental Feed Life Cycle Guidelines Released
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   United States

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Four More Bird Flu Outbreaks Take Minnesota Total to 67
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North Dakota Stops Poultry Movements Without Authorisation
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   Costa Rica

Newcastle Disease Returns to Costa Rica

   China

Slight Drop in Average Price of Chinese Farm Produce
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   Brazil

BRF Income Soars

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam Reports New Outbreak of High-path Avian Flu

   Ghana

Ghana on Bird Flu Alert

   European Union

Red Tape Removal Needed for Trade Talks Success

   Uruguay

Uruguay Meat Exports Up

   Australia

Australians Shocked at Poultry Ban by Papua New Guinea

   Russian Federation

Tambov Turkey Hatchery on Home Stretch
Cherkizovo Poultry Sales Rise

   United Kingdom

British Lion Eggs Boosts Social Presence
Scottish Farming Union Sees GM Feed Proposals as Unworkable
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   Taiwan

New Outbreaks of Avian Flu in Taiwan's Poultry Flocks

   Canada

Bird Flu Confirmed on Ontario Turkey Farm

   Ukraine

Major Growth at Ukrainian Egg Company

   Zambia

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