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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 02 July 2015

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Thursday 2nd July 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

Alice Mitchell

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How Can Poultry Producers Protect Flocks From Disease?

This week, we featured some advice on how poultry producers can prepare farms to protect birds from the risk of disease.

In the US, outbreaks of avian flu have slowed, with no new outbreaks reported by the USDA since 17 June. However, scientists think the potential for new outbreaks, as migrating wild birds move south in the autumn, is high.

This is because migratory waterfowl from different flyways intermingle in the Arctic during summer, increasing the risk of infection spreading, reported Eric Gingerich, DVM (Technical Specialist in Poultry, Diamond V).

To prevent further spread of avian flu, proper disposal of birds from infected premises is necessary. All means are being utilised for the disposal of the huge volume of dead birds: burial, incineration, composting, and landfills.

Re-population of an infected premise cannot take place until the premise has undergone complete cleaning and disinfection, has tested negative for virus, and has passed a 21-day waiting period.

To keep avian flu out of flocks in the first place, there are many enhanced biosecurity and resistance-building tactics that producers can use.

These tactics include, for example, measures to reduce contamination of air, water and feed, proper disinfection of surfaces and air inlets, and taking precautions to prevent excessive movement of workers between different areas of farms.

In future, innovative techniques such as cameras to prevent workers having to enter certain farm areas, UV light sanitation of air and more effective air filtration might be used to help prevent avian flu outbreaks.

Find out more about biosecurity measures to protect flocks here.

Disease prevention focuses primarily on dedicated planning and sound management practices.

With this approach, the poultry owner and farmer place a higher priority on planning and expenditures for disease prevention than on short-term savings and stop-gap treatments, according to MSUCares, the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

A good disease control programme emphasises three primary goals or areas:

  • Reduce exposure to disease organisms by proper sanitation and stress management.
  • Increase bird resistance to disease by using recommended immunisation procedures.
  • Treat disease outbreaks with specific medications that are effective against the disease being treated.

By practicing health control in the flock, the producer also helps insure the health status of other producers located near him. Good neighbours are a valuable asset in the prevention and elimination of disease problems – read more here.

~ Alice

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Strong Growth in Egg Output Recorded in Africa and Oceania
Egg production in African countries has been increasing faster than the global rate, with Nigeria leading the league table of egg producers, reports industry analyst Terry Evans, while Australia continues to lead the field in Oceania.

Australian Egg Farms Meeting Challenge of Salmonella
Eliminating Salmonella on egg farms is impossible, so the risk to human health needs to be thoroughly managed and controlled.

Vaccinating to Reduce Risks from Chronic Respiratory Disease
Live F-strain Mycoplasma gallisepticum (FMG) vaccines are presently being used to help control field-strain chronic respiratory disease Mycoplasma gallisepticum outbreaks.

Poultry Health Basics – Planning Disease Prevention
Disease prevention focuses primarily on dedicated planning and sound management practices that keep infectious diseases out in the first place and stop non-infectious diseases before they start.

Finding New Methods to Detect Chicken Anaemia Virus
Chicken infectious anaemia has become an emerging threat to the poultry industry worldwide.

Company News

Thermal Fogging with Halamid
FRANCE - There has been a resurgence of interest in thermal fogging in the poultry industry recently and of experimentation with different active products as the use of traditional chemicals such as formaldehyde has been called into question on grounds of hazard and toxicity.
Biosecurity and Vaccination for Control of Avian Influenza
INDIA - Feeding 9 billion human beings by 2050 and the role of chicken and eggs in filling the gap of protein are being actively discussed, writes Dr.T.Kotaiah from Indbro.
Respiratory Disease and Immune Status
US - Recent university research evaluated the effects of Original XPC (XPC) on antibody titers and clinical signs of respiratory disease in poultry, Dr Stephanie Frankenbach reported in the Diamond V newsletter PoultryAdvisor.
New Circulation Fan ERD - Quality, Efficiency and Design in Unique Product
ITALY - A properly ventilated environment, without stratified heat, humidity and stagnant air helps the animal welfare increasing their productivity.
History in the Making
GLOBAL - If imagination is the fount of innovation, then is accident the mother of invention?
Getting the Measure of Biosecurity
UK - How often do you measure and evaluate your biosecurity procedures? the Aviagen Global Technical Transfer Team asks.
Annual Ross UK Awards Celebrate Latest Customer Flock Results
UK - The 15th annual Ross® UK Breeder Flock Awards recently took place at Walton Hall in Warwickshire.
Aviagen Marks Five Years of Growth in Russia
RUSSIA - The recent VIV Russia Exhibition proved to be the perfect opportunity for Aviagen® LLC to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Yasnogorsk hatchery, which has seen year on year growth and now has over 60 Russian customers.
Mosselprom Expansion Continues with Smart™ Incubation in Russia
RUSSIA - The Cherkizovo Group continues to cement its leading position in poultry in Russia, with further investment for member company ZAO “Mosselprom”, that will equip its hatchery in the Moscow region with Smart™ incubation technologies from Pas Reform.
Market Reports

UK Animal Feed Statistics - May 2015
USDA Broiler Hatchery - 2 July 2015
USDA Agricultural Prices - 30 June 2015
Indian Egg Prices - June 29th 2015
Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - April 2015
USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 26 June 2015
USDA Poultry Slaughter - 26 June 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Output, Input and Income in Agriculture - Final Estimate 2014
Indian Egg Prices - June 26th 2015

Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

Tyson Foods Expanding US Operations
USPOULTRY Offers Industry Education Recruitment Funding
PETA Files Lawsuit Over Californian Poultry Slaughter
How Can US Poultry Producers Protect Flocks from Avian Flu Threat?
Workplace Safety Administrator to Address US Poultry Conference
Spanish Egg Producers Willing to Make Up US Shortfall
CME: US Broiler Production Higher Despite Avian Flu
Ryan Gosling in Row Over Cage Egg Letter
US Passes Trade Promotion Authority Bill, Chicken Council Approves


Australian Workshops on Welfare at Slaughter a Success
New Research Looks at Improving Egg Response to Vaccines


Green Tea Feed Additives Could Aid Poultry Production


Food Security in a Transparent World
Dutch Vet Shares Insight into Curbing Antibiotic Use
Science Bridges the Gap to Future Food Security

   United Kingdom

New Wales Veterinary Science Centre Opens at Aberystwyth
Opening New Export Markets is Vital to UK Agriculture
Tesco's Must Make Meaningful Commitment to Industry, says NFU
British Egg Industry Council Chairman Re-Elected
UK Government to Release Huge Data Set to Improve Farming

   Korea, South

South Korea to Lift Dutch Poultry Import Ban Next Month

   New Zealand

Australasian Poultry Conference Open for Registration


Another Outbreak of Avian Flu in Ghana


Canada Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen Breaded Chicken
Canadian Funding for Reducing Spread of Livestock Diseases


Indian Poultry Feed Market to Grow at 7-8 Per Cent in Coming Years


Mexico Declared Free From Newcastle Disease


Russia Extends Ban on Imports of Agricultural Products to 2016
Sustainable Intensive Agriculture: The Route to Feeding 9 Billion


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