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We start this week in Thailand, where a cluster of human bird flu cases among relatives and possibly health workers in Vietnam may show the virus is changing into a form that can be passed on by humans, the World Health Organization said.
     The WHO is worried that bird flu, which has killed 47 people in Asia, could mutate into an easily spread form that sparks the next influenza pandemic, killing millions.

Thailand's cooked chicken exports are expected to grow 81% from 193,000 tonnes in 2004 to reach 350,000 tonnes in 2005. This comes after Japan approved imports from more Thai chicken processing factories, reports eFeedLink.

In Hong Kong, measures to further reduce the risk of bird flu outbreaks have been proposed. They include reducing the live poultry population, regional slaughtering, and a $264-million voluntary surrender scheme for farmers and wholesalers.
     The Health, Welfare & Food Bureau also suggests the introduction of compulsory termination of the live poultry trade in the event of an avian flu outbreak, which entails the culling of all live poultry in Hong Kong.

In Vietnam, a nurse who was taking care of a bird flu patient, has just been confirmed to contract H5N1 virus, reports Xinhua on Saturday. She had cared for a 21-year-old man who tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus and currently remains in a critical condition, said the official.

In New Zealand, thousands could die and more than 750,000 could be taken ill if the bird flu virus mutates and triggers a pandemic, researchers said in an article published last week. The death toll from the first wave of a bird flu pandemic in the country could reach 6,200 from 20,806 cases of serious illness, the researchers reported in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

In the UK, conservationists urged EU ministers to ban wild bird imports and reduce the risk of a deadly bird flu epidemic. More than 200 animal welfare groups planned to lobby EU environment ministers to outlaw the trade when they met in Brussels last week.
     Hundreds of thousands of wild birds, amounting to 92% of world trade, are imported into the EU each year to become pets. Because of fears of a deadly flu epidemic, the EU currently prohibits bird imports from eight Asian countries, but the ban is due to end in October.

Scotland’s livestock seem to have become much healthier in the past few months. Unfortunately, that has less to do with the Executive’s attempts to make animal health and welfare a priority and more to do with the introduction of the National Fallen Stock Scheme, reports The Scotsman.
     However, several of the knackery operators which tendered for contracts with the national company and expected to be busy have reported that business is remarkably slow. So much so that it seems increasingly probable that thousands of dead animals are still being buried on farms in the traditional way.

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The Farmers Union of Wales has accused the National Fallen Stock Company of "a disgraceful breach of confidentiality", according to FWi. Susan Jones, executive officer of the union's Montgomeryshire branch, claims that when a member received written acknowledgement of his registration for the Fallen Stock Scheme, the envelope also contained a Devon farmer's banking details.
     "This is just not good enough at a time when we are all being urged to take great care to prevent our personal and financial information falling into the hands of fraudsters" she said.

In the US, egg production totaled 7.70 billion during December 2004, up 2% from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report. The total number of layers during December 2004 averaged 345 million, up 2% from a year earlier. December egg production per 100 layers was 2,235 eggs, up 1% from December 2003.

In their weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry, the USDA's AMS discuss the recent international conference on Bird Flu in Asia, organized by the FAO and the OIE. At the conference, held in February 2005, experts agreed that one year after the bird flu crises, progress has been made in the early detection and rapid response to the disease.
     There are fewer outbreaks in the region this year than one year ago. The conference noted the link between farming systems and the spread of the disease. The avian influenza H5 viruses are endemic in parts of the region, with reservoirs of infection in ducks and, potentially, wild birds and pigs. Live bird markets can also act as reservoirs of infection and contribute to the spread of the virus.

States and tribes invested in the USDA's new national animal identification system (NAIS) are increasingly offering online premises registration to ease their participants’ first step toward getting involved. With more than a dozen projects now underway in over 30 states, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has seen the numbers of producers interested in learning more and taking part in the NAIS rise dramatically.

Pork, dairy, poultry and egg producers have until May 1 to decide whether to sign a consent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. After a series of court cases, the EPA announced in January that federal air quality laws would retroactively apply to certain livestock production facilities.

In the Philippines, with poultry products in Hong Kong taking up a significant 5% of the 4.254 million tonnes of export market as of 2002, the Philippine Association of Broiler Integrators (PABI) is eyeing Hong Kong as a highly-prospective market. The PABI president told reporters Hong Kong may be the Philippines' next export market after it penetrated Japan since February 2004.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia underlined the importance the use of modern and skilled manpower for expansion of the country’s potential poultry industry. “The Poultry industry has immense potentials in meeting the national demand for animal protein, reducing unemployment and development of national economy,” she said.
     The Prime Minister was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 4th International Poultry Show and Seminar 2005, organised by The World’s Poultry Science Association, Bangladesh Branch (WPSA-BB).

In Bhutan, despite cross breeding and introduction of new breeds for more than four decades, 95% of the country's chickens are of the “Yubjha” or indigenous stock. The Yubjha is the dominant stock of chickens in the country as it is resistant to many diseases and the prominent characteristic is broodiness, says the study.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 features this week.

Farm Flock Poultry
By Melvin L. Ha, Extension Animal Scientist, Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota - At one time most Minnesota farms had their own poultry flock. Now few farms have poultry on them, so small flockowners find a ready market in their own area. You have to have suitable housing and be willing to process the birds for most of your customers.

Effects of conventional and novel processing on the feed value of canola meal for poultry
By H L Classen, R W Newkirk and D D Maenz, University of Saskatchewan - The desolventisation/toasting stage of pre-press solvent extraction was found to reduce the digestible amino acid content of canola meal in broilers. In addition, inconsistency in this stage of processing was also shown to be responsible for variability in this trait.

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