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Thursday 9th July 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

Alice Mitchell
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US Senate Committee Hearing Highlights Need for Avian Flu Planning

This week, the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on the impact of avian flu on the poultry sector, listening to a variety of witnesses and stakeholders.

The hearing displayed a willingness in Senators to listen to producers, to try and learn from the recent disastrous outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) across numerous states in the US.

“We need to take a good hard look at the animal health infrastructure here in the US so we have the proper measures in place to continue to protect US flocks and herds, and thus the global food supply," said Committee Chairman Senator Pat Roberts.

The Committee seemed keen to do more in terms of disease prevention and control. Scientist Dr David Swayne, Laboratory Director at the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, put forward a strong case for increased investment in facilities and personnel, to allow researchers to respond to emergencies more easily.

There was much discussion over the potential use of vaccines to prevent avian flu infection in birds. The problems of vaccine use were seen as development of resistance in the virus, the time taken to inoculate the flocks, low effectiveness of current available vaccines and the potential impact of vaccination on export markets.

On the other hand, Ken Klippen, President of the National Association of Egg Farmers, highlighted in his testimony what he saw as a positive impact that vaccination has had in Mexico. No vaccine is approved for use in the US at present.

Many of the witnesses expressed concerns over the fairness of indemnity payouts that producers receive in compensation for their dead birds, as well as the need for better planning and clarity from government on procedures, in readiness for any future avian flu outbreaks – read more.

The concerns about preparedness for potential future outbreaks are understandable, given the likelihood that wild birds migrating south in the autumn could spread the disease further.

This week we featured a new scientific study on how wild blue-winged teal birds spread the low pathogenic version of avian flu during their life cycle, which was published recently in PLOS One.

The researchers found that young birds, with less developed immunity, and male birds were most likely to spread the disease – read more.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) announced recently that it will step up surveillance efforts for avian flu during the autumn migration.

Between now and March 2016, approximately 41,000 samples will be collected from apparently healthy wild birds from targeted areas throughout the US.

“The early detection of avian influenza remains key to controlling its spread and minimising its effects,” said Dr John Clifford, USDA chief veterinary officer – read more.

~ Alice


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Little Egg Trade in Africa and Oceania
The regions of Africa and Oceania participate little in the trade of shell eggs and egg products in world terms, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans.

Importance of Vitamins in Poultry Production
Vitamins are a group of organic compounds that poultry only require in small quantities, but they are essential for normal body functions, growth, and reproduction, writes Harsh Pandit for ThePoultrySite.

How Do Wild Birds Spread Avian Flu?
Low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) is a problem in the poultry industry, and has the potential to evolve into highly pathogenic versions of the disease (HPAI). A scientific report from various scientific institutions in North America recently looked at the infection patterns of LPAI and how it relates to wild bird migration pathways.

Company News

Worldwide Teams Hubbard and Novogen Gathered in Nantes
FRANCE – At the end of June, Hubbard and Novogen gathered their worldwide teams in Nantes for a week.
Ross 140 Club Launched in Finland
FINLAND - The Ross® 140 Club, established by Aviagen® SweChick Ab in 2012, recently welcomed its first members in Finland.
Sixth Annual Ross Customer Seminar in Belarus Brings Aviagen Even Closer to its Customers
BELARUS - The sixth annual Ross® Customer Seminar, jointly organised by Aviagen® and its Grandparent customer PPR Broiler of OAO Agrocombinat Dzerzhinsky, recently took place in Minsk and was attended by more than 70 Ross Parent Stock customers.
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USDA Broiler Hatchery - 9 July 2015
UK June 2015 Farming and Food Brief
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Global Poultry Industry News

   Viet Nam

Vietnamese Poultry Industry Struggling with International Integration

   United Kingdom

Farm Fatality Figures Still “Quite Horrifying”
British Poultry Meat Industry Reports Continued Strong Growth
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   Norway

Alltech Acquires Norwegian Agriculture and Aquaculture Companies

   United States

General Mills Goes Cage-Free
US Senate Meeting Highlights Dramatic Impact of Avian Flu
New Technology Could Prevent Newcastle Disease Virus Replication
US Expo to Pair International Buyers with American Suppliers
US Steps Up Wild Bird Monitoring for Avian Flu
US Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Live Poultry
New App Released to Help With Poultry House Ventilation

   Taiwan

Further Avian Flu Found in Taiwan

   France

French Plans to Support Agri-Food Sector to 2025

   Nigeria

More Avian Flu Outbreaks Hit Nigeria

   Ireland

New Strategy for the Irish Agri Food Sector to Improve Exports, Jobs

   India

Indian Poultry Industry Demands Soybean Imports to Compete with US
Indian Poultry Industry Under Pressure over Drug Residues, Slaughter Conditions

   Philippines

Philippines Lifts Ban on Poultry Products from Canada, Japan

   Global

West African Scientists Trained in Latest Technology for Avian Flu Detection
Food Prices Expected to Fall Over Next Decade
Southern African Drought Hammers Poultry, Red Meat Producers
Huge Opportunities for Agricultural Growth in West Africa
UK, US Feed Market Prices Up

   Brazil

Mexico Renews Authorisation for Brazilian Poultry Imports
Record Chicken Exports for Brazil in June

   Netherlands

Sharing Insights into Animal Nutrition Can Help Global Productivity
Netherlands Avian Flu Resulted from Four Separate Introductions

   Canada

Trade Promotion Authority Expected to Speed Up Trans-Pacific Agreement

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