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Thursday 6th August 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

Alice Mitchell
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Best Biosecurity May Be Insufficient to Prevent US Avian Flu Resurgence

This week, the pressure grew on US poultry producers to prepare for potential new outbreaks of avian flu in the autumn (fall), as discussions on the subject intensified.

Even the best biosecurity job might not be good enough to prevent a resurgence of the highly pathogenic virus, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who spoke at a conference organised to discuss the ‘lessons learned’ in Iowa recently.

“There may well be a re-emergence; and if there is, we will be dealing again with the issue of depopulation,” Mr Vilsack said.

At the same conference, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad remarked that Iowa was one of the states hit hardest by the outbreak, commenting that “according to USDA’s latest egg production report, Iowa egg production in June was down 44 per cent from one year ago.”

Some useful advice arising from producer panel discussions included the importance of not delaying depopulation, bio-filtering incoming air to high-value poultry houses and testing water prior to moving birds.

Producers also emphasised the importance of prior planning to allow better disease containment, such as having a robust biosecurity programme, a disposal plan, adequate supplies, a defined leadership and chain of command, state/federal contact information, and a plan for continuity of clean operations - read more.

Also this week, Vermont’s State Veterinarian urged poultry owners to be prepared, noting that the East Coast states are expected to be affected by avian flu in autumn 2015 or spring 2016 - read more.

Avian flu outbreaks around the world this week were situated in Viet Nam, Taiwan, Ghana and Nigeria.

~ Alice



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Impacts of Bird Flu Outbreak on China's Poultry Meat Supply Chain
Live bird markets in China are instrumental in the transmission of avian flu between birds and humans, meaning that there may be a need to restructure the poultry supply chain in future to avoid dangerous epidemics.

Cheap Berry Extracts Could Reduce Salmonella Growth
The ongoing trend to reduce antibiotic use in poultry production has led some scientists to search for alternative, natural antimicrobials. This study by S. Salaheen and colleagues, recently published in the Journal of Applied Poultry Research, asked whether bioactive compounds found in berries could do a similar job.

UK Disease Report: Cases of Spinal Abscess, Marek's Disease
Cases of spinal abcess in broilers, Marek's disease in backyard pullets, and respiratory disease in pheasants all feature in this monthly Disease Surveillance Report from the UK's Animal and Plant Health Agency, which looks back at diseases reported in March 2015.

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Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

Best Bird Flu Biosecurity May Be Insufficient, US Ag Secretary Says
East Coast US Warned to Prepare for Avian Flu
New President to Aid World Poultry Foundation in Fighting Hunger
Petition for Protection of Contract Poultry Farmers Gathers Strong Support
Tyson Foods Reports Strong Chicken Results, Other Operations Disrupted
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New York State Holds Bird Flu Emergency Response Exercise
Foster Farms Launches Turkey Sandwich Competition
US Bird Flu Viruses Currently Low Risk to People
Vaccine Issues Raised at US House Avian Flu Committee
Pilgrim's Pride Reports Increased Income
Biosecurity Key to Preventing Avian Flu, Conference Reminds Managers

   Ecuador

Ecuador Poultry Farmers Worried About Falling Prices

   Zambia

Zambian Poultry Producers Still Struggling with Electricity Shortages

   Ghana

Traders Discontented With Ghana Government Bird Flu Response
Avian Flu Spreads in Ghana

   Ireland

Responsible Rodenticide Use Encouraged in Ireland

   United Kingdom

Scottish Union Calls for Set Agricultural Wages Under General Law
UK Farming Unions Hold Urgent Summit Over Low Industry Prices
Survey Finds Animal Welfare Tops Consumers’ Ethical Concerns

   Viet Nam

Further Avian Flu Found in Viet Nam
US Accused of Dumping Chicken in Viet Nam

   Taiwan

More Avian Flu Found in Taiwan

   Global

2015 Grain Harvest to Take Bronze
How We Created and Can Address the ‘Super Rat’

   India

Egg Prices Spiralling After Indian Heat Wave

   Uganda

RCL Foods Expands Across Africa with Ugandan Poultry Business Purchase

   Brazil

Brazilian Pork, Poultry Exporter BRF Reports Revenue Growth
Brazilian Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Animal Health

   Canada

Conclusion Still Not Reached on Trans-Pacific Partnership

   Finland

More Outbreaks of Mycoplasmosis in Finland

   Nigeria

More Avian Flu Outbreaks Found in Nigeria

   Australia

Poultry, Pig Animal Welfare Research Boosted in Australia

   Germany

Germans Reduce Animal Antibiotic Use

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