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Thursday 12th November 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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South Africa’s Benefits to be Halted if US Poultry Imports Fail to Restart

Since last week’s newsletter, the US announced that unless South Africa can enable imports of poultry products from the US to restart by early January, South Africa’s duty-free market access benefits will halted on agricultural goods.

The benefits come under the US' African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a trade preference agreement that was renewed after talks in Paris earlier this year, when the two countries agreed quotas of poultry products to be received by South Africa.

However, South Africa has continually failed to meet deadlines for opening up its markets to US poultry and other meats.

One critical deadline was missed on 15 October, when South Africa was supposed to finalise both a trade protocol for avian influenza and a health certificate for US poultry, but those issues remain unresolved.

President Obama said: "I will continue to assess whether South Africa is making continual progress toward the elimination of barriers," but so far South Africa has failed to meet "critical benchmarks".

South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) disagreed with President Obama, saying that continual progress has been made, and vets from the two countries are “fully engaged” in producing the relevant animal health agreements – read more.

ThePoultrySite's Glenneis Kriel talked to Kevin Lovell, CEO of the South African Poultry Association, about the South African side of the story.

One of the key sticking points in relations between the countries is South Africa’s ban on all poultry from the US following the avian influenza outbreaks earlier this year. The US wants the ban to be regionalised so disease-free regions could still export in future.

Mr Lovell said that South Africa was imposing such stringent regulations, because the country's chicken industry has up until now been clean of the disease, and the ostrich industry has been free of the disease for a few years, and it couldn’t afford an outbreak – read more here.

Meanwhile, all quarantines have now been lifted on Iowa commercial farms that were affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza in spring, allowing the facilities to restock with birds.

There were 77 premises and 31.5 million birds affected with H5N2 HPAI in Iowa in total, with five backyard poultry houses still waiting for quarantine to be lifted.

Officials reminded poultry keepers once again of the importance of biosecurity as the southward migration of wild birds continues – read more.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Differential Diagnosis of Mycotoxin-Related GIT Lesions in Poultry
Mycotoxins are always present in animal feeds, although at varying levels, and affect different systems such as the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and visceral organs, writes Raj Murugesan.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Poultry Accounts for 40 Per Cent of World Meat Trade
This year, according to an FAO Food Outlook report, at just over 13 million tonnes the trade in poultry meat will grow and account for more than 40 per cent of the world trade in all meats (excluding intra-European Union sales), put at 31.2 million tonnes, writes industry analyst Terry Evans.

Why Keep Backyard Chickens?
If you don’t already have a small flock of chickens, you are reading this article because you want to. Christine Heinrichs discusses the history and popularity of keeping backyard birds.

Protecting Heritage Poultry: New Standard Breed Inspections
With increased interest in heritage breed poultry, the American Poultry Association is stepping up to promote standard breeds. Its new Flock Inspection Program will certify consumer chicken and other poultry with the APA’s imprimatur.

Why Advanced Multiple Mycotoxin Detection Matters
A new technology promises to revolutionize the simultaneous detection of mycotoxins and greatly expand our scientific knowledge. Several cases in the field along with the 2014 BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey results reveal the value of multiple mycotoxin detection in terms of understanding threats to livestock along with the direction of future research, write Christina Schwab and Paula Kovalsky.

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Veranda Breeder: Royal Class Breeder Housing
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Hy-Line International Celebrates 30 Years with Shenyang Huamei Livestock & Poultry Co., Ltd.
CHINA - Hy-Line International, the world leader in layer poultry genetics, celebrated its 30-year partnership with Shenyang Huamei Livestock and Poultry Co., Ltd. of Shenyang City, China by hosting technical seminars with more than 350 pullet growers and layer farm owners and managers in Shandong and Taiyuan Provinces of China. Participants learned best practices for maintaining healthy commercial laying stock for optimal production.
2016 IPPE Exceeds 1200 Exhibitors
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European Director of Genetics Appointed
US - Dr. Randy Borg has between appointed as European director of genetics for Cobb-Vantress, Inc.
First Official Veterinarian Conference Calls for Increased Communication
UK - A call for increased information flow between the Animal and Plant Health Agency, private vets and farmers on bovine TB testing, the complexities of arranging the export of travelling horses and challenges around the certification of Pet Passports in the digital age were just some of the topics discussed at the first conference aimed at Official Veterinarians (OVs), which took place 22-23 October 2015 in Swindon.
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