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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 29th March 2005

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Tuesday 29th March 2005
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We start this week in North Korea, where a bird flu outbreak is probably extensive, South Korean officials said today, but Pyongyang has yet to request Seoul's help to contain the virus.
     North Korea officially confirmed on Sunday an outbreak of bird flu at two chicken farms in the capital Pyongyang. It said hundreds of thousands of birds had been culled in the secretive state, which suffers from severe food shortages.

South Korea has resumed the exports of chicken and other poultry to Japan, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said Thursday. The measures come after Seoul and Tokyo agreed last month that if no outbreak of bird influenza is discovered within 90 days of the last one, Japan would lift its import ban.
     Japan halted quarantine inspection of all poultry imported from South Korea in December after the discovery of the low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus at a duck farm in Gwangju, 329 kilometers southwest of Seoul.

In Indonesia, as of last Wednesday, bird flu was continuing to spread in South Sulawesi, affecting around 128,000 chickens so far in four regencies, Recombinomics reports. The biggest outbreak occurred in Sidrap regency, some 200 kilometers north of Makassar, where the virus has infected 101,400 chickens. "We've conducted DNA analyses and the strains of the virus in South Sulawesi and other parts of Indonesia are different from the strains in Thailand and Hong Kong", officials said.

In Cambodia, bird flu has killed a 28-year-old man, officials said on Thursday as authorities in neighboring Vietnam tested dozens of people in a village where a 5-year-old boy was infected with the virus.
     Keo Saran is Asia's 48th bird flu victim and Cambodia's 2nd. The virus, which produces a high fever, coughing and acute pneumonia, has killed about 70% of the people known to have been infected, but it does not pass easily from birds to humans.

In Vietnam, bumper crops and millions of tonnes of agricultural products exported annually are major achievements after 10 years of the agricultural extension programme, according to Voice of Vietnam.
     The results have not only come from the great efforts of farmers across the country, but also from agricultural officials who play an active role in transferring technology to farmers and providing them with new methods to improve productivity.

In the US, egg safety and quality are the focus of a new Agricultural Research Service (ARS) laboratory established this year in Georgia. The new Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit will conduct research to protect both the health of consumers and the marketability of eggs.
     Scientists will develop improved technologies for egg production and processing that will reduce or eliminate microorganisms that can transmit disease to humans or cause spoilage.

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The move to win approval for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) when it's presented to Congress for ratification will be "the trade fight of 2005" and one that "the whole world will be watching," according to Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Chris Padilla.
     The agreement is an important pact for the CAFTA region and U.S. and an important part of the future of U.S. participation in global trade, he said, suggesting that the agreement is one on which both trade opponents and supporters have "staked their ground."

It seems that turkeys hold a messy key to the energy of the future -- turkey dung that is. A Minnesota company plans to take turkey leftovers to a whole new level after it finishes construction of a power plant fired by the birds' droppings. It may not be the total answer to relieving the US' addiction to foreign oil, but the plant will burn 90 percent turkey dung and create clean power for 55,000 homes. In the business, turkey dung is prized over pig excrement and cow chips.

In the UK, Peter Rogers, a former Welsh Assembly member has made a token challenge of fallen stock regulations, according to FWi.
     On legal advice he withdrew an invitation to other farmers to put their dead animals with his in a pit he excavated at Cefn Dderwen, his beef and sheep unit on the island of Anglesey. At the last minute he also decided to avoid prosecution by covering the rotting carcasses of ewes and lambs with a tarpaulin rather than soil.

On the 17th and 18th March 2005, researchers, academics and livestock industry representatives from around the world gathered in London to discuss advances in the field of research into animal sentience. Speaking at the Compassion in World Farming International Conference, Professor Marian Dawkins of Oxford University warned of the danger of defining animal welfare "in terms of what well-meaning people think animals want or what pleases people rather than allowing animals to speak for themselves.
     "Livestock farming is becoming more animal centred" says Roland Bonney, international food industry consultant and director of the Food Animal Initiative (FAI) in Oxford. Bonney described how he and his colleagues are developing livestock systems that 'build welfare' in at the design stage.

Last week, the Rural Payments Agency published details of CAP payments made in England in 2002 and 2003, reports the National Farmers Union. The information released relates to a system which has now been abolished and replaced with new non-production based payments.
     Tim Bennett, NFU President, said; "The details of individual farm payment released relates to the old pre-CAP reform payments. Now, in 2005, farmers receive support for helping to manage the countryside. All payments from now on are subject to tough environmental conditions. The public get real value for money. Farmers will receive £1.7bn, which equates to only 0.14% of total public spending, in return for managing 75% of land in England.

Following several years of successful partnership, Cobb Europe and Cobb Germany have entered into an agreement to increase Cobb Germany's distribution territory to cover a further 17 countries within the European Union and Eastern Europe. Together with Germany itself, this expanded area of responsibility covers several million Cobb broiler breeder sales and incorporates many of the future growth markets within the region.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 features this week.

Influences of market forces on ingredient use and feed processing
By Patrick Garland, BOCM Pauls Ltd - This paper considers the changes in feed manufacture arising from Salmonella control, withdrawal of animal proteins, removal of used cooking oil, impact of concerns over genetic modification and the move to feeds without antibiotic digestive enhancers.

UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - March 2005
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.

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That's all for this week.

Ed.


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