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Thursday 7th January 2016.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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French Bird Flu Total Rises Further

In this week’s disease news, the latest reports from the French government indicate that 66 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have now been found in the south west of the country.

One of the new outbreaks occurred in the Lot region, which has not previously been affected by the disease.

Meanwhile, a report from the UK government's Animal and Plant Health Agency concluded that the avian influenza risk level for the UK remains low, but has been heightened by the outbreaks in France.

"The risk to the UK as a result of these outbreaks is primarily around pathways which involve lapses in biosecurity or trade routes, rather than through wild birds as these are apparently wholly European origin viruses," the report said – click here to read more.

This week we also reported on avian influenza outbreaks in Taiwan and Ghana.

In other news, South Africa has said it is confident that outstanding issues relating to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) will be resolved, despite missing a key deadline on 31 December.

AGOA is an arrangement with the US that allows reduced tariffs for exports from South Africa to the US.

But US President Barack Obama announced in November that duty-free access for South Africa's agricultural products would be suspended, unless South Africa made progress on allowing imports of US chicken, pork and beef.

"While the 31 December deadline has passed, both sides are committed to continue the negotiations. South Africa believes that with some flexibility from both sides the final touches to the agreement on which 95 per cent of the work has been done can be completed with some extra time," the statement said – read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

A Guide to Preventing Poultry House Fires
Poultry house fires can be a disaster for a producer, resulting in the loss not only of the house itself, but also the flock inside it. Large-scale producers can lose flocks in the tens of thousands, not to mention the costs of replacing the equipment and facilities. Dan Turner describes measures that can be taken for ThePoultrySite.

Company News

Hendrix-ISA LLC to Build New Hatchery in Nebrasca, US
US - Hendrix-ISA (part of the Layer Business Unit of Hendrix Genetics) will expand its capacity and purchases 20 acres of land in Grand Island, Nebraska for building a new 24 million layer chick hatchery. This expansion, along with fully operating hatcheries in Ephrata, Pennsylvania and in Blackstone, Virginia, demonstrates the commitment of Hendrix-ISA in serving the US-market with premium quality day-old layer chicks.
Tech XChange Offers IPPE Attendees Information on Relevant Industry Topics
US – The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is offering attendees a variety of free 20-minute technical presentations on current topics affecting the feed, meat and poultry industries.
IPPE Offers Free Attendee Activities/Networking Opportunities
US - The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is planning a variety of free Meat Me in @LANTA activities and networking opportunities for IPPE attendees. IPPE will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., from Jan. 26 – 28, 2016.
Ross Celebrates 60 Years of Success
GLOBAL - Ross® has hit a number of major milestones as it celebrates 60 years of success in poultry genetics.
IBV Study Compares Vaccine Protocols for Cal-99 Variant
US - Vaccination with Massachusetts and Arkansas infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) serotypes followed by a booster provided the best protection against a contemporary California 99 (Cal-99) IBV variant in a recent challenge study, Kalen Cookson, DVM, MAM, a technical services veterinarian with Zoetis Inc., said at the 2015 Western Poultry Disease Conference held in Sacramento [1].
Egyptian Seminar Focuses on Current Issues Facing Region’s Poultry Industry
EGYPT - Best management practices to counter current issues facing the poultry industry in the Middle East were the topic of the fifth annual seminar held by Cobb grandparent distributor Al Watania Egypt and sponsored by Cobb Europe.
Market Reports

USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 5 January 2016
USDA Egg Products - 5 January 2016
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Global Poultry Industry News

   European Union

Most Europeans Think CAP is Important
Fight Against Food Fraud Strengthened by New Research


Food Prices Fell in 2015 as Global Economy Dwindled
Subway Announces Move to Cage-Free Eggs

   United Kingdom

OFC: Call for More Entrepreneurship on Farms
OFC: Research Investment to Make British Agriculture More Competitive
Research Finds Improved Land Use Efficiency Helps Climate
UK Egg Producers Set Up Bird Flu Insurance Scheme
Help Extended for Flood-Hit UK Farmers


Thousands of Poultry Destroyed in Taiwan Bird Flu Outbreaks


French Bird Flu Total Rises Further
French Bird Flu Outbreak Total Hits 64


Five More Bird Flu Outbreaks Hit Ghana's Accra Region

   United States

Scientists Identify Bacteria Linked to Lameness in Broilers
The Scoop on Poop - Why Manure Matters
What Factors Will Impact Meat Markets in 2016?
Bird Flu-Free Iowa Lifts Poultry Gathering Ban

   South Africa

SA Risks Losing Trade Benefits After Missing US Poultry Import Deadline


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