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Monday 4th April 2005
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We start this week in North Korea, which has culled tens of thousands of chickens and clamped down on bird movements, in the hope it may be able to contain its first suspected bird flu outbreaks on three farms, a top UN bird flu expert said on Friday. "For the time being, everything indicates that it can be contained," Hans Wagner, a senior official with the FAO, told Reuters.

China is strengthening quarantine measures to prevent the North Korean bird flu from crossing the border, reports The Korea Times. Since the North's acknowledgement of the bird flu outbreak on Sunday, Chinese authorities have vaccinated chickens at farms near the border of North Korea, a farmers' daily in China reported in its Thursday edition.

The Vietnamese Government has launched a nationwide clean-up of poultry farms, to try to stop the spread of bird flu. The Ministry of Health said that large commercial operations and small local farms in every village in Vietnam would be disinfected.
     "We started implementing the clean-up campaign Friday morning, with our communal animal health departments responsible for monitoring," said Nguyen Duy Long, head of the Animal Health Department in Long An province.

A top Vietnamese health official blamed public ignorance about bird flu, weak surveillance systems, and small-scale farming activities for the re-emergence of the disease, which has killed 48 people in the region. The comments come a day before Vietnam launched the nationwide campaign to clean up poultry farms to control the spread of bird flu, according to

In the Philippines, Entrepreneurs in the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA) have established a $5 million multinational corporation to corner the Middle East market for chicken and poultry. "The corporation would replace the market gap left by Thailand which marketed chicken to the Middle East," reports Mindanews.

Officials with Mexico's Agriculture Ministry have reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza in the state of Durango, in northern Mexico. Last week, suspicions over bird flu led to a cull of some 2 million chickens at a Tyson Foods processing plant, reports Brownfield.

The US government has accused 61 countries including Bulgaria and groups of nations of significant trade barriers that harm US manufacturers and farmers. The government's 672-page report on trade barriers is designed to guide US negotiators over the next year in their efforts to attack barriers seen as doing the most damage to American companies. In particular, the high import tariffs favor Bulgaria's inefficient domestic chicken and pig meat industries, reports Sofia News Agency.

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Northern Ireland poultry farmers are worried about new EU environmental regulations being introduced from Brussels. They want poultry litter to be excluded from the definition of slurry in the Nitrates Directive Action Programme which is being implemented to improve water quality.
     Ulster Farmers Union Poultry committee chairman Thomas Douglas said: "Poultry producers need more clarity on the possible restrictions they could face under the proposed DOE and DARD Nitrates Action Programme.

In the UK, the NFU is calling for a fair price structure for collecting and disposing of deadstock under the National Fallen Stock Scheme, ahead of the tendering deadline for collectors. The scheme, which has been running since November, was jointly set up by government and the farming industry following the implementation of the Animal By-Products Regulations in July, reports the NPA. The scheme exposed the fragility of the existing infrastructure and since then huge variations in the prices being charged by collectors have caused frustration amongst farmers.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 features this week.

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.

Amino acid requirements of broilers: Relationships with growth and meat quality
By R A Coleman and D R Korver, University of Alberta - Over the last sixty years there has been a rapid reduction in market age for broilers. This has been a direct result from genetic selection (increase in muscle yield), improved diets, and better management of the resources available to the producers.

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That's all for this week.

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