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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 25 February 2016

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Thursday 25th February 2016.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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Indiana Bird Flu Control Zones Released After Negative Tests

This week, officials released parts of Indiana, US, from restrictions put in place due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in January.

The response effort was directed by strategies put in place in the wake of last year’s spring outbreaks of the disease.

Poultry and poultry products could not enter or leave the 6.2-mile (10 km) control area without a negative avian influenza test and a permit issued by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH).

Since 15 January, the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University has run more than 4300 avian influenza tests, BOAH said.

All farms consistently tested negative throughout the 38-day period, which allowed BOAH to lift the control area.

“We are pleased to be where we are today, just 38 days after HPAI was identified in Dubois County,” said Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh, DVM.

“This is an unprecedented event for the state of Indiana, and the level of cooperation and response at all levels has been incredible.” – Click here to read more.

A seminar on the lessons learned from the 2015 outbreaks was presented at the 2016 International production and Processing Expo (IPPE). This week we also released an article from the seminar looking at how vaccines have been used to fight avian flu around the world.

Vaccination has not been used in all countries, but some countries have blanket vaccination use and other countries use vaccination only in specific circumstances – read more.

This week we also reported on outbreaks of avian flu in Taiwan, Nigeria, and Viet Nam.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Tree Planting Could Protect Free-Range Hens from Feather Pecking
Injurious feather-pecking in free-range systems is an economic and welfare concern for the egg-producing industry. Recent work from A Bright, R Gill and TH Willings looked at how access to tree cover affected levels of plumage damage through pecking.

Colistin - The Latest European Antibiotic Resistance Challenge
Europe appears to have been thrown into turmoil following the release of a paper by Liu and colleagues (2015), describing the emergence of a plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mechanism, mcr-1 gene, in China, writes David Burch, Veterinarian, Octagon Services Ltd, UK.

Company News

Double Honour for Kuipers Group in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA - Having won a Golden Comb Award in 2015, the Kuipers Group was honoured again when it achieved the top performing flock in the Cobb Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Flock E015 at the Eagles Pride Koster facility in South Africa achieved an outstanding 148.79 chicks at 60 weeks.
France: New House for Free Range Egg Production With 20,840 Layers
FRANCE - Most French consumers eat eggs that were produced in enriched colony systems. However, their second favourite egg is the one laid by free-range chickens. Cyril Galles from Lescout in south-western France recently accommodated this fact by building a new poultry house for free range egg production with 20,840 layers. The new barn is equipped with a Big Dutchman aviary.
Good Poultry Climate Control Pays Off
GLOBAL - Saving energy is an important topic for livestock farmers today, especially in broiler production. Apart from good insulation, the correct heating system and an individual ventilation concept, recovering heat from the used house air can enormously help with cutting down on energy costs. One of the most costly factors: heating.
Antibiotic Free Poultry Is Key Industry Driver
ANALYSIS - The move to antibiotic free production is one of the key drivers in the poultry industry as consumers demand what they perceive as a healthier product, reports Sarah Mikesell, live from the 2016 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE).
Nutriad Concludes 2016 Polish Maize Mycotoxin Survey
POLAND - Poland is one of Europe’s biggest grain producers and the farming sector has changed dramatically since it joined the European Union (EU) more than 10 years ago.
Aviagen Anadolu Opens its Doors to Customers
GLOBAL - Aviagen® hosted two open days in Ankara for its Aviagen Anadolu customers at the end of January to showcase recent investment and demonstrate its commitment to the Turkey, Middle East and Africa (TMEA) region.
Delacon Joins New Partnership to Meet Challenges in Animal Nutrition
US - Delacon announces that Land O’Lakes, Inc. animal nutrition businesses, including the new business unit, PMI Nutritional Additives, will be its exclusive partner in the United States for phytogenic feed additives.
AAAP Supports Right to Treat Sick Poultry with FDA-Approved Antibiotics
US - The American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) “strongly supports” the right of licensed veterinarians to treat sick poultry and other food-producing animals with FDA-approved antibiotics that prevent pain and suffering, according to a position statement issued by the organisation.
Market Reports

USDA Cold Storage - 24 February 2016

Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

CME: Chicken Supplies in Cold Storage Cause for Concern
American Meat Survey Reveals Shoppers' Preferences
Indiana Bird Flu Control Zones Released After Negative Tests
IPPE: Vaccines and the Fight Against Avian Flu
IPPE: A Look at the Poultry History Museum
CME: 2016 Started with Strong Consumer Demand for Chicken

   United Kingdom

Call for More Government Support for Farming Sector
EU Exit for UK Would Be "Leap Into The Dark"
Consultation Launched on Raw Egg Health Advice
Moy Park Makes Major Investment in Workforce Skills


Technology Could Take Agriculture Halfway to Climate Targets
Eggs Not Linked with Heart Disease Risk, Study Finds

   South Africa

South Africa Considering Restrictions Against EU Poultry Imports

   European Union

New EU Animal Health Laws Aim to Halt Disease Spread
EU Animal Welfare Rules Need Better Enforcement Rather than New Legislation


Romanian Meat Processor to Invest €9 Million to Raise Output


More Bird Flu Discovered in Taiwan


Ghana May Take Action to Reduce Imported Poultry


More Avian Flu Found in Nigeria


New Method to Extract Protein for Animal Feed from Biomass


Incubation Temperature Could Improve Chicken Bones for Better Welfare

   Viet Nam

Another Avian Flu Outbreak Found in Viet Nam


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