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Thursday 22nd December 2016.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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UK Poultry Farm Hit by Bird Flu Outbreak

Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have continued in the past week, as the H5N8 strain has continued its spread around Europe and beyond.

The UK had its first outbreak of this type of the disease confirmed on Friday, on a turkey farm in Lincolnshire. Most of the turkeys died rapidly, and the remaining birds were culled, with protection and surveillance zones put in place to prevent further spread.

In reaction to the outbreak, UK authorities placed a temporary ban on gatherings of birds at higher risk of avian flu including chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. The rules restrict events such as livestock fairs, auctions and bird shows.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, said: "While we have seen no further cases of bird flu following the outbreak in Lincolnshire, we must continue to be vigilant and do all we can to protect against this highly pathogenic strain of the disease.”

A large number of countries have reported outbreaks in the past week, including France, Germany, Hungary and Serbia. This week’s outbreaks resulted in the loss of several hundred thousand birds, which either died from the disease or were culled to stop it spreading – click here to read more.

In other news, UK poultry farm incomes fell 16 per cent in the most recent financial year, following on from a 19 per cent decline the year before, according to the latest Farm Business Survey carried out across England by a group of universities and colleges.

The fall in incomes reflect the continuing downward price trajectory for both broilers and eggs.

However, poultry businesses continue to be some of the most profitable in the farming sector. The average poultry farm income in 2015/16 was £75,100 higher than the national farm average. The proportion of loss making businesses is also significantly lower - just 8 per cent of poultry farms lost money in 2016 compared to 22 per cent of all farms nationally.

Poultry businesses continue to show adaptability in the face of difficult market conditions. Increased throughput and tighter spending helped to avoid the worst of the price falls for most businesses. In particular, an 18 per cent cut in feed bills and a further 15 per cent cut in running costs was seen across the sector – read more.

The newsletter will return on 5 January after the holiday break. Why not check our home page in the meantime for some special festive reads? Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers!


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Responsible Disposal of Hatchery Waste
The chicken meat industry continues to grow globally; and so does the volume of hatchery waste: eggshell debris and fluff, infertile eggs, dead embryos, culled chicks, egg fluids, as well as wastewater from cleaning and disinfecting equipment and processing areas, writes Nancy Wilcox, Animal Welfare Expert.

Putting Down Perfect Bedding for Your Poultry
Litter management has a huge impact on poultry health and comfort. Glenneis Kriel asked Jan Grobbelaar, an independent poultry consultant, for advice on how producers can make the most of poultry bedding.

Nutriad Concludes 2016 Spain Maize Mycotoxin Survey
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by farm and companion animals.

Company News

Aviagen Launches New Ventilation Documents for Good Flock Management
GLOBAL - Aviagen®, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, is pleased to announce the release of a new poster and How To series on essential flock ventilation. Proper ventilation is a common challenge facing broiler and breeder growers today.
Nutriad Concludes 2016 Spain Maize Mycotoxin Survey
SPAIN - Multinational feed producer Nutriad, concluded its 2016 Mycotoxin Survey in Spain, which included 107 maize samples from different Spanish regions.
NCC Scientist: Food Safety is Everyone’s Job
GLOBAL - Food safety is a chain stretching from producers to consumers. The challenge for processors is to make sure their link in that chain remains strong.
Arbor Acres Customers Meet in Singapore
SINGAPORE - Customers participated in the 5th Arbor Acres® Asia Association meeting held at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel in Singapore.
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   European Union

Biosecurity Measures Need Strict Enforcement to Protect Poultry Farms From Bird Flu
Many More Bird Flu Outbreaks Reported Around Europe

   United Kingdom

Poultry Gatherings Halted Following Avian Flu Case
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UK Poultry Farm Incomes Fall for Second Year Running
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