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Thursday 5th January 2017.
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Bird Flu Concerns Continue as More Outbreaks Found in Britain and Ireland

Animal health authorities in the UK have extended the housing order for poultry until the end of February after another outbreak of avian influenza was found in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks earlier this week.

The Welsh flock was infected with the H5N8 strain of the disease, which has recently been spreading through Europe, Asia and the Middle East with migrating birds. The same strain caused deaths of wild birds in Llanelli in Wales, Somerset and Leicestershire in England and Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, which were all reported shortly before Christmas.

The extended Avian Influenza Prevention Zones mean poultry keepers must continue to house their birds, where practicable, maintain their biosecurity and keep a close watch on the health of their birds.

Following the Welsh backyard flock announcement, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Veterinary Poultry Association (BVPA) have reiterated their call for vigilance amongst all poultry keepers, vets and anyone visiting premises where birds are kept, no matter the size of the flock.

BVA Welsh Branch President, Neil Paton, said: “This is the first incident of this avian flu strain in a kept flock of chickens and ducks and it shows the very real risk that the disease poses to backyard flocks.

“Tight biosecurity, such as maintaining high levels of cleanliness and hygiene and not allowing visitors to come close to your birds, alongside preventing contact with wild birds are crucial to stopping the spread of this disease,” he added – click here to read more.

Also this week, H5N8 avian influenza was found in Ireland. Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine confirmed a wild widgeon was found in Wexford, alive but unable to fly due to the disease.

The finding came one week after the Irish authorities put in place new rules requiring the compulsory housing of poultry as a result of the increased threat.

Further tests are being carried out to determine whether the virus is the same highly pathogenic strain that is currently present in Great Britain and mainland Europe – read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

No More Culls? Male Layer Chicks Might Soon Be Spared Death Sentence
Male layer chicks form a huge welfare conundrum for the egg industry around the world, writes The Poultry Site's Editor Alice Mitchell.

Consumers Drive Turkey Production Trends
With the United States producing almost half the world’s turkey meat, Glenneis Kriel talked to Joel Brandenberger, president of the National Turkey Federation in the US, to find out the latest trends affecting American turkey production.

Company News

Merial is pleased to welcome you to Atlanta for the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE)!
US - Merial has a 30-year history of partnering with poultry producers worldwide to improve the health and productivity of their flocks so they can provide safe, affordable, abundant and sustainable quality poultry meat and eggs to the growing population.
Clear Advantage for Clear Feed Tray
Hog Slat and Georgia Poultry stores have received their first shipments of a new type of feed tray. Manufactured from post-consumer waste, the Pur-Chick Clear Feeder Tray is different than the paper or plastic trays currently in use.
NUTRIAD Presents Poland 2016 Mycotoxin Survey Maize
POLAND - Mycotoxins are a hidden danger in animal feed. One of the most important negative factors in crop production and animal feed quality is the contamination of feed commodities by moulds and mycotoxins. As much as 20% of the world’s cereal grains are generally known to be contaminated with measurable levels of mycotoxins (Placha et al., 2009).
Get to Know the Ins and Outs of the New Veterinary Feed Directive
GLOBAL - In an exclusive, candid, 90-minute interview with editors from the VFD News Centers and Poultry Health Today, William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, clarified some hazy points of the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) regulations that take effect January 1, 2017.
2017 IPPE Offers Free Attendee Activities/Networking Opportunities
US - The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is planning a variety of free activities and networking opportunities for IPPE attendees. IPPE will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., from Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2017.
Relationship Between Poultry Gut Microbiota and Diet
CANADA - Remarks by Gerardo Manfreda, University of Bologna, Italy, during the poultry breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
Probiotics: A Modern Solution to Coccidiosis and Necrotic Enteritis
CANADA - Remarks by Rami Dalloul, Virginia Tech, USA, during the poultry breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
Value of Vaccination Hot Topic for Ross Customers in Zambia
ZAMBIA - Achieving vaccination success was the key theme for the recent Ross® Breeders Zambia seminar held on Dec. 13. Ross Breeders Zambia Ltd., a key Ross distributor in Africa, welcomed 25 customers and employees to its premises in Mimosa for the event.
AAAP Issues Statement on Misleading Marketing Claim for Chicken
GLOBAL - So, which chicken is healthier and safer for consumers — the brand with the no-nonsense label or the premium brand that claims its chickens were “raised without added hormones”?
Reducing Leaky Gut for Improving Breeder Health
CANADA - Remarks by Johanna Elvidge, Aviagen Ltd., United Kingdom, during the poultry breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
4th BIOMIN Front Runners Forum Held in Ooty, India
INDIA - Four years ago, BIOMIN India came up with a new concept to approach and provide solutions to our customers: the BIOMIN Front Runners Forum. This event supports our aim to be the knowledge and strategy partner to our customers, and to help them to become – and remain – market leaders in the livestock industry—in other words; get ahead of the crowd.
Digestibility Is the Top Reason Livestock Producers Use Phytogenic Feed Additives
GLOBAL - Digestibility enhancement ranks as the number one reason that the livestock industry uses phytogenic feed additives (PFAs), according to a recent survey of more than one thousand agribusiness professionals.
The Common Clinical Signs and Pathological Lesions of Mycotoxicoses in Poultry
CANADA - Remarks by Charles Rangga Tabbu, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, during the poultry breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.

Global Poultry Industry News

   United Kingdom

UK Farmers Urged to 'Step Up' to Address Global Competitiveness
Cuts to 'Red Tape' Promised for UK Farmers
UK Avian Flu Housing Order Extended to End of February
MPs Warn of Concerns for Farming in Brexit Negotiations
Backyard Birds Culled After Bird Flu Outbreak in Wales
Targets Task Force Co-ordinates on Antibiotic Reduction in Farming
Further Wild Birds Found Dead from Avian Flu Across UK
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   European Union

Millions of Tons of Food Could be Saved with Better Logistics

   Korea, South

Egg Shortage in South Korea After Bird Flu Prompts Large-Scale Culls


Avian Flu H5N8 Strain Found in Irish Wild Bird as Poultry Moves Indoors

   United States

WTO Rules in US's Favour Over Ag Exports to Indonesia
US Poultry Industry Provides 1.6 Million Jobs, Study Shows
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