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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 16th May 2005

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This week we start in Indonesia, where the country's Agriculture Ministry said that bird flu has infected pigs, raising fears of a wider outbreak in the world's fourth-most populous country and Southeast Asia's biggest economy.
     The ministry conducted tests on pigs after local scientists reported that pigs in several farms on the main island of Java were infected. "We will continue to take some measures to prevent the avian influenza virus from spreading," said Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono.
     Tests have been conducted in several places, including the resort island of Bali, but so far only one area in West Java has shown positive tests for avian influenza in pigs. Specimens from Indonesian poultry workers have been sent for tests in Hong Kong as a precaution, officials said.

In Thailand, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives confirmed today that no cases of avian flu had been found among Thai pigs, pointing to strict measures to ensure that the virus did not spread from poultry to other animals.
     Under Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives rules draw up during the height of the bird flu crisis, farmers are told not to raise chickens and pigs together, and to inform district livestock officials immediately they discover any animal dying of unknown causes.

Vietnam has rejected an article published last week in the journal Nature, saying that affected countries had refused to share their human H5N1 virus samples with the World Health Organisation. Bui Quang Anh, head of the Veterinary Department under Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Department, said "Since the bird flu outbreak, Vietnam has always shared its information on avian influenza with the WHO."
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A 52-year-old man has tested positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu, Vietnam's first newly reported case in nearly a month, a health official said today. According to the Health Ministry, 44 people have tested positive for the H5N1 strain in 18 provinces and cities since the disease's recurrence in late December, 16 of whom having died.

Russia has banned poultry imports from the Greek region of Central Macedonia due to the appearance of chicken flu, the Russian Agriculture Ministry said. The ban also includes live poultry, incubator eggs, all types of poultry products that have not undergone thermal processing, as well as poultry feed, reports Interfax.

Fake food and drink products control up to 94% of the market in some sectors and their numbers are rising in others as authorities redouble efforts to fight back, says the country’s consumer agency. According to information from the Ministry of Internal Affairs the ratio of counterfeit products in some fields runs from 73 to 94 per cent – making Russia one of the worst countries in the world for fake goods.

In Ghana, the government has been urged to impose tariffs on poultry related imported products to salvage the country's poultry industry from collapsing. This is because roughly 80% of poultry establishments were folding up due to competition with importers of the products that are relatively cheaper to locally produced ones, reports ghanaweb.com.

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Saudi Arabia has refused to lift the ban on import of live birds and eggs from Pakistan despite the fact that the country has been declared free from bird flu, poultry exporters said last Wednesday.
     The Saudi Ministry said that a country would be considered free of the Bird Flu disease if no incident of infection occurs for three years after the use of the vaccination. It said that Pakistan used the vaccination in April 2004 and hence it would remain under observation till April 2007

In India, the Tamil Nadu government has ordered an inquiry into reports that a strain of bird flu was found in this southern state by an American laboratory. A media report said that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed it found the H5N1 bird flu virus in samples sent last year. King Institute director Nalini Ramamurthy dismissed the media report as alarmist and said: "The disease itself has not been found. The findings were from random samples taken 2002."

In the US, within three years Illinois livestock producers and their cohorts will be required by law to have an identification number for their farm. They'll also have to individually identify every animal they own and report any movement of their animals from their farm, reports the Pantagraph.
     "This is something we've supported as we have debated between animal ID versus food labeling. We think the ID program is better for the longevity of our industry," said Jim Kaitschuk, Illinois Pork Producers Association executive director.

A recent Ohio State University survey found that 92% of Ohioans say they agreed or strongly agreed that it is important for farm animals to be well cared for. 85% said the quality of life for farm animals is important even when they are used for meat.
     More than half of survey respondents said they would pay more for meat, poultry, or dairy if it were labeled as coming from humanely treated animals. Of those, 43% said they would pay 10% more, and 12% said they would pay 25% more.

In the UK, restricting effective, informative advertising by pharmaceutical companies to pig producers will have a profoundly negative effect on the implementation of the government’s animal welfare strategy, says the NPA in its response to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate’s plans for a complete overhaul of animal medicine regulations.
     NPA has commended the directorate on producing a ‘clear and comprehensive’ consultation document that combines existing national law with new European Commission requirements. But it opposes plans for stricter advertising and distance-selling rules.

The European Parliament's decision to end the individual 48-hour working week opt-out in the Working Time Directive will make it increasingly difficult for farmers and growers to operate profitably and will threaten some businesses, according to the NFU.
     Parliament's decision to remove the opt-out by 2009 has gone against the advice of the business community. NFU vice president, Meurig Raymond said "The NFU lobbied for a more balanced approach to the issue of the opt-out, one that does not disadvantage UK farmers and growers, yet maintains protection for agricultural and horticultural workers"

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 features this week.

Egg Avoiding poultry leg, foot problems
By Charles Goan, University of Tennessee - Charles Goan, University of Tennessee poultry specialist, shares some management practices with us to help you avoid leg and foot problems with your large meat breed chickens and waterfowl.

Steam humidification for hatcheries
By Joseph M. Maudlin, Extension Poultry Scientist, University of Georgia - Steam has been used for decades for providing humidity in many types of industrial and home environments. Until recently, it has been considered too expensive for hatchery use, and therefore has not been used. Currently, steam as a hatchery humidity source is more affordable and is being used in some larger hatcheries.
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That's all for this week.

Ed.


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