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This week we start in China, where the government has sealed off nature reserves and rushed more than 3 million doses of bird flu vaccine to a remote western province after migratory birds were found dead from the H5N1 strain, which can be fatal to humans.
     Poultry across far-flung Qinghai province, neighbouring Tibet and Xinjiang, had become the "target of a compulsory vaccination campaign", Reuters said today.

Separately, Guangzhou quarantine officials have found bird flu virus in eggs carried by air passengers from Vietnam, the first time China had found the H5N1 virus in an airport checkpoint since the end of 2003, Xinhuanet reports.
     The eggs include chicken eggs, duck eggs and goose eggs. Tests by the national bird flu lab showed that the eggs carried the H5N1 virus. Quarantine officials disinfected the location where the eggs were found.

Technology, and not production expansion, will determine the growth of China's layer industry, said an agricultural expert from the China Agricultural University.
     Dr Yang Ning, a researcher at the university's animal science department, gave his assessment on the development of the country's layer sector at a seminar during the 15th China Eastern Seaboard Poultry Trade Fair.

In Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, the next move to prevent a reoccurrence of the bird flu will be to ask farmers to temporarily stop raising poultry in six months, according to ThanhNienNews.
     The HCMC Department of Agriculture and Urban Development sent the official dispatch to relevant authorities requesting that farmers stop raising poultry starting from November 2005 to February 2006.

The deadly H5N1 bird flu strain that has been plaguing southeast Asia appears to be evolving in a way that may signal a greater threat of a human flu pandemic, according to NewScientist. Human cases of avian influenza in northern Vietnam in 2005 are showing an epidemiological pattern and virological features which differ from those seen in the 2004 cases.
     In particular, though not yet proven, the differences indicate the virus may have already been transmitted from human-to-human - a worrying prospect.
     It also suggests the viral strain in northern Vietnam may be more infectious but less virulent than elsewhere; more easily spread but less likely to cause death in sufferers.

In Pakistan, buying chicken is no longer an option for the common man, reports the DailyTimes. Being sold at around Rs 80 per kg, the chickens have simply slipped away from an average earner’s reach. Last year’s bird flu scare severely dented the poultry industry.
     The impact of bird-flu on the local industry lasted for three months between January 2004 and April 2004 leading to a free fall of prices. As a result of this free fall approximately 35 percent of all poultry farms in the country closed down.

In India, Punjab's poultry sector, which has been seeing a decline in business, is looking forward to regaining its position as the second largest in the poultry sector, especially with Pakistan exempting the livestock import duty.
     The President of the APIA said "with the opening up of border, production will get doubled or tripled. It will benefit the farmers, labourers and the feed-related sector. It will also provide direct and indirect employment opportunities".

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In South Korea, consumer prices of chicken have climbed to an 11-year high in April, driven by a cut in supplies following the outbreak of the bird flu virus last year. The prices are expected to rise further as the summer approaches, when demands usually reach a peak, reports TheKoreanTimes.

In Thailand, the outlook for the food industry remains brisk, with exports targeted to grow by a healthy 14% this year, boosted by higher shipments of shrimp and processed chicken. According to the Deputy Commerce Minister, Thailand's food exports were expected to net the country about US$10.16 billion this year.

With the upcoming EU ban on the use of antibiotic growth promoters in animal feed, some companies are rushing to provide farmers with natural alternatives, reports MeatProcess.
     Probiotics are live microbial feed supplements meant to beneficially affect the host animal by preventing other micro-organisms from infecting animals. Reacting to safety concerns the EU has banned the use of all antibiotic growth promoters from 1 January 2006. The ban has fuelled an increased demand for natural pro-nutrients within the bloc.

The biggest single Parent Stock delivery Aviagen has ever made took place at the beginning of March 2005, when 220,000 Ross 308 females arrived at Mach Drubez a.s. Smirice parent farm in the Czech Republic. Around six times larger than the average delivery, the chicks originated from both Aviagen's UK hatcheries.
     Mach Drubez a.s. are the largest independent hatchery in the Czech Republic, supplying broiler chicks to producers across the country and for export, mainly to Slovakia and Poland. The company has made considerable investment in their business over the last few years and allocates 70% of their annual requirement as Ross 308. Company owner, Jiri Mach, was delighted with Aviagen's ability to supply such a large order.

Good production figures, improved food safety, animal welfare, environmental conditions and the poultry farmer's working atmosphere are the guiding principles behind the renewed free-range systems for layers from Vencomatic.
     As a result of the European cage ban, the traditional low density free-range systems are now also used for high density commercial layer housing. Research done on these houses showed widespread bullying within the flock. Birds lower down the pecking order remaining on the nests and soiling them, or congregating in groups at the entrance to the poultry house evidenced this. As a result, the percentage of floor and second quality eggs are sky high. The solution for these problems where covered by Vencomatic with the introduction of two new systems for layers: the RED-L system and the Bolegg system.

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In the US, workers at one of the biggest US chicken processors are threatening to on strike over a labor dispute. The chicken processing facility on the verge of a strike is the largest in one of the biggest poultry companies in the nation. Privately held Foster Farms, the 7th largest poultry company in the US, processes 600,000 chickens each day which makes up a significant portion of the company's $1.6 billion in 2004 sales.
     About 2,300 processing workers are involved in the current labor dispute in Livingston. According to a 2003 survey by the US Bureau of Labor, Foster Farms pays slightly less than the national average for poultry trimmers - $9.35 an hour.

The US livestock industry - from farmers to feedlots to packinghouses - will have to track every animal in the country from birth to market by 2009, said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. Johanns, in a recent teleconference with reporters, said the USDA now is about halfway through its effort to implement the animal ID program.
     The goal is to limit the scope of disease outbreaks by allowing authorities to track down an exposed cow, pig or chicken within 48 hours, Johanns said. To begin, the USDA has proposed voluntary registration of cattle, hogs, poultry and other livestock. It then, however, will shift to mandatory reporting of livestock movement by January 2009, Johanns said.
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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 features this week.

Poultry Outlook Report - May 2005
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the April 2005: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data. The report indicates that US broiler production is expected to total 36.3 billion pounds in 2006, up 3.3 percent from the previous year.

Effects of Water Acidification on Turkey Performance
By Jana Cornelison, Melony Wilson and Susan Watkins, Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Arkansas's Avian Advice - Acidification of the drinking water has become very popular in the broiler industry as a tool for improving bird performance. However, little is known about the exact effects of water acidification on weight gains, feed conversion efficiency and livability for turkey production.

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That's all for this week.

Ed.


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