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This week we start with a senior UN official saying that China must be more transparent in its efforts to control the spread of the bird flu virus, and curb the use of human antiviral drugs to treat poultry, according to Forbes.
     The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) chief veterinary officer Joseph Domenech said the reported use of human antiviral drugs by Chinese farmers was a 'big concern'.

The United Nations health agency says an influenza outbreak among migratory birds in Northwestern China is far worse than the government had reported, according to VoiceOfAmerica.
     World Health Organization experts who recently visited China's northwestern province of Qinghai told reporters that five times as many birds have died of the avian flu there as originally reported, VOA says.
     The agency estimates five-thousand wild birds died sometime during the spring on an island in Qinghai. In late May, the Chinese government put the number of dead at only one-thousand.

Asia needs about $100 million in the next three years to fight avian flu as the virus looks set to stay, however only about a third of that has been pledged, Reuters reports health and livestock experts as saying.
     They said more money was needed to help chronically-infected Vietnam, turn Chinese farmers away from unauthorised anti-viral drugs and vaccinate ducks that were proving to be hardy carriers of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain.
     "The threat of avian influenza is ever present in Asia, contrary to some media reports that the risk of a pandemic is receding," Shigeru Omi, the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) regional director for Western Pacific, said.

Tests have yielded no evidence so far that the bird flu virus is mutating and becoming easier to transmit between humans, the WHO said last Thursday. In May the WHO warned that the virus in Vietnam, the country with the highest number of cases, could be changing and becoming easier to pass on.
     The brief statement stated that laboratory and epidemiological examinations of recent Vietnamese cases had revealed no change to the virus.

Vietnam will vaccinate poultry nationwide for bird flu to combat the virus that has killed 19 people there since late last year, officials said. "The vaccination will start in August in (southern) Tien Giang province and (northern) Nam Dinh province," said an agriculture ministry deputy director on Thursday.
     "After that, the mass vaccination will be carried out in October," he told AFP, adding the vaccine would be imported from China and the Netherlands.

In Eastern Japan, a second case of a weaker strain of bird flu has been discovered on a chicken farm, close to where an initial instance of the virus was detected earlier in the week, local government officials said on Friday.
     "Another case of the H5N2 strain has been confirmed," a government official in Ibaraki prefecture said. The H5N2 strain is a weaker type of bird flu than the H5N1 strain found in previous avian flu outbreaks in Japan early last year.

Chickens at five farms near the one recently hit by the bird flu virus in Ibaraki Prefecture showed signs they had also been infected with the disease, the agricultural ministry said Tuesday. The five farms are located 500 to 600 meters from the area in Mitsukaido where a diluted strain of avian flu virus was confirmed.

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The discovery of bird flu at the initial poultry farm in Mitsukaido was delayed by a month because a private inspection firm with no expertise with the disease overlooked mild symptoms among the chickens.
     Late last month, the farm's egg production rate reportedly fell below 40 percent from the normal 90 percent, prompting the farm to ask the firm to investigate the decline.

More and more South Korean chicken farms are increasing production to benefit high consumer prices resulting from limited imports, while pork consumption is steadily decreasing, a government report said today.
     According to the quarterly livestock inventory taken by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the number of poultry being raised in South Korean farms has hit a new high amid soaring prices and restricted imports, reports The Korea Times.

In the US, farmers have called plans for extensive soil testing at farms along the Illinois River a witch hunt meant to provide ammunition for a lawsuit against poultry companies.
     Fifteen farms were selected as candidates for extra testing based on a cooperative agreement between Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach.
     Edmondson filed suit against eight poultry companies, including the world's largest poultry company, Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, and six subsidiaries of those companies in June for allegedly polluting the Illinois River with runoff from fields treated with poultry litter.

The EU's food and drinks sector is in danger of losing its market share unless more is done to boost its competitiveness, says a body representing the industry — which also supports a reduction in domestic subsidies for its members, reports FoodProductionDaily.
     Citing a slow down in productivity growth and low innovation in the development of new processed products, the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries (CIAA) said the industry needs more help from the European Commission if it is to face the increasing competition from Asia, South America and the US.
     The association called on the EU to do so by increasing support for exporters and by opening access to cheaper agricultural imports. The issues are due to be discussed at a World Trade Organisation meeting in December this year.

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At the end of May 2005, Aviagen continued its series of European technical events with a seminar focusing on Successful Management of Parent Stock.
     One hundred and thirty one delegates representing Aviagens distributors and Parent Stock customers from 17 different countries, ranging from Ireland to Russia, were invited to Edinburgh to hear about the latest developments and best technical practice for parent stock management.

Russia will keep its right to set quotas on poultry, beef and pork imports until 2009, the country's chief negotiator with the World Trade Organization (WTO) said Thursday in the lower chamber of parliament.
     Speaking at a session of the State Duma's committee for agrarian issues, Maxim Medvedkov said that quotas would remain unchanged. But he added that quotas would be raised by 2%, if Russia joined the WTO. "This is the price of our partners' consent to keep the quotas," Medvedkov said. "This figure is half of the expected minimum growth in the consumption of the relevant products in Russia."

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 features this week.

Controlling Late Egg Size
By Emma Fleming, Technical Development Manager, Aviagen - As a laying flock ages, egg weight increases due to bodyweight gain and reducing egg production after peak. Increased breeder egg weight over the course of the lifetime of a flock will have significant benefits to broiler performance.

Evaluation of the Effect on Broiler Chickens Sprayed and Fogged with Virkon S
By S.E. Cheng, D.V.M., PhD., K.M. Kilgore, B.S., P.C. Gerber, A.A.S., T.A. Sheets from A. H. Robins Research Farm - A 17-day, floor-pen study was conducted to evaluate the effect on broiler chicks when Virkon S was sprayed on the floor and wall before and fogged into the air after chicks were placed into the pen.

UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - June 2005
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.

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