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We start this week in the Philippines, where the government said today it was monitoring bird sanctuaries because of concerns that the seasonal arrival of migratory birds next month might bring avian flu to the country.
     The government also said it had ordered tighter surveillance of illegal trading of exotic birds in southern Mindanao island, and their immediate destruction if they came from bird-flu affected countries such as Indonesia.      "The disease has continued to spread in many neighbouring Asian countries. Active infection in migratory birds in Russia and China was also confirmed," Agriculture Secretary Domingo Panganiban said in a statement.

In Indonesia, another two people are confirmed to have died from bird flu, bringing the death toll there to six. Test results show that both a young girl who died last week and a 27-year-old woman who died on Monday had been exposed to the H5N1 virus.
     Several other recent fatalities are being investigated, and about 20 people are in hospital with bird flu symptoms. The deadly disease has already killed dozens of people across Asia, and led to millions of birds being culled.
     There is so far no evidence of human-to-human transmission, but health officials fear that if the virus combines with the human influenza virus, it could become highly infectious and lead to a global flu pandemic.

The number of Indonesians under observation for bird flu symptoms has risen again, health officials said on Friday, but added that local tests confirmed a five-year-old girl who died this week did not have the virus. UN health experts have said the growth in possible cases in Indonesia - a big producer and consumer of chickens - did not mean the outbreak was worsening, and that there was still no sign the virus could be passed easily among people.
     Sardikin Giriputro, deputy head of the government-designated hospital in Jakarta to treat bird flu, said nine of his 17 patients had been to Jakarta's Ragunan zoo, shut this week after tests showed some exotic birds had avian flu.

Meanwhile, three workers from Jakarta's Ragunan Zoo have been hospitalized with suspected H5N1 avian influenza, according to news services. The zoo was closed yesterday after 19 captive birds tested positive for the H5N1 virus.
     The ailing zoo workers include a 28-year-old guide and a 39-year-old vendor, I Nyoman Kandun, Indonesia's director general of communicable disease control said.

Vietnam said on Friday it had bird flu under control, but would stockpile 1 million doses of antiviral drugs ahead of the onset of winter when the virus seems to thrive best. "The threat of winter is coming. Avian influenza is easily transmitted in the winter season, so we are going to prepare for the control of the disease," Vice Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan told Reuters in an interview.
     He said no new cases of bird flu had been reported since July and a mass poultry vaccination programme to innoculate 260 million birds was due to end in November. "Right now, I think the disease is already under control," Huan said at a World Health Organization conference in Noumea, capital of New Caledonia in the South Pacific.

L.I.R. - Going from strength to strength
L.I.R. - Going from strength to strength

Malaysia wants the OIE to declare its poultry free of bird flu and safe for human consumption, state news agency Bernama said. Many countries were reluctant to import Malaysian poultry acknowledged as safe by U.N. bodies such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Health Organisation.
     Agriculture Minister Muhyiddin Yassin told the agency that except for Singapore, other importers appeared to have doubts about the safety of Malaysian poultry products. "We want the OIE to inform the importing countries that Malaysia's measures in controlling bird flu were most transparent," Benama quoted Muhyiddin as saying.

The Thai poultry industry would soon be able to boost exports to the EU after a WTO ruling found the EU wrong to arbitrarily raise import tariffs on chicken. The decision issued Sep 12 by WTO's Appellate Body upheld a lower panel ruling that found that the EU's reclassification of frozen boneless chicken cuts to a higher tariff level violating the bloc's obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade (GATT 1994).

In this weeks China broiler report, eFeedLink say that prices of AA broilers were marginally higher in the past week. Broiler consumption and market supply have increased during the Mid-Autumn festive season (which falls on Sep 18) and prior to the arrival of the National Day holidays (first week of Oct).
     Meanwhile, broiler stocks held by meat processing enterprises and abattoirs have stayed high, thus explaining their lower broiler procurement in the past week.

Australia, so far free from Asia's deadly strain of bird flu, is patrolling its northern regions to guard against infection from migratory birds and screening airline passengers for poultry products, reports Reuters. This is the time of year, the southern spring, when migratory and nomadic birds migrate south - many through Asia - to land in northern parts of Australia.
     "Certainly they are a potential risk," Carson Creagh, spokesman for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, told Reuters on Friday. Many birds fly in from Indonesia, the latest hotspot for avian flu, most landing in the Broome area of far northwestern Australia or in the Northern Territory. Many also by-pass mainland Asia to fly down the country's eastern coastline.

Medical and veterinary experts from across Europe have advised EU states to coordinate their actions to deal with the threat of bird flu. The experts' meeting in Brussels on Thursday was the first such EU summit to focus on the disease, which has killed dozens of people in Asia.
     There have been no cases of bird flu among humans in the EU, but the lethal H5N1 strain of it has reached Russia. There are fears the virus could mutate, jump species and cause a pandemic. The European experts warned that people at risk, such as poultry workers, should be given adequate protection against infection.

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Reaching new peaks of performance

The Dutch government has decided to lift a ban on keeping poultry outdoors, imposed to prevent bird flu infection. Five million free range chickens were moved indoors after news that the disease had spread to Russia led to fears of infection from wild birds.
     The Dutch reversed the decision after advice from migration experts and an EU warning that the poultry would not be able to be sold as free range. The Dutch government was the only one in Europe to impose such a ban.

Russia has been given permission to resume poultry exports to EU countries, the head of the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) Sergei Dankvert told the Interfax news agency. The European Commission banned poultry exports from Russia on 17 August due to the bird flu outbreak in the central and eastern parts of the country.
     Dankvert said that representatives of EU veterinary services on Tuesday evening voted in favour of introducing a system in which poultry exports would not banned from the country as a whole, but just from the regions where bird flu was registered, the agency reported.

In the UK, farmers on the Dorset-Somerset border are getting higher grain prices after the opening of a multi-million pound poultry feed mill by egg producer Paul Crocker. Mr Crocker's birds lay a quarter of a million eggs a day - 1.5% of UK consumption - and his plant will process 20,000t of locally grown wheat in its first year. Of this, 60% will be fed straight to his chickens with the rest sold to other poultry farmers.
     "We have made pledges to our farmers to pay the Farmers Weekly feed wheat price plus £4/t for the next three years, and not to charge any weighbridge fees. We are almost having to turn people away, because it is more than they will get elsewhere," said Mr Crocker.

In the US, an offer from poultry companies of $1.1 million to the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission also includes $500,000 for an organization in Arkansas for watershed management. The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission is expected to vote today at a special meeting to decide if they will accept their part of the donation.
     However, the $500,000 on the table for Arkansas has no home yet, according to a letter from Janet Wilkerson, a spokeswoman for the poultry companies.

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell said today that the state's poultry farmers will once again be allowed to export poultry products to Mexico. The Mexican government has agreed to lift the year-and-a-half ban on imports of Pennsylvania poultry to Mexico by Oct. 4. The decision was announced at a recent meeting between U.S. and Mexican officials to address poultry trade.

VIROCID - The Global Disinfectant
VIROCID - The Global Disinfectant

Nitrogen management is probably the single most variable production input growers face in agriculture, and with the continued increase in fertilizer costs, application efficiency is becoming increasingly important. In response to this need, Ohio State University soil research and Extension specialists are evaluating the use of optical sensors in nitrogen management.
     "Nitrogen efficiency in crop production, such as corn, is estimated to be only about 33 percent, suggesting that under current nitrogen recommendation methods the majority of nitrogen applied is going elsewhere other than into the crop," said Robert Mullen, an OSU Extension specialist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and an assistant professor for the School of Natural Resources.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 8 features this week.

Golden Rules For the management of Hybro females
By Hybro B.V., Boxmeer, The Netherlands - This article by Hybro B.V. explains the golden rules for the management of Hybro females.

Poultry Outlook Report - September 2005
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the September 2005: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data. Hurricane Katrina’s overall impact on U.S. broiler production is expected to be relatively small although damage in specific areas has been heavy.

Fly Control in the poultry house
By Joe G. Berry, Extension Poultry Specialist, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service - Fly control should be an integral part of every poultry producer’s management program. Flies spread disease and filth, are a nuisance to employees, and can become problems for nearby farms and residences. As the number of producers decrease and the size of remaining poultry operations increase, larger units may provide the opportunity for flies to concentrate and therefore create even larger problems.

Controlling Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
By Africa Fernández-Gutiérrez, Company Veterinarian, Aviagen, Scotland - In many outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), special local situations have been found and exploited by the virus. These “Achilles heels” make giving general advice on bio-security for a region simple, but detailed advice more difficult as it requires local understanding and planning to be effective.

Argentina Poultry and Products Annual Overview - September 2005

Kuwait Poultry and Products Annual Overview - September 2005

Philippines Poultry and Products Annual Overview - September 2005

Romania Poultry and Products Annual Overview - September 2005


That's all for this week.

Ed.

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