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We start this week with a report from a UN food agency, who said last week the spread of bird flu through Asia and Russia could cause a further rise in poultry prices and reduce consumption worldwide, dealing more damage to an industry still recovering from previous outbreaks of other animal diseases.
     Countries faced with the threat of outbreaks could ban imports, causing prices to rise, said the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). At the same time, consumers fearful of catching the human strain of the disease could increase their consumption of other meats, which would mean further price hikes for the entire sector.
     The H5N1 strain of bird flu has swept through poultry populations in Asia since 2003, infecting humans and killing at least 65 people, mostly poultry workers, and resulting in the deaths of tens of millions of birds.

A British flu pandemic is inevitable and will put the lives of tens of thousands of people at risk, according to the country’s top medical officer. Sir Liam Donaldson said today that it was a "biological inevitability" that when the pandemic arrives, it would have a "serious impact", according to The Times.
     The Chief Medical Officer for England said that the government’s contingency plans were looking at 50,000 deaths in the UK from the pandemic. He added that a pandemic could arrive at any time and that it was impossible to state that Britain was ready to cope.
     Experts have said that avian flu will eventually mutate so that it can spread easily between humans, leading to a pandemic strain.

Meanwhile a UN health official has warned (again) that a flu pandemic could happen at any time and kill between 5-150 million people. David Nabarro, who is charged with co-ordinating responses to bird flu, said a mutation of the virus affecting Asia could trigger new outbreaks.
     "It's like a combination of global warming and HIV/Aids 10 times faster than it's running at the moment," Dr Nabarro told the BBC. But the World Health Organisation has distanced itself from the figure.
     The WHO spokesman on influenza, Dick Thompson, told a news conference in Geneva that the WHO's official estimate of the number of people who could die was between two million and 7.4 million.

In Indonesia, at least 63 people have been infected with or were suspected to have contracted bird flu this year, a health official said last week.
     Of the 63, six had died but further tests were still being carried out on the latest fatality to confirm that the victim died of the virus. Some of those infected with the virus had not shown any symptoms and others had made a full recovery, officials said.

Indonesia has formed a special team to prepare for any bird flu pandemic and coordinate foreign assistance and funding for the world's fourth most populous nation, the health minister said last Wednesday.
     The formation of the team under the ministry's National Pandemic Aid Plan follows the death of six Indonesians in or around Jakarta from bird flu, according to government laboratory results.

In China, Shenzhen's disease prevention and control center has created a four-level warning system to prevent against possible outbreak of the avian flu pandemic and strengthen protection of people prone to the disease.
     The WHO has warned that the recent outbreak of avian influenza in Southeast Asian countries could be the premonition of next global influenza pandemic. The H5N1 virus could most probably be the source of next outbreak. However, there is no effective vaccine against the disease.

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Stung by the SARS outbreak two years ago, some of Taiwan's top technology firms are beginning to take precautions against bird flu in case the virus evolves into an even deadlier form and threatens operations.
     Taking a page from the measures adopted against the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, electronics firms said an outbreak of the H5N1 avian flu in China could have serious consequences on their factories there.

In the latest China broiler report, eFeedLink say that AA broiler prices in Liaoning and Shandong were generally lower in the week ending Sep 28. As for China breed broilers, the price fall was marginal in Guangxi and significantly higher and more widespread in Guangdong, Jiangsu and Henan.
     Broiler prices had weakened in China with the approach of the National Day holidays (first week of Oct). The rise in AA broiler prices prior to the Mid Autumn Festival (Sep 18) have led breeders to offload more of their broiler stocks.

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In Pakistan, the Thailand-based CP Group has shown interest to invest in the poultry and fishing sectors, following a recently visit to Pakistan on the special invitation of the Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. According to officials, a delegation of the CP Group, which is one of the biggest company in South East Asia, visited the four provinces to look into the agriculture and livestock sector for investment.
    He said that delegation was of the view that certain sectors are highly suitable for investment including food, seed, fertilizer and livestock. But after keen observation they showed interest for investment in field of poultry and shrimp and selected this field in order to start business in Pakistan, he added.

In the UK, technical problems are dogging the Entry Level Stewardship Scheme application process once again, reports FWi. The Rural Payments Agency has confirmed that there is currently a problem with the interface between its map system and the system operated by the Rural Development Service.
     The basic difficulty is that information about new field parcels is not being transferred across to the system used by the RDS to raise application packs. This means if the RDS prints off an application form it does not contain all the latest information.

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In the US, in addition to the impact on the economy from rising fuel prices, hurricanes Katrina and Rita have dealt a critical blow to American agriculture, which is already reeling from the worst drought in the midwestern states in nearly three decades.
     The destruction of crops, livestock and farm equipment, as well as the devastation of New Orleans - the key port in the export of US agricultural goods to the world market and the import of fertilizers, chemicals and industrial commodities - threatens to throw thousands more farmers into bankruptcy, not only in the storm-struck areas, but throughout the US, says
     Even before Hurricane Rita hit western Louisiana and eastern Texas on September 24 - wiping out several rural agricultural and fishing towns with the storm’s 120-mph winds and the storm surge that followed - initial estimates put agricultural losses from Hurricane Katrina at more than $3 billion.

The giant feed lots and factory farms that have brought us cheaper meat also are fanning the spread of bird flu and mad cow disease, says a new report from a prominent environmental think tank. "Factory farms are breaking the cycle between small farmers, their animals, and the environment, with collateral damage to human health and local communities," says the Washington, D.C.-based Worldwatch Institute.
     "Mitigating the fallout will require a new approach to the way the animals are raised." In the report, 'Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry,' author Danielle Nierenberg says companies including McDonald's and upscale food retailer Whole Foods Market have begun to improve animal welfare standards in their supply chains.

Ohio State University is striving to become the premier university in the nation on animal welfare education. The Department of Animal Sciences has teamed up with the University of Melbourne in Australia to incorporate animal welfare teaching modules into course curricula and establish training programs on the proper care and handling of farm and companion animals.
     “We have the opportunity to gain expertise in the animal welfare arena by teaming up with one of the strongest centers of excellence in the world of animal welfare as it relates to education,” says James Kinder, chair of OSU’s Department of Animal Sciences.
     A recent Ohio State University survey of 1,800 Ohioans found that 92 percent agreed or strongly agreed that it is important that farm animals are well cared for, and 85 percent said that the quality of life for farm animals is important even when they are used for meat.

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Company news

Dutch broiler breeding company Hybro BV will start hatching in Brockhagen, Germany to facilitate the increased demand for Hybro products. Since the launch of its enhanced product portfolio, Hybro has enjoyed significant growth in sales due the increasing demand for and interest in the Hybro products.
     The company is heading for a 35 per cent growth in sales this year and expects to maintain that same growth level in the years to come. To be able to answer to this increase in sales the company needed to extend its hatching capacity for the production of parent stock and will therefore start hatching in Brockhagen, Germany.

HOWEMA GmbH &Co. KG from Visbek-Wöstendöllen will within short be taken over by Big Dutchman Pig Equipment GmbH located in Vechta-Calveslage. These two renowned and internationally successful companies from the German district of Vechta will then be the world’s largest supplier for modern pig equipment.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 9 features this week.

Poultry ‘04: Reference of Health and Management of US Gamefowl Breeder Flocks
By The National Animal Health Monitoring System - This article is Part II of NAHMS's most recent study of the U.S. poultry industry.

Making Every Egg Count
By Dave Watts, UK Regional Accounts Manager, Aviagen - Genetic improvement over the last few decades has seen major improvements in breeder egg production and chick output, but are you getting as much of this from the bird as you could? Two areas where output can often be gained are in better control of eggs laid on the floor and in effective management of late egg size. This article looks at management advice for these areas to maximise hatching egg output from the flock.

Several Reasons Why Your Hens May Stop Laying Eggs
By A. Bruce Webster, Extension Poultry Scientist, University of Georgia - It is not unusual for the Extension Service to get calls from backyard flock owners wanting to know why their hens have stopped laying eggs. There are a lot of reasons why this might happen and all cannot be outlined here. However, some causes are more common than others and the flock owner should consider these in seeking the solution to the problem.

Poultry Health: Aspergillosis
By Hybro - With our fascination for new or emerging disease in poultry, it is easy to overlook old enemies. Yet fungal infections in poultry still do occur periodically and can lead to serious economic losses, especially in very young chickens. And with the introduction of in-ovo techniques, the risk of aspergillosis infections in the hatchery has increased.

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That's all for this week.


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