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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 10th October 2005

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We start this week in Europe where health authorities were put on alert over the weekend following reports that an unconfirmed strain of bird-flu had broken out in Romania and Turkey - with the potential risk of infection for humans. Most recent reports seem to indicate the virus is not the deadly H5N1 strain.
     In Romania, the mass-slaughter of poultry was carried out in the village of Smardan. 3400 persons in the affected area were given anti-flu vaccine in an attempt to stop the virus spreading from birds to humans. Up to 125,000 people will be vaccinated over the coming days.
     Meanwhile Turkey confirmed its first cases of bird flu with agriculture minister Mehdi Eker announcing the incidences on Saturday (8 October). Turkey culled about 1,500 chickens and turkeys overnight to prevent any spread after reporting its first outbreak of the disease on a farm near the Aegean Sea, NTV private television said on Sunday. The authorities have also imposed a 3 km (2 miles) quarantine zone around the affected farm, where nearly 2,000 turkeys died of the globally feared disease on Tuesday and Wednesday, the station said.
     Germany and France urged Romania and Turkey to make public all information about the outburst of the air-born influenza, or bird-flu, to EU experts. See also:
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Europe bracing for bird flu

The outbreak of avian flu in Russia is dying out but could make a comeback next spring, a senior health official said on Friday. "The outbreak is petering out, as migrant fowl leave the country," Ivan Rozhdestvensky, Russia's deputy chief veterinarian, told a news conference. "However, we will have to see what happens when... birds return next spring."

Israel is on high alert to deal with a possible outbreak of bird flu, forming special teams and making urgent plans to deal with such an incident. The Israeli Agriculture and Health ministries fear the bird flu that has struck south-east Asia will spread.
     The first step Israel will take if the bird flu is discovered will be to cull all the poultry within a two-mile radius, the daily newspaper Haaretz reported. Birds within a six-mile radius will be vaccinated.

With big chunks of its territory in rebel hands and a military government shrouded in riddles, mystery and enigma, Myanmar presents the global fight against bird flu with a unique set of problems, according to News1.
     Officially, the H5N1 avian influenza strain that has killed millions of birds and scores of people across Asia since late 2003 has not landed in the former Burma, even though neighbouring China, Thailand and Laos have all had outbreaks.
     However, given the dearth of reliable information that comes out of Yangon, as well as the junta‘s dubious track record with the truth, many international observers are worried about a cover-up of potentially global significance.

Vietnam is intensifying the detoxification and disinfection of fowl farms in localities nationwide, especially those having large flocks of chickens and ducks, to prevent possible outbreaks in the approaching winter.
     Such northern provinces as Ha Tay, Vinh Phuc and Bac Ninh plan to reestablish poultry quarantine checkpoints along main roads to monitor the transport of fowls among localities, according to local newspaper Labor on Tuesday.

South Korea will advise poultry farmers to take precautions against a potential bird flu outbreak as migratory birds are expected to arrive from countries affected by the deadly virus later this month, agriculture officials said today.
     The Agriculture and Forest Ministry said it would issue a bird flu advisory later this week that calls for farmers to keep their fowl stock inside cages to prevent them from contacts with migratory birds.
     "Starting late this month, winter migratory birds are expected to travel over to the Korean Peninsula from Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia where bird flu broke out," said Kim Chang-seok, a ministry official.

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US Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, making his first official trip to Southeast Asia, will try to convince leaders in the region, which has had the most deaths from bird flu, to cooperate more fully in preventing the disease from spreading.
     Leavitt, 54, will visit Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia this week to discuss preparations against an outbreak of the lethal flu that has killed 60 people in Southeast Asia.
     The World Health Organization has warned that the risk of a bird-flu pandemic is at its highest since a 1968 outbreak, and that 2 million to 7.4 million people might die in a pandemic. Leavitt's trip, the first by a high-ranking U.S. health official to Asia on bird flu, highlights the importance in containing the virus, said Peter Cordingley, the WHO spokesman for the Western Pacific region.

In the US, President Bush has met with members of the private sector who could prove instrumental in blunting the impact of an epidemic through the creation of a vaccine. The State Department hosted officials from 80 countries and eight international organizations, all worried about how to prevent or contain a possible pandemic.
     The conference is part of an effort to codify a common set of goals and tactics, in other words, to construct what Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt (search) calls a "web of defense" against the avian flu. "The world is obviously unprepared, or inadequately prepared, for the potential of a pandemic," he said.

Variable costs on Illinois grain farms are projected to be $55 per acre higher for corn in 2006 than they were in 2002, according to a University of Illinois Extension study. "Variable costs for soybeans will be $20 per acre higher in 2006 than they were in 2002," said Gary Schnitkey, U of I Extension farm financial management specialist and co-author of the report with fellow Extension specialist Dale Lattz.
     "In percentage terms, cost increases are 33 percent for corn and 19 percent for soybeans over the four-year period. Increases of this magnitude have not occurred in recent history and will cause reductions in farm profitability."

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About 80 miles east of Austin, Texas, 20 cows pregnant with calves cloned by ViaGen Inc. have just arrived to join a menagerie of cloned pigs and cows that include calves cloned from cells scraped from sides of high-quality beef hanging in a slaughterhouse.
     The cloning of barnyard animals has become so commonplace and mechanized that ViaGen says it's more than ready to efficiently produce juicier steaks and tastier chops through cloning. Now it looks like federal regulators will endorse the company's plan to bring cloned animal products to America's dinner tables, according to News-record.

Estimates for the UK harvest, released last week by the NFU, show mixed results for farmers. While total tonnage for oil seed rape has risen, wheat and winter and spring barley are expected to experience some significant reductions.
     The UK wheat yield is expected to be up by 3%, with production, at 14.9 million tonnes, down 3.5% on last year, largely as a result of a decrease in planting.

People affected by the foot-and-mouth crisis in 2001 suffered symptoms close to post-traumatic stress disorder for months afterwards, a report has said. Flashbacks, nightmares, and conflict in communities were among problems found by Lancaster University researchers.
     They studied weekly diaries kept for 18 months from December 2001 by 54 people including farmers, vets and doctors. Distress was experienced beyond the farming community, the report published in the British Medical Journal said.

In Australia, thousands of jobs will be created as the state's chicken industry trebles in size over the next 10 years, a government blueprint predicts. The Poultry Meat in South Australia - Strategic Directions 2005-2015 plan estimates annual production in the industry will reach almost $1 billion in 2015 - up from $325 million this year.
     This growth is expected to create 3600 jobs - 1200 directly to the industry and 2400 in supporting industries. Areas include farms, retail outlets, takeaway food, transport, building, and restaurant industries. Consumption of poultry meat in Australia has grown steadily, with each person now eating an average of 35.1kg of chicken each year. Chicken makes up 39 per cent of the nation's total meat consumption.

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The ban on the importation of poultry products from South Africa has been lifted. Minister of Agriculture and Co-operatives Mtiti Fakudze last week said the suspension of the ban was as a result of concerted efforts by the South African authorities to contain and eradicate the outbreak of Notifiable Avian Influenza (NAI).
     “South Africa has since met all the requirements for the provisional declaration of freedom from NAI,” he said. He said the declaration had been accepted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), based in Paris, France.

Company news

Following an audit by DNV certification B.V. in September, leading Dutch broiler breeding company Hybro BV has been recertified for ISO 9001:2000, as well as achieving HACCP accreditation for the first time. Hybro's quality manager Frouke Voolstra, was responsible for steering Hybro towards its quality goals. "The requirements set by HACCP and ISO are not a goal in themsleves," she says, "but a validation of the standards that as a supplier to the food industry, we believe are absolutely fundamental to our commitment to our customers."
     DNV's auditors were impressed by Hybro's quality system and its implementation, and went further, to report that above all they found the company's drive and dedication had produced a hard-working and highly focused approach, which is greatly enhanced by short, effective lines of communication throughout the business.

Hybro BV has announced the appointment of a new Area Manager for Western Europe. Mrs. Annoeschka te Velthuis-Brandwijk will take up the role from December 1 2005, working from Hybro's headquarters in Boxmeer (The Netherlands), and reporting to International Sales Manager, Mr. Wilfred Folkeringa.
     After graduating in Business Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Mrs te Velthuis-Brandwijk joined Nutreco's Orientation Program in October 2001 - and was subsequently appointed General Manager of Plumex B.V. in September 2003.

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Reaching new peaks of performance

Agriculture has closed its doors to the ultimate customer - the public - according to Paul Kelly, managing director of Kelly Turkeys and champion of traditional, locally produced food. Speaking at an event to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the KellyBronze turkey at Howe Green, Chelmsford, Essex, he said the door was now being opened by those farmers who were proud of their production and methods.
     "We now have a generation of people who know little, or in some cases nothing, about farming, food and cooking." This provided opportunity for local specialist food producers and retailers not competing with cheap commodity food but developing niche markets. He even saw the potential for food markets to become the centre of village and town life where people could meet, eat and drink.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 5 features this week.

Treatment of Intestinal Worms In Broiler Breeders
Summary Provided by Dr. Suzanne Young, Aviagen and Dr. James Dawe, Bayer Animal Health - In recent years, all FDA approved intestinal worm treatments administered in poultry feed have been withdrawn from the US market. This left the industry dependent on piperazine, the only water administered deworming drug approved for poultry.

Managing Manure to Improve Air and Water Quality
By Marcel Aillery, Noel Gollehon, Robert Johansson, Jonathan Kaplan, Nigel Key, and Marc Ribaudo, Economic Research service, USDA - Animal waste from confined animal feeding operations is a potential source of air and water quality degradation from evaporation of gases, runoff to surface water, and leaching to ground water. This report assesses the potential economic and environmental tradeoffs between water quality policies and air quality policies that require the animal agriculture sector to take potentially costly measures to abate pollution.

Highlights Poultry ’04 Part I: Reference of Health and Management of US Backyard/Small Production Flocks
By the The National Animal Health Monitoring System - This article is Part I of NAHMS's most recent study of the U.S. poultry industry.

Australia Poultry and Products Annual Overview - September 2005
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Annual 2005 report for Australia. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.

Ukraine Poultry and Products Annual Overview - September 2005
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Annual 2005 report for the Ukraine. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.

That's all for this week.

Ed.

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