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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 8th March 2004

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We start this week with a report from the FAO saying that the various global animal disease outbreaks and concerns, including avian influenza and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), are having the effect of reducing global meat and animal exports by about one third.

In the US, the Bird Flu virus has been found on two more Maryland Farms, reports the New York Times. A total of 328,000 birds were ordered slaughtered, nearly four times the number killed when two Delaware farms were infected last month with the same low pathogenic virus strain.
See also: Bird flu drifts onto Maryland's Shore

Thailand is free of bird flu and will resume the breeding of chickens next month, reports Canada.com. No areas of Thailand have had active cases of bird flu in poultry since Feb. 25, said Yukol Limlamthong, director general of the ministry's Livestock Department.
See also: Bird flu situation "nearly back to normal"

Vietnam has lifted a ban on the sale of poultry in Ho Chi Minh City. ABC reports that the epidemic has been contained and officials hoped to declare it over by the end of March.

In Japan, another case of highly pathogenic bird flu has been confirmed at a second Kyoto farm. The outbreak only came to light after the authorities received an anonymous tip-off about mass deaths of birds at the farm.
     The outbreak was allowed to spread through the continued shipment of live poultry and eggs because of a delay in its reporting, sparking accusations of a cover-up, according to Channel News Asia.

Japan will lift its import ban on live birds, chicken and other poultry meat from Canada except British Columbia, where a bird flu virus was found last month, the farm ministry said Friday.

Since 10th Feb, the Chinese government has banned U.S. poultry products because of bird flu in Delaware. As a consequence, about 16,000 metric tons of chicken feet from the U.S. are stranded in midshipment, mostly on vessels plying the Pacific.

The U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute have announced that the draft genome of the ancestor of domestic chickens, the red jungle fowl or Gallus gallus, was now in a public database. The recently sequenced chicken genome will give a boost to research on diseases such as bird flu, say scientists.

The Environmental Protection Agency last week finalized a Clean Water Act rule prescribing additional wastewater treatment requirements at meat and poultry slaughtering facilities. The guidelines establish new numerical limitations, technology requirements and management practices for direct discharging processing plants.

A recent study found that 75% of American consumers will choose food products certified as protecting animal care over those that are not. The study also revealed that they would be willing to make that choice in favor of animal care even if the products might cost more.

In Canada, the $1.6 billion chicken industry is starting to understand some of the uncertainty that has faced beef producers since May 20, although the poultry outcome is far less severe.
     A one-farm outbreak of avian flu in British Columbia in February has closed international markets to up to $125 million worth of export products and the industry is worried about the Canadian consumer reaction.

In the UK, the Environment Agency has given the go-ahead to a plan by Norfolk-based Banham Poultry to establish a renewable power plant that will use poultry by-products to generate electricity. The £10m (US$18.2m) renewable power project is the first of its kind in the UK.

Good news in Australia, where eFeedLink reports specialists at the Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) Outlook Conference have said that despite the recent pressures of high feed costs and a rising Australian dollar, the pig, poultry and dairy industries are projected to grow over the medium term.


That's all for this week.

Ed.


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