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We start this week in Russia where an a new outbreak of avian flu has been detected in the Altai region in southern Siberia, after the disease had been detected in the Urals and in the Tula region south of Moscow last week, the Russian news agency reports.
     Bird flu antibodies were found in the blood of 59 birds that died in seven poultry farms in the village of Pokrovka, the spokesman says. The dead birds have been destroyed and the village placed under quarantine, he added.
     Outbreaks of avian flu were detected in Russia's south Urals region of Chelyabinsk Saturday and in Tula, 300 kilometres south of Moscow, on Tuesday.

Russia’s bird flu outbreak has cost producers RUR38m and helped foreign firms with exclusive import contracts to increase profits, yet the domestic industry is now confident of a recovery.
     Russia's agricultural ministry said bird flu, which was first seen in Russia this July, said the costs did not include the extra expenses to prevent new epidemics, such as setting up quarantine zones.

As the Russian government looks to decrease the country’s reliance on meat imports, research group Market Advice talks about the development of the domestic meat sector. Cynics say that there is no chance that Russian meat production will become competitive enough to provide an adequate level of support to agribusiness.
     They point out that this sector buys more and more meat from other countries focused on meat exports. Yet, other analysts say that a quota-driven Russian meat market is becoming ever more attractive to investors, even though the sector is still dependent on imports.

Scores of migrating birds are dropping dead in Iran's northwest on a daily basis, a report said, raising concerns the Islamic republic could soon join the list of countries with cases of bird flu.
     The student news agency ISNA said some 5,000 birds have been found dead in West Azerbaijan province which borders Turkey, Iraq and Azerbaijan. The report said tests had yet to confirm the presence of bird flu but added Iran would be sending samples to the World Organisation for Animal Health for verification.

In the UK, a parrot that died in quarantine has been found to have the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, reports Reuters. A spokeswoman for Defra confirmed on Sunday that scientists had found "the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus" in the parrot.
     "The closest match is to a strain found in ducks in China earlier this year," the ministry spokeswoman said. The news will add pressure on the European Union which is considering a ban, supported by Britain, on the import of live wild birds.

Scottish scientists are attempting to eliminate the threat of bird flu by creating a new breed of chicken that is resistant to the killer virus. Researchers at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, where Dolly the Sheep was created, are using cloning technology to produce poultry that are genetically resistant to flu infection.
     Working with scientists at Cambridge University they have already proved they can protect against flu viruses by inserting small pieces of DNA into cells in the laboratory. And within the next couple of weeks they will begin implanting the genetic material into hen eggs in an attempt to produce the world's first flu-resistant chickens.

The European Commission is facing increasing pressure to ban all wild bird imports after new cases of bird flu appeared in Russia, Croatia and British quarantine. "The commission is currently considering the issue. It will decide by Tuesday," said spokesman Stefaan de Rynck.
     The executive arm of the European Union already has various bird import bans in place for Romania, Russia, Turkey and Thailand, countries which have had confirmed cases of the lethal H5N1 bird flu strain, responsible for the deaths of more than 60 people in southeast Asia, the latest a man in Thailand.
     It is also preparing a similar ban for Croatia, where a new bird flu outbreak was announced on Friday with test results awaited for the H5N1 strain.

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Authorities in Croatia began killing thousands of domestic birds Saturday and ordered disinfection for a large area near a national park where six swans were found dead from bird flu. Elsewhere, Italy and Congo became the latest countries to ban imports of poultry from nations affected by the virus.
     Croatian experts detected the H5 virus in the swans late Friday after they were found dead at a fish farm near Zdenci national park. Samples have been sent to a British lab to test for the H5N1 strain that has devastated poultry stocks and killed 61 people in Asia the past two years.

In Sweden, a duck found dead east of Stockholm has tested positive for avian flu, Sweden's National Veterinary Institute said on Saturday. The institute has subsequently confirmed has it was a mild type and not the deadly form.
     The institute said that at this time of year it is not unusual for 20-30% of ducks to carry influenza.

French poultry sales between Saturday and Wednesday were down 20% from a year earlier in volume terms, the president of the French food distributors' trade group FCD said.
     The decline came amid concerns about the spread into Europe of the potentially fatal H5N1 bird flu virus. It confirms the magnitude of a decline reported earlier this week by a French poultry trade group. There was no immediate indication of whether the decline was offset by increased demand for other foods at retailers.

France's free-range poultry breeders said on Wednesday they would fight to keep their prized status if ordered to keep chickens inside amid fears they could be the first affected by government moves to keep out bird flu.
     France is by far Europe's biggest free-range poultry producer, selling 145 million birds a year worth 480 million euros. It accounts for 10 percent of France's poultry output.

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In the US, the food industry is set to benefit from soybean research, as scientists gain funding to map the soybean genome. A team of researchers led by Purdue University plant geneticist Scott Jackson have received $4.5 million to sequence one of the world's leading edible oil sources.
     Used extensively in food formulations and enjoying growing popularity on the back of claimed health benefits, today soybean oil, together with palm oil, accounts for over half of all oil consumed in the world: but production vulnerability means soy prices can fluctuate dramatically. By mapping the genome, scientists hope knowledge gained can be used to reduce the risk to crop supplies.

The prospective size of the South American soybean crop will become the dominant price factor in the soybean market over the next several weeks, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.
     "Current average price forecasts are relatively close, although the futures market and the stocks-to-use model projects an average near the upper end of the USDA's forecast range," said Darrel Good. "As the marketing year progresses, the judgment of whether current prices are too high or too low will be based on the rate of U.S. and world consumption relative to the supply of soybeans.

A global poultry association named "International Poultry Council" has been formed to fight bird flu worldwide and help poultry industries cooperate with each other to resolve issues that affect them all, according to
     At the formation, delegates adopted a charter agreement whose vision and mission statements and list of objectives lay out an ambitious programme to work cooperatively to resolve several issues.
     The list of objectives include provisions to encourage uniform and science-based international sanitary and marketing standards for poultry and to strengthen ties to international animal disease and food safety organisations, the report added.

The Thai government has been called to adopt more rigid measures on substandard farms to curb the spread of renewed bird flu outbreak in the country, local press reported today. "The outbreak has yet to affect the country's processed chicken exports as advance purchase orders have been placed until the end of this year," said Dr Panya. Chotitawan, chairman of Saha Farms Co., one of the country's largest poultry exporters.
     The concern lies on whether the government could ensure the safety of farming system and how strict it will be on poultry farms, especially open farm and free-range duck farming. Saha Farms expects to export some 25,000 tons of cooked chicken this year. Its shipments of frozen chicken have dropped to zero after the resurgence of the bird flu.

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The outbreak of bird flu in Eastern Europe is expected to help boost Thailand's cooked chicken exports by 67 per cent this year, media reports said on Wednesday, quoting the country's leading poultry exporter Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF).
     CPF Presdient Adirek Srepratak predicted that Thailand's frozen chicken exports would reach 300,000 tons this year, up 67 per cent from 180,000 tons exported in 2004, when the industry was hard-hit by an avian influenza epidemic in its domestic poultry population, said The Nation newspaper.
     This statement was made prior to the recent outbreak of Bird Flu in Thailand, which occured the following day!

The Chinese capital has stepped up its efforts to fight bird flu by sending inspectors to farms, homes and migratory bird sanctuaries to enforce disease prevention controls. The WHO said that although China has a strong political determination to tackle the problem and had stepped up monitoring efforts, more needed to be done at the local level.
     The stepped-up veterinary checks came after the Ministry of Health warned last week that a "danger of the fatal disease spreading to human beings exists." The country's top leaders also warned that the country faces a "grave" threat from avian influenza, as both Asia and Europe try to contain the deadly virus.

During the week ending Oct 19, prices of AA broilers were stable in Liaoning province and Shandong province but were sharply lower in Jiangsu province, say eFeedLink in their Weekly China Broiler report. Prices in Henan province were marginally higher.
     Prices of AA broilers remained firm in Shandong, Liaoning, Sichuan and Henan on the back of lower supplies from breeders. Limited market supply and increased broiler consumption with the cooler weather had led broiler processors to increase their broiler purchases. This helped to keep broiler prices firm in these regions.

Company news

Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Stanley as Veterinary Health Director for Aviagen within Europe. Based at Aviagen's European headquarters in Scotland, Bill is a valuable addition to the management team.
     His main responsibility will be the provision of veterinary support to customers and distributors across Europe and the Middle East. He will work closely with the technical support teams to ensure that health, welfare practices, and technical support procedures are consistent with Aviagen's high standards, and will have overall responsibility for health and biosecurity of Aviagen's production across Europe.

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

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 features this week.

Management and Control of egg size
By Ken Laughlin, group technical director, Aviagen, Scotland - The management and control of egg size presents some interesting challenges and opportunities as part of the overall management of broiler breeders.

US Poultry Outlook Report - October 2005
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the October 2005: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data.

Reference of Health and Management of Backyard/Small Production Flocks in the United States.
By The National Animal Health Monitoring System - This article is Part I of NAHMS's most recent study of the U.S. poultry industry.

That's all for this week.


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