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We start this week In Romania, where authorities began on Sunday to cull thousands of domestic birds in an eastern village, which was quarantined after a turkey tested positive for the H5 subtype of avian flu. Further tests to be carried out in Britain will determine whether the turkey was infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu, said Ion Predoi, who heads the National Agency for Animal Health.
     All domestic birds in Scarlatesti, which are estimated to number 15,000, will be killed, Predoi said. "We have eight teams led by vets culling the birds, and we hope to finish by tomorrow night," he said on Sunday.

China's Ministry of Agriculture confirmed a bird flu outbreak in Zalantun city in northern China's Inner Mongolia, the official Xinhua news agency said Friday, bringing to 23 the number of outbreaks of the disease. A state avian flu lab confirmed that 246 fowl which died last Sunday in Zalantun had the H5N1 strain of HPAI.
     China has confirmed two deaths from the bird flu virus. Both were women who worked in the poultry industry in the eastern Anhui province. Hovever, a respected Japanese scientist, who works with the WHO, says 300 people have died of H5N1 bird flu in China, including seven cases caused by human-to-human transmission, report New Scientist. He says he was given the information in confidence by Chinese colleagues who have been threatened with arrest if they disclosed the extent of the problem.

In this weeks broiler report, eFeedLink say that prices declined over the week as demand continued to fall. Fresh outbreaks of bird flu in the provinces of Shanxi and Hubei as well as Inner Mongolia have dampened severely China's broiler prices in the past week. In non-affected areas, there were also few buyers for broiler stocks held by sellers.

In Malaysia, a man who was taken to Penang Hospital with symptoms of lung infection last week, does not have the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza. Initial tests on the 61-year-old man showed he was free from the virus. "All I can say is that he does not have the deadly virus but the health authorities need to conduct more tests to determine what he is suffering from. "There are no bird flu cases in Penang or other parts of the country," he added.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health asked the government Friday to allocate almost VND4.9 trillion (US$300 million) to buy medicine, chemicals and equipment to fight bird flu. Minister Tran Thi Trung Chien told deputies to the Vietnamese legislative body National Assembly about the proposal as part of the Ministry's plan to combat the deadly epidemic that has claimed 42 lives in Vietnam since late 2003.

Vietnam's commercial hub, Ho Chi Minh City, has begun poisoning pigeons and other wild birds as it moves to prevent avian flu from spreading into the crowded city, an official said last week. "We will make sure that no birds are left in the city to minimize the risk of bird flu," said Huynh Huu Loi, of Ho Chi Minh City's Animal Health Department. Some international health specialists have said pigeons seem to be resistant to the deadly H5N1 virus, but the city authorities are not taking chances.

In Indonesia, broiler prices had fallen further on stagnant demand while egg prices were stable, in the week ending Nov 26, 2005, reports eFeedlink. Indonesia's economy is likely wrap up the year with a growth rate of only 5.2-5.6 percent, due to inflation that is set to remain high at 16 percent, the country's central bank said.
     "We expect the economy to grow faster this year, as economic activities are set to increase in the two remaining months of November and December. However, the growth rate will still be lower than we had previously estimated," said Bank Indonesia's deputy governor Miranda S Gultom.

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Japan has approved India as a poultry meat supply country without inspecting the plants in India. Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has completed the evaluation of India's standards for export of poultry meat and meat products and has conveyed to the Union Government through the Embassy of India in Tokyo that Indian poultry met Japanese standards. The Japanese Government will accept hygiene certificates issued by India in this regard.

In Canada, one week after a duck at a Chilliwack farm tested positive for avian flu, health officials say they are cautiously optimistic that the virus has stopped spreading. Canadian Food Inspection Agency veterinarian Con Kiley said on Friday that 4,500 birds from nearly 90% of all farms in the surrounding area have been tested since last week.

In British Columbia, rising public concerns about food safety should soon require duck and chicken growers to undergo regular audits of biosecurity procedures on provincial farms, the B.C. Poultry Association said yesterday. The call for biosecurity audits was made after one farmer was forced to cull about 65,000 ducks at his Chilliwack farmstead last week after a duck tested positive for a low-pathogenic form of avian flu.
     Once the auditing system is in place, poultry growers will be required to document the procedures they use to isolate their farms from potential infection, by putting up gates and requiring visitors to change their footwear.

Officials confirmed Friday that 35 wild birds sampled in the Maritimes tested positive for H5 avian influenza viruses, but said they did not believe any were carrying the virulent strain of H5N1 avain flu responsible for widespread poultry outbreaks in Southeast Asia.
     The infected birds, mostly black ducks and mallards, were found largely in an area around the Tantramar marshes near the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border. One positive case was found in Prince Edward Island. Further tests need to be done to fully identify the viruses and conclusively rule out any link to the Asian virus.

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Chicken producers and scientists have been quick to criticize Manitoba province for considering a move to force all birds to be raised indoors. Provincial officials are considering a move to have all poultry raised indoors to limit the risk of wild birds passing on the avian flu virus to domestic birds.
     Winnipeg biologist Rob Anderson told CBC News on Friday that bird flu is more likely to be spread in large barns where thousands of birds are stressed because of a lack of space.

In the US, Ohio State officials and poultry researchers say there's little risk of bird flu coming to Ohio, but if it does, the flocks most at risk are the ones being raised in outdoor pastures to meet growing consumer demand. Farmers who specialize in free-range poultry downplay the concerns, saying their birds are protected and their farming methods inherently healthier.
     A new strain of avian influenza that infected geese appeared in July in Asia, and the worry is that the disease could spread to wild birds that migrate to North America, said Theresa Morishita, an Ohio State University veterinarian.

University of Iowa scientists say birds are not the only risk for human exposure to the influenza virus carried by animals. Despite the worldwide focus on the avian flu virus, research by Dr. Gregory Gray shows pigs, too, pose a threat for passing the virus to humans. In a study published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, Gray said hogs' genetic makeup make them perfect mixing vessels for producing new strains of influenza virus.
     If the avian flu virus or another pandemic strain enters the United States and infects swine or poultry flocks, Iowa's more than 200,000 swine and poultry workers could be at the front lines of infection, researchers said.

On the prices front, the Georgia f.o.b. dock quoted price on broilers and fryers for this week's trading is 72.25, based on full truck load lots of ice pack USDA grade "A" sized 2 to 3 pound birds. Eighty-four percent (representing 879 loads) of the loads offered have been confirmed within a range of 68.59 to 73.50 with a preliminary weighted average of 72.09 f.o.b. dock or equivalent.
     Average weights are ranging desirable to occasionally heavy, but are mostly desirable. Estimated slaughter Friday is 4,382,800 head. This compares with 5,345,200 head last weekend.

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An increasing number of major poultry producers and restaurant companies are backing away from once-routine use of the drugs to ward off illness or fatten up flocks reports The Mercury News. The shift is a result of growing concern within the health and environmental communities that the frequent use of antibiotics in animals makes the drugs less effective in people says the paper.

Job losses on a massive scale and a decrease in self-sufficiency are the obvious consequences of the EU's recent proposals to the World Trade Organisation, meat traders claimed this week. Increased market access to the likes of Brazil and Australia was the greatest threat to the livestock and meat sector, according to the European Meat Platform - a lobby group representing various links in the meat chain.
     The danger was that, by lowering import tariffs by 60%, as trade commissioner Peter Mandelson has offered for the most protected products, the EU market will be swamped by cheap imports. "European farmers and meat producers cannot reduce their production costs as much as competitors abroad who do not have to meet all our high productions standards," said a spokesman.

In the UK, Sustainable Farming and Food Minister Lord Bach today launched Partners for Success, Defra's new Farm Regulation and Charging Strategy. The strategy commits the Government to improving the way it regulates and enforces regulation, in order to make it easier for farmers to comply.
     Partners for Success sets out ideas for simplifying rules and cutting red tape for farmers, notably through reduced form-filling. This is part of Defra's commitment to reduce administrative burdens on business by 25% by 2009, the release says.

In Ireland, the Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan TD, today announced her intention to introduce a Scheme to support the demonstration of new technologies to help the agriculture sector meet the requirements of the Nitrates Directive. The purpose of the Scheme, details of which are being finalised at present with a view to an early introduction, is to look at new and emerging technologies for the treatment of livestock manures, in particular from the pig and poultry sectors.
     Minister Coughlan said the Scheme envisages granting financial support for up to 10 projects throughout the country which would demonstrate the advantages of emerging technologies, in reducing the volume of livestock manures or their nutrient content.

Europe is working hard to introduce international quality programmes such as EurepGAP, reports the Dutch Meat Board. The Dutch meat industry already amply meets the requirements with the Dutch quality assurance system IKB. Europe has been working on international quality systems for years now.
     European countries are increasingly entering into cooperation agreements regarding national quality systems. The systems are compared and certified equivalent: either in their entirety of parts thereof. The Dutch quality assurance system IKB is a perfect candidate for this, making it easier for participants to supply products to foreign customers.

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In October the European Commission published a decision permitting the vaccination of zoo birds against bird flu, under certain conditions. The Dutch Government received EU approval on 14 November 2005 for a vaccination program in Dutch zoos. Intervet has pledged support to the European zoos by offering to supply bird flu vaccine free of charge.
     Considering the important role zoos have to play in conservation and education the decision of the European Commission to allow vaccination is welcomed; paving the way for zoos to start actively protecting their often valuable and rare bird collections against avian influenza. In the recent past Intervet has been approached by a number of zoos requesting further information on the merits of vaccination.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week.

Avian Influenza Frequently Asked Questions
By the University of Minnesota Extension Service - This article answers all the freqently asked questions about Bird Flu.

World Poultry Trade Overview - November 2005
By USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides an overview of global pork trade predictions for 2003. The report covers the US, Brazil, EU, Mexico and South East Asia.

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

That's all for this week.

Ed.

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