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The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - By Cameron Macken­zie

It’s tempt­ing to be a lit­tle com­pla­cent about out­breaks of avian in­fluenza in the US and Europe, but if ever we needed re­mind­ing that the threat is never re­ally very far away, two out­breaks have been re­ported on os­trich farms in the East­ern Cape. More crit­i­cally, fur­ther north on the con­ti­nent, West African coun­tries are bat­tling to con­tain the deadly dis­ease that’s rav­aged poul­try pro­duc­tion in a num­ber of coun­tries over the last six months. It’s clear that the avian in­fluenza out­break sent a cold shiver up the spine of the US govern­ment as they’re now scan­ning the en­vi­ron­ment for other deadly threats like Marek’s Dis­ease – and how to pre­vent them. Read up on this and other up­dates in our In­ter­na­tional News sec­tion, as well as the lat­est from our north­ern cousins in the North­ern Views and ‘To­day in the USA’ col­umns.

On the sub­ject of dis­ease, it ap­pears there’s a rather alarm­ing mat­ter of fi­nan­cial con­ta­gion spread­ing around as a com­pany of­fer­ing a poul­try pro­duc­tion scheme with re­turns that are too good to be true, is in fact, too good to be true. There’s a let­ter from Kevin Lovell to that ef­fect in the piece en­ti­tled ‘A warn­ing to the in­dus­try’. Don’t miss it – you’ve been warned!

It’s an alarm­ing fact that the 7 bil­lion peo­ple on our planet con­sume one-and-a-half times the nat­u­ral re­sources we should use in a year. Read about this and the role in­no­va­tion in agriculture has to play in feed­ing the world in our lead story ‘Ac­cept­ing in­no­va­tion in food pro­duc­tion’.

For the past few months, our PDMA column has car­ried an ar­ti­cle on the sub­ject of anti-mi­cro­bial re­sis­tance, or AMR. This month, we also carry a lit­tle food for thought on whether an­timi­cro­bial use poses a threat to hu­man health by the CEO of V-tech, as well as an ar­ti­cle by Pro­fes­sor Robert Bragg and his team from the Univer­sity of the Free State on po­ten­tial treat­ment op­tions in a post an­tibi­otic era, which if you missed it at Avi Africa is a must-read. You be the judge, but what­ever your con­clu­sion, clearly there’s a lot of work to be done on the mat­ter.

We’re de­lighted to hear that in­dus­try stal­wart Chris Schutte has made a full re­cov­ery and re­turned to work at As­tral, es­pe­cially given the ef­fort he made to re­solve the is­sues around the Agoa re­newal and anti-dump­ing du­ties on US bone-in poul­try im­ports. Wel­come back Chris – we wish you good health!

Fi­nally, thanks to Neil Malan of Her­manus for send­ing through a clip­ping from The Daily Tele­graph, that re­ported the world’s old­est per­son Susannah Mushatt Jones, who turned 116 re­cently, at­tributes her long life to her daily break­fast of ba­con and scram­bled eggs for over 100 years. El­gin ap­ple farm­ers are on no­tice - does an ap­ple a day re­ally keep the doc­tor away?

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