Ed­i­tors NOTE

The Poultry Bulletin - - EDITOR'S NOTE - By Cameron Macken­zie

May seems to be a month of move­ment as DAFF pub­lishes brin­ing reg­u­la­tions and the Egg Or­gan­i­sa­tion takes cen­tre stage both within SAPA as well as re­port­ing in the me­dia.

With win­ter ap­proach­ing, colds and flu are prob­lems for people as much as they are for flocks. This month, we carry an ar­ti­cle on res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases, the signs and symp­toms to watch out for, and how small scale pro­duc­ers es­pe­cially can take bet­ter care of their flocks – and what to do if a dis­ease presents it­self.

The ar­rival of US chicken on our shores will no doubt help the rich get richer – and not just lo­cal im­porters ei­ther. Our To­day in the USA col­umn re­ports that poul­try farm­ers in the USA are the rich­est of all farm­ers with a higher in­come than the av­er­age US house­holder. Read about this as well as the state of the an­tibi­otic de­bate that’s be­ing driven by con­sumers but re­sisted by con­sul­tants.

It’s in­ter­est­ing to see that it’s not just the US that’s siezed with the is­sue of an­it­bi­otics, an­timi­cro­bials and the like – the EU is on a sim­i­lar drive. Our in­ter­na­tional news sec­tion gives you a good idea what gov­ern­ments, sci­en­tists and in­dus­try stake­hold­ers think about it. We also cover the War­saw meet­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Egg Com­mis­sion, where Kevin Lovell heads an avian in­fluenza work­ing group.

It seems that gov­ern­ment and state-owned en­ti­ties are keen par­tic­i­pants in the drive to as­sist in the process of in­clu­sive trans­for­ma­tion of our in­dus­try. Dr Char­lotte Nkuna de­liv­ers some good news on this front, along with some not-so-good news about the Egg Or­gan­i­sa­tion mem­ber­ship. In the same breath though, she pro­vides some com­pelling ben­e­fits on why it is so im­por­tant to be­long to the as­so­ci­a­tion. Read, di­gest and de­cide for your­self.

Lastly, the ex­cite­ment is grow­ing around Avi Africa, and we’re de­lighted to fea­ture a num­ber of pro­files of the speak­ers and pre­sen­ters you can look for­ward to hear­ing, see­ing and meet­ing there. I’m par­tic­u­larly ex­cited to see Jus­tice Malala will join us this year – and his bi­og­ra­phy shows what a tremen­dous wealth of in­sight and ex­pe­ri­ence he has to share. Dr Michael Czarick, whose renowned ten­ure at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia has pro­duced more re­search and prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion of poul­try science than a flock of poul­try sci­en­tists could pro­duce in two life­times, will also grace our shores. I look for­ward to hear­ing from them – and en­gag­ing with many of our read­ers over the three days. See you there!

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