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Ag secretary: US better prepared for avian influenza

Better biosecurity, depopulation plans and vaccine stockpile will help poultry industry if another avian flu outbreak occurs
The United States Department of Agriculture and the poultry industry as a whole learned a lot of lessons during the 2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, and as a result, will be better prepared should the virus resurface in 2016, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said.
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Aviagen Turkeys acquiring France’s Le Sayec

French poultry breeder exports throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia
Aviagen Turkeys has announced the company is acquiring Le Sayec, a family owned business responsible for the selling of commercial turkey eggs and poults within France.
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Listening to, understanding poultry flocks

New research may allow poultry farmers to better understand what their flocks are trying to say when faced with stress.
Work being done at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has started to identify unique sounds that communicate broiler well-being. The initiative may not turn the average poultry farmer into a modern-day Dr. Dolittle, but it could, at least, allow a better understanding of what chicken vocalization may indicate and allow bird care to be adjusted accordingly.
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Myanmar avian influenza outbreak resolved

With all affected properties depopulated, disinfected and showing no new signs of the virus, country declares itself free of avian influenza
An outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza that hit Myanmar earlier in 2015 is over, according to a report received by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
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Zimbabwe poultry industry deemed self-sufficient

Chairman of Zimbabwe Poultry Farmers’ Association says there is no longer a need to import poultry
Poultry producers in Zimbabwe are now capable of meeting domestic demand for poultry, and will not need to rely on imports, an industry leader said.
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Funding to help Canada step up avian flu surveillance

Canada, British Columbia governments investing CA$300,000 to enhance surveillance, early detection and response measures
The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing CA$300,000 (US$215,100) to strengthen the surveillance, early detection, and response measures to avian influenza.
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Sanderson Farms net income drops by two-thirds in Q4

Lower market prices for poultry products played a factor in lower net income
Sanderson Farms saw its net income drop by more than two-thirds in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015, citing lower market prices for poultry products as a significant factor in the drop. The quarter and fiscal year both ended on October 31.
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Minnesota lifts all avian flu-related quarantines

Minnesota Board of Animal Health says all farms previously affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza can repopulate
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has lifted the last of the quarantines that were placed on each of the 108 farms infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in 2015.
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Kuwait lifts avian flu-related ban on US poultry

With no new US cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza since June, Kuwait considers risk of virus spreading no longer there
Kuwait has lifted its ban on imports of poultry from the United States. The ban had been put in place earlier in 2015 in response to the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that hit the United States.
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