Bird flu sweeps across Europe

Bird flu is spreading across Europe with Poland, the continent’s largest poultry producer, and Britain reporting the latest cases, following outbreaks in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy , the Netherlands and Russia.

Poland reported several outbreaks of H5N1 in six poultry farms housing 650,000 birds, Reuters reported (November 8). Four of the farms were turkey fattening operations and the fifth was a broiler farm in eastern Poland. A sixth outbreak has occurred at a turkey and goose farm in the west of the country, officials said.

Reuters reported (November 4) that the H5 strain of bird flu was found in ducks at a small poultry unit in central England, prompting agriculture officials to order all poultry to be kept at inside. Confirmed cases have also been reported in North Wales and East Scotland. The outbreak came less than a week after authorities declared an avian flu prevention zone.

The French government recently put this country on alert; he had been declared free in early September after a previous wave. Reinforced preventive measures will be put in place to protect poultry farms, the French Ministry of Agriculture said. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands 36,000 birds were recently slaughtered to control an epidemic.

In other news:

Swine fever: A new variant of African swine fever is affecting Chinese pig herds, the Swine Health Information Center reported in its latest newsletter. The disease has been found in two provinces and described as a genotype 1 virus, which differs from the genotype 2 currently in circulation.

The source of the viruses was unclear. They are similar to NH / P68 and OURT88 / 3, which were isolated in Portugal in the 1960s, indicating they may have come from a European source, according to the bulletin. Swine fever is fatal to pigs, but not a threat to humans.

Deere strike: John Deere plans to move some of its production overseas as the United 10,000 auto workers strike nears one-month mark. The strikers rejected a contract offer more than a week ago.

Corey Reed, president of Worldwide Agriculture & Turf, Production and Precision Ag, told KCRG-TV the company may have no other choice as the walkout continues.

Cultures: The November crop production report and estimates of global agricultural supply and demand pushed up grain prices. Soybean production was revised down 1% from October to 4.42 billion bushels. Corn was up less than 1% from the previous month to 15.1 billion bushels, of which about 50 million are for ethanol production. Wheat stocks were 10 million bushels lower. AgWeb reported (November 5) that a fertilizer shortage could affect future yields.

Infrastructure invoice: According to Pro Farmer (Nov. 8), U.S. agriculture will benefit greatly from the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act, which provides $ 110 billion for roads and bridges and $ 17 billion for ports and waterways. In addition, a pilot program to the extent could push the use of soybeans in construction and other projects. “This is a tremendous opportunity to build rural America with a wealth that stays in rural communities, jobs you can raise a middle class family on, and the ability to compete around the world,” the said. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. The ban on foreign freight cars is buried in the measure, which will likely catch China’s attention.

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