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Posted by Ric Ashcraft...Ash-Ley Pines on September 21, 19103 at 09:34:50:

Following is an article form the World Poultrymeat Publication, dated July 30, 2003, which reports International Market & Regulatory News for European countries.

Netherlands Begins To Rebuild

"On July 12, 2003, the European Union (EU) declared the five-month outbreak of bird flu in Holland that spread to Belgium and threatened Germany, forcing millions of birds to be culled, was finally over. Producers have started to restock.

Restrictions on the movement and sale of poultry products have been lifted, and sales of the live birds, eggs and poultry manure have resumed in the worst hit regions.

So-called ‘sentinel' birds, first introduced to farms three weeks ago in the Oheusden (Gelderse Vallei) and Echt (Limburg) had shown that the virus was gone, with blood tests carried out by the department of agriculture indicating that they remained healthy.

In total, 70,000 sentinel hens were brought into 230 poultry farms. If the virus is not found, the entire Dutch flock will be declared free of avian flu by the end of August.

Shortage of New Birds:

However, the farmers' organization NOP predicts problems with finding enough new birds to fill affected poultry units. The two biggest breeders are situated in Lunteren and Ochten, in the middle of the area that is still under some transport restrictions.

Poultry farmers can import new birds, but the NOP does not think that this will happen on a large scale. Transport costs are considered too high, and it would not be considered profitable for farms with small margins. NOP still believes that a quarter of Dutch poultry farmers will leave the industry.

Agriculture minister Cees Veerman is planning a public debate on the future of the poultry sector in the Netherlands, an issue that will be discussed with interested parties in the autumn. He wants the EU to be more flexible in its vaccination policy, making it possible for the birds of hobby farmers to be spared in any future outbreak."

So folks, as you can see, proper breeding and flock management of birds bred here in the U.S. may be the only salvation to the Dutch breed based on the extinction of most of the Dutch breed in Holland. We should now more than ever be breeding to the correct standards, culling all those birds which are not desired according to the way the standards are written, and then selling only those birds which are of the proper type and color. It all starts with flock management in many respects; such as proper sanitation, vaccinating chicks, only exhibiting healthy birds and holding to a solid breeding program.

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