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UK Poultry Industry Holds Its Breath

by 5m Editor
1 March 2006, at 12:00am

UK - With 50,000 people estimated to earn some form of living from poultry farming in England it is clear bird flu poses a potentially significant economic threat. Data about the industry is fragmented, something which has frustrated experts and policymakers as they prepare for a potential outbreak and gauge its likely effects. All farmers with more than 50 birds must disclose stock levels for a national register by Wednesday, a move widely applauded by farmers. Available statistics show the industry is a major one in European terms. UK farmers produced 1.6 million tonnes of poultry meat in 2004, second only to France in the European Union. Exports were worth £247m in 2004, according to the British Poultry Council. <i>Source: BBC</i>

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