Posted by Deb on September 22, 19103 at 10:49:31:
In Reply to: The Dutch Bantam in Holland posted by CJR on September 21, 19103 at 11:59:54:
For quite sometime I have been folowing the news concerning the AI outbreaks in the Neatherlands. We here in the US have been kinda of distracted with our AI and END outbreaks. but in all the articles I read not much was mentioned about private breeders. I suppose I was safe in assuming they too were being devasted. I cannot imagine the ancestrial lines of the Hollands here being stricken. This is the time for great exchanges. This should be an example of how important a proper and dedicated breeding program is and should be. We must think beyond just our oun pens, flocks and exhibition cages at times. It may be specific lines here in the US or abroad that will carry or be the reserve to pool from. When heritage like this is lost it is tragic. So many breeds have become antiquities, some have faced disasters or had so few promotoing and working within the breed that the gene diverstity was not there to extract from. I sure would hate to see the Dutch become an antiquity only remebered.
: While I have not heard names or locations of Dutch Bantam breeders who lost all of their birds, some will not begin again, but others are sharing birds, and the Hollandse Krielenfokkers Club will be holding its first show since the A I outbreak, on December 11,12 at Enschede (East of Apeldoorn and near the German border). This is the weekend prior to the Dutch Bantam Club (Britain) annual meeting at the Nat'l Federation of Poultry Clubs Show, Stafford. Might be possible to visit both shows! Expect there will be birds from Germany entered, and an exchange of birds may take place!
: Yes, the import lines of Dutch Bantams in the U.S.( selected birds from those lines) may have become more valuable as a gene pool, actually irreplaceable. This includes other Holland breeds as well. In 1998, we visited a Barnevelder farm, closed flock for 70 years, and the town of Barneveld was right in the center of the AI outbreak. I cannot imagine that that those beautiful birds were allowed to survive. While the commercial Poultry breeders of millions of birds, were wiped out totally, the fanciers of purebred poultry of all breeds, are the ones that we can better relate to. Regional breeds that are centuries old have risked extinction.
: The Dutch Bantam has suffered in its homeland, but will be returning in all it's glamour because of dedicated breeders.
: : 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.
: : For more information on the "World Poultrymeat publication and archives visit web site www.agra-net.com.
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