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October 29, 2008
 
Thai Broiler Weekly: Broiler prices stable despite new disease threat (week ended Oct 23, 2008)           
 
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Price summary
 
The price of live broilers has stabilized at THB29-30/kg after weeks of gradual decline from a high of THB44-45/kg early last month.
 
At wet markets and supermarkets, chicken meat prices also remain at last week's level as demand went up slightly. More consumers, market vendors in Bangkok said, are switching back to chicken as pork prices have gone up.
 
A survey by the Internal Trade Department showed farm prices of live pigs now reaching THB56-57/kg, up from last month's average price of THB53-54. At public markets, the increase has been THB5-10/kg for choice pork parts.
 
 
Market analysis
 
Ironically, the break from weeks of price freefall came at a time when a new avian virus similar to bird flu has been detected in central, western, and eastern regions of the country.
 
Veterinarians from Kasesart University said the virus was detected in breeder chicks aged 3-7 days. The chicks, they said, looked drowsy and exhausted, with many of them dying from convulsions within 12 hours after infection.
 
The virus, called Avian Adenovirus Group 1, is said to have wiped out 10 to 15 percent of the flocks at six chicken farms located in the three regions. Local animal health authorities said the new threat has been eliminated.
 
The discovery of the new avian virus comes at a time when the country is seeking crucial bird-flu clearance from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) so it could resume export of frozen poultry.
 
Since the 2004 Asian bird flu epidemic, Thailand has only been allowed to export cooked or processed chicken.
 
Officials of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association have expressed concern that the discovery of the new virus could upset the country's quest to resume fresh chicken exports.
 
Thai livestock authorities have ongoing negotiations with Japan and EU countries on the merits of Thailand's compartmentalisation practice, an initiative by which a select group of poultry farms would be under stringent bio-security regulations so they could export frozen chicken regardless of the bird-flu situation in the rest of the country.
 
Two Thai integrators, Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) and GFPT, have so far been certified by the Department of Livestock Development as "compartments."

Markets

PRICES
for whole dressed chicken
as of  Oct 16
(in Thai baht/kg)
PRICES
for whole dressed chicken
 as of  Oct 23
(in Thai baht/kg)

Changes
(in Thai baht/kg)

Supermarkets (Bangkok)

64-66

64-66

0

Public markets (Bangkok)

58-60

58-60

0

Public markets (Suburbs)

55-58

55-58

0

Farm gate 

29-30 (liveweight)

29-30 (liveweight)

0

US$1=THB 34.900 (Oct 29)

 


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