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How Will Increase in Broiler Production Affect Meat Prices?

13 January 2015 US - Looking at the weekly statistcs for the main species, one item stands out—the sharp increase in broiler production and the implications this has for meat prices in 2015, writes Steve Meyer & Len Steiner. There was plenty of talk in early 2014 about the potential for higher chicken production given the decline in corn prices (remember corn went as high as $8 per bu. in the fall of 2012 to around $4.5/bu in the fall of 2013). That production growth failed to…

Using Robots to Get More Food from Raw Materials

Monday, January 05, 2015- Poultry Site - Can an industrial robot succeed both at removing the breast fillet from a chicken, and at the same time get more out of the raw materials? This is one of the questions to which researchers working on the CYCLE project now have the answer. This is the team behind the robot "Gribbot", who has a special eye for chicken. From left to right: Elling Ruud Øye, Ekrem Misimi and Aleksander Eilertsen at SINTEF. They have built a fully-functional robot in…

Keeping the hatchery clean and disinfected: Poultry Industry

By Colin Russell, 
consultant microbiologist, Aviagen, UK While hatcheries have been in use within the poultry industry for many years, growing in size and complexity, many of the issues relating to hatchery hygiene have not changed. Our greater understanding of cause and effect and our ability to identify monitor and control disease causing agents has given us more robust methods to protect our chicks from infection but at the same time more challenges to overcome. Periodically even the…

How to Feed Nine Billion People Sustainably

Tuesday, December 24, 2014- Becoming self-sufficient in food production – what better way is there for countries to sustainably feed their growing populations? But, scratch the surface of this potential solution, and it does not really stack up, according to Dr Peter Barnard, Director of Trade, Market access and Industry Strategy with Meat & Livestock Australia. Global meat consumption is forecast to almost double by 2050, when there will be a projected 9.1 billion people to feed.…

Reviewing 50 years in the egg industry

World Poultry: The International Egg Commission (IEC) is a unique organisation that is 
keeping track of worldwide egg production, trade and consumption patterns and dynamics. This year IEC is celebrating its 50th anniversary. A good reason for reviewing the history and development of the global egg business over the 
past 50 years based on the situation in Denmark, the Netherlands and the USA. This also explains todays trends. Photo: Bert Jansen By Peter van Horne, IEC economic…

Weekly Overview: Poultry Sector Faces up to Tough Challenges

December 2014 - Poultry Site - GLOBAL - In the UK, recent results from a survey of Campylobacter prevalence in chickens for sale has caused a leading poultry company to take action. The global animal health agency has called for better surveillance for disease as avian flu hits poultry in India and Canada. Following the formation of a Joint Working Group to tackle Campylobacter in a focused way in the United Kingdom, one of the country's leading poultry companies has announced a…

Water Quality and Quantity Influence Flock Performance

Wednesday, December 11, 2014 Poultry Site - Broilers today drink more water than they did 10 to 20 years ago but problems can be avoided by ensuring the birds receive good quality water, monitoring daily water intake and implementing a sound water line cleaning and maintenance programme, according to Professor Tom Tabler of Mississippi State University and co-authors in 'MSU Cares'. Water is the most critical, but also the most overlooked, nutrient when it comes to flock performance in…

Light day-old chicks need higher ambient heat in early life

Young broiler chicks need ambient heat to control their body temperature. The required ambient temperature depends, among other things, on the bodyweight of the day-old chicks. Their bodyweight can be influenced by the age of the breeders, where older breeders can bring forth heavier chicks. During six production cycles, the effect of two different temperature gradients on the mortality of lighter chicks (breeding eggs from younger breeders-3 cycles) and more heavy chicks (breeding eggs…

Why Broiler Growers Should Be Concerned about Paw Quality

November, 2014 - Poultry Site - Broiler growers may be looking at this paw (foot pad) situation all wrong, according to Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Morgan Farnell (Associate Professor) and Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor, Poultry Science), all at Mississippi State University. Footpad dermatitis is a major welfare concern in broiler chickens and is used as an audit criterion in the US and Europe during animal welfare audits. However, there seems to be less concern among many…

Global Warming: How Does It Relate to Poultry?

Understanding how greenhouse gas (GHG) figures are generated and what the poultry industry can do to further reduce the impact remains important, explains Claudia S. Dunkley, Extension Poultry Scientist at the University of Georgia's Department of Poultry Science. Introduction The on-going debate on global warming has left some people convinced that human activity is seriously impacting climate change. Others are sceptical and dismissive. Whether you believe global warming is…

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