27 NOV

Foster Farms turkey donations provided thousands of food-insecure families with Thanksgiving meals

Foster Farms donated last week more than (8.7 tons – more than 1,000 turkeys) to San Francisco organizations, including the turkeys distributed through the Mayor’s initiative, which translates into more than 19,000 meals to families throughout San Francisco.  Foster Farms works each year with SF-Marin Food Bank and other local community organizations including Glide, St. Anthony’s and City Impact – along with the Mayor’s office – to help local families in need enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. “Foster Farms has always been a community-oriented company, and our success is due in large part to the support and loyalty of our West Coast consumers,” said Ira Brill, director of communications for Foster Farms. “We are proud to be able to support these communities in-turn, especially during the holiday season – a time when families come together over the traditional Thanksgiving meal.” Foster Farms has been a partner to food banks and community organizations across the West Coast for more than a decade. Since the holiday program began in 2008, the family-owned company has helped close to 600,000 people with its turkey donations.
From left: Ira Brill, Foster Farms; SF Mayor London Breed; SF Supervisor Vallie Brown
27 NOV

America’s taste for turkey goes beyond Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving means turkey time for millions of Americans. The vast majority (88%) of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey on Thanksgiving, but make no mistake, turkey is no mere one-holiday wonder. For instance, turkey is also a popular main course during Christmas and Easter celebrations.  Even beyond the holidays and special occasions, turkey is being consumed during everyday meals for many Americans, market research firm Packaged Facts noted in the report, “Meat & Poultry: U.S. Retail Market Trends & Opportunities.”  Read more

27 NOV

Big meeting between Trump and Xi later this week

The highly anticipated meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi will take place later this week on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.

Reports indicate the meeting will take place on Saturday.

China has been sending signals that it is prepared to negotiate on U.S. demands. But many analysts are doubtful there will be a significant breakthrough in settling the trade war.  Read more

27 NOV

Metzer Farms Ranch Manager job announcement

Metzer Farms is a family owned mail order waterfowl hatchery. We have been in business since 1978 and ship day-old ducklings, goslings and chicks throughout the United States and overseas – predominantly through the postal service. Our customers include hobbyists, small farms, feed stores, other hatcheries, commercial duck, goose, and chicken meat farmers and commercial duck egg producers. We also sell eating eggs, hatching eggs and blown eggs for decorating.

Our goal is to be the preeminent supplier of day-old waterfowl in the nation. Metzer Farms acquired its 2nd ranch in Hollister, CA several years ago to increase it’s production capacity. This ranch houses 18 varieties of ducks in four poultry houses covering 65,000 square feet. This ranch produces fertile eggs for the Gonzales hatchery and fresh eggs for consumers. Our fresh duck egg brand, Olinday Farms, was started this year and is growing in both retail and foodservice outlets. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to produce a higher quality bird for our customers. Contact Marc Metzer for more information. marc@metzerfarms.com

26 NOV

Turkey growers expect strong holiday demand

For this Thanksgiving at least, supplies of fresh, California-grown turkeys should be similar to the last several years-which is to say there are limited quantities, and shoppers who want them should act fast and reserve them ahead of time.

California turkey farmers produce only about 30 to 35 percent of the holiday turkeys sold this time of year and they usually sell out of them, said Bill Mattos, president of the California Poultry Federation. Though turkeys are produced and sold year-round in the state, he noted that whole-body turkeys become scarce by the end of the holiday season.  Read more

26 NOV

Metzer Farms Ranch Manager job announcement

Metzer Farms is a family owned mail order waterfowl hatchery. We have been in business since 1978 and ship day-old ducklings, goslings and chicks throughout the United States and overseas – predominantly through the postal service. Our customers include hobbyists, small farms, feed stores, other hatcheries, commercial duck, goose, and chicken meat farmers and commercial duck egg producers. We also sell eating eggs, hatching eggs and blown eggs for decorating.

Our goal is to be the preeminent supplier of day-old waterfowl in the nation. Metzer Farms acquired its 2nd ranch in Hollister, CA several years ago to increase it’s production capacity. This ranch houses 18 varieties of ducks in four poultry houses covering 65,000 square feet. This ranch produces fertile eggs for the Gonzales hatchery and fresh eggs for consumers. Our fresh duck egg brand, Olinday Farms, was started this year and is growing in both retail and foodservice outlets. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to produce a higher quality bird for our customers. Contact Marc Metzer for more information. marc@metzerfarms.com

26 NOV

Denham concedes in congressional race against Harder; Howze eyes 2020 run

Outgoing Rep. Jeff Denham and the man replacing him in Congress, Democrat Josh Harder, met in person Wednesday morning, Denham’s office said in a release amounting to a concession after Harder was widely declared the victor Tuesday evening. “It has been an absolute honor to serve our community and represent the Central Valley in Congress over the past eight years,” Denham, the Republican incumbent, said in a brief statement directed to constituents. “The enormity of the responsibility was never lost on me. My wife, Sonia, and I look forward to starting the next chapter of our life.”  Read more

26 NOV

Rabobank: Animal protein could face trade challenges again in 2019

Rabobank’s recently published Animal Protein Outlook for 2019 says growth in animal protein continues, but it is slowing down.

The report also warns that continuing geopolitical tension and diseases, particularly African Swine Fever, could affect livestock and the meat market next year.

“Food producers face a melting pot of risks,” said Justin Sherrard, global strategist – Animal Protein at Rabobank. “Although it’s possible that not all of them will come to pass, they need to be prepared for a difficult and worrying year in 2019.”

In its report, Rabobank highlighted how much the US trade war with China shaped 2018 and its potential to do the same next year.  Read more

20 NOV

USDA launches new biosecurity campaign asking all poultry owners, workers and hobbyists to protect the health of live poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is launching a new outreach campaign focused on preventing the spread of infectious poultry diseases in both commercial and backyard poultry. Considering the devastating impact of the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in 2014-2015, as well as this year’s outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease, the timing is right for everyone in the poultry community to work together to protect the health of our nation’s flocks. The “Defend the Flock” campaign to promote biosecurity combines and updates two previous campaigns that were each targeted at a specific segment of the poultry population.  Read more

20 NOV

Metzer Farms Ranch Manager job announcement

Metzer Farms is a family owned mail order waterfowl hatchery. We have been in business since 1978 and ship day-old ducklings, goslings and chicks throughout the United States and overseas – predominantly through the postal service. Our customers include hobbyists, small farms, feed stores, other hatcheries, commercial duck, goose, and chicken meat farmers and commercial duck egg producers. We also sell eating eggs, hatching eggs and blown eggs for decorating.

Our goal is to be the preeminent supplier of day-old waterfowl in the nation. Metzer Farms acquired its 2nd ranch in Hollister, CA several years ago to increase it’s production capacity. This ranch houses 18 varieties of ducks in four poultry houses covering 65,000 square feet. This ranch produces fertile eggs for the Gonzales hatchery and fresh eggs for consumers. Our fresh duck egg brand, Olinday Farms, was started this year and is growing in both retail and foodservice outlets. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to produce a higher quality bird for our customers. Contact Marc Metzer for more information. marc@metzerfarms.com

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