Chickens selected for higher levels of natural antibodies have a stronger immune response, according to researchers with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. This provides insight into possible mechanisms for these natural antibodies in general disease resistance. Selection of chickens with increased disease resistance is one step closer to practice and ultimately can result in reduced antibiotic use and animals with improved well-being, WUR said. Read more
Pickin’ N Pluckin’ in Ridgefield, Wash., was one of six farms across the United States to receive U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award during the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo, in Atlanta. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) sponsors the annual awards in recognition of exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production. Read more
USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., in which researchers may have found a way to improve future probiotics. The research is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. Read more
USDA announced today it has withdrawn the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published on Jan. 19, 2017. The withdrawal becomes effective May 13, 2018. Significant policy and legal issues were identified after the rule published in January 2017. After careful review and two rounds of public comment, USDA has determined that the rule exceeds the department’s statutory authority, and that the changes to the existing organic regulations could have a negative effect on voluntary participation in the National Organic Program, including real costs for producers and consumers. Read more
Executives of major food processor BRF SA who were released by police on Friday will not be able to return to their posts at the company, the world’s largest poultry exporter, Brazil’s public prosecutor’s office said on Saturday. A Brazilian judge ordered their suspension from their activities in the company to avoid the risk of them interfering with an ongoing investigation that they engaged in fraud to evade food safety inspections. They were ordered to stay away from the company and any establishments BRF dealt with, including labs. Read more
Veterinary officials in the United States today reported a presumptive low-pathogenic H7N1 avian influenza outbreak at a commercial turkey farm in Missouri, according to a notification today from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The virus was detected during routine preslaughter tests on Feb 26 for H5 and H7 viruses, and no signs of clinical illness or an increase in turkey deaths were reported at the farm. Jasper County is in southwestern Missouri. The farm where the virus was detected houses 20,000 birds, which will be depopulated through controlled marketing, a strategy that allows poultry that are infected with or exposed to low-pathogenic H5 and H7 viruses to move to market on a limited basis, according to state response plans. Read more
What Donald Trump clearly cannot see through the prism of his own warped ideology is that the US is so far behind in its trade imbalance with the world that no matter how many tariffs he imposes, the retaliation will only leave it deeper in the hole with a damaged economy. In short, he is risking kicking off a global trade war.
For trade, unlike Trump’s simplistic view, is not a zero-sum game. It’s not all about the dollars, it’s about jobs. All this flailing effort at rebalancing, imposed in an instant, could take decades to correct. Meanwhile, millions of jobs risk being lost. We may save a few hundred jobs in steel, and lose hundreds of thousands in automobiles, planes and industries critical to our survival. Read more
Historically, keeping backyard chickens was a response to economic hardship – whether it was in the Great Depression or during wartime food rationing. However, an increasing number of chickens today are roaming or are caged on small family farms and in back yards as suburban and urban poultry gains more popularity among consumers, according to an announcement from the University of California-Davis. Read more
The U.S. turkey industry continues to be hampered by a lack of approved efficacious drugs, according to a 2017 survey. Since 2005, four medications have been withdrawn, leaving the industry without any recourse to treat colibacillosis, blackhead and other diseases. As he has done annually for over 17 years, Steven Clark, DVM, Devenish Nutrition, conducted the survey, which represents 99.9 percent of the turkey industry. Read more
House conservatives’ effort to enact a controversial immigration bill has met a quiet but fierce foe: California farmers. Their opposition to farm labor provisions in the legislation – and their sway with influential California Republicans – are a big part of the reason the House is unlikely to move forward with an immigration bill this year.
Last week, a California Farm Bureau Federation delegation flew to Washington, D.C. for a series of meetings with members of Congress and their staff to highlight their concerns about a House Republican proposal that would protect young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” but also includes provisions they believe would gut California’s agricultural labor force. Read more