01 MAR

2017 Poultry Health Management School

The Poultry Health Management School will hold both a turkey/broiler and layer two-day program. The program will provide in-depth lecture presentations and hands-on training to those working in the poultry industry. The programs will be held at Michigan State University, East Lansing in May. Click here for the turkey/broiler brochure and here for the layer brochure.

01 MAR

Devenish adds Mike Blair, Ph.D. to poultry nutrition team

Devenish is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Blair, Ph.D. to our North American Poultry Team. Mike has a vast experience as a Poultry Nutritionist within our industry and will bring a wealth of knowledge to our rapidly growing poultry division. Mike’s business, A& J Nutrition Services, will merge into Devenish as he will continue to consult for a number of his current customers with the aid of the Devenish Team.  Read more

23 FEB

Efforts launched to restore animal welfare docs to USDA site

A group of animal activist organizations has sued USDA and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) over the recent removal of thousands of documents related to animal welfare enforcement, demanding that the pages be re-posted and that future documentation not be withheld, according to court papers. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Born Free USA, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Beagle Freedom Project and Delcianna J. Winders, an animal law and policy fellow at Harvard University. Read more

23 FEB

Rising demand for organic and non-GMO grains outpaces U.S. production

Increasing consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods led to a sharp rise in organic grain imports in 2016-prompting food manufacturers to explore new incentives for U.S. growers transitioning to organic production, according to a new report from CoBank. While U.S. production of non-GMO crops has risen, domestic production of organic corn and soybeans remains well short of demand.

“Domestic supplies of non-GMO corn and soybeans increased steadily in 2016, as growers converted acreage and captured moderate market premiums,” says Dan Kowalski, director of the Knowledge Exchange Division at CoBank. “Transitioning to organic production, however, is a multi-year, risk-reward calculation that’s likely holding some U.S. growers back from taking advantage of the market opportunity.”
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23 FEB

Notice of availability of proposed changes to the National Poultry Improvement Plan Program Standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invites the public to review and comment on proposed changes to the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Program Standards. The proposed updates would amend the Program Standards by establishing new biosecurity principles and updating some testing procedures. The public is invited to review and comment on this notice until March 15, 2017. After careful review of any comments we receive on the proposed updates, we will publish a second notice in the Federal Register announcing our decision. Read the full summary: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=APHIS_FRDOC_0001-2031
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14 FEB

2017 CPF Winter Board Meeting

The CPF board of directors will meet on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency on L Street in Sacramento. A buffet breakfast will be served in the Ventura Room before the meeting beginning at 7:30 a.m. The board of directors meeting will be in the Big Sur Room. Both rooms are on the 2nd Floor.
On Tuesday March 7, 2017 there will be a wine and appetizer reception at Cafeteria 15 L, which is near the hotel. The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will benefit the CPF state and federal PACS.  There is a $100 per person contribution to attend. To RSVP for the meeting, reception and breakfast, and to make a room reservation, if needed, please call Sandy at (209) 576-6355 or email sandy@cpif.org

14 FEB

US egg producers predict not all hens cage free by 2025

The big story in the U.S. egg industry in 2016 was the number of cage-free purchase pledges made by major retail and foodservice shell egg purchasers, and similar pledges by foodservice and food companies regarding egg products purchases. Most of these cage-free shell egg and egg product purchase pledges are due to take effect in 2025. In a report released on January 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that the number of cage-free egg layers housed in the U.S. had increased to 37.6 million by December 2016, with 14.1 million of these hens being certified organic. Read more

14 FEB

Fresh eggs and – Preparation H – for residents and backyard chickens

The five chickens that live behind Mark Verschell’s stately Takoma Park , Md., Victorian have an enviable existence, for birds. Their accommodations are a heated, trailer-style coop. Their enclosure protects them from predators and is adorned with shiny compact discs to deter feed-stealing sparrows. They snack on dried mealworms and fresh grapes. Their water contains a bit of apple cider vinegar to help balance pH levels and smooth digestion. But even hens leading comfortable lives can have health issues, a fact Verschell confronted when he spotted a bright red protrusion on the nether regions of Ethel, the largest and blondest of his family’s flock. Read more

14 FEB

HPAI toll continues to rise in Asia, Germany

Bird culls in the wake of the months-long outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) are continuing as Asian nations report higher cull figures and Germany also posts increasing bird deaths in the last three months.

Officials in South Korea announced that more than 33 million birds have been culled since November, more than double the record 13.96 million birds destroyed in an HPAI outbreak in 2014, according to several local media reports. The latest outbreaks have affected an estimated 340 farms in South Korea and the virus has resurfaced after appearing to abate in early February, according to the Korea Times. Compensation for the lost poultry is expected to reach $227.1 million, nearly three times the amount the government paid in the wake of the 2014 outbreaks.
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