31 AUG

AMI, Temple Grandin release video on humane slaughter

The American Meat Institute and animal handling expert Temple Grandin have released a video that depicts and explains the cattle slaughter process at a large (unnamed) plant. While its release coincides with this week’s temporary closure of Hanford, Calif.-based Central Valley Meat over human handling concerns, the video has been in the works for some time, explained AMI Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Professional Development Janet Riley in a blog that includes the embedded video. "In the video, Dr. Grandin talks about many aspects of handling and slaughter and she specifically explains that after animals are stunned to make them unconscious prior to slaughter, a step that is required by law, it is normal to see some uncoordinated movement, especially of the unrestrained rear leg. She notes that this does not mean that an animal is conscious, and much research will support this," writes Riley.  Read More 

28 AUG

Mexican gov’t suspends egg import tariffs in the face of a bird-flu outbreak

The Mexican government suspended tariffs on egg imports in the face of a bird-flu outbreak that has caused the domestic price of eggs to double in the last two months, the economy secretary said. "This measure has the aim of stabilizing the market, complementing current supply, reducing the price and guaranteeing the supply of this product," Bruno Ferrari told a press conference. Roughly 400 tons of eggs were imported this week from the United States, he said.  Read More

28 AUG

Brazil’s economy to get welcome boost from farm sector

After a tough first quarter, Brazilian farmers are injecting life back into a stagnant economy at a time when manufacturers and consumers are retrenching.

Agriculture has long been known as the green anchor of Brazil’s economy, now the world’s sixth-largest. One of the world’s breadbaskets, Brazil is a major producer of soybeans, corn, sugar, coffee, oranges and beef, and has invested heavily in the past decade to keep up with surging global demand. Read More
24 AUG

California Ag Secretary Karen Ross takes tours at Foster Farms

 

California Secretary Karen Ross toured poultry facilities at Foster Farms last Friday, starting with the chicken hatchery, shown here with Foster Farms executives Mike Pruitt and Ron Foster. Veterinarians Dr. Charles Corsiglia and Dr. Robert O’Connor coordinated the tour and also included California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford and California Food Safety Lab Director Dr. Richard Breitmeyer. Dressed here in mandatory biosecurity clothing, the group also toured a production house and the Livingston processing facility.

A new nationwide study of key poultry states shows that California has about 20,000 direct employees in the industry and more than 85,000 indirect employees. More than 100,000 California workers depend on poultry for its livelihood. This study was a John Dunham Company report paid for by U.S. Poultry and Census of Manufacturing (Commerce Department) and the USDA.

The wholesale value of poultry shipments total $8 billion in California, almost 10 percent of the nation’s total impact. Nationwide poultry shipments account for $100 billion.

Indirect economic activity coming from poultry production and processing in California is more than $22 billion. "The poultry industry has a huge impact in the economic health of California, and, its worker-intense operations make it one of the state’s manufacturing job machines," says California Poultry Federation President Bill Mattos.

 

Karen Ross

Mike Pruitt (left), Karen Ross (center) and Ron Foster (right)

24 AUG

Mexico begins phase two of bird flu vaccination campaign

The Mexican government has started phase two of its bird flu vaccination campaign in response to the country’s H7N3 virus outbreak, which has so far resulted in the slaughter of nearly 11 million birds to prevent its spread.

Roughly 90 million doses of the vaccine will be used on poultry farms in the Los Altos region of the western state of Jalisco, where the virus was found. The first phase involved 88.3 million doses of the vaccine, according to the national food health, safety and quality service agency Senasica. Read More

21 AUG

Expert agricultural economists to discuss ethanol & the outlook for chicken and competing meats

Two expert agricultural economists will discuss the situation for ethanol and chicken and competing meats at the National Chicken Council’s 58th Annual Conference scheduled October 10-11 at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington D.C.

In the wake of the worst U.S. drought in half a century, corn yield projections are dropping almost weekly and corn prices have jumped 60 percent since June 15. Dr. Wallace E. Tyner, Purdue University will address the impact on demand for corn and corn prices if the Environmental Protection Agency granted a partial waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard that effectively mandates that corn ethanol be blended with gasoline. Tyner, who along with two other Purdue economists have authored a report entitled "Potential Impacts of a Partial Waiver of the Ethanol Blending Rules," will discuss in depth the findings of that report at NCC’s upcoming conference. Read More

21 AUG

Brazil’s poultry output slows in July

Brazil’s poultry output slows 10% in July
Poultry production in Brazil eased in July on surging grain prices that pressured margins and producers’ cash flow, according to Reuters. Francisco Turra, head of Ubabef, the country’s poultry association, told Reuters that 20 of the association’s 80 members were experiencing financial problems because of rising feed costs. Prices for soy have risen 80 percent in the last six months and 40 percent for corn, according to data from Ubabef. Read More

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