10 MAY

Interactive map advances Animal Disease Traceability program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) launched an interactive website that contains links for livestock producers to obtain premises identification numbers (PINs) and location identifiers (LIDs) within their respective states.

APHIS said federal PINs or state-specific LIDs are unique codes permanently assigned to a physical location. PIN and LID registrations, which are administered by states, allow animal health officials to quickly identify and locate animals in the event of an animal health or food safety emergency. A PIN or LID is required to purchase official animal identification tags, APHIS noted.  Read more

10 MAY

USPOULTRY provides online training courses on gait scoring essentials for broilers and turkeys

USPOULTRY is introducing two new online training program modules, “Gait Scoring Essentials for Broilers” and “Gait Scoring Essentials for Turkeys.”These modules are in addition to the growing catalog of on-demand training resources available in USPOULTRY’s Learning Management System (LMS).The modules offerpractice in evaluating gait scoring in broilers and turkeys. Gait scoring is a standard evaluation of wellness in many animal welfare programs. These examples are based on the National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federationanimal welfare guidelines and are useful practice tools for poultry welfare officers, caretakers and auditors.

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10 MAY

Mexico takes top share of U.S. animal protein exports

U.S. trade data reveal that Mexico was the largest single-country buyer of U.S. red meat and poultry in 2018, accounting for about 24% of beef, pork, lamb, mutton, broilers and turkey exported last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that Mexico’s purchases of U.S. animal proteins were spread across red meats and poultry; the country was the largest buyer of U.S. pork, lamb, mutton, broilers and turkey and the third-largest buyer of beef. Japan accounted for a 13% share of red meats and poultry last year. Read more

10 MAY

NCC says E15 waiver will harm chicken producers; asks for RFS ‘Off-Ramp’

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in March proposed regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver for the summer months that has historically been applied only to E10.

“As corn users, our industry faces potential impact by changes in biofuels policy such as modifying the volatility requirements for E15 fuel blends during the summer season,” said NCC President Mike Brown in new comments filed today.

In previous comments submitted regarding the proposed 2019 required volume obligations (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0167), the National Chicken Council (NCC) expressed concern that such an action, as anticipated at the time, holds the significant potential for adverse impacts on the chicken industry.  Read more

10 MAY

USDA releases report on rural broadband and benefits of next generation precision agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue unveiled a groundbreaking report, A Case for Rural Broadband: Insights on Rural Broadband Infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies. The report finds that deployment of both broadband e-Connectivity and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technology on farms and ranches throughout the U.S. could result in at least $47 billion in national economic benefits every year. Read more

10 MAY

The CDC releases its annual report card for foodborne illness: 2018 did not have a passing grade

Food-borne illnesses killed 120 Americans last year and sickened 25,606 more, the Centers for Disease Control said in its annual report Thursday, acknowledging an increasing incidence of infection caused by eight major pathogens and a sharp uptick in the number of multi-state outbreaks.

The CDC logged 23 multi-state investigations last year, the most in at least a dozen years, tracking major E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine, a salmonella outbreak in eggs, raw beef products, frozen chicken and canned pork, as well as illnesses on individual food products from Kellogg’s Honey Smacks to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter, Lebanon Bologna and Hy-vee Spring Pasta Salad.  Read more

30 APR

Farmer share of food dollar declines

For every dollar American consumers spend on food, U.S. farmers and ranchers earn just 14.6 cents, according to a report released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS).
This value for 2017 marks a 17% decline since 2011 and is the smallest portion of the American food dollar farmers have received since USDA began reporting these data in 1993. The remaining 85.4 cents cover off-farm costs, including processing, wholesaling, distribution, marketing and retailing.  Read more
30 APR

Raising turkeys without antibiotics

Dr. Steven Clark, Devenish Nutrition, has done a great job documenting the health and production issues of the turkey industry in his annual industry survey. When reviewing this list over time, other than when Enrofloxacin was available, one of the top concerns has been “lack of approved, efficacious drugs” (#1 concern reported by the industry in 2015-2016). As the industry continues to move toward more ABF production, that statement will most likely change to “lack of approved, efficacious treatments”. Even if your operation has not been blessed with the distinction of being ABF, times have changed and the industry has lost a lot of tools at its disposal for treating disease.  Read more

30 APR

Poultry is King of Proteins in IPC outlook

As the International Poultry Council (IPC) took stock of the global protein outlook at its first semester meeting in New Orleans, La. last week, one economic reality riveted attention: Total world production of pork will decline in 2019 with poultry in position to wrest the crown from pork as the world’s most consumed meat protein.
The upheaval in meat proteins is being driven by African swine fever (ASF) in pig herds in three continents and 15 countries. Production losses in 2019 are expected to amount to 14 percent of the world’s pork supply but may continue to move higher.  Read more