09 JUL

CPF welcomes new member Vitech Bio-Chem Corporation

Vitech Bio-Chem Corporation is a pioneer in research and applications of Bioactive Peptides and Nutritional Peptides for animal feed. We manufacture a complete line of all-natural peptide products that stimulate early maturation of the GI system in young animals, stimulate the immune system, increase eggshell strength, increase hatch rate, stimulate feed intake, and more, helping animals absorb nutrients without antibiotics and hormones. Please contact Thomas Shieh for more information: thomas@vitechusa.com or (949) 800-6840.

09 JUL

In Memory of Robert (Bob) James Benson

Robert James Benson, beloved father of Eric, Jill, Chris and Lee Benson, passed away peacefully with family at his side on June 23, 2019.  He lived a full and rich life of 91 years.
Bob was born to Harvey and Nona West-Benson in Modesto, California.  He attended Modesto High School and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at Stanford University.  While at Stanford, Bob met and married fellow student, Anne Wear.  They were blessed with four children.
After working as a journalist, Bob joined the family business started by his grandfather, James Stewart West.  At J.S. West & Companies his career spanned 64 years.  As president and chairman of the board of directors he led with a quiet intelligence and thoughtful leadership toward achieving success for the company, family, and community.  Bob was the recipient of many awards recognizing his contributions to the poultry industry and Modesto community including Pacific Egg & Poultry Association’s Industry Person of the Year award and the Good Egg award.
Bob’s life was blessed with a wonderful marriage to Yvonne Conway, and long-term friendships with Bernice Doern, and Joan Bibens, sharing life’s adventures.  Bob was an avid sailor, and competed on the San Francisco Bay in a Catalina 27.  He was a passionate member of the Audubon Society, often out in the wilderness siting and cataloguing birds of all varieties.  His love for travel took him all over the world with the Stanford Travel and Study Tours.  In his later years he regularly attended classes through Modesto Institute of Continued Learning (MICL).  He loved tennis, bridge, golf, music, and theatre.  He was a generous supporter and avid fan of the Stanford University Cardinals football team and the Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team.
He leaves his four children, Eric Benson (Carol) of Alamo, CA, Jill Benson (Ken Woodward) of Santa Cruz, CA, Chris Benson (Betty Jean) of Bloomingdale, GA, and Lee Benson of Brisbane, Australia. His three grandchildren are Michael Benson (fiance Maranda Mobley) of Valley Village, CA and Cohen and Karina Benson of Brisbane, Australia.
The family would like to thank Bob’s long time caregiver, Olivia Java-Gonzales, the caring staff at El Rio Memory Care Community and Optimal Hospice Care.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Bob’s honor be directed to Stanford Cardinal football or women’s basketball programs or Stanislaus Audubon Society.  Bob has been privately laid to rest by his family. He will be missed.
03 JUL

Rabobank: Poultry quarterly Q3 2019 – improved but fragile market conditions

The main driver for the market improvement has been a more balanced supply in key trading markets like Brazil Thailand, the US and the EU. The gradual improvement has come despite global trade volumes being disappointing due to ongoing trade issues. China is the best performing poultry industry, with exceptionally high poultry prices due to the shift from pork to poultry as a result of the worsening situation with African Swine Fever (ASF) and very low breeding stock levels, which has pushed PS and DOC prices up to historically high levels. Read more

03 JUL

Plant-based foods development continues to grow

Plant-based food is a focus of product development at the nation’s largest supermarket chain. The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, plans to launch a variety of vegan offerings from its Simple Truth brand this year, said Ann Beaty, director of Kroger Merchandising Consulting at 84.51°, the company’s data analytics division.

“Our Simple Truth brand is a massive brand for us,” Beaty said during a June 24 panel discussion at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. “We have been developing some plant-based items, and you’ll see a lot more coming this year.”

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03 JUL

Key poultry industry leaders to share insights on consumer purchasing behavior at Chicken Marketing Summit

WATT Global Media has announced agenda and speaker details for the 2019 Chicken Marketing Summit. This annual executive conference is scheduled for July 21-23, 2019 at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina.

“This year’s event offers a unique combination of education and panel discussions on consumers purchasing trends and the challenges the industry faces in regard to choice and competition,” said Terrence O’Keefe, content director, WATT Global Media. “The content will cover a wide range of topics including marketing to Generation Z moms, competing for consumers’ protein needs, transparency in the age of activism and much more.”   Read more

01 JUL

Livingston’s Foster Farms enters another niche in the chicken business

Foster Farms launched a line of free-range chicken Thursday, produced from birds that have access to the outdoors. The Livingston-based company, the top-selling poultry brand in the West, is offering free-range versions of several fresh chicken items. The launch does not involve its turkey, which is produced in Turlock, nor any of the breaded, marinated or otherwise prepared chicken. Shoppers will pay slightly more for the free-range chicken than conventional, said Helen Kurtz, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, in a phone interview Wednesday.

“What we see is that consumers are more and more concerned about animal welfare,” she said. “They really want to know that the chicken they are buying had a happy life.”  Read more

01 JUL

USDA update on Farm Bill implementation progress

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Trump signed this Farm Bill into law on December 20th, 2018 and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promptly began implementation of key programs. USDA held several listening sessions with stakeholders and the public, specific to each agency’s respective mission areas.

“At USDA we are implementing the 2018 Farm Bill as quickly as possible. We know the programs that are renewed and updated in this farm bill are critical to farmers, ranchers, and producers as they plan for the future,” said Secretary Sonny Perdue. “Our mission areas have all held several public listening sessions, both formally and informally, to receive stakeholder input. Our goal is to have programs that function best for the people that we serve. We have made progress in new Farm Bill provisions, and look to implement programs that are customer service focused and economically efficient. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are diligently working on behalf of all of USDA’s customers.”  Read more

01 JUL

Immediate ‘beep’ if farm biosecurity is ignored

new preliminary study in Canada examines how technology used in hospitals can boost protocol compliance rates on poultry farms. No matter the type of farm, or generally where it’s located around the world, compliance with biosecurity protocols needs improvement. Yes, it is boosted upward at the time of an outbreak, but inevitably it drops down again. Compliance is complex, noted Dr Manon Racicot, a veterinary epidemiologist at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montréal in Quebec, Canada. Dr Racicot has conducted several biosecurity studies with Dr Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt, professor in the university’s ‘Research Group on the Epidemiology of Zoonoses and Public Health.’ Read more

01 JUL

Plant-based vaccines to prevent Newcastle Disease

Plans to develop novel plant-based vaccines to prevent Newcastle Disease are underway as part of a joint UK academic/research institute project. The four-year project, jointly led by the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and Rothamsted Research, will look to develop improved vaccines for ND using transient expression in plants.  Read more

25 JUN

Veterinarian: Virulent Newcastle disease in California at a standstill

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service did not confirm any new premises as positive for virulent Newcastle disease (vND) during the week of June 7-13. Upon further inspection of the USDA website, it appears the last new positive premise was identified on June 4, 2019, in Riverside County, California, in backyard exhibition chickens. As of approximately 7 p.m. central time on June 18, Annette Jones, director and state veterinarian with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) confirmed in an email that there still had been no new cases.  Read more