23 OCT

Bill Mattos receives coveted Good Egg Award

Bill Mattos, former newspaper publisher and Stanislaus County supervisor who has been president of the California Poultry Federation since 1991, was presented the coveted Good Egg Award at the 56th  annual Good Egg Breakfast in Modesto last week. Keynote speaker Marty Jakosa and master of ceremonies John Bedell presented the award. Jakosa credited Mattos for building the federation into a powerful entity in California and the nation, with accomplishments that include helping level the playing field with laws that eliminated taxes for litter, poultry barns, medication and hot dog casings. Read more

From left: John Bedell, J.S. West; Bill Mattos, CA Poultry Federation;

Marty Jakosa, Foster Farms (retired)

23 OCT

Trump team makes controversial change to allow chicken plants to operate at faster speeds

The Trump administration is now allowing more chicken-processing plants to operate at faster speeds, a controversial move that some fear will hurt workers and chicken consumers by lowering safety standards.

Plants that receive a waiver from the Trump administration will be able to process up to 175 birds per minute, up from the old limit of 140 birds per minute. The administration recently published new criteria spelling out what it would take to get a waiver.  The National Chicken Council, which represents the poultry industry, praised the move and noted that each individual plant must meet stringent criteria to obtain a waiver. But labor, consumer and animal rights groups decried the change as a capitulation to big business that will open the floodgates to most of the nation’s more than 200 poultry-processing plants operating at the faster rate.  Read more

09 OCT

Willie Benedetti, legendary rancher, turkey farmer and restaurateur, dies at 69

Willie Benedetti, the lifelong Sonoma-Marin rancher and greater than fiction, cigar-puffing country character perhaps best known for his enormous, smoked-then-grilled turkey legs, died Friday at 69.

Benedetti, a partner in Benedetti Farms and in the Willie Bird’s Restaurant consistently praised as one of the region’s greatest old-school bars and dining spots, succumbed to an aggressive abdominal cancer.

“You’re talking a legend,” John Zimmerman said Friday from behind the bar at Willie Bird’s in Santa Rosa. A bartender there for 31 years, Zimmerman said Benedetti was beloved by legions and was renowned for falling asleep from apnea without a Dutch Master cigar falling from his mouth.  Read more

09 OCT

Animal rights activists accused of stealing chickens from California poultry farm

Law enforcement officials arrested 67 animal rights activists who raided a California poultry plant and allegedly stole chickens on Saturday. About 200 activists broke into McCoy’s Poultry Services in Petaluma, according to a statement from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. “Initial responding deputies entered the property and were confronted by approximately 70 protesters, who were wearing white protective clothing, many of whom were carrying chickens they had stolen from within buildings on the property,” the statement said. “Deputies also learned that the owner and an employee of the company had been assaulted by a protester during the event. Due to the amount of protesters on the property and on the street in front of the business, approximately 40 deputies responded to assist, along with the Sheriff’s helicopter.”  Read more

09 OCT

Virulent Newcastle Disease confirmed at live bird market

United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed three additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, California, last week.

Live bird market

One of the three cases was at a live bird market. Birds from the affected live bird market have been depopulated and the market has been cleaned and disinfected to prevent additional spread of the disease. As a precautionary measure, all 34 markets in the Los Angeles area have also been cleaned and disinfected. Read more

08 OCT

Willie Benedetti, legendary rancher, turkey farmer and restaurateur, dies at 69

Willie Benedetti, the lifelong Sonoma-Marin rancher and greater than fiction, cigar-puffing country character perhaps best known for his enormous, smoked-then-grilled turkey legs, died Friday at 69.
Benedetti, a partner in Benedetti Farms and in the Willie Bird’s Restaurant consistently praised as one of the region’s greatest old-school bars and dining spots, succumbed to an aggressive abdominal cancer.
“You’re talking a legend,” John Zimmerman said Friday from behind the bar at Willie Bird’s in Santa Rosa. A bartender there for 31 years, Zimmerman said Benedetti was beloved by legions and was renowned for falling asleep from apnea without a Dutch Master cigar falling from his mouth.  Read more
An event will be held October 20th at Willie’s home.  Huge BBQ-1:00 p.m.  Meat is provided.  Please bring a salad, dessert or main dish.
2000 Valley Ford Franklin School Road
Valley Ford, CA   94972 
08 OCT

Attendee registration and housing now open for the 2019 IPPE

Attendee registration and general housing for the 2019 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is now open. 
The IPPE trade show floor continues to grow with more than 579,000 square feet of exhibit space and 1,235 exhibitors. The 2019 IPPE will provide attendees with a full week of education programs, innovative technology, engaging events on the show floor and enhanced networking opportunities with key leaders from the feed, meat and poultry industries. The vast trade show floor will showcase the most current technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of feed, meat and poultry products. Combining the expertise from the American Feed Industry Association, North American Meat Institute and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, IPPE will also feature more than 200 hours of dynamic education sessions focused on the latest industry issues.
For more information and to register for the 2019 IPPE, visit www.ippexpo.org .

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