25 JUN

SmartFarm will build the farm of the future

On the farm of the future, drones will fly over forests and crops to communicate with robots embedded in harvesting equipment on the ground.

Sensors on livestock and in field crops and forest lands will be linked to the cloud where big data is transformed into practical information regarding precision feeding, protection and management decisions. Plants will be biodesigned to require less water and fertilizer and be tolerant to drought, pests, and floods while producing more food. Farmers will operate their businesses with iPads as much as tractors.

This is the farm of the future, and Virginia Tech is leading the charge to help producers maximize efficiency while sparking a new agricultural and natural resources economy.  Read more

25 JUN

Omega-3 fatty acids influence chick development

O&T Farms Ltd., in collaboration with the University of Guelph in Ontario, initiated a series of research projects focused on developmental programming in both broiler and pullet breeding stock that started in 2017.

The purpose of the research was to determine the effects of feeding omega-3 fatty acids to breeder birds on reproductive efficiency and embryonic survival as well as on the epigenetic influence on progeny performance, development and overall health, the company said in an announcement.  Read more

21 JUN

Rabobank: African Swine Fever affects China’s pork consumption

China’s pork consumption has dropped by 10% to 15%, year-to-date, by our estimates, driven by food safety concerns. The level of consumption change varies greatly between the different distribution channels. Looking forward, and reflecting on the current situation and trends, it is quite possible we have seen the ‘peak’ of pork consumption.
Food processing, particularly branded consumer foods, may have already shifted to imported pork or other animal proteins such as poultry, as product ingredients. Among foodservice sub-categories, group dining, such as canteens at schools or factories, and on-site catering for large companies, is also believed to have shifted from pork to poultry and other animal proteins. Chicken breast meat, which is heavily used in meat processing and foodservice, has seen large price increases this year, and is up by 44% YOY in May (see Figure 2). In contrast, the prices of beef, sheep meat, and chicken meat in food retail markets have increased more modestly, and are up by 6%, 11%, and 8% YOY in May. This implies that pork substitution is mainly occurring in B2B channels, and largely based on the perception of consumers’ food safety concerns.  Read more

21 JUN

CoBank: U.S. Poultry Outlook – This time things are different

The U.S. chicken industry has experienced an unprecedented run of historic profitability since 2012 and responded by significantly increasing production and processing capacity. Six new poultry processing plants are expected to be operating by 2020, while production and supplies of competing animal proteins are also expanding. According to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, profitability across the poultry sector is now under pressure as meat prices decline amidst growing supplies, recalling memories of the last major downturn a decade ago, which resulted in severe financial losses across the sector. Current projections for chicken production growth are 1.5%, which is well below the 2.5% average growth rate in the last five years. Read more

18 JUN

Integrated plan with live production needed to meet new Salmonella standards

Poultry companies struggling to meet higher USDA standards for Salmonella need to increase control efforts in live production to help avoid dreaded Category 3 designations as well as potential regulatory action that could shake customer confidence. “Processing can’t do it all,” insisted Douglas L. Fulnechek, DVM, who spent 28 years with USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) before joining the animal-health company Zoetis in 2016 as senior public health veterinarian.

“For poultry companies to meet today’s rigorous USDA/FSIS standards, there needs to be a comprehensive, integrated plan involving live production and processing to minimize the presence of Salmonella throughout the entire operation. Everyone needs to be part of the solution,” he said.  Read more

18 JUN

CPF welcomes new allied member: Ceva Animal Health

Ceva Animal Health has been recognized as the fastest growing Top 10 veterinary health company. Currently the sixth largest animal health company in the world, our goal is to be the first independent player to reach the top 5 by the year 2020.

Ceva offers a growing line of products to meet the health needs of companion animals, poultry, and swine. Our expertise centers on the two fields of pharmacology and biology, where we have dedicated teams that aim to meet the specific demands of each species. Contact Jim Basler for more information. jim.basler@ceva.com or (469) 644-6850

18 JUN

Solving the dinner dilemma

What’s for dinner tonight? There’s a good chance you don’t know yet, said David Portalatin, vice president and industry adviser for The NPD Group, Inc.

“The vast majority of Americans have no idea what’s for dinner,” Portalatin said during a June 11 presentation at the Sosland Publishing Purchasing Seminar in Chicago. “Our research tells us that as late as 30 minutes before dinner there will still be about 18 percent of you who don’t know the answer to that question.”

Solving that dilemma may be a key to growth in a stagnant market, he said.

While consumer retail spending is up, total food consumption may be flat to declining as the aging boomer population eats fewer meals. Annual meal occasions per capita dropped 3.8 percent to 1,473 in 2018 from 1,532 in 2008, according to The NPD Group.  Read more