Shoes made of wool could help drive demand for broader microns
Significantly, up until January 2021, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) exports show that just 12pc of the total wool exported was broader than 23.5 micron, signalling that a large portion of the grower-held stocks in Australia are in that broader wool category. Australian Wool Innovation's chief executive officer Stuart McCullough said anecdotal evidence surrounding the breeding future of the sheep industry has been focused on intentions to move away from self-replacing Merino wool operations to a more dual-purpose or full-on meat sheep operation.
 
What do baby chicks eat?
So you're about to have baby chicks but you're not sure what feed they should eat? No problem! In this article we'll cover everything you need to know, from what they should eat immediately after hatching, to exactly what kind of food is best for them, to when they can have treats - and what kind of treats will help their development. Immediately post hatch, feed nothing! Technically, baby chicks don't need anything to eat or drink for about 48 hours after they've hatched. That's because
 
Dolly the sheep: Scientific marvel or symbol of a dystopian future?
In 1997 news that scientists at a Scottish research institute had successfully cloned a sheep from an adult cell reverberated around the globe. The sheep, named Dolly, was the first of her kind. Her birth was the result of an experiment to increase the amount of ewes' milk that could be used to improve human health.
 
Europe adopts decision to allow certain animal proteins to be fed to poultry
The European Commission has adopted the decision to amend the feed ban regulation, allowing the use of certain animal proteins to feed non-ruminant farmed animals such as pigs and poultry. The decision, based on the scientific opinion by the European Food and Safety Authority,
 
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  • With chicken prices soaring, Sanderson Farms sold for $4.5B
    MISSISSIPPI (AP) — Sanderson Farms, one of nation’s third largest poultry producer, is being acquired for $4.53 billion as the price of chicken soars. Cargill and privately held Continental Grain formed a joint venture to acquire Sanderson and will pay $203 per share in cash for a company that last year processed more than 4.8 billion pounds of meat.
     
    Three Ideal Traits for Improving Layer Health and Eggshell Quality
    The modern laying hen has a life cycle of about 100 weeks, and, in that time, they are expected to produce about 500 eggs with strong eggshells. To meet these demands, egg producers must ensure laying hens have these three ideal traits: Robustness A robust laying hen will have the overall health and immune competence to recover from disease and other challenges more quickly, allowing its body to focus on its own maintenance and egg production throughout its life. Establishing robustness is especially critical early in life as the hen receives its vaccinations. Depending on the region, a hen may receive up to 10 types of vaccines. The hen’s immune system must be robust in order to react appropriately to those vaccines. Without a robust immune response, the bird will not be able to produce the antibodies to protect itself against the disease.
     
    Momentum continues for U.S. beef and pork exports
    March was a record-breaking month for U.S. beef and pork exports. The U.S. Meat Export Federation released a report compiled from USDA data that the exports continued the momentum in April. "Looking back at April 2020, it was a difficult month for red meat exports as we began to see COVID-related supply chain interruptions and foodservice demand took a major hit in many key markets," said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. "While it is no surprise that exports performed much better in April 2021, we are pleased to see that global demand continued to build on the broad-based growth achieved in March."
     
    Top Thai Meat Producer Shuts Factory on Coronavirus Outbreak
    Charoen Pokphand Foods Pcl, Thailand’s biggest meat producer, will close its factory in Saraburi province for five days to stem the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to the provincial government.
     
    how backyard poultry empowers India's rural women
    Across India, backyard poultry farming is increasingly offering remote rural families both food and financial support – and as take-up grows, its effects on marginalised groups, especially women, could prove dramatic. While it’s home to malnutrition, poverty and gender disparity, rural India is increasingly becoming a place where people are exploring the possibilities of rearing backyard poultry. Women like Ranjita Sethi, 35, from the eastern Indian state of Odisha, have not only overcome poverty through keeping backyard poultry flocks but have also achieved nutrition security for their families.
     
    Iran will import chicken in the coming year!
    Head of the Association of Poultry, Livestock and Aquatic feed industries – Majid Movafegh Ghadiri – stated: “Considering continuation of feed deficiency, Iran that is ranked in seventh place in the world poultry producing, is going to import chicken in coming spring!”
     
    First recyclable shrink wrap for poultry launched
    The first recyclable shrink wrap for poultry has been launched by Amcor. The proudct is called Eco-Tite R and is a PVDC-free shrink bag for fresh and processed meat and poultry. It is designed to maximise shelf-life, maintain food safety, reduce food waste and can be recycled
     
    Price stabilizing for chicken is expected!
    Asadollah Nejad, Broilers corporation deputy declared: “Considering the required feed of chicken farms are afforded therefor it is expected that the price of chicken would be fixed during the coming days and the market will get stabilized; consequently chicken meat will be supplied in the market on the basis of governmental prices.” He continued: “Last week chicken farms feed ration increased up to 30%
     
    Iran’s Chicken Poultry Industry in Crisis
    The problem of poultry feed deficiency in Iran has made the producers reluctant for incubation
     
    The Risks of Too Much Protein
    The mantra of many chicken owners is “protein is king.” While in some situations this is not wrong, many times animals are over-fed protein or given the wrong amino acid balance.
     
    45 days to Chicken Deficiency
    The head of Kerman province poultry farmers Union declared: “It is strictly requested Government to distribute animal feed among the farmers and chicken producers more quickly; otherwise it is highly warned that incubation would be decreased up to 25 per cent! And considering the 25 percent decrease which existed already, we will certainly face with chicken meat shortage in less than 45 days.”
     
    Transition Cow Tips to Improve Milk Production and Reproduction
    The transition period is a critical and high-risk time for dairy cows. During this period, cows go through drastic metabolic changes as they prepare to transition into lactation, start producing milk and repair the reproductive tract while also developing an oocyte to prepare for their next pregnancy. The goal of transition cow management is
     
    Iran; Increase in Chicken Meat production cost
    “During last 10 days, live chicken has increased in price by 0.16 $/Kg and chicken meat by 0.24 $/Kg which is due to the price increase in the raw material and other factors of production.” said the Head of Poultry association. He continued:
     
    MVP finalises its newcastle vaccines and infectious bronchitis vaccine registration in Philippines
    Malaysian Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals (MVP) has strengthened its position in Philippines vaccine market with the addition of Newcastle Disease (ND) and Infectious Bronchitis (IB) vaccine as its new product line up CaptureThe four new products consist of both live and inactivated vaccine of LaSota strain and H120 strain. MVP MyVAC Hog Cholera GPE – vaccine has been a representative of
     
    Solving the insect protein problem?
    Feeding insects to poultry has long been touted as an environmentally friendly way to both cut down on imported soya and deal with our country’s food waste problem. Insects are high in protein and can convert a waste product efficiently into larvae that poultry find tasty and stimulating, solving two problems at once. But there have always been logistical problems that have so far stopped commercial insect production working at scale. But now, a trial has taken place on egg producer Charles Mear’s farm in Cambridgeshire (a finalist in the 2019 National Egg & Poultry Awards) of a new concept: an insect-production unit housed in a shipping container, which means the insects are produced on site and taken directly to the birds that will eat them. The concept has been created by the start-up firm Better Origin, and has been named the X1
     
    Parasite infestations revealed by tiny chicken backpacks
    Blood-feeding livestock mites can be detected with wearable sensor technology nicknamed “Fitbits for chickens.” To help farmers detect mite infestations, a team of entomologists, computer scientists, and biologists led by UC Riverside entomologist Amy Murillo has created a new insect detection system. The team’s work is detailed in the journal Scientific Reports. In recent years, concern for the well-being of livestock has given rise to more farms where poultry are allowed to roam
     
    Ready for elimination of Feed ingredients exchange
    “The Government will do its best to supply Feed industry with the required inputs.” said the Agricultural Jihad ministry. On a news meeting held on the occasion of Agricultural Jihad week, Kazem Khavazi,
     
    Politics hinder growth in Iran’s poultry sector
    Iran could be a poultry production power house, with Iranian poultry farmers having the potential to boost exports to 500,000 tons of meat per year, but sanctions and national politics remain an invincible obstacle on this path. Recently this culminated in birds being killed due to lack of feedstuffs entering the country. The poultry sector in Iran has been struggling for years now. Since the introduction of the first US sanctions against Iran in 2012, the poultry market has suffered. The sanctions have led to increased cost for imported inputs like feed ingredients, and caused sharp price fluctuations on the consumer market. But the industry adapted to the new reality. When sanctions were renewed by US President Donald Trump in 2019 the industry was much better prepared. The country is now self-sufficient in both poultry and eggs and has the highest production effectiveness in the Middle East.
     
    The Tale of Two Feed Strategies: When Less is More
    How do you strike the delicate balance of feed-to-output ratio? In the give-and-take of ration balancing, the age-old question, “How much should I feed my cows?” has no cookie-cutter answer. However, research published this month in the Journal of Dairy Science highlights two scenarios to consider. Feed Efficiency vs. Cost If you’ve looked at your low-producing cow
     
    Politics hinder growth in Iran’s poultry sector
    Iran could be a poultry production power house, with Iranian poultry farmers having the potential to boost exports to 500,000 tons of meat per year, but sanctions and national politics remain an invincible obstacle on this path. Recently this culminated in birds being killed due to lack of feedstuffs entering the country. The poultry sector in Iran has been struggling for years now. Since the introduction of the first US sanctions against Iran in 2012, the poultry market has suffered. The sanctions have led to increased cost for imported inputs like feed ingredients, and caused sharp price fluctuations on the consumer market. But the industry adapted to the new reality. When sanctions were renewed by US President Donald Trump in 2019 the industry was much better prepared. The country is now self-sufficient in both poultry and eggs and has the highest production effectiveness in the Middle East. Only our oil industry has a higher turnover and importance...” – Dr Majid Movafegh Ghadirly Poultry sector huge importance for Iran’s economy “Only our oil industry has a higher turnover and importance [for the national economy] than the poultry industry,” commented Dr Majid Movafegh Ghadirly, member of the board of the Iran National Poultry Association and chairman of the Iran Feed Industry Association. “Our industry plays a huge role in generating added value. We import 80 – 90% of raw materials and feed ingredients and convert them into products such as poultry, eggs and even sausages and then export them.”
     
    FFAR Announces Six SMART Broiler Winners, in Partnership with McDonald’s
    WASHINGTON – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) announced the six SMART Broiler Phase I winners today, a program developed in partnership with McDonald’s. SMART Broiler is a research initiative that is awarding more than $4 million in grants and technical support to develop automated monitoring tools that precisely assess broiler chicken welfare. The Phase I winners collectively received $2,092,439 in funding from FFAR and McDonald’s, with the potential to receive additional funding in Phase II. Current methods for assessing broiler chicken welfare on-farm rely on human observation and subjective scoring. SMART Broiler is developing automated Sensors, Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technologies (SMART) to objectively and comprehensively assess broiler welfare worldwide. These tools have the potential to enhance welfare for 9 billion birds annually in the US and improve efficiency for producers. “FFAR is impressed by the caliber of the more than 40 SMART Broiler proposals we received from 11 countries, which underscores the global importance of this issue,” said FFAR’s Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey. “Producers and consumers alike are eager to address animal welfare concerns. This initiative seeks to remedy these concerns by developing technologies that provide consistent, timely and accurate welfare assessments on farms around the world.” This initiative
     
    Chilled poultry imported here from Johor's Pontian where farm was allegedly hit by bird flu? It's fake, says SFA
    SINGAPORE - The Republic does not import chilled or frozen poultry from farms in Pontian, Johor, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said in a Facebook post on Monday (March 16), as rumours of bird flu surrounding these poultry farms swirled. Messages circulating on WhatsApp and social media claim that a poultry farm in Pontian has been affected by bird flu. One message also alleges that the farm's poultry was slaughtered and sent to Singapore in two lorries. These claims
     
    Covid-19 impact: Buyers chicken out; demand drops 60%
    PUNE: Farm-gate chicken prices have dropped by about 60% to an average of about Rs 30/kg in south India from Rs 72.50/kg in January after rumours on social media linking chicken consumption with Covid-19. Farmers are resorting to panic sales even as they seek government assistance as the Covid-19 crisis is more widespread than the bird flu outbreak of 2006, which was restricted to western parts of the country. Chicken prices were lower in other places, too – Rs 30/kg in Raipur and Pune, Rs 35/kg in Bengaluru, Rs 37/kg in Hyderabad and Rs 40/ kg in Gujarat, according to the Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Association of India. Rates were close to normal in north India, ruling at Rs 55/kg in New Delhi and Rs 60/kg in Punjab. B Soundararajan, chairman of Suguna Foods, a poultry company, called the current crisis much larger than the 2006 bird flu outbreak. “Though chicken consumption has not been that bad, coronavirus has ruined the poultry industry as prices have crashed. We would like the Central government help the industry by giving subsidised raw material like wheat and rice for feed,” said Soundararajan. “Every month, farmers have been accumulating about 20% to 30% unsold inventoryموجودی. At some places, where farmers are unable to handle the huge inventories, have no place to keep unsold birds and cannot afford to feed them, panic sales have started. Farmers have sold chicken at Rs 15/kg to Rs 20/ kg at many places in desperate sales,” said PG Pedgaonkar, general manager at Venky’s, a poultry processing company. Chicken demand and prices typically drop in March due to exams and some Hindu festivals. Normal average rates for this month range from Rs 45/kg to Rs 60/kg in various parts of the country. In Maharashtra, farmers realised a rate of Rs 72.50/kg in January and Rs 40/kg in February. In March, the price declined to Rs 30/kg and below. “We met the Maharashtra ministers today and requested them to extend support to the industry. Restructuring of bank loans and interest subvention will help the industry to survive,” said Shrikrishna Gangurde, vice-president of the Poultry Farmers and Breeders' Association (Maharashtra).
     
    RPT-India's poultry sales decline after coronavirus rumours linked to chickens
    MUMBAI, Feb 17 (Reuters) - India’s poultry industry has lost 13 billion rupees ($182 million) in three weeks after speculation on social media that chickens are a cause of the spread of coronavirus, denting demand for chicken and nearly halving prices, say industry officials. Millions of small poultry farmers have been hit by a sudden drop in sales. Soybean and corn producers are also being affected
     
    China coronavirus curbs leave Hubei poultry farmers with 'no way to get by
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Some poultry farmers in the province at the heart of China’s coronavirus outbreak are having to euthanize young birds amid new rules designed to contain the disease that have paralyzed live animal transport, feed supply and slaughterhouses. Some farmers have halved rations of depleted feed stocks for their chickens,
     
    Claw disease in cows found to be primarily genetic
    Interdigital hyperplasia in cattle had been attributed mostly to poor hygiene, but new research finds genetic component. The occurrence of interdigital hyperplasia in cattle has mostly been attributed to poor hygiene conditions in the barn, but researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and Georg August University Göttingen in Germany have now shown that the disease is primarily genetic. The team, led by professor Hermann Swalve, found a farm where the disease occurred frequently and was able to identify the gene responsible. As a result, the disease may now be contained through selective breeding, an announcement from MLU said.
     
    Figures show Christmas export boost for British food
    The latest food and drink export statistics have revealed a global appetite for British Christmas fare. The British Christmas dinner is set to be enjoyed globally, with 64 countries in 2018 – 17 more than previous years – importing home-reared turkeys for a festive feast.
     
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