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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 14 May 2009
Thursday 14th May 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Things may be looking up for poultry companies

Sky-rocketing feed ingredient prices made business conditions for all poultry companies very difficult over the last year. By comparison, the current half-year results are much more encouraging, however, as feed costs are now well down off their peak and poultry products are proving to be a popular choice for cash-strapped consumers.

Interim President and CEO of Tyson Foods, Leland Tollett, believes his company's 'back to basics' approach has helped its chicken segment return to profitability.

Pilgrim's Pride has had a particularly difficult time over the last six months or so, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December. The sale of its Farmerville facility to Foster Farms finally went through last week, and Pilgrim's has taken tough action to cut production, staff and inventory. These moves have opened some light at the end of the tunnel: the company reported that its second quarter loss has narrowed as costs have dropped.

Following difficult business conditions in its first half-year, the new CEO of Astral Foods in South Africa is optimistic about the next six months. Mr Schutte, who took over as chief executive last week, expects an increase in operating profit in the poultry division in the current half-year as feed prices are now on the way down.

Striking a note of caution, however, was Betagro Group executive vice-president, Nopporn Vayuchote. He said that it would take at least another six months for the Thai poultry business to return to normal.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Turkey Welfare - Satisfying Wants and Needs
There is a need to balance the wants of the consumer with those of the producer, not forgetting those of the turkey, said poultry veterinarian, Stephen Lister of Crowshall Veterinary Services. He was speaking at the 3rd Turkey Science and Production Conference at Macclesfield, UK, last month, writes Jackie Linden, editor of ThePoultrySite.
Getting to Grips with Campylobacter
New measures are to be set out by the European Commission and individual EU countries to clamp down on incidence of campylobacter food poisoning across the Continent, writes ThePoultrySite senior editor Chris Harris.
Enzyme Combinations to Optimise By-Products Use in Corn-Based Feed
As more by-products are included in diets for poultry, there are greater opportunities to maximise nutrient availability by the use of feed enzymes. Dr Janet C. Remus from Danisco Animal Nutrition reviewed this topic for the 35th Carolina Poultry Nutrition Conference last year.
The Poultry Pantry: Plums, Probiotics, Safflower and Tea
The title refers to a report of work carried out by the USDA Agricultural Research Service showing that all these products can help control coccidiosis in broilers.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - May 2009
Broiler production is raised as higher-than-expected first quarter production more than offsets a slightly weaker second quarter, and turkey production is decreased due to lower-than-expected first quarter production, according to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, produced by the USDA's World Agricultural Outlook Board.
Fort Dodge - Leading the way in IBD Protection
* Company News

Retirement of an Aviagen 'Veteran'
UK - Alan Goodwin to step down after 45 years in poultry industry
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Click here for this week's bird flu news.
 » LEGS: New Guidelines for Livestock Emergencies
 » Current Situation with Avian Influenza A (H5N1)
 » Spirochaetes as Intestinal Pathogens
 » Philippines Bans Poultry Products from Kentucky

   United States

 » Pilgrim's Pride Sells Plant, Reports Better Results
 » Poultry Industry Important to Louisiana
 » Poultry Industry Opposes New Litter Rules
 » Financial Management Seminar to Preview Economic Forecast
 » Shoppers Deceived By 'Natural' Label on Injected Meat
 » New Food Safety Technology Developed for Eggs
 » CME: Highlights from Latest USDA Reports
 » 'Back to Basics' Approach is Working for Tyson
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Weekly Outlook: USDA Reports Confirm Expectations
 » International Egg and Poultry Review
Cobb 700 - The most breast meat at the lowest cost

 » Vaccinations Hinder Farmers

   New Zealand

 » Controversy Emerges over NZ Hen Welfare Study
 » Chicken Price Differential Investigated

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Cuts Import Duties on Hatching Eggs, Chicks
 » Russia to Increase Meat Output


 » Barbadian Industry Calls for Incentives


 » New Poultry Feed Supplier in Zimbabwe

   Sri Lanka

 » Huge Challenges for Sri Lankan Industry
More on Ross Breeders, part of Aviagen

 » Feed Prices, Flu Fears Cause Chicken Price Rises
 » Egg Price Increased

   European Union

 » 2009 General Assembly of a.v.e.c. Announced
 » EFSA Evaluates Bacteriophages

   United Kingdom

 » Sources of Campylobacter Infection in Scotland


 » Newcastle Disease Reported in Croatia


 » Unidentified Disease Kills Chickens in E Nepal


 » Public Awareness of Traceability Heightened
Vencomatic - Complete Solutions in Poultry Equipment

 » France Plans National Research Consortium


 » Tnuva to Expands its Poultry Business


 » Betagro Says Industry Needs Six Months to Recover

   South Africa

 » Astral Looks Forward to Better Half Year


 » Consumer Groups Speak out against More Imports

That's all for this week!

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