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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 17 September 2009

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Thursday 17th September 2009
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Editorial - A Week of Poultry Processing Mega-Mergers

After two weeks of rumours and speculation, it has been announced this week that JBS is to purchase a majority equity stake in Pilgrim's Pride following the latter's reorganisation. Pilgrim's Pride and JBS have agreed to a transaction representing an enterprise value of approximately $2.8 billion.

Under the terms of the plan of reorganisation, Pilgrim's Pride has entered into an agreement to sell 64 per cent of the new common stock of the reorganised entity to JBS S.A., through its JBS USA Holdings, Inc. subsidiary (JBS U.S.A.), for $800 million in cash.

The latest acquisition makes JBS a serious competitor to Tyson Foods in the three largest meat proteins – beef, chicken and pork. JBS becomes the second largest chicken producer, third largest beef producer and third largest pork producer in the US. Tyson will rank first, first and second in those three species, respectively.

JBS's apparent ambition to become the world's number one meat company took a further step forward today as it took over Bertin, Brazil's third largest beef producer.

All this corporate activity comes within two days of the announcement that Marfrig has acquired Seara from Cargill. The Brazilian meat processor has bought the entire business of Seara Alimentos Ltda – the poultry, pork and processed meat operations, including subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and the brand, Seara, in Brazil and abroad.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Vencomatic: Much More Than Steel and Plastic
Koen Boot, General Manager of Vencomatic, explains the keys to success as a leading supplier to today's poultry industry to ThePoultrySite editor, Jackie Linden.
Trouble-Shooting Failures with Egg Incubation
An updated guide to overcoming incubation failures by Dr Tom Smith, Jr., extension poultry science specialist at Mississippi State University.
Antimicrobial Sensitivity Testing and Heat Treatment on Orego-Stim Powder
Results from the company's own laboratory and from University Putra Malaysia demonstrate that Meriden Animal Health's Orego-Stim Powder is highly effective against the multi drug-resistant strains of bacteria, and that it is stable in the feed following the heat treatment.
US Feed Outlook - September 2009
US grain production has increased both over last month and also year on year, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Feed Outlook for September 2009.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - September 2009
According to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the World Agricultural Outlook Board, weak demand for cattle, hogs, turkeys and broilers continues to put prices under pressure.
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* Company News

Hy-Line Issues Further Statement over Welfare Issue
US - On 8 September, Hy-Line issued a further statement regarding a recent welfare issue at one of its hatcheries.
Aviagen Underlines Importance of Good Nutrition
SCOTLAND, UK - Aviagen was delighted to be an active partner in the 17th European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition.
Smart New Logistics Centre Planned
THE NETHERLANDS - Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies has commissioned a new 4,500-square metre purpose-built logistics centre to serve the company's expanding worldwide customer-base.
Pas Reform Designs Siberia's Largest Complex
RUSSIA - Altaiskiy Broiler is to be the largest poultry production complex in Siberia, and Pas Reform has designed and will equip the hatchery.
New Appointments at Meriden (Guangzhou) Biotech
CHINA - Two new senior technical appointments have been made at Meriden (Guangzhou) Biotech Co Limited.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: FAO Suggests Measures to Prevent AI
Cobb 700 - The most breast meat at the lowest cost
   United Kingdom

 » O'Kane Poultry Faring Well in the Recession
 » Free-Range Flocks Also Suffer Cannibalism
 » New Campaign Launched for British Egg Week
 » EU Animal Transport Proposals Withdrawn for Now

   United States

 » Tyson Foods Sees Positive Chicken Outlook
 » Monitor Soil Nutrients for Best Use of Litter
 » USDA Forecasts Second-Largest Corn Crop
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Supply Prospects
 » America's Egg Board Announce the 'Good Egg' Project
 » Input on Use of 'Natural' in Labelling Products Sought
 » Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
 » USAPEEC Says China's Case 'Unjustified'
 » CME: Corn, Soybean Crops Short on Maturity
 » All Roads Lead to Atlanta Poultry Expo
 » CME: JBS Swift Confirms Purchase of Pilgrim's Pride
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » JBS Purchases Majority Stake in Reorganised Pilgrim's Pride

   Trinidad and Tobago

 » Rising Costs, Fears of Cheap Imports Hit T&T
   Turkey

 » Ramadan Boosts Poultry Demand

   Australia

 » Broilers Raised on Fibrous Litter are More Uniform
 » Labor to Vote Down Cage Eggs Bill

   Canada

 » Canadian Govt Takes Action to Improve Food Safety
 » More Toxic Fusarium Graminearum Chemotype
 » Poultry Welfare Centre Opens at Guelph
Fort Dodge - Leading the way in IBD Protection
   China

 » China Investigates US Chicken Imports

   Brazil

 » Marfrig Acquires Seara from Cargill
 » Rising Imports of Brazilian Chicken to Middle East

   Zimbabwe

 » Years of Poor Maize Harvests Hits Pig, Poultry Sectors

   South Africa

 » Farmer Returns to SAPA

   Pakistan

 » One-Third of Farmers Forced out of Business

   Philippines

 » International Egg and Poultry Review

   European Union

 » European Agricultural Commissioner Steps Down
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That's all for this week!

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