Editorial – US Maize Harvest Forecast to Calm the Market
The US needs a high corn harvest in 2012 to be able to compete in global markets, said the CattleFax team at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Convention held last week in Nashville, Tennessee. US projected plantings look positive, with 2012 estimated plantings expected at 94 million acres – two million more than last year. If these plantings are harvested successfully, it is likely that US stocks-to-use levels could climb higher, which would help to stabilise the market.
Outlook prices for corn are resisting $6.50 to $6.75 a bushel, and looking likely to be around $5.50 to $5.75 a bushel.
Mexico's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGARPA) has identified the cause of death of 600 head of cattle in Actopan, in the central-eastern region of the country, as high levels of urea in the feed, reports one source.
The urea was thought to come from poorly processed poultry litter, which is an acceptable feed ingredient for ruminants when properly processed, and is reported to have been included in the feed blamed for the deaths.
Whilst not wishing to cast doubt on the official findings, there is another possible explanation which has not yet been ruled out, according to the reports received.
Botulism is a potentially fatal disease of cattle, caused by toxins produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. It has been associated with the consumption of poultry litter, which has either not been properly processed or where the cattle or sheep have grazed pasture on which untreated litter had previously been spread.
The process was used in 11 member states for a whole range of foods, which included poultry and egg products. The quantities treated are very small compared to the total volume of food produced in the EU and there are strict controls on its use.
In total across all 11 countries, 9,263 tonnes of food was irradiated in 2010, 48 per cent of which by volume was frogs’ legs and a little over 2,000t was poultry and 160t of egg white/powder.
Of the total, 63 per cent was irradiated in Belgium, 17 per cent in the Netherlands and 11 per cent in France – the only three countries that irradiated any poultry.
Drew Lerner, president and senior agricultural meteorologist of World Weather, recently presented global weather expectations for 2012 to US grain farmers and livestock producers at the Allendale Ag Leaders Outlook Conference held in the US.
Turning to bird flu news, there have been reports of large culls in Nepal, Viet Nam and the Indian states of Tripura and Orissa in the last week or so as a result of the H5N1 highly pathogenic form of the disease.
Update on Incubation
The latest knowledge on incubation conditions and management were presented at a special symposium held in conjunction with the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Jackie Linden, senior editor of ThePoultrySite, reports.
Improving Egg Safety through Genetics: Eggshell Quality
A combination of approaches have increased our understanding of the genetics and physiology of the formation of the eggshell, according to the final scientific report from the EU group, Sustainable Animal Breeding (SABRE) subtitled 'Cutting Edge Genomics for Sustainable Animal Breeding'.
ISU Animal Industry Report 2012
A list of the reports from the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University published in its 2012 Animal Industry Report.
ARS Provides Nutrient Data for the New Year
Data on the nutrient content of beef and pork from the USDA ARS to support food producers and retailers, now that nutrition information is now required on meat and poultry product labels in the US.
Appointment for Latest Cobb Research Complex
US - In a move strengthening the Cobb research and development team Dr Frank Siewerdt has been appointed pedigree geneticist for the new Dry Creek farm complex in Deer Lodge, Tennessee, USA.
Orka Instrument Measures Eggshell Strength
US - The Egg Force Reader from ORKA measures the force required to crush a shell and is a direct measure of marketability.
ISA Chooses Smartpro for New (Grand) Parentstock Hatchery
NETHERLANDS - Institut de Sélection Animale (ISA) has confirmed that Pas Reform will equip its brand new (Grand) Parent Stock hatchery in the Netherlands with the latest generation SmartPro incubation technologies, to produce Grandparent (GPS) and Parentstock (PS) for the egg industry worldwide.
Sustainable Disinfection a Breakthrough for Hatcheries
NETHERLANDS - Following news of Pas Reform's agreement to supply Watter Nontox sustainable disinfection to hatcheries worldwide, Dutch hatchery Probroed & Sloot has put Nontox to the test, with compelling results.
SITES Certifies Novus International Campus
US - The global headquarters campus of Novus International, Inc. is one of the first pilot projects to be certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) for its sustainable site design, construction and maintenance. The Novus campus, lead by landscape architects SWT Design, was awarded a 3-star rating by SITES, making it the highest rated landscape project in the world.
Meriden Attends 40th BHW Show of the Year
UK - Meriden Animal Health recently attended the 40th British Homing World Show of the Year at Blackpool. Meriden was there to promote its 100% natural supplement, Orego-Stim Pigeon liquid.
Indbro Traces Development of Indian Broiler Industry
INDIA - There was almost no broiler industry in the country before 1970; Indbro offers an overview of its rapid development over the last four decades.
Improving Feed Efficiency & Reducing Salmonella Transmission
TURKEY - New research, unveiled by Danisco Animal Nutrition, has demonstrated the effects of using a combination of xylanase and essential oil compounds on improving economic performance and reducing Salmonella transmission in broilers.
Easy Treatment Solution for Red Mites
UK - Signs of red mite can include bird restlessness, pale combs, loss of feathers and blood spots on eggs, according to PCS. With a risk of egg production being affected, there would undoubtedly be an economic loss.