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The Poultry Site

Thursday 16th February 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Brazil to Fight Anti-Dumping Accusations; One Company Forms JV in China

While the South African poultry industry is urging the authorities to protect it against the alleged dumping of Brazilian chicken, the competition watchdog is wrapping up investigations into anti–competitive conduct by some of its members.

Earlier this week, the International Trade Administration Commission asked for additional provisional duty payments from Brazilian poultry producers to protect the local industry – although its findings into claims of dumping had not been finalised.

In the meantime, the Brazilian chicken industry has responded by saying it will take the fight to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

From an overall meat demand perspective, the world market is a major driver and a key reason why the US has been trading at extended price levels the past few years, according to Rich Nelson, Allendale director of research, at the Allendale Ag Leaders Outlook Conference recently.

In 2011, the IMF lowered the GDP numbers a little bit but the US is expected to see average growth – in the one– to two– per cent range for 2012, he said.

Noting USDA numbers, Mr Nelson said chicken output will be down four per cent this year.

He explained: “The chicken industry has done a poor job of planning expansion and contraction the past four years. Right now, their shareholders are incredibly angry. They started expanding right in the face of the 2011 grain price rally; they didn’t have their grain hedged. They also expanded in front of the 2008 grain price rally. This recent mistake has kind of crippled the chicken industry for 2012.”

The trend was confirmed in USDA's latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook. Broiler meat production in 2011 was up from the previous year. The outlook for 2012 is for decreases in production during the first three quarters, with rising production in the fourth quarter.

The estimate for 2012 broiler meat production was reduced from the previous month, down three per cent from the previous year. Most of the reduction is the result of lower expectations for broiler weights.

Significant losses are expected this year for grain and livestock production in Mexico. Two–thirds of the country’s states are currently facing the worst drought in 70 years. This weather pattern, also known as La Niña, has adversely affected grain producers and exporters.

A top Brazilian company has been in the news this week. Brasil Foods (BRF) has announced it will bring its poultry meat subsidiary, Sadia AS, into the parent company by the end of this year. It is also establishing a joint venture with Dah Chong Hong Limited of China. BRF's stated aims are to gain access to the Chinese distribution market, engage in local processing, develop the Sadia brand in China, and reach retail and food service channels in continental China, Hong Kong and Macau.

A new study of a devastating bird disease that spread from poultry to house finches in the mid-1990s reveals that the pathogen, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, evolves at an exceptionally fast rate.

Jackie Linden

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GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS – Asia is a Significant Exporter and Importer
Asia accounts for around one–quarter of the world shell egg trade, according to Terry Evans in this second part of his analysis of the region's egg industry.

Effect of Different Dietary Levels of Rapeseed Meal on Growth Performance, Carcass Traits and Meat Quality in Turkeys
Feeding graded levels of rapeseed meal up to 18 per cent of the diet to growing turkeys did not impact final bodyweight but researchers based in Poland observed adverse effects on feed conversion and functional properties of the meat at higher levels of inclusion, as well as changes in meat fatty acid composition.

Experimental Reproduction of Enterococcal Spondylitis
Researchers at North Carolina State University have had some success in reproducing enterococcal spondylitis (ES) experimentally under controlled laboratory settings, helping to shed more light on this emerging disease that causes significant losses in broiler breeders in North America and Europe.

Assessing Chick Uniformity
Chick uniformity is the most important criterion for predicting post-hatch performance, says senior incubationist, Roger Banwell, in the latest newsletter from Petersime.

Robot and 3D Imaging to Automatically Debone Poultry
Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are developing an Intelligent Cutting and Deboning System that uses 3D imaging and a robotic cutting arm to automatically perform precision cuts that optimise yield while eliminating the risk of bone fragments in finished product.

Market Potential for US Distillers' Grains Exceeds Likely Supply Growth
US production of distillers' grains (DGs), which include a range of animal feed co-products derived from corn-based dry-mill ethanol production, has quadrupled since 2004/05, paralleling the rapid growth of US ethanol production, write Linkwood Hoffman and Erik Dohlman.

Incubation Times in the Modern Hatchery
In practice, incubation periods vary considerably from the average of 21 days. Dr Marleen Boerjan of Pas Reform explains why and offers advice on managing this variation.

Cobb Builds its Team to Help its Asian Customers Grow their Business
Duncan Granshaw was appointed Cobb general manager for Asia, the company's fastest growing region, in 2010 and has now moved to the new regional office in Bangkok, Thailand. In the latest issue of Cobb Focus, Roger Ranson asked him about how he sees the task of keeping up this momentum.

New Research to Help Eliminate Food Poisoning Bug
UK - Eliminating the most common cause of food poisoning from the food chain is the aim of new research funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the world-leading UK-based poultry breeding company Aviagen.
MSD Recruits Production Specialist to Support Paracox 5
UK & IRELAND - Andy Payne has been appointed by MSD Animal Health to manage the successful introduction of Paracox 5 coccidiosis vaccination programmes with UK and Ireland broiler producers.
New Petersime Customer Centre Officially Inaugurated
BELGIUM - After two years' worth of planning and construction works, Petersime is proud to announce that the factory expansion at its headquarters is now completely finished.


BIRD FLU: HPAI in Nepal & Viet Nam; Fowls Culled in Bangladesh
FAO Food Price Index Rebounds in January
Allendale: US Meat Supply vs Global Demand

   United States

US Poultry Export Forecast Raised for 2012
EPA Overestimates Chicken Manure Claims in Chesapeake Bay
CME: Estimate Changes for Beef, Pork & Poultry Supplies
AMI 2011 Meat and Poultry Facts Now Available
NCC Takes Exception with CDC Categorization of Poultry
Soybean Export & Acreage Prospects Support Prices
2013 Budget Will Cut Ag Programmes
Successful Completion of Poultry Processing Workshop
Deadly Bird Parasite Evolves at Exceptionally Fast Rate
CME: Ag Projections Show Growth in Meat Production
US Poultry, Egg Exports Set Records in 2011
Discovery Paves Way for Salmonella Vaccine
President Releases Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Proposal
Feed Mill Seminar to Focus on New Industry Technology
Broiler Meat Production Expected to Rise in Q4 of 2012
CME: Pork & Beef Demand up, Chicken Down in 2011

   European Union

Public Resistance Ousts GM Crops from EU
UK & Italian Unions Join Forces on CAP


Excellent Progress in 2011: Nutreco Achieves €241M


Avian Infectious Laryngotracheitis Outbreak in Finland


Jordan's Poultry Sector Gets a Boost


Ag Minister Forecasts Greater Meat Exports
Sadia to be Integrated into Brasil Foods


Egg Price Hiked on Increased Offtake
Steps Needed to Increase Local Poultry Output


Action Taken to Ramp Up Abattoir Inspections
Egg Consumption Cracks New Heights
Farmers Look to Embrace Clean Energy Future
Food Report Fails to Acknowledge Role of Farmers


OleoServ Takes over Harles & Jentzsch Assets
Strong Exhibitor Demand for EuroTier 2012


Plant Breeding Breakthroughs to Reduce Soy Imports
IPC to Return to Paris for Spring Meeting


Poultry Products' Sales Fall 50 Per Cent

   Viet Nam

More HPAI in Ha Nam and Hai Duong
Four HPAI Outbreaks in Four Regions
More Cases of HPAI Reported in Hai Phong
Two HPAI Outbreaks in Ha Tinh


Latin American Animal Nutrition Congress
Mexico Anticipates Losses for Grain, Livestock Production

   United Kingdom

Sainsbury's Goes the Egg-stra Mile for Happy Hens
UK is Free of Barren Battery Cages
ENERGY NOW - Help for Farmers to Develop AD
ENERGY NOW - NFU Offers Energy Advice Service


VC, PE Firms Show Appetite for Food Industry
Brasil Foods Forms Chicken JV in China


IEC to Hold Spring Conference in Italy

   South Africa

Watchdog Ready to Pounce on Local Chicken Cartels
Brazil Vows to Take Poultry Fight to WTO


Bulgarian Ag Minister Vows to Improve Welfare


HPAI Reported in Mechi and Koshi


Political Unrest Slows Poultry Sector


Poultry Firm Heads to Riyadh

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