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Thursday 10th May 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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Editorial – Focus on Brazil

Brazil’s broiler meat production is estimated to reach 13.3 million metric tons this year as a result of domestic demand and a small recovery in exports.

According to a USDA report, Brazil’s broiler meat production is influenced by the world economic uncertainties impacting some major export markets, as well as issues with some trade partners. Other factors include an over–valued Brazilian currency, a slow–down in the growth rate of domestic consumption and higher costs of production due to higher maize prices.

Broiler meat exports are projected to rise by three per cent. The growth in exports is likely to be driven by higher sales of whole broilers in general, and chicken parts, in particular, to China and Hong Kong. Trade sources also expect higher exports to Egypt and Iraq in 2012.

A cloud on the horizon to hold back the growth of Brazil’s poultry industry is that recent severe weather and crop failures in the south of the country, combined with increased consumption demand, are driving up corn (maize) and soybean meal prices in Brazil, according to Informa Economics FNP.

Already in March, a local index that measures the change in cost of production of broilers in the state of Paraná, reached 142.01, more than four per cent above the February figure. The organisation, ICPFrango/Embrapa, attributed the rise to a temporary increase in feed ingredient costs following bad weather in the south of the country.

There has been a recent jump in the number of certified chicken producers in Brazil. There are now 519 GLOBALG.A.P.–certified chicken producers in Brazil, with an annual production of over 500,000 tons of chicken, following a series of workshops and field trials held throughout 2010 and 2011 and sponsored by McDonald’s Europe along with a number of other domestic and international partners..

Norbert Rank, European Quality Lead (Poultry), of McDonald’s Europe and Chairman of the GLOBALG.A.P. Stakeholder Committee on Animal Welfare, said: “During 2011 we were working with our Brazilian poultry suppliers to implement the international food safety and sustainability criteria of the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard. McDonald´s Europe is very pleased with the outcome of the project as it helped us to strengthen our relations with our suppliers."

Turning to news from Brazilian poultry producers and processors, JBS is to lease Frangosul’s plants in Brazil. Frangosul was controlled by the French group, Doux.

One of the country’s other top companies, Brasil Foods (BRF), announced its first quarter results, which included a 5.3 per cent increase in revenue and net income of 153 million reals (BRR). While some key export markets were challenging, domestic sales were up 11 per cent.

BRF also announced in the last week that is has entered into a three–year US$500–million revolver credit facility.

Turning to news of other countries, an economist has forecast that the recovery in the US economy may be slowing down.

Speaking at the American Meat Institute Expo and conference in Dallas, economist Eric Trachtenberg from McLarty Associates said that forecasts showed a potential growth in the US of between 1.9 and 2.1 per cent for the current year. However, he added: “It looks like the trend is down again. The recovery seems to be petering out.”

He said there were concerns that there could be a financial shock of between 3.0 and 3.5 per cent of GDP looming for the US economy, and this could stop growth altogether. However, global GDP is expected to grow at 3.5 per cent, based largely on the expansion in the developing markets of China, Brazil, India, Mexico and even sub-Saharan Africa, he said.

However, he said that oil prices are expected to stay high and soy bean prices are expected to be rising driven particularly by demand in China. There could be rises of $10 to $12 per bushel for soybeans and $4 to $5 for maize between this year and 2021, according to Mr Trachtenberg.

Finally, turning to bird flu news, there has been new outbreaks of highly pathogenic form of the disease on a farm in Tripura state in north-east India (H5N1) and on an ostrich farm in Western Cape in South Africa (H5N2). Bangladesh has banned the sale of chicken on Mondays to prevent another outbreak of bird flu there.



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GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS – No Significant Egg Trade in Africa or Oceania
The countries in Africa and Oceania are not significant traders in shell eggs or products, according to Terry Evans in the second part of his analysis of the egg industries in these regions.

Food Outlook – Meat and Meat Products
Global meat markets in 2012 are expected to see a recovery of supplies in traditionally importing countries and strong competition for markets, according to the latest Food Outlook report from FAO. Near record prices are constraining consumption growth.

Reference Guide for Solving Poultry Processing Problems
To produce a quality poultry meat product from a live bird involves a series of efficiently performed, specific tasks in a sanitary manner from catching to the final product. Because of the complexity of production and processing procedures, several factors may reduce carcass yield, carcass grade and the company’s overall profit margin, writes Julie Northcutt, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia.

Evaluation of Animal Protein Meals on Nutritional Quality and Microbial Profile of the Gastrointestinal Tract
Intestinal microbial communities can be affected by animal protein meal in young chicks, according to researchers at Auburn University, and they found that the meals are a highly available source of phosphorus for broilers, regardless of ash content. They also found good agreement between different methods of assessing amino acid digestibility.

Incidence and Antimicrobial Resistance Profiling of Campylobacter in Retail Chicken Livers and Gizzards
Campylobacter was found in 67 per cent of the 202 chicken livers and gizzards tested sampled. A high level of resistance among C. jejuni and C. coli isolates recovered was found against some of the 16 antimicrobials tested.

Live Priming Followed by Inactivated Booster Advised for IB Control
Vaccination for infectious bronchitis (IB) with a protocol that includes priming with at least one live vaccine followed by boosting with an inactivated vaccine was advised at a workshop organised by MSD Animal Health and held in Birmingham, England.

Spray Vaccination of Day–Old Chicks at the Hatchery
Tips on spray vaccination in the hatchery or as the chicks arrive on–farm from Gerd de Lange of Pas Reform.

Unusually Warm Spring May Cause Stored Grain Problems
The warm spring temperatures following a warm winter may lead to stored grain problems, particularly for grain that exceeds the recommended storage moisture content or did not stay cool during the winter, writes Calli Thorne, North Dakota State University Extension Agent.

Evaluation of an Alcohol–Based Sanitiser Spray against Salmonella on Egg Processing Equipment
An alcohol–quaternary ammonium sanitiser solution were found by researchers in the US to be between 100 to 10,000 times more effective than water in reducing Salmonella numbers when it was sprayed on stainless steel beakers and packer head brushes.


CID Lines Presents Hatchery Hygiene
GLOBAL - In recent months, CID Lines has been invited to make presentations on hygiene in the hatchery in the Netherlands and the US.
Website Connects Feed Buyers and Sellers
US - Feed manufacturers and livestock producers have a new tool to save time and reduce costs when buying bulk feed ingredients. A newly launched website, www.feedpail.com, is designed to connect buyers and sellers of bulk feed ingredients quickly and easily.
Biomin Exhibited at TECHAGRO 2012
CZECH REPUBLIC - From 31 March – 4 April BIOMIN Czech exhibited at the International Fair of Agricultural Technology called TECHAGRO.
Moy Park and Aviagen on the Road in Ireland
IRELAND - Long-standing Ross distributor Moy Park recently organised a series of seminars for five of the Republic of Ireland’s most prominent poultry companies and producers.
Groupe Grimaud Subsidiaries Undergo Changes
FRANCE - Olivier Rochard is appointed at the head of Hubbard worldwide. Based in Quintin, Mr Rochard is in charge of the operational management of Hubbard SAS, reporting directly to Frédéric Grimaud who will supervise the commercial management together with the Business Directors.
Aviagen Strengthens Customer Service in Latin America
BRAZIL - Aviagen Group, world leader in poultry genetics, continues to strengthen its customer service in Latin America by further expanding its technical and sales team.
Spectacular San Francisco Complements 2012 Meeting
US - The second Arbor Acres Asia Association meeting attracted 100 attendees and contained an agenda of economic and industry information, customer presentations, market commentaries on genetic progress, disease challenges and customer service opportunities for the managers from many of the leading companies in the Asian poultry industry.
Veterinarians Demand Faster Diagnostics
FRANCE - Speed and accuracy are the key features that veterinarians and farmers want from diagnostic tests, a new Europe wide survey has revealed.
Vencomatic Wins Koning Willem I Award
NETHERLANDS - On Tuesday evening, 8 May, Vencomatic received the prestigious ‘Koning Willem I’ award 2012, in the category Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. During a festive award ceremony, at the Floriade in Venlo, Cor van de Ven received this prestigious award for entrepreneurship from the hands of His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange.


   Global

Conference Addressed Bird Flu Control in Most–Affected Countries
Chinese Delegation Visit Roslin Institute, Discuss Agricultural Research
Increasing Production Means Market Competition
BIRD FLU: Dhaka Bans Chicken Sale on Mondays; More HPAI in Indian State
Sino-Ukrainian Quarantine Talks Likely to Begin Soon
Winners Emerging from the Global Economic Crisis

   United States

USDA’s WASDE Report To Incorporate Changes
Egg Prices Hold Steady after Hen House Fire
Flexibility Identified as Poultry Industry’s Strength
Maize Yield has Significant Impact on Profitability
Corn Prices in Three Parts
Eating Meat is Ethical, Says Grandin
Healthy Animals Make Confident Consumers: Report
Tyson Sales on the Rise
CME: Corn Market Remains Fluid
FSIS Issues Proposed Rule for Meat, Poultry Products

   United Kingdom

Pig and Poultry Fair Flies the Flag
Campy Was Leading Cause of Foodborne Disease in 2011
Call to Curb Slaughter Without Prior Stunning
Jamie Oliver, Moy Park Deliver Higher Welfare Chicken
Action on GHGs Builds Momentum
Mixed Reactions to Go–ahead for Grocery Adjudicator

   Australia

Eimeria Across Australia
Origin Labelling Approved for Unpackaged Meat
New Pigeon Virus Confirmed in NSW
Applications Open for 2012 Ivy Inwood Industry Award
Australia Boosts Biosecurity Measures

   Brazil

JBS to Lease Frangosul Plants in Brazil
Brazil's Soybean, Corn, Feed Prices Head Higher
Broiler Production Cost up 4.29 Per Cent in March
McDonald's Europe Sponsors Poultry Workshops
Brazil’s Chicken Production Forecast to Rise

   Jamaica

Isle Chix Ponders Poultry Operation Across Caribbean

   India

Poultry Farms Show Interest in Australian Emus
More HPAI in Tripura State
High Feed Costs Killing Poultry Industry
Poultry Venture Capital Fund Being Implemented

   Hong Kong

Dead Bird H5N1 Positive in Hong Kong

   Thailand

BMA Provides Cheaper Eggs

   Fiji

Fiji Reports Increase in Poultry Production
Health Raises Alarm Over Egg Storage

   Netherlands

CTB New Long Term Owner of Meyn

   Israel

Israel Reports More Newcastle Disease in Hazafon

   European Union

French President-Elect Will Defend CAP Budget

   Nigeria

Isiukwuato LG to Establish Poultry Farm

   South Africa

HPAI Outbreak Discovered in Western Cape Province

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