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Thursday 2nd August 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Feed Prices Shoot into the Headlines

Prospects for global grain stocks and prices for 2012/2013 could be bleaker than some analysts are already predicting, according to a new report.

In May and then again last month, the International Grains Council cut its production forecast for wheat by five million tonnes to 665 million tonnes. This is more than 30 million tonnes below the estimates for the 2011/2012 harvest or a four per cent drop.

Much of the reduction in wheat production has been put down to the forecast poor harvest in the former Soviet Union countries – in particular Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan – where the harvest is expected to be 17 per cent down on the 2011/2012 estimates – a fall of about 24 million tonnes.

The European Union suffered a huge freeze during the winter and is expected to see a four per cent drop in its wheat harvest or five million tonnes although, according to France AgriMer, the EU’s own forecasts are less pessimistic, reducing production by just two million tonnes.

These falls in production have to be added to the poor harvests in countries such as Australia, Argentina and Morocco, where wheat production could be reduced by as much as 40 per cent because of drought. Australian wheat production is expected to be reduced by 19 per cent to 24 million tonnes, and Argentina will be see a drop of 14 per cent to 11.5 million tonnes.

By contrast, North American wheat production is forecast to rise with the US expecting an 11 per cent rise and Canada a five per cent rise, producing a total of around 87 million tonnes.

As reported previously, drought across much of the US, however, is likely to hit the corn harvest hard and soybean volumes will also be down unless rain falls in the coming weeks.

Dry conditions are increasing feed prices and quickly spelling financial disaster for livestock producers, according to Purdue agricultural economist, Chris Hurt.

We did not have to wait long for proof of that statement to come into the news. The University of Georgia has reported that severe drought in the US Midwest Corn is driving up poultry feed costs in the state. Economists and poultry industry experts predict corn costs will increase 50 per cent in 2012 compared to typical years. Some economists say corn prices could double by the end of the summer.

Also in the news this week, Mexico’s government has announced that no anti-dumping duties will be applied to imports of chicken legs from the US, despite what it describes as unfair practices by US exporters. The reason given for the decision is the current high chicken prices in the market resulting from speculation following the recent bird flu outbreaks in the state of Jalisco.

And finally, in bird flu news, Mexico has started to vaccinate 10 million chickens and hens in the central west state of Jalisco against the bird flu virus. The state of Orissa (Odisha) has been declared bird flu-free by the Indian government. A novel avian influenza virus has acquired the ability to infect aquatic mammals and was responsible for an outbreak of fatal pneumonia that recently struck harbour seals in New England, according to new study.

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Poultry Lighting: LED Bulbs Provide Energy Savings and Durability
Tips on the best use of LED lighting for poultry from Professor Susan Watkins, Extension Poultry Specialist at the University of Arkansas.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Chicken Output to Exceed 40MT in 2013 in the Americas
If chicken meat production maintains the expected growth this year and next, total output for the region will exceed 40 million tonnes in 2013, according to industry watcher, Terry Evans, in his latest analysis of the global poultry industry.

Using Sustainable Materials and Alternative Energy Forms
Farmers instinctively want to do the right thing sustainably. After all, farmers maintain, protect and enhance a large part of the UK’s landscape by the very nature of what they do. Small-holders and large scale producers alike carry a unique responsibility to manage the countryside, writes Louise Barnett for EcoSheet in the UK.

Get Ready for Hot Weather
Possibly offering an indication of the likely impacts of climate change ahead, there have been unusual weather patterns around the world in recent months, including abnormally high temperatures and low rainfall across much of the US. Jim Donald, Jess Campbell, Dennis Brothers and Gene Simpson of the National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) at Auburn University offer tips on keeping broiler house ventilation systems working effectively.

Influence of Housing System on Growth Performance and Intestinal Health of Salmonella-challenged Broiler Chickens
Enteric challenge with Salmonella in broilers for the first two weeks of life was more pronounced in birds reared on litter than in cages, according to new research from Brazil. This was attributed to the recycling of bacteria from droppings and the environment. Performance was better for the group reared on litter, which the researchers put down to the ingestion of non-digestible particles that greatly improved diet digestibility.

Dilution of Broiler Chicken Diets with Whole Hulless Barley
Optimal broiler growth was achieved by diluting broiler diets with whole hulless barley (WHB) at 7.5 per cent in the grower diet and 15 per cent in the finisher, according to researchers based in Canada and Iran.

Effect of Snack Food By-product Inclusion on Production of Laying Hens
Expired snack food has the potential to be used as an alternative feedstuff for layers in the future, according to new research from Michigan State University. Researchers found no adverse effects on egg production when including the product at levels up to nine per cent of the diet.

Maersk Makes Cargo Handling Easier
GLOBAL - Maersk Line has launched a new web site for its refrigerated services for a whole range of goods, including meat and poultry.
Fuel Savings and Reduced Maintenance for Poultry Houses
UK - Poultry houses can now save up to 22 litres of propane for each continuous 24-hour period in a house installed with 14 new Direct Spark Ignition (DSI) brooders being introduced by Space-Ray to the worldwide poultry markets, according to a recent study conducted in Europe.
Cobb to Exhibit at SPACE 2012 and EuroTier 2012
FRANCE & GERMANY - The Cobb breed will be represented at all the major European shows this year, with exhibits planned at SPACE 2012 at Rennes, France (11 to 14 September) and EuroTier 2012 at Hanover, Germany (13 to 16 November).
Aviagen Concludes 49th Annual Production Management School
US - The Arbor Acres School began nearly half a century ago in Connecticut. Now dubbed the Aviagen Production Management School, the course is held each year in Huntsville, Alabama, and has grown dramatically in size and scope over the years. Since its inception, well over 1,000 men and women from over 100 different countries have successfully completed the Aviagen School.
Aviagen Announces Keith McCay to Oversee Poultry Breeding Operations
US & UK - Aviagen today announced the promotion of production executive Keith McCay to Director of Pedigree and Great-Grandparent (GGP) Operations. In his new role, Mr McCay will oversee all operational functions for Aviagen’s breeding programs in the United States and United Kingdom. He most recently was Vice President of Operations at Aviagen North America.
Ingediza Signs Dealership Agreement for Venezuela, Colombia
VENEZUELA & COLOMBIA - On 26 June, Eng. Jose A. Izaguirre, owner of the Grupo Ingediza, signed an agreement to become dealer for Vencomatic in Venezuela and Colombia.
Next Gen Recognised as Leader in Agricultural LED Lighting
US - Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman of the US Department of Energy, travelled to Arkansas to showcase the State’s Advanced Energy sector. The Deputy Secretary singled out NextGen Illumination, Inc. for its work in the agricultural, industrial and commercial sectors.
Santrev: Poultry House Construction Specialists
GLOBAL - Santrev designs and builds poultry houses that set the global standard for quality and innovation.
Turkish Customers Visit Cobb in US; Cobb Europe Buys Turkish Hatchery
US - Sen Pilic, one of the market leaders in the Turkish poultry industry, was among a group of producers to visit Cobb-Vantress in Arkansas, USA.


Farmer Concerns in Animal Health and Welfare Bill


Jamaica Broilers Lights Up Chicken Houses with Solar Plan
JBG Touts Ethanol, Haiti as Growth Areas After Flat Year


KARI Introduces New Indigenous Chicken


Feed Grain Prices Surge Throughout July
Chicken to Get More Costly

   United States

House Leadership Urged to Finish Farm Bill Amid Deadline, Drought Concerns
Egg Prices Could Double Without Congressional Legislation
Altering the Renewable Fuel Standard is Not an Option, Says NFU
Pilgrim's Pride Reports Net Sales of $2 Billion in Q2 of 2012
Foster Farms, Jordan College State Break Ground on New Facility
CME: Feed Crisis Deepens
Cal-Maine Reports Increasing Sales, Earnings
Anticipating Size of 2012 Corn and Soybean Crops
Coalition Urges EPA to Waiver RFS Due to Drought
AFBF Will Oppose Farm Bill Extension
Poultry Groups Join in Challenging Trucking Hours of Service Final Rule
NFPA Urged to Protect Facilities from Preventable Fires
Salmonella Case Count Update
Midwest Drought Costs Georgia Poultry Producers Big Bucks
CME: Decline in July Broiler Hatchery Flock

   New Zealand

Poultry Genetics Code Some Way Off

   United Kingdom

Retailers Urged to Consider Feed Cost Spike
NFU Frustrated at 'Inconsistency' Over Energy Plans
Egg Producer Aims to Unite Struggling Farmers into Action Against 'Greedy' Packers
Livestock Feed Additives with a Beneficial Effect on the Environment
Team Red Tractor First to Olympics Finishing Line


Global Trade Growth Projection for 2012 Still at 4 Per Cent
Poultry Industry's Prospects Dominated by Feed Cost Worries
Global Weather Conditions Hitting Grain and Oilseed Production
Marfrig Completes Latest Carbon Emissions Inventory


Updated CLT Expected to be Ready for Classroom Delivery


MHP Reports Increased Poultry Meat Sales Value


Biosecurity Accounts for Two Per Cent of Broiler Costs

   European Union

Advanced Direct CAP Farm Payments Approved


Germany Reviewing Animal Welfare Standards


Adequate Poultry and Meat Supply for Aidilfitri


Mexico to Vaccinate 10 Million Poultry Against H7N3
Mexico Exports Increased 10.7 Per Cent in First Half of 2012
No Import Duties Will be Applied by Mexico on US Chicken


Chicken and Egg Prices Likely to Rise
India Declares Orissa Bird Flu-Free
Higher Input Costs Push Up Poultry Feed Prices


Nutreco Reports Strong Momentum Across All Segments


Govt Sets Egg Production Target
Plan Finalised to Stop Cattle, Poultry Smuggling


Court Reserves Decision on Doux Group


Rains Drive Up China's Farm Produce Prices


Increase in Imported Feed Cost to Cause Hike in Poultry Prices


Brazil Reports High Chicken Prices in H2 of 2012
Only One Week until WPC 2012


Poultry Manure to Produce Electricity

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Reports Increased Pork, Poultry Sales Volume


Argentina to Rank 4th in Poultry Meat Production

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