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The Poultry Site

Thursday 16th August 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Mixed Fortunes for Poultry Companies

It is the season for company results and in the last week, Cargill has reported a significant loss in earnings despite higher revenues for the year. The US-based international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services has reported $1.17 billion in earnings from continuing operations in the 2012 fiscal year – a 56 per cent drop from a record $2.69 billion in the prior year.

Fourth-quarter earnings were $73 million, down 82 per cent from $404 million in the same period a year ago. Consolidated revenues in fiscal 2012 were $133.9 billion, up 12 per cent from $119.5 billion in the prior year.

"Cargill's earnings performance was not up to our expectations, though with notable exceptions," commented Greg Page, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer.

He identified two factors that accounted for much of the change in company results: under-par trading in markets made difficult by the economic and political environment, and the challenges of cyclical trends in global soybean processing and the North American beef industries.

Also in the news, Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Group is managing or setting up 13 modern farm projects focusing on the production of pigs, chickens, shrimp and eggs through its Chinese operation, Chia Tai.

In the US, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. has closed its acquisition of the egg production assets of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation.

From Ireland comes the news that Cappoquin Poultry is in trouble again. The company was placed in administration by the High Court this week.

Irish Farmers Association's National Poultry Committee Chairman, Alo Mohan, commented: "It is an awful shame that despite the efforts of the farmer suppliers, other suppliers and workforce to Cappoquin Poultry Products, the company is once again in such a poor condition that an administrator has been appointed."

On a positive note, Avidesa Mac Pollo SA, the top branded chicken company in Colombia, has won the International Poultry Council's Branded Marketing Award for 2012 for its ongoing advertising and promotional campaign that has kept the brand on the minds of Colombian consumers.

And finally, the continuing drought in the US continues to impact the markets there. USDA has announced that it is to purchase up to $170 million of meat and fish for federal food programmes.

In a press release, the purchase was characterised: "As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to do everything it can to help farmers, ranchers, small businesses and communities being impacted by the nation's persistent drought." The purchase breaks down as up to $100 million of pork, $10 million of catfish, $50 million of chicken and $10 million of lamb.

On behalf of many US producers, the president of the National Chicken Council (NCC) President Mike Brown has expressed appreciation to US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for the move.

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GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Four Key Factors Impact Chicken Uptake in the Americas
Per-capita chicken meat consumption is forecast to remain more-or-less flat in Mexico and Canada and to fall in the US. National increases are expected in Brazil and Argentina, resulting mainly from population growth in the first case and in the latter, consumers switching from more expensive beef to cheaper poultry meat.

Genetic Parameters of Egg Defects and Egg Quality in Layer Chickens
In a collaborative trial involving researchers from Poland, the US and the UK - including two genetic companies - it was was found that genetic correlations among egg defect traits that were related to shell quality were positive and moderate to strong, suggesting that they could be grouped into one category for selection purposes. High-producing hens had a lower frequency of egg defects.

Chicken as Reservoir for Extraintestinal Pathogenic E. coli in Humans
Research into Extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) has shown that its potential transmission from food animal sources is likely to be implicated in human infections and that chicken is a major reservoir.

Co-infection of Broilers with ORT and H9N2 Avian Influenza Virus
Chinese researchers report what they believe to be the first evidence of co-infection in broilers with Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale (ORT) and H9N2 avian influenza viruses. They suggest that this co-infection is probably associated with the outbreak of broiler airsacculitis in China, which has caused extensive economic losses.

Data Analysis: a Critical Path to Improved Hatchability
Quantifiable criteria need to be defined for each step in the incubation process and among the most imporotant is the hatchability of eggs set. Marleen Boerjan of Pas Reform offers advice on how to get the most out of the data.

New Hatchery in Cobb Española Expansion
SPAIN - With the Cobb500 enjoying its highest ever sales in Spain, Cobb Española is investing five million Euros this year in expanding hatchery and farm output.
Danisco Strengthens its Presence in Russia
RUSSIA - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business segment of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, has announced the appointment of Marina Sirukhi as new sales manager for Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Novus Announces Support of Modern Poultry Complex in Chad
CHAD - Novus International, Inc. recently announced its support of a modern poultry production complex in Chad. The signing ceremony for the project, termed "Project Koundoul," took place on Thursday July 19, 2012, in N'Djamena. Participants in the ceremony included the country's Prime Minister, Emmanuel Nadingar, along with representatives from Globoaves, a Brazilian-based poultry breeder and production company, and Novus.


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Poultry CRC – Call for Preliminary Research Proposals 2012
Australian Farmers Push for Drought Aid

   United States

New Opportunities for Small Meat and Poultry Processors
Poultry Worksop to Discuss Breeds, Nutrition, Diseases, Marketing
Drop in Earnings for Cargill
July Hottest Month on Record but is El Nino Around Corner?
USDA Forecasts Sharply Reduced Corn, Soybean Crops
US Growers Produce 13 Per Cent Less Corn
Governors Call for Ethanol Mandate Waiver
CME: USDA Reports Made Big Revisions
Corn and Soybean Forecasts - What's Next?
USDA Purchases $170 Million of Meat to Combat Drought
Pigs, Poultry Fed High-Protein Fungus Grown on Ethanol Leftovers
NCC President Praises USDA Special Chicken Purchase
CME: Govt Purchases Meat to Stabilise Market
Cal-Maine Seals Egg Deal with Pilgrim's Pride
McDonald's Stores Test Bone-in Chicken Wings
CME: Export Data 'More of the Same'
Obama Promotes Farm Bill
Corn Ethanol Waiver: Effect on Corn Prices Uncertain


Canada and BC Invest in Sustainable Agriculture


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Modern Farm Management on CP's Agenda in China


Low Input Costs, Slack Demand Pull Down Poultry Feed Price
CP Sees Investment Potential in India

   Viet Nam

Agricultural Sector Shows Stronger Production Growth
Livestock Sector to Get Support

   United Kingdom

Countrywide Awarded 21st Temperton Fellowship
Feed Prices Pressure Producers
Morrisons Help Farmers Choose Right Renewables


Avidesa Mac Pollo Wins IPC Marketing Award

   Costa Rica

Feed Prices Unsustainable in Costa Rica


Agricultural Sector Grows by One Per Cent in Half-Year
Agriculture Census Scheduled for 2013


US Grains Council: Global Analysis of Grain Supply
IPC Warns of Higher Poultry Prices, Global Feed Shortages


Producers Concerned as Cappoquin Enters Administration
Bad Weather Causes Problems for Irish


Mexico Cleared of Avian Salmonellosis


Ventilation Reduces Environmental Impact

   New Zealand

Focus on Feed Value, Not Price Per Tonne


Export Growth Boosted BRF's Quarterly Results


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