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Thursday 24th January 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Editorial - Focus Turns to US with IPPE Next Week

With the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) taking place next week, our focus this week is on the developments in the US poultry industry.

Looking ahead in 2013, two developments reported recently should cheer the poultry industry; firstly, increased areas planted to maize and soybeans should help reduce feed prices, and retail prices for chicken and turkey meat have risen over the last year. A record for chicken wing consumption is expected in just over a week's time.

More maize, soybean and wheat acres will be planted for this year than in 2012, according to a University of Missouri agriculture business specialist.

"Corn acres this year will likely be about 99 million acres, which is two million more than last year," David Reinbott said. "With a more normal weather pattern, most trend-line yield calculations put yield at 162 bushels an acre."

Planted acres of soybeans are also expected to increase about two million acres to 79 million in 2013. Figuring 42 bushels an acre, he said that would create a supply of 258 million bushels.

Winter wheat acres also increased from last year, but not as much as expected. Weather will continue to play a big role in the grain fields this year, Dr Reinbott warned.

Meat price inflation at the retail level was a mixed bag in 2012, according to Steve Meyer and Len Steiner. Broiler and turkey retail prices rose by double digits, in some cases, after three years of flat prices, they noted.

National Farmers Union has praised Majority Leader, Harry Reid, for his commitment to making a new Farm Bill priority legislation for the 113th Congress.

Chicken wings have become a staple food of Super Bowl parties in the US, and demand for them on menus is now at an all-time high, leading up to the second biggest eating day of the year – Super Bowl Sunday (3 February). It is forecast that 1.23 billion wings will be consumed over that major sporting weekend.

On a less positive note, the US poultry industry has been under pressure again from negative public perceptions. In the last week, a TV programme promoted meat-free meals as being healthier, for example, but gaining public support for agriculture is the key theme of a forthcoming expert panel discussion.

Meat consumption has been attracting more criticism recently as meat-free vegetarian organisations continue to push for the introduction of meatless meals and engages with state legislature.

Animal Agriculture Alliance President and CEO, Kay Johnson Smith, said: "We believe in consumer choice when it comes to selecting one's meal choices, but this particular campaign is based on misleading and false information which is a disservice to America's hard working farm families, as well as consumers."

The need for agriculture to maintain public support of animal production practices while at the same time provide enough food for the world will be examined by experts at Purdue University and the US Department of Agriculture next month.

"Far too often discussions about animal well-being are political, and they can erode quickly," said Candace Croney, a Purdue University associate professor of animal sciences who will lead the panel discussion on 'Balancing Act: Meeting the Growing Demands for Food, Enhanced Animal Well-being and Consumer Trust' in Indianapolis on 2 February.

"Doing the right thing should be the driving factor for our practices and policies," Ms Croney said.

And finally, in other news, two new H7N3 highly pathogenic bird flu outbreaks have been reported in Mexico. Outbreaks in the same region in 2012 opened the opportunity of US egg exports to Mexico to meet demand.

If you are visiting IPPE 2013 in Atlanta, US on 29 to 31 January, please come by the 5m Publishing stand (Hall A, Stand 573) and meet the team behind ThePoultrySite and its sister publications, ElSitioAvícola and TheMeatSite.



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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Only Two Per Cent of America's Eggs Exported
Exports of table eggs in shell or product forms equate with around 4.5 per cent of global shell egg production. However, for the Americas this figure will be closer to two per cent, according to industry watcher, Terry Evans, in his latest analysis of trends in the egg industries of the Americas.

Systematic Evaluation of In-House Broiler Litter Windrowing Effects on Production Benefits and Environmental Impact
In a collaboration by several US universities, windrow treatments had no negative effects on litter quality with regard to agronomic applications. Litter moisture content decreased both the control and windrow treatments, which is likely to be benefit broiler health.

Mycoplasma gallisepticum Transmission: Comparison of Commercial F-strain Vaccine versus Layer Complex-derived Field Strains
In neither of two trials conducted in Mississippi did any laying hens or turkeys housed down-airstream from inoculated birds in a tunnel-ventilated house show evidence of clinical signs of mycocplasmosis, and none showed either serological or cultural evidence of mycoplasmosis.

Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2013
A compilation of the reports from the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University published in its 2013 'Animal Industry Report'.

Estonian Quail - An Endangered Breed
The successful development of the Estonia quail is outlined by Professor Emeritus Harald Tikk of the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences at the Estonian University of Life Sciences in a report entitled 'Animal Breeding in Estonia 2004–2011' from Estonian Animal Breeding Association.

Irish Food and Drink Exports Pass €9 Billion
Irish food and drink exports have passed €9 billion for the first time and the country has seen its food exports to Asia rise by 75 per cent since 2010, according to a new report from Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.

GB Emerging Threats Report – Avian Diseases – July-September (Q3) 2012
The first detection in in poultry in Great Britain of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella Java and the re-emergence of goose parvovirus are among the highlights of this latest report from the AHVLA. There are also warnings about fowl typhoid in the UK and Salmonella Stanley in the EU poultry supply chain.

Company News

Cobb-Vantress Launches New Global Digital Media Strategy
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European, World Challenges for Welfare at IPPE
US - At the 2013 IPPE, the Tech XChange theaters in A-Hall and B-Hall will focus on new developments in the US and abroad.
Market Reports

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Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

Workshops Help Farmers, Market Vendors Improve Markets
Efficient Transportation Remains Critical for Farmers
CME: Meat Retail Prices Mixed Through 2012
Anti-Meat Message Reaching New Levels
NCSU Hatchery Management Workshop
Roenigk to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Cal-Maine Foods Names New Vice Presidents
Early Focus on the Prospective Size of 2013 US Corn Crop
Turkey Business Rescued by Family Trust
NFU Encourages House Commitment on Farm Bill
Super Bowl Weekend: 1.23 Billion Chicken Wings Will be Eaten
Study: Flu Vaccine Safe for Children with Egg Allergies
More Corn, Soybean Acres Expected in 2013
CME: Frozen Meat , Poultry Inventories High
AFBF Welcomes Senate's Farm Bill News

   United Kingdom

Farmer Automatic Showcases Laying Equipment
How Will Genetics Feed the World?
NFU Demands Action by UK Retailers
Report Shows Growth Potential for Food Co-ops
Christine Tacon New Groceries Code Adjudicator
Hot Topics to be Addressed at WPSA Meeting
Poultry Council Applauds PM's New EU Focus
Quicker, Easier Way to Apply for Farm Payments
New Grocer Adjudicator Hopes for Future Built on Trust
Vaccination Responsible for Fall in Salmonella Infections

   India

Poultry Business Gets More Clusters
Mandatory GM Labelling on Packaged Food
Poultry Industry in Andhra Pradesh in Deep Crisis
Poultry Feed Unchanged as Input Costs Rule Steady

   Australia

School Students Get a Taste of Poultry
Practical, Logical Look at Antimicrobial Resistance
Former Poultry CRC Student Reducing Fear in Hens
PhD Candidate to Unravel Broiler Acute Paralysis Syndrome

   Belgium

Broiler Experiments Assess Anti-Campylobacter Activity of Live Enterococcus faecalis Strain

   Global

Canada-US Agree on Animal Disease Zoning
Quebec, Catalonia Set up Animal Welfare R&D Network
Call for More Investments to Eradicate Poverty
BIRD FLU: LPAI in Taiwan; HPAI in Mexico, Nepal and Denmark
Think, Eat, Save: FAO, UNEP Launch Global Campaign on Food Waste

   Viet Nam

CP in Scramble Over Egg Prices
CP Could Pay Substantial Amount for Egg Price Hike

   Nigeria

FG Urged to Support Powdered Egg Production

   Germany

Registration Open for European Poultry Nutrition Symposium
Strong Sector Requires Further Improvements
More Specific Labelling Trials Prompted by Regional Renaissance

   Philippines

Agriculture Sector Grew by 2.9 Per Cent in 2012
Storm Quinta Caused P15 Million Damage in Aklan

   Nepal

Nepal Reports HPAI Outbreak in Bagmati
Nepal Reports More HPAI H5N1 Outbreaks in Gandaki

   Ukraine

Ukraine to Limit Water Content of Poultry

   Canada

Animal Welfare Research Network Joins Prestigious Organisations

   China

Investigation Finds No Sick Chickens Processed Into Food

   Egypt

Study Reveals Reduced Efficacy of H5N1 Vaccines in Egypt

   Antigua and Barbuda

Negotiations Ongoing for Poultry Farm Project

   France

French Poultry Farmers Attack Export Refund Cuts

   Taiwan

More LPAI Outbreaks Reported in Taiwan

   Chile

Chile Presented Positive Poultry Trade Balance in 2012

   Mexico

HPAI H7N3 Erupts Again in Jalisco

   European Union

Flexibility, Fairness: Bywords for CAP Reform

   Denmark

Denmark Reports HPAI in Wild Duck

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