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Thursday 14th February 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Weather: the Great Unknown for the Livestock Industry

Three consecutive years of bad weather events around the world together with volatile markets that have been seen since 2007 have created uncertainty in the grain and protein meal market, writes Chris Harris, reporting from the 'Outlook 2013' conference in London yesterday (13 February).

While there were flat wheat markets around the world until 2007, an extreme drought in Australia started the period of volatility, the UK's Agriculture and Horticultural Development Board senior analyst, Jack Watts told the audience.

Indeed, he highlighted that a succession of adverse weather conditions has affected the maize and soybean markets globally as well as wheat and these weather-induced production issues - and not demand - have driven feed costs higher.

Mr Watts said that with already low stocks as well, global demand might need to be rationed through high prices.

Last year, in particular, the global crop was influenced by disastrous drought in the US from the middle of the year as well as drought in South East Europe.

Looking ahead, Mr Watts said that in the coming year strong wheat plantings around the world offer good prospects, provided there are no disastrous weather conditions again.

However, there has been a better winter this year and there have been encouraging signs for a good maize planting.

For the soybean market, demand from China is one of the key market drivers because it takes one-quarter of the total global soyabean production.

In this current, 2012/2013 crop year, while the crop in the US is expected to be down, this will be compensated for by a rise in production in South America - provided there is not a similar drought that the region experienced last year.

Also relating to feed price prospects, Darrel Good of the University of Illinois reports that USDA has released new projections for marketing year consumption of US corn and soybeans. Prices will now be at least partially influenced by how closely the rate of consumption tracks these projections, he says. Whilst not specifically referring to weather conditions, they are among the main reasons why USDA produces regular updates.

Though the estimates in USDA’s February 'World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates' represented relatively small changes versus previous releases and did not differ dramatically from analysts' pre-report estimates, sensitive grain markets reacted quite negatively late last week — and some of the changes were actually bullish, according to Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

A significant step has been taken towards the development of global Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) guidelines for feed. The European Feed Manufacturer's Association (FEFAC) and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) have joined forces to harmonise the methodology for environmental footprinting of compound feed and to publish the first Feed LCA recommendations.

In India, poultry feed prices were unchanged this week despite a drop in prices in some few key ingredients.

Finally, turning to news of bird flu, Cambodia has reported that seven people have contracted H5N1 flu there so far this year and one woman in China has reportedly died from the disease. In the west of Bangladesh, an outbreak in chickens on one farm has caused the slaughter of more than 2,000 birds.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Accurate Weighing of Parent Stock is Vital to Monitor Flock Progress
The proper sampling and accurate weighing of breeder pullets and hens during their life is both important and necessary, according to Pete Sbanotto, product manager for Cobb-Vantress, Inc.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: Asia is Key to Global Egg Output Growth
Asia now accounts for almost 60 per cent of global hen egg production, according to poultry sector expert, Terry Evans, in his latest analysis of the world's egg industries. China dominates the league table within Asia, with a share of around two-thirds of the total output from the region.

Selection for Improved Leg Health in Purebred Broiler Lines and Underlying Genetic Parameters
As a result of genetic selection, the prevalence of four leg conditions in purebred broiler lines has declined over the last 20 to 25 years, new research from Scotland shows.

Is Poor Drinker Management Costing You Money?
Dennis Brothers, Jess Campbell, Jim Donald and Gene Simpson of the National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University explain how poor drinker management can lead to increased ventilation rates, the need for litter de-caking and add to the overall cost of broiler rearing during the winter.

Encoding Expert Knowledge for Food Processing Technologies
Although plants are increasingly automated in the food processing industry, there remain many manual operations that require expert knowledge to function efficiently and cost-effectively, writes Dr Ai-Ping Hu for 'Poultry Tech'.

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (Ascites Syndrome) in Broilers: A Review
A thorough review of the causes and processes involved in ascites by researchers at the University of Arkansas highlights the major genetic influences and high heritabilities for susceptibility to the syndrome. They explain that it is an inflammatory/autoimmune disease involving multifactorial genetic, environmental and immune system components.

Application of Genomic Selection Using an Evenly Spaced Low-density Marker Panel in Broiler Chickens
Genomic selection can be implemented with low-density marker panels combined with imputation, according to researchers based at Iowa State University.

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Aviagen Hosts Laboratory Training for Saudi Customers
UK - Aviagen welcomed a group of Ross customers and distributors from Saudi Arabia to its cutting-edge Scottish laboratory facility last week as part of its on-going technical transfer and customer support program.
George’s Triumphs in Cobb US Awards for Third Consecutive Year
US - For the third year running the Springdale complex of George’s Inc in Arkansas has won the award for the top Cobb500 breeder performance in the United States.
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Ceva Records Double-Digit Growth for Third Successive Year
FRANCE - Consolidated sales of the Ceva Group reached €607.3 million (US$782 million) in 2012, up by 14 per cent on 2011 and 10 per cent at a constant perimeter and exchange rates.
Aviagen Launches New Literature during 60th Anniversary at IPPE
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Exhaust Fan Resolves the Capacity Gap
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