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Poultry World edition 1 of 2021 is now online

The poultry industry faces a ‘perfect storm’, and in this first edition of Poultry World for 2021, Rabobank’s senior animal protein analyst, Nan-Dirk Mulder, discusses this outlook for the year ahead. Meanwhile, in West Africa, a project in Burkina Faso has enabled chicken farmers to increase productivity a hundredfold, and in the US, Tom Vilsack becomes the new agriculture secretary.

Most challenging outlook in decades

The poultry sector has faced challenges in recent history, including avian influenza epidemics and biofuels forcing global prices up by 75%. But, looking back over 20 years, Rabobank’s senior animal protein analyst, Nan-Dirk Mulder, says today’s challenge is “the biggest change we have seen in years…a perfect storm.”

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Mulder believes the industry will come out the other side of the pandemic different in many ways. Photo: Poultry World
Mulder believes the industry will come out the other side of the pandemic different in many ways. Photo: Poultry World

Farming under a new US administration

A new administration was installed in Washington, DC, on 20 January 2021. Biden’s selection for agriculture secretary is Tom Vilsack. The reaction from the US agriculture community – and beyond – has been both swift and extremely negative.

US agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack. Photo: ANP
US agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack. Photo: ANP

Crossbreed chicken increases production by a hundredfold

In Burkina Faso, a project by Ceva set out to produce a crossbreed between local chickens and slow-growth French Sasso hens to enable small-scale chicken farmers to increase productivity a hundredfold.

The project has been 5 years in the making, resulting in a crossbreed chicken known as Poulet du Faso. Photo: Ceva
The project has been 5 years in the making, resulting in a crossbreed chicken known as Poulet du Faso. Photo: Ceva

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First line of defence for bird health

There have been numerous HPAI outbreaks in commercial facilities across Europe. Good biosecurity and a strong immune system of the birds are more important than ever.

Maintaining general bird and immune system health is critical to giving birds the best chance of fighting off infections. Photo: Herbert Wiggerman
Maintaining general bird and immune system health is critical to giving birds the best chance of fighting off infections. Photo: Herbert Wiggerman

Limiting the impact of diet change for broilers

Birds adapt well to rather abrupt changes to the formulation of their diet, which is necessary as nutrient requirements change throughout the production cycle.

With a change in feed formulation comes a change in ingredient and nutrient composition. Photo: Jan Willem Schouten
With a change in feed formulation comes a change in ingredient and nutrient composition. Photo: Jan Willem Schouten

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Global change in vaccination practices

Within the poultry sector globally, beside avian influenza, it is Newcastle Disease (ND) and infectious bronchitis (IB) that, economically, have the biggest impact. The global vaccination practice of day-old broiler chicks has been shifting from IBMass+ND to co-vaccination with IBMass+IBVariant+ND.

Drive to be cage-free as 2025 commitment looms

Many companies have committed to transitioning to cage-free systems by 2025. Firms need to be careful – ‘combination’ and ‘limited access’ systems are marketed as ‘cage-free’ and endorsed by some industry groups, but they represent a risk.

According to Compassion in World Farming’s EggTrack report, 134 out of 210 companies tracked had made progress towards meeting their cage-free commitment. Photo: Koos Groenewold
According to Compassion in World Farming’s EggTrack report, 134 out of 210 companies tracked had made progress towards meeting their cage-free commitment. Photo: Koos Groenewold

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New approach to managing coccidiosis in poultry

This year, the CCPA Group will launch a natural alternative, Oleostat, for coccidian risk management.

Split feeding in broiler breeder production makes sense

It is important what broilers are fed, but it is also important when they are fed. Research has shown that hens’ circadian rhythms impact their feed intake.

The research centre trials to evaluate split feeding showed increased egg production in birds fed a split-feeding regime. Photo: Shutterstock
The research centre trials to evaluate split feeding showed increased egg production in birds fed a split-feeding regime. Photo: Shutterstock

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Covid-19 and bird flu ongoing problems for global egg industry

Egg production will continue to be affected by market volatility and influenced by the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and avian influenza, said Rabobank’s Nan-Dirk Mulder during the International Egg Commission’s Global Economic Outlook for the Egg Sector webinar.

Turning to the post-Covid era, Mulder says there will be accelerated global growth in egg demand. Photo: Ronald Hissink
Turning to the post-Covid era, Mulder says there will be accelerated global growth in egg demand. Photo: Ronald Hissink

Egg sex determination ready for high-volume

A non-invasive system to determine the sex of a chicken inside an egg is now ready for high-volume, practical application. This comes as societal concerns about the culling of day-old males heighten.

All digital IPPE 2021

Innovations, technical information and scientific knowledge exchange are at the heart of the International Production & Processing Expo, and 2021 was no exception, although the event was completely digital.

The 2021 IPPE created a huge buzz online with 1,000 exhibitors and more than 135 TECHTalks. Photo: Fabian Brockotter
The 2021 IPPE created a huge buzz online with 1,000 exhibitors and more than 135 TECHTalks. Photo: Fabian Brockotter

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Effect of environmental conditions during transport examined

This article considers a study that looked at how day-old chicks are affected by transport conditions.

Although progress has been made in terms of improved poultry welfare, transport still often occurs for extended periods under less than optimum environmental conditions. Photo: Mark Pasveer
Although progress has been made in terms of improved poultry welfare, transport still often occurs for extended periods under less than optimum environmental conditions. Photo: Mark Pasveer

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