World Poultry looks back on the recent business news, conveniently capturing and summarising the most important business updates in the poultry industry. Shifts in the layer sector caught this week’s attention.
Hendrix-Genetics is acquiring a 20% minority interest in Vepymo, the Belgian hatchery and rearing organisation which supplies 17-week old hens, day-old chicks and hatching eggs. By signing a letter of intent, the 2 companies have given a strong signal that their collaboration regarding the breeding and distribution of Isa Brown, Bovans Brown and Dekalb White will be further strengthened. “We are very happy about this step,” says Hans Pyfferoen, Manager of Vepymo. “There is now 100% clarity among our buyers and our staff that Vepymo is, and will continue to be, an important link between the breeding farms and the poultry farmers in North West Europe.”
Novogen signs new US distribution agreement
Novogen SAS and Hubbard LLC have entered into a strategic agreement with Wincorp International for the distribution of the NOVOgen Brown and NOVOgen White layers in multiple states in the US. This agreement. which goes into effect immediately, includes the supply to the major commercial egg producing states in the United States and also permits the export of Novogen layers to certain countries on a non-exclusive basis. Large volumes of Novogen breeding stock have already been placed in the Wincorp International facilities and will continue to be placed with the final goal to obtain a minimum 20% market share in the US within 5 years.
Hy-Line International introduces new variety
Hy-Line International, has kicked-off its 80th Anniversary celebration by introducing a new variety – the W-80. Appropriately named for the company’s milestone, the W-80 is a robust white egg layer for all housing systems and environments. This bird delivers prolific egg numbers, excellent egg shell strength, and strong performance under challenging environments and low-density feed rations. The W-80 is adaptable to alternative production systems and remains calm for easy management. For markets requiring a larger egg size, the W-80 Plus gives producers the same great traits with an egg weight profile 2 grams heavier. Its persistency for long single-cycle lay means more eggs on 5 grams less feed. Producers gain more profitability with a feed savings of approximately 2kg per bird per year versus competing brands.
Compania Industria Avicola from Guatemala has chosen EMKA Incubators for its latest new hatchery that will expand its capacity with 8 million per year. It will be the first EMKA Incubators hatchery in Central America. The first setting is planned for end of January of this year. EMKA Incubators is delivering both VH and Tegg-range machines to ensure high quality uniform day old chick production to the growing enterprise. The Tegg-range allows for a remote connection to the incubator without having to invest in costly hatchery software. Through such investments Compania Industria Avicola is expanding rapidly by entering itself in new markets.
Natureform highlights new hatchery technology at IPPE
NatureForm will reveal a new era of super-connectivity for the modern hatchery, when it launches SmartCenterPro to a global audience at IPPE 2016, in Atlanta. The company claims that the technology is the first software platform to fully harness data from every process in the hatchery. Developed in consultation with customers and partners worldwide, to deliver detailed hatchery monitoring, management, analysis and reporting, the product aims to make short work of charting, refining and reporting on every event in the hatchery journey. During IPPE the company will be located in Hall B on stand B3737.
Editor Fabian Brockotter and other members of the team will be there to answer any questions you may have. The Reed Business Information booth can be found in Hall A at booth A415.
Cobb-Vantress to construct $22 million feed mill
Tyson Foods subsidiary, Cobb-Vantress, will soon begin construction on a new feed mill in Laurens County, South Carolina, with completion planned towards the middle of 2017. The $22 million investment will allow the state-of-the-art mill to supply feed to Cobb’s grandparent breeder farms in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, as well as a great grandparent farm in Georgia. Based on current needs, the mill will produce around 1,200 tons per week using the latest technology for pathogen reduction including a ‘hygieniser’ for heat treating the feed ingredients before pelleting. Additionally, environmental controls will regulate air flow to prevent cross contamination.
Varium, a new non-antibiotic formulated product that acts as an antibiotic growth promoter (AGP) for poultry has been launched by Amlan International. In clinical studies Varium promotes broiler growth equivalent to antibiotics by reducing the level of pathogens and harmful biotoxins that damage the intestinal lining, stimulating early immune function, and strengthening the intestinal barrier function.
Varium is currently approved for use in Peru, Bolivia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, and is waiting registration approval in multiple other countries in South America, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.
Nutriad excels in EU-funded Campylobacter research project
In a recent EU baseline survey, the average prevalence of Campylobacter in broilers and on carcasses was found to be 71% and 76%, respectively. Therefore, in an extensive study, broilers were orally infected with Campylobacter jejuni and were fed one of 24 feed additives, including Nutriad’s fat-coated butyrate product, Adimix Precision. Analysis showed that only 2 treatments were linked to a significant reduction in mean caeca Campylobacter counts at all sampling moments: Adimix Precision, included at 3 kg/T, and a mixture of C8- and C10-monoglycerides, included at 8 kg/T. Of these 2 products, a 2 log10 reduction at day 42 was only observed for Adimix Precision. Caecal Campylobacter counts can vary a lot, even among birds of the same treatment, making it more difficult for customers to evaluate the effect of additives on Campylobacter in a commercial setting. These results demonstrate that, on top of improving gut health and zootechnical performance, the product can have an additional role in a complete Campylobacter control programme.