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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Birds adapt well to rather abrupt changes to the formulation of their diet, which is necessary as nutrient requirements change throughout the production cycle.
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.
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.
This year, the CCPA Group will launch a natural alternative, Oleostat, for coccidian risk management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article considers a study that looked at how day-old chicks are affected by transport conditions.