January Business Update: What’s new in the world of poultry?

January Business Update: What’s new in the world of poultry?

We’re keeping our finger on the pulse and bring you a summary of the latest business updates from the global poultry industry this January.

Cargill launches Reveal Layers non-invasive NIR technology

Cargill’s Reveal Layers, which was unveiled at the 2024 IPPE, has been developed to help poultry layer producers to achieve gains in hen laying production. This non-invasive Near-InfraRed (NIR) technology offers producers and nutritionists with immediate access to body composition assessments of their hens. This means they can make real-time decisions regarding diets to support their flocks’ long-term production and performance.

Cobb Research Initiative pre-proposal submission period open

Researchers can now (since 30 January) submit pre-proposals for the 2024 funding round of the Cobb Research Initiative (CRI), which was developed to help propel poultry genetics further by creating opportunities that bring together diverse scientific research disciplines to create advancements in global protein production. The CRI priorities include broiler breeder livability, broiler livability, meat quality, hatchability and chick quality, and egg fertility and production. Proposals that promote the convergence of science, automation, data and technology to advance poultry genetics, health, welfare and production efficiency are highly encouraged.

UFAC-UK introduces new Omega 3 supplement made from algae

UK manufacturer of energy, protein and omega 3 supplements, UFAC-UK, has developed a vegetable source of omega 3 fatty acids, originating from native algae. The new algi40 Omega 3 supplement is a traceable and sustainable alternative to fish-oil sourced omega 3s and has high levels (40%) of Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), in that order, designed to enhance dietary intake of these essential fatty acids in livestock. Omega 3s in layer poultry diets not only bring significant health and reproductive advantages to the hens, but crucially, this translates directly from the hens to their eggs, bringing benefits to the consumer. algi40 is more than 50% efficient in transferring DHA and DPA from feed to eggs.

Aviagen releases new Parent Stock Handbooks

Aviagen has released its updated Parent Stock Handbooks for the Arbor Acres, Indian River and Ross brands. The resources have been designed to offer the latest best-practice management advice, enabling poultry producers to achieve the highest level of health, welfare, and efficiency with their Parent Stock flocks. Customers can download these interactive PDF documents by clicking on the relevant link: Arbor Acres Parent Stock Handbook, Indian River Parent Stock Handbook, Ross Parent Stock Handbook.

CP Foods’ high-tech broiler farm applauded

Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development, in collaboration with the Asian Productivity Organization members, including government officials, lecturers, farmers, and experts from 19 countries, lauded CP Foods‘ Kroksomboon Broiler Farm for its adoption of smart farming technology. The farm has enhanced productivity using digital solutions while upholding animal welfare standards. The insights and best practices gained will be disseminated to boost small-scale farmers throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Italy’s Giordano companies under one name

From a corporate identity point of view, and with the aim of better positioning the trade name in the international poultry sector, the companies belonging to the Italian Giordano Holding continue under the same name, Giordano Global. The effective date of the transition is 1 April 2024. The companies involved are the Dutch limited GI-OVO and its affiliated entities in the US and Brazil, Eddygypt Giordano from Egypt and Giordano Poultry Plast from Italy. A new logo has also been designed to represent all 3 companies that will be part of Giordano Global, and the company’s domain name will become giordanoglobal.com.

EuroTier 2024 guiding theme, ‘We innovate animal farming’

This year’s EuroTier event for professional animal husbandry and livestock management will focus on current challenges in livestock production under the theme ‘We innovate animal farming’. The event will take place from 12-15 November in Hanover, Germany. Under this theme, approaches and strategies will be highlighted that can be used to improve the efficiency, sustainability and ethical standards of animal husbandry. World Poultry Show again returns to EuroTier 2024 with the main topics being animal welfare and the CO2 footprint in poultry, while the theme spotlight of artificial intelligence in the poultry house will present solutions for poultry housing. At the show, for the second time, is also the Inhouse Farming – Feed & Food Show will offer solutions for self-contained food systems like indoor farming and vertical and urban farming, from feed to food. The focus is on alternative proteins.

MOU signed to use satellite tech for soy traceability

Bangkok Produce Merchandising (BPM), a subsidiary of Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), and Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), processor of agricultural goods, have signed an MOU to collaborate on the use of satellite mapping solutions and traceability data points for sustainable and deforestation-free supply chains. Efforts will include shared traceability data points, systems and satellite mapping verification along its supply chains and covers soy products from LDC in Brazil destined for several Asian countries where BPM and CPF produce and sell feed and food.

Upgrade of Evonik’s MetAmino production in Singapore reaches first milestone

Evonik’s MetAmino (DL-methionine) production facility upgrade at its Singapore site is progressing after a 3-month shutdown in Q4 of 2023. Production on Jurong Island is again running at full capacity. A shutdown of the second MetAmino production plant will be necessary in Q2/2024. The upgrade will reduce the product carbon footprint of MetAmino from the plants in Singapore by 6%.

Hamlet Protein predicts growth at a slower pace for 2024

In its market outlook for 2024, Hamlet Protein predicts that animal protein production and the production of animal feed will keep growing in 2024 but at a slower pace, adding that south American and Asian markets are better positioned for growth than mature markets in Europe and North America. Animal diseases and geo-political matters can potentially strongly impact the industry, and ESG regulation will play a more prominent role in business decisions. Feeding a growing world population in an efficient and sustainable manner will be the main focus for all market segments, while the labor market is expected to remain tight in industrialized markets, the company believes.

Natalie Kinsley Freelance journalist
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