We’re keeping our finger on the pulse and bring you a summary of the latest business updates from the global poultry industry this May.
Boehringer Ingelheim U.S. Animal Health has announced that its poultry vaccine site in Gainesville, Georgia, has received carbon neutral certification. This is the first of its US sites to earn this designation. The site, which produces nearly 60 billion poultry vaccines every year, is Boehringer Ingelheim’s first major manufacturing facility site in the US and its third site globally to become carbon neutral.
To reach carbon neutrality status, the site installed solar panels over the parking area, replaced fluorescent lightbulbs with LED bulbs, installed dimmer switches and occupancy sensors for lighting, purchased an electric vehicle for use around the site, installed smart metres to measure electrical consumption, and replaced insulation on equipment to reduce heat and energy loss. In addition, the company purchased environmental project carbon credits from Climate Seed. Employees at the site chose to invest in the Noles South Avoided Conversion Forest Project in North Carolina and a reforestation project in Kasigau Corridor in Kenya.
Hubbard has introduced a completely new slower-growing breeder female, the Redbro, which is the latest addition to the Hubbard Premium product range and has been specifically developed with the Better Chicken Commitment/European Chicken Commitment (BCC/ECC) and Global Animal Partnership (GAP) in mind. The first broilers are now on the market.
When compared at the same bodyweight to the Hubbard JA787, the progeny of the Hubbard Redbro breeder female mated with a Hubbard Conventional breeder male has similar animal welfare outcomes, about 8% faster growth rate, 0.4% higher breast meat yield, with 9 points better feed conversion. The Hubbard Redbro is accredited by ECC/BCC in Europe, GAP/BCC in North America and Red Tractor Enhanced Welfare in the UK.
Vencomatic Group and Orbem, an imaging and AI technology company, have partnered to market and provide the fully automated Genus Focus, which is an MRI-based high throughput non-invasive solution for in-ovo sexing of poultry eggs of any breed. The solution enables reliable and non-invasive real-time sex determination of poultry embryos between day 12 and 13 with a throughput of up to 24,000 eggs per hour.
In December 2020, the FRAnklin Group (FRAmelco, Sustainable Nutrition, FRAnklin Asia) was acquired by the Bluestar Adisseo Company. With its integration into the Adisseo family, a formal name change from FRAmelco B.V. to Adisseo NL B.V., will take place on 1 September 2022.
Layn Natural Ingredients has introduced TruGro EQ, a standardized, polyphenol and catechin rich botanical extract feed additive from green tea specially designed for egg producers to address the needs of laying hens. The company says that polyphenol-rich botanical extracts are powerful metabolic antioxidants traditionally used in human and animal nutrition, with a large and growing body of research supporting the use of key polyphenol-rich, functional botanical extracts to support increased productivity and improved metabolic performance in laying hens.
Applications to Nutreco’s 2022 Young Researchers Prize are now open to all PhD students and post-doctorate researchers in their first and second year of study working in animal nutrition, livestock production, aquaculture and veterinary sciences research. The award challenges young academics from across the world to showcase their innovative solutions for sustainable and environmentally-conscious farming practices, with 3 winners receiving a total of €25,000 in prize money to further their research.
Submissions will be judged against how well they address at least one of the following challenges facing the industry: novel ingredients, antimicrobial Resistance and the reduction of greenhouse gases.
The Collective Knowledge Program partners have developed a series of microlearning modules on feed safety culture. The 2nd microlearning centres around feed safety hazards and is now available at GMP+ Academy. Each micro-learning module shares basic knowledge about animal feed and lasts about 10 minutes, aiming to inspire anyone who works in the feed industry to take feed safety into account and to contribute to their organisations’ feed safety cultures through various exercises, cases and examples.
Adisseo and Entobel have initiated an R&D collaboration to better understand and enhance insect rearing performance and the nutritional requirements of the Black Soldier Fly. They will focus on the performance of the insects and the quality of this protein meal, prioritizing the way to control the ingredients used to feed insects, and their complementarities with the most important feed additives, like methionine and enzymes.