Poultry World edition 3 of 2022 is now online

Poultry World edition 3 of 2022 is now online

This 3rd edition of Poultry World highlights challenges and innovations in the poultry sector when it comes to climate change and rising temperatures, as well as cold winter weather. Poultry World editor, Fabian Brockötter, interviews the IEC’s chairman, Suresh Chitturi, to talk about boosting egg consumption globally. This and much more.

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Trends affecting poultry farmers in the US and beyond

Last year, US President Joe Biden signed orders to “empower family farmers and increase their incomes by strengthening the Department of Agriculture’s tools to stop the abusive practices of some meat processors”. For insight into this issue and other trends, Poultry World got in touch with representatives of Farmer Focus, a US organic poultry company that functions as an independent processor and partners with farmers to help them hold onto control of their farm businesses.

Economic consequences of changing stocking density

Demand for poultry meat fluctuated during the Covid-19 pandemic, forcing producers into unconventional ways to delay time to market of broiler flocks and lower stocking densities to dampen supply. How would a producer calculate the impact of stocking density, feed regime and farm productivity, and economics?

Changes in stocking density have been one option used to meet variable demand. Photo: Lex Salverda
Changes in stocking density have been one option used to meet variable demand. Photo: Lex Salverda

Dynamics of readily digested maize starch in broiler diets

It has been proposed that rapidly digestible starch would increase glucose availability and lead to competition with the absorption of amino acids. In this article, we look at the work done by a team at Australia’s University of Sydney where an alternative approach was adopted where dietary protein levels were reduced by the partial replacement of maize grain with maize starch in broiler feeds.

Using probiotics to support high-performing layers

A healthy gut and balanced microbiota are seen as the motor of animal growth performance. This article looks carefully at the role and benefit of probiotics and considers various trials and new EU regulatory approval for the use of this probiotic in laying hens.

Sustainable egg production supporting performance and environment

Increased awareness means more and more people worldwide are increasingly thinking about the sustainability of the food they eat. But, as an industry, how can we produce the most sustainable product without having to profoundly change the way we feed and raise our animals?

Prioritising sustainability also goes beyond benefiting the future of the planet and the consumer. Photo: Alltech
Prioritising sustainability also goes beyond benefiting the future of the planet and the consumer. Photo: Alltech

Global perspective on poultry investment

According to Rabobank, the prospects for investment opportunities in poultry production in Southeast Asia are very attractive, driven by increasing urbanisation and the shift from vegetable to more animal consumption. Meanwhile, in Europe, the booming poultry sector is found mainly in Poland.

Technology 4.0 transforms poultry processing

The demand for meat is increasing, but the poultry industry needs to implement several changes in its production and processing systems to meet this growing demand while considering farming sustainability and ensuring high standards in poultry processing plants.

Connecting the dots at VIV Europe

While egg producers and broiler farmers alike are true specialists, HubOrange will bring together these different stakeholders in the food production chain at the upcoming VIV Europe 2022. HubOrange will present the ‘Glocal Farming’ concept with 11 local and regional brand concepts in which the producers themselves make the connection with the food sector in their own way.

Huge chicken demand in Nigeria

While Nigeria is the largest egg producer and the second-largest chicken producer, chicken is being smuggled into Nigeria in huge amounts. However, production doesn’t nearly meet demand. Agricorp International, a spice production company, decided to do something about this shortfall and is investing about US$48 million in the production, processing (and eventually, export) of chicken.

Chicken is very much in demand in Nigeria, estimated to be about 1.5 trillion kg (1.095 billion birds) a year. Photo: Agricorp
Chicken is very much in demand in Nigeria, estimated to be about 1.5 trillion kg (1.095 billion birds) a year. Photo: Agricorp

Crisis in UK egg sector as production costs soar

Hatcheries, breeders and farmers have written to retailers highlighting that the unprecedented increases in the cost of producing eggs is leaving many on the brink of bankruptcy. Meanwhile, projected figures predict that the UK flock will fall to 37 million adult laying hens in July compared to 40 million in 2020 and 2021.

Can the poultry industry meet its future needs sustainably?

In a recent issue of the World’s Poultry Science Journal, 2 scientists from South Africa described how the industry can face the prospect of helping to feed the world’s increasing population. It is predicted that by 2050 the demand will increase by 65% for eggs and 121% for poultry meat.

The entire area of alternative systems, including organic production, represents a paradox for consumers. Photo: Bertil van Beek
The entire area of alternative systems, including organic production, represents a paradox for consumers. Photo: Bertil van Beek

Real-time data drives progress in the broiler sector

UK firm, Poultry Sense, collects real-time data to inform intelligent on-farm decisions and enhance supply chain visibility. The company is moving into markets with pilots on farms in the US and Brazil, taking its wireless system that feeds accurate, live data across a wide range of bird welfare measures through IoT (Internet of Things) hardware into the Far East Thai market later this year.

Defend healthy broiler production in the UK

Welfare issues took centre stage at the South West Chicken Association conference where delegates caught up for the first time in 3 years.

Implementation of Proposition 12 in California

In 2018 voters in California in the US approved Proposition 12, also known as the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative. While compliance seems to be complete, the US Supreme Court has just agreed to hear arguments against these welfare regulations that have national reach.

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Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist



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