Information on global poultry, pig and animal feed markets.

Animal Agribusiness Angle

Roy Graber, staff reporter for WATTAgNet, combines his Midwestern farming background with his knowledge of economics and agriculture policy to offer a deeper look at the poultry and pig industries.

18 diseases feral swine could carry

List of bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases proves the need to protect herds, people from feral swine
I had often heard about how dangerous and destructive feral swine can be, but what I had heard became more relevant when my family saw two of them in a wooded area near our campsite in at a state park in Oklahoma over Labor Day weekend.
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Bright future for poultry science graduates

University of Georgia poultry science graduates have an employment rate of ‘over 100 percent’
We are living in times when you can’t help but hear how difficult it is for college students to find employment once they earn their degrees.
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Thank you, poultry industry, for aiding Harvey victims

Companies donate products and resources to help with disaster relief
It’s been tough to see the news coverage of the devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey, but the bright spot is getting to see how people are opening their hearts and helping those people so desperately in need.
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Should bacon craze concern poultry industry?

While pork has long been mentioned in talks of competing proteins, bacon is entering the conversation more
The pig industry often makes references to the bacon craze, which has been going on for several years now and has in fact been a big boost for the industry.
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Contradictory comments from animal rights activists

While some say purchase pledges are being made because companies want to do the right thing, others say it is because they are responding to pressure
Nobody likes to admit to being a nag or a bully. But if doing so will impress certain people, they just might ‘fess up.
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Why did Bloomberg even mention hormones, cages?

Report on chicken sold at Whole Foods clarifies that hormones and cages aren’t used, yet the lead paragraph contradicts what is later written
Like many people, I have been interested in whether Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Whole Foods Market will mean any changes in the type of chicken products the grocer sells.
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Do we have a vow to not source slower-growing broilers?

Change to bigger tenders and meatier wings is a deviation from transition so many other companies are announcing
During a time when foodservice companies and restaurant chains are pledging to source only chicken meat from slower-growing or smaller broiler breeds, one chain appears to be doing just the opposite.
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Are high wing costs really the biggest problem?

Buffalo Wild Wings and Wingstop both say chicken wing prices provided a challenge, yet the two companies’ quarterly results were in contrast
When Buffalo Wild Wings revealed that its net earnings during the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 declined by nearly 63 percent, the company’s CEO, Sally J. Smith, said one key reason for that decline was high chicken wing prices.
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Poultry farm work helped launch stellar rodeo career

Professional bareback rider Jared Keylon credits employment at layer and broiler farms for teaching him the value of hard work and determination
Rodeo may be a sport that evolved from skills associated with cattle production, but for one of the sport’s most decorated cowboys during the past decade, it was work at a poultry farm that helped him become the success he is today.
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