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Poultry Breeding & Genetics

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New production director for Cobb-Vantress in Brazil

Alvaro Burin’s 25-year career in poultry industry includes work for Globoaves, C.Vale Agroindustrial, Tyson Foods and JBS Foods
Alvaro Burin, who has 25 years’ experience in the poultry industry, has been appointed production director for Cobb-Vantress in Brazil.
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US foundation works to end African poverty with chickens

The World Poultry Foundation has a $21.4 million grant from the Gates Foundation and a passion to improve lives in rural Africa with poultry.
Can the World Poultry Foundation take a $21.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and, in four years, improve incomes and nutrition for millions of smallholder chicken farmers in rural Africa? That’s the challenge for the team leading the World Poultry Foundation, which is working in rural Nigeria and Tanzania to empower smallholder farmers – especially women – to earn higher incomes and improve the nutrition of their families through poultry-growing enterprises.
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Consumer demand is best illustrated by providing choices

Taking a closer look at Compassion in World Farming objections to the National Chicken Council report on the environmental impact of slower growing broilers

Taking a closer look at Compassion in World Farming objections to the National Chicken Council report on the environmental impact of slower growing broilers.The opinion piece authored by Katya Simkhovich, food business coordinator, Compassion in World Farming, raised three primary objections to the National Chicken Council’s study of the environmental impact of slower growing broilers.


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Cobb achieves first compartment status in Brazil

Cobb gains certification for compartmentalization for avian influenza and Newcastle disease
Cobb-Vantress has become the first company in Brazil to receive certification for poultry compartmentalization for avian influenza and Newcastle disease from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA).
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Study: Slower-growing broiler production has faults

Study reveals negative sustainability implications of ‘slower growing’ raising methods; NCC supports more research on chicken welfare
The National Chicken Council (NCC) urges consumers, the foodservice and retail industries, and non-governmental organizations to invest in studying the impact in the United States of the growing market for "slower growing" broiler chickens.
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Future of poultry breeding, balanced genetic selection

Geneticists say economically important traits will improve as balanced selection efforts result in broilers and layers that perform well and have high welfare under a variety of management and nutritional regimens.
In the developed world, the broiler and layer industries find themselves in an unusual situation. Performance measures for livability, growth rate, feed conversion, and carcass and slaughter yield have never been better for broilers, and the same is true for persistency of lay, livability and feed conversion for layers.
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