At the end of 2012, business in the poultry industry started to pick up and this has continued into 2013. This view was expressed repeatedly by suppliers to poultry industry at the International Production and Processing Expo, held in Atlanta, Ga., in late January. 

While the global economic outlook remains tough, and evidence is purely anecdotal, the consensus from the show floor was that things are on the up. 

While we are only one month into 2013, and any recovery will almost certainly be fragile, the general expectation is that the difficulties of the last few years are beginning, at least, to come to an end and that there are brighter times on the horizon.