From WATTAgNet:

See what the ten most-read poultry-related stories on WATTAgNet were during June:

1. Are better taste claims of slower-growing broilers valid?

Proponents of the slower-growing broiler movement claim that the meat product from those chickens has a superior flavor. However, Dr. Eilir Jones, CEO of Poultry Nutrition Limited, questions the validity of those claims.

2. Infographic: Latin America's 10 largest chicken consumers

2016 was a mixed year for Latin American poultry and egg production and the companies operating there. Some countries saw production and consumption fall but exports rise, while others produced less but consumed more.


3. Poultry industry can't ignore slow-growing broiler movement

Producers, breeders and retailers need to come together and stand their ground in order to keep the next animal activist goal from becoming a standard production practice. 

4. Cal-Maine: Egg industry consolidation will continue

Cal-Maine Foods executives said that the egg industry will continue its longtime trend of consolidation, but the rate of consolidation remains somewhat of an unknown.

5. JBS to sell stake in Moy Park, other assets

JBS intends to divest of its stake in European poultry company Moy Park, the company announced in a material fact posted on its website.

6. Sanderson touts environmental benefits of antibiotic use

Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms , continues to stress why the third largest broiler company is not joining the movement to raise chickens without antibiotics.

7. Retailers may struggle to fulfill cage-free egg vows

Foodservice businesses may have an easier time living up to their promises to source only cage-free eggs than retailers, Cal-Maine Foods CEO Dolph Baker said.

8. 6 poultry nutrition, health trends shaping the future

Ioannis Mavromichalis: As a nutritionist, I consider these six themes to be of high importance in shaping the future of poultry nutrition. Attending a conference packed with over 1,500 delegates, all heavily involved in poultry nutrition, one cannot but approach such an event as the fulcrum of anything relevant in this industry.

9. The Mexican egg industry is decentralizing

Although moving slowly, the Mexican egg industry seems to be on the right track for controlling avian flu, but business and government must reach a consensus on policies. Five years have passed since the major avian influenza outbreaks that originated in 2012 in Jalisco, and the H5N2 and H7N3 strains of avian influenza are endemic to the country.

10. Avian flu situation escalates in Taiwan, South Korea

South Korea’s president has urged the authorities to take a new approach to controlling highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) after the disease returned to the country’s poultry sector last month.