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Turkey Production


Jennie-O Turkey Store improves profit, net sales, volume

Despite declining foodservice sales during second quarter, turkey company reports strong retail, whole bird and commodity sales
Jennie-O Turkey Store saw its segment profit increase 54% for the second quarter of fiscal year, while the Hormel Foods subsidiary’s volumes increased 19% and net sales rose 12%.
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Study links APEC to cellulitis in turkeys

Disease is considered one of the most critical issues facing the turkey industry.
Avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC) may play a role in turkey cellulitis, acting as a gateway organism for the primary cause, finds new research from the University of Georgia.
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Avian flu control area

West Liberty Foods plans to furlough workers

With a drop in demand for company’s products at restaurants, company will temporarily stop poult placements and, later, suspend some processing operations
Citing a decline in demand for its products as restaurant sales have dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic, West Liberty Foods will make adjustments to its operations that will eventually lead to the furlough of around 300 employees.
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South Carolina avian influenza control zone released

No other flocks within the control area have shown signs of avian influenza
Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health (LPH) has released the control area surrounding a commercial turkey farm in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, where highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed.
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COVID-19 pandemic increasingly threatens food supply

Plunging margins and sick workers serve as catalyst for plant closures and leave U.S. poultry companies reeling.
Poor market conditions were enough motivation for production cutbacks, but the effort picked up steam as COVID-19 began spreading rapidly among plant workers.
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