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Poultry Breeding & Genetics

Pilgrim’s on high alert for avian influenza’s return

CEO Bill Lovette describes steps the company is taking to be prepared for a potential new outbreak of virus
Pilgrim’s CEO Bill Lovette assured shareholders that the company is on high alert for the possible return of avian influenza in the United States and is prepared to deal with a new outbreak if it strikes in or near one of the company’s operations.
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Making pig, poultry feed more efficient, sustainable

Adapting feed, management, breeds focus of multi-stakeholder research project

More efficient and environmentally friendly ways of feeding pigs, poultry and rabbits are the focus of a new European research project that will not only make livestock production more sustainable, but will help to reduce Europe’s import of feedstuffs. 


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#tbt: Dispelling the myth about hormone use in poultry

Experts reiterate the fact that no hormones are used in poultry production
In 2012, USPOULTRY released a video, “Poultry & the Hormone Myth,” to explain the scientific, economic and legal reasons hormones are not needed or used by the U.S. poultry industry.
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8 poultry news highlights for the week ending October 22

Avian influenza, antibiotic-free poultry, Koch Foods expansion top poultry news topics for the week
Avian influenza precautions, a major restaurant chain shifting toward antibiotic-free meat and poultry, and expansion projects for a major U.S. broiler company were among the topics of great interest to the poultry industry during the week ending October 22.
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Hotlines proven useful tools in avian flu biosecurity

Phone calls can help poultry producers reroute trucks and take other measures to protect flocks when an avian influenza case has been confirmed
When a highly contagious virus like avian influenza strikes a poultry operation, one of the worst things a producer can do is keep it a secret. Instead, poultry industry leaders stress open communication with other bird owners who may be at risk.
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Most popular WATTAgNet stories for week ending October 9

US Department of Labor's accusations of discrimination against Pilgrim's made the top news
Alleged discrimination at Pilgrim's, Aviagen hatchery expansion, mycotoxins in the U.S., organic acids and Vietnam's animal feed market were the most popular topics last week.
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Poultry news developments for the week ending October 8

Acquisitions, expansions highlight news involving global poultry industry
The global poultry industry had a busy week with one acquisition finalized, another planned, and expansion updates for two other companies. A recall, a lawsuit and further concerns about avian influenza also made the headlines.
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Tyson moving corporate employees to downtown Springdale

New office space to be built on property that housed Tyson Foods’ original headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas
Tyson Foods will relocate about 300 of its corporate employees to downtown Springdale, Arkansas, as the company will construct a new office building on the property that housed the company’s original headquarters there. The company is also renovating another nearby building that will be the home to a company store.
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Aviagen completes expansion at Oklahoma hatchery

$9.5 million expansion will increase hatchery’s performance by 50 percent and workforce by 20 percent
Aviagen has completed a $9.5 million expansion of its hatchery in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The expansion promoted the Sallisaw hatchery to the largest in Aviagen’s U.S. fleet, increasing the hatchery’s performance by 50 percent and its workforce by 20 percent.
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