News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

Articles by Gary Thornton

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Top US turkey producers increased production in 2016

Top U.S. turkey companies increased production in 2016 and plan more growth in 2017, according to WATT PoultryUSA’s Top Poultry Company Rankings.
Top U.S. turkey companies increased production in 2016 and plan more growth in 2017, according to WATT PoultryUSA’s Top Poultry Company Rankings.
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Top US chicken producers compete for conscious consumers

Top U.S. broiler chicken producers are investing to compete on sustainability, as reflected in WATT PoultryUSA’s Top Poultry Companies Rankings.
Top U.S. broiler chicken producers are investing to compete on sustainability, as reflected in WATT PoultryUSA’s Top Poultry Companies Rankings.
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5 ways for poultry producers to win the food fight

Poultry producers should use consumers' focus on healthy eating and views about scientists and research to win the food fight being waged over health and nutrition.
The personalized ideologies that shape how people think about and consume food may offer poultry producers useful clues about how to market to a public skeptical of the food industry and divided over food science.
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4 keys to US poultry industry profitability in 2017

The U.S. poultry industry's profit outlook is positive in 2017, but improvement in the world economy and smooth trading relations are needed
The U.S. poultry industry's profit outlook is positive in 2017, but improvement in the world economy and smooth trading relations are needed.
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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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Animal ag needs metrics for antimicrobial stewardship

Antibiotic stewardship in animal agriculture requires collaboration among medical and veterinary communities and common metrics for producer audits.
Antibiotic stewardship in animal agriculture requires collaboration among medical and veterinary communities and common metrics for producer audits.
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US poultry industry recalibrates for Trump presidency

The U.S. poultry industry’s political, regulatory and economic calculus is radically different with the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president.
A key factor in the business outlook for the U.S. poultry industry changed with the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
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5 innovations in FSIS poultry inspection ahead

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 has five poultry inspection innovations to reduce foodborne pathogens.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 which includes five poultry inspection innovations, and more, aimed at preventing the contamination of meat and poultry with foodborne pathogens and limiting human illnesses from regulated products.
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8 broiler house management tools to improve performance

Getting the right tools in the hands of trained broiler service technicians can lead to more highly motivated chicken growers and improved broiler house management.
Looking for the catalyst for improving broiler flock performance in your poultry production complex? Jesse Campbell, extension housing specialist at Auburn University, says getting the right broiler house management tools in the hands of service technicians who use them to teach and motivate growers can be the answer.
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Fresh prepared food sales: Chicken is well positioned

A revolution occurring in fresh prepared foods in the supermarket could double chicken sales in the category in three to five years. Seizing the opportunity requires “activation” by chicken marketers.
Fresh prepared chicken is the poultry industry’s opportunity to tap into sales growth in the supermarket business that is “nothing short of spectacular,” according to food industry analysts speaking at the 2016 Chicken Marketing Summit.
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Is responsible antibiotic use in poultry viable?

The Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use (CRAU) standard for poultry production is an alternative to "No Antibiotics Ever" (NAE) poultry with lower production costs and no need for secondary markets.
Poultry producers are all too familiar with non-governmental organizations asking them for the moon in cost-raising initiatives for doing ‘good’ but which if adopted would drive poultry prices higher. Now come two public charities with a plan for reducing antibiotic use in poultry while moderating the resulting price increases.
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