News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

Articles by Gary Thornton

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Poultry supply chain discusses antibiotics, consumer trust

Tyson Foods and its customers in the poultry supply chain are balancing animal wellbeing, sustainable practice, food security and food safety.
Executives from Tyson Foods, Yum Brands and Costco Wholesale discussed the use of antibiotics in meat and poultry products and consumer trust during a panel session at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) Antibiotics Symposium.
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2016 BROILER INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

US broiler producers to see thinner profit margins in 2016

A two-year run of high profitability for U.S. broiler producers is coming to an end in 2016 due to trade restrictions and rising protein supplies.
A two-year run of high profitability for U.S. broiler producers is coming to an end in 2016 due to trade restrictions and rising protein supplies.
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US avian flu effort continues behind the scenes

As it prepares to release the final restrictions on a few U.S. farms, USDA is shoring up trade relations in the wake of the HPAI outbreaks. APHIS officials have been visiting crucial trading partners in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The main topics of discussion are the recognition of zoning in trade restrictions and the potential use of vaccines in disease eradication efforts should there be another HPAI outbreak.
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Is aquaculture ready to follow poultry’s path?

Aquaculture is a protein sector destined to compete head-on with poultry for share of the U.S. consumer’s stomach due to its efficient feed conversion and healthy food status. It’s a question of when seafood farmers will be able to commercialize and adopt technologies still under development to increase production and bring down prices.
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ANTIBIOTIC-FREE POULTRY PRODUCTION

7 keys to antibiotic-free poultry production

Pay attention to seven key areas of live production for successful antibiotic-free (ABF) poultry production.
John Carey, Texas A&M University, discussed seven key areas of live production for successful antibiotic-free poultry production in the webinar, “Antibiotic-free poultry production requires teamwork.” In the webinar, presented by WATT Global Media and sponsored by Jones-Hamilton Company, Dr. Carey focused on live-production basics of high importance to antibiotic-free (ABF) poultry production.
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ANTIBIOTIC-FREE POULTRY PRODUCTION

Antibiotic-free poultry production requires teamwork

Successful antibiotic-free poultry production requires a paradigm change in live-production operations involving growers, nutritionists and veterinarians.
Who is involved in a successful antibiotic-free (ABF) poultry production program? Everyone involved with live production in the poultry complex, according to Dr. John Carey, Texas A&M University. Speaking in the webinar, “Antibiotic-free poultry production requires teamwork,” Carey said successful ABF poultry production starts in the hatchery and on the farm before chicks or poults reach the brooding chamber, includes every phase of live production from the feed mill to the breeder operation, and involves growers, nutritionists and veterinarians.
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POULTRY PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY

Robotics in poultry processing – a growing role?

U.S. poultry companies are mostly stuck in neutral when it comes to adopting robots in poultry production and processing. But robotics technology for poultry is doable, experts say.
Robots are not being adopted in the U.S. poultry processing industry at the same rate as many other industrial sectors. Why are U.S. poultry producers standing on the sidelines while robotics is being more widely adopted many other industries, including Europe’s poultry industries?
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The fuzzy world of consumer trust in poultry

Four U.S. poultry industry experts corrected misconceptions about how and why antibiotics and feed fillers are used (or not used) in broiler production in a question-and-answer session with the media earlier in 2015 at the Chicken Media Summit.
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Long run of US broiler profits to end in 2016

U.S. broiler margins have been profitable for all but three quarters over the last four years, but they are projected to turn to losses beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015 and through 2016.
U.S. broiler margins have been profitable for all but three quarters over the last four years, but they are projected to turn to losses beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015 and through 2016.
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2015 CLEAN WATER AWARDS

Simmons Foods poultry wastewater yields feed ingredient

Simmons Foods – a 2015 Clean Water Award semifinalist – produces a high-protein feed ingredient from dissolved air flotation skimmings from poultry processing wastewater.
The fact that the Simmons Foods Southwest City Complex has not had a notice of violation of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in 14 years is a marvelous achievement in a corner of the world where environmental issues are under unceasing political and regulatory spotlight.
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Tyson Foods pursues poultry wastewater recycling

Renderer of poultry byproducts – a 2015 Clean Water Award semifinalist – recycles wastewater and out-of-specification raw materials to protect environment.
Managers at Tyson Foods River Valley Animal Foods are exploring the option of using recycled water from the wastewater facility in the scrubbers at the rendering facility. If this use proves feasible, it would allow the facility to reuse another 75,000 to 100,000 gallons of water per day -- a savings of 20 million to 26 million gallons of city water per year.
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