News and analysis for the global poultry industry.



Avian flu situation deteriorates in Europe

As France confirms its first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) this winter, the disease is beginning to spread in domestic and wild birds across much of eastern, northern, and central Europe.

Ambitious targets for new investors in Nigeria’s poultry sector

Diversifying its portfolio, a tech-enabled agriculture company has made a significant investment in the Nigerian poultry meat industry. It sees potential for the sector in terms of raising domestic chicken production, reducing imports, and employment opportunities for thousands of the West African state’s young people.

Nigerian-based agriculture company Agricorp International has announced investments in the country’s poultry sector.

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Italy’s turkey sector hit hard by avian flu

In the past month, more than 60 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been detected in Italian poultry flocks. An overwhelming majority of these were in commercial meat turkeys in the Veneto region.

Over the past month, Italy has officially registered 62 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks in poultry. At each location, the presence of the H5N1 HPAI virus serotype has been confirmed.

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Multiple challenges hit Astral Foods’ bottom line

For the South African vertically integrated poultry company, rising feed costs had a significant impact on its poultry and feed businesses, but diseases and disruption to power and water supplies also presented significant challenges

Following publication of the company’s financial results for the year just ended, Astral Foods has warned that chicken prices will have to rise.

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Country Bird calls for effective law enforcement

If the South African poultry company is to continue its operation in North West province, Country Bird has called for recent community protests to be brought under control. Among the other challenges currently faced by the country’s industry are electricity and water outages, and high feed costs.

Despite recent challenges to its operations in the North West province, Country Bird Holdings has confirmed its commitment to retaining its facility in the area.

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First avian flu cases of winter in Denmark, Germany

More than twice as many outbreaks have been detected in wild birds across Europe so far this year than in all of 2020.

With eight states in Europe reporting cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry since mid-October, early signs are that the winter of 2021-2022 will be another challenging one for the region’s poultry sector.

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HKScan reports stable profitability so far in 2021

Overall, sales for the latest quarter were up slightly year-on-year for HKScan. However, the Finland-based meat company reported that rising costs and some challenging trading conditions hit profitability for two of its operations.

For the past quarter, HKScan achieved “stable” overall sales and profitability, according to the group’s CEO, Tero Hemmilä.

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