News and analysis on the global poultry
and animal feed industries.

Mark Eystad

Mark Eystad is president of Mark 1045 Inc.; phone +1.877.316.1045; email meystad@mark1045.com.

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POULTRY BUSINESS STRATEGY & OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT

Broiler weights: What they mean to the processing operation and product mix

Broiler weights continue their upward march at US poultry processing complexes. How is this trend impacting broiler processing operations and product mix?
Broilerweights continue their upward march at U.S. poultry processing complexes. Howis this trend impacting broiler processing operations and product mix?
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PROCESSING/FURTHER PROCESSING

Exploit leading indicators to improve poultry processing yield

In order to increase poultry processing yield, why not exploit the one cost of doing business that has actually become cheaper – technology?
In order to increase poultry processing yield, why not exploit the one cost of doing business that has actually become cheaper – technology? Leading indicators are valuable in impacting processing yield on a real-time basis.
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INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

A new approach to further processing inventory

Lean manufacturing techniques are available to dramatically reduce poultry further-processing inventory and costs, if the poultry organization relinquishes old practices.
Lean manufacturing techniques are available to dramatically reduce poultry further-processing inventory and costs, if the poultry organization relinquishes old practices. What if your poultry operations only produced what was sold the previous day by your customers and all you were doing is replenish their stock of your product? What has to happen to make that a reality? Reducing inventory requires that you know what your customer sold yesterday. 
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Procesamiento avícola: Las dificultades de la eficiencia localizada

¿Cree usted que el enfoque en la eficiencia localizada en la planta de procesamiento avícola o de procesamiento ulterior está afectando la rentabilidad de la empresa?
En realidad, casi todas las operaciones avícolas, y todas las de fabricación de productos, utilizan costos fijos de los productos. Pero, ¿es factible también que tener demasiado enfoque (o el enfoque equivocado) en el área de costos esté reduciendo la rentabilidad de la empresa? 
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Dark meat: The deboning option

If your operation debones whole legs, there are two key factors that make or break any operation: throughput and yield.
If your operation debones whole legs, there are two key factors that make or break any operation: throughput and yield.
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PROCESSING MANAGEMENT

Poultry processing: The pitfalls of localized efficiency

Is a focus on localized efficiency in the poultry processing or further processing plant hurting your company’s bottom line?
Just about every poultry operation – for that matter, every manufacturing operation – establishes standard costs for products. But is it possible that too much focus, or the wrong focus, in the area of costs is reducing your company’s profitability?
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FURTHER PROCESSING

Successful start-ups in poultry further processing

Start-ups are inefficient in far too many further processing facilities. Here’s how to start and run production smoothly and efficiently.
Successful production runs in a poultry further processing facility begin with successful start-ups. What does a successful start-up in further processing look like?
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Cooking with the data

For profitable cooking operations, let data drive the process and make sure goals are aligned from the production floor to the boardroom.
For profitable cooking operations, let data drive the process and make sure goals are aligned from the production floor to the boardroom.
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Root cause analysis puts process on track

After a catastrophic event, such as a shackle line going down, what are you going to do to ensure it never reoccurs?
After a catastrophic event, such as a shackle line going down, what are you going to do to ensure it never reoccurs?
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Tips for measuring line efficiency

Quantifying what constitutes a "good day" on your production lines is the first step toward improving efficiency.
Quantifying what constitutes a "good day" on your production lines is the first step toward improving efficiency.
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Improving your deboning yield

High grain prices put pressure on turkey and broiler processors to get as much meat off the bone as possible.
High grain prices put pressure on turkey and broiler processors to get as much meat off the bone as possible.
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