News and analysis for the global poultry industry.
Simon M. Shane

Simon M. Shane

*(290 million hens in production less specialty and breaking flocks)



Investigating claims of defective feed

The response to a claim should follow a predetermined plan to ensure that the situation is investigated in a methodical manner
Frequently feed plants are faced with claims, either justified or spurious, from customers relating to alleged toxicity, contamination or substandard quality of feed. At best, if genuine, the complaint results in loss of goodwill. Unfortunately, in many cases, a claim, which may result from inadvertent contamination, will precipitate legal action for direct and indirect losses sustained as a result of degraded performance of flocks and herds, loss of product, reduced sales and goodwill and decontamination. 
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Continuing opposition to antibiotic use — are there alternatives?

A recent study conducted by scientists at North Carolina State University has demonstrated the presence of drug resistant Enterococcus spp. in flies and roaches gathered from hog farms in North Carolina and Kansas. This is not unexpected since the use of some antibiotics for either therapeutic purposes but more frequently growth promotion, especially over prolonged periods, will result in the emergence of drug-resistant strains of both Gram-positive and negative bacteria.
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Optimism for a profitable 2011

The economy is improving, which augers well for consumption and hence demand for feed. Forecasts for the 2010/2011 corn and soy harvests are acceptable although prices for ingredients will remain high due to international demand and diversion of corn to ethanol.
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Salmonella Enteritidis emerging as a broiler issue

The U.S. broiler industry should develop a realistic strategy to address Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) to avoid draconian measures from FSIS.
Salmonella Enteritidis is emerging as a broiler issue. The U.S. broiler industry should develop a realistic strategy to address Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) to avoid draconian measures from FSIS.
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Focusing on nutrition

From advances in ingredients to the latest additives, Egg Industry takes a look at nutrition trends
The September 2010 edition of Egg Industry focuses on nutrition. Feed represents a significant proportion of production cost and competitive purchasing of ingredients and appropriate formulation are important determinants of profitably.
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HSUS seems willing to cooperate with new Ohio board

Compromise part of industry
Despite the claim to have collected 450,000 signatures for its announced November 2010 California-style Proposition 2 ballot in Ohio, the HSUS accepted a negotiated settlement brokered by Gov. Ted Strickland. Reactions from industry observers and participants indicated surprise at the speed and secrecy of negotiations among the principals, the Ohio Farm Bureau and the HSUS, which were concluded on June 30.
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FDA to impose limits on antibiotic use

Agency asks for public feedback on proposed ban
Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, principal deputy commissioner for food and drugs at the FDA, has scheduled public comment on a proposal to virtually ban the use of antibiotics as performance enhancers and growth promoters. “We’re sort of setting the foundation where we can talk about regulation, talk about legislation,” said Sharfstein in a media transcript that accompanied the announcement.
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Value of land-grant colleges, universities

Are these federally supported agriculture institutions really worth the cost?
Dr. Mark R. McLellan, dean and director of the Florida Agriculture Experiment Station, offered a plea for increased funding for land grant universities. With increased demands on state budgets and a decline in revenue, the current economic situation is forcing legislators to reduce support for institutions established by the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890.
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Tesco still committed to the US

A review of the company’s involvement is appropriate after the retirement of CEO Sir Tom Leahy.
In November 2007, a commentary was prepared in this series welcoming UK food retailer Tesco to the U.S. After extensive research, Tesco elected to initially open 122 locations in urban Southern California, Arizona and Nevada using the UK High Street Metro Store as the U.S. model with locations of 12,000 ft.2 in extent. The brand identity “Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market” was intended to appeal to locavores and foodies competing with Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Wild Oats.
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