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

Austin Alonzo

Austin Alonzo is editor of WATT PoultryUSA. To contact Alonzo, email


In research and reality slower-growing birds costs more

Changing to slower-growing breeds will negatively impact the environment and the sustainability of the poultry industry.
A widespread switch to slower-growing broiler genetics would require the chicken industry to use far more resources, and charge significantly higher prices, to produce the same amount of meat.
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Wayne Farms grows and diversifies in changing market

The country’s seventh-largest poultry company is embracing antibiotic-free, marketing enhanced-welfare birds and launching new brands.
Wayne Farms, one of the country’s largest poultry companies, is changing quickly to meet what it anticipates will be consumer demands of the future.
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To control coccidia, control litter moisture

The parasitic microorganism cannot reproduce in certain conditions, so keeping broiler litter dry will cut down on its population and the diseases it causes, such as necrotic enteritis.
Controlling litter moisture is the key to controlling coccidiosis and necrotic enteritis in broiler houses.
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Lack of reliable detection technology slows PAA regulation

Commonly employed sensors cannot be proven to be effective. This, paired with a lack of federal regulation for exposure to the chemical, makes it difficult for plant operators.
Peracetic acid is widely used in poultry plants, but a lack of reliable technology to track the amount of its presence in the atmosphere makes it difficult for regulators and plant operators to know how much workers are exposed to the chemical.
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How to get a processing line speed waiver

Poultry plants operating on the New Poultry Inspection System for more than a year can speed up their processing line after following a complex approval process.
Poultry plants operating on the New Poultry Inspection System can now operate at speeds as high as 175 birds per minute, but speeding up requires a complex federal approval process.
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