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and animal feed industries.

Latin America Poultry at a Glance

A blog providing analysis of the poultry and feed industries in Latin America.

Chicken and eggs on World Food Day

The poultry industry could be the answer to the search for healthy and accessible food
Benjamín Ruiz analyzes the campaign for the celebration of World Food Day and how poultry could play a fundamental role in this process.
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Antimicrobials in poultry: what is at stake?

The declaration of the International Egg Commission regarding the use of antimicrobials in the poultry industry leaves a series of questions to analyze.
Benjamín Ruiz analyses the recent statement issued by the International Egg Commission on the use of antimicrobials in the poultry industry.
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With small poultry farms, everyone wins

In countries like France and the Netherlands, poultry farms are small, but it does not mean that they do not have relations with each other
Benjamín Ruiz tells his experience visiting a small poultry farm in France with both types of egg production: in cages, and free-range.
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ALA: A chicken wing that flies

Latin America is the only region in the world with a poultry producers' organization, the Latin American Poultry Association, that holds a congress every two years.
Learn more about the future of the Latin American Poultry Association (ALA) and how it's going to strengthen the industry in the region.
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Pigments in chicken and egg: that dark object of desire

People like yellow chicken and well colored, almost orange egg yolks. But that does not mean the birds were raised in a more natural environment, like some think.
Benjamín Ruiz: "Personally, a pigmented chicken broth is more appetizing for me than a white chicken broth (even knowing that there is no difference in nutritional value). But I don’t think anyone attributes extraordinary properties to pigmented products."
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The conventual origins of egg products

In the 18th century, the extinction of religious orders in Portugal was decreed, and both nuns and friars found themselves in need of cash, so they sold egg yolk sweets.
I found a curious anecdote about the use of egg whites and egg yolks in Portuguese convents that could perhaps be some of the "modern" origins of these two egg products.
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How elections in Mexico affect chickens and hens

In the recent elections in Mexico, where the left won, every topic has been touched except for chickens and hens. How will the new government affect poultry production?
Benjamín Ruiz: "The left won the elections in Mexico, which is not surprising, since we saw it coming a long time ago. So what can we expect from this shift in Mexican politics for chickens and hens?"
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Data in poultry production: Goodbye to feed conversion?

Data has always been on the farms. The only thing you need to do is to collect it and know how to use it.
Benjamín Ruiz: "Data management needs to give us value — we have to collect the correct numbers and understand them very well in connection with the processes they represent, so they can help us predicting."
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There will be more robots, nanotechnology in poultry production

Poultry production will be very different in a few years. Robotics, nanotechnology and cell culture will shape things that we do differently or do not do today.
Benjamín Ruiz: "Robotics is not only about doing jobs to replace human beings, but about doing jobs that human beings do not do, such as collecting data for precision poultry production."
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