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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.

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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Punishing Brazil's poultry industry: Profit for the EU?

The European Union's decision to ban chicken imports from 20 plants in Brazil may not be due solely to food safety. Is there something behind this?
Experts say that Brazilian poultry production, in all its aspects, is a model to observe and imitate. Then, what is the problem? Why is the European Union banning imports from Brazil?
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Tunnel vision in poultry production

Is there a rivalry between traditional and alternative poultry producers? If so, is there a way to fix it?
Perhaps a little more opening to alternative poultry production is needed because it could turn out to be an interesting business.
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