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Webinar: Covid-19: Impact on the global poultry industry

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African swine fever (ASF) has disrupted world animal protein supply chains to a greater extent than any other animal disease. Then, COVID-19 spread from China to the rest of the world infecting humans and challenging supply chains even more. Speakers Will Sawyer, lead animal protein economist, Knowledge Exchange research division, CoBank, and Gordon Butland, principal, G&S Agriconsultant, will discuss how markets have been impacted by COVID-19 and ASF so far and Boehringer Ingelheim webinar logowhat can be expected this year and beyond.


  1. The effect of COVID-19 caused shutdowns and restrictions on poultry production.
  2. The combined impact of ASF and COVID-19 on world poultry trade.
  3. The supply-chain changes forced by COVID-19 and ASF that may be permanent.

This webinar is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and is presented by WATTAgNet and WATT Global Media.


Speaker Info:

Gordon Butland headshotGordon Butland, director at G&S Agriconsultant Co. Ltd.

Gordon Butland is currently the director at G&S Agriconsultant Co. Ltd. He moved into banking in 1986, and in 1989 he started his association with Rabobank International. In 2004, he retired from the bank and now has advisory positions with companies all along the poultry chain on every continent. The advisory covers both strategic and data analysis areas.


Will Sawyer headshotWill Sawyer, lead animal protein economist at CoBank

Will Sawyer is lead animal protein economist in CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange research division, where his focus is on providing market and industry research for the pork, poultry and beef sectors. Prior to joining CoBank in 2018, Mr. Sawyer was director of corporate development animal protein at JAMAS Capital providing strategic and investment analysis for the firm’s expanding portfolio of animal protein investments primarily in the poultry sector. Mr. Sawyer previously served as executive director of animal protein research at Rabobank in Atlanta, Georgia, and New York, New York, analyzing the pork and poultry sectors across North America. Mr. Sawyer holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in accountancy from Wake Forest University.