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Poultry facilities awarded for safety PONTE VEDRA, Fla. — The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council has recognized 68 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective safety and health programs. The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consists of members from U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. The annual safety awards
were presented during the 2012 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Ponte Vedra, Fla. John Starkey, president of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, commented, “The industry recognizes that our people are our most valuable asset, and worker safety efforts have never been stronger. Poultry companies continue to devote people, time and other resources to actively identify and correct workplace hazards. These
awards acknowledge excellent safety performance achievement through effective and innovative programs.” “I not only commend these plants and their management teams for their tremendous efforts to protect their workers, but for their ongoing dedication to further progress,” added Mike Brown, National Chicken Council president. “The significant and consistent decline in illness and injury rates among our workforce over the
past two decades is a direct result of their strong commitment to worker safety.” “The poultry industry has been diligent in reducing recordable injuries and illnesses for nearly 30 years,” said NTF president, Joel Brandenberger. “These awards acknowledge the excellent safety performance achievements the poultry industry has accomplished. We hope by
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The Associated Press
Industry backs modernizations of inspections
ATLANTA — A mysterious and scattered outbreak of the E. coli bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses and one death, health officials say. No form of contaminated food or other cause has been identified in the illnesses, which occurred in April and May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of June 8, three people were hospitalized. One — a child in the New Orleans area — has died. The reported illnesses were spread across six states. Georgia had five cases, Louisiana four, Alabama two, and Tennessee, Florida and California each had one. E. coli is a large family of bacteria and most strains are harmless. The most deadly strain is considered E. coli O157:H7, which became well-known in the early 1990s through a deadly outbreak associated with hamburger meat.
WASHINGTON — “The National Chicken Council and our members believe a statistically valid, scientifically-based approach to poultry processing will improve food safety and better protect public health,” according to comments filed on May 29 by NCC in response to a USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed poultry inspection rule (Docket No. FSIS-2011-0012; Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection). In 1997, FSIS reported that studies by the National Academy of Sciences, the General Accounting Office and the agency “have established the need for fundamental change in the meat and poultry inspection program.”To better and more efficiently protect the public from foodborne illness, these reports recommended that “FSIS should reduce its reliance on organoleptic inspection and shift to prevention-oriented inspection systems based on risk assessment.” To this end, NCC supports efforts to modernize the poultry slaughter inspection system to more closely reflect Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles by focusing inspection on food safety outcomes.
E. coli outbreak investigated in six states
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Friend of Agriculture: Mike Giles, left, president of the Georgia Poultry Federation, was recently presented with the “Friend of Agriculture” award during the 2012 Hall County Agribusiness Awards presentation in Gainesville, Ga. Abit Massey, GPF president emeritus, introduced Giles as this year’s recipient. The annual awards are sponsored by the Hall County Cooperative Extension and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.
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Sand leaves farms as wasteland after flooding “ The Associated Press
MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa — Mason Hansen guns his pickup and cranks the steering wheel to spin through sand up to 4 feet high, but this is no day at the beach. Hansen once grew corn and soybeans in the sandy wasteland in western Iowa, and his frustration is clear. Despite months spent hauling away tons of sand dropped when the flooded Missouri River engulfed his farm last summer, parts of the property still look like a desert. Hundreds of farmers are still struggling to remove sand and fill holes gouged by the Missouri River, which swelled with rain and snowmelt, overflowed its banks and damaged thousands of acres along its 2,341-mile route from Montana through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. The worst
“We’ll be working on this for years. It’ll never be right. Ever. People don’t have any idea how big of a mess this is.”
damageandthelargestsanddepositswere in Iowa and Nebraska. “We’ll be working on this for years,” Hansen said. “It’ll never be right. Ever. People don’t have any idea how big of a mess this is.” Hansen has spent the past nine months pushing sand off the land he has farmed since 2000 near Missouri Valley, about 25 miles north of Omaha, Neb. Throughout the mild winter, he worked with his neigh-
bor and two farm employees to clear 140 acres, but about 160 acres are still buried under sand. The work is tedious. As the men scrape away the sand with bulldozers, they must stop repeatedly to pull out equipment that has become stuck in the still soggy fields. As they work, catfish swim in a 30foot-deep hole scoured out by the river, and a faint sandy haze clouds the air. On
days when the wind picks up, sandstorms sweep through the fields, blinding workers as they dig into the ground. “We have the means and the ability to fix it,” Hansen said. “... But when you have to come out here and deal with it all the time, it gets old.” Shawn Shouse, an Iowa State University engineer and agribusiness expert, said most farmers can repair their land, but for some it will take another year or two of work. The first chore is removing the sand. “The sand doesn’t hold nutrients and water the way soil does, so it’s not suitable for growing crops,” he said. “If the deposits are thin, they can stir them into the soil and probably get along well. But when the deposits are several feet thick, they really have to move that sand
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Salmonella outbreak tied to chicks The Associated Press
ATLANTA — A new salmonella outbreak that sickened nearly 100 people has been traced to mail-order chicks from Ohio, health officials have said. Since March, 93 cases of salmonella have been reported in 23 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 31. Eighteen people were hospitalized and one death is being investigated to see if it was caused by the infection. Investigators interviewed dozens of the patients and most said they had touched chicks or ducklings before they got sick. Health officials advise washing your hands after handling live poultry. The birds were traced to a mail-order hatchery in Mount Healthy, Ohio, north of Cincinnati. The business, Mount Healthy Hatcheries, was tied to a salmonella outbreak last year. State regulators visited the
business repeatedly and say it has done what the state asked. “The place is very clean,” said Erica Pitchford, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. It’s possible salmonella may have come from other businesses that supply chickens to the hatchery, she said. The latest outbreak is different from one reported May 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine. That outbreak involved 316 cases in 43 states over eight years 2004 through 2011, and was traced to a hatchery in New Mexico. The CDC did not identify the hatchery, which ships up to 250,000 birds per week in the spring. After consulting with experts, the hatchery replaced and updated equipment, adopted a new egg-cleaning procedure and improved biosecurity. The ability of officials to identify and trace outbreaks is
improving. But there may also be a real increase in salmonella cases from chicks that’s driven by the increasing popularity of backyard flocks, said Casey Barton Behravesh, a CDC veterinary epidemiologist.
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Robotic system automates deboning process ATLANTA — Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have developed a prototype system that uses advanced imaging technology and a robotic cutting arm to automatically debone chicken and other poultry products. The Intelligent Cutting and Deboning System employs a 3D vision system that determines where to cut a particular bird. The device automatically performs precision cuts that optimize yield, while also greatly reducing the risk of bone fragments in the finished product. “Each bird is unique in its size and shape,” said Gary McMurray, chief of GTRI’s Food Processing Technology Division. “So we have developed the sensing and actuation needed to allow an automateddeboningsystemtoadapt to the individual bird, as opposed to forcing the bird to conform to the machine.” Poultry is Georgia’s top agricultural product, with an estimated annual economic impact of nearly $20 billion statewide. Helping the poultry industry maximize its return on every flock can translate to important dividends. The research is funded by the state of Georgia through the Agricultural Technology Research Program at GTRI. Under the Intelligent Cutting and Deboning System, a bird is positioned in front of the vision system prior to making a cut, explained GTRI research engineer Michael Matthews. The vision system works by making 3-D measurements of various location points on the outside of the bird. Then, using these points as inputs, custom algorithms define a proper cut by estimating the positions of internal structures such as bones and ligaments. “Our statistics research shows that our external measurements correlate very well to the internal structure of the birds, and therefore will transition to ideal cutting
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Robotic system: Gary McMurray, chief of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Food Processing Technology Division, poses with the Intelligent Cutting and Deboning System, which uses advanced imaging technology and a robotic cutting arm to automatically debone chicken and other poultry products.
paths,” Matthews said. “In our prototype device, everything is registered to calibrated reference frames, allowing us to handle all cut geometries and to precisely align the bird and the cutting robot. Being able to test all possible cut geometries should enable us to design a smaller and more simplified final system.” The prototype uses a fixed two-degree-of-freedom cutting robot for making simple planar
cuts. The bird is mounted on a six-degree-of-freedom robot arm that allows alignment of the bird and cutting robot to any desired position. The robot arm places the bird under the vision system, and then it moves the bird with respect to the cutting robot. The system employs a forcefeedback algorithm that can detect the transition from meat to bone, said research engineer Ai-Ping Hu. That detection ca-
pability allows the cutting knife to move along the surface of the bone while maintaining a constant force. Since ligaments are attached to bone, maintaining contact with the bone allows the knife to cut all theligamentsaroundtheshoulder jointwithoutcuttingintothebone itself. A similar approach can be used for other parts of the bird where meat must be separated from bone. Hu explained that the forcefeedback algorithm uses a force sensor affixed to the knife handle. During a cutting operation, the sensor enables the robot to detect imminent contact with a bone. Then, instead of cutting straight through the bone, the system directs the cutting tool to take an appropriate detour around the bone. “Fine tuning is needed to adjust the force thresholds, to be able to tell the difference between meat, tendon, ligaments and bone, each of which have different material properties,” Hu said.
McMurray said he expects the Intelligent Deboning System to match or exceed the efficiency of the manual process.Testing of the deboning prototype system, including cutting experiments, has confirmed the system’s ability to recognize bone during a cut and to avoid bone chips — thus demonstrating the validity of GTRI’s approach. “There are some very major factors in play in this project,” McMurray said. “Our automated deboningtechnologycanpromote food safety, since bone chips are a hazard in boneless breast fillets. But it can also increase yield, which is significant because every 1 percent loss of breast meat represents about $2.5 million to each of Georgia’s 20 poultry processing plants.” This article provided by the Research News & Publications Office at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Written by Rick Robinson.
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The misinformed public — ‘What happened?’ By Dale Barnett
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SHELBY VILLE, Tenn. — The level of genetics, nutrition and management practices our industry possesses today is simply unfathomable to the general public. Being newer in my position at the Te n n e s s e e Poultry Association, I have quickly learned how Barnett misinformed the public often is, or can be. Figuring out what to do about it is on my mind quite a bit, and hopefully is on yours as well. My background in animal science includes 12 years of teaching and research at the university level. The biggest reward was in working with students thirsting for knowledge and with producers eager to learn the latest in best management practices. The student who refused to listen to Dale Barnett is executive director of the Tennessee Poultry Association with offices in Shelbyville, Tenn.
the facts simply didn’t make the grade or get the best job recommendations and opportunities. The producer slowest to accept the facts and properly apply the best practices continued to lag behind in production. Trying to educate the general public isn’t that simple. Even if we could get everyone seated and talked to today we know that some are simply “un-teachable” for a variety of reasons our industry will forever face. Some are going to believe what they want no matter what, and some are going to continue to be easily influenced by afflicting sources no matter what grade we give them or how many times we make them repeat the class. There is a lady at church who unanimously is in charge of frying the chicken whenever the need arises. She does an incredible job, mouth-watering to even think about. She and her husband farm and are pillars in the community. I started noticing after I started working for TPA that she was acting a little differently toward me — checking me out more skeptically it seemed, and I became perplexed as to why that might be. I brought this up one day with a mutual friend, who then shared with me that this lady is absolutely convinced that
all broilers are fed growth hormones and steroids. They have to be she claims, for they sure don’t grow that fast and plump in her barnyard, and why else are children developing physically more so these days than when she was that age? I was further amazed to learn that she will not buy meat from a bird weighing over 3 or 4 pounds at the store, for if they are any bigger they have to be getting (exogenous) help, right? Now, you can sure bet I am looking for the right opportunity to set the record straight without losing my welcome to her next batch of fried chicken. But, will she believe me or will she forever remain skeptical? Is she ever going to look at me, in church, approvingly again? How did this happen? The level of genetics, nutrition and management practices our industry possesses today is indeed simply unfathomable to the general public, and more disappointingly, even to many from rural backgrounds and education who should know better — but simply have never been directly involved with this level of animal production. Would be pretty neat if this lady at church had the chance to grow out a handful of commercial broiler chicks, using her own feed source (even if not optimal for maximum performance, but guaranteed in her mind to not be tainted!) just to learn for herself what genetics at this levels can do. Would make a believer out of her and everyone she comes in contact with (well, many at least, hopefully . . . ). This would sure make for a great story in everyone’s local paper, text messages and Facebook pages. The news might spread like wildfire. I was at someone’s house not long ago, on a farm (not a grower or in production agriculture) and they had chicken set out ready to fix. I noticed right off that the packaging was prominently labeled as being hormone
and steroid free, etc. and that a premium price had been paid. Interesting, and even misleading I first thought . . . but then I quickly recognized this to perhaps be really smart advertising for this product, for it worked its way into that (very modest) household didn’t it? When I explained that it is all hormone and steroid free, guaranteed, federal law backing it, testing to make sure, the birds don’t need it to perform like that anyway, etc. and I was promptly asked, “then why don’t the other brands indicate so?” Good question and this
does contribute to the confusion amongst a lot of our consumers. Consumers continue to compare labels and draw their own conclusions. Perception, assumption, once again ruled... What would happen if a group of homemakers and the local Extension office or a ladies group at the local church sent off meat samples to an independent lab to screen for foreign substances? We know what the results would be, look at all the people they might tell when the results come
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back clean. Testing isn’t cheap, somebody might need to step up and offer to pay for this to happen (be sure to let them pick the lab so they don’t cry foul!) Would be great for that story to end up in the local paper, get tweeted and spread all over the Internet by their friends and own sources. How do we better educate and convince the misinformed public that we raise and grow out these birds in houses as we do to minimize mortality and to optimize their health and growing conditions based on proven science, research and welfare? In the meantime, animal rights activists continue to tell the public what they want them to hear and believe with a more complicated agenda that I’ll leave for someone else to address. How do we convince the general public that the gates to the farm and doors to our buildings are locked for reasons of biosecurity and that we aren’t trying to hide something? Speaking of biosecurity, I think we should come up with a different term or phrase to use in our industry for the sake of the general public. The term “biosecurity” to most people these days is associated with terroristic activity and the crime scene show on TV showing hazardous materials leaking out of vials in the lab, thus giving the general public reason to suspect or fear that we have something to hide. The assumption, therefore, is that something negative is going on inside; they don’t understand what exactly we are trying to keep out. One of my former animal science professors enjoyed reminding students of the three kinds of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who say “what happened?” While we all make things happen, we also all watch things happen around us every day. We all wonder how certain things happened that are not healthy for the future of our industry and we often wonder who (but not me!) is going to do something about it, how and when. Are we doing enough collectively, not just as a poultry industry but as an entire animal agriculture industry, to make the right things happen? Are we the pro-active industry we need to be to stay in control of our destiny and our market opportunities as we continue to do our part to feed the world, or are we stuck in a reactive mode watching certain things happen around us that slowly but surely work against us to be never overturned?
AFGE disagrees with poultry inspection proposal WASHINGTON — The USDA’s proposal to largely outsource poultry inspections functions and drastically speed up the visual inspection process violates federal law and must not be allowed to proceed, the nation’s largest federal employee union said in official comments on the proposal. The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents thousands of federal meat and poultry inspectors, submitted comments to USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service on May 25. More than 2,000 comments weresubmittedbeforethecommentperiod ended May 29. The USDA’s budget-cutting proposal would allow poultry companies to inspect their own chickens and turkeys, leaving a single federal inspector responsible for examining up to 175 birds per second as they speed down the line, the union said. “It exceeds the bounds of logic and
common sense to reasonably contend that one person can carefully examine more than 80,000 chickens per workday when the carcasses are whizzing past the inspector at a rate of 3 chickens per second,” AFGE Assistant General Counsel Matthew Milledge wrote in the union’s official comments. Contrary to the agency’s assertion that these changes would improve food safety, Milledge wrote that the proposal “will ensure that increased numbers of adulterated poultry enter the marketplace thereby endangering the health and safety of the American consumer.” The proposal violates the 1957 federal law that established the current poultry inspections process, which requires federal inspectors to perform a “careful examination” of the carcass of every bird processed to determine its fitness for purchase, Milledge wrote. Not only will federal inspectors be physically incapable of examining ev-
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Six similar strains are also considered dangerous and one of them is E. coli O145, the strain identified in this new outbreak. Health officials haven’t been tracking O145 intensively for very long; it was only in 2009 that the CDC began recommending labs test for it. The first U.S. foodborne outbreak linked to O145 occurred in 2010, when more than two dozen people in at least five states were sickened by bacteria transmitted through romaine lettuce. Until the source of the new outbreak is identified, health officials can offer the public only general advice for avoiding the infection: l Cook meat thoroughly. l Avoid unpasteurized milk and ciders. l And — if you have a diarrhea-like illness — wash your hands thoroughly and do not prepare meals for others.
ery carcass, the proposal eliminates the current requirement that federal inspectors examine the internal organs, or viscera, of each bird, the union said, adding that, many of these parts are sold for human consumption, including chicken livers and giblets. “Under this new system, poultry parts will be sold to the public that have never been inspected by a federal inspector in violation of federal law,” Milledge wrote. AFGE and other consumer groups have denounced the proposed regulations and organized petition drives and other protests. More than 16,000 people have signed a petition on the White House web site urging the Obama administration to withdraw the proposed rule. AFGE’s complete comments, along with a link to the White House petition, are available at http://www. letthemeatchicken.com.
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Perdue Foundation grant will benefit Delmarva Red Cross SALISBURY, Md. — With hurricane season bearing down on us, Perdue is helping the Lower Eastern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross be even better prepared to assist Delmarva residents. To help the Red Cross respond when disaster strikes, the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has issued a $13,500 emergency preparedness challenge grant to help fund the purchase of two emergency response trailers. Perdue, through the foundation grant, has agreed to match every dollar raised by the Red Cross up to the first $13,500. The Red Cross will use the combined monies to outfit two trailers with evacuation center and shelter supplies to be strategically positioned on the lower Eastern Shore of the Delmarva Peninsula. The Red Cross already has one emergency response trailer. “Red Cross assistance is a gift to the community, from the community. Thanks to generous community partners like the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the Red Cross is there to answer the call to prevent and respond to emergencies on the Delmarva Peninsula,” said John Culp, executive director of the Lower Eastern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross. “The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation Emergency Preparedness Challenge will help the Red Cross ensure we have the material and human resources strategically placed to quickly respond to disasters and support the immediate emergency needs of those affected, starting them down the path to recovery.” For information on how to help support the Red Cross in its fundraising effort, Culp can be reached by phone at 410-749-5331, or e-mail at email@example.com. “When disaster strikes, we all recognize the critical importance of the services provided by the American Red Cross,” said Bill Hetherington, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “This will greatly enhance their ability to respond when hurricanes, floods, fires and other disasters affect residents on the Eastern Shore. With this challenge grant, we hope that the community will join us and pledge their support so that our local Red Cross will be ready when they’re needed.” Since 1916, the American Red Cross has served residents of Maryland’s Lower Shore. In January 2011, the Lower Shore Chapter expanded to include the Virginia counties of Accomack and Northampton. More information on Perdue Farms can be obtained at http://www. perdue.com.
In other Business news:
Tyson announces $1B senior notes offering SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Tyson Foods Inc. announced on June 6 that it has agreed to sell $1 billion aggregate principal amount of 4.50 percent Senior Notes due 2022 in an underwritten public offering under its effective shelf registration statement. The offering is expected to close on or about June 13, 2012, subject to customary closing conditions. Tyson intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund the repurchase of any and all of its outstanding 10.50 percent Senior Notes due 2014 in a contemplated tender offer and/ or redemption, and for general corporate purposes. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, RBC Capital Markets LLC, Barclays Capital Inc. and Rabo Securities USA Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering, and Goldman, Sachs & Co., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc., U.S. Bancorp Investments Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities LLC are acting as co-managers for the offering.
Mountaire establishes Better Carolina Award LUMBER BRIDGE, N.C. — Mountaire Farms, the seventh largest poultry producer in the nation, has announced the launch of the Mountaire Better Carolina Award. The Better Carolina will be a monthly honor designed to highlight local individuals, businesses, civic organizations or classrooms that are going above and beyond in their efforts to assist
others in their communities or to improve and protect the local environment, the company said. “Our goal is not only to recognize those who are already making a difference in the state of North Carolina, but to encourage others to take on a greater role in bettering their local communities or improving the local environment,” said Roger Marino, Mountaire Farms corporate community relations director. “A fireman, policeman, or anyone who is an active volunteer at community events, helping others in a local hospital, teaching in a classroom, providing for the homeless, or something as simple as cleaning up the trash along our roadways, can be a candidate for this award.” Mountaire has begun accepting nominations for the award through a newly established web site — http://www.bettercarolinaaward.com. Nominations will be accepted yearround and could be chosen at any time to receive the honor. All entries are reviewed by a committee of Mountaire managers who will then select a deserving winner each month, the company noted. Better Carolina Award winners will receive a crystal engraved trophy and will be featured in WRAL-TV commercial spots, on select http:// www.wral.com features, and at http://www.mountaire.com. Mountaire Farms has more than 6,000 employees at facilities in Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina More information can be obtained from the company at http://www.mountaire.com.
GNP Co. releases new farm to fork report ST. CLOUD, Minn. — GNP Co., the Midwest’s leading
chicken producer, has unveiled its third Farm To Fork Report, outlining its newly launched mission of healthy food, families and farms and key results from 2011. Despite a difficult year for the industry, GNP Co. reported $338 million in annual sales, added new jobs, and donations to local food banks exceeding 4 million meals’ worth of chicken to Minnesota and Wisconsin families. “Our people made a significant impact in what was one of the most challenging years on record for our industry,” said Mike Helgeson, GNP Co. CEO and third-generation in the family-owned business. Record-high feed costs, fuel prices and low market pricing due to oversupply in the industry created the “perfect storm” for many, the company said. However, Helgeson credits “major business improvements, strong team member and partner relationships and a company-wide focus on innovation” as key factors that led to record sales and a modest 2011 profit. The company’s 2011 Farm To Fork Report concentrates on results in four key areas — people, planet, poultry and progress — highlighting the people and opportunities behind the company and its products. “People expect us to be forthcoming about what’s working and what can be improved. Not only from an accountability standpoint, but also to help people better understand the processes behind their food. This report helps build confidence through that information,” Helgeson said. l People — 34 percent of GNP Co.’s workforce has been with the company more than 10 years and 49.2 percent of all family farm partners have been with the company for more than 20 years. l Planet — Carbon (Continued on next page)
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emissions and carbon intensity for the company’s processing facilities and barns decreased from 2010 levels. l Poultry — The implementation of an Active Grower Management program and work with a leading university on a “Happy, Healthy Chickens” initiative further the company’s commitment to humane animal care. l Progress — 1,209 team member suggestions yielded $4,340,547 in company-wide savings. For more 2011 results, and a look ahead at what’s coming for 2012, the report is now available for download and viewing at http://www.gnpcompany.com.
Arex Lee appointed Tyson China CEO SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Tyson Foods Inc. has announced that Arex Lee has been appointed chief executive officer of Tyson Foods’ China operations. He will oversee Tyson DaLong, Tyson Shandong and Tyson Jiangsu. Prior to joining Tyson, Lee worked for more than 25 years with one of the leading poultry companies in China, the company said. His industry experience includes the full range of poultry operations, and sales and marketing management. His operations experience includes management of feed mills, contract farming, processing operations, as well as breeder, hatchery and broiler operations. Lee has managedstrategydevelopmentactivities in China and is recognized by customers and other poultry companies as a leader in China’s poultry industry, the company added. Lee, who is also an industrial
7 engineer, is originally from Taiwan and has served in the Taiwan Marine Corp. Tyson Foods has had a presence in China since 2001. The country has a population of 1.3 billion and chain restaurants are currently opening at a rate of one every 18 hours. Annual per capita meat consumption in China is about 20 pounds per person, compared to 89 pounds in the U.S., the company noted.
Hormel Foods reports second quarter results AUSTIN, Minn. — Hormel Foods Corp. has reported its performance for the fiscal year 2012 second quarter. All comparisons are to the second quarter or first half of fiscal 2011. Some highlights include: Jennie-O Turkey Store operating profit up 50 percent; volume down 2 percent; dollar sales up 7 percent. Refrigerated Foods operating profit down 25 percent; volume down 4 percent; dollar sales down 1 percent. Grocery Products operating profit up 10 percent; volume down 3 percent; dollar sales up 1 percent. Specialty Foods operating profit up 9 percent; volume up 2 percent; dollar sales up 12 percent. The company reported fiscal 2012 second quarter net earnings of $127.9 million, up 17 percent from net earnings of $109.6 million a year earlier. For the six months ended April 29, 2012, net earnings were $256.3 million, down 1 percent from net earnings of $258.4 million the same period last year. Diluted net earnings per share for the six months ended April 29, 2012, were 95 cents, equal to diluted net earnings per share of 95 cents last year. Sales for the quarter were $2 billion, up 3 percent from fiscal 2011. For the six months ended April 29, 2012, sales totaled $4.1 billion, up 4 percent from the
same period last year. “We are pleased to report record earnings and sales for the second quarter. This is a good example of our balanced business model in action, as we were able to increase earnings in four out of five segments,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Hormel Foods. “Sales grew 3 percent, again with four of our five segments registering gains.” “Our Jennie-O Turkey Store segment delivered another outstanding quarter, driven by value-added sales growth,” Ettinger said. “Our International business also achieved impressive results, led by strong export sales. Both our Grocery Products and Specialty Foods segments returned to earnings growth during the quarter. Results of our Refrigerated Foods segment were significantly pressured by lower pork operating margins.” “We are particularly encouraged by the continued growth of our Jennie-O Turkey Store valueadded sales and our MegaMex Foods joint venture,” he added. Jennie-O Turkey Store had another excellent quarter, the company noted, with segment operating profit up 50 percent from a year ago, driven by value-added sales. Net sales for the quarter rose 7 percent, led by sales of Jennie-O Turkey Store® retail tray pack and turkey burgers. “Our second quarter results provide positive momentum heading into the back half of the year,” Ettinger said. “We believe continuedweakerporkoperating margins will be more than offset by stronger results from our other segments. We expect sales in the center of the store to slowly improve as we continue our advertising support of our Hormel® and SPAM® brands. Taking all of the relevant factors into account, we are maintaining our full-year earnings guidance range of $1.79 to $1.89 per share.”
Business Neste Oil files action regarding fuel patent KEILARANTA, Finland — Neste Oil Corp. has filed a patent infringement action against Dynamic Fuels LLC, Syntroleum Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Neste Oil believes that one of its patents is being infringed by Dynamic Fuels, Syntroleum and Tyson Foods in the production of renewable diesel at Dynamic Fuels’ plant in Geismar, La., the company noted. The action asserts infringement of Neste Oil’s U.S. Patent, which protects aspects of Neste Oil’s renewable diesel technol-
ogy, and was issued on May 29, 2012, and expires in 2025. “Neste Oil is the world’s leading producer of premiumquality renewable diesel,” said Matti Hautakangas, Neste Oil’s general counsel. “Based on our proprietary technology, Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel is the world’s best and cleanest diesel fuel today. We have protected this technology, which is very important for the group’s business, with a number of patents and are committed to vigorously defending our intellectual property in this and other areas worldwide.” The Tyson fuel is made from animal fats, greases and vegetable oils.
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A successful pilot program in effect since 1998 for 20 young chicken plants and five young turkey plants indicates the proposed rule is the logical next step in the modernization of USDA inspection. Plants participating in the pilot program operate under the same stringent standards of microbiological performance as other processing plants while (similar to the proposed rule) allowing plant personnel to conduct some visual inspection duties. Since USDA began ranking plants by category of performance in 2008, these plants have consistently been in the best-performing category. NCC in its comments stated the proposal’s success depends on making additional clarifications to the proposal and in illustrating how the rule would be implemented. Specifically, NCC’s comments: recommend necessary implementation procedures; address the proposed sampling requirements; recommend changes to the inspection process for ready-to-cook (RTC) standards; explain why avian leukosis is not a condition of public health concern; recommend special training regarding septicemic and toxemic conditions; explain why line speed should not be arbitrarily limited; address worker safety concerns; request clarification regarding online and offline antimicrobial use; and address chilling requirements. “The changes described above are designed to ensure an efficient transition to an even safer and more effective slaughter system,” NCC noted. “NCC and our member companies also take seriously the health and safety of our workers,” the comments continued.“We are confident the increased line speeds allowed under the proposed rule have been demonstrated over several years to be safe for workers in the broiler chicken industry.” A recent survey of broiler es-
•Sand tablishments participating in the pilot project show, for both Total Recordable Injury Rates and Days Away/Restricted or Transfer Rates (DART), that these plants are as safe for workers as plants that operate under traditional inspection. In fact, the data indicate that there is no statistical difference between plants involved in the HIMP (HACCP Inspection Models Project) pilot project and traditional inspected facilities with regards to Total Recordable Injury Rates and DART Rates. Specifically, in 2009 and 2010, total recordable injury rates in establishments participating in the pilot project were 5.6 and 5.3, respectively. Industry average was 6.1 and 5.5 in 2009 and 2010, respectively. In 2009 and 2010, DART rates in establishments participating in the pilot project were 3.4 and 3.9, respectively. Industry average was 4.0 and 3.9 in 2009 and 2010, respectively. “As a result, NCC is confident that modernizing the poultry inspection system will not endanger our workforce,” NCC said. “Whether plants are operating in the HIMP pilot project or under traditional inspection, the chicken industry continues to improve its record for the health and wellness of its workforce, decreasing its injury and illness rate 74 percent since 1994. “NCC and our members are committed to poultry production operations that ensure a safe, wholesome and abundant supply of poultry products for both domestic and international markets, and the poultry slaughter inspection system plays an important role in this process.”
NTF support The National Turkey Federation, also in comments submitted on May 29, said the USDA’s proposed new poultryinspectionsystemrepresents the logical next step in modernization of the nation’s food safety system. “The proposed rule is a modern,
sensible approach that will allow the food safety inspectors to focus on public health,” NTF President Joel Brandenberger said. “The proposed rule will lead to a revamped inspection system that allows the federal inspectors to shift to preventionoriented inspection systems and redeploy its resources in a manner that better protects the public from foodborne diseases.” NTF’s comments noted that the turkey industry has spent millions of dollars to implement HACCP — the most modern meat inspection system in the world. NTF views the proposed rule as the appropriate next step in protecting public health throughmodern,science-basedfood safety techniques. In fact, the turkey industryhasmadetremendousprogress on reducing naturally occurring pathogens in raw product and that success has been replicated in HIMP plants, the group said, adding that, all of the industry’s HIMP plants were in the top performing category under FSIS’ previous performance standards and NTF is confident the industry will continue to meet and exceed the new standards. USDA’s proposed rule will also protect employee safety and create jobs, NTF added. After 13 years under the HIMP program, data indicates no increase in worker injuries expected under the new system. Additionally, in many instances, turkey HIMP plants have reported worker injury rates well below the already low industry average. While improving food safety is the primary concern, in the current economy it is important to note that the proposed rule will create the need to hire additional in-plant personnel in many areas, the group noted. “In its support of USDA’s efforts to improve food safety, the turkey industry will continue to place the highest priority on food safety to ensure the production of the highest quality, safest products possible,” NTF said.
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somewhere else. That can be really expensive — and you have to figure out what to do with it.” Shouse said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prohibits farmers from dumping sand back into the river without a federal permit, so most of it gets piled along the fields and used to fill giant holes left by the water. That’s what Hansen has done. But even when the sand is cleared, farmers’ problems aren’t over. The sand and months underwater killed crucial microbes in the soil that help crops grow. Restoring those microbes, which develop naturally on plant roots, could take several years. Farmers plant corn, knowing it will grow inefficiently until enough microbes get back into the soil. In Iowa, the flood inundated nearly 256,000 acres of cropland in six western counties, while in Nebraska, it swamped about 119,000 acres. Dan Steinkruger, the Farm Service Agency’s Nebraska state executive director, said Iowa has more low-lying fields along the banks than his state. Farmers in Nebraska and western Iowa lost a combined $300 million or more in crop sales and other economic activity to the flooding, according to the two states’ Farm Bureaus. Neither the Farm Service Agency nor other federal and state agencies have kept tabs on how much land has been cleared so far. But in speaking with farmers, it appears there is a long way to go. Scott Olson has managed to restore about 140 of his 500 acres near Tekamah, Neb., that were submerged in last year’s flood. In one regard, he was lucky; most of his 3,000-acre farm was spared. But in the section that did flood, the water cut new holes and channels, creating drainage problems Olson expects will last for years. When the river receded, it left up to 15 feet of sand in some areas. Up to 5 feet remain. The 55-year-old said he has spent more than $200,000 on bulldozers, land scrapers and workers thus far. He’s confident most of the cost eventually will be covered by disaster aid, but he’s still waiting for that money to come through. Hansen said he also will qualify for disaster aid, but he expects the payments will cover only about half of what he’s spent. USDA has approved more than $20 million in disaster aid for Iowa and Nebraska, which will help farmers with the cost of moving sand, grading land and filling holes. “It’s just totally, totally devastating,” Olson said. “The dollar amount for what it takes to put it all back together again is going to be tremendous. And it’s going to cost you, the taxpayer, in case you haven’t already figured that out.”
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Gold’n Plump A first-ever line of Gold’n Plump chicken sausages, bratwursts and breakfast links has been launched by the GNP Co., the Midwest’s largest chicken producers. Included in the line are Parmesan Italian and Hot Italian Chicken Sausages as
well as Chicken Brats and Apple Maple Chicken Breakfast Links. “Gold’n Plump consumers told us they were looking for healthier alternatives to pork and beef selections of brats and sausages, but they didn’t want to sacrifice good flavor, variety and convenience,” said Sara Dan-
forth, new product development manager for GNP Co. Made from 100 percent boneless, skinless thigh meat, the chicken sausages contain 50 percent less fat than most pork variety. At just 4.5 to 8 grams of fat and 100 to 180 calories per serving, fat isn’t all the products leave out: the new sausages are also gluten-free and nitrate-free and three of the four are also dairy-free. u More information: goldnplump.com
Jack in the Box Jack in the Box is now offering chicken nuggets, comprised of all white chicken meat, as one
of four new products on its Value Menu. “We’ve heard from a lot of our guests that they really crave chicken nuggets,” said Tracy Dunn, director of menu marketing and promotions for Jack in the Box Inc. “We’re pleased that we can now offer them that choice, along with three other compelling products at very affordable prices.” u More information: http:// www.jackinthebox.com
Einstein Bros. Bagels Einstein Bros. Bagels has unveiled its “Smart Choices” menu featuring a selection of lighter options for consumers seek-
ing healthier every day choices. Each item on the new menu contains less than 350 calories and less than 15 grams of fat. Items include the Southwest TurkeySausage, the Asparagus, Mushroom & Swiss Bagel Thin Eggwhite Sandwiches, the Tuscan Chicken Pesto Bagel Thin Sandwich and the Cheesy Chicken & Asparagus Bagel Thin Melt. The menu also features two new fresh gourmet salads, the Chipotle Chicken Salad and the Harvest Chicken Salad. u More information: http:// www.einsteinbros..com
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highlighting these facilities we can all learn additional practices and tools to further protect the people that work hard every day in our plants to provide high-quality, safe and nutritious protein for consumers.” The awards were presented to the following poultry facilities: Award of Distinction Butterball LLC: Ozark, Ark., processing; Carthage, Mo., processing; and Huntsville, Ark., processing. Cargill Turkey Production LLC: Butterfield, Mo., feed mill; and Springdale, Ark., feed mill. Cargill Value Added Meats: Temple, Texas, feed mill; and Waco, Texas, processing. Keystone Foods: Albany, Ky., processing; Franklin, Ky., hatchery; and Camilla, Ga., processing. Perdue Farms Inc.: Perry, Ga., cook plant; Dillon, S.C., processing ; Perry, Ga., fresh processing; Concord, N.C., further processing; Salisbury, Md., processing; Rockingham, N.C., processing; Accomac, Va., processing; and Georgetown, Del., roaster complex.
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.: Falkville, Ala., feed mill; and Batesville, Ark., processing. Sara Lee Foods: Storm Lake, Iowa, processing. Simmons Foods: Siloam Springs, Ark., further processing. Wayne Farms LLC: Pendergrass, Ga., processing; Decatur, Ala., West, hatchery; and Union Springs, Ala., processing. Award of Honor Butterball LLC: Mt. Olive, N.C., processing. Cargill Turkey Production LLC: California, Mo., feed mill. Cargill Value Added Meats: Springdale, Ark., processing. Cobb-Vantress Inc.: Siloam Springs, Ark., feed mill; Timpson, Texas, hatchery. Gerber Poultry: Kidron, Ohio, processing. Hubbard LLC: Pikeville, Tenn., hatchery. Keystone Foods: Gadsden, Ala., processing; Eufaula, Ala., processing. Moroni Feed Co.: Moroni, Utah, feed mill. Perdue Farms Inc.: Cromwell, Ky., hatchery; Forsyth, Ga., hatchery; Bridgewater, Va., further processing; Nashville,
N.C., feed mill; Cromwell, Ky., processing; Washington, Ind., turkey processing; Forsyth, Ga., feed mill. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.: Moorefield, W.Va., hatchery; Broadway, Va., processing; Moorefield, W.Va., feed mill; Harrisonburg, Va., feed mill; Mayfield, Ky., processing; Pittsburg, Texas, hatchery No. 1 & No. 2; and Natchitoches, La., processing. Sanderson Farms Inc.: Laurel, Miss., processing; McComb, Miss., processing. River Valley Animal Foods: Robards, Ky.; Texarkana, Ark. Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative: Hinton, Va., processing. Wayne Farms LLC: Troy, Ala., hatchery; Laurel, Miss., feed mill; Danville, Ark., hatchery; Decatur, Ala., East, further processing; and Decatur, Ala., fresh plant. Award of Merit House of Raeford Farms: Arcadia, La., processing . Peco Foods Inc.: Sebastopol, Miss., processing. Perdue Farms Inc.: Dothan, Ala., processing; Salisbury, Md., hatchery 2; and Murfreesboro, N.C., hatchery.
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.: Athens, Ga., feed mill; Broadway, Va., hatchery; Moorefield, W.Va., prepared foods; and Canton, Ga., processing. Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by three
judges: Gary Pohlmann of Marsh Risk Consulting, Doug Britton, program manager for Agricultural Technology Research at Georgia Tech Research Institute, and George Nassif of Aon Global Risk Consulting.
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GEORGIA USPOULTRY schedules information seminar TUCKER — The 2012 USPOULTRY Information Systems Seminar will take an in-depth look at cost saving initiatives and new technology. The annual conference, sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, will be held July 16-17, at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown in Nashville, Tenn. “Computers are used throughout poultry and egg operations, from live operations and processing to administration; and technology is continuing to advance at a rapid pace. The programs used to run our operations must be continually updated and refined to ensure productivity and efficiency, while also being cost effective to implement,” said program committee chairman Ron Wells, Butterball LLC, Mt. Olive, N.C. This year’s agenda will see the return of the Lightening Round . . . What’s New in the IT Industry, which will feature a quickfire overview on “Dr. Watson . . . A Big Data Example,” process automation,andwirelesscontrollers. Other topics on the agenda include: Industry IT Experiences . . . Pros and Cons; A Network Infrastructure Panel: Connecting Remote Locations; E-Discovery . . . An Attorney’s Perspective; Vendor Solutions; New Technology in Worker Safety: Ergonomic Assessment Systems; and a series of open forums on mobile devices.
A program committee of informationtechnologymanagersdeveloped the agenda for the seminar, including Mike Burruss, Tip Top Poultry, Marietta, Ga.; Greg Whisenant, Case Farms LLC, Troutman, N.C.; John Delphon, George’s Inc., Springdale, Ark.; Alan Brownell, Case Farms LLC, Troutman, N.C.; and Sim Harbert, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, Ga. To register for the 2012 Information System Seminar, go to http://www.uspoultry.org/educationprograms/index.cfm.
ILLINOIS PSA meet features vital poultry issues CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — This year’s annual meeting of the Poultry Science Association (PSA) will showcase a wideranging assortment of papers and discussions focused on present and future challenges facing the poultry industry. The meeting will be held July 9-12 at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. “Poultry production has always been an exciting and rewarding, but also an extremely challenging business,” said Dr. Mike Wineland, PSA president and professor of poultry science at North Carolina State University. “The pressures arising from today’s rapidly changing social and political environment have combined to make it even more so and have made the need to stay abreast of the latest technologies
and advancements more important than ever.: The 11 featured symposium and chairmen are as follows: Keynote: “Tomorrow’s Poultry: Sustainability and Safety,” Dr. Gita Cherian, Oregon State University; Informal Nutrition: “Metabolic Responses to Nutrition and Modifiers” Dr. Mamduh Sifri, ADM Alliance Nutrition, chairman; National Extension Workshop: “Change and Challenge: What Lies Ahead for the Poultry Industry?,” Dr. Patricia A. Curtis, Auburn University; “Issues Concerning Food Safety in Poultry and Egg Production,” Dr. Manpreet Singh, Auburn University; “Soybean Meal: The Past & Future,” Gregory L. Engelke, Cornerstone Resources LLC; “Next Generation Sequencing Tools: Applications for Food Safety and Poultry Production,” Dr. Irene Hanning, University of Tennessee; Student Symposium: “Next Generation Poultry Science & Production,” James Tyus II, Tennessee State University; “Feed Enzymes: Benefits on Performance, Health and Welfare,” Dr. Greg F. Mathis, Southern Poultry Research Inc.; WPSA Lectureship: “Eggless in Seattle? Hen Housing Concerns & the Future of Egg Production,” Dr. Sarge Bilgili, Auburn University; “Experimental Design for Poultry Production and Genomics Research,” Dr. Gene M. Pesti, University of Georgia; and “2030 Vision: Poultry Production & Processing for the Future,” Dr. Douglas F. Britton, Georgia Tech Research Institute. Keynote addresses will be given by Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms; Prof. Farrokh Mistree, director of the Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering School at the University of Oklahoma; and Paul Helgeson,
sustainability manager of Gold’n Plump Co. Registration and additional information about the 2012 PSA Annual Meeting is available at http://www.poultryscience.org/ psa12/
N. CAROLINA Seminar helps prepare for OSHA inspections RALEIGH — The Southeastern Grain & Georgia Feed & Grain Associations have partnered with the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) to host a Grain Handling Regional Safety Seminar on Ju1y 12 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, N.C. The seminar is designed to assist industry companies in complying with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations applying to the grain, grain processing, feed and feed ingredient manufacturing sectors. The seminars will focus on the key requirements of OSHA’s grain handling safety standard, including its provisions on housekeeping, confined space entry, electrical, fall protection and personal protective equipment. In addition, the first halfday of this workshop will include a presentation on how to prepare for an OSHA inspection. More information can be obtained by contacting Bonnie Holloman, 919-877-9392, firstname.lastname@example.org. m m m
Carolina feed industry holds 75th convention RALEIGH — The Carolina Feed Industry Association’s 75th annual convention will be held July 19-21 at the Kingston Plantation, Embassy Suites Hotel, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Keynote speaker will be Sonny Perdue, former two-term governor of Georgia and a former member of the Southeastern Grain & Feed Association. He will provide his perspectives on national policy issues and how industry can get involved, get engaged and improve interactions with public policymakers. Other events include a fishing trip, golf and tennis tournaments, a children’s program and a Low Country Oyster Roast reception and banquet. More information can be obtained by contacting Bonnie Holloman, CFIA, P.O. Box 58220, Raleigh, N.C. 27658; 919-8779392; bonnie.holloman@yahoo. com.
VIRGINIA Registration opens for Liquid Feed Sympm. ARLINGTON — The American Feed Industry Association’s 42nd annual Liquid Feed Symposium will be held Sept. 12-14 at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Colorado to educate and promote the agricultural liquid supplement industry. Delivering the keynote will be Jim Whitt of Purpose Unlimited. In addition to sessions covering legislative and regulatory topics impacting the industry, the symposium will also feature weather, cattle and ingredient forecasts, and technical presentations on viscosity, pumps, inventory management,nutrition,sustainability and quality control. The meeting will also feature the Liquid Feed Trade Show, where manufacturers, suppliers and industry-support companies will exhibit their products. Registration is available at http://www.afia.org. To learn more about the conference, visit http://www.liquidfeed.org.
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Compiled by Barbara Olejnik, Associate Editor 770-718-3440 email@example.com AUG JUN 20-22 — GEA ANNUAL MTNG., King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, Ga. Contact: Jewell Hutto, Georgia Egg Association, P.O. Box 2929, Suwanee, Ga. 30024. Ph: 770-932-4622; goodeggs@bellsouth. net; http://www.georgiaeggs.org. JUN 20 — MTGA SUMMER CONF., Bemidji, Minn. Contact: Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, 108 Marty Drive, Buffalo, Minn. 55313. Ph: 763-682-5546l steve@midwestpoultry. com; http://www.midwestpoultry.com. JUN 21-23 — NCC SUMMER BOARD OF DIRECTORS MTNG., Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe, Calif. Contact: National Chicken Council, 1015 15th St., N.W., Suite 930, Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202-296-2622; http://www.nationalchickencouncil. cm; http://www.eatchicken.com. JUN 25-26 — CPF SUMMER BOARD MTNG., The Cliffs Resort, Shell Beach, Calif. Contact: California Poultry Federation, 4640 Spyres Way, Suite 4, Modesto, Calif. 95356. Ph: 209-576-6355; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.cpif.org. JUN 25-27 — FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SMNR., Crowne Plaza Resort, Hilton Head, S.C. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770-493-9401; email@example.com; http://www.uspoultry.org, JUN 26-28 — PAACO TRAINING, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. Contact: Mike Simpson, Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, P.O. Box 31, Redfield, Iowa 50233. Ph: 402-403-0104; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.animalauditor.org. JUL 7-9 — NTF LEADERSHIP CONF., Washington, D.C. Contact: Jen Dansereau, National Turkey Federation, 1225 New York Ave., N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202898-0100; email@example.com. JUL 9-12 — PSA ANNUAL CONV., Georgia Center, Athens, Ga. Contact: Poultry Science Association, 2441 Village Green Place, Champaign, Ill. 61822. Ph: 217-356-5285; pas@assochq. org; http://www.poultryscience.org. JUL 10-12 — AEB MTNG., Chicago, Ill. Contact: American Egg Board, 1460 Renaissance Drive, Park Ridge, Ill. 60068. Ph: 847-296-7043; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.aeb.org. JUL 12-15 — SCPF, NCEA & FPF/FEF ANNUAL CONF., Crowne Plaza Resort, Hilton Head, S.C. Contact: South Carolina Poultry Federation, 1921-A Pickens St., Columbia, SC. 29201,Ph: 803-779-4700, martyg@ scpoultry.com, http://www.scpoultry. org; Norrh Carolina Egg Association, 1939 High House Road, No. 102, Cary, N.C. 27519, Ph: 919-319-1195, email@example.com, http://www.ncegg. org; Florida Poultry/Egg Association,
1625 Summit Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tallahassee, Fla. 32317, Ph: 850402-2954, firstname.lastname@example.org. 15-17 — NCC & NPFDA CHICKEN MARKETING SMNR., Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, Vt. Contact: National Chicken Council, 1015 15th St., N.W., Suite 930, Washington, D.C. 20005, 202-296-2622, http://www.nationalchickencouncil.com, http://www. eatchicken.com; or National Poultry & Food Distributors Association, 2014 Osborne Road, St. Marys, Ga. 31558, 770-535-9901, kkm@ npfda.org, http://www.npfda.org. 16-17 — INFORMATION SYSTEMS SMNR., Doubletree Hotel, Nashville, Tenn. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770-493-9401; email@example.com; http://www.uspoultry.org, 19-22 — CFIA SUMMER CONV., Embassy Suites, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Contact: Bonnie Holloman, Carolina Feed Industry Association, P.O. Box 58220, Raleigh, N.C. 27658. Ph: 919-6071370; bonnie.holloman@yahoo. com; http://www.carolinafeed.com. 23-24 — AP&EA ANNUAL MTNG., Hilton Sandestin Beach, Fla. Contact: Alabama Poultry & Egg Association, P.O. Box 240, Montgomery, Ala. 36101. Ph: 334-265-2732; h t t p : / / w w w. a l a b a m a p o u l t r y. o r g . 5-9 — WORLD’S POULTRY CONGRESS, Bahia Convention Center, Salvador, Brazil. Contact: World Poultry Science Association, Brazilian Branch. Ph: +55 19 3243-6555; Fax: +55 19 3243-8542; wpsa.br@facta. org.br; http://www.wpsa2012.com. 8-9 — NCPF ANNUAL MTNG., Grandover Resort, Greensboro, N.C. Contact: North Carolina Poultry Federation, 4020 Barrett Drive, Suite 102, Raleigh, N.C. 27609. Ph: 919-783-8218; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.nncpoultry.org. 16-17 — WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONF., Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort & Spa, Destin, Fla. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 300847303, Ph: 770-493-9401; email@example.com; http://www.uspoultry.org, 20 — UEP AREA MTNG., Atlanta, Ga. Contact: United Egg Producers, 1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 230, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005. Ph: 770-360-9220; gene@unitedegg. com; http://www.unitedegg.com. 22 — UEP AREA MTNG., Philadelphia, Pa. Contact: United Egg Producers, 1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 230, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005. Ph: 770-360-9220; gene@unitedegg. com; http://www.unitedegg.com. 23 — UEP AREA MTNG., Columbus, Ohio. Contact: United Egg Producers,
1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 230, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005. Ph: 770-360-9220; gene@unitedegg. com; http://www.unitedegg.com. 28 — UEP AREA MTNG., Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: United Egg Producers, 1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 230, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005. Ph: 770-360-9220; gene@unitedegg. com; http://www.unitedegg.com. 29 — UEP AREA MTNG., Ontario, Calif. Contact: United Egg Producers, 1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 230, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005. Ph: 770-360-9220; gene@unitedegg. com; http://www.unitedegg.com. 30 — UEP AREA MTNG., Seattle, Wash. Contact: United Egg Producers, 1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 230, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005. Ph: 770-360-9220; gene@unitedegg. com; http://www.unitedegg.com. 4-6 — ARKANSAS NUTRITION CONF. Contact: Poultry Federation, P.O. Box 1446, Little Rock, Ark. 72203. Ph: 501-375-8131; http:// w w w. t h e p o u l t r y f e d e r a t i o n . c o m . 9-13 — IEC MARKETING & PRODUCTION CONF., London, England. Contact: International Egg Commission, Second Floor, 89 Charterhouse St., London EC1M 6HR, England. Ph: 44-020-74903493; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.internationalegg.com. 12-14 — AFIA LIQUID FEED SYMPM., Grand Hyatt, Denver, Colo. Contact: American Feed Industry Association, 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 916. Arlington, Va. 22201. Ph: 703-524-0810; afia@ afia.org; http://www.afia.org. 13-14 — CPF ANNUAL MTNG. & CONF., Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey, Calif. Contact: California Poultry Federation, 4640 Spyres Way, Suite 4, Modesto, Calif. 95356. Ph: 209-576-6355; email@example.com; http://www.cpif.org. 13-16 — MPA ANNUAL CONV., Hilton Sandestin Beach Hotel, Destin, Fla. Contact: Mississippi Poultry Association, 110 Airport Road, Suite C, Pearl, Miss. 39208. Ph: 601-932-7560; beard!mspoultry.org. 17-19 — NAT’L. MTNG. POULTRY HEALTH & PROCESSING, Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, Ocean City, Md. Contact: Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., 16686 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown, Del. 19947-4881. Ph: 302-856-9037; dpi@dpichicken. com; http://www.dpichicken.org. 21-22 — PF TURKEY COMMITTEE MTNG. Contact: Poultry Federation, P.O. Box 1446, Little Rock, Ark. 72203. Ph: 501-375-8131; http:// w w w. t h e p o u l t r y f e d e r a t i o n . c o m . 15-16 — POULTRY PRODUCTION & HEALTH SMNR., The Wynfrey Hotel, Birmingham, Ala. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 300847303, Ph: 770-493-9401; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.uspoultry.org, 3-4 — PF PROCESSORS WKSHP. Contact: Poultry Federation, P.O. Box 1446, Little Rock, Ark. 72203. Ph: 501-375-8131; http:// w w w. t h e p o u l t r y f e d e r a t i o n . c o m . 4-5 — POULTRY PROTEIN & FAT SMNR., Doubletree Hotel, Nashville, Tenn. Contact: U.S. Poultry &
Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770-493-9401; email@example.com; http://www.uspoultry.org, OCT 4-7 — NPFDA FALL MTNG., San Diego, Calif. National Poultry & Food Distributors Association, 2014 Osborne Road, St. Marys, Ga. 31558, 770-535-9901, kkm@
npfda.org, http://www.npfda.org. OCT 9-12 — UEP ANNUAL BOARD MTNG. & EXECUTIVE CONF., Loews Coronado Bay, San Diego, Calif. Contact: United Egg Producers, 1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 230, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005. Ph: 770-360-9220; gene@unitedegg. com; http://www.unitedegg.com.
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New high-tech tactic may expose stealthy salmonella By Marcia Wood
Special to Poultry Times
BELTSVILLE, Md. — Even the smallest quantity of salmonella may, in the future, be easily detected with a technology known as SERS, short for “surface-enhanced Raman scattering.” USDA scientist Bosoon Park at Athens, Ga., is leading exploratory studies of this analytical technique’s potential for quick, easy and reliable detection of salmonella and other foodborne pathogens. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella causes more than 1 million cases of illness in the U.S. every year. If SERS proves successful for cornering salmonella, the technique might be used at public health laboratories around the
nation to rapidly identify this or other pathogens responsible for outbreaks of foodborne illness, according to Park, an agricultural engineer with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. What’s more, tomorrow’s foodmakers might use SERS at their in-house quality control labs. In a SERS analysis, a specimen is placed on a surface, such as a stainless steel plate, that has been “enhanced” or changed from smooth to rough. For some of their research, Park’s team enhanced the surface of stainless steel plates by coating them with tiny spheres, made up of a biopolymer encapsulated with nanoparticles of silver. Rough surfaces, and colloidal metals such as silver, can enhance the scattering of light that occurs when a specimen, placed on this “nanosubstrate,” is scanned with the Raman spectrometer’s laser
beam. The scattered light that comes back to the spectroscope forms a distinct spectral pattern known as a Raman spectral signature, or Raman scattered signal. Researchers expect to prove the concept that all molecules, such as those that make up salmonella, have their own unique Raman spectral signature. The idea of using a substrate of silver nanoparticles for Raman spectroscopy is not new. But in SERS studies to detect foodborne pathogens, the use of a surface — enhanced with biopolymers coated with silver nanoparticles — is apparently novel. In work with comparatively large concentrations of two different kinds, or serotypes, of Salmonella enterica — Enteritidis and Typhimurium — Park’s tests showed, apparently for the first time, that SERS can differentiate these two serotypes. With further research, SERS may prove superior for finding very small quantities of bacteria in a complex, real-world background, such as a food or beverage sample, Park notes. He collaborated in the research with Arthur Hinton Jr., Kurt C. Lawrence, Jaya Sundaram, William R. Windham and Seung Chul Yoon, all with ARS at the agency’s Richard B. Russell Research Center in Athens; YaoWen Huang and Yiping Zhao of the University of Georgia-Athens; Yongkuk Kwon of South Korea’s Animal, Plant and Fisheries Quarantine and Inspection Agency; and others. Marcia Wood is a public information specialist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in
Congressmen want Mexican charges of dumping resolved WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of 49 congressmen sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk on June 1, expressing their strong concern about the antidumping duties Mexico has preliminarily assigned to U.S. chicken leg quarters, ranging from 64 percent to 129 percent. Although these duties have not yet been applied in final form, under Mexican law, a final decision will have to be reached by mid-August. “The Mexican antidumping action, when finalized, will severely damage the U.S. poultry industry and the market access provided under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),” the letter said. Early in 2011, Mexican poultry companies petitioned the Mexican government to begin an anti-dumping investigation of imports of chicken leg quarters from the U.S., claiming that U.S. companies were exporting chicken leg quarters to Mexico at below-market prices. The letter to Ambassador Kirk pointed out that Mexico has used a calculation that is unacceptable to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to determine if U.S. chicken leg quarters are “dumped” onto the Mexican market. Using the “average cost of production” assumes that every part of the chicken should be priced at least at this cost. “This assumption is flawed, discriminates against U.S. producers and concerns us as members from poultry producing districts,” the letter said. “U.S. companies submitted their costs of production information using a value-based cost accounting method — a method well established and recognized by the poultry industry worldwide as a reasonable basis to calculate costs.” Value-based cost accounting is used by U.S., Mexican and other chicken producers; is consistent with Mexican financial reporting standards; is consistent with the generally accepted accounting principles in both the United States and Mexico; and reasonably reflects the costs of production of U.S. poultry, the letter said. “Given those facts, under the WTO Antidumping Agreement, Mexico may not disregard the costs of production reported in this case and use average costs instead.” Mexico is the most important U.S. poultry market, with more than 250,000 metric tons imported in 2011, valued at more than $275 million. “As the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations continue, we urge you to resolve this situation as promptly as possible and ensure that Mexico honors its commitments under NAFTA and the WTO,” the letter concluded. The letter, including the names of the 49 members of Congress who signed the letter, is availableathttp://nccwashingtonreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/USTR-Letter.pdf. On April 2, a bipartisan group of 16 senators sent a similar letter to Ambassador Kirk urging the termination of Mexico’s anti-dumping duties.
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Product Showcase Poultry Times presents this Spring 2012 edition of the Poultry Products Showcase as a forum for manufacturers and distributors to highlight products and services designed for and geared to the needs of the multifaceted poultry industry. Here, we feature useful and necessary products for the poultryman — both new and those proven to be “tried and true.”
Turkey feeding pan
Big Dutchman Big Dutchman introduces the Gladiator turkey feeding pan with features designed to reduce feed waste, lower maintenance time and feed the largest turkeys. The Gladiator turkey feeding pan is designed to feed the largest and most aggressive turkeys. Our “Snap’n Lock” feature secures the dish to the pan body to eliminate “dish drop,” which saves lots of feed, and many man-hours of maintenance. The Gladiator’s dish design catches feed as the turkeys eat, which saves feed and then funnels it back in front of your flock, increasing your feed conversions. The pan is constructed of industrial strength plastic to last through many growout periods, and the snap on cap allows for easy installation and simple removal of individual pans when needed. Our patented uses of the shocker wire design gives you the ability to adjust the feed level to the entire line with a simple turn of a crank. 616-582-4009
Feeding system Big Dutchman
Big Dutchman’s FLUXX Pan Feeding System offers customers many options to satisfy their needs. The FLUXX feeding systems offered are for broiler, pullet and breeder production, with a wide selection of sizes and options, each designed to maximize feed conversions, produce a uniform flock, and increase egg production with breeders. The unique design of the FLUXX system provides optimal flooding of pans by distributing feed evenly around the pan in a complete 360-degree circumference. Day-old chicks have easy access to feed, female breeders are provided feed without competition from males and the FLUXX pullet pan helps to produce more consistently uniform flocks. Customers save time with the simple installation, ease of use and maintenance. From day olds to full grown, the FLUXX family of pans will minimize waste while maximizing your profits. 616-582-4009
Hydro Systems Co. Hydro Systems Co. has introduced a new animal medicator named “AquaBlend” to the U.S. market. Hydro Systems is also the manufacturer of the Chemilizer and Dosmatic lines of water driven injectors. The AquaBlend system is specifically engineered to accurately medicate and/or treat water in most agricultural environments. The AquaBlend is being offered in two different fixed ratio models (1:100 & 1:128) and is designed to handle both liquid chemicals and wettable powders. “The AquaBlend was specifically designed to be the easiest to use and maintain medicator in the market,” said Chris Torry, Hydro Systems’ product manager. “After our acquisitions
of Chemilizer and Dosmatic, Hydro Systems set out to engineer a new medicator that would meet the demands of a changing market. Our research told us that consumers are looking for a reliable injector that is easy to install, simple to maintain, and capable of injecting both liquid chemicals and wettable powders. The AquaBlend meets all these demands. The first thing people notice about the AquaBlend is its mix of quality and simplicity. There are very few moving parts inside the system and everything fits together very well. In addition, the entire medicator can be taken apart by hand for maintenance or cleaning in less than 30 seconds.” 800-543-7184
Port-A-Cool LLC If you’re looking for strength, durability and the highest performance available in cooling pads, KÜÜL® pads are the only choice for rigid evaporative cooling media. KÜÜL pads are constructed with virgin kraft paper up to 20 percent heavier compared to the competition. This heavier weight allows for more fibers, which means KÜÜL pads hold more water and yield higher efficiency. The kraft paper also contains a higher resin content, providing effective and efficient cooling plus greater durability, strength and longevity. KÜÜL pads are available for a multitude of applications, including poultry and agricultural applications; and are available in a variety of custom and standard sizes, including 6- and 12-inch thicknesses and 24-inch wide pads. In independently conducted and verified tests, KÜÜL pads out-performed the competition in tensile and crush strength, proving the su-
perior structural engineering of the media. 800-936-2942
Touch screen ctrl.
Chore-Time Chore-Time’s new CHORETRONICS® 3 Controls offer userstruebuttonlessoperationwith the color and convenience of touch screen navigation. Additionally, the new Controls’graphing capabilities open a colorful world of data presentation for users, making poultry house data analysis much faster and easier. Chore-Time’s third generation of its popular CHORE-TRONICS® line of controls features vivid color in a large 10-inch (25 cm) display. Users can employ the intuitive touch screen to navigate from the Current Conditions screen to other screens facilitating control of various house components and display of critical house information in table or graph form. Users more comfortable with mouse operation may use a wired or wireless USB mouse with the new controls. It incorporates the features growers have enjoyed in generations 1 and 2 along with the following new features exclusive to generation 3: fully integrated ceiling inlet control; fully integrated bird scale control; up to 16 controlling sensors; improved graphing capabilities; external USB port; and USB set-up key to back-up and transfer settings. 574-658-4101
Feeder line monitor
Chore-Time Chore -Time’s CHORETRONICS® Feeder Line RunTime Monitor provides a diagnostic look at what is going on in the poultry house by monitoring feeder line and/or fill system
function. Proper feeder line and fill system operation is one of the best indications of whether the birds are eating as they should. The CHORE-TRONICS RunTime Monitor helps producers discover potential performance problems by providing the answers to questions such as these: Are all the feeder lines in the house running? Are all lines running for the same length of time? In split houses, how does the run time in each end of the house compare? On the farm, how does one house compare to another? Disruptions in individual feeder line function can result from a hot or cold spot in the house, uneven bird distribution within the house, a motor or other mechanical failure with the feed line, a fill system malfunction, an empty feed bin, or other irregularities that will adversely affect bird performance. By proactively monitoring feeder line performance, producers can get an early indication of a developing problem so they can resolve it quickly. The Run-Time Monitor can be connected to every feeder line in a poultry house to track the daily run time per line. Each Monitor sends a signal to the CHORE-TRONICS® 2 Control whenever its feeder line runs, building a database of up to 14 days of run-time history. 574-658-4101
Chore-Time Egg Sys. Chore-Time Egg Production Systems notes that its VERSA Fully Enriched Colony System has the American Humane Association Seal of Approval for Humane Housing Systems. ChoreTime’s fully enriched VERSA system features compartments (Continued on next page)
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that provide 120.3 square inches (776 square centimeters) of floor space per bird and house 61 birds. Compartments are 22 inches (55.9 cm) tall. The enrichments include easy-to-grip plastic perches, a nesting area with flexible red curtains and comfortable turf pad, scratch panels for keeping claws trimmed and an area for dust bathing complete with turf pad and feed delivery system. The company also offers an enrichable system for those egg producers who want to be prepared to easily convert their hen housing to an enriched system in the future. The system includes removable backs and partitions to permit a wide vari-
ety of compartment sizes without loss of structural support. Enrichments can be supplied at installation or in the future. 574-658-4101
VAL-CO VAL-CO® has introduced a Community Nest with new Winchable Slats providing easyto-clean, comfortable and easily-accessed nesting for hens. Designed around the natural behavior of hens, VAL-CO’s Community Nest is an inviting and practical nest, providing an ideal location in a barn for hens to lay their eggs. The new winchable slat design, unique to VAL-CO, is a key feature in improving hy-
giene while saving considerable time and labor in cleaning the nest and recovering drier, higher-quality manure. Waterproof PVC foam board is also used in the nesting area, which creates a more bird-friendly environment, helps ease the cleaning process and improves productivity. Because the Community Nest is easier to clean, it is less likely than conventional designs to harbor disease or parasites. “The nesting area is comfortable, protected and well ventilated, so it’s very attractive for egg laying,” said Sean Francey, VAL-CO product manager. “Combined with the welfare-friendly expeller, these features increase egg production and reduce brooding.” The nest is made with durable components and designed for easy assembly. It’s suitable for either a high-rise or floor-mounted installation, and is available in center-belt configurations with new winchable or standard slat packages to suit each customer’s poultry environment. 800-998-2526
Reeves Supply Reeves Supply is a family owned company that has been setting a standard in evaporative cooling. The company notes that it’s dedicated to providing the highest quality evaporative cooling systems and tunnel doors in the poultry industry, while still maintaining the best service. Among the other products Reeves offers include: inlets, actuators, exhaust fans, stir fans, fogger nozzles valves, filters and more. 888-854-5221
SYNERGIZE ORANGE and SYNERGIZE ORANGE NF, now U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved, offer the exact same superior performance and application characteristics you have come to rely on when using SYNERGIZE in your hatchery, field operations and vehicle sanitation programs for more than a decade. SYNERGIZE ORANGE and SYNERGIZE ORANGE NF, after enormous customer demand, is now available with a fresh natural orange scent. All SYNERGIZE versions continue to exhibit the relentless, non-resistant efficacy against the industry’s most challenging microorganisms our customers have come to expect. Watch and see — Competitors will attempt to “copy” our newest versions, as they have our original SYNERGIZE, in an effort to “keep up” with SYNERGIZE, one of the top disinfectant-cleaners available. The SYNERGIZE line remains an effective biosecurity weapon for disinfecting and sanitation programs. 209-664-1607
Preserve International Preserve International offers its three unique and effective disinfectants and cleaners — SYNERGIZE, DYNE-OMIGHT and GROUND ZERO. Using synergistic combinations of quaternary ammonium compounds, iodines, organic acids, along with one of the most effective antimicrobials, glutaraldehyde, makes these products effective biosecurity weapons for disinfecting and cleaning your breeder, growout and vehicle sanitation facilities to combat and eliminate contamination. These products have demonstrated their efficacy and/or cleaning
abilities in realistic poultry house conditions, which include high levels of organic matter and hard water. Proven efficacy in levels of organic matter as high as 50 percent and 1,000 ppm hard water makes the products ideal for use on poultry house floors, dirt and litter. These products lower poultry house floor pH, which aids in the lowering of ammonia levels while disinfecting and/or cleaning so as to inhibit further growth and development of microorganisms. These products have proven their effectiveness throughout the world in the most difficult and realistic farm conditions. 209-664-1607
Pro-Tech Inc. The 2K GREEN RIMMIRDIMMER by Pro-Tech Inc. is a 2,000 watt reverse phase light dimmer that is revolutionizing the dimming industry. Some of the very important advantages this dimmer has are: soft start every cycle, greater than 98 percent increased noise immunity, biofeedback, increased bulb life, works with any type of bulb and provides a better power factor. The Reverse Phase Technology allows the RIMMIR to soft start the bulbs every half cycle. The rapid switching (every 8.3 milliseconds) of the load on and off is what dims the bulb. Dimmable fluorescent bulbs have a range where they perform the best. It is a broader range with the RIMMIR, but at very low levels they may flicker or turn off with any dimmer. Longevity is reduced at this point. Biofeedback intelligently watches the bulbs and when the bulbs reach the point (Continued on next page)
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that the life of the bulb is impaired, the voltage is increased ever so slightly to maintain the bulb at its lowest intensity without endangering the life of the bulb. 704-872-6227
Farm Alarm Farm Alarm Systems introduces the Model Wyr-LS 4.0 — a complete wireless system. The advanced radio communication alarm and monitoring system is ideal for monitoring poultry and livestock buildings without the necessity of installing connecting wires to all the houses, improving reliability and reducing potential damage from lightning strikes. This unit incorporates remote monitoring and control from any phone. Other features include: no monthly monitoring fee, temperature, water pressure, 220v dual leg power monitor, notifies up to eight phone numbers, built-in speaker, feed over run, generator run/stop, security input and radio self monitor. Long range, channel hopping (56 channels) radio modem assures excellent coverage. 800-407-5455
Northern fowl mite ctrl.
Elanco Animal Health Poultry producers have a new tool to help rid birds of a costly health threat. Elector PSP has received regulatory approval for the control of Northern fowl mites, the most common external poultry parasite in the U.S. “Elector PSP puts a new class of chemistry in the hands of poultry producers, giving them a proven, effective means of controlling a destructive, persistent nuisance,” said Jeff Meyer, senior research scientist for Elanco. “Research has demonstrated that these pests can cause significant damage to layers and breeders — and to the profitability of producers.” One application of Elector PSP at recommended levels can break the life cycle and control Northern fowl mites, the company said. In addition, Elector PSP poses no cross-resistance issues for producers who use pyrethroids, carbamates or organophosphates. It is unnecessary to remove eggs to treat birds, nor is it necessary to withhold meat or eggs after treatment. As before, Elector PSP can also be used as a treatment for houseflies and darkling beetles, Elanco said. 317-276-2000
American Proteins American Proteins operates
the largest poultry protein and lipids conversion operation in the world, the company notes. For expert processing of poultry byproducts, you can’t find a more experienced or technologically innovative leader than American Proteins. With our fast-growing list of customers and our export business increasing, our quality products are being used around the world. Innovation is the driving force behind every aspect of our operation. American Proteins has thrived because we are committed to responsive, fast and helpful service. Whether the customer is large or small, whether their needs are complex or simple, we will respond with immediate, appropriate service. 770-886-2250
Munters Munters’ Aerotech BI28 BiFlow Ceiling Inlet features a design created using the latest in computer aerodynamic modeling. Airflow is maximized over the entire pressure range and the flow direction is precisely controlled. Performance of your ventilation system is improved with a fresh supply of preheated air delivered to every part of the building. The BI28 series include models for both mechani-
cal and for air actuated control. The simple to adjust springs allow full control of static pressure and the make it easy to compensate for ceiling pitch. The doors’ proven seal technology is similar to that used in energy efficient windows. The company has also added a cold climate package with added insulation value to reduce condensation. An added feature of the air actuated model in an optional mechanical override. When transitioning to full tunnel ventilation, all inlets close together, using a simple hand winch or an actuator. 800-227-2376
DSM Especially during these difficult economic times, poultry producers are seeking a litter amendment for their broiler houses that can minimize the harmful effects of ammonia and pathogenic microorganisms, promote bird health and productivity and lower their costs, without adversely affecting the surrounding environment. DSM’s LitterGuard is a natural, organic, microbial-based poultry litter amendment that reduces ammonia and pathogenic bacteria levels, improves the health and
performance of birds and remains environmentally-friendly to poultry, people and natural resources. Used as an essential component of an ongoing maintenance program, non-corrosive and odor-reducing LitterGuard also enhances the profitability of poultry producers through cost savings, by minimizing energy needs, increasing organic waste decomposition, decreasing litter cleanout and replacement and helping to preserve the integrity of groundwater and soil. 973-257-8396
Nipple drink. sys.
Lubing Systems L.P. Lubing’s all-new OptiGROW Nipple is the ultimate nipple for broilers and is uniquely designed to work in today’s challenging poultry environment, the company notes. Because the nipple has been optimized for growth, you will be amazed by the firstweek performance and explosive bird growth. OptiGROW nipples offer: large body and pin; acid resistant design; easy triggering for day-old birds; increased sideaction flow; larger flow range for jumbo birds; increased weight gains; improved feed conversions. 423-709-1000 (Continued on next page)
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In ovo vacc. sys.
Pfizer The benefits of in ovo vaccination are now within the reach of many more hatcheries worldwide, thanks to the development of a new compact device. Embrex Inovoject m is a semi-automated in ovo vaccination system from Pfizer Animal Health Global Poultry designed for those hatcheries that do not have a large enough footprint or throughput to justify the installation of a fullsize Embrex Inovoject. The new device allows these hatcheries to benefit from the improved accuracy, reliability and efficiency of in ovo vaccination, but in a more compact form. According to Melinda Freson, senior manager, BioDevice Marketing, Pfizer Animal Health Global Poultry, the new device will include the same core features of the larger Inovoject in a more condensed package. “There has been a need for a smaller Inovoject for some time,” Freson said. “For smaller hatcheries, or those in developing countries which have traditionally relied on manual labor to vaccinate each bird individually after hatch, the availability of a semi-automated in ovo vaccination system that is the right size for their hatchery, will be a real breakthrough. The Inovoject m has a number of operational advantages for the producer who currently vaccinates chicks on day of hatch. Not least is the fact that chicks can be transferred out of the hatchery and into the grow out environment sooner.” 800-849-3372
Brown Bear Manufacturer of hydrostatic tractors, loaders and auger/aera-
tor attachments for composting and handling of layer and broiler litter and manure. The units have proven to be very effective in fly, rodent and odor control Layer manure can be composted year round in the manure pit of the high rise using the smaller skid steer attachment. Litter from broiler houses can be recycled by composting within the house to pulverize, decake, sterilize and flash off the ammonia all in one operation. Flocks do better on recycled composted litter showing less mortalities, less blinding, increased feed conversion and increased bird weight at harvest. 641-322-4220
Pakster Pakster manufactures transport coops, chick boxes, egg flats, egg baskets, buckets and pallets. Our products are injection molded in high density polyethylene, providing excellent strength and durability combined with good chemical resistance. We are committed to providing our customers with quality products and excellent customer service. 423-746-2360
Pakster Pakster is offering new egg flats for Extra-Large and Jumbo eggs. Samples are in stock now for try outs. The company offers several color options. They will work with all automated systems. The company offers egg flats for larger eggs up to Jumbo. Minimum order per color is 3,600 flats. New pricing is being offered for a limited time. The reusable plastic egg flats are easy to wash and dry for biosecurity, do not keep odor. 423-746-2360
Cumberland The new AV Series 80,000 Btu (British thermal unit) Tube Brooder joins the ALL-STAR line up of Cumberland/HiredHand products. Each tube has its own reflector allowing the upper combustion tubes to concentrate more energy to the perimeter of the heating pattern, while the lower return tubes distribute a lesser radiant energy that result in reduced hot spots and more uniform floor temperatures. Offered in dual or single stage technology to maximize fuel efficiencies. 217-226-4420
Cumberland Cumberland now offers the Mega Flow External Damper fan line, which boasts high performance in a galvanized fan. This Mega Flow ED Fan line has been field tested and industry proven to be extremely effective in ventilation poultry production facilities. The AddAire butterfly style shutter system that comes standard on all Mega Flow ED Fans will provide a complete seal when closed and allow fans to remain at their optimum operating performance under extreme levels of static pressure. The unique arched side cone panels allow you to mount fans closer together on field installations. 217-226-4420
Ceva Animal Health Ceva is introducing its Vectormune® HVT-LT vaccine. This vector vaccine protects against both infectious laryngotracheitis and Marek’s disease. Vectormune HVT-LT is the newest
addition to a vaccine range that includes Vectormune FP LT, a vector vaccine solution for pox and ILT widely used in the U.S. and Latin America. The launch of the new vaccine completes Ceva’s HVT-based vector vaccine range by offering veterinarians a single-supplier solution for Newcastle disease, infectious laryngotracheitis or infectious bursal disease with Vectormune HVT-NDV, Vectormune HVT-LT or Vectormune HVT-IBD. Vectormune HVT-LT can be administered in the hatchery, in ovo or at day of age. It provides lifelong protection and is extremely safe, the company said. Vectormune HVT-LT is produced at Ceva’s new, state-of-the-art facility at its Biomune campus in Lenexa, Kan., and completes Ceva’s domestic product line for ILT and Marek’s disease protection. 913-894-0230
Wood shaving mills
Jackson Lumber Harvester Jackson Wood Shaving Mills use logs and slabs to produce shavings ideal for poultry bedding that’s soft, fluffy, absorbent, free of bugs, weed seeds and toxic chemicals. Several models are available, powered by electric, diesel, gas, or tractor PTO. In the early 1960’s, Jackson Lumber Harvester Co. Inc. became involved in developing machines for producing wood shavings for poultry litter, because the availability of by-product from sawmills and planer mills was gradually being used up, and resulted in a demand for wood shavings. The Jackson Wood Shaving Mill addressed this need for highquality wood shavings. Since the first wood shaving mill was patented by Clinton Jackson, the company has continued to improve the Jackson Wood Shav-
ing Mills to keep in step with today’s high-tech standards of production. This, along with mechanical-design improvements, make the latest Jackson Wood Shaving Mills capable of producing the highest volume of shavings, while still providing the tops in quality. The Jackson Wood Shaving Mill continues to be the standard in wood shavings production, incorporating the latest electronic technology, with complete operation systems being offered on a variety of models. Jackson also provides plant layout design and installation services for its customers. 715-926-3816
Jackson Lumber Harvester Webb Burners, manufactured by Jackson Lumber Harvester Co. Inc., are ideal for generating large quantities of heat for industrial processes, at substantially less cost per Btu (British thermal unit) than traditional oil- or gas-fired systems. Jackson manufactures and sells a complete line of Webb Burners available in sizes up through 60 million Btu’s per hour. Jackson does complete drying system installations, including the Webb Burner of appropriate size for a particular operation, control console, drum dryer, cyclone, cyclone stand, screens, air lock, bin and belt conveyors. Using a variety of alternative fuels, with years of clean combustion performance, has resulted in positive evaluations by environmental protection agencies. The rapid combustion process allows quick response to changing process demands. Webb Burners are lined with an excellent combination of refractories to assure best heat (Continued on next page)
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retention and long burner life. Stack and hot gas transfer ducts are lined with high-temperature lightweight insulating refractory. The control panel provides automatic modulation of firing rate based on process outlet temperature (or other appropriate process parameter), and monitors burner and process inlet temperatures for safety shutdown in case of temperature extremes. 715-926-3816
Bayer Animal Health Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health Division has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Animal Health business of KMG Chemicals Inc. This move will further diversify Bayer’s existing insecticides portfolio in the U.S., allowing the company to offer a broader range of actives and forms in addition to its current product portfolio that includes cattle ear tags, pour-ons, dusts and farm hygiene premise sprays, the company said. “Bayer is committed to the animal health industry and we are excited about providing these established brands to our customers,” said Ian Spinks, president and general manager for Bayer Animal Health North America. “Acquiring KMG’s extensive line of ectoparasiticides as well as its cattle ear tag product line nicely complements our existing product portfolio giving us the opportunity to offer more robust insecticide solutions to livestock and poultry producers.” Products acquired in the agreement include brands such as the Patriot cattle ear tag and the Rabon and Permectrin insecticides. 913-268-2577
Meyn Meyn is a reliable and committed partner of renowned poultry processing companies in more than 90 countries worldwide. Meyn is widely recognized for its ability to support its customers in their ambition for higher capacity and increased yield and efficiency. Meyn’s equipment has proven to maintain its highlevel performance under a wide variety of line speeds and bird sizes, allowing its customers to achieve top-level productivity with an absolute minimum of labor. 770-967-0532
Breeder egg tech.
Diamond V New poultry research results announced by Diamond V spotlights technology that helps breeder producers improve their profitability by promoting egg production among broiler breeders, progeny performance and processing yield. Conducted by Auburn University, the research study utilized day-old Cobb 500 breeder pullets that were separated into different light-proof rooms. They were fed either a control diet or a diet containing Diamond V Original XPC®. Cockerels were fed a control diet in a separate, fourth room. Birds were fed on a skip-a-day restricted feeding program. Feeding Original XPC to broiler breeders promoted egg production with a positive change of 2.5 eggs produced during the 26-43 week period. Breast meat yield was promoted by feeding Original XPC with a change of 7.4 percent in breast meat weight and a change of 0.69 percent in breast meat yield. Carcass yield was promoted with a change of 4.8
percent in carcass weight and a change of 0.44 percent in carcass yield. Progeny weight was promoted with progeny weighing approximately 2.9 percent more at day 14 and approximately 2.8 percent more at day 42. Feed conversion, adjusted for mortality and common bodyweight, improved by approximately 2 points (1.7 percent) at day 14 and 3 points (1.6 percent) at day 42. 800-373-7234
Southwestern Sales Co. Southwestern Sales Co. introduces the V-Flex and S-Flex bifold end doors for live containment houses. This new line of insulated end doors represents an improvement from previous end door designs in efficiency and cost. The insulated V-Flex and S-Flex doors will reduce grower energy costs, and the tight seal provided by the door’s efficient design will eliminate problems in maintaining adequate static pressure experienced with other style doors. 800-636-1975
Southwestern Sales Co. Southwestern Sales Co. introduces the Multicator which is a unique approach in designing a reliable and efficient device to inject nutrients, medications and condition water for animal confinement houses, nurseries and industrial applications. Medicators have historically used expensive seals, springs, and other components which require continuous replacement, the company notes. The Multicator works efficiently from day one, and with no moving parts, permanently eliminates the need for expensive spare parts, and al-
lows the user to focus on more important issues. 800-636-1975
Smithway As times have changed so has Smithway. In 2000 Smithway introduced its patented Air Conditioned systems — improving temperature control and biosecurity. Now we have increased our cooling capacity by 30 percent by incorporating a dual compressor system that can work independently or together giving not only added cooling but also a backup system in case of a compressor failure. This and more can be monitored from your desk with our wireless communication system. For more than 30 years, Smithway has been a leader of the flock no matter how big or small your loads may be. 828-628-1756
Best Vet. Solutions Best Veterinary Solutions Inc. is a leader in innovative animal health solutions from the world’s highest quality manufacturers.
The company notes that its mission is to manufacture and supply products and give support to its animal agriculture customers, and help them do the best possible job of caring for their animals at the most reasonable cost. In 2004 the company opened its corporate office in Ellsworth, Iowa, as well as became the exclusive importer and marketer for Cid Lines Co. Cid Lines is a leader in animal hygiene and exports to more than 70 countries on five continents. BVS Cid Lines USA distributes Cid Lines’ products from nine locations in the U.S. 888-378-4045
Farmer Automatic The patented CompostCat from Farmer Automatic of America is a self-propelled machine that stirs, aerates and re-deposits composting material in a windrow directly behind the machine. It can be used in any windrow composting application. Short term windrow composting in broiler houses has proven to (Continued on next page)
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reduce low level pathogens and ammonia levels prior to arrival of baby chicks. The unique design offers a zero degree turn radius for excellent maneuverability anywhere. An integrated pest management program is a big part of a manure management plan. We offer this machine with a variety of options and upgrades to fit your individual needs. 912-681-2763
Novus International Poultry producers are well aware of the critical importance of proper nutrition in maximizing animal health and productivity. What may be less obvious, however, is the contribution of chelated trace minerals to such vital traits as tissue integrity and egg shell strength. “When trace minerals such as copper, manganese and zinc are used in feed at recommended levels, animals are enabled to perform to their genetic potential,” said Dr. Scott Carter, global poultry market manager for Novus. “But when these trace minerals are deficient, the results are lower reproduction, depressed immune system response, lower bone density, reduced feed efficiency, poor health and increased mortality.” The benefits of minerals aren’t limited to improving the health of the bird; they make the egg produced by the bird better, too. Maintaining trace mineral balances supports shell strength, the internal structure of the egg, and the tissue integrity of the unhatched chick. As laying hens age, mineral nutrition plays an increasingly important role, ensuring continued production of plentiful, high-quality eggs and the overall well-being of the hen. Optimal nutrition translates into
optimal performance. As a highly bioavailable mineral source, MINTREX is absorbed and used by the animal to a much greater degree than inorganic trace mineral supplements. This means producers can maintain feeding efficiency with fewer minerals fed and excreted. 888-906-6887
Merck Animal Health Merck Animal Health’s INNOVAX®-ND and INNOVAX®ND-SB, two one-dose recombinant vaccines widely used by the U.S. poultry industry, have been shown to aid in the protection of Newcastle disease for at least 60 weeks, according to a study recently accepted by the USDA. In the study, researchers administered INNOVAX-ND subcutaneously to 1-day-old specificpathogen-free chickens before challenging them with a very virulent ND virus at 20, 40, 50 or 60 weeks of age. They observed the birds for 10 days after each challenge. Chickens were considered negative if they remained free of clinical ND signs. All chickens vaccinated with INNOVAX-ND were protected against every challenge conducted; in contrast, all chickens in an unvaccinated group that were challenged at the same times as the vaccinated chickens developed ND. This research was conducted by Lillian Melson and Karen Jensen of Merck Animal Health, who presented their findings earlier this year at the International Avian Respiratory Disease Conference in Athens, Ga. Launched in 2010, INNOVAX-ND is a recombinant vaccine that eliminates the need for stress-causing, oil-based, inactivated BD vaccines. INNOVAX-ND-SB, available since 2008, helps pre-
vent ND and Marek’s disease, but also contains the SB-1 strain of chicken herpesvirus (serotype 2) to prevent very virulent Marek’s. 800-356-7470
Merck Animal Health Merck Animal Health has obtained regulatory approval from the USDA for Coccivac®-D2 — a new-generation version of a coccidiosis vaccine that has been used successfully in billions of broiler-breeders and commercial layers worldwide. It will replace Coccivac ®-D. “Coccivac-D2 builds on the field-proven performance and dependability of Coccivac-D, but its spectrum is even more in step with the Eimeria populations found in today’s broiler-breeder and layer operations,” said Dr. Charlie Broussard, Merck Animal Health director of U.S. poultry technical services. He explained that Coccivac-D2 has a more focused antigen profile of the six major species of chicken coccidia (E. tenella, E. mivati, E. acervulina, E. maxima, E. brunetti and E. necatrix.) “We eliminated E. hagani and E. praecox, two of the least important pathogenic Eimeria species of the chicken,” Broussard added. As with all Coccivac® vaccines, Coccivac-D2 provides a balanced, controlled dose of live Eimeria oocysts to stimulate the bird’s natural immunity against this costly and highly prevalent disease. Coccivac-D2 is currently available in 5,000dose and 1,000-dose vials. 800-356-7470
American Coolair American Coolair has developed a 54-inch version of its
NEF fan to meet large-volume ventilation needs in poultry farm buildings. The American Coolair NEF54 produces up to 10 percent more airflow than the smaller versions of the NEF fan but remains extremely efficient pushing air more than 30 cubic feet per watt. Constructed with galvanized steel, the NEF54 is durable and resistant to corrosion. The blade serves as the driven sheave, placing the belt load directly on the bearings and extending the life of those bearings, and therefore reducing maintenance costs. The NEF54 can be shipped knocked-down to save freight costs, making it ideal for export to foreign customers. Founded in 1928, American Coolair is a manufacturer of ventilation and evaporative cooling systems for the poultry, swine, dairy, greenhouse and golf industries. 904-389-3646
Trays & flats
Southwest Agri-Plastics Southwest Agri-Plastics Inc. has been manufacturing plastic products for the agriculture industry since 1969. In 2008 we introduced our line of Dura-Tray® hatch trays & Dura-Flat® egg flats. Our hatch trays are made from high grade virgin polyethylene material providing superior impact and wear resistance. We have added plastic in critical areas to prevent breakage. The diamond shaped openings in the bottom are 15 percent larger than leading competitors for improved cleanability. Our hatch trays are manufactured with Bio-Pruf® anti-microbial protection. Our egg flats are made from high-grade virgin polypropylene providing superior wear and impact resistance. Our solid plastic construction is easy to clean and
resist microorganism build-up. Currently with manufacture the 36, 42, 54, & 84 egg flats designed to work with Jamesway & Chick Master incubators as well as other models. All sizes will cycle through in ovo equipment. This year we are also introducing our Dura-Box® chick boxes. Our 8 post box, nest and stacks with most other boxes. We added openings in the corners for better ventilation. Just like all our products, the Dura-Box is made from high grade virgin plastic. 800-288-9748
Ziggity Systems Ziggity Systems Inc. has developed a new drinker for adult turkeys that is self-cleaning and built-to-survive aggressive turkey behavior. Ziggity calls this new drinker the T-Max. Ziggity took the same proven concept that made it number one in poult watering and re-engineered it to work for male and female adult turkeys. The company fieldtested and fine-tuned the T-Max drinker for more than three years, and results show T-Max ensures the birds receive all the hygienic water they need to thrive and thereby reducing litter costs. Turkeys have poor eye-beak coordination, so Ziggity created a larger target that the birds cannot miss. As the birds peck at the TMax, it tips and rotates. It is not a stationary drinker like cups used on other systems. The rotating action swishes the water around, self-cleaning the drinker. No manual scrubbing is required. As turkeys grow, their drinking action becomes increasingly aggressive; and they can rapidly wear out a watering system. Ziggity designed the T-Max drinker (Continued on next page)
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with a shock-absorbing flex stem that allows the entire drinker to give. This eliminates breakage and potential leaks. The drinker is made of a durable plastic that is green in color, which turkeys find more attractive. 574-825-5849
Flame Engineering Flame Engineering Inc. offers the Red Dragon Poultry House Sanitizer. The Red Dragon poultry house sanitizer is the fast, easy and effective way to sanitize a 40-foot x 500-foot poultry house in approximately one hour using only 25-30 gallons of propane in the process. Discover its usefulness and affordability in safely sanitizing without chemicals. The intense heat (1,400 degrees F) kills pathogens and bacteria while also extending litter usability. Faster turnaround equals less downtime. Environmentally friendly — no runoff, no residues or water contamination and flares off ammonia. Research shows increased livability, increased feed conversion and growers are increasing their settlements. 800-255-2469
CPM CPM has debuted its new pellet mill enhancement. “CPM is pleased to offer feed and poultry customers the ability to produce higher quality pellets at a lower cost through our new pellet mill enhancement,” said Scott Anderson, general sales manager for CPM. “Our lineator remote roller adjustment can now be coupled with roll speed measurement, allowing customers to monitor the speed of the rolls
and provide better roll-slip management to prevent plugs.” In pelleting, a larger die and more steam provide for a better pellet at a lower cost; but too much steam can cause roller slippage and die blockage. More than 20 years ago, CPM provided a great solution to this problem with the development of the CPM Lineator — making it possible to remotely control the distance between the roller and die surface while the pellet mill is in operation. Now, CPM’s roller speed measurement combined with the CPM lineator allows for cost-efficient, higher-capacity production with the same pellet quality, but with improved steam addition control and less overloads and blockages. 800-366-2563
Centurion Poultry Centurion Poultry Inc., headquartered in Lexington Ga., with satellite operations in Connecticut, Alabama, Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, has two main divisions: (1) Pureline Genetics Division; based in Connecticut, is specialized in the genetic improvements of meat type birds, for both commercial broiler production as well as alternative production catering to specialty markets as free range and organic. The company distributes Pureline Genetics breeding stock worldwide through a network of distributors. (2) Commercial Hatchery Division; specialized in the production of day-old layer chicks. It’s combined hatchery capacity is well over a million pullet chicks per week. The main breeds being offered are Bovans and DeKalb. 706-743-0865
Albemarle Albemarle Corp. has announced the launch of a new antimicrobial used in meat processing, enhancing the company’s food safety portfolio to include a liquid form of hypobromous acid. CellVex is a post-harvest antimicrobial proven effective against E. coli, campylobacter and salmonella for high volume applications in the meat and poultry markets, the company said, adding that, with the launch of CellVex, Albemarle can now offer customers two product platforms for hybobromous acid — solid and liquid. CellVex can be used as part of a multiple intervention strategy and is approved in all applications within a meat processing plant. “Albemarle is dedicated to providing antimicrobial interventions to reduce foodborne pathogens across the globe,” said Tina Craft, global business manager, Specialty Bromides, with Albemarle. “We offer unique products and science-based solutions for compliance with various global performance standards including the USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service’s Salmonella and Campylobacter initiative in poultry processing.” CellVex joins Albemarle’s current food safety products, AviBrom® and BoviBrom®, which are solid forms of hypobromous acid and sold through a partnership with Elanco Food Solutions. 800-535-3030
Pos. press. heaters
Space-Ray Space-Ray has introduced a line of positive pressure radiant gas tube heaters with a Tube Integrity Safety System (TISS)
that provides additional safety for poultry houses. The TISS system is unique to Space-Ray. Available in natural or propane gas, the new PCA/PCS Series Radiant Gas Tube Heaters from Space-Ray saves in fuel costs, reduces maintenance and permits higher mounting in the poultry house for broader coverage and added efficiency. The Space-Ray PCA/PCS Tube Heaters use positive pressure to push products of combustion through the heavyduty calorized aluminized steel combustion chamber. Calorized or heat-treated emitter tubes are offered as an option by SpaceRay. Calorized tube material offers improved corrosion resistance and greater radiant output. The tube heaters come with a choice of one-stage or two-stage input controls for added flexibility and a totally enclosed burner box that places all the power, thermostat and gas connections in one central location for easier installation and maintenance. 800-849-7311
Motomco Motomco’s unique vitamin D3 bait, AGRID3® Chunx and Pellets, recently received the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Listing for use in organic operations. The coveted OMRI Listing now assures organic farmers and pest management professionals servicing organic production accounts that AGRID3 Chunx and Pellets can be used to fight rodent infestations on certified organic operations, including food processing, warehousing and storage and animal production. AGRID3 Chunx and Pellets contain the active ingredient, vitamin D3, which kills Norway rats, roof
rats and house mice yet reduces the risk of secondary poisoning and poses low toxicity to birds. AGRID3 Chunx is a dense, tightly compacted 1-ounce extruded block with superb durability. The highly weatherable Chunx is excellent in outdoor applications and has a melting point as high as 200 degrees F. Likewise, AGRID3 Pellets are made with an advanced formulation process that produces a fresh, better compressed pellet. 800-323-6628
Intralox Intralox’s line of Activated Roller Belt (ARB) equipment provides ultimate flexibility in the challenging palletizer infeed application. This unique solution for both new and retrofit palletizer applications features an electrically actuated switch that can handle up to 500 packs per minute in any orientation, while at the same time diverting to an infinite number of discharge points — all from a single input. Able to handle packs as small as 2-inches x 2-inches (51 mm x 51 mm), this ARB equipment solution provides the flexibility needed to adeptly handle today and tomorrow’s changing package types to create optimum palletizing patterns. Whether you need to reduce overall system costs, save floor space, or reduce system controls and complexity, consult Intralox early on in your planning process. We’ll show you how, through the unique capabilities of ARB technology, you can obtain the optimal line layout to maximize productivity. 888-388-2358 (Continued on page 21)
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WTO panel seated in U.S.-China dispute A third of cases resolved by panel GENEVA — Pascal Lamy, the directorgeneral of the World Trade Organization, has appointed three international trade experts to be on the dispute settlement panel that will hear the U.S. case against China assessing anti-dumping and countervailing duties against U.S. broiler products. The chairman is Faizullah Khiji of Pakistan, and the two members are Serge Fréchette of Canada and Claudia Orozco of Colombia. On Dec. 8, 2011, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) requested WTO establish a dispute settlement panel,
and on Jan. 20, 2012, the WTO Dispute Settlement Board agreed to form a panel. At the same time, the European Union, Japan, Norway, Saudi Arabia and Thailand reserved their third-party rights in the case. Chile and Mexico subsequently received their third party rights. In its filing with the WTO, USTR explained that the Chinese “measures appear to be inconsistent with various provisions of the anti-dumping agreement related to the process of the anti-dumping investigation as well as the anti-dumping duty determination at issue, including improperdumpingandinjurydetermination; improper reliance on the facts available; failure to provide access to relevant information; insufficient explanation of the basis for the determinations; absence of
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Porter Insulation Porter invented the modern style of dropped ceilings, Porter Insulation Products has been the industry’s leading poultry house insulation company. We now offer a wide variety of building products specifically for the poultry house market. Please call us to learn more about our entrance doors, roof vents, coated wire, fiberglass insulation, track door systems, blown cellulose and fiberglass, woven tri-ply, bifold doors, attic air inlets, strapping tape, staples, nails, sliding door systems and much more. 800-999-0430
Eagan Mfg. Eagan Manufacturing Co. Inc. provides quality door and ventilation products for applications in poultry houses. We manufacture Tunnel Ventilation Doors, Wall Vents, Attic Inlets, Folding Doors, Entry Doors, Fan Covers, Attic Access Doors, Windows and our brand new Sliding Door Packaging. 870-878-6805
J&D Mfg. J&D Manufacturing is your poultry climate control specialist. J&D’s complete line of poultry market products include circulation and exhaust fans, ceiling fans, ceiling and wall inlets, curtain systems and winches, evaporative pad cooling, high pressure fogging, misting, tunnel doors, wire mesh, environmental controls and more. J&D has been delivering quality products at competitive prices for more than 30 years. 800-998-2398
AllStar Packaging Allstar Packaging is a leading packaging supplier, with experience shipping all over the world. Products include egg cartons, egg filler flats, 5x6, 6x6, 4x5, corrugated egg boxes (15 dozen & 30 dozen), plastic egg flats, vacuum lift heads; and any other poultry suppliers egg cartons can be customized with your company logo in pulp or Styrofoam. Highly experienced staff will simplify your ordering, and lowest prices guaranteed. 954-781-9066
Anglia Autoflow N.A. Anglia Autoflow N.A.’s new larger Hi Cube Drawers can increase line capacity by increasing the number of birds ready for processing. Anglia Autoflow’s Hi Cube Drawers are 50 percent larger than previous drawers and more than 1 inch taller, which allows companies to handle more birds and potentially run their lines at higher speeds. The drawers come five high and two wide and can be loaded from the bottom, pulling an empty drawer over the top of a full drawer. “The larger drawers allow companies to move more birds onto the line quickly and increase production,” said Peter Goffe, Anglia Autoflow N.A. president. “Designed for loading from the bottom up, the Hi Cube Drawers are less strenuous on workers because they are pulling an empty drawer over a loaded drawer, versus pushing a full drawer back into place.” Anglia Autoflow designs, develops and manufactures handling systems and controlled atmosphere stunning. 404-374-3966
Tabor Group Tabor Group Inc. specializes in supplying lighting for poultry applications. Our lighting products include dimmable and non dimmable LED’s, CFL and CCFL’s. All of our products have undergone and passed long field testing. New models include — Retrolite PoultryFlector — that easily allow you to convert from high pressure sodium to CFL’s and our new dimmable LED’s. These products represent the most technologically innovative and offer the best paybacks of any poultry lighting products. 800-657-0509
Superior Radiant Products SRP offers flexibility with two models of two stage gas-fired infrared tube heaters to best suit application requirements. Series TA/TX/TXR is designed for heavy duty commercial and industrial use. Available in rates from 40,000 to 220,000 British thermal units/hour, lengths from 10 feet to 70 feet, natural gas or LPG. The jet stream burner design maximizes radiant output and is combined with 100 percent efficient parabolic aluminum reflectors to provide optimal energy efficiency and comfort. The unique Series LT/LTX/LTXR two stage infrared heaters are designed for low clearance applications. The principle advantage is the softening of the radiant output over a much longer length of tube with an end-to-end variance of less than 15 percent and remarkable bottom clearance of only 36 inches. Available in rates from 40,000 to 100,000 Btu/hr, lengths from 30 feet to 50 feet, natural gas or LPG. All two stage units include a Hi-Low output capability allowing for quicker
recovery on the high fire and economical steady operation on the low fire. Save 20 percent to 50 percent fuel by using infrared radiant heating. 905-664-8274
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POULTRY TIMES, June 18, 2012
Markets Compiled by David B. Strickland, Editor 770-718-3442 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nat’l. Broiler Market: (Jun. 7): Whole broiler/fryer prices were trending about steady to steady overall. Offerings cover the full range but were noted as mostly
moderate for current trade needs. Retail and foodservice demand was light to moderate. Floor stocks were mixed. In parts of the Midwest many continue to struggle with trucking availability. Market activity was slow to moderate. In the
parts structure, movement was light to moderate as many buyers were content with regular orders unless tempted into buying an enticing discount. Prices were trending steady for wings, steady to weak for dark meat items and weak to lower for tenders and breast items. Offerings of tenders, breast items and dark meat items were moderate to heavy and slow to clear. Market activity for parts is mostly slow. In production areas, live supplies were moderate at mixed, but mostly desirable weights.
F owl: Jun. 8: Live spent heavy fowl
Final prices at Farm Buyer Loading (per pound): range 9-20¢
P arts: Georgia:
The f.o.b. dock quoted prices on ice-pack parts based on truckload and pool truckload lots for the week of Jun. 8: line run tenders $2.13½; skinless/boneless breasts $1.66; whole breasts $1.04½¢; boneless/skinless thigh meat $1.41; thighs 76¢; drumsticks 75¢; leg quarters 55¢; wings $1.82.
N ational Slaughter: Broiler: Estimated slaughter
for week ending Jun. 9 is 155,911,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending Jun. 2 was 145,394,000. Heavy-type hen: Estimated slaughter for the week ending Jun. 9 is 1,785,000. Actual slaughter for the week end-
The following chart provides an annual high and a comparison of recent activity of major poultry company stocks.
USDA Shell Eggs AMS weekly combined region shell egg prices Average prices on sales to volume buyers, Grade A or better, White eggs in cartons, delivered warehouse, cents per dozen.
42.40 35.10 27.34 30.50 8.68 55.87 2705.00 21.06
35.64 31.91 25.13 30.04 8.08 53.46 1970.00 19.29
36.01 31.58 24.88 29.55 7.99 54.05 2078.57 18.88
Cal-Maine Campbell Soup ConAgra Hormel Pilgrim’s Pride Sanderson Farms Seaboard Tyson
Extra Large Large Regions: Northeast 102.50 98.00 Southeast 100.50 98.50 Midwest 93.50 91.50 South Central 105.50 100.50 Combined 100.71 97.26
69.00 69.00 64.50 70.50 68.34
Computed from simple weekly averages weighted by regional area populations
Grain Prices OHIO COUNTRY ELEV. May 22 May 29 Jun. 5 No. 2 Yellow Corn/bu. $6.54 $6.04 $5.98 Soybeans/bu. $13.83 $13.57 $13.15 (Courtesy: Prospect Farmers Exchange, Prospect, Ohio)
(Courtesy: A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc.)
Broiler Eggs Set/Chicks Placed in 19 States Ala Ark
Del Fla Ga Ky La Md Miss Mo. N.C. Okla Pa S.C. Tex Va
19 States Total Prev. year % Prev. yr.
EGGS SET (Thousands)
CHICKS PLACED (Thousands)
27,976 21,793 10,901 3,622 1,353 32,771 7,853 3,470 7,087 18,185 7,687 20,044 6,926 3,636 5,481 14,627 6,281
28,384 21,765 11,115 3,696 1,353 32,634 7,735 3,455 7,200 17,810 7,726 20,426 6,843 3,650 5,462 14,769 6,279
28,329 21,401 11,244 3,699 1,353 32,656 7,731 3,409 7,388 18,078 7,788 20,126 7,133 3,838 5,277 15,061 6,353
28,305 21,578 10,739 3,710 1,352 33,032 7,728 3,500 7,672 18,065 7,778 19,992 6,801 3,719 5,091 14,967 6,425
19,775 20,132 10,680 3,956 1,328 27,482 6,666 3,130 6,860 15,477 5,113 16,649 4,573 3,151 4,819 12,343 4,935
20,746 19,908 11,626 4,361 1,509 26,806 5,876 3,075 6,377 15,042 5,491 16,278 4,237 2,954 3,779 12,106 5,187
20,482 20,303 10,561 3,733 1,333 28,477 6,768 3,111 6,367 15,401 5,384 16,817 4,156 2,993 3,766 12,338 5,009
20,117 20,800 10,290 4,235 1,285 27,602 6,305 3,084 6,528 15,686 5,186 16,294 4,315 3,044 4,623 12,165 5,021
1/Current week as percent of same week last year.
Estimates: The estimated number of broilerfryers available for slaughter the week ending Jun. 9 is 156.8 million head, compared to 162.3 million head slaughtered the same week last year. The estimated U.S. slaughter for the week of Jun. 9 is 156.2 million head, notes USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Poultry Programs. For the week of Jun. 16 the estimated available is 156.8 million head.
Industry Stock Report
ing Jun. 2 was 1,570,000. Light-type hen: Estimated slaughter for the week ending Jun. 9 is 1,645,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending Jun. 2 was 1,158,000. Total: Week of Jun. 9: 159,341,000. Week of Jun. 2: 148,122,000.
USDA Composite Weighted Average For week of: Jun. 4 86.15¢ For week of: May 28 86.77¢ Chi.-Del.-Ga.-L.A.-Miss.-N.Y.--S.F.-South. States For delivery week of: May 29 Jun. 5 Chicago majority 72--76¢ 70--80¢ Mississippi majority 80--85¢ 80--84¢ New York majority 86--89¢ 85--88¢ For delivery week of: May 30 Jun. 8 Delmarva weighted average 74¢--$1.06 65¢--$1.04 Georgia f.o.b. dock offering 94.50¢ 94.50¢ Los Angeles majority price $1.04 $1.04 San Francisco majority price $1.04½ $1.04½ Southern States f.o.b. average 65.47¢ 66.70¢
Turkey Markets Weighted avg. prices for frozen whole young turkeys Weighted average (cents/lb.) F.O.B. shipper dock National Week ending Jun. 8 Last year Hens (8-16 lbs.) 107.00 104.60 Toms (16-24 lbs.) 108.00 105.30 Week ending Jun. 1 May avg. Hens (8-16 lbs.) 109.21 107.77 Toms (16-24 lbs.) 108.41 108.86
Egg Markets USDA quotations New York cartoned del. store-door: May 30 Jun. 7 Extra large, no change $1.05--$1.09 $1.05--$1.09 Large, no change $1.03--$1.07 $1.03--$1.07 Medium, no change 75--79¢ 75--79¢ Southeast Regional del. warehouse: May 30 Jun. 7 Extra large, up 5½¢ 92¢--$1.05 97½¢--$1.06¼ Large, up 8¢ 88¢--$1.03 96¢--$1.03 Medium, no change 66½--74¢ 66½--74¢
POULTRY TIMES, June 18, 2012
Pfizer spins off animal health business
AMERICAN EGG BOARD HOTLINE
continues as the major growth driver in foodservice with more breakfasts, customers and eggs being served in this daypart. The nation’s Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) account for nearly 85% of all breakfasts away from home. Research shows the dramatic growth during the last several years. The American Egg Board focuses on the QSR segment.
24,000 locations of Subway launched breakfast in April 2010 with AEB’s assistance.
Meals ordered that In the QSR Morning Meal segment, there are
million more servings of eggs since 2006.I
include eggs at QSR Morning Meal has increased by 10% during the last four years.I
Successful Good Egg Project promotions with Subway locations in Boston, Central PA and Washington, D.C. resulted in a food bank donation of
140,000 EGGS. One egg was donated for each egg sandwich sold within the promotion period.II SOURCES: THE NPD GROUP, YE AUGUST 2011I; AEBII
NEW YORK — Pfizer Inc. is spinning off its animal health business into a separate company that will be called Zoetis (Zoe-EHT-iss). The world’s biggest drug maker previously announced that it would either spin off or otherwise divest the business between this July and July 2013. “Pfizer Animal Health is a dynamic business with strong fundamentals,anexpandingand loyal direct customer base and a proven management team,”said Ian Read, chairman and chief executive officer, Pfizer. “We are on track to create a standalone animal health company by our previously stated target of July 2013. Our focus contin-
ues to be on taking the actions that will generate the greatest after-tax value for our shareholders, with share repurchases remaining the case to beat in allocating cash proceeds from the separation.” On June 7, Pfizer said it is preparing to submit a regulatory filing for a possible initial public offering of a minority stake in the new company. Pfizer, which is based in New York, says it will provide more details on the proposed transaction when it reports its secondquarter results. The name Zoetis has its root in zo, which is familiar in commonly known words such as zoo and zoology. It derives from zoetic, meaning “pertaining to
life,” and signals the company’s dedication to improving the health of animals across species and around the world based on thefundamentalunderstanding that animal and human health are inextricably linked, the company stated. “The name best captures the company’s focus on partnership with veterinarians, livestock producers and companion animal owners by providing innovative products and solutions that advance animal health and human well-being,” said Juan Ramón Alaix, president, Pfizer Animal Health. “We are excited about Pfizer’s decision to chart an independent future for the Animal Health business and about our new name, Zoetis.”
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FDA says no to ‘corn sugar’ term for HFCS WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has denied a petition to use the term “corn sugar” as an alternate name for high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The petition had been filed by the Corn Refiners Association. However, FDA’s Michael M. Landa, director of the Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, turned down the name change request. In a letter to the Corn Refiners Association, the FDA noted that sugar is a solid, dried and crystallized food; whereas syrup is an aqueous solution or liquid food. “Consequently, the use of the term “corn sugar” for HFCS would suggest that HFCS is a solid, dried and crystallized sweetener obtained from corn,” Landa stated. “Instead, HFCS is an aqueous solution sweetener derived from corn after enzymatic hydrolysis of cornstarch, followed by enzymatic conversion of glucose (dextrose) to fructose. “Thus, the use of the term “sugar” to describe HFCS, a product that is a syrup, would not accurately identify or describe the basic nature of the food or its characterizing properties,” Landa added. The FDA also pointed out that the term “corn sugar” has been used to describe dextrose for more than 30 years. “Moreover, “corn sugar” has been known to be an allowed ingredient for individuals with hereditary fructose intolerance or fructose malabsortpion, who have been advised to avoid ingredients that contain fructose,” Landa said. “Because such individuals have associated “corn sugar” to be an acceptable ingredient to their health when “high fructose corn syrup” is not, changing the name for HFCS to “corn sugar” could put these individuals at risk and pose a public health concern.”
POULTRY TIMES, June 18, 2012
Coalition of food and ag groups want comprehensive U.S.-EU FTA WASHINGTON — Poultry and egg associations have joined with an ad hoc coalition of 40 food and agricultural organization to express concern that a proposed free trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union might fall short of long-established U.S. objectives for trade pacts. Goals for a U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement include elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade in goods; the removal of market access barriers to trade in services; and achievement of a much higher level of regulatory convergence and cooperation and alignment of standards and practices. However the ad hoc coalition does not agree with the recommended approach to negotiation of these goals. The proposed approach to negotiation of a U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement states: “Negotiations between the U.S. and the EU to achieve these objectives should not be pursued as a “single undertaking” with success in one area dependent on
success in all the others. Rather, negotiators should seek positive outcomes in each area at whatever negotiating pace is possible. Moreover, forward movement should not be stymied by attempting to resolve all those difficult issues that have proven intractable in the past.” In a letter sent to the Obama administration and the Congress, the coalition said that rather than creating “a barrierfree transatlantic market,” this approach would assure the perpetuation of barriers on many products in many sectors.” Also, the coalition said, “There can be little doubt that the reference to ‘issues that have proven intractable in the past’ refers to agriculture. But the notion that agriculture is intractable is mistaken.” The group noted that the World Trade Organization Uruguay Round resulted in major EU agricultural concessions that many had thought impossible at the outset — and would have been impossible without the pressure of a single undertaking in that negotiation. Even though the U.S. is the world’s
largest agriculture exporter, it imports more than 40 percent more food and farm products than is exported to the EU. “The EU imposes a myriad of restrictions on U.S. products in the form of sanitary and phytosanitary measures,” the ad hoc coalition stated, adding that “Acceptance by the EU of internationally agreed standards and the adoption of science-based risk assessments must be an important goal of improving the bilateral partnership.” “The “single undertaking” approach has demonstrated its value time and again in U.S. FTAs. Had the U.S. embarked on any of its existing FTAs using the “do what we can, when we can” approach proposed in these papers, it would not have in place the comprehensive agreements it has today,” the letter said. “In short, we strongly believe that this proposed approach is a recipe for a small, rather than a bold, transatlantic trade deal that would set an unfortunate precedent for all future trade negotiations,” the coalition concluded.
UC studying how salmonella avoids immune response IRVINE, Calif. — University of California-Irvine researchers have discovered how salmonella, a bacterium found in contaminated raw foods that causes major gastrointestinal distress in humans, thrives in the digestive tract despite the immune system’s best efforts to destroy it. Their findings help explain why salmonella is difficult to eradicate and point to new approaches for possible treatments. Most people infected with salmonella suffer from diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps for up to seven days before the infection resolves. Lead researcher Manuela Raffatellu, a UC-Irvine assistant professor of microbiology & molecular genetics, and colleagues identified a novel molecular mechanism that allows salmonella to survive. Results of their study appear in the March issue of Cell Host & Microbe. Pathogens like salmonella flourish and
cause disease in humans through a process by which they acquire metal ions, such as zinc, from the body. One of the body’s key immune responses is to flood the infected area with antimicrobial proteins that include calprotectin, which removes zinc. Without enough of this vital element, most pathogens eventually die. Raffatellu’s team found, however, that salmonellae overcome this immune response by expressing specialized transporter proteins that enable the bacteria to acquire zinc in spite of calprotectin reducing the amount available in the digestive tract. This distinctive mechanism lets salmonellae continue proliferating. At the same time, calprotectin inadvertently promotes salmonella growth by killing the microbes that normally reside within the intestines and help the immune system battle pathogenic bacteria. “We’re beginning to learn more about the mechanisms that allow pathogens like salmonella to evade our natural defenses
and make us sick,” Raffatellu said. “In light of this, if we can devise therapies that block the acquisition of zinc and other metals by salmonella specifically, we can fight this infection.” Additionally, she said, the new findings may have relevance for other illnesses, such as inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer, in which high levels of calprotectin are detected. Also contributing to the study, which was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, were Janet Z. Liu, Stefan Jellbauer, Adam Poe, Vivian Ton, Michele Pesciaroli, Martin Hosking, Robert A. Edwards and Thomas E. Lane of UC-Irvine; Thomas Kehl-Fie, Nicole A. Restrepo, Walter J. Chazin and Eric P. Skaar of Vanderbilt University; Andrea Battistoni of the University of Rome; Thomas Vogl and Johannes Roth of the University of Munster, Germany; and Paolo Pasquali of the Superior Health Institute in Rome.
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