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January 7, 2013 Volume 60, Number 1

International Production & Processing Expo sets record More than 1,150 exhibitors slated ATLANTA — The 2013 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has set a record with more than 1,150 exhibitors, covering more than 430,000 net square feet (21+ acres) of exhibit space. Comprised of the three integrated trade shows — International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo, and International Meat Expo — IPPE is still growing with three weeks left until the start of the Expo. “We very much appreciate the participation of so many of our

industry’s suppliers. Their support of the IPPE helps each of our trade associations accomplish our respective mission for our industries,” said John Starkey, president of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. “With the continued response we have been receiving, we are excited to see what the next few weeks will bring us going into the Expo,” said Joel G. Newman, American Feed Industry Association president & CEO. “We continue to be amazed by the positive show of support from our supplier community and expect IPPE to have significant benefits to our industry,” noted American

Meat Institute President, J. Patrick Boyle. The global poultry, feed and meat industry trade show will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 29-31, 2013, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. The Expo will highlight the latest technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of poultry, meat and feed products. The Expo will also feature education programs that will be held from Jan. 28 through Feb. 1, and will include the annual line-up of the International Poultry Scientific Forum, Pet Food Conference, Animal

Agricultural Sustainability Summit and International Feed Education Program. In addition, the 2013 IPPE will feature 11 new educational programs: Recalls and Public Health Investigations; Improving Food Safety, Sanitation and Maintenance; Animal Care and Handling: Focus on Poultry Processing; Meat and Poultry Processing: A Global

Perspective; Consumer Trends; Plant Operations and Management; Antibiotics Conference - Current Issues for the Poultry & Egg Industry; The Future of the U.S. Egg Industry; Meat & Poultry Research Conference; Media Training for the Meat & Poultry Industry; and Poultry Handling and Transportation Quality “Train the Trainer” Workshop. Also returning for this year is the Poultry Market Intelligence Forum and the International Rendering Symposium. More information about the 2013 IPPE can be obtained at www.

Tyson’s Donnie Smith Industry leader Harold Ford passes away to speak college program ATLANTA — Donnie Smith, CEO of Tyson Foods, will be the keynote speaker at the College Student Career Program to be held during the 2013 International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). Smith’s presentation, Transitioning from Academics to Industry, will encourage and challenge the students to work diliSmith gently toward achieving their career aspirations as they move from academics to a work environment. The program provides companies with the opportunity to interview top students for industry jobs and internships in one location, during a

three-day period. The program has been part of the hiring process for many companies for more than 40 years, with more than 300 students from more than 25 universities participating in the program. “Donnie Smith is an alumnus of the College Student Career Program and now an industry CEO and leader, so who better to inspire students of all they can achieve in the poultry industry. We are excited about his participation and know that this excitement will spread to the students as they learn from Donnie,” said Alan Duncan, Mountaire Corp., and chairman of the College Student Career Program planning committee. The College Student Career Program is scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 29-31. Information on the College Student Career Program can be obtained at under the “Programs” header.

TUCKER, Ga. — Harold Ford, retired executive director of what was then Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association (now the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association), died Dec. 14, 2012. In 1954, Mr. Ford, a Kentucky native, originally joined the association staff at its headquarters in Richmond, Va. He had previously served as assistant commissioner of agriculture in Kentucky. In 1957, Ford was named executive secretary of the association, commonly called “Southeastern.” The headquarters was moved to Decatur, Ga. In 1961, Mr. Ford left the association to join Mar-Jac Poultry Co. in Gainesville, Ga. In 1967, after several years with Mar-Jac and Sanderson Farms in Mississippi, he was asked by the Southeastern board of directors to return as executive secretary. He guided the association to prominence as one of the most effective and influential trade associations, not only in the poultry industry, but throughout the U.S., the associated noted. He grew the

organization’s signature event, the International Poultry Expo, still held annually in Atlanta, Ga., to become the largest, preeminent poultry industry convention and trade show in the world. Ford retired in 1992. The association’s foundation is named after him, along with the organization’s highest recognition, the Harold E. Ford Lifetime Achievement Ford Award. Ford also was inducted into the Poultry Industry Hall of Fame. Following his retirement from Southeastern, Ford was active in volunteer work with organizations such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Prevent Blindness Georgia, the Paralympics and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. He served as a deacon in the Baptist faith most of his adult life. During World War II, he was a U.S. Marine in the South Pacific; and he was also an avid golfer.

Ford was preceded in death by his wife Wanda. He is survived by three daughters: Karen, Debbie and Anita, along with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Current U.S. Poultry & Egg Association President John Starkey praised Harold for his work with the organization and industry. “When Harold returned to our organization in 1967, it was in such dire straits that he actually had to borrow money to make staff payroll,” Starkey said. “But from that point, he built the foundation for our long-term success. He touched, and his legacy continues to touch, so many affiliated with our association and industry, from $25 million funding our research program over the years, to thousands of industry members attending our seminars and the IPE, to the thousands of

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USDA rule uping poultry-processing lines speed worries inspectors McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — USDA is poised to finalize major changes to the poultry slaughter-inspection process that critics warn could threaten food safety and harm workers. The proposed rule would allow companies to speed up production lines from 35 birds per minute per inspector to 175 per minute, a fivefold increase. It also would cut hundreds of federal inspector jobs and turn over much of the responsibility for spotting defective or diseased birds to plant employees. The agency says that the proposal, which has been in the works for more than a decade, reduces the risk of foodborne illness by relying on scientific testing to screen carcasses, rather than the naked eye. Under the rule, one inspector

would be stationed at the end of every production line to eyeball chicken carcasses as they whiz by on hooks. Plant employees, rather than federal inspectors, would cull defective birds farther up the line. USDA officials say that frees up the agency’s remaining workforce to perform more important tasks elsewhere in plants, such as random testing for pathogens and monitoring of sanitation. Inspectors shouldn’t be doing quality-control tasks that have little to do with protecting public health, said Elisabeth Hagen, the undersecretary for food safety at the USDA. “There’s a role for visual inspection, but in this day and age it can’t be the only way that we define inspection for food safety,” Hagen said. “We’re not doing the right thing by the consumer if we do that.”

The USDA estimates that the changes will save taxpayers $90 million over three years and $256 million in production costs annually. Industry proponents say the new rule will modernize the poultry inspection system, which hasn’t been updated much since the 1950s. “Look at the data. This is not something that USDA cooked up overnight,” said Tom Super, a spokesman for the National Chicken Council. “This has been in a pilot program for 13 years.” Twenty broiler-chicken plants have volunteered as “trial plants” to test the proposal since 1999. The food-safety and worker-safety records in the plants are on par or better than those plants participating in traditional inspection, Super said. “Chicken companies and their employees on this line have every incentive to not let a product with a quality defect into the marketplace,” he said. Super points out that plants in other countries already run much faster. In Germany and Belgium, for example, line speeds typically reach 225 birds per minute, Super said. In Canada, the maximum speed is 250, he said. Federal poultry inspectors protest that they can’t see bruises, blisters, tumors, pus, broken bones and other signs of tainted birds when carcasses fly by them at a rate of a third of a second. They can’t look inside the birds for bile, partially digested feed

or fecal matter, or examine entrails for diseases such as avian leukosis — contaminants that inspectors say can be disgusting at best and dangerous at worst. Stan Painter, chairman of the National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals, a union that represents about 6,500 federal inspectors, said fewer federal inspectors in plants means fewer police on the beat, and more opportunities for plants to cut corners. “If I know the cops are not going to be on the road in 50 miles, I’m gonna speed,” he added. “The agency is looking at taking 817 inspectors off the poultry lines. I can’t imagine anything worse than that,” said Trent Berhow, a poultry inspector in St. Joseph, Mo., who’s the vice chairman of the union. A risk assessment of the new rule conducted by the USDA found that the rate of fecal-matter contamination at plants in the pilot program is about half that in other plants, and salmonella rates average about 80 percent lower. Equivalent data for campylobacter isn’t available, the agency said. But USDA statistics also show that salmonella rates have been going up in recent years at pilot plants, while decreasing at non-pilot plants. In 2010, the rate was slightly higher at the pilot plants than at the traditional plants the USDA used for comparison. The USDA’s Hagen said the rise wasn’t statistically significant. “I don’t think we’re concerned about

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bright young students interviewed in our College Student Career Program, just a few of the many association programs he developed. Harold was passionate about our industry and about our organization, and we will be forever grateful for his leadership and the example

it,” she said. Consumer advocates say the trend is disturbing. They’re particularly troubled because the proposed rule no longer would require plants to test for E. coli bacteria or any specific pathogens — not even salmonella or campylobacter. Nor would plants have to meet specific time and temperature parameters for chilling chicken before shipping it to stores. Those details would be determined by each plant, rather than by government regulations. “They are leaving it up to the plant to decide what to test for, how frequently to test and then to design its own testing plan,” said Chris Waldrop, the director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America. “It’s shocking, frankly.” Hagen said the USDA’s proposal removed requirements that weren’t necessarily effective. Ultimately, plants still must meet the agency’s safety standards for acceptable levels of pathogen contamination in birds, she said. “Giving them a little bit of flexibility in terms of how they do that is certainly not going to be harmful to consumers,” she added. Hagen said the USDA would continue to conduct its own tests for salmonella and campylobacter at the plants

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he set for service to the poultry industry.” Retired association president Don Dalton also lauded him. “Harold Ford was a great mentor to me and a wonderful personal friend,” Dalton said. “He had an exceptional ability of looking at an issue and getting right to the matter. He was a wonderful man of integrity who will be greatly missed.”

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Whitbeck to provide TPF laboratory services FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Poultry Federation board of directors has selected Whitbeck Laboratories Inc., as the provider for TPF lab work services, effective since Dec. 17). The announcement was made by Marvin Childers, president of the Poultry Federation. All federation lab equipment currently housed in the Fayetteville facility will be relocated to Whitbeck Laboratories in Springdale, located at 1000 Backus Ave. Whitbeck Laboratories is a commercial, private, independent laboratory and will continue to provide the services and testing performed by the Poultry Federation Lab. Gordon Whitbeck is president/ microbiologist at Whitbeck Laboratories, and is also president of Whitbeck Group Inc, and A&A Laboratories Inc. “TPF members and lab customers should expect a seamless transition, without any interruption in services or changes in price, as they move from the federation lab to Whitbeck Lab,” Childers said. “We are pleased that Whitbeck Laboratories, an allied member of the federation, will continue to provide laboratory services for our industry. We have operated a blood testing laboratory for over 50 years and it’s important that these services continue to be available to our association members and our industry members.” According to Childers, the decision to transfer the federation lab to Whitbeck Labs came about after the departure of Dr. James Barton, TPF lab director. Barton has accepted a position with Pacific Vet Group. “Dr. Barton has been a valuable asset to our lab and our industry,” Childers added. “His expertise and knowledge made him instrumental in upgrading our products and services. We wish him the best in his new endeavor. The good news for

our customers is that Nikki Giurbino of the federation lab will be joining Whitbeck Labs in Springdale. Nikki is a National Poultry Improvement Plan certified lab technician and will play an important role in the transition of the two labs.” The decision to move the laboratory was a difficult one to make, according to Childers. He credits many people in this important decision making process. The Executive Committee of the board, including a special appointed lab committee, and many company representatives provided advice and counsel, which guided the board in making the final decision. “We are equally as pleased to be the chosen laboratory to encompass the federation lab services,” Whitbeck said. “Customers can expect the same professional service and the same competitive pricing they received from the federation lab. I’ve been actively involved as a member of the Poultry Federation for more than 20 years and the opportunity to continue services to our industry as a private independent laboratory is important to our industry and will be equally as important to our company.” Whitbeck Laboratories will continue to offer the services of flock inspections, audits, sample packing and shipping, the federation noted. They will continue to procure and sell supplies that are of use to poultry farmers and will constantly research new services in an effort to meet the current and future needs of customers. In addition, Whitbeck Labs will continue to help reduce losses to farmers and processors by providing accountable, accessible and accurate laboratory testing services to veterinarians and flock managers. More information can be obtained at and

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Welcome to the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo By John Starkey

Special to Poultry Times

ATLANTA — The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is the worldwide, premier exposition for the poultry, feed and meat industries. Industry leaders from throughout the United States and around the world have gathered in Starkey Atlanta to see the largest display of equipment, supplies and services used in the production and processing of poultry, meat and feed products, as well as to stay informed on important issues affecting our industries. It is the one location where industry leaders, purchasing managers and decision makers can view emerging technology and new innovations for all segments of the poultry, meat and feed industries. The IPPE is co-sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the American Meat Institute (AMI) through their three trade shows — the International Poultry Expo, the International Feed Expo John Starkey is president of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association with offices in Tucker, Ga.

and the International Meat Expo. The 2013 IPPE will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 29-31, at the Georgia World Congress Center. Although the IPPE is the industry’s premier trade show, the week of the Expo will feature the most extensive schedule of education programs ever addressing current industry issues and topics. The education program schedule includes the annual line-up of the International Poultry Scientific Forum, Pet Food Conference, Animal Agricultural Sustainability Summit and the International Feed Education Program. The 2013 IPPE will also feature 11 new educational programs: Recalls and Public Health Investigations; Improving Food Safety, Sanitation and Maintenance; Animal Care and Handling: Focus on Poultry Processing; Meat and Poultry Processing: A Global Perspective; Consumer Trends; Plant Operations and Management; Antibiotics Conference — Current Issues for the Poultry & Egg Industry; The Future of the U.S. Egg Industry; Meat & Poultry Research Conference; Media Training for the Meat & Poultry Industry; and Poultry Handling and Transportation Quality “Train the Trainer” Workshop. Also returning for this year is the Poultry Market Intelligence Forum and the International Rendering Symposium. There is such a wide variety of topics

covered; your team will not want to miss out on these great programs! Returning again for 2013 is the Members to Atlanta (M2A) program. M2A waives the registration fee, through online pre-registration, for member firms of USPOULTRY, AMI and AFIA engaged in the production of poultry, egg, meat and feed products. M2A is supported through the sponsorship of these elite exhibiting companies: Agranco Corp. USA, Alaso, Alltech, Aviagen, Ceva, Cobb-Vantress, Cryovac - Sealed Air, Diamond V, Dupont, DAR PRO Solutions, ISI-Incubator Supply, Jamesway, Jefo, Kemin, Marel Stork Poultry Processing, Mosaic, Muyang and Pfizer Animal Health Global Poultry. We thank these firms for their continued support of the M2A program. USPOULTRY has sponsored the College Student Career Program for more than 40 years. Held during the Expo, it attracts more than 300 graduating students from 25 universities throughout the nation. Industry and allied firms conduct job and internship interviews with the students during all three days of the show. It is both time and cost effective, since the companies can see so many students in one location. The program is part of USPOULTRY’s continuing effort to encourage talented young people to become the industry’s leaders of the future. IPPE will provide a variety of amenities for your convenience. Interactive product locators will help you find exhibitors, products and services. Free Wi-Fi will be available in the exhibit halls. Bus service is provided between the convention center and hotels in the IPPE block. An on-floor reception will be held on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. on the Expo floor; and the International Networking Reception will be held at the Georgia Aquarium from 5:307:30 p.m. on Wednesday. We would like to welcome you to Atlanta and thank you for your continued support of our industry

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everyone and supports the industry at the same time. The funds generated from the Expo are reinvested into the industry in the form of research, education, communication and technical assistance.

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RFA to EPA: Revise analyses of corn and sugarcane ethanol WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should immediately initiate a process to update its obsolete lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analyses of corn and sugarcane ethanol for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), according to a recent letter sent to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson from Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “There have been literally dozens of new studies and modeling improvements since EPA finalized the RFS2 almost three years ago,” Dinneen said. “Overwhelmingly, these new reports and data show that the corn ethanol process is far less carbon intensive than assumed by EPA. Corn ethanol is offering real and significant GHG savings today. Mean-

while, the carbon intensity of crude oil production continues to worsen, as we drill farther and deeper than ever before and get more of our energy from marginal crude sources like tar sands.” Dinneen also said recent research shows that the lifecycle GHG emissions associated with Brazilian sugarcane ethanol production are worse than originally estimated by EPA for the RFS2. Harvested sugarcane area in Brazil has expanded 55 percent since 2006, with at least 70 percent of that expansion occurring on previous pasture land, research shows.

Land use EPA’s analysis assumed virtually no land use change emissions for sugarcane ethanol.

The RFA letter summarizes the results of numerous recent studies and data showing that EPA overestimated ethanol plant energy use, corn farming energy use and land use change (LUC) emissions. “Indeed, improved modeling and better data show that the corn ethanol process is more efficient and producing less GHG emissions today than EPA assumed would be the case in 2022,” the letter states. On the issue of land use change, Dinneen wrote, “. . . based on newer data and improved methodologies, the independent estimates of corn ethanol LUC produced since the RFS2 was finalized have generally trended in the range of 8-18 g/MJ. This compares to EPA’s net LUC emissions estimate for corn ethanol of 28.4 g/MJ.” When recent modeling and data

improvements are combined into one analysis, as was done in a recent peer-reviewed paper by researchers at Purdue University and the Department of Energy (DOE), the results are striking.

Emissions The Purdue and DOE scientists found corn ethanol, on average, reduces GHG emissions today by at least 24 percent compared to gasoline even with speculative LUC emissions included. GHG reductions for ethanol from dry mill plants are even larger. Dinneen said it is imperative that EPA recognizes this new science and data for several reasons. “EPA has been a leader in the field of biofuels lifecycle assess-

ment, and initiating a process to update the RFS2 analysis ensures that the agency maintains an active and relevant role in the scientific discussion around biofuel lifecycle GHG accounting,” he wrote. “Second, an effort by EPA to update its analysis will enhance the public’s understanding of corn ethanol’s lifecycle GHG impacts and serve to inform debate on future biofuels policies. In addition, updated analyses of corn and sugarcane ethanol will allow for fairer comparisons of the two fuels moving forward. Finally, updating EPA’s analysis would help ease the agency’s workload and reduce the backlog of petitions for new pathways.” More information about the Renewable Fuels Association can be obtained at


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Business Compiled by David B. Strickland, Editor 770-718-3442

Alltech VP examines Chinese feed future BEIJING — Aidan Connolly, vice president of Alltech and associate professor of marketing at UCD’s (University College Dublin) Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Ireland, addressed more than 1,200 Chinese feed industry, academic and political leaders at the 9th China Animal Husbandry and Feed Technology Economic Forum, held recently in Beijing, China. “By using advanced technologies such as nutrigenomics, China can rapidly transform itself to become the world’s most Connolly significant and most advanced player in the global feed industry,” Connolly said. “Four of the world’s largest feed companies are Chinese. With an expected output of 190 million tons this year, China is the world’s largest feed producer.” During his presentation, Connolly discussed other cutting-edge technologies and summarized Alltech’s vision for the future of the Chinese feed industry in four points:  Consolidation — Between 1990 and 2012, the number of feed mills in both Europe and the U.S. dropped by a third, while their production capacity increased more

than 80 percent from an average of 24,000 to 50,000 tons per year. A similar trend is forecast to take place in China in the next five to 10 years. Already, the number of feed mills has dropped from 13,000 to just more than 10,000 and is predicted to drop even further as overall feed tonnage rises.  Automation — The feed mills of the future will be fully automated systems. Three people can run a 100,000 ton capacity feed mill in the West, where the same mill in China will have 30 to 40 production workers. Automation not only reduces cost but also increases manufacturing accuracy and plays a role in biosecurity.  Consumer demands — Today’s Chinese consumers are increasingly conscious about food quality and food safety. Safe feed is essential to produce safe food, thus feed producers must use safe and natural technologies in their production to ensure full traceability, consistent quality and biosecurity. At the same time, feed producers will need to significantly increase their feed efficiency.  Precision nutrition — In the future, feed producers will be able to access information from technologies such as nutrigenomics, near infra-red, temperature probes and automatic weighing scales. These and other real-time information systems will identify, on a minute-by-minute basis, the effect that nutrition is having at a

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Other Business News Cobb-Vantress & Hendrix extend R&D SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. — Affordable and higher quality food will result from new genetic advances inspired by a unique industry collaboration, notes Cobb-Vantress and Hendrix Genetics. Two of the world’s largest animal breeding companies aim to achieve further breakthroughs in the field of genomics during the next three years of a joint development agreement, the companies added. Arkansas-based Cobb-Vantress Inc., and Hendrix Genetics B.V., which is headquartered in Boxmeer, Netherlands, initially set up the JDA in 2008 to share and promote expertise, particularly in the fast-growing field of genomics. Already new genomic selection tools have been discovered and developed, such as the cutting-edge SNP Chip for chickens, the companies said, adding that, this is a glass slide that can analyze between 60,000 and 1 million variations in DNA sequences — or Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) — which act as biological markers and help scientists locate a range of genes associated with disease. The extended agreement will intensify efforts to develop new tools and discover fresh insights into animal genomics in order to improve breeding programs and help increase world food production, officials noted. Dr. Gerard Albers, head of research and technology at Hendrix Genetics, said, “This is like two renowned chefs sharing recipes, swapping thoughts and ideas on how to create a perfect dish. There are many ways to create this dish, many ingredients that can be used, and with shared views we are able to come closer to this perfect dish.” The collaboration is the biggest within the animal breeding industry and will produce animals that are more productive, less susceptible to disease and at reduced cost,

therefore helping to tackle global food shortages, the companies said. The JDA will also strengthen Cobb’s leading position in broiler breeding and Hendrix Genetics’ renowned role in layer hen, turkey, pig and aquaculture genetics, while enabling the two companies to further explore joint venture business opportunities. Cobb-Vantress has about 2,500 employees and serves the industry in more than 90 countries. Hendrix Genetics has nearly 2,500 employees worldwide and operations in 24 countries and provides expertise and resources to producers in more than 100 countries. Jerry Moye, president of CobbVantress, said, “The joint efforts of the Hendrix and Cobb R&D teams have provided valuable knowledge for both of our companies. Cobb is excited to continue our partnership with Hendrix Genetics. We look forward to discovering what opportunities may be in our future.” Antoon van den Berg, CEO of Hendrix Genetics, said, “Bringing together the resources and expertise of Hendrix Genetics and Cobb allows us to accelerate the rate of research and to meet the challenges of food production. In genomics, scale is important, and the basics of breeding and genomics apply in most animal sectors.” More information can be obtained at and

Sanderson reports quarterly results LAUREL, Miss. — Sanderson Farms Inc. has reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2012. Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $648.4 million compared with $559.8 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, the company reported net income of $9.3 million, or 41 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $21.6 million, or 97 cents per

share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. Net sales for fiscal 2012 were $2.386 billion compared with $1.978 billion for fiscal 2011. Net income for the year totaled $53.9 million, or $2.35 per share, compared with a net loss of $127.1 million, or $5.74 per share, for last year. “The fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 marked the end of another challenging year for Sanderson Farms and the poultry industry,” said Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms Inc. “We reported record annual sales of $2.386 billion, a 20.6 percent increase over fiscal 2011. However, while poultry markets improved compared to fiscal 2011, grain prices surged to record levels during August as a result of drought conditions across much of the corn belt. As a result, the improvement in poultry market prices was offset in part by higher feed costs. Our increased sales and return to profitability during the year reflect higher production as we completed the ramp up to near full production at our Kinston, North Carolina, facility. For the year, we sold 2.952 billion pounds of dressed poultry, another record, compared with 2.794 billion pounds in fiscal 2011.” According to Sanderson, overall market prices for poultry products were higher in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 compared with prices a year ago. As measured by a simple average of the Georgia dock price for whole chickens, prices were higher by approximately 7.7 percent in the company’s fourth fiscal quarter compared with the same period in fiscal 2011, and were higher by 7.3 percent for the fiscal year compared with the prior year. The higher Georgia Dock whole bird price is consistent with steady demand for our retail chill pack product during this fiscal year. Boneless breast meat prices averaged 11.6 percent higher in the fourth quarter than the prioryear period. (Continued on next page)


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For fiscal 2012, boneless prices were 9.1 percent higher when compared with fiscal 2011, he added. Jumbo wing prices averaged $1.58 per pound during the fiscal year, up 81.2 percent from the average of 87 cents per pound for fiscal 2011. The average market price for bulk leg quarters decreased approximately 1 percent for the quarter, but increased approximately 16.7 percent for fiscal 2012. The relatively strong dark meat prices reflect good export demand during the year. Prices paid for corn and soybean meal, the company’s primary feed ingredients, increased during the year and were up 11.6 percent and 39.7 percent, respectively, during the fourth fiscal quarter when compared with the fourth quarter a year ago. For the year, total feed costs in broiler flocks processed were 1.4 percent higher than fiscal 2011. “The start-up of our new Kinston, N.C., poultry complex continued during the first half of fiscal 2012,” Sanderson said. “The increased production at the Kinston plant during fiscal 2012 more than offset the four percent production cut instituted at our other plants in January 2012 to better balance our production with our customers’ demand. Because we expect demand from our foodservice customers to remain soft until American consumers regain their confidence and the employment outlook brightens, and in light of continued high prices for grain and uncertainty regarding supply, we have instituted the additional 2 percent production cut we announced in August of 2012. We currently plan to leave our production cut in place through fiscal 2013.” “We are pleased that our profitability during fiscal 2012 allowed us to significantly reduce outstanding debt and strengthen our balance sheet,” he added. “As a result, we believe we are well positioned to continue our growth strategy once market conditions improve. As of Oct. 31, 2012, our balance sheet reflected $896.5 million in assets,

stockholders’ equity of $550.1 million and net working capital of $262.2 million. Our total long-term debt at year-end was $150.2 million. A strong balance sheet is an important advantage in our industry, especially given today’s economic environment, and provides us with the financial strength to not only support our growth strategy, but also to manage through challenging conditions. We deeply appreciate the hard work and dedication to excellence of everyone associated with our company, including our employees and growers.” More information can be obtained at

Pilgrim’s changes listing to NASDAQ GREELEY, Colo. — Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has announced that it will voluntarily transfer its stock exchange listing from the New York Stock Exchange to the NASDAQ Global Select Market, an exchange of the NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ). The company noted that its common stock commenced trading on the NASDAQ on Dec. 28, and will continue to be listed under the ticker symbol “PPC.” “As part of our effort to reduce costs and optimize value for our stockholders, we determined that the move to NASDAQ will provide our stockholders the most cost-effective services available in the market today,” said William Lovette, president and CEO of Pilgrim’s Pride. “This decision is one more step supporting our vision of becoming the best managed and most respected company in the industry.” “We are thrilled to welcome Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. to NASDAQ’s family of listed companies, which represent the world’s largest and most innovative brands,” said Bruce Aust, executive vice president, NASDAQ OMX. “Pilgrim’s is a wonderful company with a great product and we look forward to supporting Pilgrim’s Pride and its stockholders through our partnership in the years to come.”

Frost & FACTA offering auditing LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Frost PLLC, a national accounting company in animal agriculture, and FACTA LLC, an established animal welfare audit company, have united to offer farm animal welfare auditing and assurance services to animal producers and food processors. The stated goals of this strategic association include helping clients reduce their risk of animal welfare issues through the use of sophisticated risk aversion programs while assuring clients and consumers that the best possible animal care practices are in use and independently verified, the companies noted. “This association will create the opportunity to draw on the technical skills of Dr. John McGlone and FACTA staff and will expand the audit capabilities and standards of verification on the Frost platform,” said Daniel Peregrin, Frost partner and spokesperson. Frost specializes in providing accounting, tax and consulting services to the agricultural industry. Founded in 1974, the company has offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Ark., and Raleigh, N.C., and serves clients with operations in 48 states and numerous foreign countries. Frost is associated with Moore Stephens, which includes more than 300 independent accounting companies with more than 600 offices in nearly 100 countries. Farm Animal Care Training and Auditing (FACTA LLC), led by experts in animal handling and welfare, has been conducting independent, professional, science-based animal care training and auditing services for more than 10 years. These services are based on individual farm benchmarking by credentialed auditors and educators in an exclusive peer reviewed process. More information can be obtained at and at www.

Business The World Group elects new officers HILLSBORO, Ore. — The World Group, a strategic partnership of independent North American refrigerated/frozen logistics and warehousing companies, has elected its new slate of officers. Tony Lucarelli, Henningsen Cold Storage, was elected president. Other officers elected included: Luis Jorba, Frialsa Frigorificos, vice president; Stan Bigford, Trenton Cold Storage, secretary; and Patrick Gorbett, Great Lakes Cold Storage, treasurer. Founded in 1978, the World Group provides the food industry with supply chain solutions tailored to clients’ market-specific needs, the group notes. The World Group provides a network of more than 55 refrigerated warehouses in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. More information can be obtained at

Jimmy’s Egg opens two new locations OKLAHOMA CITY — Jimmy’s Egg LLC opened its fourth Omaha,

Neb., and third Tulsa, Okla., locations this quarter, bringing the total number of operating Jimmy’s Egg® restaurants to 34. Earlier in 2012, new Jimmy’s Egg restaurants opened in San Antonio and McAllen Texas; Lawton, Okla.; and Omaha, Neb. “We are excited about adding these two new restaurants to our system,” said Jim Burke, co-manager for Jimmy’s Egg. “This has been a great year for Jimmy’s Egg and 2013 will be even better. In 2013, we plan to open 10 restaurants in new markets, including openings in Tahlequah, Okla.; Stillwater, Okla.; and The Colony, Texas, during the first quarter.” Jimmy’s Egg is open seven days a week from 6 a.m.– 2 p.m., and serves a breakfast and lunch menu. Jimmy’s Egg is based in Oklahoma City and is co-owned by a restaurant group led by Jim Burke, the former president and CEO of Oklahoma based Eateries Inc.; and Loc Le, chairman of Jimmy’s Egg and a founder of the Jimmy’s Egg concept. More information can be obtained at



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Farmers feed Staten Island residents •Connolly affected by ‘Superstorm’ Sandy (Continued from page 6)

PARK RIDGE, Ill. — America’s egg farmers delivered a hot egg breakfast to hundreds of people in need on Staten Island, in an effort to help feed the families still affected by “Superstorm” Sandy. The egg breakfast is part of America’s egg famers’ Good Egg Project, an initiative to educate people about where eggs come from and an effort to fight hunger in the U.S. Through a generous donation of liquid egg product by egg farmer Elliot Gibber of Deb-El Food Products, and a partnership with Food Freaks, a Brooklyn-based food cart, America’s egg farmers were able to reach hundreds of residents, national guardsmen, police and volunteers by Midland Beach with a hot breakfast and send many home with

cartons of liquid eggs to help feed their families and neighbors. “It’s a humbling experience to represent America’s egg farmers and help feed people still affected by the storm,” says Chris Pierce, chairman of the American Egg Board. “Hearing the personal stories of the residents there confirms the idea that we should always strive to do more to help people in need and bring hope to places devastated by disasters like these.” In addition to feeding Staten Island residents, America’s egg farmers donated an additional $1,200 to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a recognized FEMA distribution organization in Staten Island. “We are especially proud to do-

nate money to this organization. They are a part of the fabric of this community and have personal relationships with the residents. When the storm hit, they offered relief immediately,” says Joanne Ivy, president and CEO of the American Egg Board. “We thank our egg farmers across the country for making this donation possible.” More information can be obtained from the American Egg Board at

genetic level, in relation to animal growth, diseases, food safety and food quality. This will lead to ‘precision nutrition’ or the development of systems that deliver precise nutrients when animals require them. “In order to become highly competitive in global markets as well as to live up to the growing expectations of Chinese consumers, it will be critical for Chinese producers to maximize the use of new technologies, including novel materials such as algae or enzymes to assist

digestion,” Connolly added. “Technologies targeting enhanced feed efficiency should be embraced, including those developed using nutrigenomics.” Dr. Cai Huiyi, president of the China Feed Economy Professional Committee, said that “our aim with the conference was to learn and we learned a lot from the history of the feed industry in the U.S. and Europe, which is essential for China to accelerate the development of its own feed successes.” More information can be obtained at


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New poultry rule could harm workers, advocates say McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Workplace safety experts say a USDA proposal to increase line speeds at poultry plants could endanger the low-wage workers who are tasked with sorting and trimming inedible carcasses, a job that used to belong to federal inspectors. Line workers work elbow to elbow in many cases and struggle to keep up with current line speeds, said Catherine Singley, a senior policy analyst for the National Council of La Raza, a civil rights and advocacy organization based in Washington. The USDA’s proposal would allow plants to increase line speeds to 175

birds per minute. “To be really clear, the line workers are already at their limit, and so to expect that they’re also going to be taking on responsibilities to pull defective carcasses off the line, and there’s going to be no negative impact on the health and safety of the workers themselves, it’s just illogical,” Singley said. “Something has to give.” No data exists to substantiate the assertion that increased line speeds will increase injuries, said Elisabeth Hagen, the undersecretary for food safety at the USDA. “We would never put forward something that would inadvertently put others in harm’s way,” she said. As a food safety agency, however,

the USDA has no power to regulate the safety of workers in the poultry industry, she said. “We simply don’t have statutory authority,” Hagen said. In defense of increased line speeds, poultry companies cite Bureau of Labor statistics that show the poultry industry has experienced a 74 percent decrease in its worker injury and illness rates since 1994. “The poultry industry takes very seriously the health and safety of its workforce,” said Tom Super, a spokesman for the National Chicken Council. “They are our biggest asset, and we’ve adapted with the times and done a lot of things to protect our workers.” A recent survey by the council

and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association found that plants operating at faster line speeds as part of a USDA pilot program are as safe for workers as traditional plants, Super said. Total recordable injury rates in pilot plants were 5.6 per 100 workers in 2009 and 5.3 in 2010, compared with an industry average of 6.1 per 100 workers in 2009 and 5.5 in 2010, he said. Workplace safety advocates say the numbers of injuries reported in the poultry industry can be misleading, however, because poultry companies report their own injuries to federal officials. Already poultry workers routinely make more than 20,000 cutting motions a shift, and the work

IPE offers special discount for grower attendees ATLANTA — Poultry growers and producers are invited to attend the 2013 International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo, with a special registration fee of only $5 (on-site only), a terrific savings of $55. The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from Jan. 29-31, 2013. “We encourage growers and pro-

ducers to take advantage of this terrific opportunity, especially at such a great price. The Expo allows you to see the latest technology, experience time and money saving innovations and attend a wide selection of education sessions. It is also an excellent way to experience the entire poultry industry by seeing all of its components, including hatchery, layers, feed milling, live production, processing, further pro-

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often leaves them with nerve and muscle damage. Researchers also have noted a power imbalance between management in poultry plants and front-line workers. The low-wage workforce is made up largely of immigrants, minorities and women, many of whom are undocumented, don’t speak English fluently and are unaware of workplace safety rights. Under the circumstances, it’s unrealistic to give workers additional responsibilities to sort carcasses, and expect them to pull defective birds off a processing line without fear of reprisal, said Singley of La Raza.

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D.C. Farm Bureau plans annual meeting WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation will hold its 2013 convention and annual meeting Jan. 13-16 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. AFBF President Bob Stallman will open the meeting Sunday morning, Jan. 13, with his annual address. The Monday keynote speaker is retired astronaut Mark Kelly. Kelly is married to Gabrielle Giffords, the former member of Congress who survived an assassination attempt in January 2011. In other events, agricultural specialists from both the public and private sectors will be featured during a full slate of special issue and outlook conferences. There will also be the Farm Bureau Showcase, a trade show featuring equipment exhibits and innovative program and idea displays from state and county Farm Bureaus and their members, and a full slate of competitive events featuring Young Farmer and Rancher participants. The final two days, Jan. 15 and 16, will be devoted to the business session of the voting delegates, when members set Farm Bureau policy positions on major national and international issues for the coming year. mmm

Meat conference features education WASHINGTON — A full slate of education sessions and workshops

has been announced for the Annual Meat Conference (AMC), to be held Feb. 24-26, 2013, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. Attendees will become better prepared to tackle the most pertinent issues facing the meat industry today through sessions that focus on hot topics, including maximizing current consumer trends to increase sales and understanding the global market to remain competitive into the future. “The Annual Meat Conference is the premier opportunity for meat and poultry professionals from the packer, processor and retail communities to come together to share best practices,” said American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. “The planned education sessions will provide a wide range of information that attendees can apply to their day to day business.” Pat and Gina Neely, restaurateurs and co-hosts of two popular Food Network television programs, “Down Home with the Neelys” and “Road Tasted with the Neelys,” will share their Recipe for Success in the opening general session. From their latest success, New York City’s Neelys Barbeque Parlor, to the original Neelys Bar-B-Que locations in Memphis, cookbooks, merchandise and endorsement relationships with companies like Kraft and Sam’s Club, the Neelys know how to build a business from the bottom up and will share their secrets on how they grew an empire, turning their family restaurant into one of the most successful food brands in the South. The meat conference also features nine concurrent workshops designed to provide in-depth information on hot-topics facing the industry. From food safety to crisis management to the meat department’s role in total

store health, the series of workshops will be taught by a variety of industry experts. Topics can be found at “We recognize that consumers are more value-seeking than ever and willing to live with less due to the current economic conditions, and now that we’re also faced with a drought, extended price burdens will undoubtedly create new opportunities for collaboration with suppliers,” Pat Walsh, senior vice president of industry relations, education and research for the Food Marketing Institute, said. “The Meat Conference will help our industries anticipate the needs of our customers in this uncertain marketplace.” Co-sponsored by the American Meat Institute Foundation and the Food Marketing Institute, the conference attracts 800 members of the retail food and meat industries each year. It is considered a leading educational event focusing on meat and poultry marketing innovations, merchandising issues and consumer purchasing trends. Associate sponsors include the American Lamb Board, Beef Checkoff, National Chicken Council, National Pork Board and National Turkey Federation. More information can be obtained at

DELAWARE Delaware Ag Week adds poultry day GEORGETOWN, Del. — Delaware Agriculture Week, begun eight years ago to provide educational programs for all types of farmers, will expand in 2013 to include a full day of presentations for chicken growers. Though designed for Delaware farmers, the sessions are open to chicken growers throughout the Delmarva area. There is no registration to attend. The program will be held Friday, Jan. 18 at the Delaware State Fair Grounds Dover Building in Harrington, Del.

Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council, will speak at the opening Friends of Agriculture Breakfast. Topics for the poultry program include presentations on brooding, hot weather ventilation, economic and political challenges to the industry, farm bill programs, vegetative environmental buffers, gypsum curtains and nutrient management. The Delaware Agriculture Week activities are a collaboration between the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, the Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture. More information is available through the Agriculture Week brochure at

KENTUCKY Alltech schedules 28th annual tour LEXINGTON, Ky. — During the 28th annual North American Lecture Tour, Alltech will be challenging attendees to Stay Curious. The 23-stop tour, taking place from Feb. 12-March 1, will encourage attendees to stretch beyond conventional practices and explore how the latest technological developments can move the agriculture industry forward today. Tour topics include:  Curious about branding and building profit from the core?  Curious about a natural, pure, sustainable source of fatty acids and high quality proteins?  Curious about carbon footprints? What is a carbon footprint, and why is it important?  Curious about nutritional breakthroughs and solutions? What must be understood to maximize productivity. Dates and locations for the 2013 North American Lecture Tour are: Feb. 12, Waterloo, Ontario; Feb. 13, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Feb. 14, Lethbridge, Alberta; Feb. 15,

Drummondville, Quebec; Feb. 18, Burlington, Vt.; Feb. 19, Syracuse, N.Y.; Feb. 20, West Lafayette, Ind., and Lancaster, Pa.; Feb. 21, Columbus, Ohio, and Raleigh, N.C.; Feb. 22, Gainesville, Fla.; Feb. 25, Madison, Wis., and Lexington, Ky.; Feb. 26, Ames, Iowa, and Twin Falls, Idaho; Feb. 27, Owatonna, Minn., and Visalia, Calif.; Feb. 28, Brookings, S.D., and Clovis, N.M.; March 1, Lincoln, Neb., Rogers, Ark., and Springfield, Mo. More information can be obtained at

NEBRASKA Nebraska groups plan convention LINCOLN, Neb. — The 43rd Nebraska Poultry Industries convention will be held Feb. 20-21 at the Norfolk Lodge & Suites, Divots Conference Center, in Norfolk, Neb. Annual meetings and election of officers will be held for the following groups: National Poultry Improvement Association, Nebraska Egg Council, Nebraska Turkey Federation, Nebraska Allied Poultry Industries and Nebraska Poultry Industries. General education program topics will discuss international marketing of poultry; avian influenza; prices, distribution and consumer impact on grain; understanding today’s activist; ingredient updates for poultry nutrition; understanding the Food Modernization Act; and an update on the egg safety rule. Updates will also be presented on the Nebraska legislature and on the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN). More information can be obtained by contacting the Nebraska Poultry Industries, University of Nebraska, 102 Mussehl Hall, P.O. Box 830721, Lincoln, Neb. 685830721; 402-472-2051; egg-turkey@;


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Calendar; — NEQS ANNUAL JAN 30 STAKEHOLDERS MTNG., Atlanta, Ga. Contact: National Egg Quality School, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy., Annapolis, Md. 21401. Ph: 410-841-5769; Deanna.;

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JAN 13-16 — AFBF ANNUAL MTNG., Nashville, Tenn. Contact: American Farm Bureau Federation, 600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Suite 1000 W, Washington, D.C. 20024. Ph: 202-406-3673;

PRODUCTION & PROCESSING EXPO, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303, Ph: 770-493-9401, seminar@uspoultry. org,; or American Feed Industry Association, 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 916, Arlington, Va. 22201, 703-524-0810,,; American Meat Institute, 1150 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Wshington, D.C. 20036, 202-587-4200,

JAN 25 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Athens, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; JAN 28 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, ECO Center, Rome, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; — INT’L. POULTRY JAN 28-29 SCIENTIFIC FORUM, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: Southern Poultry Science Society, P.O. Box 1705, Clemson, S.C. 29633. Ph: 662325-3416;; www. JAN 28-29 — UEP BOARD MTNG., Atlanta, Ga. Contact: United Egg Producers, 1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 230, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005. Ph: 770-360-9220; JAN 29 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, Georgia Farm Bureau, Macon, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; JAN 29 — NCC TECHNICAL & REGULATORY COMMITTEE, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: National Chicken Council, 1052 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202-296-2622; ncc@;; JAN 29-31



JAN 31 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, Decatur County Livestock Complex, Bainbridge, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; FEB 1 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, Toombs County Agri-Center, Lyons, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; FEB 12-Mar. 1 — NORTH AMERICAN LECTURE TOUR,. Contact: Alltech Internationa, 3031 Catnip Hill Pike, Nicholasville, Ky. 40356;

JAN 29-Feb. 1 — NPFDA ANNUAL CONV., Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: National Poultry & Food Distributors Assocatiion, 2014 Osborne Road, Saint Marys, Ga. 31558. Ph: 770-5359901;;

FEB 13-16 — NTF ANNUAL CONF., Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, Calif. Contact: National Turkey Federation, 1225 New York Ave., N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202-898-0100;;

JAN 30 — GEORGIA AG FORECAST, UGA Tifton Conference Center, Tifton, Ga. Contact: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences;

FEB 20-21 — NPI CONV., Norfolk Lodge & Suites, Divots Conference Center, Norfolk, Neb. Contact: Nebraska Poultry Industries Inc., University of Nebraska, 102 Mussehl Hall, P.O. Box 830721, Lincoln, Neb. 685830721; 402-472-2051;;

JAN 30 — CHICKEN SUMMIT 2013 ADVSORY GROUP, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: National Chicken Council, 1052 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202-296-2622; ncc@;;

FEB 21 — TPA POULTRY SCHOOL, Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville, Tenn. Contact: Tennessee Poultry Association, P.O. Box 1525, Shelbyville, Tenn. 37162-1525. Ph: 931-225-1123; dbarnett@;

— NCC MARKETING JAN 30 COMMITTEE, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: National Chicken Council, 1052 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Ph: 202-296-2622;;;

— AGRICIULTURAL FEB 21-22 OUTLOOK FORUM, Crystal-Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Va. Contact: USDA at

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USPOULTRY supports National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conf. TUCKER, Ga. — The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association continues a long-term commitment of supporting exceptional industry-specific programs for students interested in becoming part of the poultry industry. Equipping today’s youth with the skill-set and experience necessary to excel has been the goal of USPOULTRY’s sponsored programs, such as 4-H, FFA, collegiate poultry judging competitions, and our College Student Career Program, the association noted. At this year’s National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Barbara Jenkins, USPOULTRY vice president of education programs, presented awards in five separate competitive events. Twenty-one teams and four independent individuals participated in the Poultry Judging contest, and 11 teams participated in the Avian Bowl. Eleven individuals participated in the Chicken Barbecue contest, nine in the Turkey Barbecue and seven in the Egg Preparation Demonstra-

tion. The conference, which allows members to compete in educational events that help them learn to formulate and defend decisions, speak publicly and expand their poultryrelated skills, hosted 154 senior 4H’ers representing 25 states. “USPOULTRY has been a proud sponsor of 4-H for many years now,” Jenkins said. “We know these youth are the future of our industry, and we want to help encourage these students to pursue a career in the poultry and egg industry.” A Poultry Careers Workshop was also held, which gave the 4-H students hands-on information from poultry food industry personnel, as well as pertinent information about career and educational opportunities in the poultry industry. Tracey McKinney, Perdue Farms, spoke about her job responsibilities; and Dr. Keith Bramwell, University of Arkansas, discussed how to pursue a college program that will give students diverse experiences in poultry to develop a successful career. More information can be obtained at

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Supporting students: Barbara Jenkins, left, vice president of education programs with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, is joined by the National 4-H Top Team Overall winners from Pennsylvania at the recent National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference.

New Int’l. Student Career Program set to premier at IPE 2013 ATLANTA — The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP) are jointly sponsoring a new International Student Career Program at the 2013 International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo. Held in conjunction with the long-standing USPOULTRY College Student Career Program, the new program has been created to provide companies with an opportunity to interview top students from various countries for industry jobs and internships in the poultry industry in one location. “UIPDP is pleased to honor Henry Holler, one of the pioneers of our industry, by establishing the Henry L. Holler International Management Studies Fund to support this international student career program,” said UIPDP Chairman Eric Joiner of AJC International. “Henry was one the founders of the USA Poultry &

Egg Export Council and served as the first chairman of UIPDP.” “Several of our interviewing companies have locations outside of the United States and are looking for students to fill positions in various countries. We are excited to offer our interviewing companies an opportunity to meet and talk with these international students,” said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY. The 2013 IPPE, one of the world’s largest poultry, feed and meat industry events, will be held from Jan. 29-31, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. The International Student Career Program will be held in conjunction with the College Student Career Program and is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29, through Thursday, Jan. 31. More information can be obtained at www.ippe13. org.

IPPE receives contribution from Wyndham Jade ATLANTA — The International Production & Processing Expo recently received a contribution from Wyndham Jade, the Expo’s official housing authority. The check was presented by Randi Benner, vice president of sales for Wyndham Jade, who commented, “We respect our long-term partnership with the International Production & Processing Expo and

look forward to continuing to support the Expo.” “We sincerely appreciate Wyndham Jade’s contribution to the Expo. We value our partnership and are pleased with the continued concern and attention Wyndham Jade has shown to our exhibitors and attendees,” said John Starkey, president of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. The contribution will be used to

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Practical Applications Joe Hess, Bill Dozier and John Blake Poultry Science Department Auburn University

Rendered Animal Products Our nation is increasingly interested in ”green” issues, including reducing waste and recycling. The poultry industry and other animal production industries have been recycling important portions of their operating waste for thousands of years. More recently, the wastes from animal slaughter have been rendered to produce products used for human food, pet food and commercial agricultural feed production. In the United States, the rendering industry got its start producing tallow for soaps and candles, as well as producing leather from animal hides. More recently, meat meals and fats produced by this industry have been used extensively in poultry feeds as concentrated and economical sources of nutrients. We tend to forget that the rendering industry also recycles the unused portions of our meat production, saving us from trying to figure out what to do with large amounts of products people don’t want to eat. We as a poultry industry should be proud that we are able to recycle a large portion of our processing wastes into products that are useful to society (us included). Livestock and poultry production (plus restaurants and grocery stores) in the United States produce around 54 billion pounds (27 million tons) of recyclable processing wastes each year. These are rendered into fats and animal protein meals (and leather, etc.). Consumers in the United States produce approximately 207 million tons of waste each year, around 45 million tons of which is recycled. The poultry and livestock industries, then, are recycling processing wastes equal to 13 percent of our total consumer waste. When compared to the amount of consumer

waste recycled, rendering takes in and uses waste equaling 60 percent of the recycling industry in the United States. We were doing that long before recycling was considered an important tool to protect the environment. As you can imagine, processing wastes (offal, DAF skimmings, etc.) are not the most desirable products, even for a public landfill operator. For this reason, the rendering industry, whether it be independent or integrator-sponsored, does a huge service to the poultry industry and municipalities alike. Processing waste represents a reasonable portion of each bird, steer or pig processed. A 1,000 pound steer produces approximately 400 pounds of processing waste (600 pounds of deboned beef ). First processing of broilers leaves slightly less that 30 percent waste while deboning would leave significantly more than that. When one figures that Alabama produces approximately 20 million broilers at an average of around 5.5 pounds per bird, the weekly waste production figure (based on WOG yield) would be 16,500 tons of processing waste (not including wastewater cleanup). Storing, handling, moving and rendering this much material is a major job. Fortunately, the poultry, livestock and pet food industries have found the products of rendering useful, allowing this system to keep our industry from being snowed under with unwanted animal parts. In addition, this industry takes in 3.8 billion pounds (2 million tons) of waste cooking fats from restaurants each year. The rendering industry produces approximately 8.4 billion lbs (4 million tons) of cleaned–up fats and oils each

year. Some of this is rendered for human consumption (lard), although the bulk goes into animal feeds, biodiesel or replaces natural gas as a fuel source for boilers. Animal feed use of rendered fats is around one-third of the total. Six billion pounds (3 million tons) of meat meals (meat and bone meal, poultry byproduct meal, feather meal, blood meal, etc.) are produced in the United States, with 90 percent going into feed for meat producing animals or pet foods. Once these meat products are transformed in the rendering process, they represent a concentrated source of nutrients that are attractive to nutritionists in formulating feeds to meet the nutritional needs of poultry. Protein, important amino acids, energy and minerals are all abundant in meat meals and help to economically meet birds’ needs for many of the more expensive nutrients. Significant changes have occurred over the decades in the mix of products coming to renderers and where those products go. Recently, the increased interest in the processing of paws for export to the Asian market has allowed companies to sell feet for a good price rather that divert them towards rendering. Of much more impact on the products produced by renderers, and consequently on those available to the commercial feed industry, is the emergence of petfood grade meat meals. Today, a significant portion of rendered animal products are produced to the exacting standards required for pets (and feeds for the aquaculture industry as well). It is not by accident that chickens are fed “feed” and dogs and cats are fed “food”. People view household pets as family members and are willing to pay handsomely for quality in the

foods fed to Fido and Fluffy. As more and more rendered meat product has been diverted to pet food, less product has been available for agricultural use. In addition, less meat and more bone has gone into the remaining products. Poultry nutritionists only include ingredients based on an exhaustive analysis of the nutrient worth of each product, so companies have made good use of the nutrients in today’s meat products. Phosphorus, a major ingredient in bone, is a very expensive nutrient and the highly-digestible phosphorus in meat meals, when combined with the use of phytase in poultry feeds, has reduced the amount of inorganic phosphorus that must be added to feeds. The poultry industry has a number of partners that function in concert with those directly growing birds for meat or egg production. These allied industries provide all manner of necessary services to Alabama’s massive poultry industry. One group that makes a living providing a most important service are the renderers that create something useful out of products that would otherwise be considered liabilities. Along these lines, one of the largest renderers of poultry products in the nation has included poultry farm mortalities in its incoming product stream. Using on-farm freezers to safely store farm mortalities, and following biosecurity protocols for entering and leaving farms, insures safe usage of this input. From a “green” standpoint, reducing the need to dispose of farm mortalities through burial or incineration keeps mortalities from becoming a waste management issue and recycles nutrients for useful purposes.


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International Production & Processing Expo Feeders

2013 Products Preview

VAL-CO Booth: 4323 The FUZE® ProLine feeders from VAL-CO® allow you to build the feeding system that best suits your needs. With the FUZE ProLine feeders you choose which pan diameters, pan depths and grill styles are best for your application. Now, there are new standard features to every FUZE Feeding System: a new Pan/Grill Lock & Hinge — keeping it securely closed when locked while the hinge makes cleaning the pans easier, without having to disassemble anything — and a new Mechanical Switch Control Pan. We’ve made the best feeders on the market today even better! Visit us at the 2013 IPPE to see the latest features to the FUZE ProLine Feeders. 800-998-2526

House controller VAL-CO Booth: 4323 VAL-CO® is proud to introduce the Horizon® Whole House Controller with options that can help to save you time and money. Critical information is displayed at-a-glance on the large, rugged touch screen display, keeping you informed of the conditions in your barn. Simple, intuitive software guides producers through setup and operation, making the complex control of the house easily understood. Modular components and thoughtful design make troubleshooting and maintenance fast while leaving ample workroom. The Horizon Whole House Controller can utilize multiple programs and multiple zones to control virtually any barn configuration. And with remote access through any web-enabled device producers experience a peace of mind knowing that their

site is running smoothly, day and night. Visit us at the IPPE to see the Horizon Controller in action. 800-998-2526

Drip canopy Lubing Systems Booth: 207 The all-new Lubing DripCanopy System is an excellent addition to any curve conveyor system. It’s a simple solution to help maintain a cleaner environment and makes end-of-day cleaning a synch. Simply pull the dirty paper off and roll out a new piece. The DripCanopy can easily be installed on new and existing conveyors to offer protection from egg droppings. The DripCanopy is available for all conveyor widths and can easily accommodate bends. Also — Lubing’s new rodent BaitStation offers a simple solution to a common problem. The BaitStation has a tamper-proof cap keeping the gravity-fed bait secure. The design is compact and can fit snugly against walls keeping it directly in the path of rodents. Make your rodent problems disappear with a Lubing BaitStation. 423-709-1000

Chain keeper Lubing Systems Booth: 207 The all-new Lubing ChainKeeper System offers piece of mind by protecting your conveyor system from a catastrophic break-down. As every producer knows, conveyor downtimes can translate to significant dollar losses. By sensing the pulse of the conveyor chain, the all-new ChainKeeper System is designed to detect, shut down and alert when there is a chain break or drop-out and allow your production to get back on line as quickly as possible. Also

— Lubing’s all-new OptiGROW Nipple is the ultimate nipple for broilers and is uniquely designed to work in today’s challenging poultry environment. Because the nipple has been optimized for growth, you will be amazed by the first-week performance and explosive bird growth. OptiGROW nipples offer: large body and pin, acid resistant design, easy triggering for day-old birds, increased side-action flow, larger flow range for jumbo birds, increased weight gains and improved feed conversions. 423-709-1000

Heaters Chore-Time Poultry Booth: 117 Chore-Time’s QUADRATHERM® Heater is now available in additional models to accommodate a wider variety of grower preferences. The complete QUADRATHERM® Heater Line includes: New — A low-pressure, direct spark, 24-volt heater with zone control for use with propane or natural gas. New — A high-pressure (5 psi), direct spark, 120-volt heater with zone control for use with propane or natural gas, certified for use in Canada. A high-pressure (5 psi), direct spark, 120-volt heater with zone control for use with propane or natural gas. A low-pressure, pilot-lit, 24-volt heater with zone control for use with propane. A low-pressure, pilot-lit, non-electric heater with individual control for use with propane. Known in the industry for its quadrangular heat pattern, ChoreTime’s QUADRATHERM Heater generates 80,000 Btu’s of efficient infrared heat. Its house-shaped heat pattern is broader and more uniform than the heat pattern of other heater

styles, and its design uses fuel more efficiently. 574-658-4101

Fans Chore-Time Poultry Booth: 117 Chore-Time introduces its new high-performance ENDURA® fan. Featuring a long glass fiber composite shroud for durability and corrosion resistance, the fan produces 27,100 cfm and 23 cfm/watt performance at a static pressure of 0.10 inches of water column. ChoreTime calculates that the “EnergyEfficient Version” of the 57-inch (145-cm) ENDURA Fan could save 14 percent or more in energy costs, compared with the “HighCapacity Version” of Chore-Time’s own 54-inch (137-cm) Galvanized Tunnel Fan, while using the same number of fans. Exceptional shutter performance contributes to the high energy efficiency of the ENDURA fan. Chore-Time’s HYFLO® Shutters do not suffer the typical 12- to 15-percent loss of efficiency and air speed typical of dirty louverstyle shutters, so air speed is maintained to the end of the flock, when it is needed most. Additionally, the HYFLO Shutters improve fan performance by minimizing obstructions during operation. They deliver up to 10 percent more air than traditional shutters with 75 percent less opportunity for air leakage. A cable attachment helps maximize efficiency by allowing the HYFLO Doors to float left or right together. The ENDURA fan can be installed 60 inches (152.4 cm) on center over 56.5-inch (143.5-cm) framed openings. It can also be retrofitted over openings for many 48- through 54inch (122- through 137-cm) fans. Other standard features include a

black, high-density polyethylene cone to aid in light control. Variable speed operation is optional. 574-658-4101

Heaters Shenandoah Booth: 5426 With two new versions in the lineup, Shenandoah’s QUAD-GLOW® Heater is now available in five styles with a variety of fuel options, including butane/propane mixed fuel. The QUAD-GLOW Heater Line-Up includes three direct spark ignition models: New — A low-pressure, 24-volt heater with zone control for use with propane, natural gas or butane/propane mixed fuel. New — A high-pressure (5 psi), 120-volt heater with zone control for use with propane or natural gas, certified for use in Canada. A high-pressure (5 psi), 120-volt heater with zone control for use with propane, natural gas or butane/propane mixed fuel. The Shenandoah line also includes two heater versions with pilot ignition: A low-pressure, 24-volt heater with zone control for use with propane or butane/propane mixed fuel. A lowpressure, non-electric heater with individual control for use with propane or butane/propane mixed fuel. QUAD-GLOW® Heaters deliver 80,000 Btu’s of infrared heat — double the standard output of some other heater styles — while using less fuel to heat the same area. 800-704-7356

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oval-shaped feeding pans including the HaiKoo Broiler Pan Feeder along with the Vitoo and KiXooŽ Breeder Pan Feeders, The Boozzter Cockeral Feeder and LaiCa Layer Feeder. Roxell’s oval feeding pans provide more eating spaces for improved bird uniformity. The Roxell exhibit will also include the durable Optimax Turkey Feeder. See Roxell at the show, as well as related products from ShenandoahŽ and ProTerraŽ. 800-704-7356

Big Dutchman Booth: 6227 Big Dutchman Inc. provides a complete line of poultry equipment for egg production as well as for broilers, breeders and turkey meat production. We offer a full range of pullet rearing and egg production systems, including belt/curtain cages, alternative and enriched colony housing as well as manure management systems; bulk feed handling, feeding and watering environmental control equipment and associated production computer control/management systems. Big Dutchman is proud of its 75 year old heritage and countless innovations that have shaped the poultry industry since 1938. Founded in Michigan, USA Big Dutchman has grown into a successful multi-business enterprise. 616-392-5981

J&D Manufacturing Booth: 850 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, actuators and winches, curtain systems, evaporative pad cooling, high pressure fogging, misting, tunnel doors, poultry netting, environmental controls and more. J&D has been delivering quality products at competitive prices for 30 years with lead times that are some of the best in the industry. 715-834-1439

Grain systems Chore-Time Brock Int’l. Booth: 216 Chore-Time Brock International sells and services Chore-Time poultry and egg production systems and Brock grain systems outside the U.S. and Canada through its extensive global network of independent distributors. The company will be featuring its new 57-inch (145-cm) ENDURAŽ Corrosion-Resistant Tunnel Fan, as well as broiler and commercial egg production systems. Multilingual staff and literature will be available. 574-658-9323

Protein conversion American Proteins Booth: 1523 Today, American Proteins operates the largest poultry protein and lipids conversion operation in the world. For expert processing of poultry by-products, you can’t find a more experienced or technologically innovative leader than American Proteins. With our fast-growing list of customers and 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

Feed ingredients Prince Agri Products Booth: 2213 Prince Agri Products Inc. is a global supplier of advanced nutritional solutions including feed ingredients and specialty products. Prince offers REAPÂŽ, an enzyme for corn-soybean meal diets, Yuccaplus and other natural yucca and quillaja products. Other products include trace minerals, TBCC, Copper Carbonate, Prince Selenium Yeast, Yeast Cell Wall (MOS) and other quality yeast products. 217-222-8854

Watering systems Ziggity Systems Booth: 1065 Ziggity Systems Inc. is the only company in the world that is 100 percent focused on poultry watering systems. The Indiana-based company has served the poultry industry worldwide for more than 30 years. Ziggity markets enclosed nipple-type watering systems for broiler, breeder/parent, commercial layer, turkey poult and adult turkey operations throughout the world. 574-825-5849

Incubation sys. Jamesway Incubator Booth: 1151 Jamesway Incubator Co. Inc. will be launching the most advanced Platinum incubation technology yet at the 2013 IPPE show in Atlanta. Technology so advanced that you won’t need to manually adjust and monitor your incubation systems — the system will monitor itself. 519-624-4646

Health solutions Pfizer Animal Health Booth: 4915 Pfizer Animal Health Global Poultry is a leading provider of innovative, high-performance poultry health solutions. Pfizer Global Poultry is committed to delivering reliable products combined with world-class customer service that the global poultry industry has grown to depend on to enhance bird performance and improve poultry operations. 919-314-2931

Alarm & monit. Farm Alarm Systems Booth: 566 Farm Alarm has always been a favorite choice for growers since first being introduced in 1999. Today the newest Farm Alarm from Farm Alarm Systems has given growers the pace of mind, and dependability

that they have come to expect from Farm Alarm. Introduced in 2009, the Wyr-LS 4.0 has the most advanced radio communication alarm and monitoring system for poultry houses available. Farm Alarm’s use of radio’s eliminates the installation and maintenance of connecting wires to all of the houses, improving reliability and reducing the potential damage from lighting strikes while monitoring each house. 704-753-9175

Genetics/hatchery Centurion Poultry Booth: 839 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 breedingstock 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. More information can be supplied on request. 706-743-0865

Controllers & eqpt. Pro-Tech Inc. Booth: 1033 Pro-Tech has been serving poultry and livestock farmers for more than 35 years now. With our first poultry product, the Curtain-Minder, we began with a small selection. Now we have more than 120 poultry and (Continued on next page)



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livestock products and services. Our inventory is still continuing to grow. So far, we have everything from specialized thermostats to precise data gathering instruments to humidity controllers. The company has grown and expanded until its present status. The product line has multiplied to encompass the following categories: Curtain-Minders, Light Controllers, Alarms, Temperature Controllers, Humidity Controls and accessories. The devices manufactured and sold by the company do indeed improve the efficiency of rearing in the poultry industry both at home and abroad. 704-872-6227

Health & nutrition Novus International Booth: 1529 Novus International Inc. is headquartered in metropolitan St. Louis, Mo., and serves customers in nearly 100 countries around the world. A global leader in developing animal health and nutrition solutions, Novus’s products include ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, ACIDOMIX® preservative premixture, ADVENT® coccidiosis control, MINTREX® chelated trace minerals, SANTOQUIN® feed preservative and many other specialty ingredients. Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co. (USA) Inc., and Nippon Soda Co. Ltd. 314-576-2148

Packaging International Paper Booth: 6025 At International Paper we have 50 years of proven leadership in providing the most protective and cost-effective packaging for our customers’ poultry storage and shipping needs. Our experience with their products, environmental challenges, supply chain systems and retail demands results in the optimal packaging solution to meet their priorities. We have a long-standing customer relationship and the knowledge of the protein industry to meet our custom-

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Feed eqpt. Continental Agra Eqpt. Booth: 2060 Continental Agra Equipment is dedicated to sell quality used feed mill equipment and grain elevators. We specialize in complete pelleting and extruding plants, to produce animal or human feed, from used, rebuilt and/or new machinery, to meet your specific needs. We are pleased to announce a new line of extruders, the CONEX 5000 Model 75 hp motor and the CONEX 5000 MODEL 125 hp motor. We also supply all wear parts for Insta-Pro® Models 2000R and 2500 extruders at a savings, as well as pellet mills, coolers, hammer mills, mixers, dryers, conveyors, sewing lines, elevators, crumble rolls, shakers, bagging scales and much more. 316-283-9602

Medicators Dosatron Int’l. Booth: 6531 Dosatron’s line of water-powered medicators and chemical dispensers provide a wide range of applications. Dosatron’s medicators are the most reliable way to accurately medicate your livestock drinking water with minimal maintenance. The DM11F is ideal for low flow to medicate day-old chicks and water treatment applications. Dosatron’s chemical dispensers are not affected by variations in flow and are designed for precise mixing and cleaning of sanitizing chemical concentrates used in food processing facilities. Ideal for chlorine, peroxide, chlorine dioxide, PAA, and quat sanitizers, Dosatron’s are simple to install, easy to use and maintain. 727-443-5404

Breeding stock Hubbard Booth: 529 Hubbard provides solutions that focus on the economic performance, health and well-being of breeding stock. Hubbard specializes in stateof-the-art selection programs to improve the performance of their pure lines. Hubbard operates its selection programs in three different R&D centers in North America and Europe. Hubbard has a long-standing experience in breeding, developing and marketing breeding stock for conventional and alternative markets. Presence in nearly 100 countries and the support of dedicated teams involved in R&D, production, technical service and sales & marketing assure the continuity to deliver quality products throughout the world. Hubbard is a company of Groupe Grimaud. 423-447-6224

Turkey coops Koechner Mfg. Booth: 739 Enjoying more than 50 years in the turkey industry allows Koechner’s to continue improvements in the movability and higher-grade of bird while in transport. Our custommade turkey coops and poult movers are built to meet your farming operations. 660-433-2178

Deboning systems Prince Industries Booth: 5639 For six decades Prince Industries Inc. has led the way in design and manufacture of mechanical deboning systems and ground turkey. Our systems vary in size from 500 to 30,000+ lbs/hr. We have the technical/managerial services to offer complete turnkey systems for chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish. 770-536-3679

Generators Taylor Power Booth: 4662 In today’s agriculture market, you

have to know your generator will carry the load when called upon. Some may take this for granted but not at Taylor Power Systems. Taylor, a name synonymous with dependability, brings you a full line of American-made generators designed to fit the needs of the agricultural industry. 601-922-4444

Processing eqpt. Provisur Technologies Booth: 4608 At a time when those in the meat, poultry and prepared food industries are looking for equipment solutions, Provisur® Technologies is showcasing its comprehensive platform of processing equipment at the upcoming IPPE. At the show, Provisur will highlight its latest, most comprehensive solutions including: AM2C® SM820 Mechanical Separator withstands day-to-day operations with slow rotation speed resulting in exceptional end-product quality. Beehive RSBF04 Piranaha desinewer/filter, which extracts all of the bone and hard parts from discard, returning nearly everything that was previously thrown away as clean, perfectly ground meat. CashinEDGE® HS Retail Bacon Slicing System, engineered to boost productivity and yields with the latest hygienic standards. Slicing PowerMax3000®, a powerful mid-sized slicer constructed with advanced hygiene features offering a lower cost of ownership. New Formax® Forming VerTex1000, combining the industry’s largest capacity with an innovative design for superior versatility, texture, and the lowest true cost of ownership. New NovaMax500 from Formax Forming, the next-generation replacement for the F19 forming system that results in superior texture and low ownership costs. 708-403-4004

LED bulbs Switch Lighting Booth: 673 Switch Lighting LED bulbs are the ideal energy-saving replace-

ments for incandescents in poultry production facilities because they last 25 times longer. Switch LED bulbs provide the right light distribution, color and quality while reducing energy use up to 80 percent. Unlike other LED bulbs, Switch bulbs can be used in any orientation, including upside down, and even in fully enclosed fixtures. Switch LED bulbs mimic incandescent light while offering significant energy and maintenance savings. Switch bulbs are UL Listed for damp environments and have been proven to operate especially well in poultry environments. Switch is demonstrating its award-winning LED bulbs for poultry farmers who want the right LED light for peak production and significant energy/ maintenance savings. More information can also be obtained at www. 877-660-5552

Pkg. supplies All Star Packaging Booth: 329 All Star Packaging is an American packaging supplier with experience shipping all over the world. Products include filler flats, corrugated egg boxes, plastic egg flats, egg cartons, Peeco Egg Lifters and any other poultry packaging supplies. Egg cartons can be customized with your company logo, in eco-friendly pulp or Styrofoam. 954-781-9066

Disinfectants Cid Lines Booth: 816 Full range of cleaning and disinfection products for farms and hatcheries: Three EPA approved disinfectants: Virocid, Keno X5 and Quat Cidddd. Can be sprayed, foamed or fogged. Biogel: unique ‘gel’ cleaning technology. Kenosan: a new standard in cleaning: deep penetration, low dilution. Cid 2000 water line cleaner: removes organic dirt and scale simultaneously. Cool Clean: for cleaning of cooling pads. Come and ask for your free “Hatch(Continued on next page)


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ery Hygiene” DVD. 011-32-57217879

Weigh-price label. Espera/Cooper Booth: 7139 Find out about the unique and versatile capabilities of our WeighPrice Labelers. Our machines all process to print a number of different customer labels in a single working cycle. Espera machines accomplish the feat by simply situating multipositioned printers “one after the other.” Operators can simply enter one number and the system will automatically label to the customer’s precise specifications: from the top, from the bottom, from the side or even freely rotated. 678-450-3715

Broiler breeders Heritage Breeders Booth: 754 Heritage Breeders, a division of Perdue Farms Inc., is the third largest supplier of parent broiler breeding stock to the U.S. industry. Previously exclusive supplied to Perdue Farms, Heritage offers the 32 Female and the 78 Male to the industry to produce the highest chick number in breeder reproductive traits, competitive broiler growout performance and maximum meat yield. 678-316-3184

SE test Neogen Corp. Booth: 2028 Neogen Corp. has significantly improved its Reveal® rapid lateral flow test for Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis, and has launched the improved test as Reveal 2.0 for Salmonella Enteritidis. The improved test for SE provides results in only 10 minutes after a 48-hour sample enrichment. Unlike other rapid tests for SE, Reveal 2.0 utilizes the National Poultry Improvement Plan enrichment procedure, which uses MSRV as the secondary enrichment. Using this protocol provides

a significant time savings when confirming positive test results, as enriched samples can immediately be plated using the NPIP’s recommended cultural confirmation procedure. “Continuous innovation for our broad range of rapid tests is a corporate commitment to our customers, and we are very pleased to launch this new and improved test that will both simplify SE detection and improve consistency of results,” said Gerry Broski, Neogen’s marketing director for food safety. “Given the heightened concern for contaminated eggs, time is of the essence in the test and analysis workflow, and we are confident this new test will delight our customers with its speed and performance.” 517-362-9200

Pump services Thomas Pump & Machinery Booth: 5947 Thomas Pump and Machinery Inc. is a full service pump supplier for the poultry industry. We have experienced sales and engineering personnel ready to help you solve any pumping problem. We offer sanitation surveys geared to help you save water, energy, reduce labor and allow you to clean faster. We are pump experts and can provide pumps for any application including wastewater and DAF systems. Offices in Tucker, Ga., 770-908-8000; Slidell, La., 985-649-3000; Panama City, Panama, 507-230-5523; and the Netherlands, 011-31-7650-16067. 985-649-3000

Wood shav. mills Jackson Wood Shaving Mills Booth: 745 In 1960 Clinton Jackson invented and patented the original wood shaving mill. Jackson continues to lead the way in the manufacture of wood shaving mills. If you have questions about shaving mills, they have more than 50 years of answers. As one customer put it, “Jackson has been around long enough so they’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t.” Choose from several models. Single or twin-box machines?

Jackson offers both. 715-926-3816

Ventilation sys. American Coolair Booth: 838 American Coolair manufactures a complete line of ventilation systems for poultry housing. Systems require minimum maintenance and save farmers money. At IPPE, get information on our complete inventory energy-efficient fans for your agricultural building. 904-389-3646

Vaccine Lohmann Animal Health Booth: 505 Lohmann Animal Health International offers a diverse product line of live, inactivated and autogenous avian vaccines. At IPPE 2013, Lohmann features AviPro® 108 FC3 Platinum, AviPro® Megan® Vac 1, AviPro® Megan® Egg and AviPro® 329 ND-IB2-SE4, vaccines, and its line of feed additives. 207-873-3989

Egg cartons Egg Carton Store Booth: 240 The Egg Carton Store offers wholesale pricing on cartons and a variety of poultry supplies. We are the single best source for backyard farmers, CSAs and farmers markets with old-world quality and value, convenience, service and speed. Our Local Hens brand is an excellent marketing tool for small egg producers and provides a free service connecting farmers with consumers. 866-333-1132

Infrared heaters Detroit Radiant Booth: 416 Detroit Radiant Products Co. is a leading manufacturer of gas-fired infrared heaters used for brooding and growout areas in poultry production facilities. Infrared tube brooders have been shown to save energy, increase performance and

improve feed conversion ratios in many animal confinement applications. Detroit Radiant will be displaying its numerous product lines designed for the poultry industry. 586-756-0950

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Avian Technology Int’l. Booth: 250 From the U.S. to the world, Avian Technology is a leading American producer and exporter of broiler hatching eggs, vaccines, poultry, feed additives, feed mill equipment and swine production equipment. The experienced, bilingual staff offers extensive product knowledge, international shipping requirements expertise, and problem-free simplified ordering. Avian Technology serves clients worldwide from its offices in Gainesville, Ga,. and Panama. 770-287-8006

Stellar Booth: 6359 Stellar is a construction, design and engineering firm that is a recognized industry leader in providing turnkey, design-build solutions for the food and beverage industry. Stellar offers services such as site selection, process engineering, procurement and automation, as well as refrigeration and mechanical contracting. A leader in the design and construction of poultry preparation, raw and ready-to-eat facilities, Stellar is committed to adding value by delivering solutions in a fast-track mode that focuses on productivity and food safety. In addition to its Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters, Stellar operates 12 support locations throughout the U.S. and has offices

Handling systems Anglia Autoflow Booth: 6071 Since 1969, Anglia Autoflow has offered innovative products for the

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in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions, China and Puerto Rico. The company also serves South America, Europe and India. 904-260-2900

Production eqpt. Diversified Imports Booth: 1007 Diversified, founded in 1969, is the North American distributor of Plasson Watering and Feeding, Rotem Environmental Controls, D.I. Curtain & Vent Machines, D.I. Bird Removal, D.I. Tunnel Shutters and MixRite Medicators. Diversified’s distribution network provides expert installation, service and parts. 732-363-2333

Bagging systems Automated Packaging Booth: 6780 Automated Packaging Systems will feature the FAS SPrint Revolution at IPPE 2013. The FAS SPrint Revolution Bagging System brings new levels of speed and versatility to demanding, high-productivity food packaging environments that require daily washdown procedures. Operating at speeds up to 900 inches per minute, this system is designed for the ultimate in bag packaging functionality and reliability. The 60inch wide load area features a 6-inch pass-through, and tilts vertically for simple maintenance and sanitation. In addition, an advanced sealing system ensures consistent, airtight bag seals. Automated Packaging Systems has been manufacturing Autobag® and SidePouch® packaging systems since 1962. 888-288-6224

Picking fingers Meyhen International Booth: 7349 Meyhen International Corp. is the sole distributor of for Duram Rubber Products picking fingers in North America. Established in 1968, Duram is one of the leading manufacturers of picking fingers for

POULTRY TIMES, January 7, 2013 automatic defeathering machines, producing a wide range of high quality fingers for all types of picking equipment available. Duram’s picking fingers are supplied in several hardness degrees and anti-bacterial compounds. 732-363-2333

Biosecurity prod. Agri-Pro Ent. of Iowa Booth: 1047 Agri-Pro Enterprises will feature the Dosatron medicators, including the DMF11F. We will also have everything for your biosecurity needs, including Moldex respirators, face masks and ear plugs. Plus, disposable gloves, boots and coveralls. We will also have disinfection mats, Hi-Lo (Min.-Max) thermometer, digital hygro-thermometer, infrared thermometer, digital hanging scales and posting kits. Additionally, we are pleased to offer you the world’s largest selection of syringes. Also at our booth, you can find rodenticides and bait stations from JT, as well as foggers from Curtis-Dyna Fog. 641-648-4696

Processing eqpt. Foodmate U.S. Booth: 6058 Foodmate is a research-driven company with unmatched knowledge and expertise in the meat and food processing industry that translates into more efficient equipment design, implementation and service. We are a leading provider of replacement parts for processing equipment. At the 2013 IPPE, we will be showcasing our cut-up and deboning systems. 678-819-5270

Ice machines A-1 Flake Ice Booth: 7744 A-1 Flake Ice Machine Co. offers ice machines from 2,000 to 40,000 lbs. per 24 hours. It’s USDA-approved. Evaporators use 404a refrigerant. Units are selfcontained, weather protected, steel skid mounted and packaged with condensing unit. The units are fac-

tory wired, piped, fully charged and ready for installation. The best ice machine for your poultry business. 909-930-9910

Food safety Advanced Food Technologies Booth: 7548 Advanced Food Technologies LLC is a specialty chemical company with a focus on antimicrobial applications for food safety in poultry and meat processing. We offer effective custom solutions at the lowest possible cost and provide quality service for any size operation or mix of products. We have developed unique systems that are simple to operate and easy to install. We are here to provide superior customer service to plants of any size. 888-702-7786

Mycotoxin test kits AffiniTech Booth: 800 AffiniTech Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of poultry and mycotoxin test kits. Established in 1995, and located in Bentonville, Ark., AffiniTech recognizes the importance of producing quality diagnostic products and continue to strive to meet the highest standards in the industry. Affinitech is a licensed U.S. Veterinary Biologics Establishment. This qualification ensures our high quality products consistently meet specifications and requirements. Easy to use software is provided for thorough flock analysis. Test kits are available in 192 , 480 and 960 tests to match your laboratory testing needs. We utilize a worldwide distributor network for regional customer assistance and consulting. Kits are available for sale internationally and in the U.S. 479-464-0991

Processing eqpt. Airgas Inc. Booth: 6947 Airgas Inc. engineers the right solutions for the poultry and red meat processing industries. From freezing and cooling gases and equipment, the latest in modified

atmosphere gases, to safety equipment and welding gases and supplies — you’ll find it all with Airgas. We are your single-source supplier for all stages of poultry and red meat processing — from growout to slaughter and processing all the way to delivery. And with more than 1,100 locations nationwide, Airgas is where you need us, when you need us. 484-274-6715

Hatching eggs CWT Farms Int’l. Booth: 1164 CWT Farms International Inc. is known all over the world as a major producer and marketer of high quality broiler hatching eggs. Our many customers know us for responsiveness to their needs and desires. Our ability to find solutions for your poultry needs is second to none. Visit with us and experience professionalism as it should be. 770-532-3181

Animal nutrition BASF Booth: 1557 BASF is a global leader in sustainable animal nutrition — offering vitamins, carotenoids, enzymes, organic acids and specialties for all types of feed. Innovative products (such as Natugrain® TS), modern technologies (including white biotechnology), and SET, the BASF initiative for applied sustainability, pave the way for making animal nutrition not only more efficient and cost-effective, but also more sustainable. 800-527-9889

Transport eqpt. Bright Coop Booth: 939 Bright Coop offers a full line of equipment for transporting live birds from the growing house to the processing plant. We offer chicken cages, cage unloading systems, automated chicken catchers, turkey coops and harvesters, BC-3 threewheeled lifts, Bullet four-wheeled lifts and Viking trailers for all in-

dustries. Utilize our 62 years of experience in poultry transportation to your advantage. 936-564-8378

Feed trailers CEI Pacer Booth: 2467 CEI Pacer is recognized as the leader and innovator in the feed transportation industry throughout the world. We manufacture a complete line of high quality, very durable, lightweight feed delivery trailers and bodies. At CEI Pacer, we work with customers every day to provide the best options for them, maximizing their payload, so they can transport more feed as efficiently as possible. CEI Pacer has everything you’re looking for in you next feed trailer. 319-396-7336

Light traps Dandy Booth: 1029 Dandy is an industry leader in the design, manufacturing and advancement of Light Traps. Dandy has been in the light trap business for more than 30 years. Our traps have the most proven combination of darkness and airflow on the market. The quality, service and commitment to the poultry industry make Dandy — the leader in light traps. 828-320-3154

Probiotics Chr. Hansen Booth: 2623 Chr. Hansen has been the leading supplier of bioscience based ingredients to the food, health and animal feed industries since 1874. We have a history rich in science, research and product quality. GalliPro® is our line of all-natural probiotic products designed to improve the health and performance in poultry. The GalliPro range is engineered to provide a more diverse and complex bacteria composition in the gut, GalliPro products help protect against pathogen colonization and support (Continued on next page)


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immune stimulation. The entire GalliPro line of products are each proven effective when used either with or without antibiotic growth promoters. 414-607-5720

Microbial ferment. Diamond V Booth: 2439 Diamond V, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is leading supplier of microbial fermentation products used to optimize digestive function and nutrition key to animal and aqua health, productivity, efficiency and profitability. A commitment to innovation, technology and quality has earned Diamond V a global reputation of trust and reliability within the animal feed industry. Brands include: Diamond V Original XPC, XP or YC, DiaMune Se, SelenoSource and DV Aqua. Researchproven and engineered to deliver results. 319-366-0745

Animal nutrition DuPont-Danisco Booth: 1751 Danisco Animal Nutrition (now part of DuPont Industrial Biosciences) is one of the world’s leading producers of bio-based solutions to help improve the performance, productivity and environmental footprints in animal health and nutrition. DuPont focuses on providing these solutions to meet the needs of a growing population while protecting the environment and meeting the demand for healthier and safer products. By understanding the needs in animal production, DuPont has dedicated its resources to the research, development, manufacture and technical support of products for the animal industry such as enzymes, probiotics, betaine, silage preservatives and livestock waste treatment products. 314-771-7766

Doors/lids East Iowa Plastics

Booth: 755 East Iowa Plastics Inc. is a diversified custom plastic processor. We specialize in prototyping, design, fabrication and finishing of thermoformed parts. We also manufacture the following poultry products: Phillips Egg Flat, Rectangular Feeder Lids, Contour Feeder Lids, Square Feeder Lids, Ceiling Mount Ventilation Doors, Wall Mount Ventilation Doors and Light Hoods. 319-334-2552

Brooders/heaters Space-Ray Booth: 651 Space-Ray gas brooders include the energy efficient SRB40-EZ 40,000 Btu/hr radiant brooders with direct spark ignition controls, 30,000 Btu/hr single jet brooders and both single and two-stage radiant tube heaters with capacities from 80,000 to 150,000 Btu/hr. Also available is the “Windbuster” pilot ignition brooders that are suited for tunnel ventilated housing and the Tube Integrity Safety System (TISS) and the Cold Air Stopper System for tube heaters. Additionally, SpaceRay’s new Big Foot radiant tube brooder provides a large, even heat footprint, thus promoting improved bird growth. 800-849-7311

Ventilation sys. Munters Corp. Booth: 1128 Munters Corp. has been designing and producing premium ventilation systems for nearly 70 years. Our focus is creating ventilation systems that will assure optimal performance and return on investment for your business. Our engineering based sales group, has an average of 25 years of ventilation design experience, supported by engineering, technical support and top customer service. Munters offers a full line of ventilation equipment including the Aerotech exhaust and circulation fans, evaporative cooling systems using premium CELdek pad, a full line of inlets and controllers. See the release of the Munters Drive which

can reduce energy costs up to 40 percent. 800-227-2376

Dehumid. system Munters Dehumidification Booth: 3862 Munters dehumidification systems area cost-effective and dependable solution to prevent condensation, fog, dripping, icing and other moisture problems in meat and poultry processing. The systems help to improve sanitation, lower labor costs, shorten postsanitation pull-down time, reduce defrost cycles, plus maintain dripfree processing year round. Munters dehumidification systems feature a no-through-metal, double-wall construction that prevents external condensation. 978-241-1100

Cleaning solutions Ecolab Booth: 6539 With Ecolab as your partner, every part of your operation is protected and optimized. From influent, to cleaning and sanitizing, to wastewater treatment, Ecolab Total Plant Assurance will help you produce safe, high quality products, improve operational efficiency and enhance environmental stewardship through proven solutions, including proprietary cleaners, sanitizers and antimicrobial food tissue treatments, water and energy management systems and pest elimination services. 800-392-3392

Spices Elite Spice Booth: 5779 Elite Spice is an industry leading spice importer and custom manufacturer offering and extensive line of spices, seasonings and specialty food ingredients. American owned and operated with six separate stateof-the-art facilities on the East and West coasts, Elite’s focus on food safety is uncompromising. With a reputation for exceptional quality, superior research and development

capabilities, experienced technical support and outstanding customer service. Elite Spice is prepared to meet the needs of all segments of the commercial food industry. 410-796-1900

Hopper unloaders Flying Dutchman Booth: 2844 Flying Dutchman builds unloaders for hopper bins and silos from 6 to 30 feet in diameter. The Flying Dutchman utilizes a vertical pole with chains to remove materials from silos/bins. Many different types of products (moist, sticky, fibers, chips and/or strands, etc.) can be unloaded. Machines can discharge products such as distillers grain, soybean meal, hulls, cottonseed meal, sunflower meal, wheat midds/bran/shorts and bakery waste. Applications include feeding conveyors for mixers, pellet mills, baggers and/or trucks. 330-669-2297

Freezers FPD Food Process Sol. Booth: 6462 FPS Food Process Solutions is an industrial freezing equipment manufacturer. FPS tunnel and spiral freezers have been designed with new features to maximize performance and meet hygienic demands. From its novel airflow to its robust enclosure and drive system, every detail has been optimized. A space saving, efficient CIP system complements the freezers with easy-tomaintain filters, full wash coverage and streamlined programming. 604-232-4145

Conveyor eqpt. Frost Links Booth: 6339 Frost is an American manufacturer of chain and trolleys and conveyors for all types of overhead conveyor systems, including stainless steel systems for the poultry, red meat and pork processing industries. Frost invented the Sani-Trolley and the Gold plated chains 35 years ago. Today, we manufacture many new

designs. Our products are made in America and proven to last longer. 616-785-9030

Machinery sys. Heat and Control Booth: 3839 Heat and Control Inc. supplies complete machinery systems for coating, cooking, inspection and packaging. With more than 60 years of experience, we support you with pre-sale equipment demos, engineering, installation, service, parts and training. At IPPE, see the new Ishida waterproof RV weigher and the world’s first and only multispectrum metal detector from CEIA. MAP tray sealing innovations include Ishida’s QX1100 SDL that seals two different trays simultaneously at 15 cycles/minute. Visit us to get details on batter/breading applicators; impingement, spiral, convection and IR ovens; continuous fryers; grill mark breading/searing; conveyors; seasoning applicators; X-ray inspection, container fillers; and control systems. 800-227-5980

Feed additives Jefo Booth: 2645 Jefo is a leader in the field of non-medicated performance feed additives. The company offers a vast array of innovative and highly effective species-specific feed supplements for dairy cows, swine, for poultry are Poultrygrow 250, Galliacid and Gallinat. Species-specific additives. The company researches and develops additives that consider the genetic make-up and metabolism specific to a species. Because these additives are designed to address not only the limitations, needs and capacity of a particular species, but also the varying requirements of the market, the return on investment is unparalleled. 450-799-2000

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USDA study shows trends in public/private ag R&D WASHINGTON — Analysis published by the USDA’S Economic Research Service in a recent issue of the journal Science examine the relationship between public and private investments in research and development and their importance in agricultural input industries. The Science article is drawn from a recent ERS study that provides new details on the rapid growth and changing composition of private investments in global agricultural research and development and traces the implications for agriculture. “Agriculture is more dependent on scientific innovation than any other industry,” said Catherine Woteki, USDA’s chief scientist and undersecretary for research, education and economics. “This study shows the great job that private industry is doing in research, much of which was built on the genetic technology USDA scientists have been working on for decades. It’s crucial that we continue supporting this kind of R&D.” Research discussed in the article notes

that globally, most of the increase in agricultural production during the past 50 years can largely be attributed to rising crop and livestock yields rather than to the expansion of acreage devoted to farming. As private sector investments comprise a greater and growing share of overall research and development spending, the findings from this study will help trace their influence on future productivity gains. The article also discusses how growth in private research and development helped to offset the sluggish growth in public R&D, describes how public research has provided many of the fundamental discoveries, and highlights overlooked research areas that consequently attract private R&D. Reliable estimates of publicly funded agricultural research have previously been available, and studies have established strong links between these investments and the long-term growth of the productivity of American agriculture. But the ERS study is the first of its kind to

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Booth: 5615 Precision Lighting continues its innovative ways by producing our industry’s only LED-specific digital dimming system. Come see this new LED dimmer with an easy to program stand-alone light controller built right inside. Using the Propagator® SQ for brood lights and then using LED’s on our new dimmer for growout, gives the grower the most effective option. In addition, Precision Lighting continues to manufacture a high quality and patented HPS light system and a full breaker box lighting and surge protection system. We strive to continue to be a “Made in the USA” company and proudly support the American workforce. 501-624-5566

Feed trailers Ledwell & Son Booth: 1939 Ledwell has been an industry leader in feed trailers for more than 50 years, providing customers with the equipment they need to haul feed safely and efficiently to the animal. Ledwell offers three different ways to deliver feed — Auger, Chain and Paddle Wagon. All of these options are offered in a trailer or bobtail truck configuration. The hydraulic system on our trucks and trailers incorporates gear reduction drive on our Augers and Drag Chains. The Ledwell system will maintain high hydraulic flow with very low pressure, which increases efficiency when unloading and give all hydraulic components longer life. We manufacture most components in our on-site 34,000-square-foot machining center. 903-838-6531

Cryogenic freezing Linde Booth: 5845 Cryogenic freeze/chill solutions from Linde can “shake up” meat and poultry production with proprietary technology and industry expertise. With high-efficiency cryogenic gases (nitrogen/carbon dioxide)

and innovative hygienic equipment, customers can achieve dramatic increases in throughput and product yield. Equipment leasing arrangements help processors reap immediate advantages with low capital outlay, and the Linde Food Team custom engineers solutions for optimal results. 800-755-9277

Pumps Murzan Booth: 5349 Murzan Inc. is a U.S. company with global distribution. Murzan has been the leader for the poultry industry for more than 25 years due to a determined effort to provide the most durable, and reliable sanitary pumps combined with unrivaled service. Murzan Inc. will feature the CBTU-50 designed to pump delicate muscle meat, and the Sanitary PI-50 Poultry Processing pump, both USDA approved, designed for pumping chicken necks, paws, feet and chicken and turkey hearts, livers, gizzards, blood and skin. 770-448-0583

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Fly control Novartis Animal Health Booth: 2553 Novartis Animal Health is dedicated to assisting poultry producers improve productivity through advanced bioprotection. With our two industry-leading larvacides, LARVADEX® and NEPOREX®, Novartis Animal Health offers poultry producers highly effective fly control options. Through our team of professional services veterinarians, sales professionals, research scientists and customer service representatives, Novartis is able to provide product solutions and technical expertise that help producers solve problems. Our U.S. headquarters is located in Greensboro, N.C., with U.S. research and development facilities in Larchwood, Iowa, and additional research facilities around the world. 336-387-1661

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moderate to good with some dealers having problems securing trucks for shipping due to the holiday. Floor stocks were balanced to short. Market activity was moderate to active as inclement weather conditions moved into the Northeast area. In the parts structure, movement is moderate to good following the weekend. Prices were trending steady to higher for wings and breast items, mostly firm to higher. All remaining parts were steady. Offerings of wings were light, breast items light to moderate and the balance of parts were moderate. Market activity was moderate to active. In production areas, live supplies were moderate at desirable to heavy weights.

Compiled by David B. Strickland, Editor 770-718-3442

N at’l. Broiler Market: (Dec. 31):

Whole broiler/fryer prices are trending steady to firm in the West, firm to higher in the East, and firm in the Midwest. Final majority prices were

higher in the Midwest, unchanged elsewhere when compared to previous week prices. Offerings of all sizes are in close balance and moving well with some operations taking down time due to the holiday. Retail and foodservice demand was

F owl: Dec. 28: Live spent heavy fowl

Final prices at Farm Buyer Loading (per pound): range 10-22¢

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 Jan. 2 line run tenders $1.86; skinless/boneless breasts $1.61; whole breasts $1.01; boneless/skinless thigh meat $1.34½; thighs 71½¢; drumsticks 65½¢; leg quarters 54¢; wings $1.89½.

N ational Slaughter: Broiler: Estimated slaughter

for week ending Jan. 5 is 123,502,000.

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.

Annual High

Cal-Maine 47.66 Campbell Soup 36.28 ConAgra 30.09 Hormel 32.02 Pilgrim’s Pride 8.68 Sanderson Farms 55.87 Seaboard 2736.00 Tyson 20.58

Dec. 4

Estimates: The estimated number of broilerfryers available for the week ending Jan. 5 was 141.1 million head, compared to 136.9 million head slaughtered the same week last year, notes USDA.

Broiler/Fryer Markets

Industry Stock Report


Actual slaughter for the week ending Dec. 29 was 115,119,000. Heavy-type hen: Estimated slaughter for the week ending Jan. 5 is 1,182,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending Dec. 29 was 880,000. Light-type hen: Estimated slaughter for the week ending Jan. 5 is 1,518,000. Actual slaughter for the week ending Dec. 29 was 1,049,000. Total: Week of Jan. 5: 126,202,000. Week of Dec. 29: 117,048,000.

Jan. 2

45.64 41.77 36.55 35.92 29.55 30.09 30.98 32.01 7.41 7.70 48.12 49.56 2529.00 2642.64 19.28 19.98

Dec. 28

Extra Large Regions: Northeast 124.00 Southeast 131.50 Midwest 120.50 South Central 129.50 Combined 126.47



123.00 129.50 118.50 129.50 125.30

103.00 105.00 97.50 103.50 102.25

Computed from simple weekly averages weighted by regional area populations

USDA Composite Weighted Average For week of: Dec. 31 102.94¢ For week of: Dec. 24 99.57¢ Chi.-Del.-Ga.-L.A.-Miss.-N.Y.--S.F.-South. States Dec. 3 Dec. 31 For delivery week of: Chicago majority 86--99¢ 98¢--$1.04 Mississippi majority 90--92¢ 90--92¢ New York majority 97¢--$1.00 $1.00--$1.03 For delivery week of: Dec. 4 Jan. 2 Delmarva weighted average 83¢--$1.18 78¢--$1.21 Georgia f.o.b. dock offering 97¼¢ 98½¢ Los Angeles majority price $1.06 $1.07 San Francisco majority price $1.06½ $1.07½ Southern States f.o.b. average 65.02¢ 65.36¢

Grain Prices

Turkey Markets

OHIO COUNTRY ELEV. Dec. 11 Dec. 27 Jan. 3 No. 2 Yellow Corn/bu. $7.40 $7.03 $7.11 Soybeans/bu. $14.58 $14.21 $13.98 (Courtesy: Prospect Farmers Exchange, Prospect, Ohio)

(Courtesy: A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc.)

Weighted avg. prices for frozen whole young turkeys Weighted average (cents/lb.) F.O.B. shipper dock

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)


Dec. 1

Dec. 8

Dec. 15

Dec. 22

Dec. 1

Dec. 8

Dec. 15

Dec. 22

27,975 21,963 10,939 3,415 1,655 34,317 7,283 3,258 7,067 17,089 8,012 20,022 7,026 3,935 5,557 14,764 6,638

27,628 20,830 9,443 3,414 1,048 30,251 7,696 3,273 7,117 17,377 7,713 19,259 6,809 3,583 5,316 13,761 6,002

27,607 21,845 9,694 3,415 1,350 32,433 7,694 3,288 7,185 16,927 7,881 19,992 6,581 3,812 4,675 14,237 6,476

27,736 21,128 10,575 3,414 1,353 32,432 7,679 3,304 7,153 16,575 7,897 19,979 6,968 3,729 5,462 14,033 6,490

19,786 19,476 10,742 3,550 1,020 26,525 5,542 2,642 7,060 14,757 5,316 16,728 4,204 2,804 3,843 11,832 3,592

21,156 19,134 10,657 3,831 1,369 25,978 6,122 2,940 6,526 14,396 5,768 15,865 5,307 3,084 5,064 11,940 4,264

21,449 20,377 9,602 4,086 1,311 26,221 6,315 2,912 6,198 14,770 5,720 16,416 4,718 2,900 4,344 11,809 4,456

21,366 19,661 11,489 3,744 1,304 27,338 5,624 2,958 5,513 14,652 5,633 16,861 5,273 3,283 4,763 12,416 4,973

200,915 194,178

190,520 194,887

195,092 194,602

195,907 195,380

159,419 160,576

163,401 162,541

163,604 162,116

166,851 162,753









1/Current week as percent of same week last year.

National Week ending Dec. 28 Hens (8-16 lbs.) 97.50 Toms (16-24 lbs.) 99.50

Last year 100.25 102.25

Week ending Dec. 21 Hens (8-16 lbs.) Toms (16-24 lbs.)

Dec. avg. 99.08 100.36

99.50 99.81

Egg Markets USDA quotations New York cartoned del. store-door: Dec. 28 Jan. 2 Extra large, no change $1.20--$1.24 $1.20--$1.24 Large, no change $1.18--$1.22 $1.18--$1.22 Medium, no change $1.03--$1.07 $1.03--$1.07 Southeast Regional del. warehouse: Dec. 28 Jan. 2 Extra large, down 5½¢ $1.24--$1.45 $1.18½--$1.38 Large, down 9¢ $1.26--$1.47 $1.17--$1.40 Medium, down 8¢ $1.02½--$1.22 94½¢--$1.18


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Mississippi River could still drop to critical point The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi River level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warned on Dec. 27 that river commerce could essentially come to a halt in an area south of St. Louis, Mo. Mike Petersen of the Army Corps of Engineers said ice on the northern Mississippi River is reducing the flow more than expected at the middle part of the river that is already at a low-water point unseen in decades, the result of months of drought. The river level was expected to get to 3 feet at the Thebes, Ill., gauge on Jan. 6, a juncture that could force new limitations. Worse still, the long-range forecast from the National Weather Service calls for the river to keep falling, reaching 2 feet on Jan. 23. The Coast Guard remains con-

fident that the nation’s largest waterway will remain open. But officials with two trade groups — the American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council Inc. — said in a joint news release that even if the river is open, further limits on barges will bring commercial traffic to a halt. Thebes, about 150 miles south of St. Louis, is a treacherous spot for barge operators because of hazardous rock formations and a big bend in the river. The corps is in the process of removing the rocks but work isn’t expected to be finished until mid- to late-January at the earliest. The trade groups renewed their call for presidential action requiring the Corps of Engineers to increase the flow of water from an upper Missouri River dam in South Dakota. The corps cut the flow by two-thirds

Meat prices may rise up to 8 percent The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. — Consumers can expect to pay 5 percent to 8 percent more at the meat counter next year regardless of whether they put beef, pork or chicken into their grocery carts, a market analyst said. Randy Blach, vice president for CattleFax, told nearly a thousand cattle producers attending the recent 100th convention of the Kansas Livestock Association that consumer meat prices will rise to record highs because livestock production has fallen dramatically after ranchers culled animals during this year’s drought. Ranchers sold livestock they couldn’t afford to feed after the drought dried up pastures, cut hay production and drove up the price of corn and other feedstuffs. The market analyst said roughly 70 percent of the nation’s cattle herd has been affected by drought this

year, the fourth in a row with drought in at least some key cattle-producing areas. This year’s drought, which covered two-thirds of the nation at one point, has been among the worst in 100 years, he said. The culling is slowing now, but Blach estimated that the nation’s herd will be down by 1 million cattle by the time the government releases its semi-annual cattle inventory in January. The cattle inventory is the smallest it has been since 1958, however beef production has doubled since then, Blach said. That is because the nation has over the years been slaughtering heavier animals. Once ranchers eventually begin rebuilding herds, it won’t take as many animals to produce the same amount of beef. He predicted at least one major meatpacking plant and several feedlots will likely shut down as slaughter numbers continue to decline.

in November because of drought conditions in that region, reducing the amount of Missouri River water flowing into the Mississippi. Michael Toohey, president and CEO of Waterways Council Inc., said that without the additional flow “we will have run out of time on this national crisis.” The depth of the Mississippi is regulated by dams north of St. Louis, and the depth increases south of Cairo, Ill., where the Ohio River converges. But the roughly 180-mile stretch from St. Louis to Cairo is approaching record lows. Experts say that if barges stop moving, the potential impact on shipments of essentials such as corn, grain, coal and petroleum could reach into the billions of dollars.

Drafts, or the portion of each barge that is submerged, are already limited to 9 feet in the middle Mississippi. If the river gauge gets to 3 feet at Thebes, the Coast Guard may be forced to limit drafts even further. Restricted drafts mean less cargo per barge. Officials with the trade group say that if drafts are restricted to 8 feet or lower, many operators will halt shipping. Lt. Colin Fogarty of the Coast Guard said the agency remains confident “we can still maintain a safe, navigable waterway despite the low-water conditions.” But he acknowledged, “I’m not trying to paint a pretty picture here. We face very real, physical limitations at certain parts of the river that may inhibit barge operators because their vessels draft too much or push too much water.”

Contractors hired by the corps have been using excavators on barges to remove the rock pinnacles near Thebes, and performed the first series of explosions on the pinnacles Friday. Further decisions on when to blast will be made on a day-to-day basis, Petersen said. The corps released water from Carlyle Lake in southern Illinois in early December, a move that helped the river rise about 6 inches. Petersen says another release began on Dec. 27, which added another 6 inches of depth, a move aimed at trying to stave off barge restrictions. Fogarty said every effort is being made to help barges keep moving, but don’t expect any magic turning point. “There is no silver bullet,” Fogarty said. “This isn’t a battle against the water. This is a campaign.”

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