What's New ? - 2020

What's New ? - 2020

The U.S. chicken market should expect positive growth in 2020

CoBANK report 9 April, 2020 The U.S. chicken market should expect positive growth in 2020 despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, reveals the latest Quarterly report from cooperative bank CoBank.In the first two months of 2020, chicken production grew 7.7%. At the time, the industry was largely optimistic given expectations that renewed exports to China would be happening soon. This growth exceeded expectations and CoBank now predicts the 2020 chicken supply to increase by 3-4%, up from the original estimates of 2-3%. In March, the spread of COVID-19 shifted the focus to domestic markets. With most governing bodies advising people to stay at home, consumers have turned to at-home dining. Chicken sales have grown exponentially as a result, with the price of chicken breasts has increased at a rate higher than expected. Read More

USA: egg prices and coronavirus

28 March, 2020 Egg prices triple in 3 weeks amid coronavirus panic shopping.
According to Nielsen (a world leader in consumer measurement), egg sales soared 86% last week compared with the year-ago period. In the four weeks ending March 21, egg sales jumped 29% compared with the same period i 2019. Wholesale prices for a dozen Midwest large eggs, the benchmark for the egg industry, surged to a record $3.09, up from $1.03 at the beginning of the month. Read More

San Francisco antibiotic use in food animals, Ordinance reporting year 2018

17 March, 2020 In 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Antibiotic Use in Food Animals Ordinance (Ordinance) to address one of the most pressing public health issues today - antibiotic resistance. Yet there is no federal mandate for the livestock industry to track the use of medically important antibiotics. San Francisco's Ordinance is the first local law of its kind in the United States to increase transparency about how antibiotics are used in the livestock industry. Under the Ordinance, chain grocers operating in San Francisco (defined as grocers with 25 or more stores anywhere) must report to the San Francisco Department of the Environment about the antibiotic use policies and practices of the producers of the raw meat and poultry they sell. This is the first report under the Ordinance and provides information about meat and poultry sold in San Francisco in calendar year 2018. Read More

South Africa increases import duties on poultry

17 March, 2020 On March 12, 2020, South Africa announced that the applied most favoured nation duties (MFN) onimports of bone-in chicken will be raised from 37 percent to 62 percent, and from 12 percent to 42 percent for boneless portions. The announcement comes more than one year after the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa initiated its investigation in November 2018 at the request of the South African Poultry Association. The increases on the duties are effective as of March 13, 2020. Read More

EU-27+UK chicken meat production in 2020

Gain Report E42020-0009 12 March, 2020 EU-27+UK chicken meat production in 2020 is now forecast to increase by 1.1 percent from 2019. This increase follows 1.6 percent growth in 2019, driven by increased domestic EU-28 consumption and higher than anticipated exports. The EU-28 chicken meat production increase in 2019 was also notably driven by a 4 percent production increase in Poland which is now the leading chicken meat producing country in the European Union. However, FAS Warsaw estimates that Polish chicken production growth will slow to 1.5 percent in 2020 because of HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) outbreaks in late December 2019. Until February 12, 2020, there were 18 confirmed HPAI outbreaks in domestic Polish poultry (mainly turkey farms) and one case in wild birds. Read More

UK: Deep Pectoral Myopathy

6 March, 2020 Various photos posted on social media show poultry meat tainted with a putrid, green stain in poultry meat bought from different supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons). It is unclear whether the birds all come from the same supplier and supermarkets have now opened an investigation into the cause of this pathology.
Deep pectoral myopathy (DPM) is a degenerative muscle disease of poultry commonly referred to as green muscle disease. Green muscle disease is a hidden problem in today’s large broiler chickens that is not detected until these birds are deboned at the processing plant. Read More

Mexico: poultry and egg production

Gain report: MX2020-0007 6 March, 2020 In marketing year (MY) 2020, the chicken meat production forecast is 3.7 million metric tons (MT). The MY 2019 chicken meat production forecast remains 3.6 million MT. According to Mexico’s National Union of Poultry Producers (UNA), domestic poultry production has grown 3 percent during 2019 and is expected to grow at a similar pace through 2020.
Feed represents an estimated 68 percent of production costs for poultry producers and they consume about 51 percent of total national feed production, making Mexico’s chicken meat production highly dependent on the stability of grain and feed prices. Read More

OIE annual report on the use of antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals

26 February, 2020 More than three fourths of countries do not use any antibiotics for animal growth promotion, according to OIE findings.
The report includes information on veterinary antibiotic use submitted by 153 OIE members in 2018. 118 out of 153 (77%) did not use any antimicrobial agents for growth promotion in animals in their countries as of 2018, either with or without legislation or regulations. Read More

Arizona: Cage-Free egg legislation

8 February, 2020 A new bill has been introduced in Arizona that would phase out the use of cages in egg production or eggs sold from hens raised in cages. If passed, Arizona will be joining states like California, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Michigan, which have all passed cage-free egg laws.
The proposed legislation would require egg producers to start giving hens more space by the end of this year. From December 31, 2020, industrial egg farms would not be allowed to confine hens to any area smaller than one square foot per hen. Read More

France to ban culling of unwanted male chicks by end of 2021

3 February, 2020 France has pledged to outlaw the practice of culling unwanted male chicks by the end of 2021, as part of animal welfare reforms.
About seven billion male chicks are killed around the world each year, usually in shredding machines or by gas.
The 2021 ban will make France one of the first countries to outlaw the practice of culling male chicks.
Germany, where 45 million male chicks are macerated each year, outlawed it too, but a top administrative court ruled in June that the slaughter could continue until a method was found to determine the sex of an embryo in the egg. Read More

Are eggs good or bad for us?

JAMA March 19, 2019 1 February, 2020 Cholesterol is a common nutrient in the human diet and eggs are a major source of dietary cholesterol. People who eat 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day, have a higher risk of both heart disease and early death compared with those who eat fewer eggs, new study published in the medical journal JAMA finds.
Eggs, specially the yolk, are a major source of dietary cholesterol, a single large egg contains about 186 milligrams of cholesterol. Read More

Ukraine enters top five world exporters of poultry

18 January, 2020 Ukraine has entered the top five of the world’s poultry exporters. Brazil, the EU and Thailand are ahead of Ukraine. EU issued import permits for 58,000 tonnes of Ukrainian wheat as part of the first distribution of the tariff quota (TRQ) for 2020. Almost the entire quota was issued for duty-free supplies. Ukraine as of January 10, 2019 and since the beginning of the 2019/2020 marketing year (MY, July-June) has exported 32.08 million tonnes of grain, which is 7.8 million tonnes more than for the same period of the last marketing year. Read More