Officials in Franklin County, Virginia, have changed zoning regulations to make it easier to construct poultry houses in the county. In doing so, the county hopes that the addition of new chicken houses would help meet the growing demand for poultry, give local farmers other production options, create additional jobs in the county and give local farmers another outlet to sell their feed grains.
During a recent meeting, the county board of supervisors voted to allow property zoned A-1 (general agriculture) to be used for poultry houses. That move would eliminate the need for property owners to obtain a special use permit and go through a lengthy hearing process. Three work sessions were held to discuss the zoning changes before voting on the matter, according to the Franklin News-Post.
Only one board member voted against the zoning changes.
Requirements still must be met to avoid special use permit
While the zoning change will provide an easier process for some landowners wishing to build poultry houses, some requirements will still need to be met. For instance, a poultry house must be at least 300 feet from a dwelling, 250 feed from a property line and at least 1,000 feet from a lake, river, public school or an area that is residentially zoned.
Noble Foods’ the happy egg co. continues to grow and expand its operations with the addition of a new Riverside County packing and distribution location in Norco, California. This will be the second packing location for the happy egg co., with the original facility in Summers, Arkansas.
“This additional capacity will ensure that the happy egg co. continues to grow and meet the demand for true free-range eggs at the speed, affordability and quality that consumers and retailers deserve,” said David Wagstaff, COO of Noble Foods Inc. “The successful growth we’ve seen allows us to take this natural next step to move closer to our West Coast retailers, provide an improved service and further decrease our carbon footprint.”
The free Range eggs from the happy egg co. come from hens from farms that allow the hens daily access to at least five acres of lush green fields and expert care from family farmers. The farms at the happy egg co. are all presently located in Missouri and Arkansas. However, with the new facility in California, the company may consider farms closer to the California facility as it experiences growth, a spokesman for the company said.
More space for the happy egg co. hens planned in near future
Already going well beyond the industry standard requirements for free-range, organic and cage-free eggs, the happy egg co. d has plans to expand and provide even more additional space per bird in the coming months.
“Educating consumers on the reality of the egg industry is a top priority for the happy egg co. in order to define the meaning of true free-range eggs and humanely raised standards,” Wagstaff said. “At the happy egg co., our free-to-roam hens always come first.”
Tyson Foods has commenced a cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of The Hillshire Brands Company at a price of $63 per share. The tender offer is being made pursuant to the previously announced merger agreement dated July 1 among the two companies and HMB Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tyson Foods.
The tender offer period will expire at the end of the day on August 12, unless the offer is extended.
Tyson Foods has filed a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). HMB Holdings is the acquirer in the tender offer. The offer to purchase contained within the Schedule TO sets out the terms and conditions of the tender offer.
Hillshire Brands has also filed a solicitation/recommendation statement with the SEC, which includes the recommendation of the Hillshire board of directors that Hillshire Brands stockholders tender their shares in the tender offer.
Following successful completion of the tender offer, any shares not acquired in the tender offer will be acquired in a second-step merger at the same $63 per share cash price. Closing of the tender offer is conditioned upon customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and there being validly tendered and not validly withdrawn a number of shares of Hillshire common stock equal to at least two-thirds of the total outstanding shares of Hillshire common stock. The offer is not subject to any financing condition.
The complete terms and conditions are set out in the offer to purchase, which was filed with the SEC on July 16. Hillshire Brands stockholders may obtain copies of all of the offering documents, including the offer to purchase, free of charge at the SEC website.
The Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) says that chicken meat production over the first six months of 2014 reached 6.09 million metric tons, an increase of 0.43 percent. Of this total, 4.19 million metric tons were destined for the home market, up 0.34 percent on the same period last year.
The association reports that exports by the sector, comprising chicken, turkey and other poultry meat and genetic material, reached 1.98 million metric tons, an increase of 0.1 percent. However by value there was a 9.6 percent contraction to US$3.96 billion.
Chicken meat dominates exports and volumes shipped, rising by 0.6 percent. However, by value, exports contracted by 9.2 percent to be worth US$3.72 million. Cuts continued to be the main export item and in volume terms rose by 3.4 percent. Exports of whole birds, however, fell by 3.4 percent.
Saudi Arabia continued to be the main market for Brazil’s poultry exports over the period followed by the European Union and Japan.
Brazilian exports of eggs, both whole and processed, over the first six months of this year contacted by 25 percent to 4.94 milllion metric tons. However, by value the contraction was far more marked – down by 40 percent – to stand at US$7.16 million.
More favorable exports conditions may be on the horizon for Brazilian producers and ABPA says that negotiations with Pakistan to import Brazilian chicken are in their final stages. The association further notes that five plants have been accredited by China for export this year and that at the recent meeting of BRIC heads of state, South Africa agreed to reverse its decision to raise tariffs on Brazilian exports from 27 percent to 82 percent.
The USDA in July projected that 22.76 billion pounds of pork would be produced in 2014, declining from its June projections of 22.82 billion pounds.
The agency lowered its forecast as it has witnessed slower-than-expected expansion in farrowings during the second quarter of 2014. USDA in its report said there are implications of hog slaughter being later in 2014, but strong hog prices and lower feed costs are expected to provide incentives to feed hogs to heavier weights.
2015 U.S. pork production forecast
The July WASDE report calls for 23.24 billion pounds of pork to be produced in 2015. This reflects a decline from the projection of 23.31 billion pounds of pork anticipated when USDA completed its June report.
The USDA said the forecast is lower because supplies of market hogs will remain relatively tight.
Ending stocks steady for 2014 and 2014
Despite lower expectations for U.S. pork production in both 2014 and 2015, USDA did not change its monthly forecasts for ending stocks of pork for either year. Ending stocks for pork in 2014 remained steady at 525 million pounds, while ending stocks for 2015 were also unchanged at 580 million pounds.
The 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has been named one of 24 companies nationwide to participate in the Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program. The expo has participated in the International Buyer Program since 2007. The program brings trade delegations together from around the world and helps match international attendees with American suppliers.
“We are very pleased to be chosen as part of the International Buyer Program for the eighth year in a row. Participation in the program is a testament to the global scope of our trade show. Since 2006, our attendance from outside the U.S. has grown by 79 percent,” stated Charlie Olentine, IPPE show manager.
IPPE has surpassed 440,000 net square feet of exhibit space and is on target to reach its goal of 450,000-plus net square feet. Comprised of the three integrated tradeshows – International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo – the 2015 IPPE has secured more than 900 exhibitors as of the beginning of July and is on pace to have 1,200 exhibitors by January.
The global annual poultry, feed and meat industry trade show will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 27-29, 2015, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. IPPE will highlight the latest technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of feed, meat and poultry products. IPPE will also feature dynamic education programs addressing current industry issues, combining the expertise from the American Feed Industry Association, American Meat Institute and U.S. Poultry and Egg Association.
The Pork Checkoff launched RealPigFarming, a new social media outreach program to share real stories from real farmers with consumers. This new initiative is a social movement to create and own the conversation around modern pig farming.
The goal of the project is to empower pig farmers to have meaningful and impactful conversations on social media with consumers about what happens on their farms. Choosing to tell the story of #RealPigFarming via social networks helps bring consumers and pig farmers together in a way that was not possible just a few years ago. In networks that are powered by images and videos, producers can tell their story in multiple different ways.
An elite team of social media “agvocates” called Social Forces has been selected for this mission. This team includes not only producers from more than 10 states, but animal science and agriculture students from colleges across the U.S. The Social Forces team is being asked to go above and beyond when telling their farming stories on social media.
The Pork Checkoff is encouraging everyone who has a passion for agriculture or a positive story to share about real pig farming to please use the #RealPigFarming in status updates, tweets, Instagram photos, blogs, vlogs and any other social media update.