Monday, October 20, 2014

Tyson Foods CEO: Servant leadership, faith key to success

Perdue expects continued growth in Virginia

  • Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, said he expects his company to experience continued growth in Virginia.
    Perdue Farms, based in Maryland, has operations at the Port of Richmond, as well as in Chesapeake, Accomac, Bridgewater, Prince George and Tappahannock, all in Virginia.
    Speaking to a group of business leaders at the Hopewell-Prince George Visitors Center in Hopewell, Perdue said that Virginia is an important part of Perdue Farms. The company is looking at ways to increase its capacity at the Perdue shipping facility in Chesapeake. And with China ending its ban on poultry from Virginia, the company is also anticipating increased activity at its Port of Richmond facility.
    While speaking at the center, Perdue recognized the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber, which was originated in 1919 – one year before Perdue Farms went into business.
    “We really appreciate the Prince George Community,” said Perdue, pictured below. “It’s been a great community to work with.”
    Also in attendance at the function was Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry. Haymore touted the agriculture industry in the state, which represents a $52 billion annual contribution to Virginia’s economy. Haymore called Perdue “a great corporate citizen,” and thanked Perdue and his company “for what you’re doing all along the East Coast.”

HKScan mulls poultry investment in Finland

Pig diseases can be monitored via oral fluids on cotton rope

  • Giving pigs cotton ropes to chew on could be a more cost-effective and stress-free way for pig producers to monitor their herds for diseases like porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus, according to a three-year research project.
    By taking oral fluid samples from the rope, pig producers and veterinarians can assess the health status of their animal in a non-invasive way, Lorna Dawson, a PhD. student involved in a research project sponsored by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
    “By collecting oral fluid samples I could screen more animals than was physically possible when carrying out blood sampling,” Dawson told Farmers Weekly.
    Sample collection was performed by suspending a cotton rope over a pen for the pigs to chew, using methods that were initially established at Iowa State University.
    Deposited oral fluid samples were then checked for specific disease markers such as viral RNA and antibodies, allowing the early diagnosis of specific diseases at the subclinical or clinical stage.
    “This suggests that the use of oral fluid is potentially a feasible, low cost, non-invasive way to assess the disease status in pig populations,” said Dawson.
    Dawson added that this non-invasive way of testing is better from an animal welfare perspective.

Pasta company to become part of Michael Foods operation

WASDE reports raise soybean, corn forecast, lower wheat

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest WASDE reports on October 10, raising corn and soybean production and lowering wheat production.
    Corn production is forecast 80 million bushels higher at a record 14,475 million bushels as lower reported area is more than offset by a 2.5-bushel-per-acre increase in yield. Corn supplies for 2014-15 are projected at 15,736 million bushels, up 129 million from last month reflecting higher production and a 55-million-bushel increase in beginning stocks from the September Grain Stocks report.
    The soybean yield is projected at 47.1 bushels per acre, up 0.5 bushels from September. Harvested area is reduced 0.7 million acres to 83.4 million. Soybean supplies for 2014-15 are projected 24 million bushels below last month with lower beginning stocks from the Grain Stocks report more than offsetting increased production.
    Projected U.S. wheat ending stocks for 2014-15 are lowered 44 million bushels as increased production is more than offset by higher feed and residual disappearance and higher exports. Production for 2014-15 is raised 5 million bushels based on the latest estimate from the September 30 Small Grains 2014 summary. 

House of Raeford to close turkey cook plant