Thursday, October 30, 2014

Moy Park begins construction on 100th new poultry house

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    Moy Park has started construction on its 100th new poultry house.
    From WATTAgNet:
    Moy Park has hit a major milestone with its “Plan to Grow” program, as construction has started on its 100th new poultry house since launching the program in 2013. The 100th new poultry house will be located on a farm in Dungannon, Northern Ireland.
    Clive Marshall is the operator of the farm, and he expects birds to be housed there as soon as early 2015.
    “This is my first venture into poultry farming,” said Marshall. “I am currently a part time beef farmer with my father. I’ve always had a keen interest in farming and wanted to expand the existing farm business. I felt this opportunity with Moy Park was the perfect first step in making farming a long-term career for me.”
    David Gibson, Moy Park Director of Agriculture commented: “We are delighted to have reached this fantastic milestone and the success of the ‘Plan to Grow’ program has been highlighted through this build. We currently work with over 600 of the very best local poultry farmers, who employ the highest standards on their farms and we are very proud to be developing our farming base in Northern Ireland.’’
    Moy Park, through its Plan to Grow program, anticipates having 250 new poultry houses by the end of 2015.

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Difficulties continue for French poultry producers

    While overall poultry production in France may have declined throughout the past 10 years, broiler production has increased.
    French poultry production fell in the first quarter of 2014, yet the country’s demand for poultry meat continues to grow, with imports taking a greater share of the market. The French poultry sector is experiencing difficulties both at home and in international markets.
    French poultry production fell sharply since the 1990s and the industry’s difficulties are continuing. Over the past decade, French production declined by an average of 2.3 percent each year, and this contraction was again evident over the opening months of 2014.
    World poultry production has grown by an average of 3.8 percent per annum over the last 10 years. In the global market, French poultry producers have become increasingly uncompetitive, and on the home market a similar story has played out with French producers less able to compete against imports.
    Despite these difficulties, however, the country remains Europe’s largest poultry producers if all species are considered, and the sector remains an important contributor to the economy with nearly 50,000 employees.

    Poor start to the year

    While 2013 may have been positive for French poultry production, figures released by France’s Ministry of Agriculture for the period show that the number or birds slaughtered from January to May this year stood at 382.5 million, while by weight the figure stood at 679,130 metric tons, decreases of 7.3 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively.
    The number of broilers slaughtered was 8.7 percent lower while broiler meat produced contracted by 5.5 percent. The same data revealed that the number of turkeys slaughtered contracted by 0.4 percent while the number of ducks processed increased by 1.1 percent.
    The figures reveal a continuing worsening from the first quarter when 440,000 metric tons was recorded, a contraction of 4 percent in comparison with the year before. The Ministry attributes much of this decline to reduced exports.

    Consumption growing

    Yet French poultry meat consumption grew by 4.6 percent during the first quarter to stand at 431,300 metric tons, up on 2013’s record high. Broiler meat consumption was up by 6.6 percent to 270,000 tons, turkey meat consumption rose by 2.6 percent to 87,000 tons, while duck meat sales fell by 4.5 percent to 46,600 tons, the Ministry notes.
    Per capita poultry meat consumption in France has followed an upward trend during the past 40 years.

    Imports and exports

    2014’s first quarter figures reveal a negative trade balance for meat and meat products. Exports have dropped sharply and imports continue to rise.
    Overall poultry meat and poultry product imports stood at 136,000 metric tons, an increase of 3.4 percent over the quarter, while exports at 130,700 metric tons were 20 percent lower. As far as broiler meat and products are concerned, imports were 3.6 percent higher at 118,000 metric tons, while exports contracted by 20 percent to stand at 102,000 metric tons.
    The situation is a marked turnaround from reports issued at the end of the first quarter last year, when poultry exports were described as “stable”.Where imports are concerned, the main supplying countries were Germany, Spain, Belgium and Brazil.

    Egg production

    A stronger position has been recorded in French egg production, although growth has slowed this year compared to last. Over the first quarter, production of table eggs grew by 5 percent in comparison with the same period last year,
    Exports of table eggs and egg grew by 1.2 percent over the first quarter, while imports contracted by 17 percent.
    Stimulated by this upturn in the export market, the producer price of eggs was 9 percent higher in May this year in comparison to May 2013.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bachoco triples net income in third quarter

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    Mexican poultry company Bachoco finished a successful third quarter, tripling its net income.
    From WATTAgNet:
    Mexican poultry company Bachoco reported its net income jumped to MXN1,124.2 million (US$ 82.95 million) in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, roughly tripling it net income of MXN353.5 million (US$26.1 million) recorded in the same quarter of 2013. The company attributes much of this increase to a higher operating income and more stable expenses.
    Bachoco also reported that its net sales increased 12.5 percent during the third quarter. The quarter ended September 30.
    “For Bachoco, a third quarter used to be the weakest quarter for the year in terms of profitability; this year, the quarter did not follow that pattern, as favorable conditions present in the second quarter were extended into the third one,” said Rodolfo Ramos Arvizu, CEO of Bachoco.
    “Flexibility in our processes and implementation of new procedures, allowed us to take advantage of the conditions the industry offered and to achieve sound results. In general, during the quarter we observed a very stable supply in our main product lines in both the U.S. and Mexican markets; this, combined with the downtrend in our main raw material prices, allowed us to post a reduction in our production cost, contributing to our profits.”
    The largest poultry company in Mexico, Bachoco has more than 700 production and distribution facilities currently organized into nine complexes throughout Mexico with a presence in the U.S. as well, according to the WATT Global Media Top Companies Database.