Monday, August 31, 2015

Market Data section expanded and improved

The mobile-friendly relaunch of WATTAgNet.com includes several improved or new features. These include exclusive market-related content and a revamped Market Data section. Here users can view interactive charts covering global poultry, feed and pig markets. Registration is required to view this data, but it is free and simple. If you a registered user of the old WATTAgNet.com site, you will be asked to reset your password when you first log in.
The entire site is now optimized for easy viewing on computers, tablets and smart phones.

Smithfield expanding dry sausage facility in Wisconsin

Smithfield Foods has broken ground on an expansion project at its dry sausage facility in Cudahy, Wisconsin.
The facility produces Smithfield’s Patrick Cudahy brand products, as well as other Smithfield branded products, the company announced in a press release.
When completed, the facility will have 12,500 additional square feet which will include four new smokehouses and two dry rooms. The new space will increase production capacity by three million pounds annually and allow for four additional dry rooms when future sales demand more volume. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in March, 2016.
During the construction process, Smithfield will continue making various salami and pepperoni products at the dry sausage facility.
This marks Smithfield Foods' second major expansion to the Cudahy facility in 2015, as the company also broke ground in April on a new $12 million bacon slicing plant. The 17,000-square-foot plant includes four slicing lines that will increase Smithfield's bacon capacity by approximately 10 million pounds annually. The plant is expected to be fully operational by October.
Smithfield Foods is the largest pig producing and pork processing company in the United States, and is a subsidiary of Chinese company WH Group, which is the largest pig producer and pork processor in the world.

Iowa State students won’t have access to live poultry

Iowa State University students will not have access to live birds on the university’s poultry farm as a precaution to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza.
During the fall semester, students will instead be learning about the poultry industry through videos and textbooks. They will also work with egg and poultry companies to learn more about the industry. The university will also teach students about 2015 avian influenza outbreak as one of the current challenges facing poultry farmers and processors. The decision affects about 500 students.
From December 2014 to June 2015, nearly 48.1 million birds have been affected by avian influenza. No state has had more birds impacted by the virus than Iowa, which has had 31.7 million affected.
A recent study commissioned by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation estimated that avian influenza cost Iowa $427 million, and was responsible for the loss of about 8,500 jobs.
There have not been any new cases of avian influenza reported in Iowa – or the United States – since USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed on June 17 that a farm of 1 million layers in Wright County was hit by the virus. However, officials from APHIS are preparing for the return of avian influenza in the fall.

USDA lifts avian flu-related bans on Ontario poultry

The USDA on August 25 lifted its restrictions on the import of poultry and poultry products from Ontario.
The lifting of the trade bans will be effective immediately, according to an AgWeek report.
The agency had previously placed trade restrictions on Ontario poultry after avian influenza had been detected in an Ontario turkey farm in April. The Canadian province had three confirmed cases of avian influenza – all of which were in Oxford County.
All three properties have been depopulated and disinfected. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on July 29 deemed the area free of avian influenza and lifted all avian influenza-related control zones.
The lifting of trade restrictions on Ontario poultry follows a decision made earlier in August  by CFIA to lift restrictions on poultry and poultry products from the U.S. states of Arkansas and Montana. Since that time, CFIA has also lifted restrictions on poultry from Indiana.
Canada has not had a confirmed case of avian influenza since April, while the U.S. has not had a confirmed case since June. However, USDA officials are preparing for a potential return of the virus in the fall. More than 48 million birds in the United States were affected by avian influenza, while Ontario had an estimated 79,700 birds affected.

NCC identifies top avian flu biosecurity principles

In preparation for the possible re-emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the United States in the fall as wild birds begin to migrate south from Canada, the National Chicken Council (NCC) has identified the top biosecurity principles for broiler and broiler-breeder producers.
Biosecurity is the poultry industry's first line of defense to all avian diseases, including HPAI. The following biosecurity measures have been identified by NCC, members of the NCC biosecurity working group, veterinarians and avian health experts as the most important to prevent disease spread and promote flock health:
  • Limiting visitors on the farm and minimizing foot traffic;
  • Avoiding contact with wild and domestic fowl;
  • Avoiding the sharing of farm equipment;
  • Having a clean and functioning footbath at each entrance to the broiler house;
  • Ensuring that all visitors or personnel have disinfected or new footwear before entering a house or facility;
  • Making sure feed and water sources are covered and free of contaminants, limiting the attraction of wild fowl and pests;
  • Having official signage clearly stating the farm is a biosecure zone and any unauthorized entry is strictly prohibited;
  • Employing effective pest and wild bird management practices; and
  • Adequately training farmers, farm and company personal in biosecurity and disease prevention. 
"Rigorous implementation of biosecurity principles will be essential to preventing disease introduction onto broiler chicken operations," said NCC President Mike Brown. "I know each industry has been preparing similarly. By maintaining this strong collaboration and sharing of lessons learned, I am confident we will all be in a much better place this year."
These practices are intended to be applicable to a wide variety of production settings, and to serve as a list of recommendations to farmers and associated personnel.

Kraft Heinz recalls 2 million pounds of turkey bacon

Kraft Heinz Company, Newberry, S.C., is recalling approximately 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon products that may be adulterated because it may spoil before the “Best When Used By” date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on August 25.
The turkey bacon was produced between May 31, 2015, and August 6, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:
  • 56 ounce cardboard boxes (containing four plastic wrapped packages) marked Oscar Mayer “Selects Uncured Turkey Bacon” bearing the plant number P-9070, the line number RS19 and Product UPC 0 4470007633 0, and with “Best When Used By” dates of August 24, 2015, through October 26, 2015.
  • 36 ounce cardboard boxes (containing three plastic wrapped packages) marked Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon “Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed” bearing the plant number P-9070, the line number RS19 and Product UPC 0 7187154874 8, and with “Best When Used By” dates of August 28, 2015, through October 20, 2015.
  • 48 ounce cardboard boxes (containing four plastic wrapped packages) marked Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon “Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed” bearing the plant number P-9070, the line number RS19 and Product UPC  0 7187154879 3, and with “Best When Used By” dates of September 3, 2015, through October 30, 2015.  
The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P-9070” inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as the line number “RS19”. These items were shipped nationwide and exported to the Bahamas and St. Martin.                                
The problem was discovered by the company during an investigation into spoilage-related consumer complaints.
FSIS has not received any confirmed reports of adverse reactions related to the consumption of these products.  However, the company has received reports of illness related to the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Premium Porc Group opens new feed mill in Romania

Premium Porc Group, a subsidiary of DCH International in Romania, has opened its new feed mill in Sibioara, Romania.
The feed mill is part of a larger project of Premium Porc Group of modernization and expansion of the farms operated in Constanta district, part of Degaro company. The project took two years to complete and consisted of increasing production capacity of the farms Fantanele and Sibioara and building a new feed mill. Total investment amount for all the steps of the project was approximately EUR23 million (US$26.4 million).
The new feed mill in Sibioara, has four silos of 4,000 tons each and will produce approximately 70,000 tons of feed per year.
“With the completion of this project we feel that we have developed a durable connection between Premium Porc Group and the partners involved,” said Lars V. Drescher, CEO of DCH International. “We trust that in the future everyone will benefit from this relationship.”
 “We have an ambitious strategy to continue the company’s development and production to double Premium Porc Group by 2019,” he said.