This webinar will describe straightforward methods for early detection and elimination of manufacturing faults, setting new standards, and moving closer to feed mill production targets by using FT-NIR technology to supply more information, automate responses, and stay within the mill’s man-hour budget. Be introduced to Fourier Transformation, a mathematical technique easily applied and accessed by anyone using a PC with Microsoft Excel software or FT-NIR technology.
By attending, you will learn:
How to correctly establish sampling frequency
How to obtain consistently accurate information at high data rates
Speakers for this webinar will be John Smillie, manager, Canadian Feed Research Centre; Dean Roberts, business manager, agriculture, food and feed markets, Bruker Optics; and Howard EuBanks, business development manager, feed and grain, Bruker Optics.
JBS SA, a Brazil-based meat and poultry company, reported positive financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. With net revenues up in four of the company’s five units, the company is hailing its diverse product base.
Highlights for the quarter include:
1. Net income up dramatically – After recording a net income of BRL70 million (US23.2 million) during the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, one year later JBS SA reported a net income of BRL1.394 billion (US$461.6 million).
2. JBS SA net revenues up – Companywide, JBS SA reported a net revenue of BRL33.8 billion for the first quarter, an increase of 28 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2014.
3. Increase in gross profit – Gross profit for the company during the first quarter of FY 2015 was BRL4.8 billion, a 39.6 percent year-over-year increase.
4. EBITDA more than doubles – Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was reported at BRL 2.8 billion, an increase of 57.6 over the EBITDA figures from the same period during fiscal year 2014. The company’s EBITDA margin was 8.2 percent.
5. JBS Foods net revenue jumps –JBS Foods, the company’s newest subsidiary that includes poultry, pork and prepared foods in Brazil, reported a net revenue of BRL3.9 billion during the first quarter of FY 2015, a 39.4 percent increase when compared to the first quarter of FY 2014.
6. Pilgrim’s Pride revenue edges up – JBS USA Chicken, also known as Pilgrim’s Pride, recorded a 1.7 percent year-over-year increase in net revenue, with the figure reaching US$2.1 billion.
7. JBS Mercosul net revenue up – JBS Mercosul’s net revenue for the first quarter of 2015 was BRL 6.8 million, a year-over-year increase of 18.5 percent. The JBS Mercosul business unit includes beef, hides, leather and related businesses in Brazil.
8. Increase for JBS USA beef net revenue – JBS USA Beef achieved a 14.8 percent increase in net revenue for the first quarter of FY 2015, with a net revenue of US$5.2 billion.
“Our strategy over the last years allowed us to create a global production platform. Today we operate a diversified portfolio, with value-added products and strong brands worldwide. This strategy allows us to generate more solid and consistent results ongoing," said Wesley Batista, Global CEO of JBS.
The company’s USA Pork unit was the exception during the first quarter of FY 2015, recording a net revenue of US$762.3 million, a year-over year decrease of 15 percent.
MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) today announced the expansion of the ZUPREVO® (tildipirosin) label following approval from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) of the European Medicines.
The label for ZUPREVO® (tildiprosin), a broad spectrum antibiotic for the treatment of Swine Respiratory Disease (SRD) associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Pasteurella multocida, Bordetella bronchiseptica and Haemophilus parasuis, will now include metaphylactic use which allows clinically-healthy (but presumably infected) or susceptible animals in close contact with diseased animals to be treated to reduce the risk for developing clinical disease. In addition, age restrictions have been removed, allowing ZUPREVO to now be used in piglets of all ages.
“ZUPREVO is an important tool in the fight against SRD, offering long-acting protection against four major pathogens associated with this disease with just one injection,” said Olivia Azlor, MSD Animal Health. “We are pleased to announce these new label changes, which will help veterinarians and producers extend their protection against these costly diseases by reducing the risk for disease spread, and applying earlier treatment to avoid bigger problems and losses.”
SRD often comes along with reduced feed efficiency and growth, making it a major economic concern in pig farms around the world. A number of factors can contribute to SRD, and it seldom results from only one pathogen. Strict management policies and monitoring must be implemented to control the disease and avoid spread of pathogens within herds.
Texas A&M University recently won the High Team Overall category of the 68th USPOULTRY Foundation Ted Cameron National Poultry Judging Contest, held at Louisiana State University. Penn State University placed a close second. Additionally, Joshua Cassar, a senior at Penn State University, was announced high individual overall winner, and Eryn Crow, a sophomore at Texas A&M University, finished second overall.
Nine universities participated in this year's competition, which was focused on production judging, breed selection and market products judging. The awards were presented by Barbara Jenkins, USPOULTRY’s vice president of education and student programs.
The contest is funded through a grant from Mountaire Corp. in honor of Ted Cameron, past chairman of Mountaire. The contest is part of the Foundation's comprehensive student outreach program and was established to enhance young people's interest in the poultry industry and encourage student enrollment in poultry science and related studies.
Left to right: Craig Hunter, Burnbrae Farms; Dr. Marion Garcia, American Humane Association; Meena Hassanali, Provision Coalition; Monica Eng, WBEZ FM; and Dr. Joy Mench, University of California, Davis.
The panel, moderated by Charlie Arnot of CFI, was made up of a diverse group of agriculture industry representatives from the U.S. and Canada.
Each panelist agreed that sustainable agriculture is critical to feeding the world’s population in the future, and that the CSES research is an important stepping stone towards furthering sustainability in the industry. And, all agreed that CSES' research shows one egg layer housing system is not necessarily “best” or “most sustainable” overall; but rather, producers must identify the aspects most important to them, and then select the housing system that performs best for these criteria.
Where panelists differed, however, was in how they interpreted the research. Here are their perspectives:
1. Craig Hunter, Burnbrae Farms: “Animal rights groups have mounted evidence against us, and ideally as farmers, we need to start telling our story…so that consumers can make what I call an ‘informed choice.’” • Higher mortality in cage-free housing is a very negative aspect of this system • Cage-free housing has a larger environmental impact than other housing types • Equipment companies are challenged to work with farmers to create an “ideal system” that is both easy to manage and addresses all five elements of sustainability • Better training in all areas will help us to produce a safer egg – and that is what the consumer is looking for
Charlie Arnot, CEO, Center for Food Integrity.
2. Dr. Marion Garcia, American Humane Association: “[Consumers] do care but they don’t understand worth a hoot – we need to make the two match up.” • CSES research supports keeping all three AHA standards (enriched, cage-free, free-range/pasture) for humane production active • There are trade-offs in using each housing system, depending on the goals of a food system stakeholder, but these trade-offs shouldn’t trump the welfare of the animals in our care • Industry will benefit from finding more effective sources for getting their message across: for example, a mommy blogger with a degree in science to appeal to multiple customers
3. Meena Hassanali, Provision Coalition: “How can you ensure a farmer can farm not just 5 but 50 years from now?” • Sustainable sourcing can be a point of differentiation in the market place • Responsible sourcing helps companies better react to disruptions and should be a priority • Businesses should expect requests from customers about sustainability performance – people want verifiable data • Infographics can be powerful tools to quickly communicate meaningful information to consumers and help people understand complex research
4. Monica Eng, WBEZ Chicago: “I believe everyone, including farmers, care about the welfare of the animals, and this is often too quickly dismissed.” • Consumers want choice and different housing systems provide them with this • Consumers have different priorities, but they are willing to pay up for products that align with those priorities • Industry must be transparent – provide labels that clearly communicate all key aspects of product information
CFI’s 2015 National Strategy Conference on Animal Agriculture was held at McDonald’s Hamburger University in Oak Brook, Illinois, May 12-13.
Hy-Line International, the world leader in layer poultry genetics, was pleased to provide the opening speaker for the second day of the Egg Industry Center’s 7th Annual Egg Industry Leadership Forum in April in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. Neil O’Sullivan, director of research and development for Hy-Line, shared about genetic improvement for alternative hen housing. The topics included Hy-Line’s decision process used in breeding hens, traits measured in egg layers, evaluation of hen performance in different environments, and the impact of new technology on breeding.
“Genetics loads the gun, environment pulls the trigger,” said Dr. O’Sullivan. “Our long-term goal is to ensure our birds respond well in complex environments.”
A delegation of Russian poultry integrations recently visited the facilities of Hubbard in France. They were accompanied by the management of BALTISA, the exclusive distributor of Hubbard for the CIS-countries and Baltic States.
During the event, the group was updated on the recent developments on R&D and breeder and broiler management of the Hubbard F15, the product which is the market leader in Russia for already more than a decade.
Yves Jego, Hubbard R&D Director, presented the key points in the selection program for the Hubbard F15: FCR, robustness and total meat yield. Based on what is already in the pipeline he foresees an annual improvement of the Hubbard F15 in the field of: +1 egg/HH, +50g live weight, -2.3 points FCR and +0.26% breast meat yield. This is also being confirmed by the actual field results in Russia and other Hubbard F15 customers around the world.
Nicolas Neyra, Hubbard Regional Manager CIS & Baltic States, explained that 1 pure line female in the R&D program produces through its progeny nearly 20 million kg of broiler live weight. This shows the importance of the R&D for the whole industry. Of similar importance is the sanitary quality of the breeding stock supplied to the market. The group visited also a Hubbard F15 GP production site, where strict bio-security rules are applied: all-in-all-out system, completely fenced area, high level sanitary rules for vehicles and personnel and filtered air with positive pressure (FAPP) ventilation.
At the end of the trip, delegates visited a breeder farm with Hubbard parent stock. This showed a farming model typical for Brittany, in the west part of France. The full automation of feeding, egg collection, selection and treatment of the eggs has allowed very efficient farm management.