USPOULTRY Wire Archive - 8/14/2019

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The information in USPOULTRY's electronic newsletter is intended to inform our members of current events affecting the industry and is not necessarily representative of USPOULTRY's views on any particular topic.


Record Number of Poultry Facilities Recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance
During the 2019 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Florida, a record 230 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.

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Membership Spotlight: Praxair, Inc.
Praxair works with a wide range of customers to increase productivity and improve yield, all while enhancing food product quality and maintaining a focus on food safety. They are always developing new and innovative applications and technologies, as well as continuously improving their existing systems to make the processes of their customers even more efficient. When you buy from Praxair, you get their total system approach, ensuring that you receive products optimized for your operations and 24/7 support from their in-house food technologists and engineers.

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Pilgrim’s Releases 2018 Sustainability Report
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced the release of its 2018 Sustainability Report. The interactive digital report provides a comprehensive overview of the company’s recent achievements and progress toward 2020 sustainability goals.

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IPPE Exhibitor Spotlight: Meatingplace
Meatingplace is the premier multimedia information source for the red meat and poultry processing industry. Focused on the U.S. & Canadian markets, but read worldwide, Meatingplace delivers news, technical information and strategic insights through a monthly print publication, website and events.

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Elanco Animal Health Reports Second Quarter Results, Including Strong EPS and Gross Margin Improvement
Elanco Animal Health Incorporated reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2019. The results reflect underlying price and volume growth, and improved profitability through execution of the company's targeted, three-pillar strategy focused on Innovation, Portfolio and Productivity (IPP).

- Earnings per share (EPS) improved to $0.10 (reported), or $0.28 (adjusted) for the second quarter 2019
- Gross margin improved to 54.5 percent of revenue (reported), or 54.6 percent of revenue (adjusted) for the second quarter 2019
- Total Revenue in the second quarter of 2019 increased 1 percent to $781.6 million; Total and Core Revenue grew 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively, at constant currency rates
- Completed acquisition of Aratana Therapeutics and Prevtec Microbia; Announced R&D collaboration with AgBiome
- Expected 2019 revenue now between $3.08 billion and $3.12 billion, reducing the top end of the range by $20 million primarily due to increased headwinds from African Swine Fever; reflects Core constant currency growth up to 4 percent
- Expected 2019 EPS range narrowed to $0.36 to $0.44 (reported), or $1.04 to $1.10 (adjusted)

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Zoetis Completes Acquisition of Platinum Performance, a Leading Nutrition-Focused Animal Health Business
Zoetis Inc. today announced the completion of the acquisition of Platinum Performance, a privately-held nutrition-focused animal heath company, after fulfilling all closing requirements. The acquisition was first announced on July 22, and financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

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Improving Birds’ Health by Refining Their Intestinal Microbiota Health and Stability
Intestinal systems of living organisms are inhabited by a dense community of microorganisms dominated by bacteria but also containing archea, fungi, protozoa and viruses. The microorganisms within these communities exist in a symbiotic relationship with the host and are collectively known as microbiota. In poultry research, a number of ground-breaking publications have significantly expanded our knowledge and understanding of poultry health. In this mini-review, we focus on poultry gut heath issues and propose solutions for improving birds’ health by refining their intestinal microbiota health and stability.

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Might Feeding Broilers Insects Affect Meat Quality?
Interest continues to grow in the use of insects in poultry and other diets, and while studies continue apace into their nutritional value as a feed ingredient, less attention has been given to the qualities of meat derived from insect-fed broilers. A couple of studies from Italy, however, have sought to address this lack of knowledge. A study published this year looked at black solider fly (Hermetia illucens - HI) defatted meal as a dietary protein source for broiler chickens and its effect on carcass traits, breast meat quality and safety, and concluded that slaughtering performance was improved and that there were no detrimental effects on meat quality parameters or heavy metal residues in meat.

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Glycerides of Butyric Acid: A Must for Poultry
That butyric acid is beneficial for intestinal health and growth performance, especially in young and vulnerable animals, is well known. However, the practical use of butyric acid entails some challenges. Framelco developed products based on butyrate glycerides in order to bring butyric acid to the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Interestingly, these glycerides also have shown to positively affect the carcass quality of broilers.

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Getting to the Bottom of the Pile: Solving the Mystery of Piling Behavior
Globally, many egg producers are making the switch from conventional cages to non-cage aviary systems for laying hens. The benefit of these open systems is that they allow the hens to move freely from feeders to perches and floors to nest boxes. For birds, this freedom means that they can perform natural behaviors, like ground pecking, scratching and dust bathing. There are downsides to these more open systems though. One of those downsides is piling, which leads to smothering where hens suffocate as a result.

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Hog Losses in China Intentionally Underreported
Estimating the hog losses in China due to the African swine fever (ASF) is difficult due to the country’s underreporting, but a recently released report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) suggests -- and confirms what many have been saying -- that the losses are much larger than what is being reported.

“Based on extensive interviews with industry and supported by price dynamics" for live animals and feed, FAS reported that the true number of ASF outbreaks "far exceeds" the number China’s Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Affairs has reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), "which should not currently be taken as an indicator of the severity of the situation in China.

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BRF Makes Senior Appointment
Brazilian processor BRF has appointed a new chief financial and investors relations officer.

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Daily Grain Review
All prices are reported in dollars/bushel, except soybean and corn oil is in cents/lb. and soybean meal is in dollars/ton.

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Shell Eggs
This report contains information on the Daily Weighted Average Trailer Load of Egg Sales.

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Processed Eggs (Wed)
Breaking stock prices are steady to higher with checks and undergrades higher. The undertone is higher. Demand is moderate to fairly good. Offerings are light to moderate. Supplies are moderate to instances light. Schedules full-time. Market activity is moderate to active.

Prices in cents per dozen, delivered to breakers, 48 lb. minimum net weight per 30 dozen case, eggs from table egg layers. Packaging may vary.

Breaking Stock: Range: 33-40, Mostly: 33-34
Checks: Range: 17-21, Mostly: 17-20

Daily Southern States Broiler/Fryer Parts
FOB dock or equivalent, iced-packed, prices shown are day of shipment (includes current and prior negotiations), truck lot and less than truck lot volume, cents per pound.

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Daily Northeast Broiler/Fryer Parts as of 11:30
Prices are trending steady for wings; steady to weak for boneless skinless breasts and dark meat items and weak for tenders and bone-in breasts. Trucklot buying activity is light and selective for mid-week trading. Offerings of wings are moderate; boneless skinless breasts and dark meat items moderate to heavy. Bone-in breasts and tenders are available. Market activity is slow to moderate.

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Daily National Turkey Market-At-A-Glance (Tue)
DOMESTIC MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

The market on frozen 8-16 lb. hens and 16-24lb. toms is steady to firm. Demand light to moderate. Fresh inquiry for November shipments light to moderate. Processor offerings of frozen Grade A 8-16 lb. hens and 16-24 lb. toms very light to moderate with 8-12 lb. hens the least available. Frozen Grade A basted equivalent processor offering prices on a national basis for 8-16 lb. hens are 85.00-95.00 cents FOB and 16-24 lb. toms 85.00-95.00 cents FOB for current deliveries. Trading slow on frozen basted equivalent hens and 16-24 lb. toms at 88 cents FOB for current shipments.

The market on fresh breeder hen breast meat is steady to firm, tenderloins and fresh tom breast meat is steady, and frozen tom breast meat is steady to weak. The market on white trims is steady to firm. Demand and offerings light to moderate. The tom bulk parts markets steady to weak. Demand light to moderate. Offerings mixed, mostly moderate. The thigh meat market and mechanically separated turkey market is steady. Demand and offerings light to moderate. Trading slow.

EXPORT MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

The market on tom bulk parts is steady to weak, frozen scapula steady to instances firm with trading reported at higher prices for export, balance of items mostly steady. Trading slow. Demand and offerings light to moderate.

Daily National Young Turkey Parts (Tue)
The market on fresh breeder hen breast meat is steady to firm while fresh tom breast meat is steady, frozen tom breast meat steady to weak. The tenderloin market is steady and white trims steady to firm. Demand light to moderate. Offerings mixed, mostly moderate with frozen tom breast meat held with the least confidence. The market on tom bulk parts is steady to weak. Demand light to moderate. Offerings moderate to instances moderately heavy. The market on thigh meat and mechanically separated turkey is mostly steady. Demand and offerings light to moderate. For domestic: fresh breeder hen breast meat 180, Grade A non-basted 14-18 lb. bone-in breasts 135-150, hearts 67 delivered. For export: frozen scapula 117 cents delivered.

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