USPOULTRY Wire Archive - 2/23/2021

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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.


Ventilation Strategies to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19 in Manufacturing
USPOULTRY is an active member of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Manufacturing Sector Council's COVID-19 workgroup, which is primarily led and operated by non-government members in order to tailor practices to manufacturing-specific needs. The workgroup has released a paper entitled "Ventilation Strategies to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19 in Manufacturing." The paper is a collection of data, implementation strategies and testimonials on the use of outdoor air, existing industrial ventilation, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at manufacturing facilities.

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Membership Spotlight: Pro-Tech Inc
Pro-Tech has been serving poultry and livestock farmers for more than 45 years. Based out of Statesville, N.C., they are in an excellent position to sell and ship poultry equipment. After many years, their inventory is still focused, with goals of providing products of high quality, reliability and friendly usage. With revolutionary technology, their products follow the same goals of quality, reliability, and friendly usage.

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Defend the Flock: How Avian Influenza Affects Us All
Join Dr. Denise Heard, director of research at USPOULTRY, and other industry experts as they discuss the impact and consequences of avian influenza to consumers and allied industries in the upcoming USDA APHIS Defend the Flock webinar at 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Register today for this free webinar!

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IPPE Exhibitor Spotlight: POET Nutrition
POET Nutrition creates pellets, distillers wet grain, syrup and modified distillers grains, and each one provides quality you can rely on. They have been developing their biotechnologies and processes for years, offering products that deliver consistent nutrient concentrations, excellent flowability and a wealth of other benefits to meet your livestock feed needs.

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Tyson Foods Accelerates Change to Operate at the Speed of the Market
Tyson Foods, Inc. announced that the company is making organizational changes designed to improve operational agility, customer experience and speed of innovation to market, ensuring that all businesses are well-positioned to adapt to a dynamic environment. Each of Tyson Foods’ four business segments will be equipped with the resources and structure needed to enable quicker response and innovation at the speed of the markets they serve. Customer sales will be embedded with each of the business segments to intensely focus on customer needs and more quickly deliver on them. Additionally, Tyson Foods is naming Donnie King as its chief operating officer, reporting to Dean Banks, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods. King will lead and enable the changes needed for operational excellence and continuous improvements. He will also continue to be the group president of Poultry, furthering the many improvements that he is already implementing.

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Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch Releases Sustainability Report
Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch released its 2020 Sustainability Report outlining the company’s values and how it sustainably serves hundreds of thousands of people across the U.S. with ethically sourced, highly nutritious eggs. “Our values for sustainability drive Herbruck’s forward, serving as a roadmap that guides our business decisions to ensure we treat our birds, our employees, the environment, and the communities we call home with respect,” said Greg Herbruck, president of Herbruck’s.

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Rabobank: Global Poultry’s Investment Reality in the COVID-19 Era – Strengthening Business Models in a Challenging Period of Rapid Change
COVID-19 is disrupting the business in ways the global poultry market had never planned for, creating new areas of opportunity and risk. The impacts of COVID-19 are spread very unevenly between regions and between companies. “Company leaders and investors need to constantly review market conditions and adjust company positioning to optimize growth and returns. There will be bigger differences between winners and losers, which will lead to a process of accelerated capital investments, consolidation, and internationalization in the coming years,” according to Nan-Dirk Mulder, senior analyst – Animal Protein.

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IPC Stresses That Poultry Meat Is Safe to Eat Amid H5N8 Outbreaks
In the wake of news reports that seven workers at a poultry farm in Russia are the first humans to be infected with the H5N8 strain of avian influenza, the International Poultry Council believes it is important to reassure consumers that poultry meat is safe to eat. Avian influenza is a known potential zoonotic disease and there are internationally established measures in place that ensure food safety and the proper handling and cooking of poultry, as well as worker safety and biosecurity. Further, diseased poultry should not enter the food supply.

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Study: Mortality in Cage-Free Flocks Declines Over Time
Mortality in cage-free egg-laying hens decreases over time as poultry operations gain experience and knowledge with the housing system, concluded research published in the journal Scientific Reports. For years, experts have proposed that mortality is higher in cage-free production because the housing system puts hens in direct contact with manure and exposes them to pecking behavior, smothering and injuries due to collisions with perches. However, this study refutes that idea, the authors said.

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New Antibiotic Alternative on Russian Poultry Farms
By 2025, Russian poultry farms could stop the use of feed antibiotics by including betulin in feed rations. The phytobiotic, which is derived from the bark of birch trees, is widely known for giving the tree its white color, which appears to protect the tree from mid-winter overheating by the sun. A group of scientists from the Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Science ran an experiment with the Ross-308 crossbreed at a broiler farm in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia.

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Poultry Slaughter
Poultry certified wholesome during January 2021 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 4.11 billion pounds, down 9 percent from the amount certified in January 2020. The December 2020 revised certified total at 4.24 billion pounds, was up 2 percent from December 2019. The December revision represented an increase of 9.15 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during January 2021 was 5.42 billion pounds, down 9 percent from 5.99 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.79 billion pounds, down 9 percent from January 2020. Mature chickens, at 59.9 million pounds, were down 12 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 560 million pounds, down 13 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 13.4 million pounds, down 25 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during January 2021 averaged 6.43 pounds per bird, up slightly from January 2020. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.75 pounds per bird, down slightly from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during January 2021 averaged 33.5 pounds per bird, up slightly from January 2020.

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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 (Tue)
This report contains information on the Daily Weighted Average Trailer Load of Egg Sales.

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Processed Eggs (Tue)
Breaking stock prices are unchanged with checks and undergrades higher. The undertone is higher. Offerings and supplies are light to moderate. Demand is fairly good to good. Schedules full-time. Market activity is moderate. The National breaking stock inventory increased 10% when compared to last week.

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: 40-48, Mostly: 43-48
Checks: Range: 39-45, Mostly: 39-43

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 to firm for boneless skinless breasts, tenders and most dark meat items, steady for wings. Trucklot buying activity is moderate as dealers continue to assess market conditions following the wintry weather that hampered parts of the Northeast and production areas. Offerings of tenders are moving well; boneless skinless breasts and dark meat items are light to moderate with jumbo sized boneless breasts, leg quarters and boneless thighs in the better balance. Wings are mostly moderate for current needs. Market activity is moderate.

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

The market on frozen 8-16 lb. hens and 16-24 lb. toms is steady with a steady to firm undertone. Frozen demand moderate to good. Frozen domestic processor offerings of Grade A 8-16 lb. hens and 16-24 lb. toms are light to moderate. Frozen Grade A basted equivalent processor offering prices on a national basis for 8-16 lb. hens are 107.00-113.00 cents FOB and 16-24 lb. tom offerings at 107.00-113.00 cents FOB for current deliveries. No trading reported.

The fresh tom breast meat market is steady to weak, fresh destrapped tenderloins steady, and frozen white meat generally steady. The scapula market is steady to firm, balance of white trims steady. Demand moderate to good on scapula, balance light to moderate. Offerings of scapula very light, balance of white meat and trims mostly moderate. The market on 4-8 lb. breasts is steady with a steady to firm undertone, heavier sizes steady. Demand light to moderate, mostly light. Offerings short to very light on 4-8 lb. breasts for current deliveries, heavier sizes light to moderate. The tom neck and wing markets are steady to weak with necks weakest, tom drums steady to firm. Demand moderate to good on tom drums, balance light to moderate. Offerings very light to light on drums, tom necks moderate to moderately heavy and tom wings mostly moderate. The thigh meat and mechanically separated turkey markets are steady to firm. Demand moderate to good. Offerings light at best. Trading slow. Industry members are starting the recovery process from week's adverse winter weather.

EXPORT MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

Trading slow. The market is steady to firm, mostly steady. Demand and offerings light to moderate.

Daily National Young Turkey Parts (Mon)
The market on fresh tom breast meat is steady with a steady to weak undertone, fresh destrapped tenderloins and frozen white meat steady. The scapula market is steady to firm, balance of white trims mostly steady. Demand moderate to good on scapula, balance of white meat and trims light to moderate. Scapula offerings very light; balance of white items mostly moderate. Tom drum market is steady to firm, balance of tom bulk parts steady at best. Demand moderate to good, best on drums. Offerings light at best on drums, moderate to instances moderately heavy on wings and necks. Trading slow. For domestic tails 78 cents delivered.

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