USPOULTRY Wire Archive - 3/26/2020

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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.


$7,000 USPOULTRY Foundation Student Recruiting Grant Awarded to the University of North Georgia
The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a $7,000 student recruiting grant to the University of North Georgia. The grant was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from the Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund and was presented to Linda Purvis, assistant professor of poultry science.

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Membership Spotlight: BC Egg Marketing Board
BC Egg is a non-profit organization that oversees and manages the province’s egg farming industry. They work with approximately 136 family-owned and operated egg farms to bring the goodness of British Columbia fresh eggs to your table. BC Egg oversees and manages the production, grading, packing, marketing and transportation of all regulated eggs in B.C.

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Elanco Provides Business Update Related to COVID-19
As Elanco Animal Health Incorporated evaluates the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is providing an update on its business and financial position, as well as the actions it is taking to support employees, customers and public health.

As the situation around the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving, Elanco is withdrawing its previously announced 2020 revenue and earnings per share guidance. Elanco is monitoring several global dynamics, from changing foreign currency rates and a dynamic animal protein market to declining veterinary clinic visits, the growing use of direct-to-consumer shipping, and sales through ecommerce and other alternative channels. The company is confident in its working capital and liquidity levels, while continuing to actively monitor the changing environment across the world. Elanco will provide an update on its Q1 earnings call in early May, based on information available at that time.

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IPPE Exhibitor Spotlight: Eurofins
Eurofins' portfolio includes more than 200,000 reliable analytical methods for characterizing the safety, identity, purity, composition, authenticity and origin of products and biological substances. Through continual research, development and acquisitions, Eurofins leverages up-to-the-minute technologies in the field to provide unique, customizable testing solutions.

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First Veterinarians Awarded MAM Scholarship Sponsored by Aviagen and BioChek
Four talented veterinarians have been chosen as the first beneficiaries of a financial support program sponsored by Aviagen® and poultry diagnostics company BioChek. Launched in September, the annual program is designed to award promising veterinarians who aspire to pursue a Master of Avian Medicine (MAM) degree at the University of Georgia (UGA). UGA is home to a world-leading advanced degree program in Avian medicine. UGA’s Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center (PDRC) chose this class of MAM students from a pool of the world’s top veterinary students. Applicants must have earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, competitive Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and English language proficiency.

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Cargill Donates Disinfecting Alcohol to Dutch Government
Cargill, one of Europe's largest alcohol producers, donates a first batch of 60,000 liters of disinfecting alcohol to the health sector in the Netherlands. Through the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) this will be distributed to hospitals and other healthcare institutions in the Netherlands where a shortage has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Niels Maijers, coordinator, National Corona Taskforce on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, said: "This enables us to ensure the availability of surface disinfection.”

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DSM Co-CEOs Statement on the COVID-19 Outbreak
As COVID-19 has spread in recent months, the ongoing work and commitment of the heroes in DSM’s manufacturing and logistics teams make it possible to have food on store shelves and medical supplies in hospitals. Our worldwide presence, prior contingency planning, and the dedication of our employees has meant we continue to fulfil these vital needs. We are humbled by our people’s efforts but wanted to provide a broader update on how DSM is responding to the constantly evolving situation.

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COVID-19 Aid Package Offers Assistance to Rural America
The Senate advanced by a vote of 96-0 its Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in a vote late Wednesday night in the third tranche of assistance offered by Congress as it attempts to respond to the economic fallout from the coronavirus (COVID-19). For farmers, the final $2 trillion package includes some specific requests, such as additional lending authority to for the Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) and livestock and disaster assistance. The COVID-19 impact on agriculture includes a rapid and unanticipated decline in commodity prices, the likely closure of ethanol plants, the dramatic decline in full-service restaurant and school meal demand and the reduction in direct-to-consumer sales.

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USDA Identifies Essential Services During ‘Shelter-In-Residence’ Orders
In a letter to vendors the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) outlined what operations will be allowed in areas affected by shelter-in-residence directives. The letter was issued March 25 by David Tuckwiller, deputy administrator, commodity procurement, at the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The letter noted that many cities and states have directed that individuals shelter at their place of residence to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Exemptions are extended to persons leaving their residences to provide or receive essential services, or to engage in certain essential services and work for an essential business or government agency. The letter also asserted that activities supporting critical federal infrastructure sectors as defined by the Department of Homeland Security preempt any conflicting city or state provision.

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Maple Leaf Foods Expands Support Efforts During Pandemic
Maple Leaf Foods is taking immediate action to further support its front-line staff, emergency food relief and health care providers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The actions, according to a press release from the company, include a weekly bonus for its hourly staff, an investment of approximately CA$2 million (US$1.4 million) to support emergency food relief efforts and an investment of CA$2.5 million in a new fund to provide personal support to front line health providers during this crisis.

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Tips to Keep Your Poultry Operation Running Smoothly During a Global Crisis
During a crisis, such as the global pandemic of the COVID-19 outbreak, many businesses can slow down or even close down when normal operations are not possible to maintain, even with workers working from home.

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Brazilian Producers: "Agricultural Production Cannot Stop"
Coronavirus is already affecting all Brazilian society sectors. Despite that, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, farmer´s entities and cooperatives declared, last week, that production “cannot stop”. For now, coronavirus pandemic has not changed the routines of the sector worldwide.

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Broiler Hatchery
Broiler-Type Eggs Set in the United States Up 3%
Hatcheries in the United States weekly program set 238 million eggs in incubators during the week ending March 21, up 3% from a year ago. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week in the United States was 81.2%. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler-Type Chicks Placed in the United States Up 4%
Broiler growers in the United States weekly program placed 192 million chicks for meat production during the week ending March 21, up 4% from a year ago. Cumulative placements from the week ending Jan. 4 through March 21 for the United States were 2.29 billion. Cumulative placements were up 4% from the same period a year earlier.

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

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Processed Eggs (Thu)
Prices are unchanged. The undertone is steady to lower. Demand is light to moderate. Offerings are light. Supplies are light to moderate. Schedules are full-time. Market activity is slow to moderate.

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: 58-70, Mostly: 68-70
Checks: Range: 54-60, Mostly: 54-59

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 most dark meat items; steady to weak for breast cuts and mostly weak for wings. Trucklot buying activity is light to moderate approaching the weekend. Offerings of breast cuts are moderate to instances heavy for current needs; dark meat items are light to moderate with drums, thighs, thigh meat and leg quarters clearing satisfactorily. Wings are available, especially jumbo and medium sizes. Market activity is slow to moderate.

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

The market on frozen 8-16 lb. hens and 16-24 lb. toms is steady with a steady to firm undertone. Demand is light to moderate. Frozen processor offerings of Grade A 8-16 lb. hens and 16-24 lb. toms are light to moderate. Frozen 2019 Grade A basted equivalent processor offering prices on a national basis for 8-16 lb. hens are 97.00-104.00 cents FOB and 16-24 lb. toms 97.00-104.00 cents FOB for current deliveries. No trading reported.

The market on fresh white meats, fresh and frozen white trims is steady with some finding fresh tom breast meat with a stronger undertone. Frozen white meat market is steady to weak. Demand on fresh tom breast meat moderate, scapula and fresh destrapped tenderloins light to moderate, balance of white trims light. Offerings of scapula and fresh breast meat light to moderate, balance of white trims mostly moderate, frozen tom breast meat and frozen tenderloins moderate to heavy. The market on bulk parts is steady to firm. Demand light to good, usually moderate. Offering of tom bulk parts is light to moderate. The thigh meat market is steady to weak with fresh steadiest. Demand light to moderate. Fresh offerings light to moderate and frozen moderate to heavy. The mechanically separated turkey market is steady. Demand moderate. Offerings light to moderate. Trading is slow.

EXPORT MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

No trading reported. The market on scapula and tom bulk parts is steady to instances firm. Demand light to moderate. Offerings mixed.

Daily National Young Turkey Parts (Wed)
Fresh white meat market is steady with a stronger undertone noted and frozen steady to weak, white trims steady. Demand light to moderate, best on fresh white meat. Offerings of scapula and fresh white meat light to moderate, balance of white trims moderate, frozen white meat moderate to heavy. The market on parts is steady to firm. Demand light to good, mostly moderate. Offerings of light to moderate. Thigh meat market is steady to weak with frozen weakest. Demand light to moderate, instances good. Offerings light to heavy, mostly moderate. Mechanically separated turkey market steady. Demand moderate. Offerings light to instances moderate. Trading slow. For domestic: body chopping skin 35, tails 41, defatted gizzards 75 cents delivered.

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