2015 Purina Chick Days Events

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Purina_Chicken Photo_121214Purina Animal Nutrition announces its 2015 Purina Chick Days events. During this nationwide program, Purina retailers will host local educational events from January through May 2015, sharing steps for starting and maintaining backyard flocks of chickens, geese, turkeys or ducks.

“We are pleased to continue this popular Purina program in 2015,” says Jodi Eineichner, backyard flock marketing manager with Purina Animal Nutrition. “During the Purina Chick Days events, flock raisers across the country are able to learn new tips from their local retailer for raising happy, healthy flocks. Along with practical tips, our experts help flock raisers select the chicks, supplies and feeds that will help them be most successful.”

The Purina Chick Days events have proven incredibly popular. Since the event’s introduction, backyard flocks have trended forward – with flock raisers enjoying the entertainment and companionship of backyard birds as well as the fresh, nutritious eggs the birds produce for their families.

“Raising a backyard flock is a fun, fruitful endeavor. When you have the tips and information to be successful, you and your birds are best able to enjoy the experience,” says Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D., flock nutrition expert for Purina Animal Nutrition.

“When starting a flock, have a plan for caring for your new chicks from day one through retirement,” Roeder recommends. “For young chicks, create a brooder with free-choice water, proper temperature, adequate space and high-quality starter feed to keep the chicks warm and comfortable. As chicks grow, a protective coop and a transition to a flock-raiser or laying complete feed can help birds produce wholesome, nutritious meat or eggs.”

Purina retailers nationwide will provide how-to recommendations on starting – and maintaining – backyard flocks during the 2015 Purina Chick Days. Participating Purina dealers will also have available Purina® Start & Grow® and Purina® Flock Raiser® Premium Poultry Feeds – two key feeds in providing new chicks a happy, healthy start.

Agribusiness, Chicken, Nutrition

Zoetis Launching ‘Healthy Beef Challenge’

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zoetisAnimal health company Zoetis is launching an effort to support education through state cattlemen’s associations. The “Healthy Beef Challenge” is an online quiz competition that encourages beef producers to test their knowledge about cattle health and productivity, the industry and products from Zoetis and will debut at the Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Antonio, Feb. 4-7, 2015. Producers could win up to $5,200 for their state cattlemen’s association.

“The Healthy Beef Challenge is a fun and interactive way for producers to put their healthy beef knowledge to good use by contributing to their state’s overall team score,” said Mike Amos, director of the cow/calf franchise, Zoetis.

Producers can play the Healthy Beef Challenge daily at Zoetis Booth 6023 during the NCBA Trade Show. Once the show ends, new questions will be available monthly on the Healthy Beef Challenge website (www.HealthyBeefChallenge.com) throughout 2015. The champion will be announced at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Diego.

Teams are placed in one of three divisions based on the membership of their state association: T-Bone Division for 1 to 399 members, Ribeye Division for 400 to 799 members and Filet Division for more than 800 members. Each month, the top-scoring state in each division will win $200. The overall champion will earn $3,000.

Those participating in the Healthy Beef Challenge must be NCBA members.

Agribusiness, Beef, Cattle

Higher Parity Sows Eat Less, Need More Nutrients

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purina-30A new study from the folks at Purina shows that higher parity sows eat less, but they require higher nutrient levels in the food they do eat. The study says for producers to get the most out of the older sows, feed consumption should be monitored for any needed adjustments to what’s in the feed.

“All age groups typically consume less feed as temperatures increase, but the biggest difference we saw was in feed consumption by parity,” [Brenda de Rodas, Ph.D., director of swine research at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center] says. “Parity 1, the gilts, consistently had the lowest feed intake, because they have less capacity for consumption. Parities 3 and 4 were the sows with the highest feed intake. The parity 7+ sows were the second lowest in feed intake.”

Because overfeeding and over-conditioning of sows during gestation can lead to decreased voluntary feed consumption during lactation, producers often restrict the feed of older sows during gestation to prevent over-conditioning – as over-conditioning can lead to lameness and poor reproductive performance.

“When we adjust the amount of feed to maintain BCS, we may also need to adjust the ration for nutrients,” says Jon Bergstrom, Ph.D., senior technical support manager for DSM Nutritional Products. “Oftentimes, higher parity sows are limit-fed based on energy alone. This can cause vitamin and mineral inadequacies – because, when the older sows are eating less feed, they are also consuming fewer vitamins and minerals per unit of metabolic bodyweight unless the ration is adjusted.”

The researchers said that restrict-feeding for energy over the lifetime of the sow can end up decreasing the amount of vitamins and trace minerals the animal is receiving. They recommended closely monitoring the amount of nutrients the sows consume to help them and their litters perform at their best.

Agribusiness, Feed, Swine

Pork Producers: Port Dispute Threatens Ag Exports

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nppcA work slowdown by some West Coast dock workers is threatening the U.S. pork export market. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) joined 92 other food, agricultural and allied industry groups in urging the parties involved to resolve the issues, and NPPC even called on the federal government to consider all remedies to bring the dispute to a swift end.

Slowdowns by dock workers at the ports in Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif., and in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., have stranded thousands of containers of pork and other farm products over the past several months. Since November, pork prices, for example, have tumbled by 20 percent in large part because of the port problem, and meat and other perishable products awaiting shipment soon may need to be destroyed or discounted and sold on the domestic market. One estimate has the U.S. meat and poultry industries losing more than $30 million a week.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have been unable to hammer out a new contract since the last one expired in July. Although the ILWU initially agreed to continue sending workers to the ports during the contract negotiations, in November it reneged on that agreement.

NPPC says the dramatic growth in America’s agricultural exports products – from $46 million in 1994 to $144 billion in 2013 – can be directly attributed to the growth in Asian markets, which are most directly affected by the ports slowdowns.

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Export, NPPC, Pork

IPPE Breaks Attendance Record

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ippe-15-143-editedOur coverage of the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) wraps up today and a special thank you goes out to our sponsor Novus International for making it possible. Nearly all the photos have been uploaded and you can see audio posted throughout the coming week on here and AgWired.com. Here are a few stats from this year’s event courtesy of our friends at U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

IPPE is the largest show on record with an estimated 30,000 poultry, meat and feed industry attendees from all over the world. In addition, the show had 1,288 exhibitors with more than 490,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Final numbers will be released after the registration database has been audited for duplications. Sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association and North American Meat Institute, IPPE is the world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its kind.

The central attraction was the large exhibit floor. Exhibitors demonstrated the latest innovations in equipment, supplies and services utilized by industry firms in the production and processing of meat, poultry, eggs and feed products. Numerous companies use the annual event to highlight their new products. All phases of the poultry, feed and meat industry were represented, from live production and processing to further processing and packaging.

The “largest-ever” education slate complemented the exhibits by keeping industry management informed on the latest issues and events. This year’s educational line-up featured 25 programs, ranging from a conference on antibiotic use in the meat and poultry industry, to a program on how to export feed and feed ingredients to the United States, to a technical seminar on maximizing the efficiency of the poultry industry conducted entirely in Spanish.

Photos from the event can be found here:
2015 International Production and Processing Expo Photos

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Coverage of the International Production and Processing Expo is sponsored by NOVUS
Ag Group, Feed, IPE, IPPE, Meat, Novus International, Nutrition, Poultry, US Poultry

Novus Strives for Solutions, Service & Sustainability

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ippe-15-99-editedNovus International’s CEO, Francois Fraudeau, has been in the drivers seat about a year now and I caught up with him in their booth at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, GA.

Looking into the future, Francois hit on some very important strategic goals for the company. “The strategy for Novus will be to keep investing in our two pillars of methionine production and specialty business of minerals and enzymes. We will develop new technologies in house and look outside to use technologies that will help our customers become more profitable and sustainable in the future.”

The vision of Novus is to help feed the world affordable, wholesome food which enables consumers to achieve a higher quality of life. Francois shared a few of their products that do just that. One is MINTREX and Novus is proud to be celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary.

“We believe we are the number one supplier in the industry for protease and this is a great achievement. This technology did not exist five or six years ago and now we are working with customers, developing sustainable solutions and enhancing the protein value.”

Learn more about Novus International’s presence at IPPE and their sustainability efforts in my complete interview with Francois. Interview with Francois Fraudeau, CEO Novus International

Photos from the event can be found here:
2015 International Production and Processing Expo Photos

Coverage of the International Production and Processing Expo is sponsored by
Coverage of the International Production and Processing Expo is sponsored by NOVUS
Agribusiness, Chicken, IPPE, Novus International, Nutrition, Poultry

Lawsuit to Protect Farmer Data Dismissed

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Agricultural organizations seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing personal information of livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests were dealt a blow this week when the federal district court in Minnesota dismissed the lawsuit.

fbThe court concluded that no federally permitted livestock or poultry farmer is injured by such disclosure because the Clean Water Act mandates disclosure of information concerning permit issuance. For livestock and poultry farmers without a Clean Water Act permit, the court concluded that so long as the farmer’s personal information can be found somewhere on the Internet, EPA’s distribution of that same information does not result in any injury to the farmer. The court noted that a farmer with a public Facebook page used to promote the farm, or whose information could be found via search engine or any state regulatory website in any form, has no right to sue to stop the federal government from compiling and distributing that information.

Plaintiffs in the suit were the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council, which now have 60 days to appeal the decision. “Farmers, ranchers and citizens in general should be concerned about the court’s disregard for individual privacy,” said AFBF president Bob Stallman. “This court seems to believe that the Internet age has eliminated the individual’s interest in controlling the distribution of his or her personal information. We strongly disagree.”

Prior to the AFBF suit, EPA had already released personal information of farmers and ranchers from 29 states. AFBF filed suit to block further disclosures regarding farmers and ranchers in Minnesota, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma and Washington.

AFBF, Government, Livestock, NPPC

Poultry Industry Supports TPA

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As U-S trade representative Michael Froman appeared before congressional committees this week to stress the need for the president to be granted Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), poultry producers were talking trade issues in Atlanta at the IPPE.

usapeec.sumnerUSA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) President Jim Sumner says TPA is critical to getting major trade agreements with Asia and Europe approved. “Actually I think we got the cart before the house on this,” said Sumner. “We should have had TPA before we went out and started the negotiations with these countries so that they have the assurance that they can give us the best deal and Congress is going to accept it…We need to have these trade agreements and we need Congress to get on board.”

Sumner says big trade issue for the poultry industry right now is the banning of U-S poultry imports by China and two other countries due to the discovery of high pathogen avian influenza in wild birds on the West Coast and now in a California commercial turkey flock. “To think that you have to ban all poultry imports from the entire United States is really overreaction,” he said, especially since China is even banning imports of breeding stock from the U.S. “The United States supplies 95% of the primary breeding stock for China,” said Sumner. “How is China going to continue to grow and develop their industry without the necessary breeding stock.”

Sumner says a regionalized approach, such as banning imports from affected states or even counties, makes more sense and is what the World Organization for Animal Health recommends.

Listen to Jamie’s interview with Jim Sumner here: Interview with Jim Sumner, USAPEEC

Photos from the event can be found here:
2015 International Production and Processing Expo Photos

Coverage of the International Production and Processing Expo is sponsored by
Coverage of the International Production and Processing Expo is sponsored by NOVUS
Audio, Export, IPPE, Poultry, Trade

Food Dialogues on Animal Care

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USFRA Food DialoguesThe first Food Dialogues event of 2015 in live right now. The focus is on “Animal Care and Consumers’ Emerging Expectations.” It is being held in Florida in conjunction with the International Dairy Foods Association meeting taking place there. The event is also sponsored by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.

The Food Dialogues panel of food industry and animal care experts will discuss the various tools and strategies that farmers, ranchers and veterinarians use to promote animal health and a safe food supply. These animal care techniques and practices – from housing to the use of antibiotics – are increasingly more important to food manufacturers and consumers as they’re making sourcing and purchasing decisions. Join the discussion to learn if what is happening on farms and ranches across the nation is meeting the consumers’ expectations.

The panel includes:

Moderator: Elisabeth Leamy, journalist, author and Dr. OZ consumer and investigative correspondent

Bruce Feinberg, global animal health and welfare officer, McDonald’s
Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D. , president and CEO of the American Humane Association
Jim Mulhern, president and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation
Dr. Marcia Endres, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor of dairy science, University of Minnesota
Mike Reidy , senior vice president of corporate affairs, Leprino Foods
Chuck Ahlem, dairy farmer, Hilmar Jerseys, Hilmar, California

The event live stream will be recorded so that you can watch it later.

Ag Group, Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Antibiotics, Dairy, Food, USFRA

Sustainable Nutrition Solutions from Novus

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ippe-15-81-editedThe International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is well underway and the Novus International team was out in full force to share key elements in their sustainable nutrition solutions for the animal protein industry.

I spoke with Ed Galo, Managing Director for Novus in North America, and he said that beyond presenting their sustainable nutrition solutions to customers they were also highlighting the 10 year anniversary with MINTREX.

“MINTREX is not like other mineral sources. On top of being an excellent product to optimize the nutrition and health and performance in livestock, it also offers the ability for producers to have a positive impact on the environment.”

Listen to my complete interview with Ed where he explains more about MINTREX and the importance of sustainability at Novus. Interview with Ed Galo, Novus International

ippe-15-79-editedIn the Novus booth, I also spoke with Scott Moore, Executive Manager for the Mono-gastric Division at Novus International. Scott discusses some challenges their customers face in the market and more about the focus on sustainability in highlights from their 6th Annual Sustainability Report.

“We recognize the need to protect the environment. We recognize the need to really provide products that are consumer and customer friendly. We have made the investments in technology that will allow our customers to do that.”

Learn more about Novus International’s presence at IPPE and their sustainability efforts in my complete interview with Scott. Interview with Scott Moore, Novus International

Photos from the event can be found here:
2015 International Production and Processing Expo Photos

Coverage of the International Production and Processing Expo is sponsored by
Coverage of the International Production and Processing Expo is sponsored by NOVUS
Agribusiness, IPPE, Novus International, Nutrition, sustainability