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Business update: New poultry facilities opened

New facilities, products, and investments have been launched on to the international poultry sector recently. Where is the action and what is there to look out for? This concise overview gets you up to date.

House of Raeford Farms opens new state-of-the-art hatchery

US poultry producer, House of Raeford Farms has opened a new, state-of-the-art chicken hatchery. The new 63,000-square-foot facility features advanced technology designed for optimum production efficiency, and is fully automated to allow for the highest levels of biosecurity, quality control and operational analytics.

<em>Photo: Pas Reform</em>
Photo: Pas Reform

The company currently works with more than 85 contract growers to produce more than 40 million chickens each year. The new facility, supplied with equipment from NatureForm and Pas Reform, opened on June 22 and is expected to produce more than one million birds per week.

Elanco opens new Vaccines Innovation Center

Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly has opened of a state-of-the-art Vaccines Innovation Center whose intentional design will enable scientists to address some of animal health's most pressing issues. The aim of the facility is to focus research on unmet needs in animal health, including antibiotic alternatives.

Work being conducted in the Vaccines Innovation Center is a tangible result of Elanco's eight–point antibiotic stewardship plan, which was rolled out last June. The multifaceted plan is an aggressive means to safeguard antibiotics for future generations while protecting animal well-being. Beyond antibiotic alternatives, the center will also house research into several companion animal vaccines, including the exploration of more 'patient friendly' delivery technologies, which could make annual vaccinations easier for both the pets and the veterinarians who care for them.

Madi's new breeder farm 'on show' in Bosnia Hercegovina

More than 70 broiler growers and other prominent industry figures attended an open day at the newly built breeder farm of Madi, one of Bosnia's fastest growing poultry companies. This is the biggest breeder farm built in the region of former Yugoslavia in the past 20 years. With the support of their major suppliers Cobb Germany and VDL Agrotech, represented by local distributors Iradia, the event was organised at Madi's headquarters in Tesanj, Bosnia.

<em>Photo: Cobb</em>
Photo: Cobb

The event included a technical presentation by Dr Ermin Grbic, from Iradia, followed by Dr Ron Meijerhof, on behalf of Cobb Germany, who addressed the issue of the '10 golden days' crucial for good broiler growing, as well as the ventilation challenges that are important for every poultry farm. Kevin Michellyes, area sales manager of VDL Agrotech, who supplied Madi with the turnkey project, closed the official program which was followed by a visit to the new farm and a reception.

Leiber GmbH and Eskayef co-operate in Bangladesh

Since beginning of May, German yeast product manufacturer, Leiber GmbH has appointed an exclusive distributor for the animal nutrition market in Bangladesh. Eskayef Bangladesh Limited, a successor of SmithKline & French (SK&F) in Bangladesh, is one of the country's fastest growing among the top pharmaceutical companies. The company manufactures and markets a wide range of therapeutic drugs, bulk pellets and animal health & nutrition products.

"With Eskayef we could win another experienced partner in our international distribution network  who further pushes forward the expansion of our product range in Bangladesh," according to Nikolaus Jungbluth, business unit director animal nutrition of Leiber.

Zoetis receives USDA contract for AI vaccine

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Zoetis its latest contract for vaccines that could be used against avian influenza. The contract calls for 34.2 million doses of Avian Influenza Vaccine, H5N1 Subtype, Killed Virus, valued at $3.42 million, to be delivered in 2016 and for another 34.2 million doses, valued at $3.42 million, to be delivered in 2017. The USDA granted Zoetis a conditional license for this vaccine, intended for use in chickens as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by avian influenza virus H5N1, in March 2016.

"Developing this newest vaccine is further demonstration of our strong commitment to poultry producers," said Jon Schaeffer, Director of US Poultry Veterinary Services at Zoetis. "We stand ready to help implement a vaccination strategy, should the USDA determine that is the best course of action for the industry." The conditional license was granted on the demonstration of a reasonable expectation of efficacy based on serology data.

Nutriad introduces mobile app for mycotoxin management

Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad has launched an innovative app to support producers in making the right decisions as far as mycotoxin management is concerned. Mycotoxins in cereal crops affect the health and performance of animals all around the world. Changing quality and availability of raw materials lead to an increasing need for efficient ways of measuring the level of mycotoxin contamination, allowing producers to respond quickly.

<em>Photo: Nutriad</em>
Photo: Nutriad

Mycotoxin risk assessment is the scientific evaluation of the probability of the occurrence of known or potential adverse health effects resulting from animal exposure to mycotoxins. The newly launched web application, Mycoman, can be used as a management tool for complete mycotoxin hazard assessment and all information required for a correct product application based on the level of mycotoxin contamination in the feed. It informs about mycotoxin challenges and based on the challenge levels calculates the necessary and effective dosage of Nutriad mycotoxin deactivators product line.

Trouw Nutrition adds to its NIR spectroscopy module

Trouw Nutrition has announced the addition of a new quality parameter to its popular NutriOpt precision-feeding system. Using near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, this new parameter will enable farmers, feed manufacturers and others to rapidly assess the quality and levels of the reactive lysine content in their raw materials. They can then use this information to optimise nutrition and improve profitability.

Forming part of the NutriOpt precision-feeding system, NIR enables producers to predict the quality of reactive lysine in raw materials. And it's fast: NutriOpt NIR provides a full, easy-to-understand nutritional report within minutes. It also offers an unrivalled number of calibration lines for reactive lysine, as it is available for soybean meal, rapeseed meal, sunflower meal, palm kernel meal, fish meal, and meat and bone meal.

Pilgrim's gains approval for $24M expansion project

US poultry processor, Pilgrim's Pride, has received state approval for a $24 million expansion project at its Mayfield, Kentucky, poultry processing complex. The project, which will begin on Oct. 12, 2016, includes the removal or relocation of existing processing equipment and the installation of new equipment to enable the facility to transition from a fresh foodservice and debone operation to a debone portioning operation by July 2017.

The transition will enable the facility to process larger birds and provide greater efficiency and service to key customers. Upon completion of the project, the plant will increase its live weight production by about 1 million pounds per week. It will also provide more than 155 additional jobs and will provide for construction of 75 additional chicken houses by local family farms.

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