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African Swine Fever in maps

In the last couple of weeks the messages have been tumbling over each other – African Swine Fever seems to have settled in the European Union, as messages keep coming from Latvia, Poland and Lithuania. Now also farms are being affected, it's time for some mapping. This link shows exactly on which l...

Canadian govt invests in broiler disease research

The Canadian government is to invest up to CND$275,000 (€190,132) in a research project on disease control in Saskatchewan broiler chicken industry. The funds are to be given to the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan, non-profit, producer funded organisation, to undertake the research project. With th...

Integrated thoughts

Recently I took part in a seminar on breeding and hatching, which was organised by Wageningen University in my home country, the Netherlands. Among the various topics covered, was one on the difference between integration models. In the Netherlands, most farms (rearing, breeding and broiler growin...

Antibiotic banned, but still around

Animal feed is prepared by different ingredients, often coming from different sources. In the Netherlands, an ‘ancient’ and banned antibiotic has shown up in animal feed. The quest for finding out what happened is in full swing. Several products such as antibiotics have been banned in the past. On...

Cherkizovo 2014 H1 poultry sales up 25%

Cherkizovo Group, Russia’s largest meat and fodder producer, has released their operational results for the first half of 2014, which shows an increase in poultry sales of 25% year-on-year (y-o-y). Poultry Division Total sales in the Poultry Division for the first half of 2014 increased by 25...

Lithuania: State of emergency as ASF hits large farm

An outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) on the Danish-owned Idavang Company pig farm has led to the drastic measure of the state of emergency in Lithuania Idavang Company, in Ignalina district is one of the largest pig and exemplary farms in Lithuania, and mentioned the outbreak on its own website,...

Feed price hikes cause unrest in Indian poultry sector

An unprecedented increase in the cost of poultry feed inputs such as maize and soya meal, is pushing India’s major poultry producing states towards a major slump with several farmers incurring huge losses. The National Egg Co-ordination Committee (NECC) has appealed to the government to grant a mora...

South Africa: Insect farms; big profits in maggots

Work on the world's largest fly farm has begun in South Africa after the European firm behind the project won much-needed funding from investors, propelling the use of insects as livestock feed beyond academic theory to a commercial venture. The project near Cape Town was conceived by a group of sc...

Cherkizovo: Positive 2014 H1 results in pork sector

Cherkizovo Group, Russia’s largest meat and fodder producer, has released their operational results for the first half of 2014, which shows an increase in pork sales price by an average of 50%. Pork Division Sales in the Pork Division in the first half of 2014 increased by 16% year-on-year (y...

2 sisters poultry plant faces hygiene allegations

UK poultry processors have issued a stern defence of their company protocols, following allegations in The Guardian newspaper of unhygienic practices and a lax approach to regulation. In a feature article entitled "Poultry industry's dirty secret", the newspaper focuses on campylobacter levels throu...

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