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Russian meat group Cherkizovo returns to normal profits

Russia’s largest meat producing company Cherkizovo, has reported a return to profits in its first half results following months of difficult trading conditions. "After a very challenging 1H 2013, when the Group was on the verge of losses, Cherkizovo returned to its normal profitability figures in 1H...

Demand for tilapia and catfish feed growing in India

India has a thriving and evolving aquaculture industry. However, most farmers still rely on low cost and easily available traditional feeds comprised of rice/wheat bran, groundnut cake, and other agro products. But the demand for commercial aquafeed is increasing. This trend is being driven by a gr...

A chicken is the tip of the iceberg

This morning, I heard a news item on the radio about Italian adventurer Alex Bellini, who announced that he will live on an iceberg for a full year in 2015. His objective is to highlight climate change. "Let's hope it doesn't melt!", "Daily Mail online" wrote in their headline. And yes, I can unders...

UK on track with disease preparedness

Good progress is being made with the work to improve the country’s preparedness for exotic and emerging disease such as ASF and PEDv. A round table, held under the auspices of the Pig Health and Welfare Council, identified a series of actions which are being developed by industry partners. These, al...

Antibiotic focus during EuroTier?

Germany has implemented some new rules recently regarding therapeutic use of antibiotics. It was about time and a logical step, after the EU ban on in-feed antibiotics was implemented almost ten years ago. Without a doubt, health and immunity promoting feed solutions are the way forward and I hope t...

Tainted chicken feet seized in China

Chinese authorities have seized over 30,000 tonnes of chicken feet contaminated with hydrogen peroxide, according to state media, in the latest food scandal to rock the country. Images in national media have shown large troughs filled with chicken feet soaking in what authorities say is hydrogen per...

Cherkizovo H1 2014 results looking good for pork division

Cherkizovo Group, Russia’s leading integrated meat producer, has released its H1 2014 figures, which show the company's pork division regaining ground after a challenging H12013. According to Sergei Mikhailov, Cherkizovo CEO, 1H 2013 was a challenging period with significant losses in the pork divis...

Strong improvement ForFarmers

In the first half of 2014, Dutch feed company ForFarmers realised a strong improvement in its operating result. The total feed volume increased by one percent. This was announced by the company today. Gross profit was up 6% in the first half of the year, because of synergy in the area of nutritional...

Take care when selecting feed for your livestock

When buying feed for cattle, sheep or goats, its vital that you buy only feed that is specifically made for your livestock species. In Australia it is an offence to give any of your ruminants feed that contains "Restricted Animal Material", known as RAM for short. Restricted Animal Material (RAM) is...

Salmonella - a needle in a haystack?

Salmonella has been high on the poultry industry’s hit list for many years, not only because of the impact on human health, but also because of its devastating effect on flock morbidity and mortality, gut health, feed conversion and profitability. Now, with the final text of the USDA's New Poultry I...

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