Mercy for Animals in Canada Reorganizes

Dec 12, 2014

According to press reports, the Canadian branch of Mercy for Animals will now be managed by the U.S. organization. It would appear that there will not be any difference in the activities of the organization purporting to identify and publicize alleged cruelty and maltreatment of livestock and flocks.

EGG-CITE documented that Mercy for Animal in Canada was recruiting “investigators” (read agents). Krista Osborne former Executive Director of Mercy for Animals Canada stated “we will continue to expose the truth of what happens behind the closed doors of factory farms, advocate for legal reform and changes in Canadian corporations and conduct educational programs promoting a compassionate vegan diet”. 

The significant portion of this statement relates to the “vegan diet” as it has previously been emphasized in EGG-CITE, that organizations including as the HSUS and its clones and subsidiaries, have no real interest in welfare but are pursuing a hidden agenda relating to modifying the lifestyle of our population.  A corollary to their activities is the publicity generated by exposures of claimed cruelty since this generates donations and in some cases legal bounties.

It is difficult to see how Mercy for Animals Canada can claim the existence of “factory farms”.  The controlled production system in Canada restricts the number of birds on any of the 1,000  farms and the structure of their industry differs from that in the U.S.  The dearth of any real or presumed cruelty in the Canadian production system is possibly the motivation for the downsizing of their organization.


Egg Industry News


2015 Midwest Poultry Federation Convention

Dec 17, 2014

The Midwest Poultry Federation Convention and Trade Exposition will take place from March 17th to 19th 2015 at the St. Paul RiverCenter in St. Paul, MN.

The program includes a comprehensive educational program and an extensive trade exhibit focusing on egg and turkey production.  For further information on registration and hotel accommodation access ldurben@midwestpoultry.com


MOBA Provides Guidance to Optimize Quality

Dec 12, 2014

In a recent presentation to processing plant managers affiliated to an industry group MOBA technical personnel provided suggestions to enhance quality.

The slide set is reproduced for the benefit of subscribers and readers
at http://egg-cite.com/presentations/moba/slideshow.aspx

For additional information and explanations contact Bill Bretschneider at bill.bretschneider@dma-group.com


Welcome to Provimi

Dec 12, 2014

Provimi is a global animal nutrition provider serving all sectors of the egg, poultry, and livestock industries. In North America, Provimi nutrition services and premixes are offered under the Akey Brand, which many recognize from 50 years of solid participation in the U.S. livestock industry.  

Since 2011, Provimi and Akey have been part of Cargill Animal Nutrition. This has brought exciting new opportunities for Akey nutrition programs which include enhanced feed ingredient testing and laboratory services, additional research capabilities, and broader technical expertise.


Retirement of Dr. Julia Dibener

Dec 12, 2014

Dr. Julia J. Dibner, Senior Research Consultant and Distinguished Science Fellow at Novus International Inc. recently retired from the Company.  She received the PhD from Washington University in 1980 and her research career extended over 30 years.

She has received numerous awards and has served as a role model for women in science.  In commenting on her retirement Dr. Kirk C. Klasing Professor of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis stated, “Dr. Dibner has been important as a mentor of graduate students and young faculty” He added, “she has been invaluable in the creative environment of many poultry nutritionists and physiologists”.

Her studies included organic trace minerals, absorption in metabolism of Alimet™, vaccines against coccidiosis and the application of antioxidants.


Avangard Forced to Close Facilities in Eastern Ukraine

Dec 12, 2014

According to press reports and confirmed in the financial statement of the holding company Avangardco IPL, the company has closed complexes in Luhansk and Bahmatskaya as a result of the military conflict prevailing in Eastern Ukraine.  It is possible that two other facilities in Volnovakha and Donetsk will have to close before the end of the year.  In the case of Bahmatskaya it was impossible to deliver feed and the hens died.  Avangard indicated that each of the complexes hold approximately 1.5 million laying hens.


Farmland Documentary to Be Featured at 2015 IPEE

Dec 12, 2014

USPOULTRY will feature the Farmland documentary from 09H00 to 10H00 and again from 12H30 to 13H30 on Tuesday January 27th in room C-102(Auditorium) of the Georgia World Congress Center during the IPEE.  “Farmland investigates the lives of farmers and ranchers responsible for running farming businesses.

The trailer is available on YouTube.


NPIP Auxiliary Provisions Published

Dec 12, 2014

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued technical amendments to the Auxiliary Provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan.

The changes were published in the Federal Register Volume 79, #232 on Wednesday December 3rd, 2014, pages 71623 to 71624.  The regulations can be accessed at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-1203/html/2014-28439.htm


Hearing on Regulation of GM Food Ingredients

Dec 12, 2014

The House Subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce scheduled a hearing on Wednesday, December 10th in the Rayburn House Office Building chaired by Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA).  The hearing was entitled “Examining FDA’s Role in the Regulation of Genetically Modified Food Ingredients.”


Fresh Market Enters Dallas

Dec 12, 2014

Four Fresh Market stores are planned for the Dallas market following the purchase of Rice Epicurean Markets in Texas.  Stores to be operated by the North Carolina-based chain will be approximately 24,000 square foot in extent and will incorporate a bakery, meat and seafood counters and a selection of organic foods.  Fresh Market operates 164 stores in 27 states and specializes in quality perishables and superior customer service.

Fresh Market together with Sprouts Farmers Market represent competition for Whole Foods Market.


Rose Acre Farms Receives Support in Environmental Issue

Dec 12, 2014

The Farm Bureau Federation and United Egg producers have filed as amici curiae supporting plaintiff Rose Acre Farms in the motion for summary judgment against the North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR).

At issue is the determination of the NCDENR to require Rose Acre Farms to operate in accordance with a Clean Water Act permit.  This is based on the presumption that dust exhausted from houses represents a point-source discharge when it mixes with rainwater and potentially enters a water course.  Rose Acre Farms will rely on the arguments raised in the Alt Decision in West Virginia. In this action the Court rejected the contentions of the EPA that dust from farm yards is subject to the Clean Water Act.


Kauai County Council Imposes Biotechnology Tax

Dec 12, 2014

Following recent initiatives to ban the cultivation of GM crops and to limit research on agricultural biotechnology, the Kauai County Council passed ordinances which have since been declared invalid by Federal courts.

In a new approach the Council by a 4 to 2 vote have adopted at three-tier basis for property tax assessment.  These categories will comprise “Pasture”, “Diversified Agriculture” and “Biotechnology Research”. Tax assessments on land dedicated to research and development on GM crops will be determined by factors such as location and the term and payment for the lease.

It is presumed that the parties opposing the anti-GM Ordinance will initiate legal action to overturn the decision of the Council since it is blatantly discriminatory and punitive.


CEVA Announces Successful Evaluation of rHVT-H5 AI Vaccine

Dec 12, 2014

Initial evaluation of a recombinant HVT-vectored H5 avian influenza vaccine was recently concluded in Egypt where H5N1 HPAI is endemic.  According to a paper published in Avian Pathology* a single hatchery-administered dose of the new recombinant Vectormune®AI provided exceptional protection against field challenge.


NRI Restaurant Performance Index Improves

Dec 12, 2014

The National Restaurant Association announced that the October 2014 Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) increased by 1.8 percent from September to attain a level of 102.8 in October.  This is the 20th consecutive month of gains.

The RPI comprises two components reflecting current conditions and future performance.  The Current Situation Index advanced 2.1 percent to 103.1 in October based mainly on improved same-store sales and traffic.  The Expectations Index advanced 1.6 percent to 102.5 representing the 24th consecutive month above 100.  This index is based on forward projections of same-store sales, traffic and intent to invest capital to expand operations.


Perdue Foundation Funds Mother-Baby Unit

Dec 12, 2014

Anne Oliviero, Sandra Spedden and Jim Perdue accept a miniature version of a sign bearing their mother's name at the dedication of the Madeline Perdue Mother-Baby Unit at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.


According to a Perdue Farms press release on November 30th, the Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) dedicated the new Madeline Perdue Mother-Baby Unit on Friday November 28th in Salisbury, MD. 

The facility was made possible by a grant of $500,000 from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable arm of Perdue Farms.

The unit was named in honor of Madeline Perdue, mother of Perdue Farms Chairman, Dr. Jim Perdue and his three sisters all of whom were born in the PRMC.

Kim Nechay the Executive Director of the Arthur Perdue Foundation stated, “at Perdue we are proud to continue our support for the PRMC and its mission to improve the committee it serves” She added “this is important to the foundation and the Perdue family because the PRMC serves the entire region that Perdue considers home”.



Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network Facility Completed

Dec 12, 2014

After numerous delays involving site selection and inclement weather, the new 38,000 square foot Georgia Poultry Laboratory located of Georgia Rte. 365 has been completed. The laboratory provides diagnostic services to the Georgia commercial poultry industry and replaces the 50-year old facility located in Oakwood.

Planning for the new laboratory commenced early in this decade and construction commenced with groundbreaking in February 2013 but finishes were completed only in late November 2014.


Layers 2013-Part IV- Organic Egg Production

Dec 12, 2014

EGG-CITE has previously commented on Parts I through III of Layers 2013 prepared by the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System. Part IV deals with organic egg production, a small but rapidly growing proportion of the U.S. industry.

The sample comprised 86 farms although it is not stated how many of the owners of eligible organic-egg units who were approached cooperated in the survey.  The other factor detracting from an appreciation of the data is that no detail is provided on the actual number of hens held by the respondents and conversely those that did not participate.

Seventy-four percent of the 85 farms housed fewer than 30,000 hens.  Six percent, or five farms in the survey held more than 100,000 hens.  It is known that the largest USDA Certified Organic egg production units hold between 750 and 1 million hens. Neither of the two largest operations participated. It is accepted in the industry that five percent of companies in the U.S. representing a disproportionate share of the actual number of hens contribute to the supply of organic eggs delivered to the market.

Part IV of Layers 2013 attempts to characterize the structure of the organic segment of U.S. egg production within the limitations of participation. Only 7.3 percent of farms but understandably a very small proportion of the total number of hens, were classified as independent with respect to ownership and marketing. About 75 percent of farms operated under a contract arrangement with a packer or marketing company.  As opposed to the pattern in the EU, farmer-owned (horizontal) cooperatives involved 11 percent of farms although hen numbers were not stated.   

Approximately 76 percent of farms had only one house operated for organic productions and six percent had six or more houses. These represented the few in-line units in production other than the largest operations which did not participate in the survey.  The capacity of houses ranged from 1,000 to 30,000 hens over 90 percent of the producers.  The fact that seven percent of houses held between 30,000 to 100,000 hens reflect the disparity in size between the family-farm/contractor producers and the in-line intensive operations most of which are equipped with aviary installations.

Read the full article at http://egg-cite.com/articles/single.aspx?contentID=4134



Dec 12, 2014

EGG-CITE tabulates and interprets monthly statistics compiled from data released by the USDA and the Department of Commerce, as collated by the Egg Industry Center (EIC) under the direction of Maro Ibarburu using models developed by the late Don Bell, Emeritus Specialist of the University of California at Riverside.

Comments supplementing the production summary tables for the latest series No.58 made available by the EIC on December 10th 2014 are tabulated together with comparison values from the November 10th 2014 posting.

Read the full statistics at http://egg-cite.com/statistics/single.aspx?contentID=2786


Kroger Inc. Reports Results for 3rd Quarter of Fiscal 2014

Dec 12, 2014

In a press release dated December 4th The Kroger Company (KR) announced results for the 3rd  Quarter of Fiscal 2014 ending  November 8th.

The following table summarizes the results for the period and compares the values with the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal year.

Financial Performace    
  2014   2013   Difference  
Sales $24.987 B $22.470 B +10.1 %
Gross Income $5.223 B $4.604 B +13.5 %
Operating Income $0.651 B $0.534 B +21.9 %
Net Income $0.362 B $0.299 B +21.1 %
Earnings per Share $0.73   $0.57   +22.5 %
Gross Margin 20.9 % 20.5 %    
Operating Margin 2.6 % 2.4 %    
Profit Margin 1.4 % 1.3 %    
Total Debt $11.5 B (Debt to Equity = 216)    



Update on HPAI in British Columbia

Dec 11, 2014

As of December 11th the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has documented eight cases of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The outbreak is confined to a limited geographic area in the Southern extremity of the Fraser Valley. The region supports a high density of poultry including broiler parent units and both broiler and turkey grow-out farms.


USDA- WASDE FORECAST #536, December 10th 2014 REPORT

Dec 10, 2014

The projections for corn yield, production, exports and domestic use were updated in the December WASDE Report. The most recent data is based on the actual harvest and current condition of corn data which correspond to 5-year averages. The major differences in corn from the November report are the 10 million bushel upward adjustment in the estimated “Food and Seed” and “Domestic Use” categories. Ending stocks were accordingly reduced by 20 million bushels to 1,998 million bushels reflected in a change in the Stock-to-Domestic use proportion to 16.8 percent.  The projected USDA  farm price remained at $3.20 to $3.80 per bushel.


Diversion of corn to ethanol remained at 5,150 million bushels or 32.9 percent of the crop compared to the 34.3 percent value assigned to “Feed and Residual”. This reflects projections of higher gasoline consumption at prevailing lower prices. The livestock, refining and ethanol industries are still awaiting the EPA determination of the RFS which has been delayed by masterful inactivity.  Crude oil continues to retreat sharply in price, despite turbulence in the Middle East reflecting a slowing of World economic activity and increased oil production in North America affecting both sides of the supply to demand balance.

Read the full report at http://chick-cite.com/statistics/single.aspx?contentID=3744


Shane Commentary


HSUS Spokesperson Deprecates Eggs 

Dec 17, 2014

Dr. Michael Greger who circulates a blog promoting veganism, posted an item on November 27th entitled How Avoiding Eggs Could Help You Avoid Diabetes.  At the outset it is noted that Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture for the Humane Society of the United States.  He is an avowed vegan and despite his medical qualification from Tufts University there is no evidence that he has ever conducted research on human metabolism and clinical nutrition or has held an appointment at a teaching hospital.  Dr Greger has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show which is effectively “guilt by association”.


Drug Resistance as a Health Problem in India

Dec 12, 2014

An article by Gardiner Harris appeared in the December 3rd edition of the New York Times dealing with the problem of pediatric infections with drug-resistant bacteria.

While the administration of antibiotics in medical facilities and the number of prescriptions issued by practitioners have declined in the U.S. and industrialized nations over the past three years, sales of antibiotics for human consumption in developing nations rose by 36 percent during the period 2000 to 2010.  Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa accounted for 75 percent of the increase.


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