PoultryCast update for November 24, 2010, FoodThanks

Sometimes the simplest expression of gratitude are the most profound. This Thanksgiving season, we encourage you to use social media to show just how thankful you are for the food we enjoy every day. In doing so, we will also be thanking those many people and industries who bring food to our tables.

Ways to share? Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are some starting points.

Dr. John Foley - How Do We Feed A Growing World Without Destroying The Planet?

How Do We Feed A Growing World Without Destroying The Planet? - Dr. John Foley - University of Minnesota , Institute of the Environment, from the Leman Pork Conference, September 18-21, 2010, RiverCentre, St Paul, MN, USA.

What Is The 5 Step Animal Welfare Rating Program?

Whole Foods highlights through a 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system how animals are raised before being purchased by consumers. Global Animal Partnership (GAP), developers of Whole Foods' rating system, seeks to achieve higher welfare for farm animals by building partnerships, working in collaboration with farmers, ranchers, food retail, and animal science experts.

Whole Foods Market harbors the same hopes for its chickens that many parents do for their kids: That they'll get plenty of fresh air, live at home until they reach maturity and avoid gaining weight so fast that they can't walk.

While Whole Foods Market was the driving force behind developing the standards, GAP Executive Director Miyun Park believes they will move well beyond the chain, spurring "massive improvements in the way animals are raised in this country."

The 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating is available for beef cattle, pigs, and broiler chickens.

GIPSA Billion Dollar Impact To Poultry Industry?

Dr. Thomas E. Elam, President, FarmEcon LLC, recently published an economic study for the National Chicken Council stating that the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) ruling would certainly impact poultry producers and ultimately consumers would pay for the increased costs.

The proposed rule changes are likely to slow the pace of innovation, increase the costs of raising live chickens, and result in costly litigation. Identifiable cost increases for lost performance, increased bird mortality, and feed assays total an estimated $337 million in the 5th year of Proposed Rules enforcement. Total identifiable cost increases over the first 5 years of enforcement total almost $1.03 billion. Higher costs would put upward pressures on chicken prices, and economic theory strongly suggests that consumers would ultimately bear most of those costs.

PDF copy of Proposed GIPSA Rules Relating to the Chicken Industry: Economic Impact

Proposed GIPSA Rules Relating to the Chicken Industry: Economic Impact

PDF copy of Proposed GIPSA Rules Relating to the Chicken Industry: Economic Impact

Disclosures: This study was prepared for the National Chicken Council. FarmEcon LLC was compensated for the preparation of this study.
Dr. Thomas E. Elam
President FarmEcon LLC
November 11, 2010

PoultryCast 0239, Protein Markets Perspective From Wall Street Veteran

Download mp3PoultryCast 0239 Show Notes: 
  • From the recent Leman swine conference, keynote presentation featuring  Ms. Farha Aslam of Stephens, Inc.  How Wall Street views the protein markets and what it means in the greater picture for the industry future.
  • Link to full video presentation here.

What's That Smell? Biofilter To Reduce Odor

What is that smell?

Ted Funk, a University of Illinois Extension agricultural engineer with the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), and Matt Robert, an ABE research engineer, constructed two biofilters on the ABE research farm to reduce odor emissions by up to 90%.

"The new design uses 30-inch concrete silo staves that fit together like puzzle pieces," said Robert.

The biofilters media is expected to last between three and five years and cost about dollar per cubic foot per minute (cfm) of air handled.

"Reducing odor and being a good neighbor sound good until it comes to the pocketbook," said Funk. "Biofiltration has been around a long time in other industries, but it's never been brought down to a cost that the livestock industry can handle."

PoultryCast update for October 13, 2010, Why Do People Think I'm An Animal?

A couple of interesting stories which impact our industry in direct ways are available for your listening. Glynn Tonsor, K-State, reviews data looking at media stories which show our industry in a negative light and how our consumers react at the meat case. The effort to quantify what has been in question will also provide an economic case for developing programs and procedures to further limit inappropriate activities.

PoultryCast 0236, Immediate Action Required To Maximize Recent Stimulus Tax Impact

Download mp3PoultryCast 0236 Show Notes:
  • Taking full advantage of the most recent stimulus effort passed in Washington requires fast action on your part, as noted by Iowa State's Agricultural Law and Taxation Specialist Roger McEowen.
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