PoultryCast 0249, Ethanol Policy and Grain Prices... Where Do YOU Fit?

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  • Economist Steve Meyer of Paragon Economics recently presented thoughts on ethanol policy and the 2010 grain crop.  Winners, losers and players...

What is Next For GIPSA and the Poultry Industry?

Now that the comment period for the GIPSA Rule is over, farmers, ranchers, producers, and industry partners are pondering what the USDA will do.

Proposals include: setting a pay scale for poultry growers, putting tighter controls on contracts that require farmers to make costly upgrades, and making it easier for farmers to sue poultry companies over contract violations. The USDA was empowered to create new poultry contract rules by the 2008 Farm Bill.

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 0240, Can We Save The Plant AND Feed The World?

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PoultryCast 0238, FDA Antibiotics - Animals - And You. Where Are They Going?

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  • The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) recently produced a webinar to share perspectives on the sometimes perplexing position of the FDA and animal health products.   This audio segment from the "Antibiotics in Animals and People" presentation features comments from Dr William Flynn of the Food and Drug Administration.  He outlines what the FDA is trying to accomplish and why. 

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.
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