Livestock & Feed Bussiness Worldwide: July 2022

Calibrating For Quality & Competitive Poultry Meat
High feed prices are keeping livestock producers on their toes - and the poultry sector is no exception.
"Poultry meat will continue to be the primary driver of meat production growth, albeit rising at a slower rate in the projection period relative to the past decade," the OECD-FAO Agricultural outlook 2021-2030 report states, noting that the world's meat production would increase by "nearly 44Mt by 2030, reaching 373Mt on the basis of higher profitability, especially in the first years of the outlook period as meat prices rebound post-COVID-119."
But, increased energy prices, the war in Ukraine and other geopolitical complications stir up challenges for the poultry trade. "… we're probably in a worse state now with the ever-increasing electric costs, fuel costs, vaccine costs, cardboard costs, that we as a small business have had to endure," UK hatchery owner Stephen Wigginton told BBC. "We've also got the issues with Brexit, has given our costs a slightly higher edge."
Moving forth in a difficult market, poultry producers would aim to strengthen supplies that are efficiently produced, resilient, financially sustainable and capable of meeting both local and overseas demand.
In the area of biosecurity, a strong, holistic regime can help keep precious numbers of poultry flocks from being lost to diseases, especially if they are reared without antibiotics. Aviagen comprehensively discusses this and other issues regarding proper flock and housing management (pages 8-9). Calibrating For Quality & Competitive Poultry Meat
Given the exorbitant costs of feed, producers should push for better feed quality, to do more with less. With a coordinated quality management programme, Adisseo hopes "to help customers use lipids, premixes and feeds advantageously while preserving quality" (pages 10-11) as it highlights the efficacy of its antioxidant product line, Oxy-Nil®.
Lastly, as for producing quality eggs, DSM examines the positive impact of supplementing 25-hydroxy vitamin D3 (pages 12-13), opining that its inclusion in layer diets "will help in improving bone strength and density, optimising health and immune function, maximising egg production and increasing egg quality".
It's a journey of a lifetime for global poultry in supporting food security, and as climate change, international unrest and market vicissitudes create a harder world to thrive in.
However, poultry production will not reach true maturity until the above-mentioned areas of concern (along with others) are adequately addressed for the sake of both the present and the future.
The full article is published on the July 2022 issue of LIVESTOCK & FEED Business. To read the full report, please email to to request for a complimentary copy of the magazine, indicating your name, mailing address and title of the report.
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