To­day in the USA

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Ex­port fore­cast pes­simistic

The US Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture ex­pects chicken meat pro­duc­tion to in­crease by around 4.4% this year to more than 18 mil­lion tons, with a fur­ther 2.8% growth in 2016. On the ex­port front, how­ever, 2015 will see ex­ports likely to de­crease by 6.3%, al­though a re­cov­ery is ex­pected in 2016, with a growth of 5.4% an­tic­i­pated. This is not to say that things will be smooth sail­ing for US ex­ports though, as the rapidly strength­en­ing US Dol­lar is likely to ren­der US ex­ports more ex­pen­sive and re­duce the coun­try’s com­pet­i­tive­ness on the ex­port mar­ket in the near fu­ture.

Tak­ing stock

While the out­break of highly path­o­genic avian in­fluenza in the US did not re­ally af­fect broiler farms, the flocks of lay­ing birds and tur­keys suf­fered gravely. Short­ages of eggs were re­ported, lead­ing to record high prices. A dozen eggs were sell­ing for al­most US$3 (R43), up 135% over the year be­fore.

The re­plen­ish­ment of the lay­ing flock has not gone as quickly as that for chick­ens used in broiler pro­duc­tion, which could keep this mar­ket de­pressed for the next six months. The US Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture pre­dicts that US egg pro­duc­tion will de­crease by 4% this year, al­though it is likely to re­cover some­what next year, grow­ing by 2%.

Tyson hunches down for A I

Ma­jor food pro­cess­ing com­pany Tyson Foods has upped its readi­ness for a fur­ther out­break of the highly path­o­genic strain of avian in­fluenza for sev­eral months now.

In a state­ment aimed at re­as­sur­ing its cus­tomers across the globe, the com­pany said while it is hope­ful that the an­nual wild bird mi­gra­tion will not bring a re­peat of the AI out­break that dec­i­mated US poul­try flocks, all its op­er­a­tions “are in a height­ened biose­cu­rity sta­tus”.

“We test all Tyson-owned birds for the virus be­fore they leave the farm, and we know the re­sults be­fore they’re pro­cessed,” said Worth Spark­man, Tyson Foods’ PR Man­ager. “Should any flock be di­ag­nosed with HPAI, farms are im­me­di­ately quar­an­tined and birds from them are not pro­cessed.”¡

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