USDA-licensed avian influenza diagnostic kit by Thermo Fisher Scientifics is widely available for testing

As the US experiences its first highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in poultry since 2014, many are watching closely to see how this new outbreak will play out and what it will cost in terms of bird losses and dollars. The USDA surveillance program that tests migratory birds has been ongoing since 2006 and serves as an early warning system for the introduction and geographic distribution of avian influenza viruses of concern. The recent poultry outbreak certainly has followed the migration patterns of wild populations. On January 13, 2022, the…

15th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM)

The 15th annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) brought together feed industry representatives and government officials from around the world to discuss critical issues facing the feed sector with IFIF and the FAO. At the virtual meeting Badi Besbes, Head Animal Production and Genetic Branch at FAO and Ruud Tijssens, IFIF Chairman, welcomed IFRM delegates and reiterated their commitment to this longstanding partnership and agreed to continue to strengthen their work together…

Influenzas with zoonotic potential: the contribution of the animal health sector for pandemic preparedness

OIE Editor’s Choice It is winter, you feel tired, you have a headache, muscle aches and a sore throat. You know flu season is ongoing. Every year, usually during the fall and winter, millions of people around the world get sick with the flu, short for influenza. Today, vaccination represents one of the most well-known means to protect humans against the viruses that are each year responsible for hundreds of thousands of seasonal flu infections. Flu viruses, including those in animals, continuously evolve and vaccines may become inefficient against them. To remain…

Middle East Poultry Expo held in Riyadh

The Middle East Poultry Expo held (March 14 – 16)  in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with the participation of 150 companies from 30 countries in various sectors of the poultry industry. Held under the theme “Contribution to Enhancing Food Security” the expo ran at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. The exhibition was specialized in poultry at the level of the Middle East for commercial and scientific exchange between international importers and local investors, was being held under the patronage of Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley. In…

Indian Poultry Giant Suguna Foods elevates Vignesh Soundararajan as its new Managing Director

Suguna Foods, India’s poultry conglomerate, announced the appointment of Mr. Vignesh Soundararajan as its new Managing Director effective from April 1st, 2022. In his new role will lead the Farm, Feed & Process Food Division of Suguna Foods operations in India.  In addition to this, Vignesh will also power the company’s expansion within the poultry segment and focus on strengthening the footprints of the brand across the nation. The current Managing Director and co-founder Mr. G.B Sundararajan will continue to be associated with Suguna Foods as part of the Board. Commenting…

Cargill announced Ross Hamou-Jennings as its new Chairman for Asia Pacific

Ross Hamou-Jennings leads Cargill’s Trade & Capital Markets (TCM) business group and has management oversight for the Risk Management and Metals businesses. He has been appointed to Cargill’s Executive Team as Chair of Cargill Asia Pacific, effective March 1, 2022. As Chair of Asia Pacific, Ross will drive the Growth in Asia strategy. Known for his entrepreneurial spirit and championing of diverse talent globally, he will continue leading TCM while taking on these additional leadership responsibilities. Ross’s career at Cargill has taken him around the world including to the U.K.,…

“Invasion of Russia in Ukraine ; India inching to become Biggest Non – GMO Corn Exporter from South East Asia Region”

With every passing minute; Russia is Inching towards Ukraine’s Capital Kiev. The condition has started becoming worst in this east European Country’s Grain export since as many shipping companies have suspended sailings to affected Black Sea ports with insurance premiums for voyages soaring in recent days and at least three commercial ships hit by bombs since Feb. 24. The prospects for Russian and Ukrainian spring grain, which is supposed to start soon, will also be affected by the conflict. Ukraine used to be a big exporter of non-GMO corn. India…

Israeli firm develops hens which only lay female eggs

An Israeli firm developed a unique solution to an animal welfare issue within industrial farming – creating hens which only lay female eggs to stop the slaughter of billions of male chicks deemed less profitable. Every year, approximately seven billion male chicks are killed in the agricultural sector because they are less valuable for farmers than female chicks, which grow into hens that lay eggs. Dr. Yuval Cinnamon, founder and CSO of NRS Poultry, created a company which aims to address the problem at its source – after six years…