South Africa pushes for Chicken Meat Exports

The South African Association of Meat Importers and Exporters says that creating a robust, successful poultry export market for South African chicken would bring material value to the entire value chain, from local producers and their shareholders, to medium and small scale farmers, exporters, processors, and consumers. They said that the country is missing a massive opportunity because it does not meet the health and safety standards required by trade blocks such as the EU. “In 2019, all parties, including the local industry, importers and Government, signed and agreed to…

Acquisition of Perstorp Group by PCG Makes Landmark in the category for RM 10.5 Billion

PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) signed a Securities Purchase Agreement on 14 May 2022 to acquire the entire equity interest in Perstorp Holding AB, a leading sustainability-driven global specialty chemicals company with Financière Forêt S.à.r.l, a company under PAI Partners, a European private equity firm. The acquisition values Perstorp Group at an enterprise value of EUR2,300.0 million, which is equivalent to RM10,496.1 million. PCG’s journey to achieve its vision of becoming the preferred chemical company providing innovative customer solutions is based on a clear strategy; to strengthen its basic petrochemicals portfolio,…

The role of calcium in broiler performance and phosphorus digestibility

Lode Nollet, MSc., PhD., Global Product Manager Enzymes, Huvepharma In the past, there was little interest in the assessment of calcium (Ca) requirements in poultry diets. This was due to the availability of cheap limestone, which accounts for 80-85% of the total Ca in feed. However, driven by the numerous studies of the effect of Ca on phosphorus (P) digestibility and phytase efficacy, the impact of Ca on performance has gained increasing interest. Research from recent years has indicated that oversupplying Ca can negatively affect animal performance: Limestone is a…

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…

“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…

AVIAN INFLUENZA – A Major Economic Threat to Indian Poultry Industry

Avian Influenza a zoonotic disease which is also known as Avian Influenza, Bird flu, or fowl plague. Avian Influenza is highly infectious /contagious zoonotic viral disease mainly of wild birds and domestic birds. This disease spreads very fast and can cause huge economical losses in poultry. The losses may be due to culling of birds and hampering or stoppage of international trade of poultry and poultry products which will affect the total economics of the poultry industry. As it is a zoonotic disease so it can transmit to the human…

Aviagen’s Latin American Reach Continues, with $12 Million Investment Planned for Peru

In 2019, Peru became Aviagen®’s first direct presence in Latin America outside of Brazil. At that time Aviagen Peru became an important and strategic supply base for Latin America, producing 1.5 million Parent Stock (PS) chicks per year, and securing the supply of quality Ross® 308 AP breeding stock to producers throughout Peru, South America and beyond. However, the need for premium Ross 308 AP keeps growing, as more and more poultry producers come to benefit from the bird’s reproductive performance, robustness, feed efficiency and environmental hardiness. To increase production, the…

The glorious journey of Kemin Industries South Asia!

Sometime in the middle of 1998, at the forefront of an increasingly complex world, Kemin began the journey under the leadership of K.P Philip along with a passionate 8-member team, who laid the steppingstone of a successful organization for South Asia region. As technology progressed, team Kemin decided to channel our expertise and experience into new opportunities. The hardworking and passionate 8-member team started working with a mindset focused on absolute delivery of return on investment to our valued customers. As the business progressed, Kemin set up a full-fledged new…