Poultry Industry News

Weekly Turkey Production and Prices


Due to the Federal shutdown the monthly Turkey Hatchery Report was not issued and the Turkey Market News Report was incomplete. CHICK-NEWS has assembled FSIS and USDA market data to produce a Weekly Turkey Production and Price Report. The normal format will be posted when USDA publications resume

Poult Production and Placement:

The December 14th edition of the USDA Turkey Hatchery Report, issued monthly, documented 28.4 million eggs in incubators on December 1st 2018 (30.4 million eggs on November 1st 2018) up 2.3 percent (0.6 million eggs) from November 1st 2017.

A total of 25.1 million poults were hatched during November 2018 (23.3 million in October 2018) and up 7.8 percent from November 2017.

A total of 21.1 million poults were placed on farms in the U.S. in November 2018, (21.6 million in October 2018), 1.5 percent more than in November 2017. This suggests disposal of 4.0 million poults during the month. Assuming all tom poults were placed, 31.2 percent of hen poults or 15.5 percent of all November poults hatched were not placed.

For the twelve-month period December 2017 through November 2018 inclusive, 285.3 million poults were hatched and 266.3 million were placed. This suggests disposal of 18.9 million poults. Assuming all tom poults were placed 13.2 percent of hen poults or 6.6 percent of all November poults hatched were not placed.

USDA will release the next monthly report in mid-January 2019 subject to resumption of operations after the Federal shutdown.




The following quotations for the months as indicated were posted by the CME at close of trading on Friday January 18th together with values for the reference months in parentheses confirming a firming market for corn, soybeans and soybean meal in comparison to the previous week.



Corn (cents per bushel)

March 381 (379)

May 389 (387)

Soybeans (cents per bushel)

March 915 (898 Jan.)

May 928 (927 March)

Soybean meal ($ per ton)

March 315 (311 Jan.)

May 318 (314 March)

Changes in the price of corn, soybeans and soybean meal were:-


Corn:                March'19 quotation up 2 cents per Bu.                (+0.5percent )

Soybeans:         March'19 quotation up 17cents per Bu from Jan.  (+1.9 percent)

Soybean Meal:   March'19 quotation up $4 per ton from Jan.         (+1.3 percent)

  • For each 10 cent per bushel change in corn:-

The cost of egg production would change by 0.45 cent per dozen

The cost of broiler production would change by 0.25 cent per pound live weight

  • For each $10 per ton change in the price of soybean meal:-

The cost of egg production would change by 0.40 cent per dozen

The cost of broiler production would change by 0.25 cent per pound live weight


Soybean prices were influenced by drought in areas of Brazil. Approximately 20 percent of the crop projected to be 117.2 million metric tons is at risk

There is renewed optimism concerning the outcome of the dinner meeting at the G-20 Summit between the delegations from the U.S. and China led by their respective Presidents. The U.S. has agreed to a three-month delay ending March 31st before raising tariffs from ten percent to twenty-five percent on over $200 billion in annual imports from China. In return China has agreed to purchase an unspecified quantity of agricultural commodities in addition to energy and heavy equipment from the U.S. to offset the negative balance of payments. An initial order of 1.5 million tons was placed, three weeks ago, the first since June. The USDA announced on January 7th that orders have been placed for an additional 3 million tons to be shipped before September 2019. Negotiations are apparently in progress in Beijing and Washington without any disclosure of specifics.

According to the November 8th 2018 WASDE Report #583, which did not affect commodity prices, 81.8 million acres of corn will be harvested in 2018 to produce 14.62 Billion bushels. The soybean crop is projected to attain 4.60 Billion bushels from 88.3 million acres harvested. The levels of production for the two commodities are based on revised projections of yield and acreage harvested. Ending stocks were revised based on anticipated domestic use and exports.

See the WASDE posting summarizing the November 8th USDA-WASDE Report #583 under the STATISTICS tab documenting price projections and quantities of commodities to be produced, used and exported from the 2018 harvest. The January 2019 WASDE Report #584 will be delayed by the Government shutdown

Unless shipments of corn and soybeans to China resume in volume as projected the financial future for row-crop farmers appears bleak despite the release of two tranches amounting to $12 billion as "short-term" compensation. Farmers will not be placated by the promise of a year-round E-15 blend since the logistic problems of delivery to consumers and legal challenges will delay any positive price benefit. Oversupply of ethanol with the current 10 percent addition (=dilution) mandate is evident from the January 18th spot price of $1.27 per gallon has not changed materially in four weeks compared with a 2018 peak in late March of $1.60. Exports have been constrained by the retaliatory tariffs imposed by China on U.S. ethanol. Some refiners are reducing production and mothballing corn-fermentation plants.

The loss inflicted on farmers by the trade war with China is a gain for livestock producers who will benefit from lower feed costs. It must be recognized that the hog and poultry industries have experienced higher costs for a decade as a result of the RFS, a gift that keeps on giving. The mandate is a boon to Midwest politicians, corn growers and ethanol refiners at the expense of anyone in the U.S. who eats or uses any form of transport.


Weekly Broiler Production and Prices


Due to the Federal shutdown the weekly Broiler Hatchery Report was not issued and accordingly the USDA Broiler Market News Report was incomplete. CHICK-NEWS has assembled FSIS and USDA market data to produce a Weekly Broiler Production and Price Report. The normal format will be posted when USDA publications resume.

Chick Placements

Values in 10-point font reflect past weekly data reproduced for comparison.

The last Broiler Hatchery Report released on December 19 th before the Federal shutdown confirmed that a total of 222.5 million eggs were set during the week ending December 15th one percent less than in the corresponding week in 2017. A total of 175.5 million day-old chicks were placed among the 19 major broiler-producing states during the week ending December 15th. This was almost the same as the corresponding week in 2017. Total chick placements for the U.S. amounted to 183.3 million. Claimed average hatchability was 82.1 percent for eggs set three weeks earlier. Broiler chick placements for 2018 through December 15th amounted to 9.09 billion, up 1.0 percent from YTD 2017.

Given that 225.5 million eggs were placed in incubators during the week ending December 15th and assuming 82 percent hatch, a potential supply of 184.5 million chicks was available. The U.S. industry places on average 97 percent of chicks hatched, suggesting placements for the week ending December 29th to be 179.0 million. It is estimated that broiler placements for 2018 amounted to 9.5 billion. These values will be adjusted when publication of USDA data resumes.


Potential to Purify Hatchery Environments Applying Photocatalytic Technology


Extreme Microbial Technologies has introduced the Puradigm PRO™ unit for specific application to improve the air environment and to suppress pathogens in egg packing plants and hatcheries.


The unit incorporates a broad spectrum, high-efficiency, dual-wave length UV- X lamp emitting at 253 and 185 nm.  A unique honeycomb matrix is used to maximize surface exposure available to promote photocatalysis.  The efficiency of the UV-X lamp is enhanced by a hydrophobic coating that promotes the release of bactericidal reactive oxygen ions.  The ultraviolet light emitted by the Puradigm PRO™ forms plasma in the atmosphere of the environment of a plant enhancing air quality since the clouds of ions are capable of destruction of bioaerosols that include suspended bacteria and fungi.


Air quality is maintained by sensors placed in air ducts that monitor the presence of volatile organic compounds and particulate matter.  Measurements of specific fractions of particulate matter are integrated into the control of the air purification system.  Generation of cluster ions formed by the photocatalytic generator effectively reduce the viability of a wide range of potential pathogens including Bacillus, Enterococcus, Listeria, Salmonella an, Pseudomonas.


Laboratory and field evaluations have demonstrated that the units installed by Extreme Microbial Technologies will reduce bacteria and molds spores in the air and on surfaces by up to 97 percent. Extreme Microbial Technologies units can be installed in the ducts of heating and air conditioning systems or can function as free-standing units.


Initially when designing an installation to reduce airborne contamination an electronic BioAerosol monitoring system is deployed.  The instrument measures particle size and induces ultraviolet florescence in particles including bacteria to quantify the level of contamination.  Compared with conventional swabs and agar plates, the BioAerosol monitoring system provides real-time quantification of bacterial contamination and can monitor the efficiency of purification systems.


The systems approach applied by Extreme Microbial Technologies involves identifying and quantifying the types and levels of bacterial contamination. The Company then selects and installs units to reduce the levels of bacteria and fungi in the atmosphere. Regular monitoring of levels of contamination is continued to assess the efficacy of cleaning and to detect the emergence of novel pathogens introduced into the environment of a hatchery.



Extreme Microbial Technologies equipment will effectively reduce bacterial contamination in the air and on surfaces in storage areas for eggs before setting.  Since racks are delivered direct from the storage areas on farms, there is high potential for contamination. Soiled shell surfaces will lead to penetration through the pores of eggs subjected to condensation. This increases the  frequency of “exploders” at the time of transfer. Bacterial contamination in setters and hatchers increases first-week mortality associated with omphalitis, exceeding acceptable limits on mortality.  The Extreme Microbial Technologies equipment will also suppress Asperigillus spores preventing early mortality from fungal pneumonia and airsacculitis.


Further information can be obtained from Extreme Microbial Technologies www.extrememicrobial.com or (844) 885-0088.


Aviagen featured in Georgia Poultry Laboratory Display


A replica of an Aviagen® hatchery-delivery truck is currently on display in a poultry industry diorama exhibited at the Georgia Poultry Lab in Gainesville. Aviagen is a sponsor of the diorama, and the hatchery shown is based on the Sallisaw, OK., facility.

With an HO-scale electric train running through its landscape, the diorama depicts the entire poultry value chain – from a pullet farm, breeder farm, hatchery and broiler farm, to a processing plant, feed mill and commercial egg farm. The scene closes at the Port of Savannah, through which poultry is exported to other countries.

The diorama helps the lab fulfill the goal of educating the public on an industry representing a major part of the economy of Georgia, which is a major producer of broilers in the U.S. Aviagen currently has one hatchery in Blairsville, GA., and a new hatchery now under construction in Quitman, GA., slated to open in the spring of 2019.

The Georgia Poultry Lab hosts regular public tours led by poultry health experts, who educate the public on the great care that is taken to keep the industry healthy. The diorama is located in the lab’s mezzanine, where groups can view the lab activities below through large windows.

“Aviagen is committed to the health, welfare and biosecurity of our poultry throughout the value chain, and this is a commitment we share with the Georgia Poultry Lab. We’re proud to sponsor the diorama exhibit, as it is part of the lab’s efforts to build public confidence in our industry,” explained Aviagen Vice President of Veterinary Services Dr. Eric Jensen.

“The diorama gives us an opportunity to explain all aspects of the industry, from live production to exports, to groups that range from middle school kids to international delegations, without going to farms or plants,” added Dr. Louise Dufour-Zavala, executive director of the Georgia Poultry Lab. “It also helps children understand where their food is coming from!”

A video walk-through of the entire diorama is available at www.gapoultrylab.org/poultry- diorama/.


Big-Dutchman Position Announcement in After-sales Service


Big-Dutchman USA is recruiting for the position of VP of After-sales and Field Services.


The incumbent will be responsible for management of installations by motivating and training a team of field technicians. Additional responsibilities will include administration of the spare parts program, budgeting, risk-management and interaction with third-party suppliers.


Candidates should have earned a degree in business or agricultural engineering or equivalent with a minimum of 10 years experience including five years supervising installation teams. Strong project management and communication skills coupled with business acumen are required.


Kindly address enquiries to Beth Velderman, Human Resources at bvelderman@bigdutchmanusa.com


ASF virus Isolated From Pork Detained at Australian Airports


Agricultural authorities in Australia have detected and confiscated 125 samples of pork products that air-travellers intended to bring in to the country from China. Six of the specimens yielded ASF virus representing a profound danger to the domestic hog industry and possibly native fauna which may be susceptible.


The recovery rate suggests extensive slaughter of hogs either incubating or showing clinical signs at the time of delivery to abattoirs in China. The almost five percent positive prevalence rate among samples belies official government reports to the OIE of about 100 cases in four months with depopulation of less than 250,000 hogs from a national herd of 350 million.


It is hoped that our USDA airport beagles are not furloughed and if working are fed regularly. Their noses are our first line of defense.



Avimex Atlanta February 12-14



Ziggity Systems offers Transparent Pipe Kit


Ziggity Systems Inc. has introduced a transparent pipe kit to monitor and improve the quality of the water in their drinker lines. The kit is easily retrofitted onto existing Ziggity drinker lines and once installed, water in the drinker lines can be visually monitored for contaminants such as biofilm, sediment and trapped air.


The transparent pipe kit will reveal debris passing an ineffective filter, denoting the need to replace filters or to upgrade filtration systems. During the production cycle when medications are administered in drinking water, the transparent pipe kit allows for visual inspection of the drinker line to confirm that additives are fully dissolved and evenly dispersed.

Ziggity Systems Transparent Pipe Kit (consisting of two pipe connectors and the transparent pipe) can be retrofitted to existing Ziggity drinker lines.

The simple, easy-to-use water management tool is unique to Ziggity Systems and is compatible with any Ziggity Ace, Big Ace, Big Z or 1” PVC pipe system for all poultry species and housing systems– including floor and confined housing.


The transparent pipe kit can be installed directly out of the Ziggity regulator or any other desired location along the drinker line.


 For more information, access  www.ziggity.com or click on to the Ziggity logo on the right side of the Welcome page.


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