Poultry – D Sharma http://dsharma.org/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 14:05:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dsharma.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-6-120x120.png Poultry – D Sharma http://dsharma.org/ 32 32 Simulated Environment Concepts, Inc. Announces Poultry License Receivership and Shareholder Update https://dsharma.org/simulated-environment-concepts-inc-announces-poultry-license-receivership-and-shareholder-update/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 14:05:00 +0000 https://dsharma.org/simulated-environment-concepts-inc-announces-poultry-license-receivership-and-shareholder-update/ /EIN News/ — Nashville, TN, Sept. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire — Simulated Environment Concepts, Inc. (OTC PINK: SMEV): Nitro Holdings LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SMEV, was granted a poultry exemption of 20,000 per year, allowing it to fully increase its production of crossbreed chickens Cornish and other poultry products. After passing […]]]>

/EIN News/ — Nashville, TN, Sept. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire — Simulated Environment Concepts, Inc. (OTC PINK: SMEV): Nitro Holdings LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SMEV, was granted a poultry exemption of 20,000 per year, allowing it to fully increase its production of crossbreed chickens Cornish and other poultry products. After passing inspections in the first week of September 2022, we are now ready to ramp up production of our poultry products and can sell our products throughout North Carolina. As we stated earlier, Cornish Cross Chickens are a hybrid chicken derived from Cornish hens and White Rock chickens. They grow faster than many other chicken breeds and are ideal to use for broilers due to their size. These fast-growing chickens go from chick to adult (5-8 pounds) in just 6-9 weeks, which will allow us to replenish inventory faster.

Since our chickens are raised on pasture, feeding only on grains and grasses, we use mobile feeders, called chicken tractors, which keep the small flocks of chickens contained while allowing them to feed on the pasture. To accommodate the larger amount of chickens we will now be raising, we have added several additional new chicken tractors which are constructed with PVC pipes instead of wood like the original ones. Changing materials allows easier movement of tractors to a new location, improving our overall efficiency. We are now equipped to have up to 600 birds feeding in the field at one time and all tractors are at full capacity and in the fields at this time.

We also have 200 new chicks in the grow boxes feeding on grain until they are big enough to move to the fields.

Our first mature chickens will be on the market by the time you read this with 60% of our current stock already pre-sold at just $3 a pound. Like our crayfish, we have received great interest and feedback for our chickens.

The new license will also allow us to purchase our chicks and other supplies in bulk, which will significantly reduce our operating costs, which in turn will increase our profits on all of our poultry products.

By further expanding our range of poultry products, we have added laying hens to our flocks. They will be reared quite naturally like our Cornish Cross chickens. The first 100 layers are expected to produce eggs by the end of the year, when they will go to market. We’ve pre-sold over 25% so far.

We are also further diversifying our product line with the addition of turkeys. Like all of our other poultry, our turkeys are fed completely naturally, fed grains and grasses. Our first 30 are progressing well and have all been pre-sold! We expect another 50-100 poults to be delivered to us in the coming weeks.

We are also continuing to prepare for next year’s crayfish harvest. We have a pond completely ready and filled with water. We also have three other ponds cleaned and planted with sorghum and will fill them over the next few weeks. The remaining three ponds are being prepared for planting. We expect a tremendous harvest in the coming season, which starts in less than 6 months. With all the proper planning and preparation we are doing ahead of next season, we are expecting a great crayfish season in 2023!

We continue to seek larger buyers and other farms to work with us to develop locally grown produce from this region. https://twitter.com/NitroHoldings

Forward-looking statements:
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. The words “believe”, “expect”, “should”, “intend”, “estimate”, “project”, variations of these words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that a statement is not a forward-looking statement. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include the risks that are detailed in the company’s respective filings at www.otcmarkets.com.

Nitro Holdings, LLC, is an aqua-based agriculture and logistics-focused company with an interest in expanding into hydroponics and aquaponics. We plan to have our own state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) with an extension to indoor growth facilities. We are actively looking for JV partners as well as acquisitions in the field of aquaculture.

Contact information:
Requests from SMEV shareholders/investors can be addressed to:
Marvin Baker President
Email: Marvin@smevmerger.com
URL: www.smevmerger.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SMEVMerger


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Pembrokeshire poultry farms hit by bird flu – The Pembrokeshire Herald https://dsharma.org/pembrokeshire-poultry-farms-hit-by-bird-flu-the-pembrokeshire-herald/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 13:30:35 +0000 https://dsharma.org/pembrokeshire-poultry-farms-hit-by-bird-flu-the-pembrokeshire-herald/ ON SATURDAY September 10, the Chief Veterinarian for Wales, Christianne Glossop, confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in poultry at a large site in Pembrokeshire. It was the second confirmed case of bird flu in Wales this week, following an outbreak in Gwynedd. Another potential case in Ceredigion is under investigation. ANNOUNCED […]]]>

ON SATURDAY September 10, the Chief Veterinarian for Wales, Christianne Glossop, confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in poultry at a large site in Pembrokeshire.

It was the second confirmed case of bird flu in Wales this week, following an outbreak in Gwynedd.

Another potential case in Ceredigion is under investigation.

ANNOUNCED PROTECTION ZONE

A 3 km protection zone and a 10 km surveillance zone have been decreed around the infected premises to limit the risk of spreading the disease.

Within these areas, the movements and gatherings of birds are restricted and all operations holding birds must be declared.

The measures are stricter in the 3 km protection zone.

They include provisions for the movement of poultry and eggs under controlled conditions and provisions for the housing of poultry to reduce the risk of contamination.

It is vital that bird keepers remain vigilant and ensure they have the highest levels of biosecurity.

UK health agencies say the public health risk from the virus is very low.

UK food standards agencies say bird flu poses a very low food safety risk to UK consumers.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIESE WHO KEEPS THE BIRDS

EVERYTHING keepers of kept birds should be alert to signs of disease such as increased mortality, respiratory distress, decreases in food or water intake, or egg production.

You can consult your veterinarian first if your birds are not feeling well.

If you or your veterinarian suspect that bird flu may be causing illness in your birds, you must by law report it to the Animal and Plant Health Agency. This will trigger an investigation into the disease by APHA veterinarians.

You must apply strict biosecurity measures to prevent any materials, equipment, vehicles, clothing, food or bedding that wild birds may have contaminated from entering your premises.

Full details and a checklist are available here: https://bit.ly/MHAvianFlu.

DISEASE SPREADS FROM WILD BIRD POPULATIONS

Avian flu is a highly contagious viral disease.

It affects the respiratory, digestive or nervous systems of many species of birds.

Some strains of bird flu can spread easily and quickly between birds and have a high mortality rate.

Migratory seabirds and waterfowl are known carriers of avian influenza.

The highly pathogenic H5N1 strain originated in the intensive poultry industry in Asia and has since spread to wild bird populations around the world.

It reached seabird colonies in Pembrokeshire in July this year when it was detected on Grassholm.

Grassholm is known for its huge colony of northern gannets; the island has belonged to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds since 1947 and is one of its oldest reserves.

A national nature reserve, Grassholm is the third most important site in the world for gannets.

It serves as a breeding site for 36,000 pairs of northern gannets and is home to around 10% of the world’s population.

Migratory waterfowl and gulls are the most likely cause of HPAI incursion. Migratory wild birds include ducks, geese and swans.

The risk of introduction of avian influenza into domestic poultry or other captive birds will depend on the prevalence and pattern of virus shedding in wild birds, the level of biosecurity in place on poultry farms or premises birds and other factors.

Detailed epidemiological assessments are carried out at each infected poultry and captive bird farm to investigate the possible source and spread.

All available evidence indicates that direct or indirect contact with infected wild birds is the source of infection in almost all owned bird flocks.

The risk of HPAI virus (bird flu) increases during the winter.

Deputy Veterinary Director for Wales, Dr Gavin Watkins, said: “There has been an unprecedented incursion of bird flu into Britain and Europe in 2022 and bird keepers need to be vigilant and s ensure they have the highest levels of biosecurity.

“There is always more to do to protect your birds.

“As we enter the fall and winter, I urge you all to review the measures in place and identify areas for improvement.

“Think about the risks of direct contact with wild birds, especially waterfowl, as well as things that could be contaminated with bird droppings – clothing and footwear, equipment, vehicles, food and bedding.

“Make improvements where you can prevent the spread of this devastating bird disease.

“Good biosecurity is always essential to protect animals from disease.”

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Cargill unveils digital business studio in Singapore https://dsharma.org/cargill-unveils-digital-business-studio-in-singapore/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 15:23:44 +0000 https://dsharma.org/cargill-unveils-digital-business-studio-in-singapore/ MINNEAPOLIS — Cargill is partnering with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to launch its first digital business studio in Asia. The studio is designed to support local founders with investments that bring Cargill solutions to market and accelerate innovation for the food and beverage industry in Asia Pacific. Through this three-year partnership, Cargill will […]]]>

MINNEAPOLIS — Cargill is partnering with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to launch its first digital business studio in Asia. The studio is designed to support local founders with investments that bring Cargill solutions to market and accelerate innovation for the food and beverage industry in Asia Pacific.

Through this three-year partnership, Cargill will develop a portfolio of at least five new startups in Singapore. Startups will focus on pressing industry challenges – from improving access to market data for smallholder farmers to creating more efficient, transparent and cost-effective food supply solutions.

To lead these new startups, Cargill is immediately recruiting experienced entrepreneurs who are passionate about solving some of the most pressing issues facing the global food and agriculture system. Entrepreneurs will have access to investments in resources, business management and innovation processes proven in other markets.

“Cargill combines deep industry expertise with the speed and agility of a startup approach to launch the digital business studio,” said Ross Hamou-Jennings, president of Asia-Pacific at Cargill. “Together, we aim to solve some of the region’s toughest food and agriculture challenges in innovative ways. With Singapore’s importance and reputation as a vibrant center of agricultural innovation, we are pleased to partner with EDB on this initiative. We are confident that the digital business studio will encourage boldness, creativity and inspiration to advance the sustainability of the region’s food and agriculture sector.

The partnership builds on EDB’s efforts to grow the entrepreneurial movement in Singapore, encouraging companies to build new ventures with startup-like agility. Efforts include investing in growth areas beyond their core businesses to stay ahead of the rapid pace of disruption.

“We are excited to partner with Cargill to build Singaporean companies that have the potential to become world-leading agribusinesses,” said Choo Heng Tong, Executive Vice President, New Ventures and Innovation, EDB. “Cargill can provide significant benefits to these companies through its deep domain expertise, customer networks and global scale, while leveraging Singapore’s connectivity to key markets and its R&D capabilities. These companies will be at the forefront of innovation, complementing Singapore’s development of new agrifood solutions and contributing to global food resilience efforts.

The digital business studio will be a space for Cargill to incubate and grow transformative startups, in close partnership with customers. It expands the reach of digital innovation, bringing new solutions to meet the changing needs of the food and agricultural industries. For instance:

  • Farmers across Asia face challenges ranging from inconsistent crop yield, poor access to credit or finance, and limited visibility into ever-changing crop prices. To feed Asia’s growing population and address other challenges, digital solutions are needed to play a critical role in farmers’ livelihoods by improving their productivity and profitability.
  • Restaurants and small to medium-sized retailers in Southeast Asia have very manual processes for accessing and sourcing the ingredients they need from a fragmented supplier base. New digital advancements can increase the reliability and flexibility of the ingredient supply chain, providing direct access to a unified B2B food ordering system.

“This is a unique model where entrepreneurs can transform the industry and bring lasting change regionally and even globally,” said Eric Parkin, global head of digital business studio at Cargill. “The opportunity to wake up every day and create solutions that improve lives and feed the world is a game-changer.”

The digital business studio builds on Cargill’s existing investments in innovation and engagement in Asia, where the company is helping farmers and food operators overcome their biggest challenges and seize new opportunities. Cargill has four innovation centers in Asia: Singapore, Gurgaon, Beijing and Shanghai. At these centers, Cargill leverages global expertise in animal proteins, refined oils, sweeteners, starches, cocoa, texture solutions and unique flavors.

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Technology Accelerates Support for Broiler Producers https://dsharma.org/technology-accelerates-support-for-broiler-producers/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 08:54:16 +0000 https://dsharma.org/technology-accelerates-support-for-broiler-producers/ Developments in Poultry Sense, the analytics platform that uses artificial intelligence to produce insights that aid on-farm productivity and efficiency measurements, mean the interface is faster and more dynamic, giving higher performance products at the touch of a button. Poultry Sense Veterinary Advisor Barry Thorp says a downloadable PDF report is now available at the […]]]>

Developments in Poultry Sense, the analytics platform that uses artificial intelligence to produce insights that aid on-farm productivity and efficiency measurements, mean the interface is faster and more dynamic, giving higher performance products at the touch of a button.

Poultry Sense Veterinary Advisor Barry Thorp says a downloadable PDF report is now available at the end of each crop, allowing producers to see the health and performance data needed to identify what went well in the flock. , as well as areas for improvement.

“All the changes we make to the technology are aimed at improving the user experience so that producers are happy to engage with the platform every day and use it in real time. To achieve this, we are working working closely with our customers to build strong relationships, as this is what provides us with a strong feedback loop to understand how growers are using technology, and then we can continue to evolve the service and improve usability .

Crop data or herd cycles

Some farmers use crop data to make incremental changes to future herds, while others make changes through herd cycles based on real-time data collection and see the real benefit of the technology.

“A Devon-based broiler manager has had the best performance ever at one of his sites. He is on site daily to review the environment, water consumption and weight gain as well as enter mortality data. And using the information provided, it makes real-time decisions such as reviewing environmental conditions and as a result, it dramatically improves crop performance,” Thorp said.

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The SPCEF urged to boost the competitiveness of the poultry and pig sectors https://dsharma.org/the-spcef-urged-to-boost-the-competitiveness-of-the-poultry-and-pig-sectors/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 16:27:41 +0000 https://dsharma.org/the-spcef-urged-to-boost-the-competitiveness-of-the-poultry-and-pig-sectors/ The chairman of the House Agriculture and Food Committee is pushing for passage of a bill creating the Swine and Poultry Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (SPCEF). Panel Chairman and Quezon Representative Mark Enverga said he introduced Bill 3570 last month to strengthen the local pork and poultry industry and amend Republic Act No. 8178, or the […]]]>

The chairman of the House Agriculture and Food Committee is pushing for passage of a bill creating the Swine and Poultry Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (SPCEF).

Panel Chairman and Quezon Representative Mark Enverga said he introduced Bill 3570 last month to strengthen the local pork and poultry industry and amend Republic Act No. 8178, or the law on agricultural pricing.

RA 8178 adopted the use of tariffs, Enverga said, instead of non-tariff import restrictions to protect local producers of agricultural products affected by the lifting of quantitative import restrictions.

According to Enverga, the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF) has been established under which tariff revenue from agricultural products imported below the minimum access volume is to accumulate and be used for various programs and projects and other forms of assistance and support to the agricultural sector.

However, lawmakers said the funds were only used to extend credit support to improve competitiveness.

“The ACEF Funds had a lifespan of nine years. Republic Act No. 9496, enacted in 2008, extended the life of ACEF to 2015,” he said.

“Republic Act No. 10848 again extended ACEF through 2022 and restricted the funds to an 80% credit; 10% as a grant for research and development; and 10% for the grant program for agriculture-related courses,” he added.

In 2019, Enverga declared Republic Act No. 11203, as amended RA 8178, which lifted the quantitative restriction on the importation of rice and established the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund for this purpose to help cushion the impact of the liberalization of the rice industry.

“New changes are currently being sought with the emergence of diseases and epidemics in the livestock and poultry sectors, for example African swine fever and avian influenza, which have necessitated the importation of pork and chicken in order to cope with rising prices and supply shortfall,” he said.

Enverga said the most affected sectors are calling for the establishment of the Pork and Poultry Competitiveness Enhancement Fund where tariff revenue for imported pork and chicken will increase and be used for programs, projects and activities. aimed at strengthening the local pork and poultry industries.

Enverga said the country’s struggling pork and poultry industries needed all the support to survive under this import regime.

“Let’s help ease their burden and create a dedicated fund to put in place the necessary programs, projects and activities that will cushion the impact and eventually make them competitive and thriving again, after all, food security is our primary goal, ” he added.

Under the terms of the bill, the SPCEF will be made up of all tariff revenue collected on imports of meat and poultry products by the Customs Office to be automatically credited to a special account in the general fund of the national treasury, which will be opened within 90 days. days from the entry into force of the act.

The bill stipulates that the Secretary of Agriculture will be accountable and responsible for the SPCEF in coordination with other relevant government agencies.

Additionally, he added that the DA and other relevant agencies must submit an annual report containing the status of the SPCEF and an impact assessment of the programs implemented under the law, to the Congressional Oversight Committee on the modernization of agriculture and fishing (COCAFM). COCAFM will periodically review the use of the SPCEF as needed.

At the end of the sixth year, the bill stipulates that a mandatory review must be carried out by COCAFM to determine whether the SPCEF and its use as envisaged by the proposal should be modified, terminated or extended for a maximum period of five years.

Once the SPCEF is terminated, the bill provides that the reservation of the fees collected for this purpose will end.

However, the measure stipulates that any balance remaining on the expiry date of the collection of fees for the SPCEF will remain in the special account and continue to be used for the purposes for which it was collected and set aside.

Subject to normal accounting and auditing rules and regulations, the bill provides that the SPCEF will be allocated and disbursed for disease prevention and outbreaks, including vaccination; competent and modern diagnostic laboratories; research and development facilities; subsidies for transport and cost of freight, development, propagation and promotion of pigs and poultry.

The bill adds that the SPCEF will be allocated as credit assistance which will be made available in the form of a credit facility with minimum interest rates and with minimum collateral requirements for pig farmers. and poultry and cooperatives, which will be managed equally by the Agricultural Credit Policy Board, the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines and the insurance program will be administered by the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation.

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How to handle and cook poultry safely – Royal Examiner https://dsharma.org/how-to-handle-and-cook-poultry-safely-royal-examiner/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 11:05:12 +0000 https://dsharma.org/how-to-handle-and-cook-poultry-safely-royal-examiner/ BOONE, Iowa — The federal government spending more than $1 billion on voluntary efforts to reduce the harmful effects of farming on the environment is a better long-term strategy than imposing new rules on farmers, said US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Tuesday. While state and federal authorities in the United States have tended […]]]>

BOONE, Iowa — The federal government spending more than $1 billion on voluntary efforts to reduce the harmful effects of farming on the environment is a better long-term strategy than imposing new rules on farmers, said US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Tuesday.

While state and federal authorities in the United States have tended to shy away from implementing rules that could force farmers to drastically alter their longstanding practices, the European Union has specific requirements regarding crop rotations, permanent pastures and the use of buffer strips and other conservation practices. that improve soil quality.

Dutch farmers have protested against some of their country’s efforts in recent years to limit pollution from agriculture, in particular proposals to drastically reduce the number of livestock raised in the country. The European Union also recently suspended some of its crop rotation requirements to increase production due to global food shortages caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Frankly, our view – and I’ve expressed this to EU officials – our view is that their approach could very well result in reduced production,” Vilsack told the Farm Progress Show in Boone, in response to a question about whether U.S. farmers could possibly face similar demands. He added: “I think our approach is better.”

The Virginia General Assembly has debated in recent years whether certain agricultural practices that reduce runoff from farms should be voluntary or mandatory, particularly as we approach the 2025 federal deadline for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. During the 2020 session, lawmakers considered making streamside fencing and nutrient management plans mandatory, but ultimately opted for a voluntary course in the near future. The intensely negotiated final legislation, however, included a clause specifying that the practices would become mandatory if pollution reduction targets were not met by 2025.

When asked to elaborate later on his comments, Vilsack said they were about organic farming and were the views of some European farmers. The European Green Deal aims to increase the amount of farmland managed to produce organic crops to 25% by 2030. The practice is more environmentally friendly but often produces lower yields.

The United States Department of Agriculture has proposed programs to expand organic agriculture in the United States, but has not set goals for converting farmland to organic farming. Vilsack said Tuesday that demand for U.S. agricultural products will continue to rise.

“The challenge is how to do it in a sustainable way? ” he said. “How do you increase production while doing it in a climate-smart way? »

He has repeatedly emphasized that federal initiatives announced over the past two years seek voluntary participation.

Later in the day, U.S. Representative Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, echoed those sentiments when asked about potential provisions in the next farm bill: “We need to make sure we have voluntary conservation,” he said. “It’s so crucial.”

Vilsack spoke at length about the huge amount of federal funding available to support agricultural products that are produced in a way that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In February, the USDA offered up to $1 billion to support new “climate-smart” products.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tours an Amelia County farm in June 2021 with Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Henrico. (Sarah Vogelsong/Virginia Mercury)

He said the USDA would announce its first grant recipients in mid-September and hinted that projects proposed by universities in Missouri and South Dakota and the Iowa Soybean Association would be among them.

Vilsack and the USDA have unveiled a slew of new programs over the past two years with the goal of transforming aspects of U.S. agriculture, including helping reverse the consolidation of certain sectors in the hands of a few companies and increasing the number of farmers.

The USDA is also working to provide billions of dollars in debt relief to farmers who have struggled to repay their agricultural loans: “The most important thing is to keep people on the land,” said Vilsack told reporters last week about major legislation to help agriculture.

The USDA recently announced it would distribute up to $300 million for projects that help farmers who have received limited help from the department in the past. These groups of people have generally included new farmers and ranchers, those with low incomes, and those from racial or ethnic minorities. Projects eligible for funding would expand their access to land, money and markets, Vilsack said.

The ministry is also providing up to $250 million to minority-serving colleges and universities to help train food and agriculture professionals.

In June, Vilsack announced hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to support small, independent meat processors to help diversify this sector of agriculture, which over the years has become dominated by several large corporations.

Federal dollars have also been earmarked for organic farmers and for making new products from agricultural waste and leftover wood from thinning forests to protect against large fires.

This story first appeared in the Iowa Capital Dispatch, a sister publication to The Virginia Mercury within the States Newsroom network.

by Jared Strong, Virginia Mercury


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AI-Powered Remote Broiler Farm Management System Receives Funding https://dsharma.org/ai-powered-remote-broiler-farm-management-system-receives-funding/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 08:13:57 +0000 https://dsharma.org/ai-powered-remote-broiler-farm-management-system-receives-funding/ NetFLOX-XXL is an AI-powered remote broiler farm management system, which will use advanced artificial intelligence to improve productivity, sustainability and resilience in the broiler industry. The project, which has received just under £1million from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Agricultural Innovation Programme, will build a scalable industrial demonstration system, helping industry improve […]]]>

NetFLOX-XXL is an AI-powered remote broiler farm management system, which will use advanced artificial intelligence to improve productivity, sustainability and resilience in the broiler industry.

The project, which has received just under £1million from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Agricultural Innovation Programme, will build a scalable industrial demonstration system, helping industry improve well-being outcomes and get closer to net zero.

Wellness status and sick alert

Created by Flox, an early-stage AI company, the system is designed to provide poultry farmers with real-time data on the welfare of their flock and alert them to potential signs of disease. Advanced cameras and environmental sensors monitor the chickens 24/7, while AI analyzes unusual behavior.

The environment

Flox also monitors the environmental health of the sheds, with the system helping to prevent the types of weather variations that can affect herd health. It monitors and adjusts the environment to prevent costly heat stress events and alerts farmers to any issues with higher than normal ammonia temperatures, for example.

AI can also accurately estimate bird weight and temperature, ensuring that, if necessary, farmers can make changes to feeding schedules or spot signs of disease immediately.

Welfare

The Flox team includes Chairman Andrew Maunder, who developed and sold Devon-based processing company Lloyd Maunders to 2 Sisters and now chairs the RSPCA Chicken Standards Technical Advisory Group, and Dr Sarah Lambton, a lecturer at the University of Bristol in poultry welfare and husbandry systems. .

Lambton said the work could allow farmers to identify problems such as uneven weights high levels of lameness earlier and put in place tailored solutions.

A “gold mine” of data

In addition to receiving government funding, the investment also came from Morado Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund. Founding Partner Ash Patel said, “The magic of Flox is that the technology is in the software, rather than a large robotic structure that might require a huge upfront investment. The entire system is made up of 4k cameras that are linked to the company’s AI in the background. It’s about as easy to install as a home security camera system and comes with a monthly subscription.

“A farmer with dozens of barns, each with thousands of chickens, can only visit each barn once a day – if that’s the case – and that doesn’t give them a lot of data. Plus, they count on what they notice at any given time. Flox offers farmers a proverbial goldmine of data on the health and comfort of their chickens.

Certify the ethical treatment of animals

Patel added that the company was also well positioned to capitalize on an important trend – the ability to show objective data certifying the ethical treatment of animals.

Katrina Hayter, UK Research and Innovation Manager, Transforming Food Production, said there are huge opportunities for innovation in the food sector: “From animal health to crop productivity, through the introduction of strategic support technology and the precise application of chemicals, it’s exciting to see so many concepts start to come to life.

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Walmart invests in sustainable beef processing plant in Nebraska https://dsharma.org/walmart-invests-in-sustainable-beef-processing-plant-in-nebraska/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 15:33:51 +0000 https://dsharma.org/walmart-invests-in-sustainable-beef-processing-plant-in-nebraska/ BENTONVILLE, ARCHE. – Walmart Inc. and Sustainable Beef LLC announced Aug. 31 that the world’s largest retailer would take a minority stake in the company as it plans to start a new $325 million beef processing plant in 2022. Construction of the North Platte, Neb., plant is expected to start next month and open in […]]]>

BENTONVILLE, ARCHE. – Walmart Inc. and Sustainable Beef LLC announced Aug. 31 that the world’s largest retailer would take a minority stake in the company as it plans to start a new $325 million beef processing plant in 2022.

Construction of the North Platte, Neb., plant is expected to start next month and open in late 2024. Companies said 800 new jobs would be created at the plant. Sustainable Beef plans to process 1,500 head per day and up to 100,000 per year when fully operational.

“We embarked on a journey two years ago to create a new beef processing plant to add some capacity to the industry and give producers an opportunity to integrate their beef cattle business. quality to the beef processing part of the industry and to do it in a sustainable way,” said David Briggs, Managing Director of Sustainable Beef LLC. “During this journey, we have seen Sustainable Beef and Walmart align to continue to improve how we care for our animals and crops and provide consumers with the positive experience of enjoying quality beef. quality.”

As part of the equity investment, Walmart will also be represented on the board of Sustainable Beef.

“At Walmart, we are committed to providing high quality, affordable beef to our customers, and an investment in Sustainable Beef LLC will give us even more access to these products,” said Tyler Lehr, senior vice president of merchandising. for deli, meat and seafood services, Walmart US. “We know that Sustainable Beef LLC has a responsible approach to beef processing, which includes creating long-term growth for livestock producers and family farmers. This investment provides greater visibility into the beef supply chain and complements Walmart’s regeneration commitment to improve pasture management.

Sustainable Beef plans to work with cattle feeders and ranchers to understand critical elements of the supply chain, such as grain sourcing and pasture management. The beef processor will also commit to antibiotic use and reporting on all herds in accordance with Walmart’s position on antibiotics in animals, which calls on suppliers to adopt and implement the principles of use American Veterinary Medical Association Antimicrobial Sensitivity.

Walmart did not disclose the amount of its investment in Sustainable Beef.

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USDA-ARS Investigate Use of Peanut Skins in Poultry Feed https://dsharma.org/usda-ars-investigate-use-of-peanut-skins-in-poultry-feed/ Sun, 21 Aug 2022 23:00:41 +0000 https://dsharma.org/usda-ars-investigate-use-of-peanut-skins-in-poultry-feed/ No traces of peanut allergens were detected in the eggs or meat August 22, 2022 2 minute read Ondulla Toomer, a research chemist with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Raleigh, North Carolina, is investigating other uses for peanut skins that would typically be discarded as trash, the ARS said in a news release. His […]]]>

No traces of peanut allergens were detected in the eggs or meat


August 22, 2022

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Ondulla Toomer, a research chemist with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Raleigh, North Carolina, is investigating other uses for peanut skins that would typically be discarded as trash, the ARS said in a news release.

His studies at the agency’s Food Science and Market Quality and Handling Research Unit in Raleigh suggest a range of food and feed uses that could potentially open the door to new markets at added value for peanut skins.

Instead of landfill waste, Toomer sees untapped nutritional potential in paper-thin skins, which are packed with protein, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, minerals and vitamins. Peanut skins also contain bioactive compounds, including antioxidants that help neutralize molecules that are harmful to body cells called free radicals. Some, in fact, have levels of antioxidant activity equal to green tea, grape skins and other sources.

On the livestock feed front, Toomer and his collaborators are exploring the benefits of adding peanut skins to poultry feed. However, peanut skins contain tannins, which can reduce the digestion of protein from food. Researchers have begun to evaluate the low inclusion levels (4%) of peanut skins to determine the optimal amount that can be added.

Aware of peanut sensitivities in some consumers, the researchers also checked for the presence of allergenic peanut protein in egg and meat samples produced from birds fed diets containing peanuts. However, no traces of peanut allergens were detected. Another interest: to determine if the birds fed with peanut skins excrete less Salmonella bacteria, which can pose a problem of human food safety with the consumption of poultry meat or eggs.

On the functional food front, researchers are comparing the concentrations of bioactive compounds in different colored peanut skins, which range from red, tan and brown to white, black and variegated.

Toomer said profiling the nutritional chemistry and properties of peanut skins is a key step in determining the best way to use them, with potential benefits for producers and consumers. More generally, Toomer’s efforts are part of the overall mission of the ARS laboratory to improve the productivity, processing, end-user quality and nutritional value of not only peanuts, but also cucumbers, sweet potatoes , peppers and cabbage.

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Corn harvest in Argentina could reach 52 million tons https://dsharma.org/corn-harvest-in-argentina-could-reach-52-million-tons/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 23:01:55 +0000 https://dsharma.org/corn-harvest-in-argentina-could-reach-52-million-tons/ The estimate is up 6% from last week August 19, 2022 1 minute read Argentina’s maize harvest for the current 2021/2022 season is expected to reach 52 million tonnes, Reuters reported, citing data released Thursday by the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange, up about 6% from to the 49 million tonnes forecast last week. Dry weather […]]]>

The estimate is up 6% from last week


August 19, 2022

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Argentina’s maize harvest for the current 2021/2022 season is expected to reach 52 million tonnes, Reuters reported, citing data released Thursday by the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange, up about 6% from to the 49 million tonnes forecast last week.

Dry weather last week helped the maize harvest, the exchange said, while increasing its calculation of maize planted area for the 2021/2022 season to 7.7 million hectares from 7.3 million. previously.

Argentina is a major world exporter of cereals, especially wheat and maize.

“Lower grain moisture has boosted the harvest in provinces like Chaco and Salta,” the exchange said, adding that almost all of the country’s “suitable acreage,” or 97.9 percent, had already been harvested.

For the next maize season 2022/2023, the sowing of which will begin in the coming weeks, the stock exchange forecasts an area of ​​7.5 million hectares. This would be less than the current season, due to lower crop profitability and low soil moisture.

The exchange maintained its forecast for land planted with wheat for the 2022/2023 cycle at 6.1 million hectares.

“Based on this report, 70.6% of the standing area has adequate/optimal water conditions, concentrated mainly in the southern agricultural area,” the exchange added. He warned of possible losses in the north of the country due to dry conditions.

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