Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Poultry and eggs

Special update – Avian influenza identified in Victoria: Animal Health Australia

We wanted to ensure you had the most accurate and up to date information as it comes to hand on the avian influenza incident in Victoria: On 22 May 2024, Agriculture Victoria confirmed a detection of high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI) H7N3 in poultry on a caged, barn, and free-range production egg farm in Meredith, Victoria.

Chicken code crucial to protect farmers: NSW Farmers Association

A mandatory code of conduct is urgently needed to protect chicken meat farmers from market power abuse at the hands of processors, an industry report has found ... “The message from poultry farmers was clear: there is little to no choice in processors, growing contract terms are unfair, and there is a deliberate undermining of collective bargaining efforts within the supply chain”: NSW Farmers Poultry Meat Manager David Banham.

Final report concludes mandatory code only way to address poultry sector issues: NFF

The National Farmers’ Federation ... released its final report towards creating greater market transparency and competition in the poultry meat sector, following concerns raised by growers and the competition watchdog. In 2020 the ACCC’s Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry highlighted significant concerns about practices in the Australian poultry meat supply chain...

Supreme grand champion

Shaunn Jannusch of Westbrook was awarded Supreme Grand Champion Fowl of the 2023 Royal Brisbane Exhibition Show, out of 1417 entries. He was awarded Grand Champion Waterfowl, Champion Heavy Waterfowl and Champion Pekin with his Pekin Duck.

Chicken welfare top of the pecking order for the 2023 AgriFutures Research Awards

A groundbreaking animal growth and welfare monitoring, detection and notification system has been awarded the annual AgriFutures Research Award for 2023 ... the runner up, DryRice research, focused on enhancing rice genotypes and ensuring sustainable development in the rice industry.

How a chicken defeated pigs and cows in Ukraine

Ukrainian chicken producers have made a good marketing move. Thanks to this, the retail price of boneless chicken meat is about US$3 for one kilo. This is the most affordable meat in Ukraine. Beef and pork producers have yet to strike back ... Private entrepreneur Lyudmila Koloshko speaks about how profitable it is to sell "Leg meat".

Uncertainty remains for Queensland caged egg producers: QFF

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and Queensland United Egg Producers (QUEP) are carefully considering the ministerial endorsement of a national update to the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry (S&G) following a joint meeting of the federal and all state agriculture ministers in Perth last week ... As part of the update to the S&G, conventional cage egg production will be phased out, with each state left to decide the timeframe for this transition.

2900 quarantine turkey poults nearly ready to fly the coop: DAFF

Australia’s state-of-the-art avian quarantine facility is filling the role of midwife to nearly 3000 turkey poults in Victoria. The team at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickleham together with industry experts have nurtured 2900 turkey eggs from Canada during their minimum 13-week quarantine period.

Luv-A-Duck plans for growth

Luv-A-Duck was founded by the late Art Shoppee back in 1968, when he started out with just 20 ducklings. Today it grows and supplies 5 million ducks annually for food service and retail markets within Australia and overseas ... To support the growth plans, current Family Directors, Theresa Sfetkidis and Kim Shoppee-Lynch, are in the final phase of choosing a business partner, to take a major stake in the business.

Buy a bird – sell a bird

This Sunday 12th March sees the Annual Auction conducted by the Southern Downs Poultry Club at Allora.

Naracoorte High Ag news: Happenings on the Ag Block

Kristin Murdock. With the school year approaching an end, students have been busy finishing off projects ... Shearing and marketing of the lambs has also occurred recently, with Agricultural Studies students from all year levels taking part in the process.

Why the quail is a strategic bird for Ukraine

During the war, quail could save millions of Ukrainians from hunger and poverty. Only 1m2 is needed to grow this bird. For this, 200 dollars is enough. Investments begin to make a profit after 2 months. The income is 25-40 per cent of the invested funds per month. However, several reasons do not allow the quail to become a national bird in Ukraine.

How chicken eggs became golden in Ukraine

Chicken eggs have become inaccessible to Ukrainians. From January 2020 to October 2022, the average price of chicken eggs has increased 3 times! The price of 10 eggs increased from UAH 21.07 to UAH 60.1. Over the same time period, the average cost of food in Ukraine increased by 42.1 per cent. And the average salary increased by only 5 per cent.

Plenty of pluck – and more pigeons please!

Elle Petersen. The Naracoorte Poultry & Pigeon Club held their Championship Show at the Naracoorte Showgrounds on Sunday 24th, with 200 pens displaying the finest of local ducks, chickens and pigeons. The club reported it was a pleasure to host Judge Brendan Lloyd from Victoria who awarded Champion Bird of Show to L. Barber.

Good crowds attend local poultry show

Southern Downs Poultry Club recently staged their popular Annual Poultry Show and Treaty at the Allora Showgrounds. Exhibitors and interested parties came from many parts of Queensland as well as New South Wales.

Farmers say cracks appearing in egg market

The cost of a weekend brekkie favourite could be set to rise with the price of eggs on supermarket shelves jumping up, and farmers say they’re fed up with major retailers not passing on increases. Consumers have seen supermarket egg prices rise between 30 and 50 cents per dozen, but NSW Farmers Poultry Committee Chair Brett Langfield said egg producers had not seen the price rise at the farm gate.

Australian Eggs shores up food security with new technology

Australian Eggs has announced the launch of EggTrace, a new tool designed to help egg farmers trace eggs back from point of purchase to the date and location that the eggs were laid ... By creating full visibility on the path an egg takes from lay to despatch, egg farmers now have the ability to more easily and efficiently identify any quality or health issues affecting eggs, ensuring a safer and more reliable egg supply chain.

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