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PoultryCast update for February 2, 2012, Animal Transport Air Quality

Dr. Malcomb Mitchell, Scottish Ag College, provides good information during the International Poultry Scientific Forum in Atlanta. He says comfortable air flows can be observed in truckloads of shavings. Where do they blow and how does that apply to animal transportation?

He suggests a couple of easy fixes for current trailers but believes long term change will require significant engineering. He also expects U.S. guidelines to eventually match E.U. regulations, especially when dealing with stopped traffic situations.

Also, there is much concern on product demand in comparison with other U.S. proteins. We've added a post from economist Steve Meyer as he looks at the recent drop in the poultry demand index [post].

Information To Help Your Operations

  1. Audio: Transport Air Quality - Dr. Malcomb Mitchell of the Scottish Ag College shares transportation configurations which ensure animal comfort and harvest quality. Tunnel ventilating your transport is important [audio].
  2. Struggling Meat and Poultry Demand? - Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, provided an update on the state of the meat and poultry markets. His main take away is that the demand continued to struggle late 2011 [post].
  3. Can the UN FAO Really Address World Food Security? - José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), delivers the keynote at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture Berlin 2012, held 19 - 21 January 2012, Berlin, Germany [video].
  4. I Studied Agriculture & I Have A Job - Terence Loose, a writer for Yahoo!, in his post College Majors That Are Useless, suggested agriculture degrees were worthless and did a disservice to those people in agriculture who work very hard to make food available to everyone. In response, a group of people organized on Facebook with I Studied Agriculture & I Have A Job to demonstrate that agriculture is important, there are very good jobs in agriculture, and people are happy to be in ag. Additionally, many others responded by blogging and participating on the recent AgChat conversation on ag jobs and careers.

Ned Arthur
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