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4

Labor shortages

The U.S. poultry industry
faces historically low
domestic unemployment
rates and increased workforce scrutiny targeting illegal immigrants.
Workforce shortages, however,
extend beyond the processing plant
and the farm.
"According to the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics, the projected job
growth for animal scientists is 7%
from 2018-2028 - but where will
these educated and knowledgeable
nutritionists and veterinarians come
from?" Hine asks. "The struggle
to secure talented, committed
employees isn't only happening in
the processing parts of our industry
and this is a challenge that needs to
be addressed now, not when someone
retires or changes companies."
To fill the need for veterinarians
and nutritionists, he suggests animal
ag industry stakeholders push to
promote animal sciences in primary
and secondary education Science,
Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM) programs.

5

Antibiotic-free
production

Globally, the push toward
the elimination and reduction of antibiotics in poultry production
forges ahead with significant success.
"The adaptation of no-antibiotics-ever (NAE) production forced
the industry to think outside the
box in terms of feeding," Earnest
says. "We've seen improvements

this year in livability and production growth as a result of changing
those dietary needs in reaction to
the reduction of antibiotic use."
As more countries move away
from antibiotic growth promoters
(AGPs) in 2020, for example,
China, Hine predicts the demand
for feed additives to improve efficiency and manage production
costs will remain high.
"When antibiotics are banned,
whether growth promoters or ionophores, you are faced with a direct
or indirect drop in performance -
FCR downgrades, wet droppings,
higher mortality, subclinical disease,
etc. - so the cost of production
increases because you have to invest
in alternative solutions and farm
management to recover the performance levels found with antibiotics,"
explains Olivier Gestin, Wisium
poultry nutritionist.
Meanwhile, AnimalhealthEurope,
an association of European animal
medicine manufacturers and
national associations, and global
veterinary medicine industry association HealthforAnimals have
pledged to collaborate to develop
"clear, measurable global actions to
improve the prevention, detection
and treatment of animals by 2025."
"Those on the pharmacological
side of the industry have an important role to play in our industry,
but they will need more options
as they work to help producers
reduce risks and treat or prevent
diseases," Hine notes.

6

Consumer trends
to watch

The following four consumer
trends impacted poultry
demand, production and product development in 2019 and will likely continue
to be influential in 2020.

■ Rising popularity of plant-based

animal protein alternatives
According to Rabobank, in the U.S.
and Europe, alternative proteins
have grown by double digits
year over year (16% since 2018).
However, according to Nan-Dirk
Mulder, Rabobank senior analyst
- animal protein, on a global level,
the segment made up less than 1%
of the total market.
With the recent boom of plantbased meat alternatives stealing
headlines, consumers have been
willing to put their money where
their mouth is. The trend has
prompted large poultry product
manufacturers to dabble with their
own meatless alternatives and
meat-plant hybrid products.
"In the coming years, alternative proteins are a way to
expand your markets and supply
consumers who haven't been your
customers before, such as vegetarians," Mulder says.
In addition to becoming a
viable center-plate protein option,
the success of the "second generation" of meat alternative products
signals that consumers are questioning whether they should be
eating traditional animal proteins.
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Poultry International - February 2020
Contents
Editor’s Comment
WATTAgNet.com
Top 11 European poultry producers
The key to successful broiler chick brooding
VIV MEA expanded for 2020 show in Abu Dhabi
Fast food chains ponder impact of plant-based proteins
4 ways to manage biofilm in poultry drinking water
Understanding the entire poultry gut microbiome
FeedStrategy.com launches Animal Feed Formulations Library
5 broiler early nutrition research highlights
6 issues set to shape 2020 poultry feed production
VICTAM Asia a total animal feed and health event
How today’s larger broilers impact processing operations
Products
Marketplace
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Poultry International - February 2020 - Top 11 European poultry producers
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Poultry International - February 2020 - The key to successful broiler chick brooding
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Poultry International - February 2020 - VIV MEA expanded for 2020 show in Abu Dhabi
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Poultry International - February 2020 - Fast food chains ponder impact of plant-based proteins
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Poultry International - February 2020 - 4 ways to manage biofilm in poultry drinking water
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Poultry International - February 2020 - Understanding the entire poultry gut microbiome
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Poultry International - February 2020 - FeedStrategy.com launches Animal Feed Formulations Library
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