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AVIAN FLU UPDATE

Bird Flu could claim an additional 4 million of Iowa’s egg-laying chickens on two more farms in a county already hit by the disease, according to Iowa agriculture officials.

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USB REPORT

Cattle production in Illinois is down at least 25% and pork production has generally shifted to the Midwest from the periphery of the country, particularly from coastal states because of lower feed costs, according to a new United Soybean Board report on livestock feeding trends since 2000.  

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TYSON UPDATE

Tyson Foods announced today it is striving to eliminate the use of human antibiotics from its U.S. broiler chicken flocks by the end of September 2017. Tyson Foods is also forming working groups with independent farmers and others in the company’s beef, pork and turkey supply chains to discuss ways to reduce the use of… read more

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MEAT PRICES

The rapid rise in beef prices and significant decline in pork prices since the beginning of 2015 has widened the spread between the two competing meats to $190/cwt. USDA’s ERS analysts say at current prices, consumers are likely to favor more pork in their diet and less beef.

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BIRD FLU UPDATE

USDA revised downward its estimate of an Iowa chicken flock hit with a deadly strain of avian influenza, while confirming several new cases in smaller flocks. Mexico also announced a ban on all poultry exports from the state of Iowa. The National Chicken Council has some talking points available.

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PILGRIM’S PRIDE

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., the second-largest U.S. poultry processor, plans to eliminate all antibiotics from a quarter of its chicken production by 2019, up from about 5% currently, according to its chief executive.

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FOCUS ON LIVESTOCK

Be sure to check out the special section on livestock in this week’s edition of FarmWeek®. You can hear the “RFD Livestock Report,” now on more than 30 RFD Radio Network® (RFDRN)-affiliated radio stations daily, or anytime on the FarmWeekNow.com/RFDRN mobile app or online here.

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NO QUALITY DIFFERENCE

Egg-laying hens raised cage-free exhibit a wider range of natural behaviors than more-confined birds, but cage-free facilities have higher hen-mortality rates and lower air quality, according to industry-backed research published on Wednesday. The study also found no quality differences between cage-free and conventional eggs.

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EGG AND BACON PROMOTION

The egg industry is ordering up a side of Kevin Bacon. The American Egg Board says it plans to launch a print and online ad campaign this week featuring the “Footloose” actor and puns using his last name. The group says it’s the first time it’s using a Hollywood celebrity in a major campaign.

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HOGS PER PERSON

Iowa has nearly 7 times more hogs than people, according to the USDA. A map of the Midwest shows Nebraska, S. Dakota and Minnesota also have more hogs than people, but just barely. Illinois comes in at 3 people per hog

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