Chicken feed

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaChickens eat corn. And until last year, they didn’t have to worry too much about fighting cars for their feed.But with 20 percent of all U.S. corn now going into making ethanol, poultry growers not only have the regular worries but have to consider how much they’re willing to pay for grain, too.And that’s a big deal in Georgia. Broilers are the top moneymaking agriculture industry for the state, with $3.95 billion in farm value. Eggs are sixth in Georgia with a value of $422.5 million.When corn prices go up, the state feels it.Georgia farmers used 212 million bushels of corn in 2006, said agricultural economist John McKissick, director of the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.“We produced about 26 million bushels,” he said. “We’re about 200 million bushels in debt. Looking at that, you can subtract $200 million from the livestock industry every time there is a dollar increase in a bushel of corn.”Corn’s price increase has thrown the poultry industry a double whammy, increasing production costs during a time when producers are suffering from lower sale prices.“A good thing about the poultry industry is that it’s able to adjust faster to higher feed costs,” said Mike Lacy, the poultry science department head in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.McKissick said poultry producers have adjusted by reducing their bird numbers. In 2004, broiler production was at 34 million pounds, and the average price was 74 cents per pound. In 2007, the projected broiler production is still up, but only about 2.5 million pounds more. And the average price is 67.5 cents per pound.“Even the third largest corn crop on record couldn’t save the major feed ingredient, corn, from doubling in price by the end of 2006,” he said. Growing “competition for the 2007 corn crop from ethanol producers makes any feed cost decline unlikely.”In 2002, ethanol plants consumed a little more than 1 billion bushels of corn, McKissick said. This year, they’ll use more than 2 billion. The federal government is pushing to use 35 billion bushels for ethanol production by 2013.“That’s more than half of the corn [grown] currently,” he said.But there’s a silver lining somewhere in the middle of the corn fight. Georgia has one of the major ingredients for another biofuel — biodiesel — in the form of chicken fat.“We’re actually below the break-even point for biodiesel, unless we use lower-priced animal fat to produce it,” McKissick said.But before chickens produce fat, they have to eat.“The corn prices are a huge concern,” Lacy said. “I’m really concerned about a train wreck with corn supply, corn demand and corn prices.” The concern grows because the United States has used up most of its corn reserves.The bottom line on corn for poultry producers is that it actually depends on corn growers.“We need to plant 8 million to 10 million more acres of corn in the U.S. to meet the demand,” McKissick said. “If we don’t, we haven’t seen high corn prices yet.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

2 undocumented LSIs nabbed in Pontevedra

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Authorities caught two locally stranded individuals (LSI) who allegedly entered the town of Pontevedra in Negros Occidental illegally using their boat. The Pontevedra police requested not to identify the two LSIs, although they confirmed that they were residents of the town’s Barangay Antipolo. Lacson refused to identify which department was involved, although he affirmed to receiving the results of the tests yesterday afternoon. According to police investigators, they received a call from concerned residents in the town’s Barangay Miranda, reporting that they saw two unidentified men arriving by boat in a beach resort in the area on July 28. The two LSIs were later brought to the town’s rural health unit while their boat was seized. They had their specimens collected for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) swab test. In a related development, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson confirmed that an employee of the provincial capitol tested positive for COVID-19. The COVID-positive employee, according to the governor, was exposed to his mother who was later found infected with the viral illness.center_img They are supposed to secure a medical certificate from a government physician and travel authority from the Philippine National Police before boarding a plane or vessel which will take them to the island. The provincial government repeatedly announced that LSIs need to contact the focal person of their respective local government units to facilitate their travel into the province. They traveled onboard a small boat from the town of Concepcion in Iloilo. When cops questioned the two LSIs, they presented an expired travel authority, police said. Lacson said the employee had not reported to work since Thursday last week. Cleaning and disinfection procedures have been ramped-up, he added./PNlast_img read more

Bailey points finger at Australia’s top order

first_imgGEORGE Bailey believes Australia’s top order should take their share of responsibility for the team’s poor performances in South Africa so far.The tourists suffered a six-wicket defeat as Quinton de Kock ran riot in the opening one-day international in Centurion, before Faf du Plessis’ century inspired a 142-run win for the hosts in Johannesburg.Australia’s young bowlers have borne the brunt of the criticism for their expensive figures in the wake of those defeats, but Bailey insists the team’s batsmen also have a case to answer.“We’ve certainly got a young bowling attack, but I think the thing that’s been the most disappointing is our batting in the last two games,” he is quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.“We were under par in game one and 360 is a big total, but you saw it on that ground it was great value for money, the ball flew everywhere and our run rate was going pretty well.“All the batters are hitting the ball pretty well, it’s just that nobody’s getting a hundred and the South Africans have had a guy score a hundred in each of those games.“As much as the focus could be on our young bowling attack, I think it’s the batters who have got to step up.”Victory for South Africa in Durban today will wrap up victory in the five-match series for the Proteas.( read more