Poultry Meat Outlook – what should you be planning for?
Poultry Meat Outlook
Topping the bill will be the ever popular Poultry Meat Outlook, enabling producers to hear from industry experts from across the supply chain. The panel will include Sophie Throup from Morrisons, David Neilson from Avara Foods and producer Jonty Hay. Each will outline what they see as the challenges and opportunities ahead, followed by a panel discussion.
Brian Kenyon from ABN will be chairing the outlook, who believes after the difficult year poultry has had, there is room for cautious optimism. “When the UK went into lockdown last year the hospitality sector shut down overnight, with a huge impact on wholesale. Now, the industry is watching to see what happens next. Where will the demand be? Will people eat out again or continue to eat in the home?”
Discussions are likely to revolve around sustainability and changing welfare demands, predicts Mr Kenyon. “We need to strike a balance in terms of setting targets and what the industry can realistically achieve.” New Red Tractor standards might include compulsory windows in poultry sheds and lower stocking rates, while retailers will likely be looking at net zero and replacements for soya in poultry diets.
Consumers are increasingly demanding higher welfare conditions for farmed livestock – and poultry is no different. The public wants outdoor-reared or extensively stocked chicken, so how can producers deliver that?
Patrick Nicholls from Hubbard Breeders will be focusing on the right genetics for success with the slower growing bird, while producer Charles Bourns will speak from experience and share some on farm management tips.
Poultry – On farm hatching for welfare and performance
Hear how Crown have moved to 100% on-farm-hatching and producers are benefiting from the welfare improvements and more importantly consistent performance.
Chaired by Jake Davies, Poultry Network, Erik Hoeven, General Manager at NestBorn discusses an innovative on-farm hatching concept that significantly improves the level of welfare and health of broilers.
Topping the bill is the popular Pig Outlook Forum which will be chaired by Mike Sheldon from the AHDB Pork Board, giving producers the chance to hear what leaders from different parts of the supply chain see as the challenges and opportunities ahead for pigs.
Sophie Throup, Head of Agriculture at Morrisons, will outline what the retailer sees as the future of British pork on their shelves. Sophie will be joined by Andrew Saunders from Pilgrim’s Pride and Rob Mutimer NPA Chairman, who will give the processor and producer points of view.
In a forum on optimising sow and pre-weaning piglet performance Dutch expert Chris Opschoor from Topigs Norsvin, will be welcomed by Fair partners ABN to share with producers how the nutritional needs of the hyper-prolific sow change with productivity level and how feeding to meet these needs ensures piglets thrive, both in her current litter but also following litters.
Chris will be joined by Kristian Volshøj from AB Neo to share practical management tips to ensure piglets survive and thrive in large litters. Forum will be chaired by ABN’s Steve Jagger.
Ammonia: What’s coming, how to prepare and funding opportunities
Producers concerned about pig ammonia emission limits, with the forthcoming changes to the Environmental Permitting Regulations, will want to hear Philippa outline why air quality is important and detail what producers will have to comply with. Big Dutchman will showcase ways producers can mitigate ammonia emissions on farm and help meet the regulatory requirements.
Topping the bill, the ever-popular Egg Outlook will give producers the chance to hear what leaders from different parts of the egg supply chain see as the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Tom Willings, Supply Chain Director at Stonegate will outline what the retailers are requiring from packers and where they see the opportunities ahead for British eggs on the shelves. Tom will be joined by Rebecca Tonks from St Ewe Eggs who will share her views from a producer point of view. Mark Williams from the BEIC will give an update on the Lion code, consumer perceptions and egg sales.
Chaired by Aimee Mahony, NFU Chief Poultry Advisor the Outlook forum will provide valuable insight for everyone in the egg sector.
In a forum dedicated to water quality for layers, Ian Lowry from Crowshall Vets will explain how improving water quality can have a direct effect on bird performance. “It is not easy to manage good water quality in a practical farm environment,” says Ian and he will share some practical tips on how you can improve water quality in your sheds.
Producers wondering what Net Zero carbon means for them will be keen to hear the results of a recent BFREPA commissioned research project by Promar. The project has carbon footprinted two units, one flat deck and one multi deck, to identify the source and level of carbon emissions. The speakers will outline the findings and what this means for egg producers looking to understand and reduce their own carbon footprint.