Genetic selection, nutrition, stocking density, well-being, social interactions between birds and many other factors play a role in the production processes of poultry operations; however, the forgotten hero in the mix is feathers and their importance in the production process.
In May 2016, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published a new recordkeeping rule, titled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” fundamentality changing the process and purpose of employer reporting of work-related injuries and illnesses.
Poultry products remain popular with consumers and the industry has plenty of open road ahead; but external mitigating factors continued to tamp down sales in 2016 and have some areas in need of a tuneup.
Overall sales of poultry were down less than 1 percent in 2016 from 2015 because of a decline in poultry prices as well as total volume of poultry sold, according to Chicago-based Mintel International’s Poultry U.S. report, published in November 2016.
Check out the April 2017 issue of The National Provisioner, featuring our cover story on the Animal Agriculture Alliance, the importance of the feather in the poultry production process, and much more!