June 1, 2015 By admin

The egg industry in the northern Midwest has not yet fully recovered
from the Avian Influenza outbreaks in 2015 and forced them to implement
cost-intensive new bio-security strategies. The transformation from
conventional cages to alternative non-cage housing systems will not only
cost about 10 billion US-$ but can also lead to severe economic
problems if the process will develop uncoordinated. The broiler industry
was not affected by the AI outbreaks in 2015, a few cases in Kentucky
and Alabama in early 2017 could be confined to a small area. The
announcement of several food retailers, food producers and restaurants
in early 2017 to switch to meat from slow-growing broilers has caught
them rather unprepared, however. In this paper, an overview will be
presented on the present situation and the future perspectives.