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The turkey industry, due
to its size compared with
the global broiler meat market
among other factors, is lacking
in effective treatments of certain
diseases. The rollback of antibiotic growth promoters and the reemergence of diseases once managed by antibiotics compounds
this health issue.
To address this challenge, this
NTF group will focus on accelerating the research and development of new animal health products needed to replace products
the industry lost, or for which uses
have been restricted, and to address diseases for which no fully
effective treatment or prevention
options are available.
Cooper said former Jennie-O
Turkey Store President Glenn Leitch
led the formation of the group, and in
the future it will be led by Circle S
Ranch President Ronnie Parker.
Top turkey export markets in 2016
Volume (metric tons)
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mexico is by far the largest export destination for US turkey products.
in the near future. The NTF wants
to primarily focus on ways to build
support for lowering and ultimately removing barriers to unrestricted turkey
exports in each country.
While turkey is a popular
choice in the U.S., few other
countries consume the meat in significant quantities. Turkey exports
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This group - led by Phil
Seger, director of human resources at Farbest Foods Inc.
- will work to identify and prioritize
potential export markets with an opportunity to either be reopened to U.S.
turkey exports or expand U.S. exports
were pushed down after 2014,
Cooper said, because of concerns
related to the outbreak of highly
pathogenic avian influenza in the
U.S., but those bans are starting to lift and demand for turkey
exports is increasing. The top
five turkey importers are Mexico,
Japan, Canada, Hong Kong and the
Cooper said NTF is focused on
getting access to markets it's shut
out of, and it has asked its allies
at the USA Poultry & Egg Export
Council to focus on that mission.
For now, the industry's top export
targets are Australia, China, India
and countries in the Middle East.
The education group,
led by Aviagen Turkeys
President Jihad Douglas,
will focus on disseminating the
NTF's agriculture curriculum to
middle schools around the country.
The goal of the NTF curriculum is
to teach school children how to evaluate conventional agriculture's role
in feeding a growing and hungry
world. This group will work alongwww.WATTAgNet.com ❙ May 2018