Ag News: Injury Levels Low Meat & Poultry
**A newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics annual report for 2019 shows U.S. meat and poultry packers and processors continued their track record of reducing worker injuries, reaching all-time lows.
According to agrimarketing.com, meat industry results improved from both 2018 and 2017 levels, reaching a new, all time industry low of 4.0 cases per 100 full-time workers per year.
Just 10 years ago this number was 9.3, while in 1999 it 17.1.
**Hatcheries in the U.S. weekly program set 223 million eggs in incubators during the week ending November 7, 2020, down 2% from a year ago.
Average hatchability for chicks hatched was 81.9%.
Hatcheries in Alabama set 30.4 million eggs, down 4% from a year ago.
Hatcheries in Georgia set 31.9 million eggs during the same week, down 3%.
**Adapting market development programs for U.S. pork, beef and lamb to a COVID-impacted world and meeting the rapidly changing needs of international consumers were dominant themes of the U.S. Meat Export Federation Conference last week.
President Dan Halstrom notes U.S. pork exports are on a record pace, while beef exports are trending lower, but poised for a strong finish to the year.
He says while pork exports to China have begun to cool from the unprecedented levels earlier this year, China's demand will remain strong in 2021.