Brighter Outlook for Egyptian Livestock Sector

Lower input prices for corn, soybeans and day-old chicks compared to last year are more than offsetting a decrease in broiler and table-egg prices in Egypt. This is expected to generate better marginal profits for Egypt's poultry sector, according to Dr. Hussein Soliman, U.S. Grains Council director in Egypt.

As profits increase, higher wages and growing consumer demand in Egypt will lead to industry expansion, Soliman predicted.

USGC Director Dr. Soliman Honored for Achievements

Egypt Director Dr. Hussein Soliman

The U.S. Grains Council recently recognized Egypt Director Dr. Hussein Soliman for his 20 years of dedicated service and achievements in Developing Markets, Enabling Trade and Improving Lives.

“Dr. Soliman’s work is an outstanding example of what the Council tries to do in every market,” said Chris Corry, USGC senior director of international operations.

Tunisia Makes Progress on Feed Testing Laboratory

The U.S. Grains Council and Ministry of Agriculture cooperative program to establish a Tunisian central laboratory for feed analysis is well underway, reported Cary Sifferath, USGC regional director.

Since moving into their building last September, the laboratory staff has grown to 13, including two technical engineers and five specialized technicians trained in grain inspection, minerals, crude fat and fiber analysis using atomic absorption spectrometry.

USGC Director Dr. Soliman Receives 20 Years of Service Plaque

The U.S. Grains Council recently recognized Egypt Director Dr. Hussein Soliman for his 20 years of dedicated service and achievements in Developing Markets, Enabling Trade and Improving Lives.


"Dr. Soliman's work is an outstanding example of what the Council tries to do in every market," said Chris Corry, USGC senior director of international operations.

Tunisian Officials Explore US Grain Testing

Tunisia’s new government is taking steps to improve grain quality, and the U.S. Grains Council is helping with the process under a five-year agreement with the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture.

Prior to its revolution, Tunisia had no regulations for monitoring the quality of imported grain, and poultry industry representatives were reporting instances of corn shipments containing aflatoxin at more than 20 parts per billion.

Joint Effort Brings Moroccan Key Opinion Leaders to US

With large-scale livestock operations now emerging in Morocco, the U.S. Grains Council recently brought 10 key opinion leaders from the dairy and beef industries, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Moroccan Feed Millers Association to the United States for a look at health issues in large herds.

Currently, Moroccan regulations on importing vaccines are a challenge, requiring livestock producers to file vaccine requests that may face months of delay before even a limited supply of vaccines reaches the farms. 

USGC, USCP Efforts Produce Ongoing Sorghum Sales in Morocco

Two major Moroccan grain importers are continuing a pattern of regular sorghum purchases, putting Morocco on course for record U.S. sorghum imports this year.Sales, as of May 19, total 112,000 metric tons (4.4 million bushels), up 57 percent from the same time last year. In comparison, Moroccan purchases totaled 98,000 tons (3.9 million bushels) in the 2009/2010 market year.

Last week, Morocco bought an additional 26,000 tons (1 million bushels).

Council Advances Meat, Poultry Work in Morocco

The U.S. Grains Council signed agreements to work through 2011 with Morocco’s red meat producers’ association and poultry association on projects to expand both sectors.

Work with ANPVR, which represents Morocco’s beef, sheep and goat producers, will include bringing beef farmers from its different regions to the Meknes agriculture fair for a program on livestock crossbreeding, the use of high quality feeds, and co-production inclusion in feeds.

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