Hit by the effects of the bird flu crisis in Europe and Asia, Texas-based chicken processor Pilgrim's Pride has posted a net loss for the second quarter of US$32.0m, or $0.48 per share, compared with net earnings of $56.4m, or $0.85 per share, in the second quarter of 2005. In response, the company has announced a business plan aimed at improving its position in the current market environment.