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Information on global poultry, pig and animal feed markets.

North America

Rose Acre puts cage-free housing construction on hold

Cage-free egg demand is lower than the supply, prompting decision
Because consumer demand for more expensive cage-free eggs remains low and a glut of cage-free eggs exists, Rose Acre Farms is at least temporarily discontinuing the addition of cage-free laying systems.
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Mountaire withdraws application related to expansion

Company says it plans to apply again once it is confident it can meet pollution standards
Mountaire Farms has withdrawn its Coastal Zone Act application for a planned expansion to its poultry processing plant in Millsboro, Delaware. However, the company stated that it intends to re-apply.
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Jury rules against Koch Foods in injured worker case

Poultry company ordered to pay about $1.9 million to man who lost four fingers on the job
Koch Foods has been ordered by a court jury to pay about $1.9 million to a former worker who was injured at a poultry plant in Montgomery County, Alabama.
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Nestlé USA commits to GAP broiler standards

Food company says all broilers used in its U.S. food products will be raised and processed according to certain standards by 2024
Nestlé USA has become the latest company to commit to a broiler welfare pledge, which will involve all chickens raised for meat as ingredients in its products produced in the United States.
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Be vigilant about avian flu as bird migrations begin

USDA chief veterinary officer advises closely monitoring flocks and using good biosecurity measures
Poultry producers in the United States are being advised to become vigilant for signs of avian influenza as wild birds are beginning their fall migrations.
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US ag free trade campaign focuses on export opportunities

Farmers for Free Trade campaign to ensure US agriculture industry does not suffer from lack of export activity
As a former U.S. ambassador to China, Max Baucus has seen firsthand the demand for agricultural products there. But will countries other than the United States be filling that demand?
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Minister MacAulay heads trade mission to Europe

As part of the Canadian government's efforts to foster growth for farmers through new export opportunities and well-paying jobs, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay will lead a trade mission to Germany, Belgium and Italy through Oct. 17.
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Iowa hires first emergency management veterinarian

Dr. Judith LaBounty will help state prepare for possible animal disease outbreaks and organize disease response exercises
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has hired Dr. Judith LaBounty as its new emergency management veterinarian.
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