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US Labor Department accuses Pilgrim’s of discrimination

Agency files lawsuit, claiming company discriminated against African American job applicants in Marshville, North Carolina
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has filed a lawsuit against Pilgrim’s, alleging the poultry company systematically discriminated against qualified African-American applicants seeking entry-level jobs as laborers and operatives at its plant in Marshville, North Carolina.
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Northern Ireland government urges poultry registration

As part of biosecurity measure to prevent spread of avian influenza, Northern Ireland wants all bird owners to register with Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
The government of Northern Ireland is urging all poultry farmers and people with backyard flocks to register with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) as a biosecurity measure to protect flocks from highly pathogenic avian influenza.
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Aviagen completes expansion at Oklahoma hatchery

$9.5 million expansion will increase hatchery’s performance by 50 percent and workforce by 20 percent
Aviagen has completed a $9.5 million expansion of its hatchery in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The expansion promoted the Sallisaw hatchery to the largest in Aviagen’s U.S. fleet, increasing the hatchery’s performance by 50 percent and its workforce by 20 percent.
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Four WATTAgNet blogs for the week ending October 5

Check out the most recent blogs on our website
Over the past week, WATTAgNet’s bloggers offered insights on animal rights groups’ view on the term “factory farms,” the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, anticipated negative margins for the broiler industry, and finding appropriate feed formulations for healthy and challenged animals.
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Last week's most popular stories from WATTAgNet

Check out the Top 5 stories on our website from the past week
The past week’s top stories from included information about porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, poultry production and feed formulation.
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Activists say alternative animal agriculture is bad

Animal rights proponents say it isn’t just 'factory farms' that are bad for animals because there are no 'good farms.'
I’ve never liked the term “factory farm” and, according to comments made by speakers at the 2015 Animal Rights National Conference, in Alexandria, Virginia, some animal rights activists have soured on the term as well. Hope Bohanec, projects manager, United Poultry Concerns, said, “The term factory farm had its time … we have inadvertently created the alternative animal agriculture industry. All animal agriculture is bad.”
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Chore-Time purchases CUBO assets from CGM

Chore-Time is taking ownership of air destratifying and heating systems line
Chore-Time, a division of CTB Inc., has purchased the intellectual property, including all manufacturing and marketing rights, associated with the CUBO line of air destratifying and heating systems from CGM S.R.L. of Cuneo, Italy.
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