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Enriched Cages

The latest enriched, furnished or modified cages housing research, articles and commentary for egg laying hen producers. These poultry housing systems are designed to address the welfare concerns of battery cages, as well as high laying performance and egg quality.

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Future of poultry welfare: What producers should expect

Attitudes to poultry welfare still vary greatly from market to market, but ever-more alignment can be expected as interest in animal welfare grows.
Poultry and egg producers can expect animal welfare pressures to increase as global companies will have more influence on the future of poultry welfare.
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Will Europe’s egg producers go cage free?

Enriched, or colony, cages, may go the same way as conventional cages as retailer pressure grows on Europe’s egg producers to go cage free.
As egg producers around the world face pressure to go cage free, Europe may have to abandon colony cages for its laying hens.
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US egg industry faces hard choices amid cage-free rush

The US egg industry is rapidly increasing its cage-free egg capacity in preparation for massive cage-free purchase pledges, but retail consumers aren’t on the bandwagon yet.
While the U.S. egg industry surges toward a cage-free future, the United Egg Producers and its members find themselves at a crossroads. Should the organization of the country’s largest egg farmers go all in for cage-free production, or back against the trend by defending battery or enriched cages?
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Brazil’s Plasson to acquire layer cage company ATI

Plans to acquire company demonstrates Plasson’s intent to grow and diversify
Plasson Ltd., a Brazilian provider of poultry and swine equipment, has agreed to acquire 70 percent of Sangyo Equipamentos Avícolas (ATI), a company incorporated in Brazil that manufactures cages for commercial laying hens and egg sorting machinery.
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Will the cage-free housing of choice be combi systems?

Combination, or convertible, housing offers the maximum stocking density in cage-free housing as well as the ability to be a cage-free and conventional system.
The U.S. egg industry is going cage free as major egg buyers pledge to no longer serve eggs from birds raised in cages. With those pledges maturing soon, and a massive increase in cage-free supply needed, farmers are weighing their options for housing.
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Combination cage-free hen housing, solution or compromise?

Combination, or convertible, systems can be either cage-free or conventional housing, but they are challenged by design limitations and lingering questions about longevity.
Combi, or combination, -style housing can offer the best of both worlds to producers uncertain about the long-term appeal of cage-free eggs. However, the systems run the risk of eventual rejection by North American welfare certifying bodies or consumers.
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Are cage-free eggs more sustainable than conventional?

The WWF’s leader on sustainable food says cage-free eggs are “hard to defend” from a sustainability standpoint.
Cage-free eggs are winning support because of concerns about animal welfare, but the former specialty egg may be less environmentally sustainable than conventionally raised eggs.
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