From WATTAgNet:

Find out what the ten most read poultry-related news stories and blogs on WATTAgNet.com were during the month of May:

 

1. BLOG: Why consumers buy cage-free eggs may surprise you

Mark Clements: A new Australian study looking at the motivation behind purchases of free-range and cage-free eggs has found that consumer motivation is not simply driven by concern for the laying hen.

2. Sanderson: Veterinarians would leave if antibiotics cut

Sanderson Farms CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr. reiterated that the company has no intention of moving into the antibiotic-free chicken market.

3. New cage-free layer housing may lower production costs

An agriculture construction company is teaming up with Rose Acre Farms to bring a new style of cage-free house to the market which, it says, can offer far more efficiency than a traditional design.

4. BLOG: Diane Sullivan is a hero, but not the type HSUS seeks

Roy Graber: By now, we have probably all seen those Humane Society of the United State (HSUS) ads that show a sad little puppy or kitten, asking people to be a hero.

5. Slower-growing broiler campaign summarized in 4 words

As animal rights activists are actively campaigning to get the U.S. broiler industry to transition into slower-growing breeds, their strategy can be summarized in four words, attendees at the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit were told on May 4.

6. 3 ways Sanderson Farms is addressing woody breast

As woody breast syndrome is a common concern among those in the broiler industry, Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO of Sanderson Farms , says his company is working diligently to prevent the problem in its chickens.

7. Sanderson Farms closes on land for new poultry complex

Sanderson Farms has closed on the purchase of a 550-acre parcel of land where it intends to locate part of a new poultry complex.  

8. Activist-influenced food pledges increase poverty rates

Restaurants who act too quickly to sourcing only animal protein products such as cage-free eggs, slower-growing broilers, crate-free pork and meat from animals raised without antibiotics, they are harming the overall economy, according to Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology, Kansas State University.

9. Global food companies will control the poultry industry

In the future, poultry businesses will need to be global internet businesses to be in business at all.

10. 3 avian flu questions all poultry producers are asking

Avian influenza has spread all over the world again in early 2017, suggesting that it will challenge poultry production on every continent for years to come.

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