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on January 2, 2018

Top 10 poultry stories of December 2017

Find out what the ten most read poultry-related news items were on WATTAgNet during the most recent month

Learn what the ten most popular poultry news stories were during the month of December 2017.

1. The real costs of antibiotic-free, slow-growing broilers

A future with only antibiotic-free and slow-growing broilers would be harder on the environment and the economy.

2. Tyson Foods ends contract with farm seen in abuse video

Tyson Foods has ended its contract with a poultry grower after a video showing animal mistreatment at the farm was circulated.

3. USDA plans to withdraw organic livestock, poultry rule

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing a rule requesting public comment on its intent to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) proposed final rule published in January 2017.

4. States sue Massachusetts over animal confinement law

Indiana and 12 other states are suing Massachusetts over its farm animal confinement law, which is set to take effect in 2022.

5. 8 antibiotic-free broiler production dos and don’ts

No single product will deliver the same performance as growth-promoting antibiotics.

6. Top 10 broiler producers in Latin America

Latin America is consolidating as a region of strong broiler production, not only because of its total production, but because it contains three of the world's top 10 broiler companies: JBS, the world’s largest producer; BRF, the third; and Bachoco, the ninth.

7. Bell & Evans discusses slower-growing broiler switch

Moving to a slower growing broiler breed is more about improving the quality of the chicken than making a statement on  genetics, according to the president of  Bell & Evans.

8. House of Raeford plant production disrupted by fire

Operations have been suspended at the House of Raeford Farms plant in Mocksville, North Carolina during the early morning hours of December 14.

9. Winter weather brings avian flu back to Europe, Asia

The start of winter in the northern hemisphere has brought reports of new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry.

10. Michigan cage-free bill passes Senate Agriculture Committee

Legislation that would delay the implementation of cage-free confinement standards for egg-laying hens by more than five years moved out of a Senate committee 4-1.

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