Learn what ten articles appearing on WATTAgNet.com relating to the poultry industry were the most-read during the past year. This list does not include blogs or pieces of content written prior to 2018.

1. Top 20 US egg producers in 2018

The top 20 egg producers — according to data from Egg Industry’s Top Egg Company Survey, which is part of WATT Global Media’s database on the world’s leading broiler, turkey and egg producers — are ranked according to the size of their layer flock at the end of 2017.

2. 9 disruptive technologies coming to the poultry industry

Disruption of long-established business models is the definitive trend in the recent history of the global economy.

3. Zacky Farms to cease all operations in January 2019

California turkey company Zacky Farms is going out of business.

4. Which are the world’s largest egg producers?

Egg producers in the US occupy more top slots in a global ranking of egg producers than companies from any other country, but production patterns are shifting, and the rankings are changing.

5. 7 animal proteins to use in poultry feeds

Poultry, and chickens in particular, as this discussion will focus on broilers and layers, are omnivorous animals.

6. Tyson Foods to acquire Keystone Foods from Marfrig

Tyson Foods has reached a definitive agreement to buy the Keystone Foods business from Marfrig Global Foods for $2.16 billion in cash.

7. 6 antibiotic-free supplements that can harm water lines

Antibiotic-free poultry production is forcing farmers, and the entire industry, to re-evaluate and scrutinize every step in the process, including water lines.

8. George’s to acquire Ozark Mountain Poultry

George’s Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ozark Mountain Poultry Inc. (OMP).

9. Infographic: GAP broiler standard commitments

Companies continue to change their policies concerning the sourcing of broiler chickens, making pledges to source only slower-growing broiler breeds that are raised according to the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) standards, and in some cases, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) standards.

10. Previewing Costco’s $400 million chicken operation in Nebraska

In Fremont, Nebraska, far from the traditional broiler belt of the Southeast and Atlantic states, a massive new poultry complex is rising.