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on October 16, 2021

Cage-free layer houses are not ‘alternative’ anymore

Consumer willingness to pay the additional cost of cage-free egg production is still in question while U.S. egg producers continue to build new cage-free housing in advance to implementation of cage-free housing legislation and cage-free egg purchase pledges.

Many factors play a role in the shift of layer housing to cage-free, including state law changes, consumer demand and housing costs, but there seems to be a disconnect between what consumers are asking for and what they want, according to Darrin Karcher, Ph.D., associate professor animal sciences…

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