These are the 10 stories that were clicked on the most during the past year:

1. Worker dies in accident at Alabama Koch Foods plant

Officials are investigating the death of a worker at a Koch Foods poultry plant in Montgomery, Alabama.

2. Why broilers need darkness everyday

Commercial broiler birds may not spend enough time in the dark. At least four hours of darkness a day should be provided for the best performance.

3. Top 25 US egg producers in 2021

The top 20 U.S. 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 flocks at the end of 2020.

4. Wayne Farms and Sanderson Farms to merge

Cargill and Continental Grain Company have reached an agreement to form a joint venture and acquire Sanderson Farms for $4.53 billion or $203 per share. 

5. Sustainable poultry feed innovation recycles organic waste

New technology can convert organic byproducts and waste into a healthy, sustainable feed ingredient for poultry.


6. Perdue Farms forklift driver dies in accident

A forklift driver at the Perdue Farms mid-Atlantic distribution center in Prince George, Virginia, died after being involved in an apparent workplace accident on May 7.

7. Tyson Foods changing male breeding stock

The president of Tyson Foods’ chicken business said the company is making a change to the males used in its breeding program in an effort to improve its broiler supply situation.

8. Rivers weighs in on Wayne Farms, Sanderson merger

A new, combined Wayne Farms and Sanderson Farms will make a better company together than they were separately, according to the chosen leader of the new joint venture between Continental Grain and Cargill.

9. Expect 2022 cage-free mandates to disrupt US egg market

California Proposition 12 and cage-free legislation in Massachusetts are expected to have major effects on the US egg market when they go into effect on January 1, 2022.

10. 3 technologies ready to advance poultry production

New technologies – from 3D cameras to machine vision to autonomous robots – are set to transform the poultry operations of tomorrow.