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Scientific evaluation of organic egg production systems

Question arises as to whether the National Organic Program has any justification to establish welfare standards which have no bearing on the organic status of feeding
The recent proposal by the National Organic Program to impose extensive outside access requirements on producers does not appear to have any scientific basis. There is a perception that the proposal to require an as yet undefined area of outside access is a thinly veiled attempt to restrict marketing of NOP certified eggs to small flocks
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Vencomatic reports on Bolegg Terrace installation

Successful implementation operation of a Bolegg Terrace installation at Ritewood Farms in Utah
The November issue of the Vencomatic e-Newsletter reports on the successful implementation operation of a Bolegg Terrace installation at Ritewood Farms in Utah. Completed in mid 2009, management achieved excellent performance in pullets raised on the JumpStart and then transferred to the Bolegg Terrace laying unit.
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USDA: 2011 poultry production to reach estimated 43.26 billion pounds

Numbers up from 2010 figures
In its latest report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that total U.S. poultry production for 2011 will reach roughly 43.26 billion pounds, up from the 2010 number of 42.84 billion pounds. The estimate, which includes broilers, turkeys and mature chickens, includes a slight decrease in turkey production (5.56 billion pounds for 2011 compared to 2010's 5.61 billion pounds) and an increase in broiler production (37.20 billion pounds for 2011, compared to 36.73 billion pounds for 2010).
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Farmers' Union calls for British egg market support

Consumers should buy local when European welfare rules go into effect
Consumers and the rest of the food chain should support the British egg market when new European welfare rules for hens are introduced later this year, according to the United Kingdom's National Farmers' Union. Producers in the UK have already spent £400 million to meet or exceed European legislation which will make it illegal to produce eggs from conventional battery cages, said NFU president Peter Kendall.
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National Organic Program issues bi-monthly report

Newsletter contains information of relevance to organic eggs
The National Organic Program issues an "Insider Bi-Monthly Report" to guide producers. The November/December newsletter contains information of relevance to organic eggs, including highlights from the Fall 2010 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board held in late October in Madison, Wis.
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Industry returning to traditional seasonal prices

Decreased demand coupled with a rising price denotes a decline in supply attributed to depletion and diversion
It is evident that the industry is returning to traditional seasonal prices with the post-Christmas decline evident. The volume of shell eggs reaching the market may still be restrained by premature depletion of flocks and diversion as a result of 45-week and post-molt confirmation of infection with SE in individual flocks in some operations.
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Online forum to address challenges of feeding the globe

Event to be held April 6, 2011
The WATT Online Animal Forum: Feeding the Globe is designed to help animal agriculture executives meet the challenges of feeding the world’s growing population. This online event — scheduled for April 6 — offers a valuable mix of live webinars, networking opportunities and information on products and services from major industry suppliers.
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2011 Midwest Poultry Federation Convention preview

Workshops, trade show focus on the egg industry
The 2011 Midwest Poultry Federation Convention will take place from March 16-17 at the Saint Paul, Minn., RiverCenter. The annual “Midwest” is a must-attend event as it is generally acknowledged to be the most informative program for egg producers.
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The welfare issue

This edition of Egg Industry is devoted to the poorly defined concept of “welfare.” The term has a different meaning depending on the perceptions and outlook of the observer.
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Germany lifts dioxin-related bans on 3,050 farms

More than 4,700 farms originally closed due to contaminated feed
German agricultural officials have given 3,050 farms the go-ahead to resume sales after originally closing down more than 4,700 facilities in response to the dioxin contamination of livestock feed from Harles & Jentzsch GmbH. The number of farms still awaiting the go-ahead from inspectors currently stands at 1,635.
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