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Cage-Free Laying Systems

McDonald's USA one-third of way to cage-free egg goal

726 million cage-free eggs will be sourced for McDonald’s U.S. restaurants in 2019
McDonald’s USA announced that it has reached a milestone with 33% of its egg supply converted to cage-free, delivering meaningful progress towards its 10 year commitment to source 100% cage-free eggs by 2025. This milestone means that 726 million cage-free eggs will be sourced for McDonald’s U.S. restaurants in 2019.
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Cage-free egg pledges and predictions

WATT Global Media’s Top Egg Companies survey helps to analyze where the industry has been and where it could be going
As part of the WATT Global Media 2019 Top Egg Companies survey, U.S. egg producers were asked what percentage of their customers have pledged to purchase only cage-free eggs or egg products by some future date.
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Egg producers: Less than half of US hens will be cage free in 2025

Many major foodservice and retail outlets have pledged to switch to 100 percent cage-free egg purchases by 2025, but not many are setting interim benchmarks to get there.
Learn why U.S. egg producers think less than half of U.S. hens will be housed cage free in 2025, despite future cage-free egg purchase pledges from most major retail and foodservice egg buyers.
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Robotics may be the answer to US labor shortage

A researcher at Georgia Tech discussed his work in creating a robot that can manage a commercial chicken house in order to minimize human work load and gather data to better inform management.
This robot can assess equipment, remove floor eggs, recognize mortality and give a qualitative analysis of birds and the environment.
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Protect Interstate Commerce Act reintroduced in 2019

Rep. Steve King continues push against states imposing animal production laws on other states, this time with help from key Democrat
U.S. Rep. Steve King has reintroduced the Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), a piece of legislation that failed to gain full congressional approval as part of the 2014 and 2018 farm bills.
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