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Cage-Free Laying Systems

Pullet-rearing system selected for award

Farmer Automatic to get 1-Star award at SPACE trade show
Farmer Automatic has been selected to receive the Innov'Space 2013 1-Star award for Combi Pullet, its pullet-rearing system. The award will be presented at the exhibitors' party in September at the trade show SPACE in Rennes, France.
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New hen housing options keep layer performance test relevant

Enriched, enrichable and belt-battery cages as well as new floor and range pens have been installed for the 39th North Carolina Layer Performance and Management Test.
New range houses have been built and workers are preparing to run utilities and install fences for the range pens at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Piedmont Research Station located just outside Salisbury, N.C. The Piedmont Research Station has been home to the North Carolina Layer Performance and Management Test, an ongoing project which allows primary breeders to submit their strains for comparison with other breeds in a variety of housing environments, since 1958.
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Egg production and the assurance of tracking, tracing

Could the egg industry survive its own horsemeat scandal? It pays to know where your eggs have come from and where they have gone, explains Job Beekhuis.
It was not so very long ago that horsemeat masquerading as beef grabbed headlines around the world. Consumers lost confidence, supermarkets lost money, and meat processors lost business. Various traceability systems have come under scrutiny as a consequence.
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Egg Bill not Munich agreement and Chad Gregory not Neville Chamberlain

I have commented on the statements of Rick Berman, president of the public relations firm Berman and Company, which among other things runs Humane Watch, as recently as last month, but he made some recent assertions that require a response. In a website commentary Berman called the United Egg Producers' president, Chad Gregory, “the industry Neville Chamberlain.” Berman wrote, “Chamberlain, over the warnings of some in Parliament, met with Hitler and claimed to have secured ‘peace in our time’ with the Fuhrer—but instead was given a worthless ruse. Gregory finds himself in a comparable situation. Plenty of people told him not to trust HSUS, but he didn’t listen.”
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Should egg producers worry about Beyond Eggs?

Earlier this summer National Public Radio ran a story on Beyond Eggs, a formulated vegan substitute for eggs in baked and processed foods. Competition from egg substitutes is a good way of reminding egg producers that people don’t have to eat eggs; they have choices.
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Sustainable eggs make good business sense, says McDonald’s executive

Bob Langert says that working together to find the best housing option for laying hens is good for suppliers and consumers of eggs, and for the hens.
Bob Langert, McDonald’s vice president for corporate responsibility, said his company wants to satisfy its customers’ expectations for delivering a safe food supply while assuring the animals involved in the food production are raised in the best possible conditions. However, he also knows that in order for their decisions to have any credibility, it takes a group of people that go beyond restaurant executives.
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USDA develops new shell egg pasteurization process

Combination of radio frequency energy and thermal transfer from a water bath dramatically reduce the time required to pasteurize eggs while still in the shell.
The Holy Grail of any food safety program for raw food is a “kill-step” that eliminates pathogens in the food product without negatively impacting the functional and organoleptic properties of the food. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service scientists have developed a process for pasteurization of shell eggs that may make pasteurized eggs a lot more commonplace.
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Egg Bill proponents try again on Capitol Hill

The revised version of the Egg Bill provides some relief for California egg producers not found in the original draft legislation.
A new version of the proposed legislation known as the Egg Bill, which encompasses the language of the laying hen welfare agreement between the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States, was introduced into the 113th Congress as H.R. 1731 and S. 820 on April 25, 2013. The new Egg Bill has revisions that clarify some of the requirements and also adds a transition period for California egg producers to ease the switch to Proposition 2 requirements.
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Top 10 health concerns for layers and pullets

US layer and pullet flocks are generally healthy, but veterinarians have ranked the most commonly occurring diseases and syndromes for both cage-housed and cage-free layers and pullets.
U.S. layer and pullet flocks are generally healthy, but veterinarians have ranked the most commonly occurring diseases and syndromes for both cage-housed and cage-free layers and pullets. Cannibalism and E. coli infections rank as the top two health concerns for both cage-housed and cage-free layers, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Veterinarians in Egg Production in the fall of 2012.
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Cal-Maine Foods pursuing more acquisitions

Largest egg producer sees opportunity pursuing family-owned companies facing generational change
The largest egg producer in the United States has visions of getting even bigger, with potential acquisitions at the top of its growth strategy. Cal-Maine Foods, with 33.5 million laying hens in production,  tops the list of the nation's biggest egg producers.  
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