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Hen Housing Systems

Cal-Maine expansion gets planning board approval

To increase cage-free egg capacity, company plans to expand its facility near Sugarville, Utah
The planning commission of Millard County, Utah, gave approval to plans submitted by Cal-Maine Foods’ Delta Egg Farms, which hopes to expand its facility in the county.
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CP Foods unveils cage-free eggs for Thai market

Company’s Wang Somboon farm offers Five Freedoms to birds
Charoen Pokphand Foods’ (CP Foods)’ first cage-free egg products produced with high animal welfare practices and healthier nutrients are available for the Thai market.
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Australian egg farmers feel financial squeeze

Farmers supplying Coles chain say they are being paid less for eggs than the cost of production
Farmers in Western Australia supplying Coles supermarket chain say they are being paid less than the cost of production for their eggs from barn-raised hens at a time of high costs, a nationwide egg shortage, and just as the limit on egg consumption in a heart-healthy diet have been lifted.
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Ventilating the world’s largest cage-free layer house

With the shift toward cage free, ventilation systems will have to adapt in new laying hen housing models
With the U.S. egg-laying industry potentially moving toward 100% cage-free production, new housing systems are being tested to find what methods make the most sense economically while providing for bird health and welfare.
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Employee ventilation training key to layer farm success

To ensure ventilation systems are working to their full potential, employees should know how to identify issues, report problems and understand that ventilation can be a useful tool to improve productivity and profitability.
Employees should understand the importance of the laying hen house ventilation system and be properly trained on identifying issues.
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New Zealand egg production expected to drop

Some New Zealand egg producers choose not to remain in industry rather than covert to cage-free operations
As New Zealand moves away from the use of conventional cages on layer farms, egg production in the country could decline by about 4.5 percent, one analyst estimated.
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