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Deven King

Deven King

Deven King is the managing editor of Egg Industry. Contact King at dking@wattglobal.com.

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Will cage-free production always please animal activists?

With potential health issues still to come and the premium cost of cage-free eggs, I'm afraid activist and consumers will have more questions ahead
While attending the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) Live Production, Welfare & Biosecurity Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee on September 17, industry researchers discussed potential issues to cage-free layer housing that U.S. egg producers may not have faced yet.
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4 cage-free house issues producers may not have considered

Industry researchers use the USPOULTRY Live Production, Welfare & Biosecurity seminar to discuss cage-free laying house issues that may not have been previously discussed by producers
The future of cage-free egg production has been a regular topic of discussion among the egg industry for some time now. Challenges like cost, health, pest control and conversion of housing are just a few of the many concerns.
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Iowa Cage Free delivering on hen welfare promise

While working to perfect house design, management and worker training, Iowa Cage Free is striving to provide good hen welfare and competitive economic performance.
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. Recently, Iowa Cage Free LLP constructed a unique two-story, cage-free house for 540,000 hens.
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Will the ‘anti-vaxxers' demand vaccine-free poultry?

Claims such as antibiotic free and hormone free are increasingly used by poultry marketers, confusing consumers with multitude of label messages, is vaccine free next?
What happens when our anti-vaxxer consumer becomes concerned with the idea that a vaccine may give chicken, hog, or cattle some sort of permanent health issues, like the ones they claim can result from human vaccination?
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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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Would Jesus eat meat or judge those who do?

A new book analyzes the Bibles perspective about the consumption of animal protein and the treatment of animals
The book is intended to help arm farmers and ranchers and others in the animal agriculture industry with the information they need to have informed conversations about the complex subject of religion and eating meat.
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Man in custody after Foster Farms shooting

A temporary worker fired a single shot in the ladies bathroom of the Foster Farms food processing plant in Corvallis, Oregon
A part-time temporary worker for the Foster Farms food processing plant in Corvallis, Oregon, fired a handgun in the ladies’ restroom after fleeing the scene of a car accident. No one was injured but the Foster Farms plant closed for the remainder of the day.
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