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News and analysis on the global poultry
and animal feed industries.

Animal Agribusiness Angle

Roy Graber, staff reporter for WATTAgNet, combines his Midwestern farming background with his knowledge of economics and agriculture policy to offer a deeper look at the poultry and pig industries.

Broiler welfare: Which stunning method is more humane?

Controlled atmosphere stunning is being touted as better for animal welfare than electrical stunning, but industry experts are not presently endorsing one method over another
Controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) is being pitched as a more humane alternative to electrical stunning of chickens and turkeys prior to slaughter, but is that truly the case?
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Rejection in Tonganoxie could actually help Tyson Foods

As one community says it does not want a Tyson Foods poultry complex, others are saying they do want it
Following widespread opposition from residents and elected officials at the state and county level, it does not appear that Tyson Foods will put its proposed $320 million poultry complex in the Leavenworth County, Kansas, community of Tonganoxie.
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Chicken ‘rescuers’ take audacity to a new level

Denver Baby Animal Save members walk away from Colorado farm with chickens, boast on Facebook about what they considered a heroic deed
It’s nothing new to read about animal rights extremists removing animals from a farm because they believe they are rescuing them from a life of mistreatment.
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18 diseases feral swine could carry

List of bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases proves the need to protect herds, people from feral swine
I had often heard about how dangerous and destructive feral swine can be, but what I had heard became more relevant when my family saw two of them in a wooded area near our campsite in a state park in Oklahoma over Labor Day weekend.
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Bright future for poultry science graduates

University of Georgia poultry science graduates have an employment rate of ‘over 100 percent’
We are living in times when you can’t help but hear how difficult it is for college students to find employment once they earn their degrees.
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Thank you, poultry industry, for aiding Harvey victims

Companies donate products and resources to help with disaster relief
It’s been tough to see the news coverage of the devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey, but the bright spot is getting to see how people are opening their hearts and helping those people so desperately in need.
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Should bacon craze concern poultry industry?

While pork has long been mentioned in talks of competing proteins, bacon is entering the conversation more
The pig industry often makes references to the bacon craze, which has been going on for several years now and has in fact been a big boost for the industry.
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Contradictory comments from animal rights activists

While some say purchase pledges are being made because companies want to do the right thing, others say it is because they are responding to pressure
Nobody likes to admit to being a nag or a bully. But if doing so will impress certain people, they just might ‘fess up.
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Why did Bloomberg even mention hormones, cages?

Report on chicken sold at Whole Foods clarifies that hormones and cages aren’t used, yet the lead paragraph contradicts what is later written
Like many people, I have been interested in whether Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Whole Foods Market will mean any changes in the type of chicken products the grocer sells.
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