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How you can organize farm visits in a time of lockdowns

COVID-19 does not mean an end to opening broiler and egg farms to the public, but a little more creativity and organization are needed to show consumers where their food comes from.
Engaging with the public – even in times of lockdown – can benefit poultry and other food producers, and a U.K. charity is showing us how.
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Scratch mat design has no impact on layer foraging behavior

Enrichment can help hens demonstrate natural behaviors and reduce pecking.
Differences in the size, location and makeup of a scratch mat appears to have little to no impact on the amount of foraging behavior demonstrated by layer hens in enriched cages, according to a new report from researchers at Scotland’s Rural College.
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Dairy Queen on track to meet cage-free commitment by 2025

While working to reach its goal, the company is reducing the number of proprietary ingredients that do not yet use cage-free eggs.
Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 7,000 restaurants in the United States, Canada and more than 20 other countries.
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Perdue focuses on continuous improvement in animal welfare

The fourth-largest integrated poultry company in the U.S. is expanding its free-range program and testing new husbandry methods to improve its overall animal welfare.
With a continued focus on continuous improvement of animal welfare, Perdue Foods is expanding its number of farms with free-range outdoor access, testing the feasibility and benefits of on farm hatching to improve early chick care and testing other welfare-focused measures.
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More companies sourcing cage-free eggs

The latest edition of the EggTrack, which monitors evolving corporate demand for cage-free eggs, reveals that the trend towards cage-free egg sourcing continues to grow.
Corporate demand for cage free eggs continues to grow around the world, however sourcing policies reveal significant variations in approach.
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