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Cooper Farms to acquire Hemmelgarn & Sons

Acquisition includes egg grading and packaging plant, feed mill and 1.6 million hens
Cooper Farms is expanding its egg business, as the company announced its intent to purchase the assets of Hemmelgarn & Sons.
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7 cage-free layer nutrition issues that require attention

We must adjust our thinking on feeding hens housed in cage-free systems to allow for their increased movement, social interaction and exposure to environmental hazards.
Cage free does not necessarily mean free-range layers. Hens are still kept in-house on floors with bedding material or in open aviaries (multi-storied cages with open access).
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Newcastle disease hits third commercial poultry flock

Disease is confirmed in a layer flock in Riverside County, California
California has had its third case of virulent Newcastle disease (vND) in a commercial poultry flock, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed on January 10.
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159,000 layers lost in latest US Newcastle disease case

With two confirmed vND cases in California commercial poultry, a total of 269,000 birds have been lost
The most recent case of virulent Newcastle disease to hit a commercial poultry flock involved 159,000 laying hens, according to a report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
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Protect Interstate Commerce Act reintroduced in 2019

Rep. Steve King continues push against states imposing animal production laws on other states, this time with help from key Democrat
U.S. Rep. Steve King has reintroduced the Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), a piece of legislation that failed to gain full congressional approval as part of the 2014 and 2018 farm bills.
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Virulent Newcastle disease found in 2nd commercial flock

Latest case of vND is in a commercial layer flock in Riverside County
Virulent Newcastle disease (vND) has been confirmed in a second commercial poultry flock in California, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on January 8.
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