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Cal-Maine reports $10.1 million net loss in Q2

Net sales for quarter decline 12.5%
Cal-Maine Foods reported results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020, in which the egg company reported a net loss of $10.1 million. The thirteen-week period ended on November 30, 2019.
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Arizona Mirror seems to back animal rights agenda

Arizona news organization appears to be promoting anti-Hickman’s Egg Ranch more than the animal rights group that filmed it
An animal rights activist with the group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) admitted to a reporter she and another member of the group trespassed at a Hickman’s Egg Ranch facility in order to shoot a video that would paint the company in an unfavorable light.
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Michigan cage-free egg bill signed into law

Signed by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, SB 174 amends Michigan Animal Industry Act, ensuring laying hens will be cage free by 2025
A newly passed law in Michigan will require that all eggs that are produced or sold in Michigan be produced in cage-free laying systems by 2025.
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Michigan Senate approves hen housing bill

Michigan Allied Poultry Industries applauds Senate for passing cage-free egg bill
The Michigan Senate approved a bill that sets new standards for animal housing and aligns the state’s family egg farmers with national cage-free egg standards by 2025.
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Could avian flu-resistant chickens be a commercial reality?

The first gene-edited chickens resistant to avian influenza could be ready for production within 3-5 years, but global regulations need to catch up with the technology.
Work on gene edited chickens able to resist avian influenza continues apace, but bringing these birds to market will face numerous hurdles.
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How layer vaccination can effectively control Salmonella

Vaccination programs using live vaccines and inactivated bacterins have become important components of the egg industry's Salmonella control programs.
Producers have invested heavily in the past to reduce the incidences of Salmonella Enteriditis (SE) in table eggs with refrigeration, improved cleaning and disinfection of facilities, enhanced biosecurity, better pest control, testing, and record-keeping. An additional option that has widely been included in SE control programs has been the use of live Salmonella vaccines and inactivated bacterins.
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