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Is it time to reconsider caging laying hens?

Consumer beliefs that cage-free egg production automatically leads to higher layer welfare do not stand up to scrutiny.
Choosing the right housing system for laying hens must consider a variety of demands, and cages may be the best option when considering competing concerns.
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Future of poultry welfare: What producers should expect

Attitudes to poultry welfare still vary greatly from market to market, but ever-more alignment can be expected as interest in animal welfare grows.
Poultry and egg producers can expect animal welfare pressures to increase as global companies will have more influence on the future of poultry welfare.
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Will Europe’s egg producers go cage free?

Enriched, or colony, cages, may go the same way as conventional cages as retailer pressure grows on Europe’s egg producers to go cage free.
As egg producers around the world face pressure to go cage free, Europe may have to abandon colony cages for its laying hens.
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US egg industry faces hard choices amid cage-free rush

The US egg industry is rapidly increasing its cage-free egg capacity in preparation for massive cage-free purchase pledges, but retail consumers aren’t on the bandwagon yet.
While the U.S. egg industry surges toward a cage-free future, the United Egg Producers and its members find themselves at a crossroads. Should the organization of the country’s largest egg farmers go all in for cage-free production, or back against the trend by defending battery or enriched cages?
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Brazil’s Plasson to acquire layer cage company ATI

Plans to acquire company demonstrates Plasson’s intent to grow and diversify
Plasson Ltd., a Brazilian provider of poultry and swine equipment, has agreed to acquire 70 percent of Sangyo Equipamentos Avícolas (ATI), a company incorporated in Brazil that manufactures cages for commercial laying hens and egg sorting machinery.
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