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Tag Archives: animal welfare

NO QUALITY DIFFERENCE

Egg-laying hens raised cage-free exhibit a wider range of natural behaviors than more-confined birds, but cage-free facilities have higher hen-mortality rates and lower air quality, according to industry-backed research published on Wednesday. The study also found no quality differences between cage-free and conventional eggs.

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WHERE’S THE BEEF

McDonald’s Corp.’s announcement that it will curb #antibiotic use in its U.S. chicken products raises an obvious question: Where’s the antibiotic-free beef? Today’s Wall Street Journal reports sourcing beef is more complex and fragmented than for chicken.

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PIG STUDY

Sweden’s ministry of agriculture is funding a new pilot-project that seeks to establish if holding sows in farrowing crates allows more piglets to survive if the sow is immobilized during lactating. Currently, about a half-million piglets die each year in Sweden – many from trampling.

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GROUP HOUSING

Cargill Pork, LLC, one of the largest pork producers in the U.S., is 11 months ahead of its own schedule for completing the conversion to group housing for sows at company-owned farms.  In June 2014, Cargill Pork announced a commitment to group housing of sows at company-owned farms, with the original completion date set for… read more

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PORK PROXIES

Today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal contained three major stories devoted to the pork industry.  The main article focused on how animal rights groups are courting Wall Street proxy services to get their message to stockholders.  The other two looked at the progress on shifting from gestational stalls to group housing and the pork… read more

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PROP 2 FALLOUT

Rising egg prices due to implementation of California’s Proposition 2 is raising concerns. Chad Gregory, president of the Georgia-based United Egg Producers, which represents over 90% of the nation’s egg farmers, said the industry would adapt to consumer demands. Gregory tells the Chicago Tribune he hopes the federal government will eventually step in to provide… read more

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COSTLY EGGS

10 days before a groundbreaking animal welfare law takes effect in California, the price of conventional, “caged” chicken eggs has climbed so high that Sonoma County shoppers can pay less for cage-free brands.

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