Layers
Fortune magazine in September took a deep dive into the cage-free egg movement, chronicling how McDonald’s made its decision to go cage-free and the company’s prospects for being able to follow through on its pledge.McDonald’s announcement a year ago spurred a tidal wave through the food industry. Around 200 companies,…
Nov 3., 2016 - Smart Earth Seeds has recently announced that Omega-3 boosting Camelina meal has been approved for listing in Schedule 4 of the Feeds Act in Canada as feedstuff for laying hens. Smart Earth Seeds t has been working to develop Camelina as a novel rotational oilseed crop…
June 30, 2016 - Egg Farmers of Canada and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) have announced the launch of the public comment period on the draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Layers. The public comment period allows stakeholders - poultry producers, consumers and others with an…
August 11, 2016 - The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, in partnership with The Center for Food Integrity in the US (CFI), convened an Animal Care Review Panel to analyze an undercover animal rights group video about an egg farm that was released on July 21, 2016.  The panel was comprised…
June 24, 2016 - The United Egg Producers announced last week that they are commited to ending the practice of male chick culling in the next four years.  Canadian technology developed by Michael Ngadi, a professor of bioresource engineering at McGill University, to develop a machine that selects female eggs before they're hatched…
It’s an amazing thing to be a part of an initiative that’s already making a significant difference, to be able to help take it to the next level and make further progress. That’s what Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) is achieving, having spearheaded and funded the addition of an egg…
May 9, 2016 - Grand Island, Nebraska is traditionally associated with cattle farming but a landmark investment by the Netherlands based, genetics company, Hendrix Genetics is set to put egg production firmly on the map. On May 4, Grand Island community leaders and representatives from Hendrix gathered to “break dirt”…
  As an industry pioneer tackling the issue of sustainability at the producer level, the Egg Farmers of Alberta (EFA) started on their journey of developing a sustainability platform for egg production farms in 2014. The development of the strategy looked like a familiar three-legged stool: stakeholder engagement, to open…
  Furnished cages support behaviours such as scratching, perching and nesting, but their design continues to evolve. Thirty years ago, the earliest models held fewer than 15 hens and allowed them access to dust baths or litter. These prototypes presented problems with hygiene and egg collection, with scratch mats now…
February 18, 2016 - The owner of Jack Astor's and Canyon Creek restaurants will soon start serving eggs laid by hens not raised in cages. SIR Corp, the owner of the two restaurant chains and several  others, announced February 18 all 64 of its restaurants will make the shift by September. The promise comes…
  The Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) announced a landmark decision on Feb. 5 that the organization will commence a “coordinated, systematic, market-oriented transition from conventional egg production toward other methods of production for supplying eggs.” The announcement is not unexpected and was inevitable, given the increasing pressure to ban…
February 5, 2016 - Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) is pleased to announce, on behalf of the more than 1,000 Canadian egg farms, the commencement of a coordinated, systematic, market-oriented transition from conventional egg production toward other methods of production for supplying eggs. This collective approach will take hen welfare, human health, other…
November 19, 2015 - UC Davis today unveiled its new Pastured Poultry Farm, home to 150 young laying chickens and a living laboratory where students and researchers hope to develop innovative solutions benefiting pasture-based poultry farms, integrative crop-and-poultry farms, and backyard flocks. Pasture-based chicken production offers many benefits as well as…
  In September 2014, A&W announced itself as the first national fast food restaurant in North America to serve eggs from hens fed a vegetarian diet. A month later, the chain became the first in North America to serve chicken raised without the use of antibiotics. In March 2015, McDonald’s…
  Egg Farmers of Alberta (EFA) has always considered itself a pioneer, and right now, it is proving that as one of Canada’s poultry industry boards leading the way with sustainability. “Farmers, EFA board members, the staff, we all believe in sustainability,” says Jenna Griffin, EFA industry development officer. “We…
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