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Germany orders 29,000 chickens culled after bird flu found on farm

About 29,000 chickens will be slaughtered in Germany after bird flu was found on another poultry farm, authorities said on Dec. 3. Type H5N8 bird flu was confirmed in a farm in the eastern area of Mecklenburgische Seenplatte, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state government said. The 29,000 chickens are now being slaughtered and a 10-kilometre observation area

Fast-spreading bird flu puts EU poultry industry on edge

Reuters – A highly contagious and deadly form of avian influenza is spreading rapidly in Europe, putting the poultry industry on alert with previous outbreaks in mind that saw tens of millions of birds culled and significant economic losses. The disease, commonly called bird flu, has been found in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Britain, Belgium,



Some feed mills and slaughterhouses in China are still shut due to the coronavirus outbreak.

China’s chicken chain comes unstuck

Chaos of virus measures has derailed a sector that enjoyed rapid growth

Reuters – China’s chicken farmers had been looking forward to a bumper year. But an unprecedented lockdown on people and goods to curb the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the short but intense poultry life cycle, threatening output of meat just as the world’s most populous country faces a massive pork shortfall. China’s poultry production expanded


Federated Co-op eggs to bear EQA symbol

Federated Co-op is the latest organization to pick up Egg Farmers of Canada’s Egg Quality Assurance branding on some of its packaging. “We know Co-op customers care where their food comes from and how it’s produced,” said Ron Healey, vice-president of ag and consumer business at Federated Co-operatives Limited in an Oct. 29 news release.

In recent years, the number of Manitoba egg farmers has grown with the demand for eggs.

Manitoba egg farms run by ‘real’ farmers, says MEF

Out-of-province non-farm corporations, are not buying Manitoba egg farms, says Rory Rybuck, general manager of Manitoba Egg Farmers. “You have to have land, equipment of course, and be an actual farmer,” he said in an interview Sept. 25. During the national agriculture debate organized by the Canadian Federation of agriculture broadcast online Sept. 24, Kate

Harley Siemens at his farm site near Rosenort.

Young egg farmer an ambassador for agriculture

Faces of Ag: Harley Siemens invites people into his free-run facility so 
they can see how his hens live, and how they produce the eggs they eat


Harley Siemens is proud of his farm. It’s evident in the way he shows off every detail on a tour through the sparkling-clean layer barns, something he’s done many times. There’s good reason for that. The Siemens’ two free-run aviary barns, near Rosenort, were his brainchild. Before they broke ground in 2017, Harley crisscrossed the


Above: Mark demonstrates his egg-packing machine.

Young farmer learning ropes of egg sector

Mark Ronald entered the Manitoba Egg Farmers’ new-entrant quota lottery

Mark Ronald became an egg farmer almost in an instant. Mark was 18, and like most newly graduated students, was considering his career path. He’d worked on the family farm near Portage la Prairie since he was a teen but was also thinking about going into the trades or maybe the Canadian Armed Forces. In

“If their current actions result in spread of the ILT, and commercial flocks are affected, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses, saying, ‘I am sorry, I guess we should have put down our flock,’ really won’t help.” – Wayne Hiltz, Manitoba Chicken Producers.

Food or pet?

Poultry disease sparks a 
battle of philosophies in 
southeastern Manitoba

A case of the deadly infectious laryngotracheitis virus in a small flock of chickens near Steinbach has put the birds’ owners at odds with the province’s commercial poultry industry. Owner Raelle Schoenrock says she will not be euthanizing her flock of about 50 birds because this goes against the farm’s mission as a sanctuary for