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France bans crushing and gassing of male chicks from 2022

France will ban from next year the killing of male chicks by crushing or gassing, a practice denounced as barbaric by animal welfare groups, and will push for a similar measure at the European level, the agriculture minister said. Each year, 50 million male chicks are culled in this way, Julien Denormandie said in an

Chicken quota allocation up on demand optimism

Chicken quota allocation up on demand optimism

Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) is planning to raise quota allocations in July on optimism for dining demand as the economy starts a “transition towards normalcy” out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicken Farmers of Ontario on March 24 reported an expected national allocation increase of 1.75 per cent above its adjusted base for period A-170


China finds coronavirus cluster in chicken-processing plant

China finds coronavirus cluster in chicken-processing plant

Some concerned consumers are already avoiding the product and one grocer has pulled it from shelves

Reuters – China reported its first cluster of COVID-19 cases among workers in a meat-processing plant, raising fears among local consumers who have until now mainly worried about the safety of imported foods. Ten confirmed cases were found in a factory which slaughters 50 million chickens a year in the northeastern city of Harbin and

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




Hog farmer Mike Patterson walks through one of his barns at Kenyon, Minnesota, about 70 km south of St. Paul, on April 23, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Nicholas Pfosi)

Piglets aborted, chickens gassed as pandemic slams meat sector

"We have to have less hogs somehow"

Chicago | Reuters — With the pandemic hobbling the meat-packing industry, Iowa farmer Al Van Beek had nowhere to ship his full-grown pigs to make room for the 7,500 piglets he expected from his breeding operation. The crisis forced a decision that still troubles him: He ordered his employees to give injections to the pregnant



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

Editorial: A fine balance

Where does one individual’s rights end, and another’s begin? One famous definition runs like this: “The right to swing my arms in any direction ends where your nose begins.” It’s a straightforward common-sense approach that attempts to balance individual liberty with the rights of others. However, it’s also a very simplistic black-or-white view. The reality