Egg industry supports ‘choice’ in egg production

Egg industry spokespersons say they support McDonald’s move to 100 percent cage-free eggs as a matter of “choice”. Chad Gregory, CEO of United Egg Producers (UEP), says his organization supports “customer and consumer choice” in the types of eggs they buy. “Recognizing that customers place value on having choices in the type of eggs they… Read more »

Egg industry exec says vaccine is needed

The president of one of the nation’s largest egg producers, Rembrandt Foods, says the egg industry is eager to use a new avian influenza vaccine. Speaking at a news conference during the Iowa State Fair, Dave Rettig said he hopes USDA approves use of the vaccine. “We would like to be allowed to use it. We need… Read more »

Michigan poultry laser-focused on biosecurity

Increased biosecurity efforts are protecting against avian influenza outbreaks in Michigan. While Michigan is the nation’s 7th largest producer of eggs and 15th largest turkey producer, the industry has yet to be hit by avian influenza. Rob Knecht, a third generation egg farmer from Southwest Michigan, is vice president of operations with egg producer Konos,… Read more »

Egg producer plans major expansion

One of the nation’s largest egg producers is planning a $44 million expansion of its organic and cage free facilities.  Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch in Mid-Michigan is the nation’s 12th largest egg producer, supplying Meijer, Kroger, and all McDonald’s east of the Mississippi with 1.5 billion eggs annually. The investment will add new egg-laying and pullet… Read more »

Another case of avian flu in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Agriculture is reporting another probable case of avian influenza.  This one involves a commercial egg laying operation in Wright County with an estimated one million birds. Officials say the operation has been quarantined and that once the presence of the disease is confirmed, all birds on the property will be humanely… Read more »

Nebraska poultry events will continue

Despite two recent outbreaks of avian influenza in northeast Nebraska, state officials say they’re not banning poultry shows at county fairs, the state fair or other events. But Nebraska director of agriculture Greg Ibach says they will reevaluate that decision as the summer progresses. “If, for some reason, we think that we could pose a… Read more »

More avian flu cases in Iowa and Nebraska

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Iowa and Nebraska are reporting new cases of avian flu in commercial poultry operations. The latest Iowa outbreaks involve pullet farms in Sioux and Plymouth Counties in northwest Iowa.  An estimate of the number of birds at those sites in still pending. The Nebraska case involves a layer operation with 1.8 million chickens in Dixon… Read more »

Nebraska’s governor issues declaration on avian flu

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has signed a state of emergency declaration to make sure state agencies have what they need to battle avian influenza in the state. Nebraska agriculture director Greg Ibach says the declaration will give his agency additional resources to respond to the disease outbreak. Earlier this week, officials confirmed the presence of… Read more »

Nebraska reports its first case of avian flu

A flock of 1.7 million egg laying hens in Dixon County in northeast Nebraska has been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) virus. It’s the first case of the disease reported in Nebraska.  The virus has devastated turkey and egg operations in Minnesota and Iowa. Nebraska director of agriculture Greg Ibach says… Read more »

Seven new avian flu cases reported in Iowa

Another four million egg laying hens are part of the latest avian flu announcement from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The hens come from two separate commercial laying operations in Wright County—one with an estimated 2.9 million birds, the other with 1.1 million. Five more Iowa turkey farms have also been hit… Read more »