Eggs’ Environmental Impact A New study published in Poultry Science shows that while u.s. egg production has increased over the past 50 years, the industry has also been able to significantly decrease its environmental footprint. Researchers conducted a lifecycle analysis of u.s. egg production from 1960 to 2010 to evaluate environmental performance measures for the complete lifecycle from crops to hens to the farm gate. Study findings indicate that the environmental efficiencies are the result of a wide range of factors, including the reduction of natural resource use, improved hen feed, better disease control and advancements in hen housing systems. “the u.s. egg industry has evolved remarkably over the past five decades by incorporating new technologies to protect natural resources,” said Hongwei Xin, agricultural and biosystems engineering and animal science professor at iowa state university, director of the egg industry Center and the study’s lead researcher. “egg farmers have improved their production practices, allowing them to provide an affordable source of high-quality protein while using fewer resources and producing less waste.” Key results of the study found that compared to 1960: • The egg production process releases significantly less polluting emissions, including 71 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions. • Hens now use 32 percent less water per dozen eggs produced. • Today’s hens use a little over half the amount of feed to produce a dozen eggs. • At the same time, today’s hens produce 27 percent more eggs per day and are living longer. Due to increased feed efficiency, advancements in hen housing and manure management, egg farms now use less water and energy on a daily basis and release less polluting emissions. Every aspect of the egg production process, from cultivating feed to raising the laying hens, has led to a reduced environmental footprint. The study was funded by the american egg Board, the u.s. Poultry and egg association, the united egg association – allied and the egg industry Center. To obtain data for 2010, researchers conducted anonymous surveys with egg farmers and collected data on 57.1 million young hens and 92. 5 million laying hens. For more information visit www.Incredibleegg.org or to read the full text of the study visit www.poultryscience.org. New Quota Lease Program NOVA SCOTIA Nova scotia egg Producers (nseP) is introducing a program that will award selected new egg farmers with a no-cost quota lease for up to 500 laying hens provided that they are raised in alternative housing systems — free run, free range or certified organic. The new entrant program, aimed at meeting increased consumer demand for locally produced specialty eggs, includes the creation of a class of leased quotas that will add up to 2,000 laying hens to nova scotia’s system of egg supply management. Farmers who meet nseP’s eligibility requirements can enter a lottery in order to receive leased quota for up to 500 hens per farm. These special quotas cannot be transferred or sold and must be used to raise hens in alternative housing. Farmers must also comply with all nseP programs, including food safety and animal care. If an applicant’s business plan includes selling eggs to retail or food service outlets, the eggs must be graded at federally registered egg grading stations. NseP is also increasing to 200, from 100, the number of hens that small-scale, diversified farmers are allowed to maintain without having to obtain quotas. The objective of the increased small flock exemption is helping family farms take advantage of market opportunities to broaden their revenues, as well as boosting rural economies. Electronic Quota Transfer ONTARIO Egg Farmers of Ontario (eFO) has received offers to transfer egg and pullet quota under the first scheduled operation through its new electronic quota transfer system in March. Buyers and sellers of Ontario egg and pullet quota will now conduct transfers through a transparent and accessible electronic transfer system. Under the new transfer system, there is a published schedule for the exchange to operate quarterly. If sufficient quota is offered to operate an exchange, the volume on offer is made public so potential bidders can take part in the exchange. The offer deadline for the March exchange was January 23. 21,407 units of layer quota and 78,058 units of pullet quota have been offered for transfer. Potential buyers now have until the bid deadline of February 27 to submit bids. Ontario egg farmers will have a regularly-scheduled market where all buyers and sellers are guaranteed access and can participate on fair and equal terms. “all buyers and sellers will benefit from the accessibility of an effective, organized quota transfer system,” Graham said. Egg Tracing System Launched QUEBEC The Quebec federation of egg producers (FPOQC) are the first commodity group in Quebec to be able to trace a food product from farm to table in the province. FPOQC’s traceability system allows consumers to type in a code printed on each egg, starting with “QC,” printed on their eggs at www.oeufs. ca. There they can learn about the producer, the laying hen’s cage, breeder, hatchery and original reproductive flock, and view photos. The program is in response to the provincial government’s minimum regulations to trace eggs and other agricultural products from farm to table, introduced last July. The tracking system was set up with the help of agritraçabilité Québec. Walmart Expanding in Canada Walmart announced in early February that it will open 35 more Canadian supercentres as part of nearly $500 million in planned investments this year. The world’s biggest retailer said its long-term plan is to offer groceries in each of its Canadian stores, a move which will increase the pressure on its retail rivals. Walmart said in a release six of the stores will be new, 10 will be expansions and 18 will be retrofitted to add a fresh food section. One store will be relocated. The company currently has 389 stores, including 247 supercentres that carry a combination of groceries, apparel, and household goods. It expects to have a total of 395 stores by the end of January 2015, with 282 supercentres and 113 discount stores. IPPE draws 24,000+ Despite inclement weather conditions, the 2014 international Production & Processing expo (iPPe) had more than 24,000 poultry, meat and feed industry registrants from all over the world. In addition, the show had 1,148 exhibitors with more than 410,000 net square feet of exhibit space. The main attraction was the large exhibit floor. Exhibitors displayed the latest innovations in equipment, supplies and services utilized by industry firms in the production and processing of poultry, eggs, feed products and meat. All phases of the poultry, feed and meat industry were represented, from live production and processing to further processing and packaging. The “largest-ever” education slate complemented the exhibits by keeping industry management informed on current issues and events. This year’s educational line-up featured 16 programs, ranging from a conference on ground poultry pathogen reduction to antibiotic use in the meat and poultry industry to a program on how to export feed and feed ingredients to the united states. PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Prof. Franco Vaccarino has been appointed the university of guelph’s eight president and vice-chancellor, effective aug. 15, 2014. Vaccarino is currently principal of the university of toronto scarborough (utsc) and vice-president at the university of toronto, a position he has held since 2007. Terry pollard has been promoted to the position of senior Vice president, egg systems, u.s. and canada with big dutchman usa. Terry’s focus will be to provide the marketplace with innovative equipment and systems, handle manpower requirements and continue to work with industry leaders and organizations. Steve Walcott has been promoted to the position of Vice president, egg system sales for u.s. and canada. In his new role steve will be responsible for the sales organization and aviary technical support group, which handles all equipment and systems needs for the commercial egg industry including the specialty egg market, as well as pullet growing facilities. COMING EVENTS MARCH March 19-20, 2014 Midwest Poultry Convention Saint Paul riverCentre, saint Paul, Minn. For more information, visit: midwestpoultry.com APRIL April 9-10, 2014 London Poultry Show Progress Building, Western Fair district, London, Ont. For more information, visit: westernfairdistrict.com JUNE 2014 Canada’s Farm Progress Show evraz Place, regina, sask. For more information, visit: myfarmshow.com JULY 2014 Poultry Science Association annual meeting Texas A&M university, Corpus Christi, texas. 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