Trump to pardon two Minnesota turkeys for Thanksgiving

· November 17, 2017

On Tuesday two Minnesota turkeys will receive a special pardon from President Donald J. Trump  — they will be getting a “Gobblers Rest” from this year’s Thanksgiving holiday. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, where the President reflects on our Nation’s rich Thanksgiving traditions and wishes American families a […]

First DNA vaccine licensed for influenza in chickens

· November 14, 2017

AgriLabs has received USDA conditional approval of the first DNA vaccine ever licensed for chickens. The approval also represents the first for AgriLabs’ ExactVac DNA technology with ENABL adjuvant, the first DNA vaccine approved for influenza for veterinary use, and among the first DNA vaccines approved in the United States for food animals. The vaccine […]

Finding right rooster may breed pathogen-resistant chickens

· November 2, 2017

The key to breeding pathogen-resistant chickens may be as easy as testing the rooster, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in College Station, Texas. The test identifies roosters whose blood contains naturally high levels of two key chemicals, cytokines and chemokines. These chemicals mobilize the birds’ innate immune response, according to ARS microbiologist Christi […]

Heat lamp in chicken coop cause of Wyoming fire

· October 23, 2017

The Laramie County Fire District #2 has determined a heat lamp in a chicken coop was the cause of a fire in Wyoming last week that took out a mobile home, a camper, two older vehicles, and a 20-foot enclosed box trailer. The chickens were able to escape, but officials estimate the damage at $20,000. […]

Virginia farmer is 2017 Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year

· October 19, 2017

A first generation Virginia farmer who grows tobacco and raises beef cattle and pullet breeder chickens has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2017. As an eighth grade student in an agriculture class, Robert Mills, Jr. decided to become a farmer. As soon […]

Poultry producers defend the flock this migration season

· October 17, 2017

Migration season is underway. And with migrating wild birds comes the increased threat of disease for domestic chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) says now is the time to double down on biosecurity measures to protect your flock. Migratory birds face unusual migration challenges […]

California animal welfare aftermath: Pricey eggs & less of them

· October 6, 2017

Nine years after California changed their animal confinement standards, eggs are still pricey while the state’s production numbers keeps falling, according to a recent Purdue University study. The analysis of the laws’ effects on egg production and prices in California could inform other states considering similar legislation. The 2008 Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, […]

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Chicken farmer’s chicken chuckle goes viral

· October 4, 2017

Laughter is truly the best medicine. Check out this viral video shot by RTV Noord’s Expedition Reasons, a Dutch TV show that found a chicken farmer who actually laughs like a chicken. We guarantee after hearing this gentleman’s chicken-like cackle, you will be doubling over with laughter as well.

Buying chicken? Here’s what you are guaranteed every time

· September 7, 2017

The National Chicken Council (NCC) has gotten down to brass tacks when it comes to consumer assurances. The United States’ oldest and largest national association representing the U.S. broiler chicken industry has rolled out a set of industry-wide standards for broiler chicken welfare – the “Chicken Guarantees.” The standards are launched as part of NCC’s […]

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