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EFA Board Update

February 8, 2017

Questions have recently arisen about the role of the EFA Board of Directors, specifically with regards to who makes decisions, when and where. EFA is a non-profit organization that represents all the registered egg farmers in Alberta, which operates under a strict governance model. EFA’s mandate and authority is derivedMore


EFA 2017 AGM

February 8, 2017

Egg Farmers of Alberta is preparing for its 48th Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is being held on Tuesday, February 28, in Red Deer.  EFA looks forward to hosting a large and enthusiastic crowd that includes registered egg farmers, industry partners, and government representatives.  The morning session will feature a reviewMore


Egg Price Change

February 8, 2017

Effective January 29, 2017: CANADA GRADE EGG SIZE CURRENT PRICE (29-Jan-17) PREVIOUS PRICE (14-Aug-16)  A Extra Large $2.130 $2.080 A Large $2.130 $2.080 A Medium $1.900 $1.850 A Small $1.530 $1.480 A Nest Run $2.006 $1.959 A Pee Wee $0.270 $0.270 B – $0.750 $0.750 C – $0.150 $0.150 FromMore


Field Statistics

February 8, 2017

The final statistics from the 2016 on farm programs have been calculated, and the average rating for each and every program increased once again!  These high scores that trend upward reflect the hard work and dedication of Alberta egg farmers and pullet growers.  Congratulations! Animal Care: 2016 average score wasMore


NEP Update

February 8, 2017

EFA initiated a review of the New Entrant Program (NEP) in December 2015.  The review was conducted to help ensure continuous improvement, and to address key issues or concerns with the program.  The NEP review involved input from a broad range of stakeholders, including past applicants, new entrants, registered producers,More


Changes in SE Sampling Policy

February 8, 2017

EFA’s shared vs. separate policy was developed in partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF), as a way of determining when production facilities housing more than one flock of birds should be sampled for Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) separately or in one pooled submission.  Last year, AF advised EFA that theyMore


Avian Influenza Update

February 8, 2017

With Alberta’s current cold weather, and the fact that very few wild birds can be seen in the sky, it is easy to believe that the risk of Avian Influenza (AI) is low.  However, EFA continuously monitors AI outbreaks in North American and around the world, and it is important to adviseMore


PEEP Update

February 8, 2017

Alberta egg farmers were provided an update about the Producer Environmental Egg Program (PEEP) at the EFA Regional Meetings in January.  In 2017, there will only be one change to PEEP.  Question #3.3, related to manure management, has been adjusted to reflect the fact that if farmers have a manureMore


Dedicated Facilities

February 8, 2017

As of January 2017, all new production facilities for pullets and layers in Alberta must be dedicated to the regulated egg industry.  This is a requirement for license and of EFA’s on farm food safety policy.  Providing dedicated facilities reduces the risk of disease transfer between species, helps protect foodMore


European Egg Production

February 8, 2017

At EFA’s Regional Meetings in January 2017, some questions were raised about hen housing in Europe.  Some farmers had heard that certain European countries were moving back to conventional cage production.  The production of eggs by hens in conventional cages has been banned in Europe since 2012. As of lateMore