We know that there is a lot involved in managing an egg farm with healthy hens producing quality eggs. In 2017 farmers demonstrated again how dedicated they are to their professions as egg farmers by performing egg-ceptionally well in their on farm programs!
- 2017’s average score in the Animal Care Program was 99.95% with 91% of farmers scoring 100% in the program.
- In the SC-SC Layer Program, the average score last year was 99.9% with 92% of farmers scoring 100%. All Alberta Egg Farmers maintained their accreditation last year.
- In the SC-SC Pullet Program’s average score was 99.58%, with 83% of pullet growers scoring 100%. 86% of pullet growers are now accredited in the program as well. It is mandatory that all pullet growers be accredited in the SC-SC program by January 1, 2019 – see our On Farm Food Safety Policy (link to http://www.albertaeggproducers.com/userfiles/files/8_3%20Policy(2).pdf) for more detail
We would like to thank each and every one of you for your hard work and commitment to excellence in egg farming.
We know that to continue this amazing success in our industry, we can’t sit idle, but focus on continually stretching to improve. With that in mind, we took a look back at 2017 to see what the most common corrective actions were and how they can be addressed.
In both the pullet and layer SC-SC programs, the most frequent CAR by a landslide was only one kind of poultry is maintained on the farm. With so many arms producing more than one type of poultry, we understand that this will continue to be an area highlighted by our on farm food safety programs.
If you have more than one type of poultry on your farm, you have a heightened risk of sharing diseases amongst your flocks, but there is a lot you can do to minimize your risks. The resource Protecting Flocks on a Multi-Species Farm (link to http://www.albertaeggproducers.com/userfiles/files/Protecting%20Flocks%20on%20a%20Multi-Species%20Farm%20-%20Update%20for%20Q4%202012.pdf) is a great read to refresh you on the steps you can take to manage your risks.
In the Animal Care Program, the most common Corrective Action is a written plan for euthanasia of birds with acceptable methods described. Acceptable methods are those that are approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association. For the written plans, you can use the SOPs that have been developed by Egg Farmers of Alberta (link to http://www.albertaeggproducers.ca/userfiles/files/Laying%20Hen%20Euthanasia%20Producer%20Resource%20-%20Final,%2002_04_15.pdf), however, you must ensure that you are following the steps outlined in these procedures or adjust the SOPs accordingly.
EFA is here to support you in your on farm programs. If you receive a corrective action that you aren’t sure how to address or resolve, contact Dave Lastiwka or Christina Robinson and they will be happy to provide you with information and advice to help on your journey.
If you don’t have access to the Producer Site that we link to in this article, you can contact EFA’s office and request a copy of these resources be e-mailed or faxed.