Here’s an update on how farmers are doing with their on-farm programs so far in 2018:

152 PEEP evaluations have been completed in 2018
o Average score: 76.16%

39 SC-SC Layer evaluations have been completed so far in 2018
o Alberta’s average score: 99.82%
o 30 Alberta farmers have scored a perfect 100% rating

52 Animal Care Program evaluations have been completed in 2018
o Alberta’s average score: 99.98%
o 49 facilities have received a rating of 100%

25 SC-SC Pullet evaluations have been completed in 2018
o Alberta’s average score: 99.74%
o 20 Alberta Pullet Growers have scored a perfect 100% rating
o 9 pullet growers are newly accredited in the SC-SC Pullet program!

Keep in mind that as of January 2019 it will be a mandatory for all egg farmers to purchase their pullets from a pullet grower that is accredited in the SC-SC Pullet Program. There are only 5 pullet growers that need to achieve their first pullet accreditation, and 25 farms that are scheduled to renew their accreditation this year. We are getting very close to our goal of 100% of Alberta’s pullet growers being accredited.

SC-SC Tip! The EFC Field Inspectors have noticed that as the temperatures have risen in Alberta this spring, some cooler temperatures have been a little below the 10°C threshold.

When there are big shifts in temperature outside, it’s a good idea to check that the
temperatures in your cooler are being maintained between 10 and 13°C. If temperatures are falling below this range, you may need to adjust the set point of the cooler thermometer up by a degree or two. Be sure to watch your cooler temperatures closely after you make an adjustment to ensure they’ve had the effect you anticipated. Maintaining your cooler
temperatures between 10 and 13°C is a Critical Control Element in your Start Clean – Stay Clean Layer Program.

EFA can’t say it enough, but Thank-you to farmers for your commitment and hard work each and every day to ensure that safe, quality eggs are produced humanely.