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Clean Eggs are Healthy Eggs

August 10, 2018

Keeping the eggs produced in your barn clean is important for food safety. Dirty eggs can be a gateway for bacteria like salmonella to enter the egg and potentially cause food poisoning if not cooked thoroughly. Preventing eggs from getting dirty is the ideal approach. We have compiled some tipsMore


How does Salmonella infect eggs?

August 10, 2018

Salmonella bacteria is a frequent cause of foodborne illness in Canada. Salmonella organisms are spread among birds by two routes: horizontal and vertical transmission. Salmonella Enteritidis is the only one serotype that we know about that infects the hen’s ovaries and can be transmitted to the inside of the eggMore


AgSafe Alberta AGM

August 10, 2018

On June 28th, the newly formed AgSafe Alberta held its first AGM. Both Minister of Labour Christina Gray and Minister of Agriculture Oneil Carlier attended the meeting and brought greetings from the Government. Both Minister Gray and Oneil noted the importance of a Hazard Assessment as a foundation for startingMore


Mass Depopulation Committee Update

August 10, 2018

The Mass Depopulation Committee met on August 1st. It was determined that the Board will work to develop veterinarian approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for large MAC carts, small MAC carts, sea container gassing, and whole barn gassing. The work will occur this fall and the SOPs should be availableMore


New Resource Available for Managing Flocks in Loose Housing

August 10, 2018

Managing flocks in loose housing systems presents a unique set of challenges, for farmers both experienced and new to this type of flock system. Egg Farmers of Alberta has just published a new guide that pulls together tips, advice and monitoring techniques collected from our farmers, industry experts, and scientificMore


Field Statistics Update

August 10, 2018

We are now over half-way through the year and would like to provide an update on how farmers are doing with their on-farm programs in 2018: 164 PEEP evaluations have been completed in 2018 o Average score: 76.33% 66 SC-SC Layer evaluations have been completed so far in 2018 oMore


Board Update August

August 10, 2018

Your Egg Farmers of Alberta Board of Directors would like to remind producers about the importance of public trust, as a vital component of building a sustainable egg industry.  Despite having enjoyed over a decade of growth, adhering to world class on-farm food safety and animal welfare programs, and beingMore


BC Egg Takes Action

July 13, 2018

On July 12th, BC Egg released a statement that outlines their actions since they became aware of undercover video captured on BC Egg Farms late last month. This incident serves an important reminder that it is the responsibility of each and every farmer to uphold the high animal welfare standardsMore


Feather Cover

July 13, 2018

Laying hens have more than 8,000 feathers and feather tracts cover over 75% of their skin. Feathers help hens regulate their temperature and protect their skin from injury and infection. Maintaining good feather cover is important for bird welfare, egg production and feed conversion. In 2018 Egg Farmers of AlbertaMore


Shell Quality

July 13, 2018

A hen’s ability to create an egg is quite miraculous. Hens form each egg over a period of about 25 hours. Approximately 21 of those hours are used to form the eggshell – the egg rests in the shell gland where initially some water is added, making the outer whiteMore