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Exploring Feather Cover in Montana

November 9, 2018

When we heard that egg farmers in Montana were maintaining excellent feather cover in their brown, free run flocks, we were interested.  In October a small group of EFA staff and free run producers from EFA’s Production Management and Research Committees travelled down to Big Sky Colony to see whatMore

Access to Antimicrobials

November 9, 2018

As of December 1st, 2018, all Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIAs) for veterinary use will be sold by prescription only. Authorized Medicines Sales Outlets (AMSOs) will no longer be able to dispense prescription antimicrobials, as prescription products must be purchased from a veterinary practice entity (VPE) or pharmacy. Over the pastMore

Feather Cover Monitoring

October 12, 2018

In 2018, Egg Farmers of Alberta introduced Feather Cover Monitoring as a new flock management tool in the on farm program record keeping book.  Feather cover is important for many reasons: it is linked to the overall perception of bird welfare, it can impact a bird’s feed consumption, temperature regulation,More

Euthanasia Training Update for the Animal Care Program

October 12, 2018

Egg Farmers of Canada has announced a postponement of the Stage 2 euthanasia training requirements that were scheduled to come into effect February 2019. The Animal Care Program is currently under review to align the program with the 2017 Code of Practice. The new Code contains several new euthanasia requirements,More