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Board Update May 2019

May 10, 2019

Your Egg Farmers of Alberta Board of Directors would like to invite our fellow farmers, value chain partners and egg industry stakeholders to EFA’s upcoming round of regional producer meetings. Several timely and important topics will be discussed, including the status of the redevelopment of the national Animal Care Program,More


Final Stage of Phasing Out Multi-Species Facilities

May 10, 2019

As of January 1, 2020, it will be a requirement of license that pullets and layers are housed in production facilities dedicated to the regulated egg industry. Over the past 5 years, EFA has been working to phase out facilities housing more than pullets and layers. We’d like to remindMore


Change in Withdrawal Time for Oxytetracycline and Chlortetracycline

May 10, 2019

Health Canada’s new policies to phase out growth promotion and production claims for all medically important antimicrobial drugs used in food animals came into effect December 1, 2018. With the policy changes, laying hens have been removed from the labels for antibiotics Oxytetracycline and Chlortetracycline, making the use of theseMore


Qualifying for Enriched Pricing

May 10, 2019

Plans are well underway for launching a new National pricing system in September of 2019. Once implemented, farmers with enriched systems will receive their cost of production, and consumers will help pay for the transition away from conventional housing. When it comes into effect, a blended “market producer price” willMore


Depopulation Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

May 10, 2019

In the fall of 2018, it was communicated that the Board would work to develop veterinarian approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for large MAC carts, small MAC carts, sea container gassing, and whole barn gassing. The SOPs are now available to Alberta egg farmers on the producer website at http://www.albertaeggproducers.ca/healthy-birds/humane_endings/More


STAFF UPDATE

May 10, 2019

In March EFA announced that Christina Robinson, our Farm Programs Manager, will be leaving EFA towards the end of May, since she and her family have decided to move back to New Zealand permanently. In light of Christina leaving, EFA has restructured staffing positions. Jenna Griffin, formerly Industry Development Officer,More


Field Statistics Update

May 10, 2019

Here’s an update on how our farmers are doing with their on-farm programs so far this year: 50 SC-SC Layer evaluations have been completed in 2019 Alberta’s average score: 99.5% 67 Animal Care Program evaluations have been completed in 2019 Alberta’s average score: 99.8% 24 SC-SC Pullet evaluations have beenMore


Biosecurity Assessments

May 10, 2019

In 2019 EFA launched a new biosecurity assessment. The goal of this assessment is to provide a bite sized, practical assessment to help our farmers improve biosecurity by recommending reasonable steps forward. The focus of the biosecurity assessment is currently the front entry and transition areas as getting this rightMore


Water Resources

May 10, 2019

Water Resources Alberta Environment is responsible for water policy and legislation to ensure the quality and quantity of Alberta’s water resources. Information documents, developed by the Farmer’s Advocate Office (FAO) and the Government of Alberta, can help answer questions about the Act, its Statutes and Regulations, and how it mightMore


EFC Summer Meeting

May 10, 2019

This summer, Egg Farmers of Canada will be hosting the 2019 Canadian Egg Farmers NWT Conference in Yellowknife, NT, from August 11-13. The Northwest Territories Egg Producers and EFC have an adventurous program planned for egg farmers and their families, and space is limited, so it is advised to registerMore