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biological issues such as parasites
Producers may also be faced
with birds that fail to thrive;
proper training of pullets eliminates this issue, Krouse said.
Antibiotics are useful for
health-related issues, but are increasingly getting harder to use,
especially in cage-free settings.
Probiotics and prebiotics may help
but, Krouse added, "we haven't
found any to be all that helpful."
to bird health, egg production,
employee safety, lights, air quality
and other variables. Moving forward, producers may be forced to
consider new variables.
"We need to look at doors,"
Gemperle said. As people are
building new cage-free barns, pro-
will continue to
"If you are building a cagefree operation right now, and you
think what we have right now
is going to be here for 20 years,
remember, things change," said
Mike Gemperle, vice president,
Gemperle Family Farms.
Gemperle said producers need
to be flexible with their aviary designs. It is also important to understand the trade-offs that come with
hen welfare and efficiency. Cagefree hen welfare usually comes at
the cost of feed efficiency, energy
efficiency, environmental impacts
and worker safety.
"Over the years, we have
developed a collection of different systems at our facilities,"
These systems include elevated
floor, open aviaries and next generation aviaries. Each housing system offers its own pros and cons
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