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Can Bedding Gasification Work in BC?

New Money for Old Bedding! By Matt Dickson, Hallbar Consulting Anyone working in BC’s equine or broiler industries is aware that long-term, year-round solutions are required for the sustainable management of used broiler and horse bedding produced in the Lower Mainland. Finding ways to turn this bedding into a valuable …

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

By Ronda Payne For a consumer, Thanksgiving, Christmas and maybe Easter are likely the only times to think about turkey. For a turkey farmer, the thoughts—and planning—go on year round. It might be working with quota, assessing animal health or raising birds throughout the year to sell to a year-round …

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Turning Egg Money into an Education

By Robyn Roste Every day before and after school 15-year-old Jenisa Los waters, feeds, and collects eggs from her flock of chickens. “If I’m not there to do this it doesn’t get done. I’ve learned responsibility that way,” she said. Jenisa has operated her egg-delivery business, known as The Little …

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LED Lights in Poultry Barns

LED Bulbs in Poultry Barns

LED bulbs will pay for themselves in energy savings alone in a year or less. As a general rule, the poultry industry is pretty conservative, and it has taken a while for the industry to become comfortable with LED (light emitting diode) bulb technology. However, there is enough data available …

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The Cage Debate:

Changes expected for egg layers Cate Pedersen When you’re shopping for eggs, what do you reach for first? Regular eggs from chickens raised in cages? Or free range, from poultry allowed to roam outdoors once in a while and do what hens do naturally: roost, scratch, perch, and mingle with …

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ANRON Green Poultry Composter On Farm

Innovative Mechanical Composter has been in operation at Poultry Farm in Abbotsford, BC since July 2012. Shane Driessen of G&G Poultry talks about how this new technology has impacted his Farm.

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Rapid-Detection

Is a Rapid Detection Tool for Bird Flu on the Horizon?

From China to the United States, the avian influenza continues to endanger both poultry and man. Also known as bird flu, this viral disease has rendered 3 to 5 million people severely ill while 250,000 to 500,000 have lost their lives. Type A, especially strains A (H5N1) and A (H7N9), …

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The Burning Question: Can Used Bedding Make Money?

Anyone who works in B.C.’s poultry industry is aware that a creative, cost-effective disposal solution is required for the excess volumes of used poultry bedding accumulating from the over 100 million chickens and turkeys produced annually. Finding a way of turning this abundance of bedding into a valuable resource is …

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Poultry Outlook

Canadian Poultry Outlook for 2015

Will the influenza outbreak lower confidence? Avian influenza (AI) is back in the news. At the time of writing (Dec 2014) at least 10 farms in British Columbia including many in the Fraser Valley have been confirmed with the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of the virus with over 230,000 birds …

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Small Lot Poultry Additions

Small Lot Poultry Additions

Small lot egg farms, those with 100 to 399 laying hens, have seen an immediate increase recently in available licences in BC, rising from 25 to 50. At first glance, this may not seem like a lot of farms, but in speaking to Al Sakalauskas, executive director of the BC …

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