PoultryCast Industry

Animal Ag Industry Is Disconnected From The Public

Temple Grandin, USDA NRCS
Audio via PoultryCast.com

Temple Grandin's presentation to producers highlights that the agriculture industry needs to communicate with the public directly and openly. Here are some snippets of her talk:
"What people are imagining is happening inside the [animal] sheds is way worse than is what is actually happening" The ag industry must show what is happening on farms. Get a video camera in barns, cameras are cheap.

Alaska Poultry Gone

Alaska Poultry Gone Triple D Farm and Hatchery has closed for business and thus ends commercial poultry production in Alaska.
Alaska once had as many as 81,000 chickens on farms. Now, Triple D was the last commercial poultry farm in the state. It might be best known for its turkeys, but it only sold about 400 of those a year, dwarfing its chicken business. The farm sold about 10,000 dressed chickens a year. Save for some leftover product in the freezer, all those chickens are gone. All the equipment is for sale. All the hard work, years of toiling, "up in smoke."
The ability to raise poultry in Alaska has be constrained by regulations in recent years.

Salmonella Infections Linked to Chicks and Ducks

Salmonella outbreaks continue to be in the news. A recent event ties the outbreaks to chicks and ducklings from single mail-order hatchery in Ohio.
As of August 23, 2011, a total of 65 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Altona have been reported from 20 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (1), Georgia (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (5), Maryland (5), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Mississippi (1), New Hampshire (1), New York (4), North Carolina (8), Ohio (12), Pennsylvania (6), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (1), Virginia (7), Vermont (1), Wisconsin (1), and West Virginia (4).
The CDC continuously reminds consumers and producers to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or "anything in the area where they live and roam".