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  • Chicken Killers Leave at Least 300K dead, Millions in Damage

    03/05/2015 6:59:04 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 71 replies
    The Charolette Observer ^ | March 3, 2015 | Harrison Cahill
    Attacks the past two weeks on at least 16 farms across several rural South Carolina counties killed an estimated 300,000 chickens and cost the owners roughly $1.7 million. Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett said someone familiar with alarm systems used in chicken houses is responsible. Those alarms also control the heat, air conditioning and ventilation units and notify farmers by cellphone when buildings get too hot or cold. Chickens can die in about an hour if the ventilation and heating systems are turned off. “The chicks, you have to maintain the temperature at 95 to 100 degrees, and when they...
  • Federal judge lifts ban on sale of foie gras in California

    01/07/2015 9:27:47 PM PST · by rey · 22 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | January 7, 2015 | DEREK MOORE
    A federal judge on Wednesday overturned California’s law banning the sale of foie gras, a ban sparked largely by outrage over the farming practices of a Sonoma company, which some likened to animal torture. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson does not mean Sonoma Foie Gras can restart production in the state. But it will allow the reconstituted company to sell products brought in from outside California, according to company co-founder Junny Gonzalez. ________________________________ The judge ruled the law was unconstitutional because it interferes with an existing federal law that regulates poultry products. The courts last year...
  • Vanity: To brine or not to brine, that is the question . . .

    11/26/2014 4:22:11 PM PST · by goodwithagun · 100 replies
    The world is on fire right now, so let's talk about the important stuff. Not Fergadishu, not Ben Gazi (who is that guy anyway?), not Punkin' Thighs' presidential aspirations. I'm talkin' turkey! Do you brine, do you butter under the skin, do you fry? Please tell us your method and why you chose it. Happy Thanksgiving to the best folks on the inner webs!
  • Most chicken sold in stores is contaminated, Consumer Reports says

    12/19/2013 12:04:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 151 replies
    A report released Thursday indicates that just about all chicken sold in U.S. stores contains harmful bacteria, and nearly half are tainted with a so-called superbug that's resistant to antibiotics. The Consumer Reports study, its most comprehensive to date on poultry, tested raw chicken breasts purchased at retail outlets nationwide for six bacteria, then checked for antibiotic resistance. The results showed nearly half of the samples were contaminated with at least one bacterium resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics, what's known as a superbug. Slightly more than 10 percent were tainted with two superbugs. That finding is cause...
  • OK Everyone it's time for a "1-800-FREEP" Thanksgiving/Turkey Help Thread...

    11/25/2013 9:53:50 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 79 replies
    25 Nov 2013 | US Navy Vet
    Ok every post problems/solutions here.
  • Butterball warns of a turkey shortage

    11/18/2013 7:31:42 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 35 replies ^ | November 18, 2013
    The nation's largest producer of turkeys is warning of a shortage of birds, just in time for Thanksgiving. Butterball announced that it will be shipping out half as many large, fresh never-frozen turkeys to retailers this year. The company says many of its birds had trouble gaining weight during the production process. And though the cause of the problem remains a mystery, food distributors say their orders for turkeys 16 pounds and bigger have been slashed in half. Sixteen pounds is the national average for Thanksgiving holiday turkeys making this shortage a particularly concerning problem.
  • Chicken In Popular Products May Soon Be Made In China

    11/12/2013 5:54:07 PM PST · by TexGrill · 55 replies
    WBZ TV ^ | 11/11/2013 | Michelle Roberts
    BOSTON (CBS) — As soon as next summer, nuggets and other popular chicken products could be made with chicken processed in China, all because of a recent change in regulations. “Oh, it makes me a little nervous,” says mother of two, Katrina Lee. China has a long history of serving up unsafe food, including the industrial chemical melamine that was deliberately put in pet food and infant formula. There were also cases of tainted rat meat passed off as lamb. “To me it’s a big leap of faith for us to now have to accept that foods coming from china...
  • Chipotle's Kinda Brilliant Brave New World Propaganda Film for Chicken Tortilla Soup

    09/18/2013 3:02:56 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 17 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 9/18/2013 | Ace
    David Harsanyi calls it "preposterous," which I suppose is true enough, but then, it's an advertisement... It's not so much that the ad is preposterous as that it's so... Ruthless. The ad essentially calls all of Chipotle's competitors murderers and pedophiles. It really pushes the line as far as disparaging competitors. It's one thing to do a cooked-up Taste Test. But this employs all the tricks of the greatest propaganda medium ever created -- moving pictures + sound -- and mixes them together with what Harsanyi suggests is food paranoia to attack all fast-food rivals as monsters. I find it...
  • Audit gives China green light to process U.S.

    09/05/2013 9:35:19 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 18 replies ^ | BILL TOMSON and TARINI PARTI
    U.S. officials have given the thumbs-up to four Chinese poultry plants, paving the way for the country to send processed chicken to American markets, according to audit reports obtained by POLITICO. The audit reports expected to be made public Friday show that the Chinese processing plants passed U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections performed in March and the positive results make it likely the foreign producers soon will become eligible to export to the U.S According to the audit, at first, China will only be able to process chicken that has been slaughtered in the U.S. or other certified countries.
  • Quit Washing Your Chicken: It Just Sprays Germs Everywhere

    08/26/2013 3:13:43 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 99 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 26, 2013
    Generations of American cooks are wrong. They learned their wrongity wrongity wrong habits from their parents, or from public television’s Julia Child. Their terrible, filthy habit is rinsing poultry before cooking. Public health experts estimate that as many as 90% of Americans do it, and they want us to cut it out. Poultry-washing makes intuitive sense: you don’t know where that bird has been or what kind of bacteria are crawling on the outside. Julia Child herself admitted that washing a chicken before roasting it felt cleaner, even if the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the government agency in charge of...
  • Eating Chicken Makes Kids Gay, Top Colombian Model Claims

    03/19/2013 1:40:54 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 78 replies ^ | 19 March 2013
    Colombian model Natalia Paris has decided to go public with her theory that eating chicken makes children gay. Paris based her theory on reports that claimed chickens are being injected with female hormones to speed up their growth.
  • Yum Cuts Off Some China Suppliers

    02/26/2013 11:12:02 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 9 replies
    wsj ^ | 2;25 | LAURIE BURKITT
    BEIJING—The head of Yum Brands Inc.'s China operations made a rare appearance to take aim at the country's food-safety issues and win back customers after allegations of quality oversights at the company's KFC restaurants caused consumer confidence and sales to tumble in its largest market. Yum is aiming to prevent food-safety problems by cutting its ties with suppliers that source their chicken from small farms that are hard to regulate, said Sam Su, the chairman and chief executive of Yum's China division, in a press briefing Monday. But the fundamental problems that sparked consumer concern over the quality of the...
  • Mexican government says bird flu outbreak hits 582,000 chickens in central Mexico

    02/16/2013 2:27:55 PM PST · by null and void · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2013
  • Really? The Chicken as Endangered Species

    02/10/2013 8:29:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | February 10, 2013 | Marita Noon
    No one wants to send a species to extinction, but when a chicken that can be hunted and cooked for dinner is proposed as an endangered species, one has to question the entire program. When that proposed endangered species listing brings together representatives from oil, gas, and wind energy companies—as well as ranchers and farmers—you can be sure changes are needed in the way the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is applied.    The specific critter in question this time is the lesser prairie chicken (LPC) and the proposed ESA listing would have the federal government killing jobs, thwarting economic development, and...
  • Chicken wing shortage threatens Super Bowl Sunday

    01/24/2013 7:47:01 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies
    New York Post via Fox News ^ | January 24, 2013
    First it was bacon, now it's chicken wings. With less than two weeks to go before the big game, football fans may find it a bit harder to find their favorite Super Bowl snack. The National Chicken Council released a report that said the demand for wings this year is at “an all-time high” due to decreased wing production caused by the high cost of corn and feed prices. Wings are currently the highest priced portion of a chicken and cost $2.11 a pound in the Northeast, up 12 percent from last year.
  • Meet the Animal Rights Movement’s Rich Aunt (PETA & PCRM 'sugar momma')

    10/22/2009 2:21:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 377+ views
    The deceptively named “Cancer Project” animal-rights group is at it again. This time its target isn’t hot dog makers, but grilled-chicken servers. The group, a branch of the PETA-linked Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), filed a lawsuit in Connecticut yesterday against three restaurant chains demanding warnings about a supposed link between grilled chicken and cancer. As we told the media, PCRM is nothing more than an animal rights front for pushing vegan activism, which is funded primarily by a single rich donor. Since 2003, PCRM and the Cancer Project have derived 60 percent of their budgets from a...
  • Smithfield Plant to Layoff Workers in 2013 (520 jobs in Virginia)

    11/15/2012 2:16:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Wisconsin Ag Connection ^ | November 15, 2012
    USAgNet - Smithfield Packing Company Inc., a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, plans to begin its planned closure of a Portsmouth, Va. hot dog and lunch meat production facility. MeatPoultry reports that the firm announced the closure this past November. Layoffs are expected to begin at the Portsmouth plant in January, and the facility will be closed by the end of March 2013. The company says its first round of layoffs will impact about 120 workers. Another 400 employees will be affected by the plant closure....
  • Tyson Plant Drops Labor Day for Muslim Holiday

    08/27/2012 11:54:56 AM PDT · by null and void · 124 replies ^ | August 05, 2008
    <p>Workers at a Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Tennessee have opted to trade a paid Labor Day holiday for the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr.</p> <p>A 5-year contract approved by members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union at the Shelbyville, Tenn., plant last November includes the change to accommodate Muslim workers.</p>
  • Feds foist chicken ID on frustrated farmers

    07/13/2012 2:39:54 PM PDT · by lward99 · 33 replies
    Times 247 ^ | 7-13-12 | Katherine Timpf
    Voter ID has gotten large amounts of media attention, but residents of rural areas are concerned about another identification issue that has remained largely ignored: chicken ID. ... The U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rules for Animal Disease Traceability, developed in August 2011, are now in their final stages. They require identification of farm animals, such as poultry and cattle, that cross state lines. Many farmers worry the rules would send them on a literal wild goose chase, forcing them to catch and hold down each bird to attach an identification tag. Read more:
  • How the Chicken Conquered the World: The epic begins 10,000 years ago in an Asian jungle...

    06/18/2012 7:06:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Smithsonian magazine ^ | June 2012 | Jerry Adler and Andrew Lawler
    The chickens that saved Western civilization were discovered, according to legend, by the side of a road in Greece in the first decade of the fifth century B.C. The Athenian general Themistocles, on his way to confront the invading Persian forces, stopped to watch two cocks fighting and summoned his troops, saying: "Behold, these do not fight for their household gods, for the monuments of their ancestors, for glory, for liberty or the safety of their children, but only because one will not give way to the other." The tale does not describe what happened to the loser, nor explain...
  • Explosion Reported at Home of Ga. 'Chicken Man' (Chicken Man Blows Himself Up)

    03/26/2012 2:35:31 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 27 replies · 32+ views
    ABC News ^ | 03/26/2012 | GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press
    An explosion on Monday rocked the suburban Atlanta home of a man known for his fight to keep chickens on his property, and emergency officials say a body was found inside. Marshals had been on the scene for about two hours trying to evict Andrew Wordes, who's known as the "Chicken Man," when the explosion happened around 12:45 p.m., said Antonio Johnson of the Fulton County marshal's office. Minutes before the explosion, Wordes told them to leave the property that was in foreclosure. Other than the body found inside the house, which officials did not immediately identify, no one was...
  • Home of Roswell ‘chicken man' explodes, body found

    03/26/2012 5:36:44 PM PDT · by ct_libertarian · 36 replies · 13+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | March 26, 2012 | Alexis Stevens and Patrick Fox
    The battle between one man and the city of Roswell that started over his keeping of chickens ended Monday afternoon in a fiery explosion. Investigators believe that rather than be evicted from his home, Andrew Wordes poured gasoline throughout the house and set it on fire. "There was an initial explosion and subsequent fire," Lt. James McGee with Roswell police said during a news briefing. A body was found inside the home, but a positive identification had not been made late Monday afternoon due to the condition of the body, Capt. Paul Piccirilli with the Roswell Fire Department said. The...
  • Butterball Turkeys are Halal (No, not kidding)

    11/20/2011 12:08:37 PM PST · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 84 replies · 1+ views
    butterball ^ | N/A | butterball website
    ATTENTION: BUTTERBALL TURKEYS ARE HALAL: November 14, 2011 Thanks for contacting Butterball. Our whole turkeys are certified halal. However, if you would like to know about any other Butterball products, please email us back as to which products you are interested in using and we can get that information for you. Again, thanks for your interest in Butterball. We hope you find this information helpful. Sincerely, Wendy Howze Consumer Response Representative
  • New Hen owner

    11/19/2011 5:21:15 AM PST · by simplesimon · 72 replies
    simplesimon ^ | 11/19/2011 | simplesimon
    We just recently purchased 6 Buff Orpington hens that are getting ready to turn 8 months old and were already laying. Yesterday I noticed one of the girls has a black diarrhea. Not sure if it's a "stress" or if it's food or illness causing it. We currently give them layer crumble and have recently given them stale bread ( OMG They're like my labs with food , when it comes to stale bread lol ) and some cabbage leaves. Just was wondering if anyone has had experience with black diarrhea in your hens and could offer some tips.
  • Nearly Half of U.S. Meat Tainted With Drug-Resistant Bacteria

    04/15/2011 9:06:22 AM PDT · by hope_dies_last · 28 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 04-15-11 | Fox News
    "Here’s something to think about the next time you stop by the meat counter at your local grocery store – there may be drug-resistant strains of bacteria lurking in that steak or chicken...." A study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, found that Staphylococcus aureus – a bacteria that causes most staph infections including skin infections, pneumonia and blood poisoning – are present in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at “unexpectedly high rates.”
  • Man killed by fighting rooster

    02/04/2011 8:50:54 PM PST · by speciallybland · 76 replies · 6+ views
    Bakersfield Now ^ | 02/04/2011 | Eyewitness News
    EARLIMART, Calif. — A Lamont man was killed earlier this week by a chicken. Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, was stabbed by a knife attached to the leg of a fighting rooster, the Kern County coroner's office said Friday.
  • Cheep Chic

    11/14/2010 8:23:44 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 18 replies · 4+ views
    Parade Magazine ^ | 11/14/10 | Joane Kaufmann
    Elizabeth Lampert’s daughter, Siena, wanted a horse. “But that would have been expensive,” says Lampert, the owner of a public-relations agency just outside San Francisco. Instead she went to a local hay-and-feed store and bought the 10-year-old a pair of chickens. “Then Siena thought they were getting lonely, so we got three more.” Lampert pays her daughter $2 a day to feed them, herd them back into their coop every night, and collect their eggs, generally two or three a day. “The eggs are amazing,” Lampert says. “They taste rich and creamy. The yolk—it’s very orange. Siena used to ask...
  • Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit

    06/25/2010 3:42:17 AM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies ^ | June 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 24, 2010 Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 3:08 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good afternoon, everybody. It is a pleasure to be here with my friend and partner, President Medvedev, and I want to thank him again for his leadership, especially his vision for an innovative Russia that’s modernizing its economy, including deeper economic ties between our...
  • Woman killed by chicken crates

    02/17/2010 6:40:45 AM PST · by Willie Green · 20 replies · 641+ views
    Times Live ^ | Feb 17, 2010 | Sapa
    A 23-year-old woman died when a truck trailer detached, throwing 10 tons of live chickens in crates on top of her, Krugersdorp police said today. The truck belonging to Early Bird was travelling on the R563 between Krugersdorp and Hekpoort when the accident happened at 10am on Tuesday, said Inspector Dennis Jones. "A bakkie that was driving in front of the truck was about to turn left but allegedly failed to indicate, causing the truck to swerve to the right as it was too late to slow down," said Jones. As the truck returned to its lane, its trailer detached...
  • China to levy anti-dumping duties on US chicken

    02/05/2010 12:52:46 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 19 replies · 582+ views
    Reuters (UK) ^ | February 5, 2010 | Lucy Hornby and Niu Shuping
    BEIJING, Feb 5 (Reuters) - China will levy heavy anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken products, its Commerce Ministry said on Friday, a move likely to aggravate trade relations and antagonise one of the few U.S. industries that profitably exports to China. The ministry's initial investigation showed that U.S. companies had dumped chicken products into the Chinese market, according to the ministry's website ( The tariffs were announced a day after China requested a World Trade Organisation ruling on European Union duties on shoes made in China. That was the most recent of many cases demonstrating China's embrace of the WTO...
  • Poultry Plant Reopens Near Baghdad

    01/28/2010 3:34:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 250+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Daniel Schneider, USA
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 28, 2010 – U.S. soldiers joined U.S. Agriculture Department representatives to witness the reopening of a poultry processing plant southwest of here Jan. 10. Juan Alsace, team leader of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s embedded provincial reconstruction team, attaches the first chicken to go through the newly reopened Al Kanz poultry processing plant, southwest of Baghdad, Jan. 10, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Schneider  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Al Kanz poultry processing plant in Yusifiyah, near Contingency Operating Station Falcon, closed in 2004 due to the poor condition of its facilities and the lack...
  • Troops assess local poultry plant needs

    11/03/2009 4:48:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 199+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Jon Soles, USA
    BAGHDAD — A chicken processing plant here recently received aid from U.S. Soldiers who lent their agriculture and engineering expertise to help open the doors. North Carolina Guardsmen with 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, who have agribusiness and engineering backgrounds, visited the al-Kien plant near Mahmudiyah to offer advice and seek ways to help the plant begin operations. Capt. Bobby Lumsden, the battalion's operations officer, walked through the plant with owner Rafea Abass Ali to inspect the plant's machinery and the massive coolers that will help keep poultry fresh. Getting the plant up and running...
  • The Chicken Fix (Look out - here it comes!)

    11/02/2009 9:24:41 PM PST · by Selene · 68 replies · 1,806+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 25, 2009 | Opinion Asia
    And now some welcome news for a change: In a little-noticed move, the U.S. Congress tore down a barrier to imports of chicken from China last week. It's a victory for free trade and for a more rational approach to safety standards. President Obama signed an appropriations bill Wednesday that clears the way for the imports by allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct in China the safety inspections U.S. law requires for any country exporting food to America. The congressional move in 2007 to block funding for those regulatory steps amounted to an import ban. Now USDA will...
  • Senator Pryor Helps Shape Rules for Chinese Poultry Imports

    09/25/2009 3:06:23 PM PDT · by Dysart · 17 replies · 893+ views
    Continued concerns about Chinese products being sold in the U.S. now include poultry. Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor was recognized in Washington today for his work on an agriculture appropriations bill that focuses on the use of appropriated funds from the Department of Agriculture for potential imports of poultry products from China. "Food safety and trade are not mutually exclusive, and are in fact very important to the economy of Arkansas. We can have both as long as the USDA can do its job of policing imports to make sure they meet our food safety standards. Our agreement enables the government...
  • PETA Wants to Turn Va. Prison Into Chicken Empathy Museum

    09/15/2009 5:31:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies · 494+ views
    Associated Press via CNS News ^ | September 15, 2009
    Troutville, Va. (AP) - An animal rights group wants to rent a prison building the state plans to close and turn it into the nation's first chicken empathy museum. A People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals official sent a letter Monday to Gov. Tim Kaine asking to rent the Botetourt Correctional Center building in Troutville. Kaine spokeswoman Lynda Tran said the state doesn't lease to private entities except for cases grandfathered in when it purchases buildings.
  • Poultry Project Empowers Afghan Women

    08/21/2009 4:09:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 344+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. John T. Stamm, USAF
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2009 – The Women’s Poultry Project in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province is a giant leap forward for the women who call the Panjshir River valley their home. The project is designed to empower women in the valley by assisting them in providing food and income for families. Greg Schlenz of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agricultural advisor to the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team, said the project began last spring in the Anaba district with about 200 families and now includes more than 1,200 Panjshir families in the Anaba, Rhoka, Bazarak, Dara and Khenj districts. In...
  • Chile finds Swine Flu in turkeys..... (First Time)

    08/21/2009 10:21:49 AM PDT · by TaraP · 12 replies · 657+ views
    Irish Times ^ | August 21st, 2009
    Chile detected the H1N1 swine flu virus in turkeys, authorities said, the first time the virus has been found outside humans and pigs, but said there was no indication the disease had spread to other parts of Chile. The country's farming and livestock agency SAG said yesterday the flu outbreak had been controlled at the two farms 120 km west of the capital Santiago and notified the World Organization for Animal Health. "We call on the public to consume turkey products with confidence," a SAG statement said. It added that laboratory results ruled out the presence of H5N1 or bird...
  • Chicken Mess: More Neo-Liberal Nonsense (libs want to drive chicken farms out of business?)

    08/13/2009 6:52:23 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies · 818+ views
    Whiskey and Gunpowder ^ | 8-4-09 | Linda Brady Traynham
    This spring we wanted chicken manure spread on the pastures because it is incredibly rich in nutrients, the best “natural” fertilizer known to man, and quite inexpensive, comparatively speaking. So I asked one of my truck driver friends, who cleans out houses for Sanderson Farms affiliates, to bring me several dump truck loads. “No can do, because they aren’t having it done, this year,” quoth he. How odd. I mulled that over off and on for months, and today I got the answer. The greenies are at it again! THIS time they are claiming that litter (sawdust and, ah, processed...
  • Area Residents Raising Chickens for Fresh Eggs (IL)

    07/18/2009 8:07:22 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 59 replies · 1,396+ views
    The News-Gazette ^ | July 18, 2009 | Heather Colt
    HOMER, IL – It may seem like an easy way to save a little money on your grocery budget: Buy a few chickens and start collecting farm-fresh eggs. An increasing number of families in our area are doing just that, and some are also selling their surplus eggs to neighboring families. Garry Herzog, owner of Prairieland Feeds in Savoy, said there's been a steady increase in demand for "laying feed" for chickens over the past two to three years. He said his store also gets many requests for how-to information from chicken-raising rookies. And if Yahoo! is any indication, the...
  • China Is Expected to Block Imports of Chicken From U.S

    06/30/2009 11:28:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies · 924+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 1, 2009 | Lauren Etter, Stephen Power
    China is expected to ban imports of U.S. chicken in coming days, a move likely to deliver a blow to the struggling American chicken industry and escalate trade tensions between the two nations. James H. Sumner, president of the Georgia-based USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, said he learned Tuesday from "several importers" in China that the U.S. wouldn't receive any import permits from the country's ministry of commerce starting July 1. Mr. Sumner said he has informed the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and that it is looking into the matter. There has been no official confirmation from the Chinese...
  • Pilgrim's Pride to shut operations at 3 plants

    02/27/2009 8:48:31 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 12 replies · 684+ views
    AP ^ | 02/27/09 | AP
    PITTSBURG, Texas (AP) Pilgrim's Pride Corp. said Friday it will cut 3,000 jobs, or about 7 percent of its U.S. work force, as it shuts operations at three of its 32 chicken processing plants.
  • Chicken breed advice for Texas?

    02/17/2009 11:58:23 AM PST · by Marie · 61 replies · 2,145+ views
    me | 2-17-09 | self
    I need some advice on chicken breeds. Where I live in Central Texas, in the summer it’s not uncommon for us to have a 6 week run of high temperatures going over 100’. So here’s what I’m looking for in my dual-purpose hens:- I want girls that are temperature hardy that can handle the heat. (I know that I’m going to have to help any chicken survive a severe, prolonged heat-wave, [fresh water, misters, shade, etc.] but I don’t want to suffer 50% losses just because I was stupid enough to get birds which were never bred to handle it...
  • Monona (WI) Residents May Get OK to Raise Chickens

    01/31/2009 4:32:11 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 577+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | January 30, 2009 | Nick Heynen
    Monona Ald. Doug Wood is trying to make his city more chicken-friendly."The first reaction is they sort of laugh," Wood said of his constituents when they hear about his draft ordinance to allow Monona residents to raise chickens. Even he thought the idea sounded funny at first. But, after a number of sustainable-living enthusiasts egged him on, he took stock of other urban chicken laws across the country — including Madison's, approved in 2004 — and decided one might fit well in Monona. The proposal will be presented to the City Council at their next meeting Monday. The most recent...
  • Pilgrim's Pride files for bankruptcy protection

    12/02/2008 2:08:55 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 13 replies · 1,004+ views
    Access North Georgia ^ | 12/01/2008 | staff
    Pilgrim's Pride Corp., the nation's largest chicken producer, which has plants in northeast Georgia, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, a move some analysts had predicted given the company's sagging debt load and volatile feed prices. The Pittsburg, Texas-based company sought the bankruptcy protection in a filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas on Monday, saying that as of Sept. 27 it had $3.75 billion in assets and $2.72 billion in debts. Company spokesman Ray Atkinson said Pilgrim's Pride was reorganizing and not liquidating its assets, and the company will keep operating throughout...
  • Mexico suspends beef, poultry shipments to US

    09/05/2008 12:40:58 PM PDT · by BGHater · 27 replies · 260+ views
    AP ^ | 04 Sep 2008 | AP
    The government of Mexico has voluntarily suspended shipments of meat and processed poultry to the United States after U.S. officials raised concerns about the quality of Mexican food processing and inspections, an Agriculture Department official said Thursday. The department's Food Safety and Inspection Service identified systemic problems with sanitation controls and recordkeeping during an annual audit that took place in Mexico between June 24 and July 31. The voluntary suspension began Aug. 29, said Amanda Eamich, a spokeswoman for the service. About 2 percent of beef and poultry in the U.S. comes from Mexican producers. "Safety concerns in multiple establishments...
  • Food prices to post biggest rise since 1990: USDA

    08/20/2008 10:21:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies · 235+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/20/08 | Christopher Doering
    Food prices to post biggest rise since 1990: USDA By Christopher Doering Wed Aug 20, 5:43 PM ET U.S. consumers should brace for the biggest increase in food prices in nearly 20 years in 2008 and even more pain next year due to surging meat and produce prices, the Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. Food prices are forecast to rise by 5 percent to 6 percent this year, making it the largest annual increase since 1990. Just last month, USDA forecast food prices would climb between 4.5 and 5.5 percent in 2008. "It's a little bit of a surprise how...
  • A small town struggles after immigration raid

    08/17/2008 7:18:49 AM PDT · by Bluestateredman · 29 replies · 366+ views
    My Way via Drudge ^ | 8/17/2008 | Monica Rhor
    A small town struggles after immigration raid Email this Story Aug 16, 1:05 PM (ET) By MONICA RHOR Google sponsored links Get the facts on Peta - Find out the details of Peta's Euthanasia record. Information on PETA - Find out more about the founder's statements and philosophy. POSTVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A vague unease whispered through this tiny town in northeastern Iowa, where the rolling hills are a study in vivid colors - red barns, white clapboard houses, and vibrant green cornfields plowed with almost architectural precision. It drifted through Postville's downtown, where restaurants serving tamales share...
  • Tyson Foods warms up to Islam

    08/04/2008 6:19:25 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 43 replies · 209+ views
    One News Now ^ | 8/3/2008 | AP Staff
    <p>SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - Workers at the Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Shelbyville will no longer have a paid day off on Labor Day but will instead be given the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr as a holiday.</p> <p>According to a news release from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a new 5-year contract at the plant included the change to accommodate the hundreds of Somali Muslims who work at the plant .</p>
  • Tyson Foods Warms Up to Islam (no more Labor Day, a Muslim holiday instead)

    08/03/2008 10:59:19 AM PDT · by MississippiMan · 49 replies · 516+ views
    AP via OneNewsNow ^ | August 3, 1008
    SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - Workers at the Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Shelbyville will no longer have a paid day off on Labor Day but will instead be given the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr as a holiday...
  • Tyson shares slammed by 'no-danger' avian flu find

    06/04/2008 4:43:15 PM PDT · by EBH · 11 replies · 270+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 06/03/2008 | Nathan Becker
    <p>TSN 17.11, +0.13, +0.8%) dropped 8% to close at $16.98 Tuesday following a report that 15,000 chickens in a northwest Arkansas plant had tested positive for a mild strain of avian influenza.</p> <p>U.S. Dept. of Agriculture spokeswoman Angie Harless said the National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed the presence Sunday of avian influenza antibodies in Tyson chickens, indicating that they had a mild strain of avian flu.</p>