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FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUTURE: HOW THE U.S. ROUNDTABLE FOR SUSTAINABLE POULTRY & EGGS SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORK WILL HELP TELL THE EGG SUSTAINABILITY STORY

Mr. Ryan Bennett, US Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Egg

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs is an organization of committed members from across the entire poultry and egg supply chain focused on driving continuous improvement in sustainability. Growers, processors, suppliers, retailers, foodservice companies, associations, and NGOs all have a role to play in bringing poultry and egg products to customers and make up the membership of the Roundtable. US-RSPE is currently developing a comprehensive sustainability framework which will allow every segment of the supply chain to track key indicators of sustainability important to poultry and egg production, better equipping them to communicate progress and tell their sustainability stories. 

You will hear from the US-RSPE Executive Director, Ryan Bennett, who will offer insight into how the sustainability framework was developed to serve the poultry and egg value chain, why it is important, the value it provides to egg farmers, and what the Roundtable will be working on after the framework is launched. 

 

NEXT GENERATION SUSTAINABILITY - INTEGRATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENTS WITH ANIMAL WELFARE METRICS

Dr. Nathan Pelletier & Ian Turner, University of British Columbia

While increases in farm-level resource use efficiency can lead to large reductions in the environmental impacts associated with egg production, animal welfare must be considered in tandem to achieve net positive sustainability outcomes. Here, life cycle assessment (LCA) and data envelopment analysis (DEA) were applied using data collected from roughly 200 farms across Canada to investigate housing system-specific efficiency levels and environmental impact mitigation potentials. This analysis suggests that total industry-wide environmental impacts could be decreased by roughly 10% based on best reported levels of feed and pullet use efficiency. Efficiency gains in free range production systems exhibited the greatest environmental impact mitigation potential. A methodology was developed for integration of animal welfare assessment of laying hens into the LCA framework, and applied to the Canadian egg industry. The results from this assessment were congruent with those expected based on animal welfare literature, including lower chances of mortality and morbidity in caged systems, and better behavioral and affective state outcomes in non-cage systems. Our analysis points towards the necessary use of  machine learning techniques to identifying best technologies and practices for optimization of egg production for both environmental and animal welfare sustainability outcomes.   

 

KEY POINTS FOR DEVELOPING PROJECTIONS THAT BOTH YOU AND YOUR LENDER WILL FIND BENEFICIAL

Mr. Donn Patience, Rabo AgriFinance

This presentation will discuss three significant actions you should complete before starting to work on your projections and well as tools and hacks for helping you organize your thoughts to prepare projections that are better, faster and stronger. It will highlight why Excel is for more than just numbers and how to “Get Real” with your Top Lines (Revenue), Mid-Lines (Expenses) and Bottom Line (Cash flow available for debt service, capital reinvestments & distributions). Also covered will be the value of a sensitivity analysis in projections and risk management and special considerations for special projects: Why 2+2+2 might not equal 6.

 

CLEAN AIR ACT AND THE LAYER SECTOR: OUTLOOK FOR USEPA AIR EMISSIONS FACTORS AND REGULATORY ACTIONS

Mr. Tom Hebert, Bayard Ridge Group

US EPA is preparing to issue “draft” air emissions estimation methodologies for laying hens and the meat bird species in June 2021.  These long awaited “emissions factors” would be the latest development in the long running saga that began in 1998 to determine  how the federal government would deal with animal agriculture under the Clean Air Act and the applicable requirements of the CERCLA-EPCRA statutes.  Since then, there have been Air Consent Agreements, the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study, CERCLA-EPCRA lawsuits, reporting requirements, legislation changes, and one round of emissions factors development.  The issuance of this next set of draft emissions factors is not the end of the story, as we are likely looking at another 12 to 18 months before these and other animal agriculture factors are finalized and make it into the official federal AP-42 list of emissions factors.  Hebert will discuss this history, how the federal regulatory climate has changed over this time frame, what to expect from these draft layer emissions factors, and what the regulatory future might hold for the layer sector once these factors are finalized. 

 

LOSS TRENDS AND FIRE MITIGATION STRATEGIES

Mr. Ross Milne, Cottingham & Butler

The challenges currently present in the insurance marketplace for U.S. egg producers is significant. The industry is being plagued by a series of high dollar losses at their facilities. Milne will be providing detailed data on the loss trends and what this might mean for the industry. In addition, he will focus on some key fire mitigations strategies that can be implemented to help reduce the frequency and severity of these losses and help drive down the long term cost of risk.

 

STRUCTURE TYPES FOR CAGE-FREE BUILDING PROJECTS

Mr. Mark Ellerbusch, Henning Companies

Egg-laying facilities have evolved over the last several decades and continue to advance with changes in technology, biosecurity, animal welfare, and legislation. Since building their first egg-layer barn, Henning Companies has used various building types and layouts to build the most efficient layer facility for their customers and its employees. In this presentation, Henning Companies will discuss the evolution of the egg-laying facility, strategies for preplanning and construction, building types for new cage-free buildings, and how to maximize operational efficiency.

 

NORTH CAROLINA LAYER PERFORMANCE AND MANAGEMENT TEST: WHAT IS IT AND WHAT IT TELLS US

Dr. Kenneth Anderson, North Carolina State University

For 63 years the North Carolina Layer Performance and Management Test has been an unbiased comparison of the performance of the white-egg and the brown-egg entries available to North Carolina and US egg producers. The primary objective is to provide for the evaluation of the different production environments used by the egg industry. It is an examination of the changes in the industry with simultaneous comparisons of where we are in production systems compared to where we have been and where we are going with hens of the same age and stage of genetic selection.  It provides, for better or for worse, the entrant breeding organizations an unbiased evaluation of their stocks in all of the production systems. It could be unique to the world.

 

CAGE VS. CAGE-FREE INTESTINAL HEALTH & BACTERIAL COMMUNITIES

Dr. Dawn Koltes, Iowa State University

As an increasing number of companies switch from conventional cage to cage free facilities, producers are still adapting their general operations to optimize performance and well-being. However, much remains unclear regarding how these systems alter the physiology of the hens living in them in response to increased mobility and exposure to excreta. Understanding these differences will be critical for maximizing efficiencies and animal welfare. To begin to understand these differences, we explored differences in intestinal health indicators and microbial communities in commercial hens housed in either conventional cage or cage free housing. Additionally, associations between microbial communities and intestinal health indicators were generated to predict functionality of microbial communities with limited or unknown functions.

 

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