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Piglets aborted, chickens gassed as pandemic slams meat sector

"We have to have less hogs somehow"

Chicago | Reuters — With the pandemic hobbling the meat-packing industry, Iowa farmer Al Van Beek had nowhere to ship his full-grown pigs to make room for the 7,500 piglets he expected from his breeding operation. The crisis forced a decision that still troubles him: He ordered his employees to give injections to the pregnant […] Read more

U.S. egg prices hit record levels as pandemic buying boosts demand

Washington | Reuters — Increased demand for eggs in the United States has sent egg prices soaring in recent weeks as consumers scramble to stock up on staples due to coronavirus shutdowns. Wholesale prices of “Midwest large” eggs hit an all-time high of $3.09 a dozen on Thursday, triple their level in early March, before […] Read more


“The shortage this past week was from consumers overbuying.” –  David Webb.

No need to ramp up egg production, says official

Some stores are limiting egg sales but the problem is panic buying, not a production shortage

Alberta egg farmers aren’t planning to ramp up production as the recent surge in egg sales is expected to be temporary. “For us, the shortage this past week was from consumers overbuying,” Egg Farmers of Alberta spokesperson David Webb said March 25. In order to thwart panic buying or hoarding, many grocery stores are limiting […] Read more



Cargill’s quarterly profit up on beef, egg demand

Chicago | Reuters — Global commodities trader Cargill reported a three per cent increase in adjusted quarterly profit on Thursday, citing strong consumer demand for meat and eggs in North America and growth in its animal nutrition businesses. Cargill, the largest privately held U.S. company, said its adjusted operating earnings rose to $908 million in […] Read more

The new McDonald’s advertisements will be the first time that most Canadians see the new Egg Quality Assurance certification mark.

McDonald’s to promote Egg Farmers of Canada standards

Egg Farmers of Canada is working with McDonald’s Canada to launch a new certification trademark for eggs served in the food-service chain’s 1,400 restaurants nationwide. McDonald’s advertising for its Egg BLT McMuffin sandwich sold this summer will display the EQA (Egg Quality Assurance) trademark. “The EQA program is the culmination of decades of work building […] Read more


McDonald’s to promote Egg Farmers of Canada standards

Egg Farmers of Canada is working with McDonald’s Canada to launch a new certification trademark for eggs served in the food service chain’s 1,400 restaurants nationwide. McDonald’s advertising for its Egg BLT McMuffin sandwich sold this summer will display the EQA (Egg Quality Assurance) trademark. “The EQA program is the culmination of decades of work […] Read more

The image of eggs offered by nutritionists has changed and that’s paved the way for the surge in egg consumption.

All-day breakfasts lead to record-breaking year for eggs

People still outnumber layers in Alberta — but the hens are catching up fast

Canada’s egg industry has cracked the code for increased sales — all-day breakfast at your favourite fast-food chains. “Egg consumption is up in Canada, and all-day breakfasts have been the main driver,” said Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the agri-food analytics lab at Dalhousie University. “Eggs are primarily consumed in the morning, and now all […] Read more


Outrage, acceptance greet Son of NAFTA

Responses from Canada’s farm sectors range from acceptance to anger as concessions and market access granted under the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) come into clearer view. Dairy: ‘Who needs an enemy?’ The new agreement, announced Sunday and dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the U.S. government, is expected to […] Read more

Egg consumption, which has been rising for a decade, exploded last year when fast-food chains introduced all-day breakfasts. That means Alberta’s egg producers are busier than ever.

Get Cracking: It’s boom time for egg farmers

All-day breakfast has the egg sector scrambling to keep up with demand

The latest hot trend in fast food is boosting the fortunes of egg farmers in Alberta and across the country. “Egg sales have gone up all across Canada because of the all-day breakfast,” said Egg Farmers of Alberta chair Beatrice Visser. “We have increased the consumption.” That’s putting it mildly. Egg sales have been rising […] Read more