Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Beef producers worry about egg industry deal

Cattle producers have joined the pork industry in raising concerns about the agreement between the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States to seek federal standards for housing hens.

"Unlike the UEP-HSUS agreement, our cattle care programs should never be weakened by being misused or construed as the basis of a regulatory or government mandated program," said Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen's Association.

Under the legislation proposed by the UEP-HSUS, egg farms would be required to switch to a larger style cages for housing hens. The standards, if enacted, would be the first for on-farm handling of livestock.

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