Today we observed the catching and loading of broilers at Grefte poultry farm in Zieuwent. Jeroen van den Hurk, poultry sector manager at Rabobank, invited us to join Paul Grefte, owner of an innovative broiler farm. Paul wanted to show us a number of innovations on his farm. In order to reduce heat stress in broilers, they were loaded in the evening and at night. … [Read more...] about Observations during catching and loading of broilers at Grefte in Zieuwent
Despite the problems caused by the Corona crisis, we received the good news that Kipster's laying hens were still caught using the EonA catching method (birds kept upright) and not by the conventional method of hanging them by the legs, 4 birds per hand. Luckily there were enough catchers available with experience. Kipster even shared this news via their own Twitter … [Read more...] about Kipster continues to use the more humane EonA upright method of catching during corona
After meeting with Rolf and Daniëlle Kanninga, of the biodynamic egg company Boerveenshof in Gasselternijveen, early last year, tonight was showtime. For the first time their spent hens were caught using the more animal friendly "upright method" instead of the traditional method: upside down, by one leg and 3-5 hens per hand. Before the hens were caught, we gave … [Read more...] about First Demeter company “Boerveenshof” catches laying hens using EonA upright method
Last Sunday, poultry farm Boerveenshof of Rolf and Danielle Kanninga had their chickens caught using the upright method, instead of by one leg, for the first time. This was done after recommendations by EoA in order to prevent a lot of stress and pain to the birds. Poultry service Smeding from Dronrijp did all the catching, after receiving extensive training … [Read more...] about First biodynamic poultry farm “Boerveenshof” to catch chickens upright!
Last January Eyes on Animals was invited by a major egg company in England to give them advice on the catching and loading of laying hens. Together we visited a large laying hen farm and observed the catching and loading of the birds for transport. The hens were caught by two legs (RSPCA requirement) instead of just, as is often the case in the Netherlands, by one leg. … [Read more...] about Poultry sector in England interested in EonA upright catching method