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male chicks can't be killed any more.

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  • 14-06-2019 12:34pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,035 ✭✭✭


    https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/toetung-von-kueken-heinen-esser-jetzt-ist-genug-getestet.694.de.html?dram:article_id=451333
    German text

    male chicks of breeds used for laying eggs can't be shredded or gassed any more.
    The judge who made the ruling put a stay on this to allow industry to change over.
    The fertilised eggs will be sexed before hatching and eggs containing male chickens will be destroyed there an then.

    Expect this to happen within about 1 to 2 years.

    mandatory sexed semen for dairy cattle would be the next logical progression toward making dairy farming more humane.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,996 ✭✭✭✭gozunda


    rivegauche wrote: »
    https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/toetung-von-kueken-heinen-esser-jetzt-ist-genug-getestet.694.de.html?dram:article_id=451333
    German text

    male chicks of breeds used for laying eggs can't be shredded or gassed any more.
    The judge who made the ruling put a stay on this to allow industry to change over.
    The fertilised eggs will be sexed before hatching and eggs containing male chickens will be destroyed there an then.

    Expect this to happen within about 1 to 2 years.

    mandatory sexed semen for dairy cattle would be the next logical progression toward making dairy farming more humane.

    Yeah posted on that a while back. The industry has been working on fertilised egg sexing for sometime and there are a couple of commercial systems in development afaik.

    Thing is already in Ireland some producers rear male chicks as broilers. It's a market which could be grown imo.

    Edit: Meant to add this ...

    Research in Germany has also been looking at developing specific breeds which suit male chicks being reared for meat

    https://thepoultrysite.com/news/2019/03/the-dualpurpose-chicken-the-future-of-poultry-farming


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,035 ✭✭✭rivegauche


    A dedicated laying hen is not similar to a roast chicken in the same way as the beef industry don't want dairy breed cattle.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,539 ✭✭✭✭_Brian


    rivegauche wrote: »
    A dedicated laying hen is not similar to a roast chicken in the same way as the beef industry don't want dairy breed cattle.

    Much of the beef on shelves in Ireland is dairy beef. Good beef it is too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,035 ✭✭✭rivegauche


    _Brian wrote: »
    Much of the beef on shelves in Ireland is dairy beef. Good beef it is too.

    It is not what the industry wants and you'll find a lot of it is dairy cross, not pure dairy. I'm not disputing quality but dairy beef isn't the same as beef from a beef breed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,611 ✭✭✭Mooooo


    rivegauche wrote: »
    It is not what the industry wants and you'll find a lot of it is dairy cross, not pure dairy. I'm not disputing quality but dairy beef isn't the same as beef from a beef breed.

    In what way?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,996 ✭✭✭✭gozunda


    rivegauche wrote: »
    A dedicated laying hen is not similar to a roast chicken in the same way as the beef industry don't want dairy breed cattle.

    See the linked article added above.

    https://thepoultrysite.com/news/2019/03/the-dualpurpose-chicken-the-future-of-poultry-farming

    The difference between a a chicken and a hen?
    A hen lays egg and a chicken is for the table ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 90 ✭✭redroisin


    rivegauche wrote: »
    https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/toetung-von-kueken-heinen-esser-jetzt-ist-genug-getestet.694.de.html?dram:article_id=451333
    German text

    male chicks of breeds used for laying eggs can't be shredded or gassed any more.
    The judge who made the ruling put a stay on this to allow industry to change over.
    The fertilised eggs will be sexed before hatching and eggs containing male chickens will be destroyed there an then.

    Expect this to happen within about 1 to 2 years.

    mandatory sexed semen for dairy cattle would be the next logical progression toward making dairy farming more humane.

    Making it mandatory for calves to stay with their mothers for at least 3wks would be even better


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,035 ✭✭✭rivegauche




  • Registered Users Posts: 18,539 ✭✭✭✭_Brian


    rivegauche wrote: »
    https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/toetung-von-kueken-heinen-esser-jetzt-ist-genug-getestet.694.de.html?dram:article_id=451333
    German text

    male chicks of breeds used for laying eggs can't be shredded or gassed any more.
    The judge who made the ruling put a stay on this to allow industry to change over.
    The fertilised eggs will be sexed before hatching and eggs containing male chickens will be destroyed there an then.

    Expect this to happen within about 1 to 2 years.

    mandatory sexed semen for dairy cattle would be the next logical progression toward making dairy farming more humane.
    Great move.
    The industry here needs to keep pushing towards free range only birds. A minimum age for killing would be worth considering to stop high intensity indoor rearing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,035 ✭✭✭rivegauche


    gozunda wrote: »
    See the linked article added above.

    The difference between a a chicken and a hen?
    A hen lays egg and a chicken is for the table ;)

    A chicken is an everyday term for Gallus gallus domesticus


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,539 ✭✭✭✭_Brian


    rivegauche wrote: »
    It is not what the industry wants and you'll find a lot of it is dairy cross, not pure dairy. I'm not disputing quality but dairy beef isn't the same as beef from a beef breed.

    Diary cross cattle like Hereford or Angus cross actually produce a great product. We rear them here as do many farms.


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    Mooooo wrote: »
    In what way?

    Moooo asks how to not be beef?


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,996 ✭✭✭✭gozunda


    rivegauche wrote: »
    A chicken is an everyday term for Gallus gallus domesticus

    I know that - the above is a kids riddle


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,035 ✭✭✭rivegauche


    _Brian wrote: »
    Diary cross cattle like Hereford or Angus cross actually produce a great product. We rear them here as do many farms.
    It isn't a dedicated beef breed in cold hard economic terms that means least inputs for maximum output.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,539 ✭✭✭✭_Brian


    There are lots of stuff like this that could be implemented to improve animal welfare.
    Sadly much of the influence stems from large farms feeding into representative groups who lobby government.

    Consumer would do well to support more small producers be that vegetable, meat, eggs and dairy. Keeping away from shopping in large supermarket chains is the first step to reduce their power and influence over the food chain,


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,539 ✭✭✭✭_Brian


    rivegauche wrote: »
    It isn't a dedicated beef breed in cold hard economic terms that means least inputs for maximum output.

    Traditional breeds inch as Hex or AAx can be finished on a grass based diet excluding the need for an intensive feeding stage at the end. Better for animal, better for the environment too.

    Plus the calf is there anyway, where in an suckler enterprise it means having another cow in the system.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,035 ✭✭✭rivegauche


    _Brian wrote: »
    Traditional breeds inch as Hex or AAx can be finished on a grass based diet excluding the need for an intensive feeding stage at the end. Better for animal, better for the environment too.

    Plus the calf is there anyway, where in an suckler enterprise it means having another cow in the system.

    That is not international "best" practice. Note the inverted commas.
    International "best" practice is to rear pure beef breeds for fastest weight gain with leanest possible beef.
    At the moment Ireland can compete while practicing less efficient(and more humane) practices due to the good fortune of a mild climate and wealth transfers to the farming community.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,539 ✭✭✭JeffKenna


    Will this make any difference to the taste of my omelette?


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,539 ✭✭✭✭_Brian


    rivegauche wrote: »
    That is not international "best" practice. Note the inverted commas.
    International "best" practice is to rear pure beef breeds for fastest weight gain with leanest possible beef.
    At the moment Ireland can compete while practicing less efficient(and more humane) practices due to the good fortune of a mild climate and wealth transfers to the farming community.

    We can’t dorectly compare systems across countries, we have a unique climate here and lots of land that can grow nothing but grass so we’re well positioned for this.

    I see an increasing presence of “pasture fed” beef, maybe it will die out, maybe it will gain popularity.

    Carbon sequestration into soils depends on pasture grazed stock rather than housed stock fed rations.

    I think we need to be limiting the % of animal life spent indoors, restricting the emergence of feed lots and maximising our green grass credentials.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,996 ✭✭✭✭gozunda


    JeffKenna wrote: »
    Will this make any difference to the taste of my omelette?

    It will make a difference to a lot of vegetarians I would think.

    But if you are after flavour and really good eggs - keep your own hens or source small scale free range eggs locally. Check out that the hens have full access to pasture. Plenty of small scale producers out there doing this.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 90 ✭✭redroisin


    rivegauche wrote: »
    https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/toetung-von-kueken-heinen-esser-jetzt-ist-genug-getestet.694.de.html?dram:article_id=451333
    German text

    male chicks of breeds used for laying eggs can't be shredded or gassed any more.
    The judge who made the ruling put a stay on this to allow industry to change over.
    The fertilised eggs will be sexed before hatching and eggs containing male chickens will be destroyed there an then.

    Expect this to happen within about 1 to 2 years.

    mandatory sexed semen for dairy cattle would be the next logical progression toward making dairy farming more humane.

    Please tell me "shredding" isn't done while they are alive?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,089 ✭✭✭henryporter


    redroisin wrote: »
    Please tell me "shredding" isn't done while they are alive?

    It's not done any other way - hence the abhorrence of the poultry industry by vegans including myself.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,161 ✭✭✭✭M5


    redroisin wrote: »
    Please tell me "shredding" isn't done while they are alive?

    Possibly upsetting video below

    https://twitter.com/animal_leaks/status/1138527108374962177


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,539 ✭✭✭✭_Brian


    It's not done any other way - hence the abhorrence of the poultry industry by vegans including myself.

    It’s a truly barbaric carry on.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,996 ✭✭✭✭gozunda


    _Brian wrote: »
    It’s a truly barbaric carry on.

    Gas is also used in a lot of the industry. However even this will be redundant once egg sexing becomes the norm.

    Not used by many smaller scale free range organic producers


  • Registered Users Posts: 755 ✭✭✭davidjtaylor


    rivegauche wrote: »
    https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/toetung-von-kueken-heinen-esser-jetzt-ist-genug-getestet.694.de.html?dram:article_id=451333
    German text

    male chicks of breeds used for laying eggs can't be shredded or gassed any more.
    The judge who made the ruling put a stay on this to allow industry to change over.
    The fertilised eggs will be sexed before hatching and eggs containing male chickens will be destroyed there an then.

    Expect this to happen within about 1 to 2 years.

    Good news, albeit a mere wisp.


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7


    Maybe I missed this here t but when I lived up in far Scotland they raised the male birds and sold them for food, boilers, excellent value> They were also used for pet food

    When I was hatching eggs there the cockerels would be raised then used for food.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,035 ✭✭✭rivegauche


    These days a good layer breed is not a good, fat, plump broiler breed and requires more input for less output. These are frankenstein birds, not general purpose birds.


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7


    rivegauche wrote: »
    These days a good layer breed is not a good, fat, plump broiler breed and requires more input for less output. These are frankenstein birds, not general purpose birds.

    Ours were, well mixed breed is the only word. Not fat plump etc but they still tasted wonderful.

    I am getting too old for this world ...


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,816 ✭✭✭skooterblue2


    The real issue is if we can get these chicks a sex change and hormone therapy...... That will solve their problems.


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