Half of German flock going cage-free
With battery cages being outlawed in Germany, the German Farmers' Union
(DBV) estimates that approximately 50% of German layer flocks will be housed in
barn or free-range systems by 2009.
It is expected that the remainder of poultry flocks will be kept in small
Producers still using battery cages at the end of 2006 needed to sign a
declaration committing them to convert to alternative systems within the next
According to the DBV, half of the current battery producers plan to switch
to barn or free-range egg production, and the remainder to small group systems.
More than 30% of Germany's national flock is already in barn or free-range
The DBV has made a note of saying that German consumers must play their
part by buying German eggs. "Ultimately, the consumer will decide whether a
sustainable and animal welfare friendly livestock sector can remain and grow in
Germany, or whether production will be forced to move abroad."
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