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Researcher Joy Mench measured the tradeoffs and benefits of alternate methods for housing egg-laying hens. (Mark Crouser/courtesy photo)

Hen-housing tradeoffs

Alternative housing systems for laying hens present a variety of tradeoffs, according to new UC Davis research.

The findings shed light on how hen housing affects the 75 billion eggs produced in America each year, providing data on the cost, safety, animal welfare, worker health and environmental impacts of various hen-housing systems.

“There are positive and negative impacts with each of the three housing systems we studied,” said Professor Joy Mench, a poultry welfare expert and vice chair of the Department of Animal Science.

“As egg producers move away from conventional cage systems, we hope this data will help consumers, regulators, producers and others weigh the tradeoffs and benefits of alternate methods.”

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UPDATED: UC Davis unit aids wildlife rescue effort

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Update Friday, May 22: UC Davis' Oiled Wildlife Care Network reports six pelicans and one sea lion rescued, and three dead fish confirmed. ••• Original news release, May 21: Team members from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at UC Davis have joined crews responding to the oil spill in Santa…

Food safety agreement sets framework for World Food Center-China

Officials from the city of Zhuhai, China, and the University of California, Davis, today signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the World Food Center-China. The WFC-China will be the central office for coordinating research and training activities in food safety for various Sino-U.S.…

UC Davis celebrates community engagement, public service award recipients

Hydraulic fracturing in California, controversial aerial spraying to eradicate agricultural pests, and the achievement gap in K-12 math and science — these are the important issues in which three University of California, Davis, professors are being recognized for their public service. The UC…

Nelson Gallery closing soon as UC Davis prepares for new museum

The Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, named for first art department chairman, will close at the end of the spring quarter.

Supreme Court justice first of commencement guest speakers

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Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, an associate justice of the California Supreme Court, will be the first guest speaker this commencement season — addressing the School of Law graduates on Friday. Before he joined the state's highest court in January, Cuéllar had a distinguished career as a legal…

Muhlemans honored for volunteer leadership

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Healdsburg residents Douglas “Doug” ’77, M.S. ’79, and Julianne “Juli” Muhleman are the recipients of the 2015 Charles J. Soderquist Award from the UC Davis Foundation. The annual award is presented to individuals who demonstrate excellence in philanthropy, volunteerism, leadership…

Nanomaterials in sunscreens and boats leave marine life vulnerable

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Nanomaterials commonly used in sunscreens and boat-bottom paints are making sea urchin embryos more vulnerable to toxins, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. The authors said this could pose a risk to coastal, marine and freshwater environments. The study, published in…

Vaccine field trials for deadly 'foothill abortion' cattle disease expand

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Thanks in part to researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, cattle ranchers in California, Nevada and Oregon are one step closer to having a vaccine available to treat a tick-borne bacterial disease -- commonly known as foothill abortion -- which kills cow fetuses. The U.S.…

UC Davis, HM.CLAUSE partner to open life science innovation center

The University of California, Davis, and HM.CLAUSE have partnered to open a business incubator that will help advance regional innovation in the life sciences. To celebrate this unique collaboration, a launch event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 7, at the new innovation center in…

Hen-housing study unveils tradeoffs for birds and workers

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Alternative housing systems for laying hens present a variety of tradeoffs, according to new UC Davis research. The findings shed light on how hen housing affects the 75 billion eggs produced in America each year, providing data on the cost, safety, animal welfare, worker health and environmental…