The same press release was published in my local paper about the Ohio Fresh Eggs fire that you published in your April 1, 2010, edition, Fire destroys Ohio Fresh Eggs facility in Wyandot Co.
Don’t you want to know how you euthanize 250,000 laying hens? That’s about 800,000 pounds of Leghorns. That’s a pile of chickens 10 feet high by 250 feet square.
What happens to those chickens? Bury them? Compost them? Burn them?
Even for an egg “farm” that is a lot of dead bodies all at once.
Don’t dismiss this. This is a big deal. The air conditioning fails and 250,000 chickens die.
Next November you are going to have to defend this stuff when the Humane Society of the United States comes back (with real money this time).
I am a full-time farmer and this kind of thing makes me cringe. All of us in animal agriculture have to deal with mortality, but nothing on this farm dies when the air conditioning fails (we don’t actually have air conditioning).
Real farms have the heart and soul of the farmer, not the climate-controlled machine of a corporation, to whom animal death is just another entry on the balance sheet.
By the way, how many chickens does Ohio Fresh Eggs “euthanize” each year — “euthanize,” of course, meaning remove from the balance sheet because their feed cost exceeds the value of their egg production?