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Farm owner: Cage-free eggs a step in right direction; prices could rise

Deck Family Farm in Junction City, which has around 1,000 chickens and produces around 300 eggs a day, said they won’t directly be affected by the new law, which Gov. Kate Brown recently signed.

Posted: Aug 14, 2019 6:54 PM
Updated: Aug 14, 2019 6:54 PM

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closed captioning a junction city farm is reacting to that new law that requires farmers to raise their chickens cage-free. and a kezi 9 news reporter evita garza found out& their saying the transition will even out the competition in the industry. (nat of chicken) here at deck family farms&they have been pasture raising their animals for the last decade. "nutrients shoved into an animal&it's overall not a good product that comes out, so i think it's superior product that comes out when it's closer to nature. farm hand christopher lyans tells me paisure rasing gives the animals open, outdoor space for them to roam, eat organically and produce eggs naturally. in other words& these birds are living their best lives, for a chicken at least. "we gotta make sure their well hydrated. it's really hot this time of year. so we're making sure their getting enough water." evita: it's not exactly the same thing as free range, but farmers here at deck family farm say they hope other farms follow in their footsteps." deck family farms is considered a smaller farm& with only one thousand chickens and produces three hundred eggs a day. that means they will not be effect by the new law -- which requires farmers with more than 3,000 chickens to start raising their anmials cage free. these farms are also required to give chickens what the bill calls "enrichments for natural behavior&" which includes scratch areas, perches and bathing areas. but with the battery cages gone and farmers rasing their chickens manually& some people i spoke to say their concerned egg prices will go up. but christine deck&one of the farm owners say this process will force people to eat healther and even out competition prices between cooperate and local farms. "so i think you're right& it won't be as cheap to buy eggs, but i don't think cheap food is really cheap food. it comes with a very long term and very substantial cost." the new law doesn't go into effect until 2024& but all workers at deck family farms say this is a step in the right direction. reporting in junction city,
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