United Egg Producers Updated Statement on Male Chicks

July 20, 2020

Atlanta, Georgia, July 20, 2020: The below statement can be attributed in its entirety to Chad Gregory, President and CEO, United Egg Producers:

“As representatives of about 90 percent of egg production in the United States, United Egg Producers (UEP) and our farmer-members remain fully committed to identifying and implementing practices that improve the welfare of animals across our supply chain.

“In 2016, UEP’s Board called for the elimination in the laying industry of day-old male chick culling after hatch. Since that time, our members have supported and strongly advocated for the research of methods and the adoption of new technologies to end male chick culling at hatcheries – this is a priority and is the right thing to do.

“UEP also engaged with The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) in advancing the organization’s Egg-Tech Prize, which would provide up to $6 million to researchers developing technologies that can accurately and quickly determine the sex of layer chick eggs before they hatch.

“The nation’s egg producers continue to work with our chick suppliers and business partners to find an economically feasible, commercially viable alternative to the practice of male chick culling at hatcheries. We believe this goal is achievable with time and research, and we will do our part to reach it.

“Identifying gender in-ovo is scientifically complex and a technologically challenging issue, with millions of dollars already spent by stakeholders to develop a solution. We are aware from regular reporting to egg industry leaders worldwide that a workable, scalable solution is not yet available, however, we are encouraged by the firm commitment of researchers to this effort.

“We remain hopeful a breakthrough is on the horizon. We will continue our engagement with stakeholders and active support of this goal.”