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Poultry Co-op Says It Has A Winning Product

by 5m Editor
16 May 2007, at 9:13am

US - The cooperative is comprised of 16 producers throughout southwest Minnesota who sell natural and certified organic broilers and natural eggs to about 30 stores. Teeter said studies conducted by AURI have shown that broilers the cooperative produces have 20 percent to 22 percent less saturated fat and 200 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than standard chickens. He said tests on 6,000 dozen eggs produced each week by the co-op show similar results.

Production standards are strict. Both broilers and eggs must be given feed that doesn't contain chemicals, but does contain flax to boost the amount of omega-3s. All chickens must be provided at least three square feet of room, preferably in pasture. All producers must keep records and if eggs don't meet minimum levels of omega-3 content, the co-op won't carry them.

"We hold a pretty tight reign on our producers and a lot of farmers don't like that," Teeter said. "As a co-op we have set our goals and our prices. The price is the floor and right now the floor for non-certified organic eggs is $2.10 a dozen. Certified organic eggs sold in Sioux Falls and Adrian sell for $2.35."

Source: Agri News

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