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ABS Global announces annual photo contest

MADISON, Wis. — ABS Global, Inc., a provider of genetic improvement solutions and reproduction services, has announced its annual dairy and beef photo contest.

ABS Global, Inc. is searching for outstanding photos to use in both dairy and beef promotional materials, including, but not limited to the yearly calendars, posters, brochures and company website. All photos must be submitted through the online entry form and must be received by May 31, 2016. Entries will be judged and some preference will be given to photos that include ABS-sired cattle and products. Photo submission deadline is May 31, 2016.

— ABS Global, Inc.

Motor problem likely cause of fire that killed 80,000 chickens

LEBANON, Conn. — A fire at a Connecticut egg farm that killed an estimated 80,000 chickens was likely caused by an overheated electric motor.

Fire Marshal Scott Schuett said the official cause of the fire on April 26 at Kofkoff Egg Farms in Lebanon will likely remain undetermined, but it appears to have started in a motor that powers conveyor belts that move chicken waste, food, water and eggs in and out of the coops.

No people were reported injured in the blaze, which drew about 125 firefighters from 25 departments across the region.

Schuett said the blaze was limited to one of the farm’s 13 roughly 32,000-square foot coops.

A blaze at the same farm 27 years ago to the day killed 216,000 chickens. That was also ruled an accident.

— Associated Press

South Dakota egg production down but value up to $73.5 million

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the value of South Dakota’s egg production rose to $73.5 million in 2015, up from $63.3 million in 2014.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service said 2015 egg production is estimated to be 603 million eggs, down 149 million eggs from the previous year. The average number of layers for 2015 dropped by 556,000 to 2.08 million.

South Dakota producers raised 4.3 million turkeys in 2015, down 200,000 head from 2014. The value of that production was $147 million, up from $137.9 million in 2014. A total of 181 million pounds were produced in 2015, down from the 187 million pounds in 2014.

— Associated Press